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5 years ago

Sprint Quarterly Results: Losses and More Losses

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Sprint posted their Quarterly results for the 3rd quarter and the numbers aren't pretty. We're looking at a loss of $326 million on $8.8 billion in revenue and a loss of 1.3 million subscribers. For those of you keeping score:

  • Quarter 4, 2007: loss of $29.5 Billion (with a 'B,' but that was because of their Nextel write-off) and 683k subscribers.
  • Quarter 1, 2008: loss of $253 million and 1.09 million subscribers
  • Quarter 2, 2008: loss of $344 million and 900k subscribers
  • Quarter 3, 2008 (now): loss of $326 million and 1.3 million subscribers.

Hesse put a positive spin on things, naturally, by noting that Sprint has managed to maintain cash reserves ($4.1 billion) by managing their business operations. He also claimed that customer service has improved. Although we're fond of suggesting that Sprint be put on a deathwatch, it is worth noting that they still have just over 50 million total subscribers, so we'll hold off on that for now.

How did Sprint manage to free up so much cash? Well, first they sold off their towers and then leased the service and then they created a separate Clearwire company (a plan that's been fully approved) to handle their next-gen WiMAX network rather than incur the infrastructure costs directly. In all, it does mean that Sprint can be rather nimble in their future decisions. Here's a thought, though: could it also mean that they're an easier takeover target if things go really south?

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5 years ago

Some AT&T Stores Selling the Fuze Early, Get Ready

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We're celebrating Fuze Launch Day one day early here at WMExperts. It's not just that we've published a full review of the Fuze, but we're also finding ourselves all over the web checking things out.

If you're interested in picking up a Fuze yourself, BGR [via mobilty site] notes that tomorrow is looking pretty firm. If you can't wait that long, wmpoweruser points us to this phonenews report that some AT&T stores have jumped the gun and are selling the Fuze today instead of holding off until tomorrow.

For those not lucky enough to be near one of these mythical AT&T stores, you can pass the time by checking out the new Fuze Mobility Podcast (welcome to the audio-based internets, guys!) and they've also posted a great list of software and tweaks to get downloaded for future use on a Fuze. Otherwise, you can just gaze on the screenshot of the official HTC Fuze Page that temporarily popped up.

Finally, we'd like to point out that up until this very sentence, we're relatively sure that WMExperts has managed to abstain from making any 'short Fuze' or 'Fuzing form and function' or 'inFuzed with power' puns. You're welcome.

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 said to hit Best Buy on Dec. 7

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Xperia X1 said to hit Best Buy on Dec. 7

That ever-elusive Sony Xperia X1 appears to finally be getting closer to a U.S. release.

The Boy Genius Report has snagged an inventory sheet that has the X1(a) — that's the North American version — hitting Best Buy on Dec. 7. That's an "in-stock" date, which may or may not mean you can swing by and pick one up that day.

Still no official word on when AT&T may release the X1(a) along with the expected subsidy and rebates.

But the price you'll pay for the unlocked goodness? Try $800. Ouch. We're pretty sure we know what's going to be first on your holiday wish list.

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5 years ago

Samsung Introduces T-Omnia in Korea - 480x800 Resolution

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Samsung has introduced the T-Omnia (or is it T*Omnia?) in Korea. It's nearly identical to the current Samsung Omnia (which we're still hoping will hit Verizon soon) with one important difference: the resolution on thing is a screen-busting 800x480 pixels on a 3.3 inch screen.

It looks to come with Windows Mobile 6.1, come in models with either 4gb or 16gb of storage built-in, and also feature Korean-specific features like DMB-TV.

Engadget reported last week that the Ballmer himself headed over there to praise the T-Omnia, giving it your standard smartphone boilerplate kudos.

It looks like it should launch for really real SK Telecom under the Anycall brand later this month. A US version, well, that's likely to be a much longer-way off, if we see it at all.

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5 years ago

Around SPE - 9 Nov 2008

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Around SPE - 9 Nov 2008

This week's Around SPE is sponsored by the the TiPb iPhone Accessory Store, which has long been your best source for iPhone accessories. A lot of iPhone 3G upgraders were left out in the cold when their car chargers turned out to not be compatible, but they've got plenty that are, not to mention plenty of headphones that are a step up compared to the standard white buds

Last week both CrackBerry.com and WMExperts found themselves on the cusp of major releases -- the BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold on AT&T, the HTC Fuze on AT&T, not to mention a few others on the Windows Mobile side. So while everybody has been anticipating new devices, all of the editors at SPE are anticipating something else that will be starting on November 17th. The hint is right up there in the picture!

Read on for the full skinny on what's been happening around SPE!

WMExperts

WMExperts made a big splash Friday afternoon with the 'net's first and only video of the HTC Fuze for AT&T! Be sure to check back Monday morning because we're also cooking up a full review of this latest and greatest Windows Mobile smartphone. It looks like the Fuze release date has finally been pinned down, too.

WMExperts also tends to cover some more general industry news, so all the action at the FCC last week definitely caught our eye. Lastly, we're more than a little proud of our writer George Ponder, who used a Treo Pro to help manage the election in his district.

CrackBerry.com

Over at CrackBerry.com, thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts rejoiced as AT&T stayed true to their promised November 4th release date and launched the Bold. Picking election day turned out to be a smart move for AT&T and RIM, as stations like CNN played the new AT&T BlackBerry Bold commercial all day long.

The BlackBerry Storm, RIM's first touchscreen BlackBerry, continues to build on the hype leading up to its launch. Vodafone has dropped word of a November 14th release, and the Vodafone BlackBerry Storm bus has been traveling London which has turned out a bunch of Storm preview videos. While Verizon has not given official on the availability of their Storm, the educated rumor points to the week of the 23rd.

You'll want to keep it locked to CrackBerry.com this week. The What Would You Do for a BlackBerry Storm? Contest has come to an end and the top ten finalists have been selected. In order to win their new BlackBerry, the winners have to carry out their “To Dos” which will be published on CrackBerry.com as they come in. The first one hits on Monday!

The iPhone Blog

According to JD Power, the iPhone is absolutely destroying the Blackberry in *business* satisfaction due to it's drop dead ease of use and killer UI, but does Apple just not “get” the Four Pillars of PIM, something Palm nailed way back in 1997? Probably not, as the latest iPhone OS 2.2 leaks focus on over-the-air podcast downloads (admittedly super sweet!) and yet more App Store tweaks.

Speaking of the App Store, turns out Opera Mini was NOT denied (but probably would be), WeightBot's developers aren't done innovating on the iPhone just yet, and Shazam wants a piece of Midomi in our App vs. App battle royal for music mastery. (Leave a comment and you just might win an iTunes gift certificate). Of course, if you want to win a whole slew stuff -- an Ultimate iPhone Accessory Pack no less -- check out the Phone Different to find out this week's way to enter (hint: requires @theiphoneblog and rhymes with “sweet”.)

TreoCentral

Over at TreoCentral, we learned via a Barron's article that analysts at Avian Securities and Morgan Keegan downgraded PALM due to the belief that Palm's cash position will significantly erode ($248 million at the end of the latest quarter to $75 million over the next year) which leaves “little room for error.” The downgrade was also due to a U.S. retailer survey resulting in the belief that smartphone sales will come in below expectations for the next several quarters.

We also found out in that same Barron's article that we might not (corrected, thanks Scott!) be seeing the Treo Pro on AT&T and the Treo 800w on Verizon in time for the holiday shopping season.

Plus we learned that Apple almost bought Palm back in the summer of 1997. Jean-Louis Gassée noted in an article over at Monday Note:

A perhaps little known fact: in the Summer of 1997, Steve Jobs called Eric Benhamou, 3Com's CEO (the company owned Palm). “Give me the Palm and come and join my Board of Directors. Only Apple can make Palm a true consumer brand.” Nothing happened. Apple's foray into the product segment had to wait ten more years.

Android Central

We've settled in over at Android Central, now that the G1 seems to be out there and getting used by a surprisingly large number of people. Just check out these download statistics for the Android Market to see what we mean, or check out some the backstory behind Android Apps.

Our favorite new app: the Android Gameboy emulator! A close 2nd favorite use for the G1 might be the newly discovered tethering method, though. Meanwhile, we're keeping our eye on the just-discovered Android Jailbreak and security risks that have popped up.

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 panels on the Touch HD

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5 years ago

Ballmer Confirms Windows Mobile 6.5

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5 years ago

Touch Pro for Verizon on the GrainyCam

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Touch Pro for Verizon on the GrainyCam

We're fairly certain that the Touch Pro on Verizon isn't hobbled, what we were waiting to hear was a release date. Engadget Mobile is speculating November 14th (that's three days after we praying the Fuze will hit).

They also have a GrainyCam video of the device, showing a few elements of TouchFlo 3D -- including what looks to be a newer landscape mode. Grab your dramamine as you go watch, because there's a definite blair witch feel to it, what with the creepy sped-up audio, bouncy camera, and even (spoiler alert) the last thing you see is some roommate off in the corner before the witch gets you from behind.

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5 years ago

AT&T Fuze: Hands-on Video and Gallery

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5 years ago

Review: Body Glove Side Case for the Treo Pro

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Diamond Gets FM Radio; No Luck for Touch Pro

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It's been long speculated that devices such as the Sprint Diamond and Touch Pro have build in FM radios that are disabled. The question is are they disabled at the hardware level (bad) or software level (good)?

Well the news is at least for Sprint Touch Diamond users it is at the software level and you can now enable that ancient technology and get FM jamming through your touchy device.

Thanks to No2Chem, famous for his custom ROMs on various HTC devices, you can go ahead and grab his latest project right here.

Bad news? Don't expect any such FM goodness on the Sprint Touch Pro (see gallery):

HOWEVER, the Touch PRO is a different
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5 years ago

AT&T Fuze coming Nov. 11 for $299

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AT&T Fuze coming Nov. 11 for $299

A couple of days ago we asked "Where be the Fuze?" Apparently the boys and girls over at the Boy Genius Report were reading and have been kind enough to track down the answer.

The date: Nov. 11 — that'd be next Tuesday, just a week after what we initially thought would be the launch.

The price: $299.99 with the standard 2-year contract/rebates/data plan.

The cost goes up from there. If you want it off-contract, you're gonna have to shell out $499.99.

What else do we learn? There should be a camera-less version for the worrisome enterprise types. Expect a national advertising campaign starting next month.

Hit up the BGR link here for the rest of the dirty details.

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5 years ago

Treo Pro on Election Day: Notes from the Field

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5 years ago

FCC Approves, Well, Every Darn Thing We Were Watching

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Verizon-Alltel? Done -- the FCC joined the DOJ and said “OMG U can has buyout.” As BGR reports, they added a few more markets that Verizon will need to pull out of for anti-competitive reasons. So $28 billion dollars gets Verizon bragging rights as the US's largest carrier, bypassing AT&T.

The FCC didn't stop there, though. They also approved that whole Sprint-Clearwire deal we told you about in May. It's a little complicated, but the gist is that Clearwire is now an independent company, 51% owned by Sprint, the rest by Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Brighthouse. Clearwire will provide WiMAX service to all of the above, who will the presumably bend that sweet sweet data to their own services. Although AT&T didn't like this deal either (they really lost out today), the FCC was pretty effusive about the potential for WiMAX.

The thing we're most excited about, though is that the FCC has approved the contentious bands known as “White Space” for broadband use. “White Space” in this context refers to bands within the broadcast television spectrum that aren't used by regular TV channels. Both Microsoft and Google were pushing hard for the FCC to allow these unused 'in-between' parts of the spectrum for data and for awhile it wasn't looking very likely. This should get broadband to rural areas right quick, at the very least, and it could potentially really shake up the wireless industry. It's complicated, here's a quick blog roundup to get you started.

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5 years ago

GPSToday Gets a Major Update: GeoMail + Standalone Version

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A few months ago, we reviewed GPSToday and called it one of Windows Mobile's killer apps. We also hinted back then that some more features were to come in future revisions, specifically relating to social networking and communications.

Welp, that time has come. This week, GeoTerrestrial updated their program with a bunch of lil' fixes and improvements and few big ones, including GeoMail. GeoMail is simply a method to send your current coordinates or street address via email/sms to friends and colleagues.

The other major update is a new standalone version. With the popularity of HTC's TouchFlow interface, running 3rd party Today Plugins is a bit of hassle. Now you can download a separate non-plugin version of GPSToday. Sweet.

Read on for my quick overview/review of GPSToday's GeoMail feature.

First, some other minor updates that come with 0.9.9.3:

  • Weather updating mechanism is tightened up
  • Today screen flicker is removed
  • Now you can change the temperature display color on the today screen to suit your needs

GeoMail

This is now probably one of the best features of GPSToday. Ever been meeting up with someone in the city and you want to send them your location? Not very easy if you use Google Maps or Live Search as (1) You can't send people your blue dot (2) Just because you see yourself on the map, doesn't mean you know the actual street address.

GPSToday and GeoMail solve this by simply looking up your GPS location, converting to a street address and with just a few clicks, being able to send that info via email or SMS.

But what's really cool here is how GeoMail handles this feature. When you send the info via email, the recipient gets 3 options via links

  • A link to a map for desktop users
  • A link to a map for mobile phone users
  • Option for GPSToday users to open the info in GPSToday (via menu)

In other words, the program does not need your recipients to have GPSToday installed or some special software on their end. That non-proprietary feel is very nice and GT seem to have covered all possible scenarios of real users.

If sent via SMS, the recipient will get your geolocation & street address. And the super cool part: if you have GPSToday installed and receive somebody's geolocation info via their GPSToday...it automagically opens up your GPSToday to display their location with a little message. They then show up on your map as a little pin, with their name and even their message.

Hands off, no fiddling, no copy n pasting, no looking up. It just does it for your. Plus you can respond back to the person with your location and a message. You can even send to multiple recipients.

A+ GeoTerrestrial.

Registration for GeoMail

One quibble some may have is that you need to register an account to use GeoMail. Like the program itself, it's free and there are no gimmicks here. Though you may wonder why you have to register (we did) and this is what GeoTerrerstrial had to say:

The reason is that next version onwards geomail will allow sending/receiving locations by choosing recipient usernames, via the geoterrestrial network (a third way over sms and email). That method will be a bit slower than sms (but free unlike sms), and much faster than email. Even better than that, it will also allow us to de-couple sending/receiving methods based upon user preferences. For example, a user will be able to send a message via email, but the recipient will receive it instantly via sms, and so on. We think that will be really neat.

And as a teaser, GeoTerrestrial lets us know of another new feature they are working on, cryptically called GeoGroups which will also take advantage of the "geoterrestrial network". You heard it here first :-)

Plus, as far as signing up goes, this is pretty painless as you can do it all on the device and they require no personal information (just a username and password). Still, we suppose one could argue about security risks, so if you have a fear (or a reason to fear) someone spying on you...well, you should probably not even have a phone with GPS.

Final Thoughts

What can we say? We're smitten with this program. It's free, it looks cool and it's probably one of the most useful applications to take advantage of your device's on-board GPS.

With GeoWeather (weather based on your current location), GeoTagging (automatically tag your photos with your geolocation info), GeoLogger (log your movements, hikes, etc.),the future GeoGroups (?!) and now GeoMail, GPSToday is packed full of features that are just (geek alert!)...really awesome.

If we had any gripe it would be this: somehow add a GeoMail icon to the Today Plugin, or give us an option for an expanded Today Plugin. We think it'd be really cool to just one-click (via icon) launch GeoMail without having to launch the map and go into some sub-menu. But that's a minor criticism.

Two bigger issues are still no-compatibility with non-Touch Screen devices (we feel for you Moto Q9 users) and street address lookup is still U.S. based only.

But hey, if you're in the U.S., have a touchscreen WM device and GPS...this seems like a no brainer.

Post your thoughts and comments below!

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