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4 years ago

Verizon raising early termination fee to $350

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If you're looking to break out of your contract with Verizon, better do it before next week, as the maximum penalty will be increased to $350. That goes down, of course, $10 for every month of the contract that you've already completed. Why the change in the early termination fee? A scam involving flipping BlackBerries for cash, prizes and small puppies, apparently. But, let's face it: If you're going to break a contract, chances are you're not going to care that much what it's gonna cost ya. [Boy Genius Report]

Have you ever ponied up for an early termination fee?(surveys)
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4 years ago

HTC HD2 officially coming to the U.S.

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When HTC CEO Peter Chou said last month that that the HD2 (aka the Leo) would be coming to the U.S. in early 2010, we weren't entirely sure whether to believe it. This is, after all, the guy who outted that the Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 would receive updates to Windows Mobile 6.5 before Microsoft had even announced Windows Mobile 6.5. (Not that there ever was much doubt, but still ...)

Anyhoo, HTC today has made things officially official, if not still vague for us in the U.S. The HD2 is available now in Europe and Asia, and it "will be available with a major carrier in the US in early 2010." As for that major carrier? We're still leaning toward T-Mobile, or maybe Sprint. Full presser after the break.

Mobile Tech World via Engadget Mobile

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4 years ago

T-Mobile in midst of major service outage (Update: Service restored!)

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Update 2: As of 1:25 a.m., T-Mobile says everything's back up and running.

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If you're on T-Mobile, chances are you know this by now, but the company is reporting it's in the middle of what's sounding like a pretty big outage. From its Twitter feed:

All – We’re aware of the current service disruption. Our rapid response teams have been mobilized to restore service as quickly as possible. We will provide further updates as more information is available.

Stay tuned, folks.

Update: T-Mo says at 9 p.m. EST, only 5 percent of its customers were still down.

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4 years ago

Quick Review: Flight Commander (updated)

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It's been no secret that Microsoft has been trying to get iPhone developers to hop on board the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and we're starting to see some very similar apps emerge.

After the break, we take a look at Flight Commander for Windows Mobile (available for $6.99 in the Marketplace), along with video of the gameplay.

Update: In the course of this review we'd contacted Firemint, maker of the iPhone Flight Control app (see more of that after the break) to see if they'd developed Flight Commander under a different name. Looks like we've poked the bear, as Firemint has replied and says it has nothing to do with this app and "will be investigating further and taking all appropriate actions."

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4 years ago

Xperia panels now working on the Touch Pro 2, Diamond 2

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Funny we were just talking about this 2 podcasts agoMobility Digest is reporting that forum whiz Herg has successfully ported those swanky Xperia panels to Touch Pro 2 and Diamond 2 devices (specifically the Pure).

Mchapman007 at PPCGeeks has confirmed that this is working on his Verizon Touch Pro 2 as well, noting it works "perfectly" and "...The Fish panel worked for me.. Also the main screen or home panel is awesome, all of the variations that go into that panel seem to be working."

You'll want to grab the .cab here and head to XDA to experiment with more panels.

Besides custom ROMs, seems like a whole new can of worms for UI choice has just opened up, offering an unparalleled selection for Windows phone users.  Nice work Herg!

Read More: Mobility Digest

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4 years ago

PSA: So you want a refund from the Marketplace?

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When when Malatesta sat down with Microsoft last month for a chat about Windows phones and the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, we noted that you could "return" an app for a full refund within 24 hours of purchase. That's true, but there's a pretty big caveat: You can only do so once in a calendar month. From Microsoft's own mouth:

Customers are able to view purchase history on the Windows Marketplace for Mobile website. You will also be able to request a refund for credit card purchases once a month as long as it is within 24 hours of the purchase. For further credit card billing assistance, use the e-form to submit an issue to Microsoft Customer Service and Support.

That puts a kibosh on buying using the refund mechanism as a way to simply try apps. There are a few in the Marketplace with "lite" versions, but not all of them. And we can't do promo codes yet (though there's a good chance that'll start with Phase II, in which apps will be allowed to have secondary registration codes added).

And do note above the use of the phrase "request a refund." There's a reason it doesn't say "demand." Also, things get a little tricky if you have the Marketplace charges tacked on to your cell phone bill.

What about you guys out there? How's your experience with returns/billing been so far?

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4 years ago

Seidio Innocell 1750mAh battery for Snap, Touch Pro 2

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Looking to get a some extra life out of your Touch Pro 2, Sprint Snap or Dash 3G? Seidio now has an extended battery that is the same size as the standard battery, bringing 1750mAh instead of the stock 1500mAh. No added bulk. No giant bulge sticking out the back of your phone. Just more talk time. More Internet time. And less worry about when you'll have to charge next.

Available now for $49.95 in the WMExperts Store.

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4 years ago

Breaking News: MyFart now available; we have been to the mountaintop

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Yes fellow Windows phone lovers, we have hit a milestone today: we have been blessed with our very first gaseous joke application, dubbed MyFart for a bargain price of $0.99 in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

No more shall we be envious of the iPhone crowd, though they still out number our flatulent vaporware (snicker), we have finally struck back with our own puerile program and we assure thee iPhoners, this is just the beginning, for we smell victory.  Prepare for the fartocalypse! 

(Too much on the last one?)

Update: See George's earlier review of a similar app called, wait for it, Jack the Ripper.  Brilliant.

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4 years ago

Opera Mobile 10 beta for Symbian - a sign of things to come for Windows Mobile?

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First there was Opera Mobile 9.5 beta, which gave way to Opera Mobile 9.7 beta. Now, enter Opera Mobile 10 beta for Symbian. And it looks like a likely progression and brings much-improved password management, among a host of other features. Question is, will we see Opera Mobile 10 on Windows Mobile? Wmpoweruser says yes, unofficially, even though there's zero mention of WinMo in the Symbian release. So, we'll just have to see. [Opera Mobile 10 beta]

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4 years ago

Review: Naztech Ultima H5 Case

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Review: Naztech Ultima H5 Case

Naztech produces quality leather phone cases and with the newness of the Touch Pro 2, we looked at the Naztech Ultima H5 Case for the AT&T Tilt/HTC TyTN II to see how well it adapted to the Tilt 2/Touch Pro 2.

Cases are slowly reaching the market for the Touch Pro 2/Tilt 2 and the Ultima H5 might give users an option to pursue while they wait.

Follow the break to see how well the Ultima H5 adapted to the Tilt 2/Touch Pro 2.

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4 years ago

Happy birthday, Bill. Love, Bono

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Happy birthday, Bill. Love, Bono

Let us now pay homage to our benevolent overlord, Bill Gates, as he has birthday wishes passed on by none other than Bono and U2. Sure, Bono will sell himself to any tech company that comes a callin', but anything that gets the goat of Fake Steve Jobs is OK by us, too. In other news, Bono also does weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. And look for him to serenade Linus Torvalds on Dec. 28 and Jim Balsille on Feb. 3.

Oh, and Steve Ballmer was spotted dancing backstage.

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4 years ago

Microsoft: Mac or PC? Who cares?

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4 years ago

Side-by-side browser test on the HD2, iPhone and Acer neoTouch

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Browser wars are a favorite pastime among smartphone nerds, and here we have a battle royale from Solopalmari featuring the iPhone, the HTC HD2 and the Acer neoTouch (don't expect to see that one in the states anytime soon). Of course, this test isn't really indicative of anything other than showing how fast each browser is on each phone — we'll leave the "best!" comments up to you guys in the comments.

Via Mobile Tech World and wmpoweruser

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4 years ago

Manila 2.5 ported to Fuze, VGA phones

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Until now, if you wanted to run the latest builds of HTC's Manila (TouchFLO 3D), you needed to be running one of the newer generations of HTC phones, as in the Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2, etc. But now Manila 2.5 has been ported to VGA resolution (480x640), and it's already being cooked into ROMs for the HTC Fuze (original Touch Pro). This is all still in early beta, so bugs are likely. But it's good news for those of you with VGA phones. XDA Developers via Mobility Digest

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4 years ago

Review: Pocket Informant 9

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Review: Pocket Informant 9

Personal Information Management (PIM) tools are the classic example of why PDAs or Smart Phones are useful. Having hundreds of contacts, meetings, and tasks all stored at your fingertips has been the justification for many of us getting into the handheld market. But over the years, Pocket Outlook has been a little behind the curve in both features and usability compared to some of the competitors on the market. When synchronization with an enterprise Exchange Server is billed as one of the selling points for the Windows Mobile platform, having the interface be somewhat stagnated can be a major issue.

In any conversation about replacement PIM tools for Windows Mobile, Pocket Informant is going to be toward the top of the list. Now in version 9, WebIS has improved overall usability and brought the application more in line with standards that are introduced in Windows Mobile 6.5. The question is, did WebIS do enough to make this update worth the $10 cost? Hit the jump to find out.

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