iTalk Concept

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

italk-300.jpgChristopher and Greg DeSantis have produced an excellent video for a concept Apple phone/PDA.
The phone looks great, and the video has high production values. If/when Apple produce a phone/PDA, I hope it isn’t a million miles away from this. Check out the video on my blog. (Thanks to Conrad for bringing this to my attention.)
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T-Mobile Sidekick 3 One Step Closer to Reality

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Date: Friday, April 28th, 2006, 08:04
Category: Mobile Phone

sidekickIII.jpgThe much anticipated T-Mobile Sidekick 3 just got one step closer to being released. Pictures of the new device were released on the FCC website this week even though Sharp, manufacturer of the Sidekick, requested they be kept confidential. The Sidekick has drawn an ever growing fan club since it 1st debuted with the black and white Sidekick. It’s become a cult like following with rumor Web sites and leaked pictures flying across the net.
I myself have submitted to this cult following. I am addicted to my Sidekick II. I started out with a color Sidekick 1 and when the 2 came out I immediately jumped on it. You may ask whats so great about the Sidekick? What does it have that say the Treo or other smart phones don’t have?
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Ask Emory: Sony Ericsson K790a Availability

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Date: Monday, March 20th, 2006, 09:01
Category: Mobile Phone

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Hey PowerPage:
Have you heard when the Sony Ericsson K790a Cyber-Shot mobile phone will be available in the United States and which carriers will have it?
It seems like a worthy, EDGE-compatible successor to the T6XX line. If you can get a review unit, I’d like your opinion.
HJC

Mobile phone guru and PowerPage associate editor Emory Lundberg replies after the jump…
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Make .Mac .Mobile

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Date: Sunday, March 19th, 2006, 21:52
Category: Mobile Phone, Opinion

Getting data from .Mac to mobile handsets doesn’t need to be so difficult.
Currently Apple’s approach is desktop-bound, adding a handset to iSync and letting your mobile phone talk to iCal and Address Book. But there is a much better way to do this that I’m surprised Apple hasn’t moved on yet. I can only assume that they will, and soon, but until then I can only grit my teeth and wait for the inevitable.

Apple needs a more vocal mobile strategy

They dabble and they play a bit, and so far what I’ve seen is solid. It isn’t especially transparent but they’re trying. Apple doesn’t like to do anything unless everyone can play, and I think Apple needs to clamp down on the bite-plate and move on this market, hard.
Messaging and communication will soon not take place on the desktop. I strongly believe that all communication will soon be offloaded to mobile devices, if it hasn’t already for many of you. IM, Email, Text Messaging, MMS, and usable syndication for mobile devices is either already available or almost there. Much of your consumption of information can take place on the go now, without requiring a desk-bound reader or user.
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Will Apple’s iPhone be Called “Aloha?”

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 23:00
Category: Mobile Phone

According to LoopRumors Apple has filed for the trademark “Aloha.” It was filed in Hong Kong and refers to portable digital electronic devices and software related thereto. Could this be the much anticipated iPhone product? (Contributed by: the wrench)

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Ask Emory: Push Email, Good or Bad?

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 11:41
Category: Mobile Phone

Dear PowerPage:
I would be very interested to hear more about your experiences with the Treo 650.
I have just purchased one and am looking at the idea of “push email”. For a start, I’m not sure whether it is a good or bad idea. Do you use this type of system? Which email program do you use on the Treo?
Chattermail seem to offer an attractive idea – messages arrive on your Treo when they arrive at your server without having to manually choose to get mail on the Treo. However how this works is a bit confusing to me!
I’d be very interested to hear your experiences on this and how you manage email on the Treo.
All the best,
Simon

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Nokia N80 Shows up on NokiaUSA

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 11:37
Category: Mobile Phone

Oh, snap. The Nokia N80 has a home on the NokiaUSA website!

If we are to believe the digits given for network capabilities, this makes it very unlikely for a launch on Cingular. I find it unlikely that Nokia didn’t make a mistake — it is foolish to launch a 3G handset on T-Mobile which lacks a UMTS network.

The Nokia N80 is a 3-mega-pixel havin’ mp3-playin’, wifi-rockin’, email-fetchin’, S60 smartphone that is the absolute peak of Nokia multimedia innovation. Nokia has also announced a Bluetooth audio gateway that mates to the N80 allowing you to kick your audio from your handset to your home stereo system without cables. While Apple makes bigger and thinner iPods, Nokia is doing an end run.

Pricing is unavailable but I still expect the unlocked and unbranded flavor to fetch USD$900 upon release. if a US operator like Cingular or (gasp) T-Mobile starts selling it it is likely that they’ll charge around USD$400 for the device, as well as using the new strong-arm thug-life tactics to prevent customers from unlocking the device or de-branding it with proper firmware. It is also probable that US operators will cripple this device and there will be little you can do about it. Observe the footnote:

“To use the phone you must have service from a service provider. Many features and mobile services require network support. Some networks have limitations that affect how you can use phone features. Your service provider also may have requested that certain features not be activated in a phone. If so, they may not appear in the phone’s menu. Contact your service provider about feature support and availability.”

So even if this handset tucks you in at night and feeds your cat, there is a chance that your operator will block those features from use. It will be interesting to see how badly they screw this up. But you’re all savvy consumers who demand the best, so you’ll be paying the big bucks to get one that works as Nokia intended, right?

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Blackberry maker, NTP settle patent dispute for $612.5M – Mar. 3, 2006

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Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2006, 11:06
Category: Mobile Phone

Blackberry maker, NTP settle patent dispute for $612.5M – Mar. 3, 2006:

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said Friday it agreed to pay $612.5 million to patent holding company NTP to settle a long-running dispute that had threatened to shut down the popular wireless e-mail service for its 3 million users.

That’s a tidy sum. But it appears to be over. Although they’ve settled before.

The real question is this: is Apple really comfortable acquiescing mobile sync to RIM, Microsoft, and smaller players?

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REVIEW : Motorola PEBL V6

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2006, 09:18
Category: Mobile Phone

motorola-PEBL.jpgThe Motorola PEBL is a killer flip phone with a beautiful black matte finish and a unique dual hinge design that allows it to be opened with one hand. The PEBL looks more like a stone that you found in a riverbed and I bet it would make a pretty impressive skip rock.
Two different triband GSM versions are available, depending on your area and carrier and both support high-speed EDGE data connections. The model I tested was on T-Mobile.
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REVIEW: Motorola SLVR L7 Mobile Phone

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 23:50
Category: Mobile Phone

motorola-SLVR-2.jpgI’ve had the opportunity to test drive the Motorola SLVR L7 the second phone to integrate iTunes into the mobile phone experience. The SLVR is a quad band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) mobile phone with support for international roaming.
The SLVR includes built-in stereo speakers, integrated hands-free speakerphone, 262,000 “vivid color” display, illuminated etched keypad, VGA camera with 4x digital zoom, and video capture and playback. The SLVR L7 ships with extra ring-tones, Java support for games and applications, AOL/Yahoo!/ICQ instant messaging and Bluetooth connectivity.
The SLVR is the replacement for the Motorola ROKR, which I reviewed in January 2006. Although this is the second generation of the iTunes phone you can still find the ROKR for US$99. This makes sense in the big picture because this new Motorola phone is so different from the ROKR in terms of appearance and feel, even though the interface is almost identical.
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