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4 years ago

T-Mobile to begin throttling speeds after 5GB cap is reached

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Looks like T-Mobile is joining the ranks of other mobile carriers by imposing a 5GB cap on data starting October 16th, this is down from the original 10GB cap. On top of this, if you do go over the cap, you'll receive a text message of the overage and that your speeds will now be reduced, at least until your next billing cycle.

This will only have an effect on less than 1% of customers, according to T-Mobile and it is sitll better than AT&Ts 2GB cap.

Still, data caps and throttling speeds look to be the new norm as our phones keep getting more and more powerful (e.g. HD7, Dell Venue Pro)--sort of the exact oppposite of what we want and expect as paying customers. On the other hand, which is better: throttling speeds or charging money for each MB of going over your data plan (like Sprint, AT&T, etc)?

via T-MoNews

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4 years ago

Taiwan-based OEMs are not yet interested in Windows Phone 7; cite licensing fees

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Digitimes is reporting that numerous Taiwanese phone manufactures such as Foxconn, Compal Communications, Pegatron Technology, Qisda, Inventec, Inventec Appliances and Arima Communication, are not yet jumping on Windows Phone 7 but rather are sticking with Android, for now.

The reason given is a combination of licensing fees and current levels of investment in the Android OS as barriers for entry for them. Of course, money talks and if Windows Phone 7 is a big hit, we imagine these companies will come on board.

For the casual reader, companies like Foxconn, Compal and Inventec are far from familiar names in the U.S. That's because such companies in the past have often been behind the scenes, having been hired to build devices for the likes of HP, Palm (Treo line) and Apple (iPhone). Recently, many of those companies have tried the go-it-alone approach to break free from this role, much like HTC did years ago. So far though they have made little traction in Western markets, meaning much of this "news" is inconsequential at the moment.

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4 years ago

IonBall and ChronoX headed to Windows Phone 7

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IronSun Studios has announced the launch of two new game titles for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Paul Kelly, Director at IronSun, states" The launch of Windows Phone 7 is a key moment for IronSun Studios and a culmination of an exciting 6 months for us. Developing for Windows Phone 7 has been a pleasure, the quality of the tools, even from an early stage, is of a very high standard.”

The two games are:

ChronoX: A platform game that is set over thirty levels, spread acroos five time zones. You goal is to retrieve collectibles while avoiding hazards and enemies.

IonBall: This is a classic breakout game with a new twist. You battle through 35 levels and 7 boss battles. As you progress through the game, you'll earn Experience Points that can be used to enhance your character.

Both games will be available at launch through the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Updates in the works?

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Windows Phone 7 Updates in the works?

Microsoft mentioned Cut/Paste would be available via updates early next year during the Launch event.  So we know that updates are in the works to some degree.  What we're seeing now are rumors to what other items the first round of updates may also include.

Tweets from MS_nerd adds multi-tasking, turn-by-turn directions, clipboard and Skydrive support into the mix.  If the predictions are correct, look for the updates in January.

via: Mobility Digest

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4 years ago

HTC Surround at BestBuy

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HTC Surround at BestBuy

Best Buy is accepting pre-orders for the HTC Surround. The AT&T Windows Phone 7 device will run you $199.99 with the two-year contract discounts.

Regular Price is listed as $549.99 and the interesting item of note is the ship date. Best Buy has the Surround shipping on November 8, 2010. At the Windows Phone 7 Launch, AT&T indicated that only the Samsung Focus would be available on November 8th with the Surround and LG Quantum shipping a few weeks later.

Is this wishful thinking on Best Buy or could HTC production be ahead of schedule?

via: Android Central

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4 years ago

Milestone: DroppyPop now available

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Milestone: DroppyPop now available

Flashback to May of this year and we first reported about DroppyPop, an admittedly silly little game that showed off how quickly someone could write an app in Siliverlight for Windows Phone 7. It was also one of the first indie-developer games we reported on for the fledgling OS.

Today, looks like developer Andy Beaulieu finally got his little game listed in the Zune Marketplace for the small token of $0.99. To that, a big congrats to Andy!

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4 years ago

Typo or are there different Windows Phone editions?

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Typo or are there different Windows Phone editions?

That was kind of a tease headline in as we're like 99.99% sure that this is a typo on Microsoft Portugal's website. But hey, it's a big, silly typo by Microsoft. Or perhaps they're just not ready to break with their past, convoluted ways?

Anywho, the gist is that on the Microsoft Portugal website for various Windows Phone 7 devices e.g. the HTC Mozart, it lists the OS as "Windows Phone 7; Standard". While for other devices e.g. the LG Pacific it lists the OS as "Windows Phone 7; Professional".

Considering we heard absolutely nothing to imply different OSs at Monday's NYC event, this reeks of "intern did it!" shenanigans. So, if anything, we'd just like to take this moment to highlight Microsoft's mistake and chuckle a bit.

[via Go Windows Go; Thanks, Sam, for the tip]

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4 years ago

More on the IMDB app for Windows Phone 7

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More on the IMDB app for Windows Phone 7

We're learning a bit more about that very cool IMDB program for Windows Phone 7 that we saw on Monday. In short, it's really, really sharp and many of you will find it quite pleasing to use.

The program was made by a company called IdentityMine who also works on Microsoft's Surface. We recently received this description about that movie database app:

New features include daily application tile image updates, panorama views, and the ability to receive IMDb movie recommendations by shaking the phone. Users can also find show times, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get TV listings, find DVD and Blu-ray releases, explore popular charts and share movie information. The application is available in English US, English UK, French and German. To understand the complexities and deliver on all the goals of this project, IdentityMine researched IMDb’s business needs, user profile, movie assets and technology capabilities.  Over a course of three weeks, IdentityMine’s team of UX experts worked with Silverlight and Microsoft web services to integrate IMDb’s enormous database of 1,633,300 titles and 3,649,234 names with graphics with an interface that users could easily access, search, sort and engage with.

IdentityMine has made a total of six applications for Windows Phone 7 (Graphic.ly and Twitter are others) and we'll be learning more about those over the next few days, so stay tuned!

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4 years ago

Smartphone Coaster--why didn't we think of that?

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Smartphone Coaster--why didn't we think of that?

File under: Missed opportunity for simple yet effective idea...

Now that you and all your friends and family have smartphones, it's important to offer them only the best when they visit. And by best we mean a place to not only keep their phone, but keep it visible and accessible.

Smartphone Coasters are exactly that--little stands for your phone. We could imagine placing them on the coffee table, media cabinet, shelves, toilet basin (for the guys) etc. where people can just plop down their phones and not loose them in the couch, or your pile of mail (if you're like me at all).

The best part? They're quite inexpensive at only $3.95 each. Lord knows the markup on some accessories these days, so it's nice to see a company keeping the price, you know, realistic. Plus they're quite "smartphone neutral", meaning you can just buy that one and should work with any device (but you're screwed if round smartphones get really huge in the next year, just FYI). All we know is our frienemy Phil could give them a lot of business with his six Android devices that he takes with him on overnight trips.  Seriously, dude's got issues.

[via AndroidCentral]

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4 years ago

Smiles coming to Windows Phone 7

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Smiles coming to Windows Phone 7

Smiles from Sykhronics Entertainment is headed to Windows Phone 7 and should be available over at the Marketplace at launch. What is Smiles you say?

From the demo video it reminds me of the "match 'em up" puzzle games such as Bejeweled or Jewel Quest. Based on the demonstration, Smiles will have several game modes to keep things from getting dull. The rotating game field is an interesting twist to this style of game.

Our list of apps to review for Windows Phone 7 continues to grow and we'll add Smiles to the list.

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4 years ago

Mac compatibility coming soon for Windows Phone 7 [Update: Coming Late 2010]

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It's been longed rumored that Microsoft was going to make the Zune software compatibile with Apple's desktop OS, but the question still remains when? While we still don't know the answer to the latter question, we now know officially that Microsoft is making the Zune software Mac friendly syncing possible between Windows Phone 7 and a Mac (see Update 2, below).

In a Tweet that was posted (and quickly deleted), Oded Ran, Head of Consumer Marketing, Windows Phone, UK, basically announced that Mac users will be able to use Zune on their computers with "more details soon" as a tease.

Offering such compatibility between Macs and Windows Phone 7 is important to take the fight to Apple, we suppose, though it's unclear how many Apple fans will really ditch their iTunes/iPhone mini-closed empire for the "enemy's offerings". In that sense, this move is probably more symbolic than strategic in the long run, but it's one of those things that is very symbolic. Plus we know there has to be a few Apple fans who want Windows Phone 7, right?

Update: Evidently Microsoft decided to reveal a little bit more stating "Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers."

Update 2: And it's not Zune software, according to Thurrott, but a way for Mac users to sync content to their devices. Ah, the finer differences in life.

[via Neowin.net & Engadget]

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4 years ago

Samsung I8700 Omnia 7 gets reviewed; "...We walk away impressed"

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Unfortunately the Samsung Omnia 7 won't be heading to the U.S. anytime soon (but it is going to Mexico, according to SPK), instead we'll have the similar and somewhat better Samsung Focus on AT&T (brief hands on). We say that the Focus is better now because it features removable/expandable storage, whereas the Omnia 7 does not. In fact, the Omnia 7 is basically the same phone in a lot of ways.

Still, the Omnia 7 is a quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G phone, so technically you can import one if you really want its squareness over the more svelte Focus. And in our conversation with Samsung yesterday, they said they are in talks with all U.S. carriers, so hope is in the air for some CDMA love in the spring.


In the meantime, take a look at GSM Arena's comprehensive review of the I8700 Omnia 7. They "...walk away impressed" with the hardware, reserving any criticism for the now familiar "limitations-of-the-OS" arguments. Getting back to the hardware they say this:


To summarize the review in one sentence – the hardware is perfect, it’s the software that lets the phone down on occasion.


Like all current Samsung devices (Galaxy S series), their strength is simply their screens featuring Super AMOLED, which really is quite impressive with it's "wet" blacks and rich contrast. That's the take away message of why Samsung's WP7 offerings may be a better choice for some of you.

Source: GSM Arena; Thanks, Olaf M, for the tip!

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4 years ago

HTC 7 Pro headed to the U.K.

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HTC 7 Pro headed to the U.K.

The HTC 7 Pro made a surprise appearance at yesterdays Windows Phone 7 launch and is headed to the Sprint network next year. We are now hearing rumors that it will also be headed across the pond to the United Kingdom.

Tracy and Matt are reporting that while they demoed all the HTC Windows Phone 7 devices headed to the U.K. they were told that the Pro 7 would also be included in the mix. Speculation has the Pro 7 being available to all networks in the U.K. and will be available Spring of 2011.

Update: Here is the HTC product page for the 7 Pro GSM.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 demo on Facebook

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Windows Phone 7 demo on Facebook

Curious what your Windows Phone 7 Start Screen will look like with your contacts and pictures? The Windows Phone Facebook page might help satisfy your curiousity.

Microsoft has put a Windows Phone 7 demo on their Facebook page that runs through the new system with generic contacts and pictures. But if you allow access, you can populate the demo Windows Phone with your Facebook pictures and contacts.

The demo is not interactive but gives you a decent feel for what to expect from your Windows Phone 7.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Quantum

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Hands-on with the LG Quantum

The LG Quantum is headed to AT&T Wireless and Phil was able to spend some intimate time with the phone during the Windows Phone 7 launch.

The 3.8" screen looks really responsive to the touch. The side-sliding QWERTY appears to be on the narrow side but when you're used to the five row keyboard of the Tilt2, a lot of keyboards appear narrow.

You can hear Phil's thoughts on the Quantum, as well as the other Windows Phone 7 devices he dropped handled during the Windows Phone 7 launch, in this week's Podcast.

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