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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    When Apple launched the iPhone 4S there were plenty of bystanders that were disappointed that the latest smartphone was not the elusive iPhone 5. The silver lining is that this prolonged release has given plenty of fodder for the tech gossip mill as we all speculate if the next generation iPhone will be drastically different.


    iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4 - Bigger Screen


    Latest reports note that Apple’s upcoming device will be slimmer than the iPhone 4S and iPhone handsets and will also strut some new tech as well. The iPhone 5 may have a quad-mode chipset from Qualcomm that will work on all 4G LTE and 3G networks which has the implication of making this unlocked cell phone device more widely available across mobile carriers.


    Giving credence to these details is a BGR exclusive last month that reported Apple’s intention to launch a completely redesigned iPhone in the fall. It will have an aluminum case and a rubber or perhaps plastic bezel that will protect and cover a new wrap-around antenna. Possibly more dependable accounts came from Morgan Stanley’s analyst, Katy Huberty, who noted that Apple sent a communication to clients last Friday. Those statements assured that Apple’s business will continue to grow even with a slowing demand for high-end smartphones. There is no question that the company’s strength is in its iTunes, iCloud and other proprietary technologies that marry customers so closely the OS platform.


    iPhone 5 Features Rumors


    Included in Huberty’s comments was the mention of Apple’s next generation tablet, the iPad3 which is slated to launch at some point in the first half of the year. With traditional pricing strategy in play, the iPad2 will be lowered in cost to attract additional customers to the iOS platform and to Apple’s strength in the tablet market.


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  • No one was surprised in the fact that the Android device from Garminfone has not really hit on T-Mobile hugely, or nor for any other carriers, as it is said by Garmin that the cell phone division of them has not also performed as per as their hopes expectations.



    The second quarter earnings of the company have given the following statement:


    Sales of their smartphone product of contributed category of $27M revenued in while the quarter is going on. The time When all these were below their plan, they had been working with utter aggression with T-Mobile as well as other around the world carriers on their appropriate positioning as well as pricing of their devices in random competitive space of smartphone.



    It did not surprise anybody terribly that the world is not set on fire by the Garminfone because several key features are missed by the device such as a jack of headphone! Even Android of modern version is also missing. Although to be fair enough, on-board maps are packed by it, so, quite unlike the Google Navigation, there is nothing to be worried about holding a continuous connection of Data for directions.


    One solid quarter was posted by Garmin overall but unfortunately we cannot see a well bode future until and unless it can really up its games with the smartphones. The market of the device of personal navigation device is eventually likely to be dwindled as many more people now carry smartphone and that too with similar kind of navigation capabilities. It is quite sure that the phone sets are not quite that good as those dedicated devices; still it has got more convenience as well as enough good features for most of the cases.


    Garmin to all its credits understands this well and it is making a team with Asus for producing Android phones.



    This post was posted in General, Odd And Interesting and was tagged with Cell Phone, Android Phones

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  • The question today is whether or not cell phones are actually used for making calls.  This is been something that's been on my mind for quite a while and I thought I might take a few minutes to do some pulmonary research to see if my suspicions were true.  With all the amazing things that are touchscreen smart phones, such as the iPhone can do, I began to think that perhaps we are not even using our cell phones to make that traditional phone call.



    I was browsing the web from my traditional PC, as I stumbled upon an article on the online version of the Wall Street Journal.  This begins to give me some general information that perhaps I was on the right track and that we are not using our cell phones for calls.  The article centered on some Harvard students that are involved in developing a new application geared towards those attending this illustrious school.  However, halfway through the article the conversation turned towards the fact that many of these students do not use their cell phone to make telephone calls.  Matter of fact, one student that was interviewed had to stop for a moment, as she had to think whether or not one of her friends had the ability to send and receive e-mail via her cell phone.  The student had to actually call using her cell phone, something that she does not do but maybe once a week.  The student stated that normally they would use their cell phones to call home and other than that they only use them to send e-mail and text message.



    So I began to think, surely there would be some statistics that would back up the fact that no one really uses her cell phone anymore to make telephone calls.  And I was right.  I found a report, even though it is slightly outdated, from the Nielson Company, 2008 that began to show some interesting facts.  The average number of calls back in 2006 per month was 198 per person and those same people received 65 text messages.  By the end of second quarter 2008 these numbers changed dramatically.  The estimated number of monthly text messages was 357 as compared to the 204 monthly phone calls.  I would imagine that if we had up-to-date statistics today we would see that our cell phones are predominantly used to send and receive text and e-mail, and that probably less than 30% of a mobile phones use is for actual telephoning.  Hopefully I will be able to find an updated statistical report that will prove my original theory.  My unlocked iPhone can help me do this as my PC is too slow!



    This post was posted in Apple, Odd And Interesting and was tagged with unlocked, Cell Phone, iPhone

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  • Travelling And Your Cell Phone
    Posted on September 11, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    We recently came across this article on CNN that talked about high roaming charges and we thought it would be a good idea to bring it up on the blog.


    The article talks about P. Morgan Brown and "when his wife decided to take a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Indonesia."  When she got back from the trip her "Verizon bill came to a staggering $8,000. Text-messages home cost an astounding $2.50 each and the meter was running at an eye-popping $1.75 a minute for phone calls."


    Now Mrs. Brown's case is an exception but it's happening more and more.  People aren't realizing the charges and the roaming rates they are being charged.


    This problem isn't happening just with overseas travel.  Steven Frischling, a New York travel consultant, returned from a recent trip to Detroit to find a $500 international phone bill.  The problem wiht his bill was he was in Detroit which meant it wasn't actually roaming.  The problem was the Apple iPhone he used kept picking up signal from the Canadian towers.  He was able to prove that he was in Detroit and the charges were eventually reveresed.


    The article gives 5 things you can do to alleviate those high charges


    1. Buy another phone.  That's right when you get over to the place you are going by a local service with pre-paid SIM card.  Likely this will be a cheaper alternative then the roaming charges.  We are sure that a local cell phone place would have been better then an $8000 bill.


    2. Get a plan.  If you want to keep you phone and still use your carriers service then consider getting a international plan.  One where roaming is included.


    3. Go VOIP.  VOIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol is a feature that lets you make a call over the internet rather then over the cell phone towers.  You may have heard of Skype.  This is a VOIP service and if you are make Skype to Skype calls then calling is free anywhere in the world.  You can be in the US and calling someone in China and you wouldn't pay a dime.


    4. Swap Cards.  Probably the most convenient way.  If you have a GSM cell phone you can get it unlocked or you can buy an unlocked cell phone.  By doing this it lets you use the same phone you are use to but simply remove the SIM card in the phone and replace it with one locally.  Basically this gives you the option of getting a local plan but not having to buy a phone.  This is good since you can generally pick up a SIM card in most convenience stores.  You basically are turning your cell phone into a pre-paid service.  When you get back state-side simply put your regular SIM card back in and you'll have your old service without the charges.


    5. Leave your phone at home.  If you really want to be sure then simply don't bring your phone.  If it's not out of the country then it can't get high roaming charges.


    Cows Roaming



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with unlocked, roaming, international, Featured, Cell Phone

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  • Do You Drive and Text?
    Posted on September 2, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    We came across an interesting article on the Consumerist about a poll done to see if a laws should be inacted to stop people from using cell phones while driving.


    What was interesting was that 80% of respondants said they would support banning texting and emailing while driving.  Even 67% would support banning cell phone calls during driving.


    Of all the things learned about in the survey it seems more people feel that more people talk and drive now then they did a year ago.


    Many states are coming with laws and we are going to see more in the future.  If you want to see the full Nationwide poll you can read it here.  Otherwise we'd recommend getting a Bluetooth headset or Bluetooth car kit to at least help you put some focus back on the road


    Texting While Driving



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with public opinion, Featured, driving, Cell Phone

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  • Introducing the Microsoft Fune
    Posted on August 27, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    So Microsoft has decided to get into the cell phone market.  They have come out with the Fune.  It runs on Vista and uses AOL to connect to the internet.


    No release date has been set and no specs have been given but everyone is waiting eagerly since companies like Apple and Google have released cell phones in the past year.  It was only a matter of time for Microsoft to get into the game


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    *if you haven't figured it out yet this is a fake video, but it's really funny and worth a watch



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with microsoft, fune, Featured, Cell Phone

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  • Iowa 911 Accepting Texts
    Posted on August 7, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    Here's one for the keeping up with the times file.  It seems that Black Hawk County, Iowa's 911 service will now be accepting text messages for emergency calls.  This comes from MobileCrunch.com.


    As is said in the article this seems like a great idea at first but you have to remember there are several issues.


    It's only one place for now.  Until this is rolled out on a large scale a small county in Iowa will likely only benefit the residents.  I mean don't start texting 911 from your phone you might be sorry when no one shows up to help.


    Time counts.  Texts are nice but it can take forever to reply if you don't have someone that is quick on either end.  How many times have you sent a text from your mobile phone and it takes 10+ minutes to get a response from someone.  The operator might be quick but trying to get your location might not be as fast.


    Texts aren't dependable.  This is true.  Everyone has sent one, or more, texts that just seemed to disappear into the void of cell phone nothingness.  If you get into a car accident or fall down a cliff not getting a response might lead to disaster.


    Find you.  It's hard enough to trace the cell phone as it is now can you imagine text messages.  If the person sends a text but doesnt' say their location and then goes unconscience tracing the exact place this person is might be impossible and that means critical minutes lost.


    So althought at first this seems great, and with much improvement it could be great, it does seem like for now this is just a very early adopter.  We hope to see more progress like this with cell phones in the future.  With more people having phones every day and even more people droping their landlines in favor of a cell phone new methods will be happening all the time, but for now we suggest that you stick to dialing 911 in all cases and speaking to a live person so you know you are safe.


    Also if we havne't stressed it enough if you are on a cell and in trouble or trying to help someone in trouble please make sure to tell the operator as exact a location to find you as possible so that in time critical situations they can make every moment count.


    Officer On Cell



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with Featured, Emergency Calls, Cell Phone

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  • It looks like US lawmakers are considering passing legislation banning textng, but only why someone is driving.  According to the American Press there are currently 14 states and DC that have banned texting while driving, but this law would ban it throughout the US.


    A study released last week by the "Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that when drivers of heavy trucks texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting.  The also said that "dialing a cell phone and using or reaching for an electronic device increased risk of collision about six times in cars and trucks."  So at least from their study it does seem that texting is a lot worse.


    To enforce the law states have to ban texting and emailing while driving or they would lose 25% of their yearly highway funding.


    The best thing though is some of you out there are wondering if police would go crazy and start ticket anyone but the law will be limited to moving vehicules and parked or stopped vehicules would not be fined.


    So for now if you are not in one of those 14 states or DC you can still text or drive from you cell phone, but really think about it should you?  Not only are you risking your own life but everyone elses lives that are on the road to and that isn't fair.


    Texting While Driving



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with texting, law, Featured, Cell Phone

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  • Finally a Standard
    Posted on June 30, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    So after all is said and done and many many years of people complaining it looks like the manufacturers are finally going to standardize on a charging port.  That means no more things like the Apple wall charger or the Sony Ericsson fastport.


    This is all coming from an article at Arstechnica.com


    ...The European Commission announced today that 10 mobile phone producers, which represent some 90 percent of the mobile phone market in the European Union, have signed a voluntary agreement to use standardized chargers for mobile phones using a micro-USB connector. The agreement addresses the EC's concern that mobile phone chargers create needless electronic waste...


    This is great news it means that in the future, since no start date was anounnced, all cell phones will use a microUSB port for charging.  No longer will you have to search for one basically any charger will work with any phone.  As it was said in the article not only will it help standardize on it this will also greatly reduce waste since each phone you get will not need a new charger.  The downside this will likely mean that wall chargers and car chargers will have to be bought seperately or when you buy a new phone you'll still have too many chargers that they will end up in the garbage.


    Right now there are only 10 manufacturer's who have agreed to the standard


    ...So far, the 10 companies that have signed the "Memorandum of Understanding" submitted to the EC includes Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Texas Instruments. The commission estimates that these 10 companies represent approximately 90 percent of the mobile phone market in Europe...


    So maybe not everyone's onboard yet but 90% are so there is no real worries.  Hopefully it doesn't take to long for this to come to market.


    MicroUSB



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with wall charger, Featured, Cell Phone, car charger

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  • That's right folks according to IntoMobile.com Nokia is set to release a new cell phone sometime in September.  If the rumors are right this will be the Nokia 3720 and it will be a waterproof phone that is also dustproof.


    Being waterproof and dustproof the Nokia 3720 will let you worry less about common problems that plague cell phones.  Many people spill a little water on them.  Another feature is the Nokia 3720 is also shockproof.  This means that it can be dropped and the phone will still work.  Granted we're not saying take it to the top of a 5 story building but you won't have to worry anymore if it falls of the table or slips out your pocket


    So for now this is simply a rumor and we will have to all wait to an official announcement with specs but at least it looks promising.


    Nokia 3720


    [image courtesy mobilecowboys.com]
    This post was posted in Nokia and was tagged with waterproof, shockproof, Nokia 3720, Featured, dustproof, Cell Phone, Nokia

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