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4 years ago

BitTorrent app gets approval for Windows Phone 7?

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Though we reported awhile back that BitTorrent applications had an uncertain future in the Windows Phone Marketplace (for perhaps obvious reasons), it looks like Microsoft may have decided what to do about potential app submissions.

'TorrrentRemote' is a new app from codeJoker and it looks like it's near complete. What's more impressive and pertinent though is evidently Brandon Watson from Microsoft told the developer it "should be fine" for the Marketplace. Of course, this isn't a native BitTorrent application but instead accesses uTorrent running on your PC remotely. Presumably this is why it can get approval through the marketplace, as opposed to DTor.

Of course we know mistakes can be made in these areas, so we'll wait and see what happens. But if accurate, we're at least a little excited.

[via 1800PocketPC]

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4 years ago

Microsoft shows off Slacker, iheartradio & Lyrics at CTIA

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With just a few days left before the big showcase, looks like Microsoft is still showing off some coolness, this time related to music.

Though we all know about Zune on the device, it looks like Microsoft isn't anemic towards competition either. At CTIA they evidently showed off Slacker Radio (see review for Windows Mobile), iheartradio and Lyrics (by MusiXMatch).

All sounds very good to us, especially Slacker which we've always got a kick out of. Combined with Spotify, which is coming soon as well, Windows Phone 7 users will have plenty of options for media. But where's Kinoma?

[via mocoNews.net]

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 111

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's new data plans, part two

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T-Mobile's new data plans, part two

Earlier this morning we reported on T-Mobile's changes to their broadband data plans. Now we are seeing that T-Mobile is also has plans in store for their phone data plans.

According to TMoNews, effective October 20, 2010 T-Mobile will introduce these new pre-paid plans:

  • $70 Unlimited Text and Talk with 2GB of Data.
  • $50 Unlimited Text and Talk with 100mb of Data.
  • $30 1500 Talk and Text with 30mb of Data.

All of which basically eliminates the current unlimited data plans while lowering the cost just a smidgen. No words as of yet what going over the data limits will cost you.  Charges could be levied by the byte or similar to AT&T's new plans that charge you a flat rate to extend your data allotment for that billing period (e.g. $10 for an extra 100mb).

Curious, are these data limits a good thing or bad?  Will you miss the unlimited data or is 2GB's more than enough?

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4 years ago

T-Mobile new data plans leaked

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T-Mobile new data plans leaked

It appears that T-Mobile is joining the ranks of wireless providers who are restructuring data plans but this time, it deals with broadband data. A leaked employee training sheet shows T-Mobile will offer three, pre-paid data options for their mobile broadband devices.

Termed "passes" the three options are as follows:

  • $10 Week Pass: 100mb of data or 7 days.
  • $30 Month Pass: 300mb of data or 30 days.
  • $50 Month Pass: 1GB of data or 30 days.

As the training guide indicates, "Prepaid plans give the customer the option to have Mobile Broadband and pay for it as needed."

Currently, T-Mobile offers two broadband options; 5GB per month at $39.99 and 200mb per month at $24.99. It appears the key difference between the new plans and existing is that the new plans will not require a two year contract.  Still, the difference in the top two plans is a little puzzling.

Expect the new plans to come into effect later this month. No word if T-Mobile's smartphone data plans will be restructured.

via: Endgadget

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4 years ago

Motorola ES400 headed to AT&T

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Motorola ES400 headed to AT&T

Just the other day, Sprint announced they will be adding the Motorola ES400 to their lineup. Today, AT&T made a similar announcement.

The Motorola ES400 will be added to AT&T's rugged device lineup. Michael Antieri, President of Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions for AT&T stated, "The Motorola ES400 extends our leading portfolio of mobility devices and is an example of our commitment to helping organizations of all sizes – large and small – mobilize their business for maximum efficiency and profitability."

The Motorola ES400 uses Microsoft's new embedded OS that is built on Windows Mobile 6.5.3. It is powered by a 600mhx ARM 11 processor, has 256mb RAM and 1GB of flash memory, a 3" 640x480 touch screen, GPS/Wifi/Bluetooth and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It is a "rugged" device designed to withstand dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and temperature extremes.

No pricing and availability information was available and you can find the full press release over at AT&T.

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4 years ago

Audible may/may not be on the roadmap for WP7

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While we know many of you love using Audible whenever you can, support from them has been....lacking to say the least. Even their interface with Kinoma is dun broke, despite Kinoma's best effort to work with/around them.

Lately, Paul Thurrott has been keeping the flame going, with both hopes of support for the Zune HD (unlikely, evidently supported, indirectly) and Windows Phone 7 (more likely). Audible dropped a possible hint in a conversation with a listener that a WP7 app would be ready "within the month", but alas, it appears they may have been talking about WM6.x:

Thank you very much for contacting Audible.com about the upcoming Windows 7 Phone. As of right now, there is no information regarding the release of this application for the Windows 7 Phone. However, the version will eventually be supported once we have resolved the current issues with the Audible Air Application for 6.0 and 6.5. This being said, there is no estimated time frame or release date for this device.

Oh Audible, we want to love you but seriously...you need to get your act together on this already :-/ Well, at least their may be hope for you Windows Mobile users who will be sticking with the platform for a bit. Silver lining?

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4 years ago

SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 is...almost out

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File under: Whoa, completely forgot about that...

Last February, we got a gander at SPB's Mobile Shell 5.0 and then , never heard about it again. (See out hands-on video at MWC).

Well, today that's changed as SPB has finally re-announced the extremely popular UI replacement for Windows Mobile (and Android and Symbian...wait, whuh?)

Some of the key features mentioned are

  • The first complete 3D mobile phone interface, offering an extremely fast and natural user experience. User interactions become much more intuitive in a real 3D environment.
  • Single place to access all smartphone features: combining traditional widget based homescreen and application launcher via stunning 3D homescreen.
  • Fast switching between screens with a single gesture.

There's no date on when you can buy it and unfortunately, SPB seems to be aiming at OEMs and carriers as their #1 customers. Lets hope they didn't cut our the end-user!  Stay tuned...and check out that swipe at HTC Sense in the video. Hello!

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4 years ago

HTC 7 Trophy shows up on Vodafone UK system

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While we're in the final lap of the pre-Windows Phone 7 launch, it's not too shocking to see WP7 devices start to populate carrier's invoice systems and that's what we have here for our UK brethren. 

The "ultras slim" HTC 7 Trophy (seen here), a solid looking device, just showed up in Vodafone's network as a contract handset, as the picture clearly states. Featuring a 1GHz CPU, 8GB internal storage and a  3.8", 16million color screen, looks to be a decent starter phone for many.

No info on pricing or exact availability, though we're sure "in the next few weeks" is a safe bet.

[Thanks, Dave, for the pic!]

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4 years ago

Ballmer takes swipe at Android's software fragmentation

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Oh we love it when Ballmer gets feisty, even if his company is the underdog at the moment.

At a UK Tech Days event today, Ballmer gave his spiel about Windows Phone 7 and made some remarks about his competitors, specifically Google. He brought up the whole fragmentation issue, which is sort of a thorn in the side for developers. In short, when an update for Android is made, not every phone gets it, nor does the phones that do get it, get the same version due to OEM customization. When this happens, developers have to update their apps for specific phones to get them working.

Ballmer promised this not to be the case with WP7: "Unlike Google, if you write an app for Windows Phone 7, it will work on all Windows phones" which yeah, is a good selling point to developers. Also, with some humility, on Windows Mobile Baller noted that  "We got ourselves in to a little bit of a pickle with phones, but now we're on track".

Lets hope so, as Google is playing for keeps.

[via Neowin.net]

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4 years ago

Google Voice app, others continue to show up in WP7 Marketplace

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In a nice little screen shot posted by @arnehess (from theunwired.net), we can see more apps populating the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace as expected.

While the ubiquitous "tip calculator" is there, the biggy appears to be a Google Voice app called 'GoVoice'. We're not sure if this a call-back method or one that auto-dials/logs in your Google account, but either way it's a good sign some of us will be able to continue using our Google Voice number when we get our new phone.

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4 years ago

Microsoft's Full-Court Press on WP7

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Microsoft's Full-Court Press on WP7

CNET did an en-depth, behind the scenes article on Windows Phone 7 and while we found the video of the Twitter app interesting, something else stood out from CNET's coverage. The amount of effort Microsoft is making to promote, support and develop Windows Phone 7.

It's not surprising to see a company throw its weight behind its product but Microsoft's weight is impressive. We've seen the reports that Microsoft's marketing of Windows Phone 7 could reach the half-a-billion dollar mark but it goes beyond marketing.  Here are three areas that stood out with Microsoft's efforts towards Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft had just three or four developers responsible for the software development kit needed to write applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. Microsoft has increased these efforts a hundred fold having 300 to 400 people working on the tools and resources developers need to write programs for Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft has also made efforts to get their employees behind the Windows Phone movement. The company stopped reimbursing employees for non-Windows mobile devices some time ago and has pledged to give every full-time employee a Windows Phone 7 device. Microsoft is also looking into amending employment terms to allow employees to profit from any Windows Phone applications they develop.

Microsoft dubs their long term Windows Phone development efforts as "Selah", Hebrew for "stop and listen". Microsoft has tremendous efforts to stop and listen to developers; either through offering technical and marketing help, holding developer seminars, guaranteeing prime real estate in the Marketplace, or financial incentives. Based on all the Windows Phone 7 apps we've seen in development, the "stop and listen" approach seems to have worked.

In just under a week, the curtain will rise and Windows Phone 7 will be officially announced.  It will interesting to finally see the Windows Phone 7 journey begin as well as the phones that will be running the OS. Microsoft will have a little catching up to do against the competition but will all these efforts, do the trick?

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4 years ago

Oct 11th in NYC: What we're expecting + Schedule

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Now that all dust is settling on the "World wide launch event" for Windows Phone 7 next week, we're just going to summarize what we know and what we're expecting, including what devices we predict we'll see.

Events

  • 9:30am: Keynote speech by Ballmer and de la Vega (from AT&T), simulcasted to London
  • 10:15am: Hands on with AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup
  • 11:30am: A look at Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 "Global portfolio" aka devices for the rest of the world
  • 11:30am: HTC and T-Mobile private, press event
  • 3pm: HTC and T-Mobile public, customer event

AT&T: Ready to launch on November 8th

Runners up include the LG GW910 or maybe something from Asus.

T-Mobile: Ready to launch late November

  • HTC HD7: 5MP, 4.3" screen, 8GB storage

Yes, despite some confusion, we know for a fact HTC and T-Mobile will be on hand (in a separate location) for a special preview of their "latest device".

Of course, we'll be at all of those events during the day, covering it all for you folks. And yes, I'll be joined by our very own Phil for a very special, curmudgeony day, plus George and Dieter handling our server-side setup (to keep it all going someone has to feed the hamsters).

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4 years ago

LG GW910 clears FCC, headed for AT&T

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We have to admit, we're getting a little confused here...

Seems as if the LG GW910 aka 'Panther', first spotted in May, just cleared the FCC and is headed for AT&T.

That makes two LG, sliding keyboard devices headed for the carrier featuring Windows Phone 7, the other being the C900. Hey, the more the merrier, right? Guess that's what AT&T meant by being the "premier carrier" for WP7.

Why? How do they differ in terms of specs? We have no idea but are itching to find out...

Edit: Here were the reported specs back in May. Not clear if anything has changed.

[via Electronista]

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4 years ago

Two more WP7 devices for AT&T: Samsung Focus and HTC Surround

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Engadget just got another AT&T leak, this time showing off some new names for some Windows Phone 7 devices: Samsung Focus and HTC Surround (which sounds like this guy, the T8788).

Should we guess that the former is a camera-featured phone while the latter is...ummm...sound/media specialized? Yeah, we like literal names for our devices. Of course, actual specifications and images are missing at this time.

Combined with the Samsung Cetus, LG C900 and GW910 that brings the number to FIVE, and yet according to Engadget AT&T will have a total of SIX Windows Phone 7 devices. Yowza.

Dell Lightning seems plausible or, alternatively that Asus phone with the AT&T name in the marketplace for that mystery sixth device.

Either way, AT&T customers will certainly have the largest selection of devices for nearly any OS out there. Perhaps they're insulating themselves against that Verizon iPhone rumor?

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