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AT&T One Cent Sale

Need a Windows Phone cheap?  If so, AT&T is offering their Windows Phone line-up for a penny.  We have no clue how long this fire sale will last but you can pick up a Samsung Jack, HP Glisten, LG Expo or Tilt2 for one penny.  Could AT&T be making room for a rumored Windows Phone 7 launch?

The penny sale doesn't come without a hitch.  You'll have to sign up for a minimum $15 data package and a two year contract.  Still, if you're looking to upgrade that HTC Fuze or Samsung Blackjack these deals are hard to ignore.  You can check out the sale information over at AT&T's website.

Thanks goes out to Cornelius Whitaker for the tip.

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While the AT&T LG eXpo made an initial splash, mostly before it even came out, it sort of fizzled in the U.S. market, partially related to limited availability, partially limited to being overwhelmed by HTC's dominance.

Still, it's nice to know that LG hasn't forgotten about its small but dedicated user base, as they just released a new ROM update for the eXpo--v10G. While it does not deliver Windows Mobile 6.5.3 or any radical changes, it does offer some bug fixes, enhancements and other little bits noted by users:

  • Read/Receipt message delivery
  • Backup PIN usage when using the fingerprint scanner to secure the device
  • Removed MMS app; replaced w/ stock WM version
  • Better signal strength
  • Fingerprint scanner works better

People are reporting that overall it's a solid update, keeping the device running well on that 1GHz CPU. The LG Idles interface remains roughly the same and the OS doesn't seemed to have changed version numbers, but hey, at least it fixed a few things without creating any new problems, right?

Read the announcement here, read the directions and grab the .exe download here.

Bonus: If you want to go the custom ROM style, check out Dark's 'Dragonstorm' ROM v4 based on the v10g core.

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LG Launches New App Store

LG has announced an all-new LG Application Store with more than 3,000 applications consisting of a mixture between feature phone apps and Windows Phone apps. The good news is that the LG App Store is available in 23 countries and will expand to 33 countries by the end of the year.  The bad news is that the U.S. market isn't among them.

In the Press Release, Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG's Mobile Communications Division said, "Today, more and more people want mobile devices that make their lives easier and more exciting through the right combination of applications. To meet this growing demand, we've put a great deal of effort into strengthening our application offerings for all types of phone owners"

While research noted in LG's press release indicates that 90% of feature phone owners in the U.S. and United Kingdom are interested in downloading application, neither of these countries are included in the initial 23 Country launch. The U.K. is included in the next group of ten countries but, again, not the U.S. 

You can find a full list of Countries having access to the LG App Store at www.lgapplication.com.

[read: engadget.com]

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LG is re-affirming its commitment to the Windows Phone 7 movement.

Ahn Seung-kwon, LG's Mobile Business Chief, stated:

"We will boost our premium lineup, LG Electronics will concentrate on developing devices that take full advantage of the Android and Windows Mobile 7 systems for the next year or two."

He explained that 10 design-focused and specification-rich smartphones will be marketed with North America and Europe targeted for these new phones.

Asked when we will see a Windows Phone 7 device, Ahn said the schedule to market a Windows Mobile 7 in the second half of the year was underway. This would put LG in line with the "by holiday 2010" statements we've heard from others on the WP7 availability.

We've like what we have seen from LG recently with their Expo and Fathom. It will interesting to see what the company can do with Windows Phone 7.

[via: koreatimes.com]

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"Everything must go! Folks we are literally giving away these phones, we cannot hold on to them any longer! We need to make room for the iPhone 4 and Andro...err, Windows phone 7 devices"

That's what we think it sounds like over at AT&T right now as evidently they sent out an email to their "premier" fancy-pants customers noting that you can get some pretty solid Windows Mobile 6.5 devices for bargain rates (*with a new contract of course, they're not that desperate).

For example:

  • HP Glisten (review) for free
  • Samsung Jack (review) for free
  • HTC Tilt 2 (review) for $74.99
  • HTC Pure (review) for $39.99 (out of stock)
  • LG eXpo (review)for $69.99

A 1GHz Snapdragon device for $70? Oh LG eXpo, we hardly knew you! (-_-)

Anyways, if you need a backup device, want to stock up for the apocalypse or befuddle friends and family by giving them as gifts, head over to AT&T and get them while we still recall their names (Premier account login required).

Hey everyone, remember how like nine-months ago, these devices were the talk of the town and the Touch Pro 2 was a boarderline unicorn? Yup, those days are now over, time to move on, the unicorn is dead.

[Thanks, Mark L, for the tip!]

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While we knew some of the details about the LG Panther (GW910), we didn't have all the little nitty-gritty bits.

Granted, this is not the sexiest phone we've ever seen, but functional? Heck yeah, it seems like it'll do quite well with our new OS. The other thing is this is not final and LG might be apt to change or modify things before launch. Of note is the 720p video recording, something which is becoming more and more the norm these days.

But currently, it's not so bad, though we're hoping to see what HTC can bring to the table. Come on guys, leak something already...

 [via TechArena]

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Looks like that LG Panther (GW910) is getting around these days. 'Innovative Singapore' received not one but two of the prototype devices to actually start developing their WP7 software. If you recall, we reported on how Windows Phone 7 devices will be going out to developers soon and sure enough, that time has come.

Not only do they show more images of the phone, but they have some of the not-yet-finalized packing and even a sample shot from the camera. Their brief hands on is repeated verbatim below.  Needless to say, developers must be getting excited at the prospect of using actual WP7 hardware. We know we can't wait.

  • This is definitely still a prototype device, and there are still quite a few rough edges to be fixed. The device OS is still being updated with new builds almost every other day.
  • Even the packaging and box is expected to be different before the final product ships. For example, the current box is not even using the correct Windows Phone 7 logo.
  • Despite it’s prototype status, the phone appears to be more or less feature complete and incredibly responsive and fast. The animations are all very smooth.
  • For the time being, you need a special build of the desktop Zune software (Dorado) to sync with the device; the current released version of desktop Zune software won’t work.
  • The camera works pretty well, and the resulting photo is sharp, as you can see below:

[via Innovative Singapore; Thanks Jonathan!]

 

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Verizon today announced the LG Fathom, a 3.2-inch horizontal slider running Windows Mobile 6.5.3. The Fathom will be available at business channels on May 27 and in stores June 3. It will cost $149.99 after the usual two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. Monthly plans begin at $39.99 for voice and $29.99 for unlimited data.

Other specs of note:

  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n.
  • Bluetooth 2.1.
  • MicroSD up to 16GB.
  • 3.2MP camera.

Full presser after the break.

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Well this is certainly more exciting!

While details and specifications are still not confirmed, ElectricPig got their hands on the sweet LG Panther prototype with Windows Phone 7 on board.

They note some dramatic improvements over the last version a few months ago, stating:

We’re much more excited seeing that unusual homescreen bursting with info this time round (in an amusing, if impractical touch, a smiley faces turns to a frown the more unread texts you have) and we have to say, it’s certainly much nippier now, with a working calendar that can detect addresses in text and proffer up speedy Bing maps, and frankly astounding looking Office support that puts Google Docs access on mobiles to shame.

The screen on the LG Windows Phone 7 model is also a vast improvement on the poor display on the original Windows Phone 7 prototype shown at Barcelona, and it really felt like a finished product on the outside at least, with a sturdy sliding mechanism and decent landscape keyboard.

That's what we like to hear. Head over to see all 18 shots of the LG in action.

Update: CNet UK also had a hands on and positive things to say too. They note a 5MP camera,  that the screen is a little small and focus on Office, with lots of great photos.

  

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Sometimes, when you post all of these stories you miss the obvious...

Luckily there is someone else out there to do just that and in this case, David K at Mobility Digest did by asking what's the deal with WP7 and landscape?

Case in point, a few shots of the not-sexy-but-functional LG Panther were featured yesterday, including at least two with the keyboard extended.  Funny thing though, neither picture shows the orientation changing with the landscape out.

Come to think of it, have we ever seen WP7 in landscape orientation? So what's going on here: early beta/feature not available; or, no it does not support orientation switching (but it does in the emulator)?

We're betting, nay hoping that since the emulator clearly allows landscape switching for certain apps, we'll see this in the final release. Actually, from our Zune HD experience, orientation switching is only allowed when 

  1. the program purposefully calls for it e.g. a game when you are "forced" switched
  2. a text-entry field is present and you rotate the device (optional)

However, this may mean that you cannot just willy-nilly switch orientation, like we do now in WM6.x  for every app just because you want too. In the above shots, there are no text-entry fields and the programs clearly don't call for -landscape=on, ergo, no landscape.

Thoughts? Feelings? Rant away...

[via Mobility Digest]

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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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More on the LG Fathom

We were able to dig up a few more specs on the LG Fathom that is rumored to be headed to Verizon in May.

The Windows Phone measures 4.53x2.2x.65 inches and weighs 5.36 ounces. It should have a 3.2" 480x800 resistive touch screen, 256mb RAM, 512mb ROM, microSD expansion card slot, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The Fathom is fitted with a side-sliding keyboard and 3.2 megapixel camera.  There is no indication on processor or battery size.

Keep in mind that the image provided by phonearena.com is likely an early prototype and the finished product (complete with Verizon branding)may have a slightly different appearance.

[via: phonearena.com]

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LG Fathom headed to Verizon

May should be a busy month for the folks over at Verizon Wireless. The Kin, Microsoft's Windows Phone, is due to launch and now we are finding out that LG is planning to launch a new Windows Phone, the Fathom.

The Fathom is a bit of a phantom right now and what we know is very limited.  We know the Fathom will be running Windows Mobile 6.5 and have a physical keyboard but anything beyond that is a bit of a mystery.

As more becomes available on this new Windows Phone, we'll pass it on.

[read: boygeniusreport.com]

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The LG eXpo has been out for a few months already (see review) so it's about time some people gave it the traditional 'unofficial' upgrade. Work on a custom ROM and kitchen finally had a break through a few weeks ago at XDA and this past weekend, the first stripped down/improved ROM became available.

XDA user Dark9781 has released his 'Dragonstorm' ROM which brings the following:

  • WM6.5.3 (23563, w/threaded email)
  • Removed AT&T bloatware, LG Idles
  • 187MB Storage/73MB Program 
  • Office 2010
  • .NET CF 3.7 (removed/updated .NET CF 2.0)
  • Added a few minor apps (tip calculator)
  • Various tweaks (still needs LG Expo Tweaker though)

We've been running it for the last 24 hours and we have to give it a big thumbs up (see image to the left). Seeing as the eXpo doesn't have a Windown flag/Start button, having the new one in 6.5.3 near the bottom makes the device much easier to use. The device is noticeably faster, has much more RAM/ROM space available and is just much more organized without all the carrier nonsense

To upgrade, you'll want to follow the directions in this thread. Then download the .exe file from this post and run through the installation. During the install, let it install to the default directory and there's a good chance you'll have to install the USB drivers/restart before you flash. The whole process maybe took 10 minutes and LG phones have a reputation of being nearly "brick proof", so there shouldn't be to much concern. The ROM kitchen is also now available for others to make their own ROMs.

Now the big question: when can we get some Sense 2.5 action with that Snapdragon 1Ghz processor?

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LG VS750 headed to Verizon?

LG's VS750 may be headed to Verizon Wireless, becoming the wireless carrier's first LG Windows Phone. The VS750 sports a 3.2" WVGA resistive touchscreen, side sliding QWERTY keyboard, wifi, 3.5mm headphone jack, 512mb ROM/256mb RAM and a 3.2mp camera.

The VS750 may be available as early as April and should be running Windows Mobile 6.5. Some are speculating that with the VS750 only having three buttons, it may be a candidate for upgrade to Windows Phone 7 Series.

The VS750 does vaguely resemble the LG Windows Phone 7 Series that we saw last month.  There's no indication on what type processor the VS750 will have but the resistive screen will need to go capacitive before any of this speculation gains speed. 

[read: phonearena.com]

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Another Windows Phone 7 Series handset from LG?

We need to file this under "strictly rumors" but images of a new Windows Phone 7 Series phone from LG have surfaced. Neowin first published the photos and has since pulled them from their site. All of which makes this phone more of a mystery.

LG already has one WP7S phone in the works that has a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard.  There is some speculation that this second phone, if not a fake, has a bottom-sliding QWERTY keyboard.

[via: unwiredview.com]

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Like most modern Windows phones, the LG eXpo (see review) has its share of quirks and niggles.

We addressed the notifications one awhile back and it looks like the fine folks at LG-expo.com have gone even further, making one of those handy all-in-one fixer programs.

Appropriately called Expo/IQ Tweaker, it consists of a large list of fixes and options that you simply check to enable or disable certain features. We'll just highlight the big ones that really make a difference:

  • Improve screen sensitivity and touch response
  • Enable in-call recording
  • Increase IE performance/scrolling
  • Enable tethering
  • Enable auto-rotation in all programs
  • Fix missing sounds and notifications
  • Increase KB backlight time

The most important one is the screen sensitivity/touch response, as the screen is a little laggy compared to traditional devices and is by far the biggest complaint about the eXpo. I'm happy to report that these registry tweaks greatly improve the screen in that regard. Likewise, fixing the sounds and notifications was the other big issue and that too works brilliantly here.

You'll need to have .NET CF 3.5 installed and you'll need to register at LG-Expo.com to grab the file. But if you're and LG eXpo fan like myself, you'll definitely want this program.

Kudos to Woodhole and team for the great work!

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Ever since Microsoft showed off Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress, one of the major questions has been what kind of hardware can we expect from the device manufacturers. All we saw in Barcelona was a developer device.

But today on The Engadget Show, Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman brought a new toy. It was a prototype LG device, with the Windows Phone 7 Series OS, a sliding QWERTY keyboard -- which was a bit of a surprise -- all of the hardware buttons that we’ve been told to expect, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Let's reiterate that this was a prototype, and we'd kind of like to see a production unit with a little more sophistication. An new OS of this caliber deserves something that at least looks like more than the hardware the old Windows Mobile (sorry, but it is) runs on.

Oh, and the fact that Paul and Nilay posted their hands-on with the LG device as The Engadget Show was taping live was more than a little sick. [Engadget]

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