We've been hoping that after a couple of days Best Buy Canada would realize there's a mutant Touch Pro 2 on the loose, but no dice. So, here you go. The Telus version is now available for $249 and the standard 36-month contract. Good luck finding a square case.
There's been a good amount of speculation over what exactly will go into Microsoft's upcoming retail stores — and, rightfully, there's been a bit of laughter over the reported strategy of not actually selling anything. Then there's the report that Microsoft plans to set up shop right next to Apple stores in a few cities.
Essentially, Microsoft is taking the best elements from the Apple Store, Sony Style and other "flagship" stores. The main focuses are going to be Windows 7, Xbox, PCTV (Windows Media Center) Surface and Windows Mobile, revolving around this concept customer they call "Emily," who's basically a younger version of your mom, since they make all the buying decisions.
And, above, we see the concept for the Windows phones display. Nothing earth-shattering there. We're all used to seeing phones lined up like that in carrier stores. (And try not to read too much into the original Dash being shows as the Dash 3, m'kay?)
Yeahhhhhh. So that Samsung Omnia II we saw make its way through the FCC probably isn't destined for AT&T after all. See, while the one tested by the feds indeed has AT&T's flavor of GSM, the general consensus now (among ourselves, Engadget and wmpoweruser) is that it's headed to Latin America. Perhaps the I8000L model number and, well, the Spanish on the FCC label should have given it away.
We have learned that effective July 31, 2009, AT&T will be changing how they charge Data Pay Per Use. Currently, AT&T is charging $.01 per kilobyte of data. The new rate will change to $2 per megabyte or (if my math is correct) $.002 per kilobyte. The charge is rounded up (of course) so if you use 1.1 megabytes of data, you pay $4.
The new pricing is for new postpaid activations and existing postpaid customers who change their voice rate plan, downgrade from a Data MRC plan to the Pay Per Use plan, request the new rate, or request a data credit. The rate changes exclude Legacy Family Talk, Prepaid plans, Legacy Blue and Dobson plans, iPhone specific plans and all business plans except Business Talk and Pool Nation.
Granted if you're on an unlimited data plan this won't change anything for you. This will help out AT&T customers who are already on a pay per use plan and might attract additional customers considering a data connection who simply want to explore the mobile data realm without committing to an unlimited plan.
Zero1 is a new cellular service that we recently learned about that seems to have more questions than answers. Zero1's nationwide unlimited calling and data plan is reported to only cost $70 a month and on top of that you can sell the same service to friends and family and get $10 a month for each person you sell to.
Too good to be true? Follow the break for more information that may make you think twice about how much control of your mobility with Zero1.
Whoa. Welcome back, iPAQ. What you see here is the HP iPAQ K3 "Obsidian," which has made an appearance in Vietnam a couple of months after we first learned of its existence. VNExpress has it that this Windows Mobile 6.5 phone sports a 2.46-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 320x240 pixels, a Qualcomm 7200A processor @ 528MHz, 256MB RAM/512MB ROM, GPS, 3.2MB camera and WiFi b/g. So, things have been upgraded since we saw the early leaked specs.
As you can see, this one's branded for AT&T and, yes, there's a stylus. Assuming that the keyboard holds up, and it at least looks solid from here, this could well be a triumphant return for HP and the iPAQ line.
A couple more pictures after the break, and a whole bunch more at VNExpress. (And, er, apologies for Google's, um, translation.)
You're definitely going to be paying a premium here for a phone you should be able to get in a couple of weeks, but that's the price for being the first on your block with a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 — and unlocked, at that.
A couple of the highly anticipated phones (or not, depending on which comments you're reading) have made it onto the online auction site a few weeks before the expected official release, and they're fetching a pretty penny. [via tmonews]
The first auction ends at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and bidding, get this, is at $1,049.99 at the time of this writing. The second auction ends July 29 and currently is at a much more respectable $525, though we don't expect it to stay there for long.
Here's a YouTube video of the Samsung Omnia II [via wmpoweruser] being put through its paces, nearly Charlie Chaplin-style. Our 30-second impression: Despite the overkill on pastels and the insipid sounds that come with every tap on the screen — and we're sure those are two things you can change — the UI looks very finger-friendly and should be worth further study.
$13.10 billion in revenue, down 17 percent from the same period last year.
For the fiscal year that ended June 30, Microsoft pulled in $58.44 billion, down 3 percent from last fiscal year.
For the fiscal year, profit fell 17 percent to $14.6 billion, down from $17.7 billion.
Along with the economic problems all businesses have faced, Microsoft also took hits from $193 million in legal charges, $108 million of impairments to investments, and $40 million in severance charges from cutting staff. Because of the upcoming release of Windows 7, $276 million of revenue from the Windows division was deferred.
After-hours trading Thursday saw shares fall to $1.94, or about 7.6 percent, to $23.62.
Well, look at that. The Samsung Omnia II has been spotted going through the FCC, and it's sporting AT&T's flavor of 3G. Whether the carrier actually picks up the Omnia is a whole 'nother matter. But an unlocked Omnia II running on AT&T's network is certainly better than no Omnia II in the U.S. at all.
We’ve all had the experience. You’re out to dinner with friends and splitting the check has become an exercise in futility. Sure you could do the math, either in your head or by using the built in calculator on that cool Windows Mobile device you carry in your pocket; but both of those require thinking, which can be a lot to ask for.
Tipper for Windows Mobile Pocket PC (their name for it, one of these days the developers are going to catch up to the new naming scheme for Windows Mobile), solves this problem. Tipper is designed to assist in calculating tips and split checks between multiple people.
There are some twists to this application, which are detailed for you after the break.
Yeah, it's pretty tough to beat the $49.99 Verizon Ozone, which is VZW's contribution to the HTC Snap line. But Canada's Telus network has done it. The Telus Snap is running $29.99 at Canadian Best Buys. Of course, that's with the Canadian standard three-year plan, and Verizon and Telus aren't in some international, cross-border competition, so we're kinda talking apples and oranges here.
If any of our neighbors to the north pick this up and want to do up a review, e-mail us. We'll make ya famous.
So last we checked in we went over the Sprint version of the HTC Snap (hands on; review), which while a pretty solid WM6.1 Standard device, it did have quite a few annoyances (cough, keyboard, cough).
Lo and behold, the Verizon version (called the Ozone for some reason) is like a dream come true. It's as if someone waved their hand and magically fixed all the boneheaded problems with the Sprint model. Not only is the design better, it has WiFi and is a world phone with a GSM radio — all for $100 less than Sprint is selling . How is that even possible?
Dare we say ... way to go Verizon? Read on for some quick pics, an overview of features and some brief comparisons to the Sprint Snap.