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  • Another day, another shot fired between the boats of Apple and Samsung, and this time it's in favour of the Galaxy S3 and S4 maker. Last week it was announced that Samsung had surpassed Apple in terms of profitability, becoming the most profitable phone maker in the world. This means the end of Apple's four year reign at the top, beginning with the rise of the iPhone. Samsung now has its own powerhouse in the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the recently released Samsung Galaxy S4. But how exactly did they, being Samsung, do it?


    It came down to last quarter. Apple posted $4.6 Billion in profit in the second quarter this. A handsome chunk of change for sure. Samsung managed to top that though, bringing in $5.6 Billion dollars in profit in the second quarter. The recipe to their success? strong volumes, high wholesale prices, and tight cost controls. Those factors combined pushed Samsung into the mobile profits lead, knocking the giant, apple, out of top spot for the first time in 4 years. But why did Apple sink? Apple has failed to deliver a wide variety of phones at lower price points, something they are now under a tremendous amount of pressure to do.


    So what's next? Well, Samsung is here to stay. While a lot of this has to do with Apple falling, Samsung has also risen up to take control of their share of the market. With that being said, I believe Apple is just one announcement away from regaining their post at the top. Why? Because no matter what Samsung does it will never be as cool as Apple. Plain and simple. The only problem with Apple right now is that they have gone too long between devices, but people will forget that when they roll out their next iPhone or iPhones later this year.



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  • A Brief History Of Mobile Phones
    Posted on July 25, 2013 by keith holland

     


    Mobile phones have permeated every aspect of our lives. We talk on them, text on them, email on them, bank on them, shop on them. Fact is, you can pretty well operating your entire life with that little device in your pocket. But, it hasn't always been that way. It has been a rocky road of development for the cellphone. Let's take a look at the story of mobile technology with a brief history of mobile phones.


     


    Early Days


    Mobile technology began to be explored as far back as 1918 in Europe. Like most things in those times, the technology was centred around trains. Military trains experimented with mobile communications tech post World War I and went public in the 20's on trains largely based out of Germany.


    In the 40's the first mobile call was made from an automobile. In 1946, the first call was made from a car in St. Louis, Missouri. That was followed up by a service set up in Chicago, illinois that year. These phones weighed 80 pounds and operated on just three channels city-wide. That later expanded to 32 channels on three bands. This practice continued in some capacity until the 1980's.


     


    The First Truly Mobile Phone


    Motorola began development on the first truly mobile phone in 1973. It took a decade for the first phone to hit market. The Motorola DynaTAC launched on March 6th, 1983. It retailed for $3,995 for those who were lucky enough to get their hands on one. The phone itself featured up to 30 minutes of talk time, 8 hours of stand-by time, a 10 hour charging cycle, and cost $100 Million dollars to develop. This phone ran on a 1G Network and was followed up by several variations.



    The Network Expands


    2G Networks launched in Finland in 1991. It took 10 years for 3G Networks to start pop up, followed up by the standard 4G Network in 2009, and now, we are settling into LTE networks. During this period phones began being offered by numerous companies and service providers. The number of subscribers has sky-rocketed, going from 12.4 Million people in 1990, to over 6 Billion people in 2011.



    Other Important Dates In Mobile Phone History


    April 3, 1973 - First mobile phone call placed between Motorola worker and Bell rival


    December 3, 1992 - First SMS (Text Message) Message sent wishing "Merry Christmas"


    June 29th, 2007 - The Apple iPhone launches



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    The Summer heat is here and it is time to pack up and find your favourite beach, fishing hole, or trail again. PureMobile loves the Summer just as much as you do so here are our top three accessories for the Summer Season!


    The Griffin Survivor Waterproof Case


    Keep your Apple iPhone dry this Summer without sacrificing functionality with this waterproof case from Griffin. The Survivor is a 100% waterproof case that allows you to still use your phone. You don't need to worry about applying or removing the case constantly because of this, making it a very versatile and practical case. The case itself accomplishes this without adding too much bulk or looking ridiculous, meaning you don't need to worry about your phone looking silly when your sitting next to the pool or on the dock. This case also protects against shocks and vibrations.


    The Griffin Survivor Waterproof Case

     


    The Otterbox Pursuits 40 Dry Box


    The Otterbox Pursuits 40 Dry Box is the ultimate dry box for the outdoorsman. Safely store your phone, important documents, or other electronic devices safely and securely in this waterproof and durable box. It doesn't matter if you're doing some Summer camping, kayaking, or you're just at the beach, you'll find a million and one uses for this box.


    The Otterbox Pursuits 40 Dry Box.

     


    The XMI X-Mini II Capsule Speaker


    The XMI X-Mini II Capsule Speaker is sure to be a hit no matter what song you are playing. This portable speaker will give you up to 12 hours of portable and powerful playback. The speakers unique design promotes a very tonally pleasing musical experience. If one speaker isn't enough, these speakers can be linked to form a chain of speakers that will raise the volume through the roof. Take this speaker to the beach or the cottage to enjoy portable sound wherever Summer takes you.


    The XMI X-Mini II Capsule Speaker.

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    The Motorola X is coming soon, but facts are still pretty scant as the phone has been spotted in the wild and in the hands of some pretty powerful industry people. Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google, was spotted with what many suspect is the Motorola X recently. But what exactly do we know about this device and when should be expect it to hit the market?


    Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google, sporting the Motorola X

    First things first, all signs point towards this phone being something closer to a budget phone. This isn't the next HTC One, iPhone 5, or Samsung Galaxy S4. This doesn't mean it's a slouch though. It is rumoured to feature 4.7 inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 10 megapixel rear-facing camera, LTE, and run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. What should make this device stand out is the name. Motorola is a veteran of the mobile phone industry. Secondly, this phone is expected to be streamlined. No bloated software, just a simple, clean interface that will appeal to casual phone users who want quality, but don't need the best specs. These less than high end specs will also reflect in this phone's pricing. Expect this to be a serious value phone.


    As for a release date, it is rumoured that this phone isn't too far off. Based on the fact that one of Google's top executives is flaunting it out in public means that this phone is coming close to hitting the market. Otherwise, why would the Executive Chairman of Google be using a less than high end phone? Google is the kind of company that does everything for a reason, and this blog and countless others are proving it. The date on the horizon is speculated to be August 23rd based on leaked documents from Verizon.



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    Microsoft has decided to cut the price of its flagship Surface tablet, leading to speculation that the company is worried about low sales or is possibly clearing stock in anticipation of a new line of tablets. The devices will now cost $350 for the 32GB model or $450 for the 64GB version. With a Touch Cover these prices increase by $100 to $450 for the 32GB model and $550 for the 64GB model.


    The Microsoft Surface Tablet with Smart Cover

    This represents a significant undercut on other premium tablets on the market. In fact, the Microsoft Surface retails at $250 less than the 32GB iPad and $80 less than the iPad Mini. They don't just tackle Apple with this price cut though. The Microsoft Surface also undercuts the Nexus 10 by $150 at retail. With the cuts, Microsoft will be competing directly with smaller and lower cost alternatives like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.


    While sales numbers regarding the Microsoft Surface remain scarce, it is believed that the tablet isn't performing as strong as Microsoft had hoped or expected. The cut in prices could in response to that or it could also be something else altogether. Some are speculating that Microsoft is preparing to refresh their line of tablets. Just last week at their Worldwide Partner Conference Microsoft teased the idea of launching new versions of their Surface and Surface Pro tablets. It is believed that the surface would be in line to receive an upgraded Haswell Chip. The Surface Pro would possibly be outfitted with a Snapdragon 800 processor.


    Whatever Microsoft decides to do, the damage appears to have been done when it comes to their Surface experiment. The price cut comes across to me as white flag. The interesting part will be to see what Microsoft does next. It isn't enough to make a comparable tablet to the iPad, they need to blow it out of the water. If Microsoft is able to release a tablet that does that, maybe then we'll see someone finally take a chunk out of Apple as of yet impenetrable armour.



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  • Apple, the maker of the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, has been found guilty of conspiring with major book publishers to artificially raise e-book prices. A court in New York City passed down this ruling last week saying that the electronics giant worked with six major publishers to raise prices when it broke into the e-book industry in 2010. The victim of this price fixing? Consumers who had to bear the brunt of the cost, and Amazon, who through pressure from publishers, were forced to raise prices from their original $9.99 price point.


    While Apple was found guilty, the court says that Apple worked hand in hand with publishers to bring an end to the $9.99 e-book, specifically targeting Amazon and its customers. This cooperation led to Amazon being forced to raise its prices and leave customers wondering why their e-books were rising in price inexplicably.


    Apple has of course denied that they took part in any wrongdoing, and insist that they in fact brought innovation to the e-book market with the iPad and the iBookstore. To this day the e-book market is still dominated by Amazon, and it's device, the Kindle.


    The plan was to unfold as such. Essentially, Apple struck something called "agency agreements" with the major publishers. Once these agreements were in place, they effectively legitimized the raising the prices. The next step in the plan consisted of the publishers going to Amazon with a take it or leave it agreement. Lost in all of this is the fact Amazon actually sells e-books at a loss, as they are in fact trying to establish the e-book as the premier method of obtaining the written word. Something big book publishers did not like.


    Ultimately Apple chose to go to court, while five of the major publishers settled out of court. Further court hearings are scheduled to decide damages, but appeals are expected to slow down the process dramatically.



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    News outlets across the United States opened their inboxes this week to find an invitation from AT&T to an event to discuss “what’s next in wireless”. While speculation could range from phone offerings, to internet services, to any other product, you can bet your bottom dollar that AT&T is calling the media together to discuss the future of LTE and the introduction of their new super-high speed network, LTE-Advanced.



    AT&T is keeping very quiet on what exactly they plan to talk about at this event. But like any secret in the twitter-age, the cat is pretty much out of the bag for AT&T at this point. The announcement, if it is the announcement we are expecting, should be met with good feelings as most people would welcome a boost to their mobile browsing speeds. AT&T currently run LTE networks in 300 different cities, lagging behind rival Verizon by almost 200 cities.


    LTE-Advanced should nearly double the speed of traditional LTE upon its launch. This is accomplished by combining cellular radio channels to increase download speeds. This process is called cellular aggregation.


    If AT&T is planning to introduce this beefier LTE network, it will be a direct challenge to Verizon who currently have and maintain the nation’s largest LTE network. Verizon runs high-speed networks using LTE in just about 500 cities but their coverage is considered widely to be about quantity over quality as AT&T’s network is already considered the faster network. The addition of LTE-Advanced would significantly increase that divide between the two mega rivals.


    No matter what AT&T announces, you can expect to get coverage on PureMobile’s insider blog. Check out PureMobile now to see if we can outfit your phone with the latest in accessories for your Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony, or BlackBerry phone.



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  • Huawei Ascend P6 Review
    Posted on July 10, 2013 by keith holland

     


    Huawei is the new kid on the block. While Samsung, Apple, and HTC don’t have to start getting nervous just yet, Huawei’s Ascend P6 is a step in the right competitive direction. Huawei is betting that beauty will tame the beast in the case of the P6 as this device isn’t exactly the beefiest when it comes to performance but sure shines cosmetically.


    The Huawei Ascend P6

    With that being said, the first thing you notice about the Huawei Ascend P6 is the build. The P6 is a very pretty phone. It features a 4.7 inch screen, Gorilla Glass, a brushed-metal back, and a brushed-metal band around the outside. The phone doesn’t feel heavy in your hands, but it sure feels, shall I say, solid. Imagine the feel of an HTC One. Bottom line, this phone does not feel cheap.


    Hardware wise, things are a little less solid. The P6 features a 1.5 GHz K3V2 processor and 2 GB of RAM. While these aren’t the worst specs on the market, they don’t exactly stack up to other top phones on the market. One area that is truly lacking is the minuscule 8 GB of internal storage. While this expandable to 32 GB, 8 GB is a slap in the face to anyone who doesn’t have the wherewithal to upgrade. Another slip up is the fact the P6 does not support LTE, something that is quickly becoming the standard. Trapped inside the phone’s metal case is our popular friend Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean.


    The P6 features a rear and front facing camera. What is interesting in this case is the punch packed into its front facing shooter. At 5 Megapixels, this is a very high quality front facing camera. The main camera, which registers in at 8 Megapixels, is a reliable but unspectacular shooter which excels best in high light situations.


    Lastly, the P6 features a 2000 mAh battery. Should last awhile right? Wrong. The battery life on this phone is pretty lacking. Getting through a workday shouldn’t be too difficult, but you’ll start getting nervous once you go out for dinner or a drink after work. This is particularly troubling when you consider that this doesn’t even feature LTE, which is a true drain on battery even on the best devices on the market.



    It truly is Beauty and the Beast with this device. If you want a phone that looks and feels good, there are few better in that regard. If you want a phone that performs, I’d stay away. Huawei has a ton of potential to be a player if they get their hardware in order. Consider this a half-hearted warning shot across the bow to the competition.


     


    Pros


    -Great build


    -Solid screen


    -High performance front facing camera


     


    Cons


    -Lackluster hardware


    -No LTE


    -Not the strongest battery


     


    Specs


    Weight : 120 grams


    Size : 132.7x65.5x6.2 mm


    Screen : 4.7 inches


    Os : Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean


    Camera : 8 Megapixel rear, 5 Megapixel front



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  • Bodyguardz Screen Protectors Maker Logo


    You may not have the celebrity status to warrant your own bodyguard. But your phone sure deserves its own faithful, round-the-clock protection. And with Bodyguardz, that's what it gets. So if you're looking for the best screen protectors for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and more, look no further.


    With its motto of "clearly tough," Bodyguardz boasts a large and widely varied line of high-quality, custom-cut screen protectors for nearly every need.


    Always super durable and crystal clear, Bodyguardz screen protectors come in models suited to different purposes, ranging from anti-glare, anti-fingerprint, privacy, and classic clear.


    Bodyguardz PureGlass Screen Protector for iPhone 5 Bodyguardz PureGlass Screen Protector for iPhone 5

     


    And if your looking for a full-coverage option, their Ultra-Tough Clear Skins provide coverage for the entire surface of your device. To boot, they've also been coated with an anti-microbial solution, so your phone stays nice and clean.


    Always easy to apply, you won't have to worry about bubbles with Bodyguardz screen protectors. You can put them on your phone in just a minute or two and apply them with or without a gel. And should you ever need to replace them, they won't leave your phone all gummed up with residue.


    BodyGuardz HD Anti Glare ScreenGuardz Screen Protector for iPad 3 BodyGuardz HD Anti Glare ScreenGuardz Screen Protector for iPad 3

     


    As you'd expect from the maker of some of the best screen protectors out there, Bodyguardz has a pretty extensive list of devices they design for, from Phone 5 or iPad, to BlackBerry and Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3. And becuse each is custom cut for the device, these screen protectors always match up perfectly.


    It seems Bodyguardz screen protectors have got it covered from every angle – they're barely visible, extra durable and affordable,l keeping your favorite device scratch free, clean and easy to use. And that makes them our mobile accessory of the week.



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  • Pure Mobile SAle 20% Off cell phone cases iPhone Samsung BlackBerry


    Whether you're a die-hard iPhone user, an Android adherent, Windows Phone wizard or BlackBerry for life, we can all agree on something; a good cell phone carrying case is a necessity. And, when you're looking for top-of-the line accessories, it's best when you can get them on the cheap.


    If you're of the same opinion, then you're timing's just right, since Pure Mobile's running a special on all our cell phone carrying cases, with 20% off all covers and skins. That includes even new models, like iPhone 5 cases, and leading brands, like Griffin, OtterBox, Incase, Moshi, iLuv, and more.


    Griffin GB35682 Survivor Carrying Case iPhone 5 Black Red Griffin Survivor Carrying Case for iPhone 5 in Black and Red

     


    From popular rugged models, like Griffin's Survivor carrying case for iPhone 5, or OtterBox's Defender case for Galaxy S3, to more pared down and minimalist skins and cases, you'll find it all at a cheap deal.


    Otterbox 7721086 Defender CAse for Samsung Galaxy S3 Black Otterbox Defender Carrying Case for Samsung Galaxy S3 in Black

     


    This 20% off promotion applies to our huge collection of carrying cases and skins, and we're proud to include leading names in mobile accessories, like Moshi, iSkin, Incase, and iLuv as well.


    To take advantage of the deal, just enter the following coupon code when you check out:


    cas13


    Moshi 99MO036211 iGlaze4 iPhone carrying case 4:4S Silver Moshi iGlaze iPhone 4 Carrying Case in Silver

     


    But there are limited quantities, so the sale won't last forever. So check out the Pure Mobile shop and browse our collection of hundreds of top cell phone carrying cases from the best in the industry.


     


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