As we might have previously mentioned, oh, five or six times, the HTC Touch Pro 2 is destined for T-Mobile, and now it's official. Come Aug. 12 (again, we might have mentioned that before), T-Mo customers can pick up the "mocha finish" for an as yet unannounced sum.
Specs are in line with what we've previously reported, including WiFi b/g, a 3.2MP camera, Windows Mobile 6.1, GPS, AWS 3G, and so on and so forth. From the picture, you'll notice that there's no 3.5mm headset jack. Sorry, folks. On the other hand, you'll probably be the first kid on your block with the TP2, if that's any consolation.
Full presser and a couple more official pics fter the break.
Ever wonder if that picture is hanging straight on the wall? Wife or girlfriend says it's not but you know it is? MToolbox might be a handy application to have in these situations where you need to see if something's level.
But wait, there's more. MToolbox also has a angle/ruler to measure length and angles, a light meter that measure luminosity, and shock sensor to measure movements.
Follow the break for some more screen shots and our impressions on MToolbox for Windows Mobile.
With the ROMs locked down, it seems more about dotting their i's and crossing their t's now, specifically time-to-market, FCC, packaging, production, etc. One thing looks certain: Verizon and Sprint are both racing to get this out at the same time.
We can also confirm the radio frequencies available for this CDMA/GSM world phone on both carriers:
Verizon has filed suit against AT&T asking a U.S. District Court in Manhattan to rule that Verizon's claims to be "America's Most Reliable 3G Network", "America's Best 3G Network" and "America's Most Reliable Wireless Network" are truthful. As if our Court System doesn't have enough to sort out.
Verizon took offense when AT&T called the claim "misleading", "false" and could not be supported. According to Verizon, "AT&T's challenge relies on the premise that speed is an essential element of the standard for measuring network reliability." As if we don't need speed on out networks?
Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman stated that "Verizon's claim that speed is not a relevant factor to a reliable 3G network is preposterous. Data network speed is an essential factor to consumers when it comes to data transmission on their wireless devices. The 3G reliability claims made in ads by Verizon Wireless are false and misleading."
As silly as it sounds, if Verizon should win this suit, they will have Court affirmation that they have "America's Most Reliable 3G Network". I wonder what Sprint will have to say about that?
This reminds us of Apple's latest battle with Microsoft over the "Laptop Hunter" ads Microsoft is currently running. The original ad named Apple specifically with statements such as "This Mac is $2000 and that's before adding anything.". After complaints from Apple, Microsoft voluntarily changed the wording to "It seems your paying a lot for the brand." All this makes you wonder how other competitors have survived the "ad war" without suing one another.
For those sitting on the edge of their seats on this one, the case cite is Verizon Wireless v. AT&T Mobility LLC filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, case number 2009-6656. Personally, I think this might be better suited for Judge Joe Brown instead.
Sprint this morning announced it was gobbling up Virgin Mobile USA in a deal worth $483 million. That includes the 13.1 percent of Virgin Mobile USA that Sprint already owned. The deal is expected to bolster Sprint's end of the prepaid market, which already includes Boost Mobile.
Said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse:
“The acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA positions Sprint for even greater success in the prepaid wireless segment. Prepaid is growing at an unprecedented rate with consumers keenly focused on value. Virgin Mobile is an iconic brand in the marketplace that will complement our Boost Mobile brand.”
Just a reminder that you still have time to put your name in the drawing for one of ten copies of Vito Technologies Communications Suite. Just head on over to this discussion going on in our forums and tell us where you think the future holds for Windows Mobile.
Posts made before 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 will be eligible for the drawing. Winners will be notified as soon as possible by e-mail and a braggin' rights post.
You do have to be registered to post in the forums, which is an painless process that starts here. Thanks to Vito Technologies for sponsoring this software giveaway.
Uh oh. Looks like there's a bit of a price war brewing around the HTC Snap, and that's good news for you, the consumer. See, first Sprint released its version for $149.99. Then came Verizon with the Ozone at $49.99. Tough to beat that (and Malatesta's been raving about it for days now.)
Now it looks like Microsoft and T-Mobile have teamed up to lower the Dash 3G — which remains true to the Snap we originally saw — to $49.99 as well on the WMDeals Web site. That's a huge drop from the $169.99 on the T-Mobile site. So if you're looking for a front-facing QWERTY on the cheap, well, that's half of the four major U.S. carriers offering it for $50. Hey, Sprint. Care to join?
Oh, and if you're holding out for a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 (on or about Aug. 12), look for it on the site soon. (The Shadow 2009 also is going for $49.99.) This lower price on the Dash 3G apparently isn't available is stores, so call 866-464-8662, press option 3 for new service, and mention promo code "Windows Mobile" when ordering.
And if that's not enough, there's a developer contest in the works called "The Race to Market Challenge." Devs will be judged on the most downloaded apps (free and paid), most useful (that'll be judged, and we'll definitely add our 2 cents) and most playful (again, judged, though we'd disqualify any fart apps on principle).
At stake are a number of prizes including four Microsoft Surface Tables, online marketing and promotion of the app, and bragging rights, natch. Of course, the competition can't begin until the Marketplace opens to consumers. And that will be ... well, Microsoft's not saying yet. Stay tuned.
If you're a big fan of heaps, stacks, kernels and debuggers, read on. For everyone else, the short version: Microsoft has released the tool that will check an app's code compliance before it hits the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
Before an application will be accepted into the Windows Marketplace for Mobile catalog, it must be able to perform all primary and secondary functions while the Microsoft Application Verifier Test (AppVerifier) is running. AppVerifier needs to be configured to detect heap corruption and invalid locks usage, including critical section use.
Ahhhhhhhh. Makes perfect sense. Heap corruption and invalid locks usage always bug us. And don't even get us started on critical section use. Anyhoo, it's another step toward the launch of the Marketplace and Windows Mobile 6.5.
Here's nearly six minutes with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, running Windows Mobile 6.5. We also get a look at the custom SE panels interface that we came to know with the Xperia X1, and some other customizations make an appearance, too.
Elecont Software has added solar alerts to it's Elecont Weather application. The new alerts report current outdoor solar activity and predicts the UV index for the next 48 hours. Elecont Weather will display an alert in case the solar activity and UV gets too high.
UV index and alerts are available for more than 51,000 locations worldwide. The addition of solar alerts to Elecont weather will be a welcome addition for those with sensitive skin or other issues that require avoiding overexposure to the sun. Elecont Weather with Barometer and Solar Alerts can be found over at the WMExperts Software Store.
An interesting question coming from a Web site dedicated to Windows Mobile, right? While we believe Windows Mobile headed in the right direction, you could make the argument (and, yes, many do) that it's stagnant, stale, and on it's last leg.
With the glowing (almost nauseating) success of Apple's iPhone, the ever present Blackberry, pesky Nokia Symbian OS as well as the new kids on the block Android and Palm Pre the smartphone arena has gotten crowded. Does Windows Mobile have enough staying power to last? Whats the future hold for this OS?
One potential factor in WinMo's survival rate is the number of phones that are on the way to market. Arguably, one of iPhone's strengths is that there's only one iPhone. There are dozens of Windows Mobile phones on the market plus two versions of the OS. Would Windows Mobile be more successful if there were fewer choices? What about a hybrid between WinMo Pro and Standard?
Well here's your chance to sound off on what you think the future holds for Windows Mobile. Head on over to this forum discussion and tell us what you think the future holds for Windows Mobile. To help motivate you, we'll be giving away copies of Vito Technologies Communications Suite to ten randomly selected posts. Posts made between now and 5:00pm EST on Wednesday, July 29th will be eligible for the drawing. You do have to be registered to post in the forums, which is an easy process that starts here.
Thanks to Vito Technologies for sponsoring this post and providing the software prizes.