Following the MetroPCS announcement of offering an unlimited data plan for a limited time, T-Mobile added to the buzz and announced a 4G unlimited data plan. Although, the plan wont be available until early next month we do have information on the details. The Unlimited Nationwide 4G data plan will cost $20 a month when added to a Value voice and text plan. If you have a Classic voice and text plan and want to add the Unlimited Nationwide 4G data option it will cost $30 a month. If youre an existing T-Mobile customer and want access to this plan just upgrade your service and add it.
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In addition to adding another Android smartphone to its line-up with the LG Motion, MetroPCS also unveiled a new plan. First, more details on the phone. The LG Motion is a high-end Android 4.0 phone sporting a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera with the ability to record 1080p HD video, and the ability to take photos while recording video. It also works on the 4G LTE network and offers the users the ability to talk and surf the web over the network.
The new plan announced has a lot to offer and helps take the guess work out of monthly bills. Thats right, its an unlimited plan. For $55 a month users with this plan get unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data. Those with family plans can get the plan as well, but it will cost $50 a month on the accounts second, third, and fourth lines. The plan will only be offered for a limited time.
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Looking for a new Android tablet? Consider the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that will work on Verizons 4G LTE network. The tablet is running the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and is loaded with ways to watch videos on it including apps like YouTube, Netflix, and Samsungs Media Hub. The tablet only has 8GB of memory on board -- not a lot if you want to save movies on it, but you can always add more storage space with an optional 64GB microSD card. In addition to working on Verizons 4G LTE network, it also has WiFi connectivity. For those who want to participate in video chats or take some pictures theres a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera and front-facing VGA camera.
Sprint is adding another Android 4.0 smartphone with a tactile QWERTY keyboard to its offerings with the new Kyocera Rise. With its 3.5-inch touchscreen the budget-friendly phone isnt as large as some of the newer models recently announced. In addition the QWERTY keyboard, the phone has a 1GHz processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera with a flash that can also record video, WiFi connectivity and will work on Sprints 3G network. To help preserve battery life on this smartphone it has Kyoceras Eco Mode software. The Kyocera Rise will be available at the end of weekend for Sprint users and at the end of the month without a contract for Virgin Mobile service.
If you are agree with the almost 49% of those who participated in Nokias online poll that prefer a phone with a QWERTY keyboard then youll be happy to learn the newest Sprint phone Motorola Photon Q 4G will sport a five-line tactile QWERTY keyboard. The phone is also loaded with tons of high-end features such as 1.5GHz dual-core processor, runs the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, has a spacious 4.3-inch touchscreen and an NFC chip. As expected, it also features rear-facing 8-megapixel camera that can also shoot 1080p HD video and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Plus its easy to store photos and videos on the phones 8GB of onboard memory. The Photon Q 4G will work around the globe and on Sprints 4G LTE network. While the phone will be available next week, you can reserve a Motorola Photon Q 4G now.
Are you happy to see another smartphone that features a tactile QWERTY keyboard? Let us know in the comments below.
The desire to get a new phone tends to get stronger as manufacturers and carriers bring new models with advanced features to market. LetsTalk has launched a new feature on its Facebook page to help customers quickly and easily find out if they are eligible for an upgrade. Simply visit LetsTalks Facebook page and select the purple upgrade button under the Liked sign or go directly to the Upgrade Eligibility app by clicking this link, select your carrier, fill out the required information and in seconds you can find out if youre ready for an upgrade. If it turns out your ineligible, no worries just use the app to create an event in your Facebook calendar to help remind you when you will be eligible for an upgrade. If you like the app, share it with friends on Facebook.
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On Friday, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time, I'll be hosting a chat on LetsTalk's Facebook page. Ill be taking questions about phones, plans, apps, and can even help Facebook fans pick the best phone for them. If there's something you want to know about mobile, but didn't know who to ask stop by and ask me on Facebook at 11:00 AM PST this Friday.
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Looking for a cell phone with the latest technology? Check out the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G available with MetroPCS service. The new smartphone runs Android 2.3, sports a 1GHz processor, and a spacious and crisp 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. All of this will come in handy when using the Dyle mobile TV app that can be used to watch live TV found on your local TV stations. There's no need to worry about using 4G LTE data or finding a WiFi connection because the app actually provides mobile TV reception. The technology is fairly new so the service isnt available everywhere. When youre not watching TV on the phone, theres also a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera for capturing pictures or shooting HD video.
Do you want to watch live TV on your cell phone? Let us know in the comments below.
Later this week, Verizon will be adding the Pantech Marauder cell phone to its 4G LTE line-up. The new Android smartphone features a 5-line slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard that has dedicated number keys and a tactile touchscreen. The cell phone also sports a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM making it responsive. The 5-megpaixel camera that can be used to capture HD video, while it's 4G LTE data connection can be shared with up to 10 other WiFi-enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature.
Are you looking for an Android smartphone with a slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard? Let us know in the comments below.
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Rollouts of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS update are still headed toward existing phones and were already beginning to learn which phones should expect to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. According to a recent article in Fierce Wireless, HTC plans to upgrade the HTC One X, HTC One XL, and HTC One S to the Jelly Bean OS. Users can expect a smoother experience, more personalization, and an updated home screen with the Jelly Bean Android 4.1 OS.
Much anticipated Samsung Galaxy SIII is now available for T-Mobile and works on the company's 4G network. It comes in blue and white and runs the latest Android 4.0, comes with a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor and a spacious 4.8-inch touchscreen display. Get a closer look at the phone and see what comes in the box in the video below. Is this the Android phone you've been waiting for? Let us know in the comments below.
In April, Sprint unveiled the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Now the phone will also be available in the fashion forward white color this month. In addition to working on Sprints 4G LTE network and having a speedy 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the phone runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with the HTC Sense 4 overlay. It also comes with 16GB of onboard storage (plus it will accept up to a 32GB microSD card) so youll be able to easily store any of the 1080p HD videos you shoot on the phone. It also sports an 8-megapixel camera with a fast shutter speed. You can learn more about Sprints HTC EVO 4G LTE by clicking this link.
This week T-Mobile announced two new members to the myTouch family that will be available in August. First up is the latest version of the T-Mobile myTouch that will feature a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, a new version (4.0) of the popular Genius Button, a 1.4GHz processor, work on the companys 4G network, and run Android 2.3 (that's the Gingerbread OS). The T-Mobile myTouch Q will sport similar features, but it will also have a slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard. There arent a lot of Android smartphones currently available that sport a slide-out keyboard, so the inclusion of one on the myTouch Q is a definite plus.
In the market for a new BlackBerry? Verizon will be offering the BlackBerry Curve 9310 later this week. The newest Curve will be running the BlackBerry 7.1 OS, sport a tactile QWERTY keyboard with optical trackpad, and easy access to social media accounts via the Social Feeds 2.0 app. Also on board is a 3.2-megapixel camera, VZ Navigator, an FM radio (that can be accessed via headphones), and will accept up to a 32GB microSD card. Although, the phone wont feature a touchscreen like the latest BlackBerry Bold, it does have a vibrant QVGA display. The phone will require one of Verizons Share Everything plans.
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The long awaited DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC is now available with Verizon service. The latest member of the DROID INCREDIBLE family features loads of upgrades including a spacious and vibrant 4-inch Super LCD qHD display, 4G LTE connectivity, and runs Android 4.0 OS. The smartphone also features a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p HD video, a front-facing VGA camera, the latest HTC Sense, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. All of these specs and features make for a solid smartphone with tons of extra features to keep you connected on-the-go.
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The latest version in the Samsung Intensity line of cell phones is aptly named the Samsung Intensity III. The new model still sports both a numeric keypad and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The phone also has a 2-megapixel camera, 2.4-inch QVGA screen, Bluetooth, the ability to share status updates on Facebook and Twitter, and a microSD slot that can accept up to a 32GB microSD card. This phone is rugged as well, built to meet Military Specifications 810F so it should do well in different temperatures, humidity, and high-dust areas.
Update: Verizon's New Share Everything plans are now available. Interest in making the switch? Here are more plan details.
This month Verizon announced a new type of plan thats all about sharing the data. The new plans are called Share Everything Plans and up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices can be on the plan. That includes tablets, smartphones, Jetpack mobile hotspots, basic phones, and netbooks/notebooks. The idea is simple: Pay a monthly fee for each device on a plan and then an additional fee for the amount of data (1GB, 2GB, etc.) those devices will share a month.
The plans also include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging for all devices on the Share Everything Plan. Plus the Mobile HotSpot feature, which is an additional fee to activate on other plans, is included as well. Just be aware that the data used with the Mobile HotSpot feature will come out of the shared data pool. If this is a feature that will be used a lot, keep that in mind when selecting a data option. Heres the breakdown of the cost of each device on the plan:
Smartphones - $40
Basic Phone - $30
Jetpacks/USBs/Notebooks/Netbooks - $20
Tablets - $10
Heres what data will cost:
1GB - $50
2GB - $60
4GB - $70
6GB - $80
8GB - $90
10GB - $100
To get an idea of what the monthly fee looks like, heres an example:
2 Smartphones ($80) + 1 Tablet ($10) + 2GB of data to be shared ($60) = $150
For $150 (before monthly fees) service includes unlimited text, calls, and picture messaging, with the ability to use the Mobile HotSpot feature, and 2GB of data to be shared among all devices. Is it a great deal? It really depends on how much data you use monthly and that can be found out by looking at the monthly bill. Plus, Verizon includes a data usage meter on its devices thats worth checking out to see how much data is actually being used by each individual device on the plan. For even more help check out this tool from Verizon.
The plans will be available on June 28th; however, theres no requirement to switch from a family plan to a Share Everything Plan. There are no additional fees to switch to the new plan and switching also wont extend an existing contract.
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June is Safe Driving Month and there are still a few days left. Were giving away the next generation of the Motorola Roadster 2 Handsfree In-Car Speakerphone to help drivers keep their hands on the wheel while driving. The universal (works with most Bluetooth phones) accessory lets you stream music and calls through the built-in speakerphone or the car stereo. In addition to many of the features found in the previous version, this model will also work with the new Motorola Car Finder app that automatically marks where the car has been parked and then can provide walking or driving directions to help you return to the car.
In honor of Safe Driving Month were giving you a chance to win a Motorola Roadster 2. All you need to enter is follow LetsTalk on Twitter and retweet: Win a MOTOROLA ROADSTER 2 Bluetooth! #MOTOLT
Note: Only one entry per person per day through Twitter. The giveaway has just begun and ends Sunday, June 30th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. So, be sure to spread the word on Twitter.
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This month we hosted the Speed Into Summer Sweepstakes where three winners would receive their choice of one of these smartphones: Verizons upcoming DROID Incredible 4G LTE, Sprints newest HTC EVO 4G LTE, or the HTC One S for T-Mobile. To enter the contest, you had to visit LetsTalks Facebook page and fill out the entry form.
The Giveaway is now closed and the winners have been selected. So join us in congratulating the winners: Katie Embry, Chris Callicoat, and Debra Pearlstein.
In March, we found out which Motorola phones will be updated to Android Ice Cream sandwich. Starting today owners of Verizons DROID RAZR and the DROID RAZR MAXX should start receiving an over-the-air update that will include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and the ability to use the phone when traveling overseas. If you plan on using the former feature abroad just be sure to get an international plan. There will be a few other enhancements as well including some improvements to the voice input technology. To learn more about the upgrade, visit Verizons News Center.
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Tomorrow, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Pacific Time, I'll be hosting a chat on LetsTalk's Facebook page. Ill be taking questions about phones, plans, apps, and can even help Facebook fans pick the best phone for them. If there's something you want to know about mobile, but didn't know who to ask stop by and ask me on Facebook at 2:00 PM PST this Friday.
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Today at the Windows Phone Summit being held in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off Windows Phone 8. There are quite a few enhancements that users can expect, but existing Windows Phone 7.5 users wont get is the ability to upgrade their phones to Windows Phone 8. Existing Windows Phone users will, however, get an update to 7.8, which will have the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen -- its a bit of a centerpiece of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.
The idea behind the new Start screen is that you can customize it anyway you want, changing tile sizes giving some activities more significance than others (watch the video below to see it in action). Other noteworthy features are the inclusion of Internet Explorer 10 (thats a full web browser, not a mobile version), the Wallet (manage payments, deals, and cards you might find in a wallet), and Nokias mapping software. We should also note that existing Windows Phone apps will work with the Windows Phone 8 platform.
We can expect to see Windows Phone 8 models from Nokia, HTC, Huawei, and Samsung. Some of the hardware features to expect include a multi-core processor (this will make the phone faster and more powerful), a slot for an external microSD storage card, NFC chip (Wallet apps and connecting with other Windows 8 devices), Nokia maps, and a WXGA display (1280 x768) thats HD.
Get a peak at the new Start screen in the Mircosoft video below.
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Looking for a starter Android smartphone? Consider the T-Mobile Prism. Its running Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and is available in red or charcoal gray. You can get it with the T-Mobile Classic Unlimited Bundle that includes talk, text and 2GB of data for surfing the web. If you dont want to use the data you can connect to a nearby WiFi network. Check out the smartphone in the unboxing video below.
Dads do so much for us and often help us find solutions to our problems. Why not return the favor this Father's Day with one of these accessories for his phone? Whether your Dad loves to listen to music, spends tons of time in the great outdoors, or just loves gadgets weve got him covered. One of these accessories will help him get the most out of his cell phone.
Give Dad more juice
With cell phones performing more and more functions these days its not surprising that some have a problem staying charged all day. Is your Dads cell phone always running out of power at the most inopportune times? Consider getting him the Energizer Portable Charger. This pocket-friendly charger can be used with any cell phone that has a mini-USB or micro-USB (thats whats on most smartphones) port.
A phone case thats as rugged as Dad
Are you more likely to find your Dad outdoors hiking, rafting, or biking? Help him keep his cell phone protected with the Grace Digital Audio Eco Extreme Rugged Case. Just about any smartphone (even iPhones and iPods) will fit comfortably in the case. Plus if the phone has a 3.5mm headset jack (most phones do) they can even listen to their favorite playlist through the cases speaker. Since this rugged case is also waterproof it will standup to just about any outdoor activity your dad loves.
Glasses for Dads who love gadgets
There are tons of Bluetooth headsets available, but how many of them are also a pair of sunglasses? Thats the idea behind the Qi-Wear Stereo Bluetooth Sunglasses. Equipped with a built-in Bluetooth headset and dual microphones for ambient noise cancellation, these sunglasses let Dad take calls on his cell phone and listen to music when he wears them. Plus they have an Ultra-Dura anti-scratch coating that will help keep the lenses from getting scratched. These sunglasses will do more than just keep the sun out of your Dads eyes.
Give Dad the gift of music
Does your Dad love to use his cell phone as an MP3 player? If so, help him set his music free with the QuikCell Sphere Portable Wireless Speaker. This compact speaker plugs right into the 3.5mm headset jack on his phone so he can hear the music on his phone wherever he wants. So whether hes in the office or in a hotel traveling for business hell be able to listen to the music on his phone without a headset.
This mount will help keep Dads hands on the wheel and not on the phone (Read more)
Looking for a rugged phone thats pocket friendly? Check out Sprints Kyocera DuraXT. The flip phone meets the Military Standard 810G so it can withstand shock, humidity, dust, rain, and more. It also sports a 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a 2.5mm headset jack (this isnt the standard 3.5mm found in music players. It also works with Sprint Direct Connect so the cell phone can be used like a walkie-talkie to make push-to-talk contact with other Direct Connect users.
There's a lot to like about the HTC One S for T-Mobile. It offers a speedy user experience running Android 4.0 thanks to its 1.5Ghz dual-core processor. The big appeal to this phone are the new HTC Sense and the camera features. HTC Sense makes it easier than ever to customize the smartphone and the camera's shutter speed is impressive. Plus it now has the ability to add depth of field to a photo and snap a picture while recording an HD video. To learn more about the HTC One S watch the expert review video below.
LetsTalk's latest sweepstakes will award three lucky winners one of the newest HTC Android smartphones to hit the market. Winners will have a choice of selecting Verizons upcoming DROID Incredible 4G LTE, Sprints newest HTC EVO 4G LTE, or the HTC One S for T-Mobile. All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is visit LetsTalks Facebook page and click this link to enter. While youre there, dont forget to Like the companys Facebook page. We should note that you only need to enter once to win and selecting/deselecting "Like" on Facebook will not increase your chances of winning.
The sweepstakes lasts through June 22, 2012. Becoming a fan of LetsTalks Facebook page will help keep you informed about the latest cell phone news, let you know when the most popular phones are available, and more. So, be sure to spread the word.
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This week owners of the Motorola Xoom will start receiving the update to Googles Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The update will feature apps management, an improved photo editor, and speech-to-text technology.
Wondering when or if youre Verizon Android device will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update? Check out Verizons list of products scheduled to get the upgrade.
Last month in London, Samsung unveiled the latest model in its Galaxy line of products. Today, word is out on when we can expect to see it in the states and which service providers will be offering it. All the major carriers will be offering the latest Android 4.0 smartphone. That includes T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T. Not all carriers are mentioning an availability date, but Sprint and T-Mobile say it will be available later this month.
The Galaxy S III will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of internal RAM, and work on 4G networks so it should offer a speedy user experience. The phone will be a bit large with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display covered with Gorilla Glass 2.0 that will help protect the phone from the elements and accidents that can happen in everyday use. As expected, the phone will sport a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that can record 1080p HD video. It will include quite a few photo features such as Burst Shot for capturing three images in a row with no shutter lag time. The phone will be available in White or Blue with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, and it can accept a microSD card for more storage space.
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Summer is about to arrive and that means the school year is just about finished. Know someone who is graduating and getting ready to go into the world? Why not give them some helpful smartphone apps. Weve rounded up five apps that are sure to help grads succeed.
1. Theres no place like home
For many graduates, the end of the school year means they need to find a new place to live. Depending on the area there can be tons of competition for any one rental. Help your grad stay ahead of the curve with the Trulia - Homes For Rent mobile app. Users can create personalized searches based on location, rooms, and price range. Theres also the ability to add open house times to a calendar and get alerted when new properties come on the market. When grads find a place they like they can take notes about it and even post it to Facebook to see what friends and family think of the potential spot.
Compatible OS: Android, iPhone
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on a compatible smartphone
2. Help Grads find a dream job
As most people in the workforce know, graduating school is just the beginning. Finding a job is an entirely new skill to learn. In todays job market, there are loads of websites filled with new job listings. Visiting all those sites and sifting through listings daily can be exhausting. Instead, show your favorite grad how a smart mobile app such as Hire-A-Droid can do all the heavy lifting. The app is essentially a job search engine that accesses multiple job search sites in multiple countries. All the user has to do is enter the type of job wanted and let the app do the rest. If they find a search with good results, it can be saved so the lead can be followed up on later.
Compatible OS: Android
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on an Android smartphone
3. This to do list can help save money
Due dates dont stop when school is finished. They just are required for something other than schoolwork bills. Help grads develop good financial habits early with the Billski Bill Tracker. While there are tons of apps available for keeping track of finances, the Billski Bill Tracker takes a different approach. It just reminds users when to pay their bills. With this app grads will only have to enter the basic information: bill type, amount, date due, and when theyd like an alarm reminding them to pay it. Paying bills on time can means loads of savings in late fees.
There is a paid version of the app available for $1.00 that allows users to backup and restore data to/from the SD card and view the screen in landscape or portrait mode.
Compatible OS: Android
Cost: (Read more)
For all those with a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play wondering if the phone will be updated to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS theres finally an answer. According to this FierceMobile article the company will not be updating the smartphone.
That said, users with other Xperia models that came out in 2011 such as the Xperia Arc should be receiving the update this week. Owners of the Xperia S, Xperia P, and Xperia U will be getting the OS update in the coming months.
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Tomorrow, at 2:00 PM PST, I'll be hosting a chat on LetsTalk's Facebook page. Ill be taking questions about phones, plans, apps, and can even help Facebook fans pick the best phone for them. If there's something you want to know about mobile, but didn't know who to ask stop by and ask me on Facebook at 2:00 PM PST this Thursday.
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Windows Mobile Phone 6.x will no longer have access to its dedicated marketplace. The store is closing today. Users will still be able to use the apps they have already installed on existing phones, however, if a hard reset (basically, this is returning the phone back to factory settings) is performed the apps will also be wiped from the Windows Mobile Phone and users will have no access to them. While the store is closing, some of those apps may still be available from the app developers or third-party stores.
The new Windows Phone Marketplace, which offers apps for Windows Phone 7 and later models, is still open and users of Windows Phone should check that our for new apps in the future. More information on the shutdown can be found in this story from Fierce Mobile Content.
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The latest 4G data plans from T-Mobile give users the opportunity to pick an option that fits their needs. The plans are can be purchased by the week or by data amount and none of them require a contract. Heres an overview of the plans that will be available starting on May, 20th:
The plans are available for use with tablets, mobile hotspots, and laptop sticks from T-Mobile.
The latest Android smartphone available for Virgin Mobile users has plenty to offer. The LG Optimus Elite runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and sports a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 800Mhz processor, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. It is also the first Virgin Mobile phone to have a NFC chip for use with Google Wallet. Better yet, the phone is available with the companys Beyond Talk plans that start at $35 a month and include unlimited data and messaging. The LG Optimus Elite is available now.
Not sure what to get Mom for Mother's Day this year? Well consider getting her apps that will make her life easier. You can always download one or all of the apps to your favorite Mom's phone while spending time with her during the holiday.
1. Help Mom have more fun with pictures stored on her phone
Many smartphones come with photo editing options and the ability to share them. The latest mobile app Snapbucket from Photobucket takes that functionality one step further. Not only can users make edits and add photo effects, but they can also share photos with friends on Facebook Twitter, via email, or with other PhotoBucket users. Best of all the application doesnt alter the original image, so its always safely stored in the phone or on the phone's memory card.
Compatible OS: Android, iPhone
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on a compatible smartphone
2. Give Mom coupons on-the-go
Does your Mom still clip coupons from the newspaper? You can save her time and money by introducing her to Yowza!! Mobile Coupons. The application provides coupons to tons of nearby stores, restaurants, and activities. The app uses the smartphones integrated GPS to deliver nearby coupons, so just be aware it might drain the phones battery life. If Mom has a favorite local store, she can even set a notification to be alerted when the shop offers a new discount.
Compatible OS: Android, iPhone
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on a compatible smartphone
3. An app that lends a helping hand at dinner
Busy Moms who enjoy making dinner, but dont have a lot of time to research new recipes will love Recipe Search from AlltheCooks.com. The site has over 70,000 recipes including everything from appetizers and desserts to main dishes, and more. The most interesting feature in the app is the ability to find recipes based on ingredients as well as traditional recipe names. This can be a huge time saver for Mom especially if she tends to stop off at the store on the way home from work. As is the case with many apps, there is lots of community support and the ability to share recipes via social media outlets.
Compatible OS: Android
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on a compatible Android smartphone
4. An intuitive way from Mom to track and organize reminders on her phone
Lets face it, Moms have a lot to take care of in a single day and most likely the one thing they always have on them is a cell phone. Keeping track of everything that needs to be accomplished can be a task by itself. Enter (Read more)
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Love the HTC EVO, but wish it had 4G LTE connectivity? Then youll be happy to learn that a 4G LTE version of the phone will be available for Sprint customers later this month. The new model will also have a larger 4.7-inch HD display and run Android 4.0 Ice Cream with the HTC Sense 4 overlay. Other specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a NFC chip for use with mobile payment options, and Beats Audio. You can use the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat or to participate in a Google Hangout, and the rear-facing 8-megapixel camera has HTC ImageSense so while recording HD video you can also snap a picture. Want to be the first of your friends to get the HTC EVO 4G LTE? Click this link to pre-order the phone now.
|Topics:||New at CTIA||Sprint||Smart phones||HTC|
At CTIA, manufacturers and carriers have the opportunity to display some of their higher-end cell phones that will be available in the coming months. Case in point are the HTC One series of phones. This Android 4.0 smartphone is meant to entertain and capture special moments on the fly and all while sporting a stylish design. Since this is a phone from HTC its going to have a ton of special features that are all there to enhance the user experience such as HTC Sense for overall phone navigation and HTC ImageSense thats loaded with camera enhancements. The rear-facing camera will have a f/2.0 back illuminated sensor that allows for more light to go into the sensor. The camera can also be used to record HD video.
As for specs of the HTC One Series phones there will be a few versions: HTC One X, HTC One S, and HTC One V. Specs will vary between models, however, the HTC One X will sport a 4.7-inch display and 1.5GHz dual-core processor, while the HTC One S will have the same processor and a smaller 4.3-inch display. The HTC One V will have a smaller display.
The latest member of HTCs popular DROID Incredible line has been unveiled at CTIA in New Orleans. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE by HTC has quite a few upgrades including a larger screen size. The new smartphone sports a 4-inch super LCD qHD display, which means the screen is viewable in direct sunlight and images are crisp. It has a built-in NFC chip for use with mobile wallet apps and a snappy 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Additionally, the phone will be running the latest version of HTC Sense 4, Beats Audio, Googles Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and as its name suggests work on Verizons speed 4G LTE data network. The 4G LTE connection can be shared with up to 10 other WiFi-enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature. Other noteworthy features include a front-facing camera for video chat and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash and 28mm lens. The camera can also be used to record HD video and even snap a picture while capturing video. The DROID Incredible by HTC 4G LTE will be available from Verizon in the coming weeks.
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Samsung announced the next generation of its popular GALAXY S line of products in London today. The idea behind its design is that this smartphone will get to know and ultimately understand you. At the heart of how you will interact with the phone is a natural language interface called S Voice. It can be used to tell the phone what to do - anything from play a favorite song, send messages, or take a picture with the camera. The feature will get so accustomed to you, that it will be able to recognize your voice and even your face. With a 4.8-inch display the phone is a bit smaller than the Galaxy Note.
There are also quite a few enhancements made in the camera such as a zero-lag shutter speed, a burst shot feature for capturing 20 shots in a row, and even a Best Photo option that can select the best picture out of eight photographs. Find a photo that you want to share with others feel free to share it using Buddy Photo Share. Want to share something larger? Then check out S Beam. Its like Android Beam, but will work with bigger files such as a 1GB movie file in three minutes or 10MB music file in just a few seconds. None of this requires using a WiFi or data connection.
Now for the tech specifics: The phone will sport a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED (bright, crisp, and viewable in bright sunlight), rear-facing 8-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera, built-in NFC Chip, and run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The phone will be able to playback full HD 1080p video. Plus the phone can be turned on its side for watching videos in 16:9 widescreen mode. There will be 16GB and 32GB configurations for onboard storage with a 64GB model available soon and it will support up to a 64GB microSD card. Thats plenty of storage for videos, photos, music, files, and more.
The phone will be available this summer and you can learn more about it by cheking out the The Next Galaxy.
The latest addition to T-Mobiles Android family is the T-Mobile Prism. The cell phone will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, feature a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera, and 600MHz Qualcomm processor. This 3G Android phone wont be the speediest or largest available, but it will definitely get the job done. The phone will cost well under $100 and can be used with a no annual contract T-Mobile Monthly4G plan or paired with a two-year T-Mobile Classic or Value plan. The smartphone will be available this month.
As more smartphones are becoming available with prepaid plans, were beginning to see more plan options. Case in point is Verizons latest prepaid plan offer that includes unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data for use with a smartphone. The plan costs $80 a month and will be available for with smartphones like the Samsung Illusion, which runs Android 2.3 and sports a 1GHz processor.
Also of note are the new prepaid data plans for MiFi devices, such as the Verizon Jetpack, a mobile 4G LTE hotspot. There are three prepaid options: $15 for 250 MB of data weekly, $60 for 3 GB of data monthly, or $90 for 10 GB of data monthly.
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We're about to have our first live webcast using Spreecast where I will be discussing the HTC One S for T-Mobile. I'll be going through the new HTC Sense 3.0 and taking questions about the phone. Why not join in?
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The HTC One S is the latest 4G phone to join T-Mobile's line-up. It is also the first HTC phone to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and the new HTC Sense 4. The phone sports a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera loaded with advanced camera features including auto focus and HTC ImageSense that adds enhancements to the camera lens. The camera can also record 1080p HD video. It has a speedy 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a spacious 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen that's visible in bright sunlight. Get a closer look at the HTC One S for T-Mobile in the unboxing video below.
Theres been a ton of buzz about Googles latest Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 OS including which existing Android phones will get the update and when will more phones running it be available. Well, the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung is now also available for Sprint users. The smartphones 1.2GHz dual-core processor adds to the speedy user experience and the built-in NFC chip means Google Wallet is included. Speaking of Google Wallet here's some incentive to activate the feature on the phone: Anyone who activates Google Wallet within 7 days of purchasing the phone will receive a $50 credit on their Sprint account.
The Galaxy Nexus is a bit larger than other high-end phones with a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED contour display that boasts a vibrant 1280x720 resolution. The cell phone also features a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and participating in Google Hangouts and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of recording 1080p HD video. What do you think? Is this the Android 4.0 phone you want? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Earth Day is just around the corner on Sunday, April 22nd. If you want a phone to reflect your green sensibilities, check out the LG Optimus Elite that will be available with Sprint 3G service on Earth Day. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS smartphone is loaded with eco-friendly attributes including a casing made of 50% recycled plastics, has a charger that only consumes 0.03 watts of power when plugged into the wall, and UL Environment Platinum Certification. As for features, the phone will sport a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash, and an 800MHz processor. Additionally, the phone has an NFC chip for use with Google Wallet and can share its 3G data connection with up to 5 other WiFi enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature
Anyone who uses the popular HTC Sense found on many HTC Android phones should be aware that the service will be changing. What that really means is that if you use HTCSense.com to sync data such as contacts, footprints, call history, or messages on your phone it will no longer be available by the end of this month. Not to worry, you have until April 30, 2012 to download the data. Its a pretty simple process, just log into HTCSense.com, click the download button in the Account Overview section, and voila a zip file containing your data will be downloaded to your computer.
Have you been waiting for Sprint to offer the Android 4.0 Galaxy Nexus by Samsung with 4G LTE capability? If so, youll be happy to learn the wait is almost over. The smartphone will be available this month. The Galaxy Nexus will not have an overlay, so expect a pure Google experience. The phones 1.2GHz dual-core processor adds to the speedy user experience and the built-in NFC chip means Google Wallet is included. The Galaxy Nexus is a bit larger than other high-end phones with a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED contour display that boasts a vibrant 1280x720 resolution. The cell phone also features a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and participating in Google Hangouts and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of recording 1080p HD video. Click this link to learn more about availability of the Galaxy Nexus for Sprint.
Its been reported that some people who were among the first to purchase the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone experienced trouble getting a data connection. According to this CNET article, Nokia has confirmed that there is indeed a glitch in some of the earlier models. The issue is a result of a combination of memory management and software. There will be a software update rolled out to the cell phones on April 16th that should fix the problem. In the meantime, Nokia is offering $100 credit for the service bill to those with affected phones until midnight on April 21, 2012.
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Cell phone theft is becoming more and more prevalent and to help combat the issue Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have teamed up with the FCC to create a database to help block a stolen phone from being used. Within the next six months the carriers will develop individual databases of phone IDs, which will be merged to form a national database within 18 months. The idea behind the database is that when a phone is stolen with a registered ID, if someone tries to use it or activate it on another carrier it wont work. When a cell phone is reported stolen to the carrier they can then disable the phone so it cant be used.
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Last month, we gave away three Beats by Dre audio products. To enter the contest, you had to visit LetsTalks Facebook page, select the Win A Prize tab and fill out the entry form.
The Giveaway is now closed and the winners have been selected. So join us in congratulating the winners:
The newest member of the HTC EVO line of smartphones for Sprint will be the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Like its predecessor, the HTC EVO 4G, this model sports a kickstand. As has been the case with previous EVO models, this version has a first of its own: HD Voice. The idea behind this feature is that it will offer improved voice quality making callers sound fuller and more natural and help reduce background noise. As the cell phone name suggests, this Sprint model will work on the companys 4G LTE network that will be unveiled in select cities by the middle of this year. The cell phone will also work with Sprints 3G network when 4G LTE service isnt available. The Mobile HotSpot feature can be used to share the data connection with up to 8 WiFi-capable devices.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE will offer a speedy user experience with its 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with HTCs Sense 4 overlay. For those interested in shopping, theres the built-in NFC chip and Google Wallet. Its spacious 4.7-inch HD super LCD display will come in handy when conducting a Google Hangout via the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera or when using the rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with a flash to snap pictures with the f/2.0 lens or recording 1080p HD video. The cell phone will have 16GB of onboard memory and will accept up to 32GB microSD card - plenty of room for storing pictures and video. Since HTC teamed up with Beats, its no surprise that the HTC EVO 4G LTE will feature Beats Audio allowing users to listen to music the way the artist intended.
The latest addition to the HTC EVO family was announced at a Sprint/HTC press conference today and will be available in the second quarter of this year.
The popular photo-sharing site, Instagram, previously available only in the Apple iOS App store is now available for Android users in the Google Play store. Instagram is a free app that you can use to transform the look and feel of a picture taken with the camera on a smartphone by adding a filter (Hudson, lo-fi, and tons more). Have a photo you like? Then go ahead and share it to Facebook, Twitter, and even Tumblr. Similar to many social media apps other Instagram users can follow the pictures you share. The Instagram Android app will work with any Android phone running the 2.2 OS or higher.
Heres a picture we took using the new Instagram App for Android. Let us know if youre going to be an Instagram user, too.
One of the latest models in Samsungs Galaxy line of mobile products, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze, has a lot to offer including the ability to work with T-Mobiles speedy 4G data network. The Android 2.3 smartphone features Samsungs friendly user interface, Samsung Media Hub for renting/purchasing movies and TV shows, and contributing to the snappy experience is a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. As expected, the smartphone also sports a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat. While not quite as big as some Android phones currently available, it does sport a spacious 3.9-inch Super AMOLED display that is sharp, crisp, and viewable in direct sunlight.
Later this week Verizon customers will be able to get the 4G LG Lucid Android smartphone at an affordable price with a new two-year contract. The cell phone is full of high-end features including a 4-inch touchsreen display with Corning Gorilla Glass, so its bright, clear, and durable. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM means it will offer a snappy user-experience. Although it will come with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS installed it will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The LG Lucid also features a front-facing camera for video chat and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with flash that can record 1080p HD video. Once the video is captured the Video Producer app can be used to edit it right on the phone. As noted, the phone will also work on Verizons high-speed 4G data network, so expect a speedy web-surfing experience.
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All those who use Google Voice and have an Android device (tablet or smartphone) running the Ice Cream Sandwich OS will be happy to learn that the mobile app has improved functionality. The Google Voice app is fully integrated with the Android 4.0 OS. This means you can view and listen to voicemails in the call log no more checking an e-mail account to get a link to the audio version of the voicemail. In the new version, voicemail will appear in the phones call log and you can listen to it or read a text transcription of the message. The new version for Android Ice Cream Sandwich users is available in the Google Play market.
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Tomorrow, at 2:00 PM PST, I'll be hosting a chat on LetsTalk's Facebook page. Ill be taking questions about phones, plans, apps, and can even help Facebook fans pick the best phone for them. If there's something you want to know about mobile, but didn't know who to ask stop by and ask me on Facebook at 2:00 PM PST this Friday.
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It happens all the time, youre out with friends and inevitably someone pulls out a cell phone that you want. Now one of the easiest ways to get more details about that particular model is by checking out LetsTalks new mobile site on your cell phone. The easy-to-use site lets you do a ton of things that can be done on the full website such as find a phone by using a concise search bar with exact name matches, view videos and detailed photos of the phone, and read user reviews. Find a phone you like, but arent sure if youre eligible for an upgrade? No problem, you can use the mobile LetsTalk site to check eligibility and then click-to-call an 800 number to speak to a representative or purchase a new phone. Finally found the perfect phone? Then go ahead and share the phone you like with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. The new site can be accessed by typing m.letstalk.com in the mobile web browser on your phone.
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Those looking for an affordable Android smartphone with a prepaid plan will be happy to learn that MetroPCS ZTE Score M is now available. The phone runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, sports a snappy 600MHz processor, comes with 4GB of internal memory for storing music, and pictures taken with the 3.2-megapixel camera, and adding apps. While not as large as some of the other Android smartphones currently available the ZTE Score M does have a 3.5-inch touchscreen. You can learn more about the ZTE Score M by clicking this link.
LetsTalk's latest giveaway will be music to your ears. What can you win? One runner up will receive Solo High Performance Headphones and the grand prize winner will get a beatbox High Definition Audio System. All you have to do to enter the Giveaway is visit LetsTalks Facebook page and click this link to enter. While youre there, dont forget to Like the companys Facebook page. We should note that you only need to enter once to win and selecting/deselecting "Like" on Facebook will not increase your chances of winning.
The giveaway starts today and goes through March 29, 2011. Becoming a fan of LetsTalks Facebook page will help keep you informed about the latest cell phone news, let you know when the most popular phones are available, and more. As a special bonus if LetsTalk makes it to 85,000 fans by March 29th there will be a mystery Beats by DR DRE prize. So, be sure to spread the word.
Sprints latest Android phone, the ZTE Fury, is an affordable smartphone that can be customized to meet the needs of families. The 3G handset has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, and comes with 4GB of internal storage space. It also works with Spring ID, a feature that will customize the phone with apps, wallpapers, and more when a selected ID theme is downloaded. Parents thinking of getting kids who are new to driving this smartphone will likely want to spend the extra $2 a month for the Sprint Drive First app, which automatically sends incoming calls to voicemail when the phone is in a car going more than 10 MPH making sure not to distract new drivers.
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The Android Market icon may look the same on your Android smartphone, but upon opening the application youll notice it has quite a new look and feel. Oh and a new name: Google Play. Instead of the more list-friendly view, it now looks a lot more like the Android Market you might see on a web browser. It has also expanded beyond apps and music. The idea is that everything you might want to use (Books, Music, Movies, Games, and Apps) on the phone or tablet is available in the Google Play store. There are also some great deals to be had as well such as the Free Song of the Day, movie rentals for 99 cents, and even apps for 25 cents.
Theres no need to download anything to get Google Play on and Android Device, just launch the app from the Market icon and Google will do the rest.
The latest addition to the LG Rumor family of phones is the eco-friendly LG Rumor Reflex. What makes it so eco-friendly? This cell phones cover is made up of 31% post-consumer recycle materials, the battery is energy efficient, and of course the packaging is recyclable. The Rumor Reflex has something not found in a ton of phones these days, a slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard. The feature-rich phone also sports a 2-megapixel camera than can record video, a 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen, and a microSD slot that can support up to a 32GB microSD card. The phone will be available for Sprint users next week and for Boost Mobile users at the end of the month.
At the end of last year, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus became the first phone to ship in the United States running Android 4.0. Dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, this is the OS that bridges the gap between Android tablets and smartphones. Since its debut people have wanted to know if and when the latest OS would be arriving on their Android smartphone. Thanks to the Verizons News Center Updates, we now know which Verizon 4G LTE phones should be getting the latest OS. Although, theres no word on when the update will be arriving, heres the list of phones scheduled to get the update:
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The latest durable phone coming to Sprint is the Kyocera DuraPlus. This may not be a smartphone, but it's definitely rugged and ideal for those who want a phone without a camera. Its built to meet the Military Standard 810G so its resistant to dust, shock, vibration, humidity, and can withstand being in about 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Additionally, the phone has a built-in LED flashlight and is encased in rubber. It also happens to be a Sprint Direct Connect phone and it can be used to communicate with one other Direct Connect user or as many as 200 other Direct Connect subscribers via the TeamDC feature.
Tomorrow, at 2:00 PM PST, I'll be hosting a chat on LetsTalk's Facebook page. Ill be taking questions about phones, plans, apps, and can even help Facebook fans pick the best phone for them. Plus, I may even have some information about LetsTalks next big giveaway. If there's something you want to know about mobile, but didn't know who to ask stop by and ask me on Facebook at 2:00 PM PST this Friday.
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Looking for the latest Android tablet? Then check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 that is now available with Verizon service. We should mention users will also need to get a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package with a minimum of 2GB of data. Users can share the tablets 4G data connection with up to 10 other WiFi-enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature. As the product name suggests, the tablet will sport a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED display so it should be visible in bright sunlight. It will also be running the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, sport a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera. The tablet comes with 16GB of on-board storage capacity, however, it can accept up to a 32GB microSD card a definite plus. Finally, you can use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as remote control via the Smart Remote feature, similar to that found on the Galaxy Tab 7.0.
Verizon's latest phone to sport a slide-out tactile 4-line QWERTY keyboard is the Samsung Brightside. Although its not a smartphone, it does have plenty of features for those who want to get some work done while on the road. In addition to threaded messaging (for viewing the text conversation on the screen) and a web browser, the 3G phone supports mobile e-mail and the ability to view Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, and even HTML pages. It sports a 3.2-megapixel camera and the 3.1-inch touchscreen means the Samsung Brightside is pocket-friendly. The phone is currently available.
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We are beginning to see more phones shipping with Android 4.0 installed, but not to worry if you just got a cell phone since there are quite a few models that will likely get upgraded to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Along those lines T-Mobiles first Android 4.0 handset will be the HTC One S and measuring just 7.95mm thick it also happens to be one of the thinnest in the carriers line-up. The new smartphone will also sport the latest version of the Sense overlay, HTC Sense 4, feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and work on T-Mobile's 4G network. While the HTC One S may be thin its definitely one a larger handset with its 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Display. Specs aside, most people will likely be interested in the cell phones camera. It has an 8-megpaixel rear-facing camera that will have almost no shutter lag time when shooting pictures, which means capturing candid shots should be a breeze. It can also record 1080p HD video. The HTC One S should be available in spring.
This Sunday Hollywood stars and starlets will be hitting the red carpet to attend the 84th Academy Awards. Before the festivities begin theres the big question of what went into the gift bags for the nominees? Well, among the many items included, select nominees (Best Actress/Actor, Best Supporting Actress/Actor, and Best Director) will get a special red carpet edition of the DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola. As one might think the Android smartphone is bathed in red. Aside from the color change, the phone sports the same specs including an 8-megapixel camera than can record 1080p HD video, a vibrant 4.3-inch display, and impressive battery life.
In March, T-Mobile will be offering the entertainment-centric Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. As expected, the 4G means it will work on the companys 4G network for fast web surfing. The latest member of Samsungs Galaxy line is loaded with plenty of high-end features including a 1.5GHz dual-core processor for a speedy user-experience and the ability to record 720p HD video using the rear-facing 5-megapixel camera (theres also a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chat and self-portraits).On the entertainment front, the phone will come preloaded with the Netflix app, T-Mobile TV in mobile HD, and Samsungs Media Hub for renting movies and TV shows. The phone will also sport a 3.97-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen that should be bright and viewable in direct sunlight.
The latest round of the BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 is loaded with new features and the companys new BlackBerry Video Store, which had been announced in September 2011. Entertainment aside, there are plenty of other noteworthy features in the latest OS including integration with social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In. Also included are improved BlackBerry device management and connectivity features such as BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and the BlackBerry Bridge App that uses Bluetooth to connect the tablet to BlackBerry smartphone apps. To get a better idea about the new OS features, check out this BlackBerry video below:
The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software update can be downloaded to PlayBook tablets today. Not sure how to get the update? Click this link for more details.
One of the most anticipated cell phone shows of the year is just around the corner. Thats right, were talking about Mobile World Congress in Spain. Although the show takes place in Europe it often offers an inkling of what we might see here in the U.S. market. In anticipation of the show, LG announced the companys new design philosophy dubbed L-Style. The idea takes into consideration five aesthetic elements that working together will provide the companys devices with a slick, streamlined, modern, and easy to use design. Well likely get a better idea of what can be expected when we learn more about three new phones LG will be displaying: The Optimus L3, Optimus L5, and Optimus L7.
Be sure to check back next week for more details on these products in our Mobile World Congress coverage.
Prepaid MetroPCS phones just got a bit more feature-rich. The company announced a new service aptly named Metro Block-it. In addition to providing the ability to block texts and calls, users can also use the app to file complaints against telemarketers and debt collectors with the Federal Trade Commission. Thats a pretty useful feature. The application is initially available only for Android smartphones, but will soon support BlackBerry smartphones and some feature phones. MetroPCS customers can find it in the Metro App store and will receive a free 30-day trial. After that the service will cost $1.00 a month.
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According to a recent post on the Facebook for Windows Phone App page an update of the application is now available in Microsofts Windows Phone Marketplace. Version 2.3 offers quite a few improvements including the ability to change the banner image, new filters, improved navigation, some overall bug fixes, and more.
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At CES last month, we had a chance to check out the DROID 4 by Motorola when it was announced. This is one of the few high-end Android phones on the market to sport a slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard. It's also loaded with tons of other features including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a front-facing camera that can also record 720p HD video, while the rear-facing 8-megapixel camera can capture 1080p HD video. It works with Verizon's 4G LTE network and will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The DROID 4 by Motorola is available now and you can get a closer look at it in the video below.
Check out LetsTalk's Facebook page for a special offer for the DROID 4 that 's only available for a limited time.
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Smartphones can do a lot these days. For example, searching Google for a nearby restaurant, streaming movies, sending/receiving e-mails, and even streaming music all require a data connection if youre not using WiFi. Each of those tasks requires various amounts of data and going over the allotted amount of monthly data can be costly. In addition to that type of usage, there are also texting (it can be a costly endeavor without an unlimited data plan) and voice calls.
Verizon has come up with a way to help customers better manage usage. The companys new controls, which are available to Verizon customers on the My Verizon portal includes features like receiving text message alerts when a monthly usage allotment is getting close to being met (this can be used for voice calls, text messaging, and content purchases), or parents can set time restrictions on when the phone can be used. The service costs a monthly fee of $4.99 per line.
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The HTC Wildfire S from metroPCS is a pocket-friendly Android 2.3 smartphone that sports a 5-megapixel camera, and a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen. Get a closer look at the smartphone and see how it stacks up against the Incredible 2 in the video below.
The DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola works with Verizon's super-fast 4G LTE service. It also sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera that can also record 1080p HD video, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that can capture 720p HD video. Although it runs Android 2.3.5 it will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich. Get a closer look at the phone and see what comes in the box by watching the video below.
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In this edition, we discuss the DROID MAXX by Motorola, the Kyocera Duramax and Sprint's affordable ZTE Optic Android tablet. Plus learn more about how your cell phone could be useful during Super Bowl 2012.
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Starting on Sunday, Sprint will offer the ZTE Optic Android 3.2 tablet for $99 with a two-year service agreement. Thats one of the least expensive tablets weve seen to date. The ZTE Optic will work with Sprints 3G networks and have the ability to connect to a nearby WiFi network. The 7-inch tablet will have a WXGA 1280x900 display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera, and come with 16GB of onboard memory that can be expanded via an additional microSD card.
LetsTalk's latest giveaway is all about sharing a good meal with the Valentines Daily Dine Giveaway. What can you win? A $50 Restaurant.com code to redeem for use at a local dining spot. Well be giving away one gift code a day through Valentines Day, February 14, 2011. Thats 14 chances to win. All you have to do to enter the Giveaway is visit the Win A Prize tab on LetsTalks Facebook page and fill out the brief entry form. While youre there, dont forget to Like the companys Facebook page. We should note that you only need to enter once to win and selecting/deselecting "Like" on Facebook will not increase your chances of winning.
The giveaway starts today and goes through February 14, 2011 with a new winner announced daily. So, be sure to spread the word. Becoming a fan of LetsTalks Facebook page will help keep you informed about the latest cell phone news, let you know when the most popular phones are available, and more.
The Giveaway is now closed and the winners have been selected. So join us in congratulating the winners: Sally ONeil and Ella Kociuba.
The latest phone to work with Sprints Direct Connect service is the Kyocera DuraMax. This flip-phone was built to meet the Military Standard 810G, which can handle dust, extreme temperatures, low pressure, humidity, and even solar radiation. Rounding out the phones ruggedness is the non-slip Dura-Grip casing and a built-in flashlight. Additionally, the phone sports a 3.2-megapixel camera and video recorder, 3.5mm headset jack, and will come with a 1GB microSD card. It will work with Sprints Direct Connect service and the companys EV-DO network. The Kyocera DuraMax should be available the first half of this year.
According to the result of a recent survey from The Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project, cell phones are taking on a larger roll when it comes to shopping. Over half (52%) of consumers surveyed are using their cell phones to help with making purchasing decisions, by making a call to get advice from a friend while in a store, using the phones mobile Internet app to check out reviews online, or doing a price comparison. Another interesting data point from the survey results is cell phone users who used the phone to lookup a price of a product online, 19% ended up purchasing the product online.
How about you? Has your cell phone become an essential shopping tool? Let us know how your phone helps you score great deals by leaving a comment below.
Tomorrow, at 2:00 PM PST, I'll be hosting a chat on LetsTalk's Facebook page. Ill be taking questions about phones, plans, apps, CES, and can even help Facebook fans pick the best phone for them. If there's something you want to know about mobile, but didn't know who to ask stop by and ask me on Facebook at 2:00 PM PST this Friday.
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Ever wish the music on your cell phone could be a bit louder without needing to attach it to a Bluetooth speaker? Check out Boost from iFrogz. The idea is simple: launch the music app on a smartphone, press play, and then place the phone on the Boost device and suddenly the music playing on the phone is a lot louder. Boost uses Near Field Audio technology to amplify the sound coming from the phone. Music actually sounds better since you dont need to increase the volume, which can distort the audio quality, to make it louder. Boost will be available this spring for $39.99.
At CES, Verizon announced a few additions to its DROID family of smartphones. Among them was the DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola, a relatively thin (8.9mm) DROID with long battery life (so it should easily last a full day before needing a charge). Theres also Smart Actions that can be turned on and created to optimize battery life even longer. The Android 2.3.5 (it will be upgraded to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphone sports a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a rear-facing 8megapixel camera with flash, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video, and a micro-HDMI port so video captured on the phone can be easily viewed on an HDTV. The DROID MAXX by Motorola will be available with Verizon service this week.
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Whenever I go to tradeshows, such as CES and CTIA, I like to put different technology to the test. This year I brought the MotoACTV with me. I had a couple of reasons for choosing this device. First, we are seeing more fitness-centric tech hitting the market from watch-like devices to smartphone apps such as Endomondo. Second, I wanted a device that worked with a cell phone. At shows, I typically have four active cell phones with me and theres little time available for digging through a bag to find the one receiving a text message. Finally, I really wanted to know just how far I walk during an average day at a tradeshow in Las Vegas. The MOTOACTV did all of this and more.
Since I was taking the MOTOACTV with me this year, I had to become familiar with the device before I left, which meant calibrating it on a treadmill/stationary bike and doing some light workouts. Its actually quite easy to setup, just attach the MOTOACTV to a computer via the included microUSB-to-USB cable, install the MotoCast desktop software, and sync. Youll also be prompted to enter information such as height, weight, and age. The benefit of the MotoCast software is that it also works with Motorola Android phones and essentially lets you sync music, photos, and other information from your computer with the phone. If you dont want to sync music, there are some workout-centric songs preloaded on the device. Once its all setup its worthwhile to head over to the MOTOACTV website where you can set fitness goals, schedule workouts, and even get a training program if your planning on doing something like running a 5K. Too bad theres no training plan for attending CES.
The fitness features are great, but the intriguing feature for me is the cell phone tie-in. In addition to a few other active Android phones, I took along a DROID RAZR to the show and synced it with the MOTOACTV via Bluetooth. To be clear, the device will sync with other Android handsets, however, it does a bit more when it syncs with a smartphone that supports the MOTOACTV app. Once synced, I was able to get alerts from my phone on the MOTOACTV. Plus, if I had a Bluetooth headset connected I could have taken calls, as well. (Read more)
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First up, we got a chance to checkout the Spectrum at CES. That phone is fast thanks to the 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity. The data connection can be shared with up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature. It also has a vibrant and bright display, which will come in handy when using the included SmartMovie HD app for creating and editing videos on the phone. The cell phone is currently running the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, but will be upgradeable to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone also sports a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Overall, the LG Spectrum is a high-end Android smartphone thats loaded with entertainment-centric features.
The BlackBerry Curve isnt a 4G LTE phone, but it can be use around the globe. Its also running the latest BlackBerry 7 OS, sports a 5-megapixel camera with a flash, and the companys trademark tactile QWERTY keyboard making it an ideal business companion.
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For many who purchase a tablet especially a model with at least a 10-inch screen the idea of using it to view videos is especially appealing. The trick is finding the right case or accessory to make that an easy experience. The ArtStation Pro iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tablet docks might be just the solution. The tablet clicks into place and the tablet can be rotated for viewing in horizontal or vertical mode. Once attached, the included remote control can be used to manage things like Power, Volume, Play, Next, and Previous. For those who use the tablet for some work or to check e-mail it will also work with a paired Bluetooth keyboard. Prices for the stand start at about $150.
Like the idea for a stand, but dont have a tablet? Theres also a similar option thats a bit more compact and works with a smartphone or even a Kindle. The MobiAir is a speaker that can be connected via Bluetooth or via the 3.5mm headset jack that can also be used to charge the device. Prices start at about $70.
With cell phones performing more tasks, more and more people are finding that they need a permanent spot for them in the car especially in light of all the laws banning use of a cell phone while driving. Griffin showed off a product that could do the trick, the WindowSeat 3 Handsfree. Once the product is mounted to a windshield or dashboard, users can securely place their smartphone in the 3-point mounting bracket and then adjust it in place so that it can be seen at the right angle (think: turning it into a better position to see driving directions from a map on the phone.) The accessory works with a plethora of smartphones since it is so adjustable, though you likely will not be moving the WindowSeat 3 Handsfree accessory between multiple cars. It also comes with an auxillary audio cable so you can connect the phone to the car stereos Aux-in jack and use the built-in microphone for handsfree calling.
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One of the trends in the mobile space at this years CES was a move towards more affordable smartphones. Case in point is the Pantech Burst that will be available in either ruby red or titanium with AT&T service for under $50 with a new two-year contract on January 22nd. The Android smartphone features a 1.2GHz processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera, and will work on AT&Ts 4G LTE data network. The cell phone also has a friendly user interface and shortcuts to access popular features from the lock screen.
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During CES, MetroPCS announced it would be adding the 4G LTE compatible Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G and the LG Connect 4G to its line-up. The Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G will run the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, sport a 1GHz processor, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3.5-inch display. Users will be able to use Google Talk to make video calls. While the LG Connect 4G is a bit more high-end featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 4-inch touchscreen display featuring Corning Gorilla Glass Screen Protector making it durable. It will also run Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, but the phones 5-megapixel camera will be able to record 720pHD video. Music lovers will appreciate that the LG Connect 4G will also come pre-loaded with Rhapsody Unlimited Music service. Both phones will require one of the companys smartphone plans.
At CES this week AT&T unveiled a slue of 4G LTE products that would be available this year. One of them is the affordable (priced at $299) and durable Pantech Element. The tablet will run the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS at launch and sport an 8-inch display. What makes this tablet a bit different than others out there is that its waterproof, so go ahead and spill a drink on this tablet. The Element can take it. The tablet will be available later this month.
In addition to the tons of products announced at CES, also on display are new technologies in the work. Over the past couple of years, weve seen a proliferation of devices such as PowerMat that let users place a phone on a surface and get a wireless charge. Those products typically need another part to get the charge, such as a special battery pack or cable connection. At the show we saw something a bit more advanced from eCoupled. It uses the same idea of having a special surface for charging, however the phone or battery-operated device doesnt need an attachment as shown below in the see through purse. When the purse with the cell phone in it is placed on the charging surface it locates the cell phone and starts charging the battery. No additional parts needed on the phone.
At a press conference at CES, Nokia unveiled the Nokia Lumia 900, which will work with AT&Ts 4G LTE network. As is the case with the previous Lumia models, the 900 has the unibody build so theres no visible seems on the phones adding up to a sleek design. The smartphone also features an 8-megapixel camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics and a front-facing 1-megapixel camera. The Lumia 900 is running the latest version of Windows Phone 7 (Mango) OS and has a host of Nokia apps included on the phone. Get a closer look at the Lumia 900 in the video below.
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Building on the thin design of the DROID RAZR, Motorola and Verizon announced the DROID RAZR MAXX. Its thin like its predecessor and also has an integrated battery (so its not removable). The smartphone will run Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS when it becomes available in the coming weeks, but will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Get a closer look at the RAZR MAXX in the video below.
In other RAZR related news, Motorola showed off the DROID RAZR in a new color: purple. That version will be available with Verizon service. Additionally, the DROID RAZR will be receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
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At CES, Sony showed off the newest member of its tablet family, the Tablet P. The P stands for Portable since this tablet will close up and fit right inside a jacket pocket. The design features two screens connected by a hinge. The screens can be used together as one large screen or separately. For example, when typing a document the top screen could be the blank page and the bottom would be a QWERTY keyboard. The tablet runs the Android Gingerbread OS and will be available later this year. Watch the video below to see the tablet in action.
As Sprint begins to expand to the 4G LTE network, the company announced the first three products that it would be offering with 4G LTE compatibility. First up, a mobile HotSpot device from Sierra Wireless called the Tri-Network HotSpot that will work on 3G, 4G and 4G LTE data networks. The HotSpot can be used with up to eight WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously and it evens features a microSD slot that can be used for network storage. The first areas to get Sprint 4G LTE service will be Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
The first two 4G LTE phones with Sprint service will be the popular Samsung Galaxy Nexus that runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Unlike the Verizon version of the phone, Sprints model will support Google Wallet. The other 4G LTE phone will be the eco-friendly LG Viper with a casing made of 35 percent recycled plastics. Feature-wise, the LG Viper 4G LTE will sport a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front facing VGA camera, a 4-inch touchscreen display, and will run the Android 2.3 OS.
In other Sprint news, the company showed off the Samsung Epic 4G Touch in white (pictured below) and announced that the HTC View tablet would be receiving the Android Honeycomb OS.
At a press conference at CES, Sony unveiled the Xperia Ion, the first 4G LTE phone from the company. The smartphone sports a Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine (so its got a beautiful touchscreen), 12-megapixel camera with a fast shutter, and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Although the phone will be running Android Gingerbread OS at launch, it will be upgradeable to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The phone will be available later this year with AT&T service. Get a sneak peek at the phone in the video below.
The company also unveiled the Xperia S, which has similar specs. The big difference is that is has a slightly smaller screen size measuring 4.3-inches and sports a removable battery. This model will be available around the globe so its also a world phone. It will be Sony PlayStation certified, so it should deliver a solid gaming experience.
Note: FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE OR RE-SALE. USE OF SONY BRAND SUBJECT TO REGULATORY APPROVAL.
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This week during CES in Las Vegas, Im wearing the MotoACTV to track how far I walk during the show and using it with the DROID RAZR by Motorola to keep updated on texts and calendar appointments.. This device does more than that. It can tell you how many calories you burn, track runs, bike rides, workouts on elliptical machines, and more. Its also an MP3 player with the ability to store podcasts and access FM radio.
Sounds interesting? Well, you can win one by visiting LetsTalks Facebook page, and filling out a brief form for a chance to win one of two MotoACTVs that well be giving away. The giveaway ends on Monday, January 23, 2012.
We got a look at the HTC Titan II at CES. This Windows Phone, running the Mango 7.5 OS, was announced at the show. The cell phone will be coming to AT&T and will work on the companys 4G LTE network. In addition to the 4G LTE connectivity, the HTC Titan II will sport a 16-megapixel camera with a pretty fast shutter. The phone should be available this Spring.
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In this edition, we talk about the upcoming CES show scheduled to be held in Las Vegas next week and focus on the Motorola MotoACTV, which is more than just a way to track fitness goals in this week's test drive.
In this installment of Questions and Answers, we'll tell you how to remove numbers from the reject list on a Samsung Rugby and Verizon phones that dont require a data plan. Got a question you want answered? Submit your question here. You can also ask me on Twitter. Got something to add to the answers below? Leave a comment.
How to take a number off the reject list Samsung Rugby? lw
To remove a phone number from the reject list follow these steps:
1. Select Adress Book from the Menu
2. Choose Reject List option and use the navigation keys to highlight the desired entry.
3. Once highlighted, select Options and then Delete and choose Selected.
4. Confirm that you want the number removed from the Reject List by selecting yes.
I am looking for a basic Verizon messaging phone that doesnt require a data plan. What are my options? RB
There are quite a few options that dont require a data plan, however, these four phones have a slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard making them ideal for texting:
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According to a post on HTCs Facebook page owners of the WiFi HTC Flyer should begin receiving an an alert that an upgrade is available. The update includes an upgrade to Honeycomb (Android 3.2), enhanced Internet browsing, the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablets, and more. As always, we recommend having the tablet plugged-in while receiving the update.
LetsTalks new Refer-A-Friend program offers customers a way to encourage friends to shop at LetsTalk. The idea behind the program is simple. Just sign up for the Refer-A-Friend program and then invite friends via Facebook, Twitter, or E-Mail to checkout LetsTalk by giving them a $25 credit toward a new phone with a two-year contract. If a friend makes that purchase within the year, then the host who sent the invite gets a $25 credit to spend on anything at LetsTalk.com. Its easy to sign-up and since its the beginning of the year, why not get started now? Referred friends will have the whole year to use the $25 credit toward a new phone and service just be sure they use the link provided in the shared offer.
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