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4 years ago

Sprint SERO Plans Not Changing 7/10: Part XXI

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Sprint SERO Plans Not Changing 7/10: Part XXI

Ugh.

So if you have been following our long and convoluted posts from the last 2 days about Sprint, you may know that Sprint is is not increasing data plans nor re-categorizing smartphones/pda into more expensive plans. This was despite some hysteria earlier that suggested this would be the case on July 13th.

However, the plot thickens but only for SERO plans (all regular subscribers can go back to CuteOverload)

Basically, on July 10th Sprint is reportedly soft-launching their new SERO system renamed "Everything Plus", followed by a hard-launch (new website) on July 13th.

What are the changes?

  • Everything Plus 500 is going to be $59.99
  • Everything Plus 1000 is going to be $79.99
  • Simply Everything for $99.99 will still be an option

It's like the old SERO plans except you get GPS Navigation included and charged more. Much more. Signing up may also be more strict i.e. you might actually have to know a Sprint employee. The gall!

The upshot? Current SERO subscribers will be "grandfathered" in and there are reportedly no special requirements for the upcoming Treo 800w (unlike the Samsung Instinct), meaning it should be compatible with older SERO plans.

Should you believe it? The people who posted the info are long time members of HoFo and seem to have all the details.

We'll get back to you July 11th with our verdict. Now lets us enjoy our raging BBQ.

Via HowardForums

Special thanks to fgkay & MinistrOfJustiz for the tips

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4 years ago

Sprint Everything Plus: A way in for new customers (Hint Hint)

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If you've been following our ongoing coverage of the Sprint SERO program, you'll know that it was ended a few weeks ago and replaced with "Everything Plus".

While not as cheap as the old plan, "Everything Plus" is no slouch either, offering 500 anytime minutes plus unlimited...everything (Text, Internet, PictureMail, Nights & Weekends, Sprint Navigation) for $59 a month.

The problem is that up till now you needed a Sprint employee's email address and their last 3 digits of their employee number. A significant challenge without actually knowing someone at Sprint!

Problem solved! Sprint has always had a wink-nod approach to these special referral programs and this one is no different as Vice president of strategy for Sprint, Russ McGuire has posted all the info you need ;-)

So you or someone thinking of signing up with Sprint, maybe picking up a new Treo 800w or that $99 Touch (c'mon, there's like at least 5 of you) then you'll definitely want to do the above.

(Of course as we write this, the site is down. Figures.)

via GearDiary

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4 years ago

Sprint SERO officialy dead. Long live Everything Plus.

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Hope you were smart and heeded our story last week, as we stated Sprint's much appreciated super-duper-secret awesome pricing plan has come to an abrupt end today.

Those going to the Sprint SERO (www.sprint.com/sero) site are now redirected to their Everything Plus system, which is still an exclusive employee referral program but somewhat less crazy-cheap..

The catch now is you need to actually have their email and last 3 digits of their employee ID--much harder than the old generic email system of yore, eh?

The benefit for new users? The plans are still very competitive:

  • Everything Plus 500 is going to be $59.99
  • Everything Plus 1000 is going to be $79.99
  • Simply Everything for $99.99 will still be an option

The older plans started at $30 and $50, so the increase is significant but at least you now get unlimited Sprint TeleNav and some Sprint TV offerings (pretty pointless on WM devices we suppose).

As previously noted, older SERO customers are 'grandfathered' in so you're all set. You should also be able to order new phones and get the discounts without having to change plans.

Sweet.

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4 years ago

Breaking down smartphone OS usage

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Breaking down smartphone OS usage

 

The marketing research company Comscore has released the numbers from a July 2010 survey that breaks down smartphone OS usage in the U.S. and European markets.  The numbers have Windows Mobile holding it's own and in some cases, well ahead of Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices.

Nokia still dominates the European market representing more than half of the smartphones in use. However, Nokia share of the European market has slid 14.4% since last year likely due to the increase shares of Android and iPhone.

Windows Phones did the best in Spain and Italy, taking second place behind Nokia with 11.9% and 11.4% of those markets respectively.  The worst came with the U.K. market with Windows Phones coming in last at 7.1%.

Comparatively, in the U.S., Blackberry remains on top with 39.3% of the market with Windows Mobile coming in behind the iPhone (23.8%) and Android (17%) at 11.8% of the market.

It will be interesting to see how Windows Phone 7 will impact this survey when it is conducted next year. Will Microsoft see market gains with the new Windows Phones? Shortening the gaps between competing Operating Systems or increasing the lead?

via: wmpoweruser.com

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4 years ago

Opera Mini 5.1 released for Windows Mobile

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While the rest of the world is focused on Windows Phone 7, our pals in Norway haven't forgotten about Windows Mobile.

Today, Opera released an updated version of Opera Mini, bringing the version up to 5.1 and adding some new features including:

  • The ability to set Opera Mini as the default browser
  • Support for devices with high-resolution (high DPI)
  • Improved page layout and font rendering
  • Support for auto-rotation/accelerometer support
  • Advanced configuration support for power users

While its big brother, Opera Mobile, gets a lot of attention, Opera Mini has gone a long way since its days of needing a separate Java client, making the differences between the two less obvious. Having said that, we've always liked Mini a bit more than Mobile just for its sheer speed. And no, Opera has not said anything about Windows Phone 7 support, though we know native browsers are a no-go for at least v1.0 of the new OS.

Anyways, you should be able to grab version 5.1 today by navigating to m.opera.com on your phone. Check out some of the screen shots below and the full press release after the break. Sound off in comments on your thoughts after you tried it!

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4 years ago

Review: HTC S280 Side Case

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Review: HTC S280 Side Case

The S280 Side Case from HTC is being offered over at the WMExperts.com Accessory Store for $19.95. The unique design makes the case stand out amongst the other side cases the Store offers.

The S280 is cut to fit a wide range of HTC devices including the Tilt2/Touch Pro 2, Imagio, Snap, Pure and any other similarly sized Windows Phones. Curious how design meets functionality, we took the S280 out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt2.

Ease on past the break to see what type of impression this HTC Case left with us.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 limitations for other countries (non-EFIGS)

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File this under: unconfirmed rumor but very plausible

We just got word of some limitations for the Windows Phone 7 platform for so-called non-EFIGS countries, an abbreviation for non-English, French, Italian, German and Spanish language markets, which are also the initial launch languages for WP7.

Reportedly, these limitations are the following:

  • Marketplace functionality will be limited
  • No Xbox Live service
  • No Zune support
  • Only web and e-mail content could be displayed on native language without localized phone menus
  • Just default keyboards for starters, no local characters
  • No copy/paste -- global limitation

Some of this isn't too surprising as this comes down to infrastructure support and roll-out i.e. currently there is no Zune support outside of the U.S. due to Microsoft not investing in localized servers/structure. We know of course that there will be Zune and Xbox LIVE services for non-U.S. countries at the Windows Phone 7 launch, namely those EFIGS countries--this is something Microsoft has been doing behind the scenes for months in preparation for WP7.

But, due to the sheer size, cost and logistics, it makes sense that Microsoft won't have that same level of functionality for non-EFIGS countries, at least not initially. There is no reason to believe that Microsoft won't eventually offer the same level of service offerings as EFIGS counties, as it is in their financial interest to do so, but unfortunately, those countries may have to wait a bit longer.

[Thanks, msav, for the tip]

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4 years ago

Weatherbug demoed on Windows Phone 7

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Weatherbug demoed on Windows Phone 7

 

We knew Weatherbug was being developed for Windows Phone 7 and now a video demo of the popular weather app has surfaced.

The WP7 app will give you the option of having a live tile for Weatherbug on your home page that will display current conditions of any of your city locations.  The live tile is updated with push notifications that includes alerts/badges for serious weather events. Tap the tile and you launch the full application.

The Windows Phone 7 Weatherbug app utilizes BING maps with layers to show animated weather patterns. Weatherbug also lets you tap into local weather cams. All in all, Weatherbug for Windows Phone 7 looks really good.

via: mobilitydigest

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4 years ago

Peeps are back up

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 on parade...literally

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And to have a little fun, looks like the Windows Phone OS team had themselves a little parade to celebrate that whole "RTM" milestone last week, to which we also give a salute.

While it's too early to tell if Microsoft will regain market share, we think that Windows Phone 7 certainly goes the distance in amping up the competition. For a such a turnaround in 20 months, Microsoft seems to have their mojo back and we're pretty psyched.

(Oh and yes, the joke is that these photos were taken with a Sprint HTC EVO)

Check out the rest of the gallery over at Flickr for some cheesy fun.

[Thanks, Tim!]

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4 years ago

15 minutes with Windows Phone 7

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15 minutes with Windows Phone 7

The U.K. based Clove Blog got their hands on the final build of Windows Phone 7. This is the RTM build that was unleashed on the device manufacturers and carriers a few weeks ago.

The author admits being skeptical about Windows Phone 7, having jumped shipped from Windows Mobile to Android. But after 15 minutes of tinkering with the new OS, he left with a more positive frame of mind and reported "that Microsoft might just have done enough to stop being walked on completely by the competition."

A few more observations during the fifteen minutes with Windows Phone 7 included:

With regards to the speed of Windows Phone 7,  "It is fast, I mean really fast. There was no lag, screen and icon transitions were smooth and as good as if not better than any competing OS."

The keyboard may have left the biggest impression with Clove.  They found that the on screen keyboard worked hassle free in both landscape and portrait mode adding, "Windows Mobile on screen keyboard has traditionally been shocking and the OS now accommodates the capacitive touch screen which allows the fat finger and thumb prodding of the QWERTY keypad." 

via: wmpoweruser.com

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4 years ago

Review: Overboard Waterproof Case

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Review: Overboard Waterproof Case

On the heals of reviewing the Wavetooth waterproof Bluetooth headset, we thought we would turn our sights towards waterproof cases for your Windows Phone. Overboard offers a waterproof case over at the WMExperts.com Store that fits a wide assortment of Windows Phones.

We decided to take a look at the Overboard Case with the HTC Tilt2. As customary, just follow the break to see if the Overboard left us high and dry or sopping wet.

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4 years ago

WP7 Rumor: HD3 gets a release date for T-Mobile

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WP7 Rumor: HD3 gets a release date for T-Mobile

 

While there is still some speculation that HTC will unveil the HD3 next week in London, another rumor has surfaced showing the HD3 (known to some as the Shubert) is heading to T-Mobile on November 17th.

We've heard rumors and seen signs that the Shubert is headed to T-Mobile and it's nice to see a release date being projected. Now we just need to figure out if the Shubert, the HD3 and the HD7 are one in the same.

via: tmonews.com

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4 years ago

Asus Windows Phone 7 also heading to AT&T?

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Looks like that secret Asus device featuring Windows Phone 7 that appeared awhile ago is rearing its brushed-metal slabbiness again. Moreover, at around 6:40 in the video (featured after the break) you can clearly see an AT&T logo under the Marketplace.

Assuming this is accurate, AT&T will evidently have a whopping five phones with Microsoft's new OS, living up to their WP7 'premier carrier' title. (And we haven't even heard from Dell yet.)

The video was recorded at Gnomedex 10 and features Larry Lieberman (LinkedIn profile), project manager for the application platform of Windows Phone 7, who proceeds to take us through the usual WP7 tour of features.

In that sense, not too much is revealed. The usual "by Christmas time" release date is mentioned as well as the infamous "reboot" of the whole mobile OS program when Microsoft switched from 'Photon' and the old model to 'Metro' and the Zune paradigm. What's impressive about that is Microsoft has done all we have see so far in just 20 months, which isn't too shabby for the lumbering giant, especially when compared to the "evolution" of Windows Mobile.

Check out the video after the break!

[Thanks, Brian H., for the tip!]

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