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4 years ago

Verizon makes top grade

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Verizon makes top grade

Strategy Analytics has released the highlights of its 2010 First Quarter report for U.S. Wireless carriers. Verizon gets overall top marks with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and MetroPCS finishing out the top five carriers.

The grading took into account six reporting categories; subscribers, net adds, churn, service revenue, data percent of service revenue, and ARPU (average revenue per user). While Verizon led the way in more categories, there were other stand outs.

AT&T received top marks in Net Adds (1.857 million) where additional subscribers outweighed losses. Sprint led the way with regards to the Data Percentage of Service Revenue (35.3% of $6.432 Billion).

Clearwire skews the data by earning 100% of their revenue from data but they are a data service provider. U.S. Cellular (ranked overall 6th) led the way in Average Revenue Per User at $52.42 per user.

Strategy Analytics is due to release their full report next week but it's clear that the wireless industry is doing well and their report will give each of the top six carriers something to hang their hat on.

Follow the break for a graph showing how all the U.S. wireless carriers fared.

[via: boygenuisreport.com]

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4 years ago

MSN Mobile gets a face-lift, looks slick

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For those of you who still like the idea of "web portals" (which to us seems as dated as an AOL CD) you'll be pleased to know that Microsoft has taken the time to give a nice overhaul to their MSN Mobile website.

The new homepage now matches the recently re-launched desktop version, features ease of access to email, more minimalist graphics and faster downloads.

Overall, we have to give credit as it does look quite nice and were we not to rely on our native Bing, MSN Messenger or ability to push Hotmail, we suppose this would be our next best thing. (Speaking of Hotmail, login to the new revamped "preview" edition here)

Navigate to http://mobile.msn.com/ on your device to check it out, as it should be live. Unfortunately for us, at this time on our TP2/eXpo we were still with the old layout. Guess these things take time.

Read more on the MSN Blog: Behind the Butterfly (awesome name, by the way).

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4 years ago

New LG device running Windows Phone 7?

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Awhile back, LG made some headlines by showing off their eXpo/IQ inspired Windows Phone 7 device with side-sliding qwerty.

Just recently, another image has showed up.

This time though, the lower buttons are slightly different, suggesting that the earlier prototype is nearing finalization. The image reportedly comes from a Microsoft employee from France (posted on Flickr).

The source speculates this device may be sporting a 3.8" screen, but we think 3.6" is more likely. But wait, that earlier prototype LG looks to have a 3.2" screen, akin to their eXpo/IQ.

So, are we looking at the same device as the earlier prototype or completely different one from LG? Or is this just our eyes playing tricks, making it look much larger? The other specs (keyboard, 5MP camera, etc.) match up with the earlier prototype ones, so perhaps they are the same after all, just updated.

Unfortunately, more details are lacking at this point. Looks sexy though.

Edit: original sources fixed!

[via MobileTechWorld]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HD2 gets an (unofficial) official ROM update

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Well that sure didn't take too long.  Looks like the T-Mobile HTC HD2 (aka WM6.5's last hurrah) has received a ROM update.

Slight word of caution: we're hearing this isn't 100% officially public yet, but perhaps the final ROM for T-Mo employees/testers, etc. So expect an "official" announcement next week by T-Mobile and HTC on this exact update.

The OS build is bumped to 21892 (a very good build, we might add), updated radio, updated Swype , reportedly more stable and responsive (via XDA forum) and finally, it includes a new app to see your account information. 

If you want to know all of the software changes, here ya go (not for the faint of heart!).

You can grab the download directly from HTC here.

Update: HTC pulled it :-/

Update II: T-Mobile will make the update official on the 18th!

[via TMoNews and PPCGeeks forums]

 

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Weatherbug

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4 years ago

Sync your Windows Mobile 6.5 device with a Linux box

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Confession: we here at WMExperts, unfortunately, know jack about Linux, their distros (sounds like a fun party) nor how to really do anything in the OS.

Still, we imagine there are a handful of you who want (but can't) sync your trusty WM6.5 device with your favorite Linux OS. TrueFalse? We dunno.

Luckily Linux pro 'Feedsbrain' (ahem) has written a nice tutorial on how to just that.

Now to us, his directions are written in an alien language, but for your linux-experts out there, we're pretty sure this will make sense.

Now go read and let us know if this was remotely helpful!

"Synchronize Windows Mobile 6.5 and Linux Box"

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4 years ago

Could this be the HTC Mondrian?

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If you've been following over the weekend, over at XDA the supposed first Windows Phone 7 ROM was posted (see full coverage here and here).

Getting into that ROM package is a bit tricky since their are new tools need for the new format, but progress is being made.

Case in point, user 'Fdo35' has found some images in the "oemavatar.cab" in IMGFS. Those images might be a mockup of the HTC Mondrian, specifically when the phone syncs with the Zune desktop software, ala Windows Mobile Device Center and it pulls up the image of the phone for that custom look. Or it may be just a dummy image.

Also found in the registry were references to the device not having a physical keyboard and a "4.3in WVGA Optrex" screen; similar stats to the HTC HD2 (but the rendering looks more like the original HTC HD). In addition, this ROM is possibly working off a "... QSD8650A/B (both are mentioned) chipset, which supports both CDMA and GSM, and is the only Snapdragon chipset which will get the new 1.3GHz Scorpion core"

So, what to make of all of this? Let you imaginations run wild or put your skeptics cap on (we advise the latter, but prefer the former). Hopefully more info will be coming forth on what exactly we're looking at.

[via XDA]

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4 years ago

Data usage passes Voice Calls

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Data usage passes Voice Calls

It appears we are using our Windows Phones and other cell phones more for data applications than voice calls.  In a New York Times article, the wireless industry association CTIA reports that in 2009 the amount of data in text, e-mail, streaming video, music and other services surpassed the amount of voice data in calls.

CTIA has witnessed a decline in voice data over the past two years with the call duration following suit. The average length of a local call was 1.81 minutes in 2009 compared to 2.27 minutes in 2008.

Conversely, data usage has increased. Text messaging alone increased almost 50% since 2008. Phone design is also becoming more data friendly with more QWERTY keyboards popping up.

So, are you part of the data crowd who text's short messages to your spouse, friend or family member instead of making a short voice call to them? Do you rely more on email than voice calls?

[via: Gearlog.com]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 technical guides appear

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Over at XDA, forum member 'kwbr' has linked to some guides (hosted by HTCPedia) that were published for Microsoft's TAP or Technology Adoption Program. The guides themselves are quite lengthy and go into much detail revolving around three core areas: development, architecture and customization and are related to an earlier leak on WP7 architecture (read here).

Of most interest for the tech-savvy (e.g. tweakers, ROM chefs) would be the one pertaining to device customization. Perhaps of little surprise to our audience, but Windows Phone 7 evidently has a registry for manipulating many areas of the OS (startup screens, languages, start tiles, default ringtone, camera modes, etc.).

This may mean at some point an on board registry editor might be able to manipulate these values to do what we do now: customize the UI to our liking, at least within certain limits. However, there could be one obstacle: the registry might be locked down or inaccessible. Still, assuming access, Microsoft has done all of the work for us already by documenting these changes and showing their relative parameters--as opposed to the current "hunt and peck" method that we've been using for years.

The material is dated by a few months, so information has probably changed. Still, it provides some useful data for those who want to know.

Download PDFs below; Read original XDA thread here.

[Thanks anonymous]

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4 years ago

Weekend Humor: Steve Ballmer reviews the iPad

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4 years ago

What's in a name? HTC and Piet Mondrian

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HTC seems to have some Neo-Plasticism art fans under their employment.

In possibly one of the more clever wink-nods in phone-naming history, the "HTC Mondrian" (see story below) seems to take its influence from famous Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, whose work you see above.

If you don't see the visual influence between one of Piet's most famous pieces and a certain 'Metro UI' then we don't know what to tell you.  Or just a coincidence? 

And if this purported first leaked Windows Phone 7 ROM is a hoax? Our hats off to the folks for going that extra mile in being so witty.

[thanks to MonteCristoffOn for noticing!]

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4 years ago

First Windows Phone 7 ROM leaked. Now what?

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Evidently, the first leaked ROM from a true and true Windows Phone 7 device has made its appearance.

We say evidently, but perhaps it should be supposedly since as of now, we don't have any proof of anything besides a file. This does come from a Chinese site and spoofs (cough, HD2 running WP7, cough) are a plenty these days. So grain of salt, lets not all believe it quite yet, yadda yadda.

Information is sparse at the moment as the XDA folks sort through the information and decide what the next step will be.

What is known so far is this:

NBH_WM7_AKU_6176_WWE_for_HTC_MONDRIAN
Model: HTC Mondrian (Cingular USA)
AKU: WindowsMobile_7_AKU_6176
Language: 0409_WWE

So no shocker there that HTC will probably be the first to market with a WP7 device. AT&T may be a surprise for some, seeing as they have not been exactly embracing of anything Windows Mobile as of late.

Download-mirrors for the ROM can be found here, though we're betting they won't be of much use to many. And no, porting this to your Touch Pro 2 or HD2 probably won't be an immediate possibility, so don't get your hopes up just yet.

Update: Becoming more legit. Da_G (his rep is quite high) has posted this:

After further examining the file, there is indeed an IMGFS inside, the D000FF format appears to be a new "store" type of .bin, will need to figure out the format for it to pull out imgfs (because just cutting in a hex editor gives you some invalid data)

Also, IMGFS is compressed with XPH (rather than XPR or LZX as we're used to)

[XDA via @Conflipper]

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4 years ago

Microsoft updates Bing, gives us proper navigation

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In a move that may console some of your concerns about the future of Windows Mobile 6.x, Microsoft has updated its Bing application. While the version numbers don’t seem like a big jump (5.1.2010.3290 to 5.1.2010.5040 is what we’re seeing on our phones), there is some new functionality that a lot of people have been pining for.

Bing (and its predecessor, Live Search) have offered minimal navigation options in previous iterations, but as of today Bing offers voice guided turn-by-turn directions. (Huzzah!) Settings include the choice between the fastest or shortest route, avoiding toll booths, avoiding traffic, and voice guidance. Get the latest and greatest version from http://m.bing.com/download/. More information is available at Microsoft's Bing Community Blog.

More screen shots after the break. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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4 years ago

HTC sues back Apple. (Updated: patents revealed)

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Not that we didn't see this coming but HTC just announced that they are suing Apple for allegedly violating five un-mentioned patents. This comes just a little over a month after Apple filed suit against HTC.

They are seeking to halt importation and sale of the iPhone, iPod and iPad, which as we all know probably won't happen. The rest of the press release (after the break) is mostly an ad for HTC with little substance about the case or complaint.

Apple is fighting at least two major phone manufactures now: Nokia (see coverage at TiPB) and HTC. Needless to say it feels kind of good to see HTC fire back at Apple, but whether or not they have actually have a case to be made or they are tying up the courts on tit-for-tat litigation remains to be seen.

And in keeping with the spirit of swiping property, we stole TiPB's awesome image from their article. So sue us, Rene!

Full press release below.

Update: Gizzmodo has the full run down on the five alleged patent infringements. They mostly related to the dialer (retrieval and display of contact information) and device power management designs.

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