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  • Electronics retail giant Best Buy wants to get into the cell-phone broadband service. It plans to launch Best Buy Connect brand that will allow store-branded mobile services along with the products it sells. This was posted in the Wall Street Journal, and according to reports, Sprint will be making this foray of Best Buy possible.




    The company has already started circulating advertisements. According to the advertisement, cell phone broadband services will start at $29.99, for 250MB of data service, without a contract. The high-end plans include data services of up to 5GB, at a monthly rate of $59.99. Service contracts with lower rates will also be made available. There will a $35 activation fee, but this can be waived, if the user signs for a two-year contract. Another offering by Best Buy is that customers will be given RewardZone points, which they can build up, and use for discounts and other promotional offers at Best Buy.



    Reports state that this will not be a full-fledged service, and will be limited to a small segment of devices sold by Best Buy. Laptops equipped with the Qualcomm Gobi chipset will be able to make use of this service. The Gobi chipset laptops can roam on either CDMA or HSPA networks.  The service will not provide 4G broadband services, but only 3G.



    This move by Best Buy is a strong, logical extension into its endeavors in cellphone broadband services and products. If Best Buy can both sell a 3G laptop and also provide the broadband service, its profit margin will be huge and unprecedented.




    Best Buy is looking forward to launching this service as soon as possible. It will be a huge step forward by Best Buy in extending its annual revenue income. As for us, we can only wait and see if this venture is worth it or not.



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  • If accessing social networking web pages is what you are primarily looking for in your phone then there is good news for you. Verizon wireless has decided to drop the prices of the Microsoft Kin cell  phones which allow easy access to social networking portals.





    Prices of the Microsoft Kins phones will change as follows



    • · The Kin One will now cost $29 in comparison to its earlier $50 pricing
    • · The Kin Two price will be cut down to half it original to around $50


    However we honestly feel that this will not go a long way in really helping the sales of these handsets to that extent. For the customer, it is important to note that all these handsets do come with the usual two year contract and additional data charges. When you buy these phones, you will be committed to a two year data plan of $30 per month which is comparable to the



    These phones are pretty good in the respect that they allow you to upload your pictures and even videos onto your profiles. However the drawbacks sadly for these nifty phones are numerous, such as;



    • · You cannot download any applications at all hence no games, and
    • · You cannot access special Twitter and other such special clients.



    On the brighter side, there are some updates slated for release from Microsoft which will enable YouTube access and social networking capabilities however we really think that this is not enough. In fact, Microsoft’s soon to be released smart phone platform the Windows Phone 7 which is coming out in a few months time. This sadly will be a killer for many of the phones like the kin. However on the bright side, the positive aspects of the Kin will find its way into the Windows Phone 7.




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  • Nokia is soon going to be launched the still unnamed RM-626 which if early reports are to be believed, is a variation of the soon to be shipped Unlocked Nokia ( N8 ). This new phone will be either classified as N9 or may be as a part of the C series going by the C0 sign on the top left hand corner of the phone. We have managed to check out videos which show off this phone.



    Earlier Negri had given us a tantalizing look at this phone by giving a set of three photographs of a prototype phone from Nokia. However they have given us a four minute hands on video of this phone. After watching this video, we have seen that there is C0-00 marked on the back of the phone, although the phone setting says N00. However this is beside the point as this phone really succeeds in the features that it provides the users.



    In terms of looks, this phone looks really like the N8 but with only slight changes. It is thinner and has a sliding key pad which feels really smooth and dependable. Its keys look similar to the Nokia  N97 Unlocked Gadget which is not necessarily a good thing. However, on the plus side, it has 4 rows of keys rather than the 3 of the earlier. This therefore means that the space bar is finally where it should be. The RM-626 therefore will be a hit among the QWERTY fans.


    Although the N8 comes with a 12 megapixel camera with a Xenon flash, The RM-626 has an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, however one need not be discouraged as the camera quality is not really that bad. As for the software, this phone seems to be using the Symbian^3 platform which means that the MeeGo and Maemo are going to be disappointed. The prices and availability is still unknown to us.



    This post was posted in Nokia, Odd And Interesting and was tagged with Unlocked Nokia N97, unlocked cell phones, Nokia Unlocked N8

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  • The Verizon latest models would have to prove their mettle as soon as the iPhone is launched. Verizon is looking into various ways to up its market and make it look bolder and meaner. In fact, Verizon company is doing all that it can to show that it means business ahead of the launch of the Unlocked Motorola Droid ( X )  model and the Apple iPhone 4 model.



    It is rumoured that Verizon Wireless employees had been in a meeting just before the Sunday Store closures. Though store closures are a rarity in case of such big companies but it’s happening nonetheless, though temporarily. It happened in small selected areas before spreading throughout the entire company. The big news that’s making waves is that the Verizon Wireless will be scrapping of the word ‘Wireless’ from its name. The Verizon Company are not holding back on the advertisements and are doing quite a bit of publicity stunts to rake up their products just before the launch of the Apple iPhone 4. The name change is followed by new slogans such as “Verizon, Rule the Air!”


    Except the name change Verizon are leaving everything else just the same. The developers have confirmed that there will be no added extra features with the new Verizon models.



    Sources have confirmed that this is just a marketing strategy which will temporarily change the name of the company. The idea is to shorten the name so as it appears bolder and more intense.


    The meeting that had been mentioned in this passage earlier had also another purpose. It was to decide whether or not the company would incline towards the new  iPhone 4 Unlocked gadget model that is going to be launched recently. Reports are in that Verizon will stick to their android models and putt full effort on their latest Droid X cell phones.




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  • There is great news for the unlocked cell phone users in the USA as US Cellular has come out with their plans for the new line of phones that they will be coming out with during the rest of the year. They will also be releasing a large number of Android phones so as to ensure that all users will be satisfied.



    Some of the phones which are slated for release by the US cellular are


    • Samsung Acclaim
    • HTC Desire, and a few more which have not been declared yet.

    On the Android platform, there is a huge collection of QWERTY phones which are sure to be a success.


    • A LG phone (may be the Unlocked Galaxy S and the Ally) which comes with a large touch screen and smartly designed QWERTY keypad is due in October.
    • On the lower end side, US Cellular will be releasing the chunky Motorola Flipout which has full QWERTY keypad
    • There is also the LG Banter touch with a large 3 inch touch pad and QWERTY
    • Lastly there is the side sliding QWERTY device from Samsung which is possibly going to be the Restore.


    We should however not be looking really too far in the future. The phone which is the earliest to come out and has caught my attention is the BlackBerry Clamshell 9670 phone which has full QWERTY. From what can be gathered, the BlackBerry 9670 will be running on OS 6. In terms of memory this phone is fully loaded with a 512 MB RAM and 4GB built in storage. To just serve as additional features, this phone is loaded with Wi-Fi accessibility and a 5 Mega pixel camera which makes this phone a good choice. This however, is almost certain to be released by Verizon as well. You can also check out the more traditional  BlackBerry Bold 9650 Unlocked Phone which will be coming out in August.




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  • If you are the user of any unlocked mobile device having an AMOLED screen, you too would face certain problems when trying to use the phone in direct sunlight. In other words, it is nearly impossible to read anything on phones such as the HTC Desire that makes use of an AMOLED screen. In a view to combat this downfall of AMOLED screens, Samsung has recently released their new Super AMOLED screens that are not only much thinner, but at the same time can also deliver a much brighter and crispier image when directly held in the sun. Samsung conducted a recent test to determine which was better; whether it was the regular AMOLED display or the Super AMOLED screens releasing a video that pitted two mobile phones against each other, the HTC Desire that had a regular AMOLED screen and the Samsung Galaxy S that had a Super AMOLED screen.



    The 7 minute long video shows both devices having their brightness at maximum and the position of the phones is switched around so as to ensure fairness. Under direct sunlight, the HTC mobile is practically worthless as it is nearly impossible to see anything apart from the big clock display on the screen. On the other hand, the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S Super AMOLED screen had a much clearer display, allowing users the ability of seeing nearly perfectly.



    Although neither display would require any backlight, thereby prolonging the battery life of the phone, Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen fared better when it came to color saturation and contrast of the two screens. Considering the fact that the Galaxy S has an incredibly large 4 inch screen, it makes sense to have it equipped with a Super AMOLED display having better clarity. Apart from the display of the Galaxy, the phone will support enhanced graphics and be powered by a 1GHz processor.




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  • If the U.S. Senate has its way, texting while driving is soon to be banned. A version of S. 1938 is being planned for revision by the U.S. Senate which would result in a program that bans smsing while driving. The main goal of the ban is to provide different financial initiatives to states as a bonus in preventing texting from any handheld devices while driving. It has been planed that this Act would be on par with laws for the legal drinking age, maximum speed limits and the need for a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Those states that are able to have an impact on their citizens through the enactment of such laws would be given more federal monies, although the limits have yet to be defined. There have already been numerous states that have enacted a ban for driving and texting as well as banning the use of mobiles while driving. The proposed legislation has been set for June since it is National Safe Driving Month.



    It has been stated by various regulators as well as The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that all states should now come up with ways and means of banning texting while driving. A basic framework has been established by the NHTSA for those states currently not having any law in effect. Through this framework, states can come up with their own laws and regulations for curbing texting while driving. It has been suggested by the NHTSA that drivers caught texting should be fined $75 with possible future action taken against their driving privileges.


    The NHTSA is also pushing for a law that will treat drivers as criminals should they injure or kill a pedestrian. “We believe that texting while driving is very similar to talking on one’s unlocked cell phone when driving as it can cause harm to an innocent pedestrian. All states should take effective measures to ensure that such life threatening practices are avoided at all costs,” states the NHTSA.



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  • When it comes to wireless carriers and wireless data one might think that AT&T transmits to largest amount of wireless data.  Well if this is the case then you might find the results of a recent study published by ABI Research to be quite interesting.  According to their study ABI Research says Verizon is actually the largest provider of wireless data with Sprint coming in second also beating out AT&T.


    The two companies, Verizon and Sprint, combined to handle 63% of all wireless data in 2009.  This 63% equates to 16 billion MB more data than AT&T.  ABI claims these numbers have more to do with AT&T’s smaller 3G coverage and the prevalence of data cards on the two EV-DO networks.  However, ABI is predicting that AT&T will be able to overtake Sprint by 2012.


    The recent findings of this study by ABI Research are pretty interesting.  Like many others I would have expected AT&T to lead the way in wireless data sent with the iPhone and growing list of smartphones that they offer.  Apparently the type of coverage a network can provide can have a huge impact on the amount data that is transmitted via their network.  As we all know AT&T’s network can be unreliable at times so it would make perfect sense that Verizon and Sprint would be able to send more data through their network.


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    With plans already under way to improve their wireless network AT&T is taking to necessary steps when it comes to having a leading wireless network.  When all of these changes are in place I expect AT&T’s wireless data numbers to increase substantially as they are likely to attract new unlocked cell phone customers with a better cell phone network.



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with Verizon, unlocked cell phones, Sprint, AT&T, iPhone

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  • Coming this spring Verizon Wireless consumers will have the chance to bill online content directly to their cell phone bills.  Verizon is set to utilize Danal’s BilltoMobile service that will allow mobile device users to charge any online content they download right to their Verizon bills.  A secure connection and integration between Verizon Wireless and Danal will provide features important to online consumers and merchants, including robust subscriber authentication and fraud protection, among others.


    The mobile payment service will feature a $25-per-month spending limit for these purchases, along with content and parental controls for individual accounts, giving account owners the ability to manage their BilltoMobile usage.  When available, customers with text messaging-enabled phones will be able to shop quickly, securely and conveniently for Verizon Wireless-approved content at online stores, including game sites, social networks and virtual worlds. Users will also be able to purchase subscriptions to popular online games.



    The BilltoMobile payment service is simple for consumers. To conduct a transaction, consumers click on the BilltoMobile button during checkout at a participating online Web site and then input their mobile numbers and mobile billing zip codes for subscriber authentication. A text message is then sent to consumers’ unlocked mobile phones with a one-time passcode. Once consumers input this passcode into the online checkout window, the transaction is completed. The entire process takes about 15 seconds, and there is no pre-registration or links to credit cards or bank accounts required.


    This sounds like a great addition to power unlocked cell phone users on the Verizon network.  The BilltoMobile program will offer consumers a safe and quick way to purchase products or online content directly from their mobile devices.  This is just another step in the direction of being able to use your mobile devices for much more things than just making phone calls and sending text messages.



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