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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Engadget Reviews MiFi 2200 Wireless Router

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/...fi-2200-review/

"Put simply, our hats go off to Novatel and Verizon on this one. The MiFi is drop-dead awesome in basically every meaningful way, and we'd be shocked if every top-tier carrier in the world wasn't actively looking into adding it -- or a device very similar to it -- into their lineup. Unless you have a very specific, compelling reason that you require an ExpressCard or a USB stick style modem, the MiFi's simplicity, flexibility, tethering capability, and no-compromise performance make it the way to go for your mobile data needs."

Engadget has reviewed the new MiFi 2200 wireless router for use on the Verizon network. This little credit card sized device may be the perfect companion for some of you when you need WiFi access and there isn't a Starbucks to be found.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Microsoft, Verizon, and "Pink" Being Delayed?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 04:21 PM

http://www.crn.com/software/2173002...JUNN2JVN?pgno=1

"In-house development delays are putting a stealth Microsoft-Verizon smartphone project in danger of collapse, Channelweb.com has learned. Microsoft and Verizon Wireless have reportedly been working on a Microsoft-branded touch-screen smartphone that Verizon could launch on its network as early as next year. The smartphone, code-named Pink, would consist of Microsoft software running on a third-party device, according to sources familiar with the project. However, Microsoft has encountered major setbacks that have affected its schedule for bringing Pink to market, sources said."

I lost count of the number of rumours and points of speculation in this article, but it would seem there's something to this given the sheer number of rumours strung together. The question is, though, is whether this is a Windows Mobile device. What if it's a Danger Sidekick running a bunch of Windows Live software? It's hard to say given how much rampant speculation there is in this article. What's not speculation though is that Windows Mobile 6.5 devices are still not here yet, and Windows Mobile 7 is even further out. Has anyone else noticed that Windows Mobile isn't even mentioned in many of the articles talking about the major players in the mobile space? Microsoft sold north of 15 million licenses world-wide last year, yet somehow they're not considered a serious player in the market.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Understanding Dollars and Cents, With Your Host, Verizon

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Smartphone Talk" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.dvorak.org/blog/2009/01/...r-service-call/

This is an instant classic - looks like Verizon reps need to go back to school. It's staggering how little math the average person knows; many of us do very little math day to day, so even the most basic understanding of mathematics atrophies over the years. I know I fall into that category, and my math skills weren't that good to begin with. ;-) Have a great weekend everyone!

Tags: verizon, math

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Samsung SGH-i780, Verizon Wireless XV6900 Receive Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrades

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:10 PM

http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/new...ade-thread.html

Both the Samsung SGH-i780 (European version) and Verizon Wireless' XV6900 (HTC Touch) have finally been blessed with Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades. Visit our Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade thread for links to these upgrades, as well as many more.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Touch Pro and Omnia Appear on Verizon Wireless

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:30 PM

http://news.vzw.com/news/2008/11/pr...008-11-24b.html

The two devices currently vying for my "daily driver" position - the Samsung Omnia and the HTC Touch Pro will soon be options on Verizon Wireless. VZW announced the Omnia and Touch Pro this past week, and it looks like Verizon-ites will have a chance to snag a great device when they make their appearence in stores. Now if I could just pick between the two!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Verizon Drops Pay-As-You-Go and Cheaper Data Plans - $29.99 Or Higher Required

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008...-now-mandatory/

"This has been rumored to be coming but VZW E dropped the bomb on us all by leaking a Verizon Wireless document detailing some drastic changes to Verizon’s data plans. Starting November 14th, 2008, all new PDA / Smartphones will require a $29.99/month or greater data plan. Gone are the pay as you go data plans, 1X data block plans and the 10 MB $24.99/month plans."

The good news is though, if you are on any of those plans now, you can keep them until you switch out your phone, at which point you'll be required to move to the one of the more expensive plans. That is one of the advantages of the GSM phone with a SIM chip. You can swap out phones without the carrier being able to do this to you. If you are on Verizon, are you on one of the more inexpensive plans?

Tags: verizon

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Windows Mobile 6 Available for Palm/Verizon Treo 700wx

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:25 AM

http://www.palm.com/us/support/down...e6/verizon.html

Updater v1.24 is now available for the Palm/Verizon Treo 700wx. Wait, we know what you're thinking. Just an insignificant dot upgrade, right? Nope, not this time. v1.24 packs Windows Mobile 6 Professional. Yes, Windows Mobile 6 Professional for your two-year old device. Our hats off to Palm and Verizon for making this happen. And to all the other manufacturers and carriers reading this, take note. Users love OS upgrades, no matter how old the device. Seriously.

Tags: update, verizon, treo, palm, 6, 700wx

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Details About Sprint/Verizon's HTC Touch Diamond/Pro Surface

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Mor...cle-a_3021.html

"...we posted an article saying that the Sprint variant of the Touch Diamond may launch this month, but now we have slightly different information...First, HTC Touch Diamond will be called HTC Victor for Sprint and HTC Diamond for Verizon. Sprint's variant runs on Qualcomm 7501A chipset with 528MHz processor, 256MB ROM, 256MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. Verizon's runs on Qualcomm 7500 chipset with 400MHz processor, has half the RAM (128MB) and has microSD cards slot instead of 4GB NAND flash...The CDMA equivalent of the HTC Touch Pro will be called HTC Herman for Sprint and HTC Raphael for Verizon. They are QWERTY variants of respectively the Victor and the Diamond and have similar specifications, but twice the ROM memory (512MB for both). Herman trades Victor's 4GB for memory card slot and Raphael's frame is also made out of aluminum instead of steel...A few of our readers report that the Victor will be available with Sprint on September 02, 2008, and the Herman will come one month later. There is no exact information when Verizon Wireless will release the Diamond and the Raphael, but it is expected that Sprint will have 30 days exclusivity."

Picture of Touch Diamond

Details started leaking out about these exciting pair of devices for Verizon and Sprint last week. I'm rather surprised at how different the models are for the two carriers, especially with regards to memory, but both look like great devices (small battery notwithstanding; let's hope it gives good battery life on EVDO). As usual, Verizon users will have to wait a little bit longer than the Sprint folks, but at least there's some hope!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

MetroPCS MetroFlash welcomes Verizon, Sprint customers -- and their devices

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 04:02 PM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/...stomers-and-th/

"MetroPCS may not have the largest wireless footprint in the States, but they did take a jab at the larger two CDMA carriers by announcing their intention to take on any Verizon and Sprint customers ready to jump ship -- as well as any "compatible" devices they may want to bring along with them. Sprint already supposedly does this (although we've still yet to hear of it actually really happening), but the specifics of MetroPCS's MetroFlash seem equally unclear. It doesn't sound like they'll reprogram just any CDMA device that walks through their doors, though, just the ones they've had a chance to test on their network. Definitely kills the buzz (and the number of devices that can be ported), but a little open is still kind of better than totally closed, right?"

One of the things that have always annoyed be of CDMA devices and carriers is the almost non-existence of openness between them. With my GSM/HSDPA handset I can pop in a SIM card from almost any other GSM network and be up and running with a snap of my fingers. This is something that is almost impossible to do on CDMA networks… heck even switching your current device on the same CDMA network is a hassle. While I give MetroPCS a pat on the back by trying to stand apart from the crowd is it really enough? What benefit is there to being open when the whole process of enabling the handset on the network is so ridiculously cumbersome?


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Verizon Releases XV6900, the CDMA Touch

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.verizonwireless.com:80/b...tedPhoneId=3694

"The new, all touch Verizon Wireless XV6900 combines all the performance and functionality of Windows Mobile® 6 Professional with high–tech, innovative TouchFLO® Technology on its hi–res touchscreen. Access your favorite and most important applications easily with the Touch Cube. View email and attachments, create and edit documents, filter your inbox, and stay connected – securely – with your office. Take advantage of Bluetooth® Wireless Technology and use your XV6900 as a tethered modem through BroadbandAccess Connect. Optimized for entertainment as well, the XV6900 lets you enjoy music, pictures, videos and more with Windows Media Player® Mobile and a 2.0 MP camera with video capture."


Looks like Verizon finally caught up and released the CDMA Touch. I would also assume that this phone will fall under Verizon's new smartphone pricing policy. Have any of you ordered/picked it up yet?

Tags: touch, verizon, htc, xv6900

Friday, April 4, 2008

Verizon Unveils New Lineup, Features XV6900 and Q9c

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=2876

"Verizon Wireless today revealed its spring lineup of smartphones and messaging phones...
  • XV6900: Verizon's version of the HTC Touch. Available in April.
  • Motorola Q9c: Similar to the Q9m, but with more business-friendly styling, plus support for location-based services. Available in April."


There's also a new Blackberry and a LG device. These two aren't exactly new or revolutionary, but it's good to see Verizon is finally carrying them, only a few months after everyone else. ;) If you're curious as to what the Touch will look like on Verizon, Engadget's got pics of both it and the Touch Dual. As they put it, the front is "bleached". What do you think of the look?


Monday, March 24, 2008

AT&T, Verizon, and Google Chime in on FCC Auction Aftermath

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/...tion-aftermath/

"Win or lose, all the bidders wrapped up in the so-called Auction 73 for precious spectrum in the 700MHz band are still under tight FCC-imposed gag orders in an effort to stem any funny business, but it looks like they're at least ready to come out and dip their toes into the PR waters. Verizon, the biggest winner having claimed the big, wide Block C prize, says that it's "pleased with [its] auction results"... and that they're now better positioned to lead the way with new services and devices. Meanwhile, AT&T seems happy with its purchase, too -- but then again, it's not like any of these companies would be issuing immediate statements expressing buyer's remorse, we guess."



Verizon and AT&T both made out like bandits in the recent FCC spectrum auction. As noted above, Verizon came out on top with the coveted C Block and following behind with nothing but smiles was AT&T, which completed successful bids for the B Block. Along with AT&T's recent purchase of Aloha Partners, the largest owner of the 700MHz spectrum, AT&T can now boast that it covers over 95% of the U.S. population! The real winner of this auction though is Google. Even though Google did not come out of this auction with a pocket full of spectrum, it is safe to assume they accomplished exactly what they set out to do - force the bids high enough to ensure that the 700Mhz spectrum will be open to all devices, as well as keep over $4.6 billion dollars in the bank, and in their shareholders’ pockets.


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