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6 years ago

Sprint: Unlimited Options For Shared Plans!

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I don't know about you, but I was originally pretty excited when Sprint first announced their Simply Everything Plans.  For $99 a month I could get unlimited minutes, data, GPS, messaging, etc...  Only to call Sprint and hanging up the phone feeling like I was being left for the cold out in left field because this was only for individual plans. If you have a shared plan for a couple members of your family you would have to pay $89 for the second line, $79 for the 3rd line, etc.. My four lines would have cost a whopping $339.96 a month!

Today Sprint FINALLY announced a huge step closer to offering a Simply Everything Plan for those who have Shared Plans!  I called Sprint to confirm if this was really for real.  Yes it is for nearly everything except unlimited minutes.  Right now with my plan I have four lines, plus extra features like GPS for a couple lines, Sprint TV, etc... so I pay around $255 a month.  With the new unlimited shared data and services for Shared Plans, I will pay around $185 with taxes included. That will be saving me $840 a year!

Here is the deal.  On June 15th...this Sunday...you can get a Talk/Message/Data Share Plan with unlimited messaging, email, mobile Web, Blackberry Internet Service, GPS Navigation, Sprint TV Premier, Sprint Music Premier, NFL Mobile, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile(SM) with 2 lines included.  But unlike the individual Simply Everything Plans you have to pick how many minutes to include with the other unlimited services for your Shared Plans.  With 1500 minutes it will cost $129.99 ($99.99 if you want to share minutes and unlimited messaging only) and with 3000 minutes is will be $169.99 ($149.99 if you want to share minutes and unlimited messaging only).  

If you want to add additional lines and only want to share minutes and messaging it will be $9.99 a month per line.  If you want to share it all it will be $19.99 a month per additional line.  I did confirm with Sprint that you cannot mix and match your additional lines options, all your additional lines have to be either the $9.99 or the $19.99 option...so you cannot have one of each.

Check out their official press release from this morning to get all the juicy details.  For those with multiple lines, this is certainly something to look at.  They even give a matrix of how their plans and pricing compare to Verizon and AT&T.  If they are accurate, Sprint is giving them a run for their money!

Since you do not have to extend your contract to switch to it, I am doing it first thing Sunday morning.  If you are the wait and see how it goes type, then keep an eye out for when I follow after a bill or two to share how it really works out.

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6 years ago

JiveTalk Beta Video

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JiveTalk Beta Video

JiveTalk recently announced it would be launching a beta for Windows Mobile. After we finished jumping up and down we decided to give it ago. What separates JiveTalk from a lot of instant messengers is definitely it's slick UI. Since the release there have been a couple updates and bug fixes making the app that much better. Here we are running the latest version and must say it

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6 years ago

HTC Not Poking the Apple Bear

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HTC Not Poking the Apple Bear

After the announcement of the iPhone 3G this week, you'd think Windows Mobile heavyweight HTC would fire back with at least some sort of Touch Diamond or Touch Pro salvo.

But in talking to Digitimes on Wednesday, CEO Peter Chou lobbed what amounts to underpowered spit wads, putting the $199 HTC Touch in the ring with Steve Jobs' latest.

The bundled prices of HTC Touch handsets in most markets in Europe as well as Japan and the US are set below US$199 in part due to subsidiaries offered by telecom carriers, said Chou, noting that mobile operator Orange offers the HTC Touch free of charge on some contracts.

Hey, the Touch - or its recently released cousin Touch Dual - is no slouch, especially at that price point (at least it was until Monday). But if you're going toe to toe with Mike Tyson, you'd want your best fighter lacing up his gloves, right?

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6 years ago

Asus Slaps Glide on ZX1

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6 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.1 Update for Motorola Q9h on AT&T Coming Soon...

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I've been rocking the Windows Mobile 6.1 Update on my Motorola Q9h for some weeks now and I can tell you in no uncertain terms: you want it. That said, you'll have to wait a bit before it arrives. Perhaps not too long, though. Hot on the heels of the 6.1 update for the Sprint Q9c, Motorola appears to be prepping it for the Q9h. So says Mike, who did a bit of sleuthing:

Looks like Motorola is prepping for the release of the WM 6.1 upgrade for AT&T Q9h. Although you can’t find it from the drop down boxes of their website, you can find it here
Note that the file currently being linked to is a placeholder and is not the actual update as far as I can tell. I did try to install and run it, but the software said “There is no software update currently available for your mobile phone. Please check back for new releases.”

We'll let you know when it's up for really-real so you're not spamming “refresh” on the Motorola Software Update Page. But it does appear like Moto has the infrastructure in place for a release of the 6.1 update. Threaded Text, Sliding Panels, and more await those who ....wait.

[via EverythingQ forums] ...Thanks Mike!

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6 years ago

Review: SBSH Pocket Weather - Week o' Weather Apps

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6 years ago

Review: Fizz Weather for WM Smartphone - Week o' Weather Apps

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6 years ago

Yahoo 3.0 Shows Windows Mobile Pro Some Love

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Windows Mobile Pro devices will no longer be left out of the Yahoo 3.0 circle. As of a few days ago you can head over to Yahoo through your web browser and download the 3.0 for your Windows Mobile Pro device. Yahoo users can sync contacts, calendar events, and mail right from your device. The new 3.0 for Pro is the same as it is for Stadard Windows Mobile. This means we still get all the great features like Yahoo one search, widgets and weather.

One thing I noticed when I downloaded the 3.0 version is that it copies adjustments that I made on my very first go around. For example when I installed it on my BlackJackII I added Myspace, eBay, and the Facebook widget. It followed me to my Treo 750 and once I opened the app I saw the widgets already added. Cool! The cloud at its best and like it should be.

Thanks to Amar for the tip!

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6 years ago

Feds tell Verizon to Divest Unicel, Would Make Rural Cellular Corp Acquisition Easier to Digest

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Ah, the wireless world ... What an incestuous web we sometimes weave. Follow us on this one:

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that Verizon Wireless must sell off a good chunk its assets in six areas of the northeast in order to go ahead with its $2.7 billion acquisition of Rural Cellular Corp.

Concessions aren't unusual when it comes to the business end of things, and consumer advocates went so far as to laud the FCC's handling of the AT&T-Bellsouth deal back in early 2007 that led to the rebranding of Cingular.

The DOJ press release doesn't mention the pending purchase of Alltel, just this:

According to the complaint, the proposed transaction would substantially reduce competition for mobile wireless telecommunications services in these areas, where, in each case, Verizon and RCC collectively serve more than 60 percent of subscribers.

Which makes sense. Until you recall an Engadget story in May noting that Rural Cellular is suing Alltel over customers it purchased previously in Minnesota.

So the question is: What does that mean for the current Alltel customers (or the Rural Cellular peeps) in the northeast? If anyone out there with a j.d. can shed some light on this one, do it in the comments.

Thanks to Erik for the tip!

Update: Changed the headline there, looks like the DoJ is more worried about the RCC deal, they're still mum on the Alltel thing. My bad -- Dieter

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6 years ago

SPB Backup 2.0 is released

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SPB Backup 2.0 is released

SPB Backup is on our list of must-have software for your Smartphone or Pocket PC, so it interested us to know that SPB Software has just released Version 2.0 of its popular device backup-and-restore tool.

New this time around are:

  • The ability to determine between a device reset and a ROM upgrade, allowing you to restore on a different device (We hope this works better than it has in the past).
  • A desktop backup unpacking tool, which allows you to explore the backup.
  • Separate text message restoration.
  • Sync backups on your desktop.

The usual scheduled and customizable backups are still there, and you SPB has added a file blacklist.

SPB Backup 2.0 is available here for Pocket PCs and here for Smartphones. A free, five-day trial is available. Full download costs $24.95, and an upgrade from Version 1.x is just $9.95.

Check back with us soon for a full review. But if you're going to try out SPB Backup in the meantime, be sure to, well, back up your device first. You can't be too careful.

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6 years ago

Sprint Treo 800w weighs in; gets spec'd out.

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We still don't have any better pics of the finalized version, but evidently Sprint is gearing up their internal promo materials for the Palm 800w (expected in mid July for $249.99) as some lovely 'coolgal' dropped us all the deets. Score.

And since this jives what we've been hearing (and sometimes keeping mum about) for the last few months, we're very confident in the accuracy and even eye numbing detail.

For brevity, we'll just stick to the majors and the new stuff, but click here for coolgal's full list, in case you're really, really curious and our older one here.

Radio - CDMA 800 (Digital Cellular), 1900 (PCS), and 1.5GHz (GPS) - EVDO and 1XRTT

Phone Features - Personal speakerphone - MicroUSB standard B connector (2.0-compliant; for sync cable, charger, and audio accessories) - External antenna port - Microphone mute option - HAC compatible (M4/T4 rating)

Processor technology - TI processor, 333MHz

Expansion - microSD/SDHC card slot

Operating system - Windows Mobile

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6 years ago

HP iPaq 910 Lands June 30th

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HP iPaq 910 Lands June 30th

We saw the HP iPaq 910 announced and now thanks to Brighthand we have a price and a date: June 30th, $500. The 910 looks like an awfully sweet device, what with Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, a 416mHz processor, 128 RAM, 256 ROM, Quad-band EDGE and Tri-band 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3 megapixel camera. So nice, in fact, that although we doubt AT&T will pick it up we secretly hope that rumors to the contrary are true.

The best thing about the HP910 is that it serves to fill a slot in the US that's currently only occupied by one (carrier-supported) device. The slot: A front-facing QWERTY-keyboard WinMo device with a touchscreen on AT&T's network. The device: the old and tottering Treo 750. (Yes, we know about the Samsung i780 and no, we're not interested). While we hope that Palm can get their act together and release the Treo 850 this summer, if they don't this iPaq could steal a bit of their thunder.

Anybody else think that keyboard bears a striking resemblance to the one on the Motorola Q9h?

...Check out the official iPaq 910 Product Page for more.

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6 years ago

Review: Handy Weather for WM Smartphone - Week o' Weather Apps

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(Join us this week as George reviews 4 Weather Apps for Windows Mobile Standard and then gives them all a big smackdown on Friday. Today's entrant: Elecont Weather)

Weather applications are increasing in popularity and Paragon Software Group has tossed Handy Weather ($17.95) into the growing selection of applications.  I’ve reviewed several weather applications lately and find them very useful to help plan your day on the go as well as planning for the days ahead.  There are a lot of good weather applications available and I was curious how Handy Weather would stack up.

Read on to see how it shapes up!

Installation was straightforward and easy but set up threw me a major curve ball.  Handy Weather claims to have over 40,000 preset cities in its database.  You first select you country, then State/Province/etc., then city.  I selected United States which prompted a listing of States.  I saw Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, and then it went on to California.  Alabama was missing!  I could pull up weather information for every State in the Union but Alabama.  I could pull up cities from the Federated States of Micronesia but not Alabama.  I could see the current conditions for Yap but not Birmingham!

Seeing that I couldn’t use any city in my home State, I choose Destin, Florida.  If I couldn’t be in Birmingham, I might as well be on the beach.

Handy Weather is a weather application and Home Screen Plug-in.  The application will place a weather forecast bar on your Home Screen that will show you the current conditions and the next four day forecast.  A series of weather icons are used and the temperature is displayed.

Clicking on the banner will send you to the application itself.  The main screen of Handy Weather is a seven day forecast and by clicking on the individual date, you pull up forecasted conditions including forecasted weather plus projected temperature, wind speed and direction, UV index, and humidity.

The application also includes three forecast maps; satellite, surface and temperature.  The maps are graphically pleasing but lacked detailed information.  Only eleven North American cities are shown on the Current Temperature Map, fourteen on the Satellite Map, and none are indicated on the Surface Analysis Map.  It would have been nice to have seen the selected Cities shown.

Handy Weather does not have animated maps, radar images or notifications of severe weather alerts.  It will allow you to see a graph of forecasted temperatures and conditions over a five day period.

The Options Menu for Handy Weather is limited.  You can change the language, units of measurement and update frequency.  Not much more.  I would have preferred to see the ability to modify the information bar content (current conditions or three day forecast as opposed to just the seven day) as well as graphical appearances.

Overall Impression

On the surface, I liked Handy Weather($17.95).  It gave you a snapshot of the seven day forecast along with a little more detailed information if you needed it.  Compared to other weather applications, Handy Weather would be a basic model giving you just enough information on the weather but not too much.  Unfortunately, it seems to be a work in progress.

Because Handy Weather does not include a single city in Alabama, it doesn’t do me or anyone traveling to Alabama any good.  In contacting Paragon Software, the omission of Alabama was an oversight on their part and steps are being taken to include Alabama in future releases, the first expected at the end of the month.

Based on the limited options, the oversight of including any city in Alabama, and basic features I’m almost of the impression that Paragon Software slapped this application together hastily in order to get a weather application on the market.

How do you forget a State?  When developers saw 49 States listed under the United States of America, shouldn’t that have been a sign?

Ratings (out of 5)

  • Installation: 4/5
  • Functionality: 3/5 (where’s Alabama?)
  • Graphics: 4/5 (more detail on maps)
  • Ease of Use: 4/5 (navigation is easy)

Overall:

Pros

  • Easy to navigate through

Cons

  • City Database missing an entire State
  • Lack of Detail in Maps
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6 years ago

E-TEN Breaks Out 3 Smartphones You'll Likely Never Get

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Apple Inc. on Monday announced the follow-up to it's wildly popular iPhone, the iPhone 3G ...

Sorry, even we get caught up during the silly season. And with that, Taiwan's E-TEN unleashed three new devices on its Glofish line last week at Computex 2008.

There's nothing terribly new here, as Phone Arena first showed us. Uou're unlikely to see any of these during your morning commute as E-TEN doesn't have the best (read: any) track record getting pickup from US carriers. Though we will say this: They rolled out WM6 updates earlier than the U.S. bigs.

But here's the skinny:

  • The X900 is a quad-band GSM follow-up to the X800, with a 480-by-640 screen.
  • The DX900 features dual sim cards, for those who swing that way, hitting up the 850/900/1800/1900 bands on one hand, and 850/1900/2100 on the other. It also sports a 3MP camera.
  • The X610 is another basic update to the X600.
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6 years ago

Qik Coming to Windows Mobile

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Qik Coming to Windows Mobile

Qik has announced it will be coming to Windows Mobile. The Windows Mobile version should be ready in the next few months and you can expect a review when it drops. Qik is the web casting service that streams video from your phone to the Qik website. If your one of the lucky owners of a Motorola Q or Samsung Blackjack then you might be able to get in on the invite only alpha.

In my opinion this is great because Windows Mobile has always been known for getting things done and with Qik we can add having fun to the list. With the ability to stream live video to Qik the possibilities could be endless. Now instead of 60 minutes of video share you can share more birthday parties, anniversaries, and graduations. I think it will be best for sharing moments with friends. For example if your buddies not at the movies with you, simply fire up Qik and he can watch it with you without eating your popcorn. Er, on second thought, don't try that last one, we wouldn't want the MPAA storming your house.

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