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Sprint Treo Pro: Coming Jaunary 25th (Confirmed Again)

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We've been telling you about that Sprint Treo Pro (PRT850HK) for sometime now (DSL Reports) and even showed some exclusive screenshots of it running Mobile IE 6.

BGR later confirmed that it has a slated release date for January 11th (right on time for CES).

Now EngadgetMobile gets an internal sheet showing all of this again. What is interesting though is that this is indeed replacing the 800w. This is sort of expected, but not confirmed until now.

Oh 800w, we hardly knew ya!

Specs are still mostly unknown at this point, though we're not expecting too much of a deviation from its GSM cousin. Camera is still a ho-hum 2.0mp, so no bump there.

Full retail is an average $549 (slightly cheaper than the 800w at $599, attributable probably to HTCs lower-cost production system)

Also, the date is pushed back till January 25th from Sprint and January 21st from Brightpoint (resellers, perhaps telesales for business). But don't be surprised to see Palm show this off during CES a week earlier.

Now if we can only get some actual pics of the device...

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What Is Pink? It Ain't No ZunePhone.

If you hadn't heard, the latest swirl of ZunePhone rumors have been well and truly smacked down again, to much rejoicing. That hasn't kept the internet from chasing the next rumor ball like a bunch of 8-year-old soccer players. This time around it's 'Project Pink,' and the leaders of this particular pack are Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet and Paul Thurrot, who both speculate that Project Pink has something to do with:

  • Zune Mobile services (instead of hardware)
  • The technology arising from the Danger/Sidekick acquisition
  • Unicorns

Ok, we added that last one and to be perfectly honest, their speculation rings quite true to us. How about this for some fun: Engadget's post on the subject reminds us that both Danger and Zune are in the “PMX Group” (that's Premium Mobile Experiences to you). Taking a look at PMX, where the relevant groups are situated, led us to a fun little nugget.

After the break, some connections and the deets on just where we found that logo we slapped inside the Fuze above.

Here's the relevant passage from the Danger acquisition Press Release:

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Unofficial Xperia Panel Creation Tool

It's not especially easy or especially pretty, but my sony ericsson has released an unofficial web app for creating your own Xperia X1 panels. The basic idea is pretty simple -- code up your own HTML files and a few thumbnail screenshots (for the panel browser), upload the files, and then download the panel they conveniently create from all that.

Sure, they're not going to be as powerful as C++ panels, but hey, you don't have to learn C++ to create them. You can even create links in your html file to applications and folders on the Xperia, so you can roll your own quick-start panel as a nice start if you like. Be aware that there are some pretty tight constrictions on what you can do (hint: it has to be supported by Pocket IE 5).

While you're setting up your custom HTML-based panel, we'll be over here wondering if alternate today screen platforms/standards are good for Windows Mobile as a whole. Panels, TouchFlo 3D, TouchWiz... they're all very pretty, but they're all also very proprietary. Do you care? Should you?

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Verizon-Alltel deal cleared by FTC

Cellular News is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission has removed the last hurdle for Verizon Wireless to purchase Alltel Corporation. While competitors may claim to have more bars, the purchase will create the nation's largest wireless carrier.

Having cleared the FTC and U.S. Justice Department

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HTC’s profits at $528 million in Q3

Some good news out of HTC. The Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer reported that its monthly profits for November were a record $528.57 million.

That

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Verizon Semi-Unlocks GPS .....For BlackBerrys

We received a missive from Slartibartfast yesterday (no, not that Slartibartfast) that piqued our interest:

BGR is reporting from a Howard forums thread that VZ unlocked blackberry GPSs. Is your GPS initiative gaining traction at VZ?

Indeed, BGR was reporting and our friends at CrackBerry.com confirmed and chatted it up in their forums. Like ol' Slarti there (can we call you Slarti?), we felt the teeniest, tiniest tinge of excitement as we briefly believed that not only was Verizon actually going to be switching to a sane and reasonable GPS policy, but that maybe our sternly worded letter may have, you know, been read. Then we came back to earth. For one, this is on BlackBerry, not WM. For two, well, we're just not that big a deal.

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AT&T Mulling a Single Smartphone Platform?

Macworld [via] has a story up explaining that:

AT&T hopes to standardize on a single operating system for AT&T-branded smart phones as a part of a “dramatic consolidation” of its mobile platforms

...additionally, the statement was made by Roger Smith, who is the director of next generation services and product realization and therefore in a position to actually make good on such an extreme statement. Furthermore, he said this at a Symbian conference and suggested that Symbian would be a strong contender for that single platform.

Erm. What?

Before you blow your top thinking that AT&T is planning on dropping Windows Mobile, the iPhone, and BlackBerry, we're wondering if there's a more prosiac (and less explosive) explanation. Perhaps the “branded” in “AT&T Branded Smartphones” actually refers to hardware, to stuff that AT&T gets made itself as opposed to stuff made by, you know, everybody else. In other words, if they do make good on these plans and they decide to go with Symbian (which we're doubting -- on both counts), you can expect to say goodbye to things like future iterations of the SMT5700. In other words, no biggy.

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Acer: Smartphone coming sometime, somewhere

Back in September we wrote about a Digitimes article that stated Acer was planning on launching a smartphone in the first quarter of 2009, most likely in Western Europe and Russia. At the time, we were a little ho-hum, thinking it was just another manufacturer hopping in the smartphone pool.

Turns out, Acer had acquired E-Ten, a company not well-known here in the states, except for when we write about its Glofiish devices (or Glofish

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Android Central Reviews the HTC Fuze

Our pal Casey has put in his Smartphone Round Robin 2 cents on the HTC Fuze and it's definitely worth a read. He takes the goal of looking at a device through the eyes of an Android User pretty seriously and the result is a fair and interesting impression of what Windows Mobile looks like to a certain set of user: namely, the sort of user who is a little savvy about smartphones but not about to get into the sort of registry edits that sometimes get us excited.

In other words -- he likes TouchFlo 3D on the Fuze for new users, Windows Mobile for power users, but isn't so sure that the Fuze would work well for the middle-of-the-road folks the G1 appeals to. In that sense he might not be too far off -- I've seen brand-new smartphone users positively giddy over TouchFLO 3D.

Anyhow, it's one more perspective on the cognitive dissonance between the skins we put on top of Windows Mobile and the standard Windows Mobile UI -- go check it out and comment there for your chance at a G1. Or comment here for a chance at getting a Fuze of your own. Or -- why not -- both!.

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