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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Touch Pro2 Delayed?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 09:30 AM

T-Mobile was expected to release the Touch Pro2 on July 22 in the US, but now there are rumors that it could be delayed until early August. Of course, and this is the device I am waiting on. My old phone died and I've resurrected my HTC Universal for daily duty. I seriously need a new device. My three week wait may have just become five or six weeks. Ugh.

Update: T-Mobile's official Twitter account has confirmed that the Touch Pro2 will make it this summer.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Vanishing T-Mobile Wing Rumors Falsified; Touch Pro2 Expected on July 22

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 10:55 AM

Well, word on the street is that the Wing has mysteriously taken to the skies, though if you look hard enough, you'll see that it still has its feet firmly planted on the T-Mobile site. Just don't bet on picking one up anytime soon; it's out of stock and for good reason, too. The Dash 3G (HTC Snap) is just around the corner, while T-Mobile's worst-kept secret of the quarter, the Touch Pro2, is expected on July 22. Anyone planning on picking either of the two up when released?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

T-Mobile-Branded Touch Pro2 Coming Soon?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:25 AM

The folks at TmoNews have managed to grab a snap of what appears to be T-Mobile's inventory list, and somewhere in the middle of it all, there's the Touch Pro2. Of course, normally, we'd ask you to take it with a grain of salt, but when shots like these emerge, it all becomes just that little bit more believable. Official subscription costs and a release date are still a question mark, but expect to hear more as the weeks unfold.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Has Google Already Lost The Smartphone Wars?

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 02:49 PM,281...,2345789,00.asp

I recently ran across an interesting article written by Sascha Segan from asking an interesting question, "Has Android Already Failed?" Personally, like Steve Mueller from Mobility Site, I feel it is way too early to write the Android platform off. Let's face it, when Google and HTC teamed up to release the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) the handset wasn't really built around the needs of the average consumer. Sure the HTC Dream is a great little handset on its own, but you would have to be blind to not see that this device was built for the sole purpose of having development hardware on the market for individuals interested in the platform as a whole. It is, after all, a dream device for the open source junkie in your life. You can build almost anything you want for it or install any of the various homebrew Android operating systems out there in the digital realm that are ready and waiting to be flashed to the handset.

What annoys me about these articles however is just the assumption that Android is a failure because it has sold so few handsets over the course of its first six months on the market. I personally consider selling 1 million handsets a success and I seem to remember all the Windows Mobile fanboys out there, myself included, shouting from the rooftops when the HTC Touch Diamond sold its first million handsets. Read more...

Monday, April 6, 2009

T-Mobile Roadmap Leaked

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 05:00 AM

TmoNews has uncovered some release dates for a number of Windows Mobile phones on the US T-Mobile network. It looks like the HTC Snap will be available around July 1 and the Wing II, better known as the HTC Touch Pro 2, will be available around July 22. HTC has said that the Touch Pro 2 will have an upgrade made available to WinMo 6.5 later this year. I hope T-Mobile passes that upgrade along.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

T-Mobile Germany Releases HTC Touch Viva as MDA Basic

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:05 AM

T-Mobile's German division has released (English translation) the HTC Touch Viva as the MDA Basic, which packs some - you guessed it - rather basic innards: a TI OMAP 850 201MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, quad-band GSM/EDGE (no 3G), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 2.0 megapixel camera, a 2.8" QVGA (240 x 320) touch screen, a microSD slot, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. But all is forgiven, thanks to its low price tag of €4.95 ($6.58 USD) on a two-year contract.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

T-Mobile G1 Announced. Android On the Loose. Now What?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:00 AM

It's official. The Android-powered G1 will be hitting T-Mobile stores across the US on October 22, the UK in November, and elsewhere in Europe in early 2009. Being a Windows Mobile site, we'll spare you the fine details. Head over to the T-Mobile G1 site, and check out the videos after the break, if you're eager to learn more.

On to other matters: Android is one capable platform, and undoubtedly, one that users of Google services will love. Combined with Apple's continuing efforts to enhance the capabilities of the iPhone and Mac OS X, and the growth of heavyweights such as BlackBerry and Symbian, where does this leave Windows Mobile? Over the past year, we've perused multiple comments from readers suggesting that the platform is becoming increasingly stagnant and that efforts by HTC, Samsung, and other manufacturers to improve the usability of the platform are merely a band-aid solution.

As a result, you may have already jumped ship or are considering it. If you're in that group, just what would Microsoft have to do to Windows Mobile to win you back? If you're not in that group, what is it about Windows Mobile that's keeping you glued to the platform? The mobile war is on. And it's you, the consumer, who dictates the winners and the losers. Tell us what makes, or would make, Windows Mobile a winner for you.


Amazon MP3 and Android, Sitting In a Tree...

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune News" @ 08:10 AM

", Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the Amazon MP3 music store will be pre-loaded on the T-Mobile G1, the world's first Android(TM)-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. T-Mobile G1 users can search, download, buy and play music from Amazon MP3, which offers over 6 million DRM-free MP3 songs from all four major music labels and thousands of independent labels that can be played on virtually any hardware device and managed with any music software. "Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be--whether sitting at their computer or on the go," said Bill Carr, Vice President for Digital Music and Video. "We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3's vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places." The T-Mobile G1 comes pre-loaded with an Amazon MP3 application, giving customers a phone-optimized version of the Amazon MP3 store and the immediate gratification of buying and playing their favorite music. Amazon MP3 has worked to make its DRM-free music available through numerous products and services, such as Pandora MySpace Music, and now Android and T-Mobile G1."

The mobile music downloads market just got a lot more interesting with announcing the availability of the Amazon MP3 music store on the Android-powered T-Mobile G1. Its biggest rival is, of course, the iTunes Store on the iPhone and iPod touch, followed by the Zune Marketplace on the Zune. However, Amazon MP3 trumps one or both in a few areas: (a) all tracks are DRM-free; (b) most content is better-priced; and (c) tracks can be browsed, previewed, and purchased on the T-Mobile network, and later downloaded via Wi-Fi.

What can Microsoft and Apple conjure to match or beat this?

Android Is Coming: T-Mobile G1 Press Conference at 10:30 AM (EDT)

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 03:50 AM

After months of teasing via product demos and leaks, Android is finally coming to a T-Mobile USA store near you in the form of the G1. At 10:30 AM (EDT), the G1 press conference will kick off in New York; be sure to tune in at that time, if you're interested in seeing what's unveiled. Can't make it? Don't worry - we'll be covering Android and the G1 from top to bottom right after the press conference.

So, just how will Android impact Windows Mobile? We'll soon find out.

T-Mobile G1 Press Conference (September 23, 2008):

  • GMT -7 (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver): 7:30 AM
  • GMT -5 (Chicago, Houston): 9:30 AM
  • GMT -4 (New York, Washington, D.C.): 10:30 AM
  • GMT +1 (London): 3:30 PM
  • GMT +2 (Paris, Berlin): 4:30 PM
  • GMT +4 (Moscow): 6:30 PM
  • GMT +8 (Perth, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong): 10:30 PM
  • GMT +9 (Tokyo): 11:30 PM
  • GMT +10 (Sydney, Melbourne): 12:30 AM (September 24)
  • GMT +12 (Auckland): 2:30 AM (September 24)
Update: The G1 will be available in the USA on October 22. A European rollout is planned - November in the UK, and early 2009 elsewhere in Europe, both with T-Mobile.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Android Wars: The Battle for Smartphone Users Begins!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 02:00 AM

As I am sure all of you have heard the release of Google's open source operating system is right around the corner. As Jon posted yesterday, T-Mobile is having some weird special event pre-sale to kick off the release of the first Android device, the HTC Dream, and T-Mobile subscribers can expect to pick up this new handset for a mere $150USD. This is an amazing price for a touch screen smartphone.

As some of you have probably heard me say before, as of the last Android SDK release, the operating system felt more like a collection of stuff rather than a useable mobile platform. With the recent release of the Android SDK we can see a lot of that "hobbyist" feel that usually accompanies most things open source start to peel away from the device as Google shapes Android up to a viable iPhone killer. Read more...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

HTC Raphael Makes an Appearance as the T-Mobile MDA Vario IV

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:02 AM

Touch Diamond? That was so yesterday. The long-awaited HTC Raphael has finally made an appearance as the T-Mobile MDA Vario IV, and it's packing some serious horsepower. Check it: a Qualcomm 528MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, HSDPA connectivity, a 480 x 640 touch screen, 3.2-megapixel and 0.3-megapixel cameras, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an FM radio, a microSD slot, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Also note the top row of keys on the keyboard - that's right, a dedicated number row! But alas, only tri-band GSM (no 850MHz), although I'm willing to bet that we'll see a quad-band version elsewhere in the near future.

And err... your keyboard is wet. You can stop drooling now.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sprint/Nextel Ready To Break Up? T-Mobile To Buy Sprint?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:00 AM

"Reports wafting over the Atlantic Ocean suggest that Deutsche Telekom -- parent company of T-Mobile USA -- is considering Sprint Nextel as a take-over target. And why not? Sprint's share price is below $10, and the euro continues to dominate the dollar. Sprint's spectrum alone is worth it. That would make T-Mobile + Sprint the largest wireless operator in the United States. But could it work without falling to pieces?"

There is further speculation that Sprint is ready to ditch Nextel, the "push to talk" provider it purchased in 2005, which could make Sprint an even sweeter target for a T-Mobile buyout as Nextel's value and subscriber base has been on a steady decline since 2005. The big question is, if it happens, is how do you meld the two networks based on different technologies, T-Mobile being GSM and Sprint being CDMA. In order for the deal to make long term sense, there would have to be one surviving network.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Hot Deal On T-Mobile Wing Batteries

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:30 AM

"Uh oh. So it looks like T-Mobile’s Windows Mobile-based Wing handset might be having some battery troubles. Wing owners have been quietly receiving replacement batteries in the mail. The new batteries are manufactured by Celxpert, which marks a departure from the original Dynapack-sourced juice packs. The new batteries are accompanied by a short note that reads: T-Mobile and HTC are providing a replacement for the T-Mobile Wing battery made by Dynapack at not charge to you due to rare occurrences of the battery overheating."

Hmm, apparently T-Mobile's "Fry your eggs on your Wing" promotion didn't work quite well. Who knows how problematic the batteries are (Anyone here have hot wings? </bad joke>), but if it wasn't an issue for you, you may be receiving an extra battery. Of course I'd use the new battery as your primary and save the potential burn-you-up battery for an emergency.

Tags: t-mobile, wing

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