While XM Satellite Radio currently has two handheld devices for live portable listening, the Inno and Helix, Sirius has . . . wait for it . . . none. Alright, Sirius has the S50, but it can’t receive live broadcasts and that’s the whole point. However, if you have a Pocket PC device with any kind of broadband connection, you can take advantage of SiriuCe to get your music fix. Granted, SiriuCE doesn’t magically turn your handheld into a satellite receiver, but it does allow you to easily tap into Sirius’ Internet radio stream for playback on the go. An ideal companion for the software is a Pocket PC Phone with a high-speed data connection.
The software provides the interface for accessing the audio streams, and then relies on your choice of Windows Media Player 10 or TCPMP to provide playback duties. While SiriuCE has been available for some time, it was recently updated to solve some compatibility issues with Sirius, and to implement support for the aforementioned TCPMP. Since this isn’t true satellite radio, the restrictions Sirius has on their Internet streams still apply. Therefore no talk radio for you Howard Stern fans, no news and no sports programming.
While the main focus of this article has been software for Sirius, there are similar options for XM as well. A freeware application is XstreamXM, with the flipside being Pocket XM which is available for purchase. It should go without saying that you must be a subscriber to the respective satellite service for any of these options to work.
On the heels of our Samsung MM-A920 review, we have just put up a dedicated photo gallery of the A920. This one is for those who asked for more images of the phone. Go ahead and check out the gallery, where you can comment on the images while viewing. Nifty, no?
Read More | Samsung MM-A920 Gallery
So, they didn’t get the jump on Verizon, but Sprint has just announced that they will be carrying the Treo 700p. With a 2-year commitment, you can get the handheld device for $499 USD. Sprint is touting this one as being compatible with the Power Vision network, which means it can do games, music, television, etc. Oh, and Sprint makes it very clear that you are free to use the Treo 700p with their Phone as Modem service - so tether away.
Read More | Sprint Treo 700p
So, Helio launched a few weeks ago, aiming to separate themselves from the normal United States cellular carriers by offering better service and phones that were previously unavailable Stateside. Our boys over at OhGizmo got their hands on one of the two phones that the services launched with, the Kickflip, and put it through the paces.
My gut feeling is that it’s just a little too soon to make a final decision on Helio. At this point, the rig needs a little polish. The phone is great and the service promises to be just as engaging, but it’s not there yet.
Click on for the full review.
Read More | OhGizmo
We just put a bunch of time into playing with the Samsing MM-A920, and are reporting back with our thoughts. This is Sprint’s dedicated multimedia phone, offering easy access and navigation of music, games, and video clips on the go. With external navigation, stereo speakers, BlueTooth, camera, and a host of other features, how does the phone stack up? Read on for our full review.
This is a hot one right here. The more legitimate leaks we see of this thing, the more hopeful we get that it isn’t plagued with the horrible build quality of the current Sidekick II. We mean, seriously, we know people that have gone through multiple units of the current version just using it for everyday communications. It won’t be long now (or will it?)
For all you music enthusiasts out there, Sprint has launched the LG LX550 - better known as FUSIC. Geared towards those who want to carry their tunes on their phone, FUSIC has an external navigation pad, FM transmitter, BlueTooth, a ring tone composer, 1.3 megapixel camera, EV-DO, and a MicroSD slot for expandable memory - up to 1GB.
“Without question, FUSIC is a testament to what is possible when mobile phone innovation and music meet,” said Mr. Juno Cho, president, LG Electronics MobileComm, U.S.A, Inc. “In concert with the advanced features and pioneering functionality provided by LG, the Sprint Power Vision Network enables users to enjoy an unparalleled mobile music experience right at their fingertips. LG is proud to join Sprint at the forefront of the mobile phone and music evolution.”
The FUSIC phone sells for $179.99 USD with a two-year contract after rebate, and will be available on May 28th in Sprint stores, or online.
For those haters that wanted a new Treo, but weren’t feeling Windows Mobile, you can finally snap up the Treo 700p from Verizon starting on June 1. The 700p runs the Palm OS and runs for $499 USD with a $100 rebate, winding up at $399. Of course, if you want to actually use the phone, you are gonna have to keep paying, as $80 per month is the cheapest plan offered for the smartphone, which hooks you up with unlimited EVDO usage (good!) but just 450 minutes of talk time per month (bad!). Still, this is a phone that we expect the business types to migrate towards, so the lure of unlimited data is where it’s at.
Read More | Verizon Treo Shop
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The new TORQ N100 from Sound Solutions is a well rounded WM5 mobile phone that features not only quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), but a SiRF Star III GPS as well. You won’t find an Intel XScale processor in the N100, which probably explains it’s fairly decent battery life of 3.5-4 hours talk time and 10-15 hours PocketPC usage. Instead, a Samsung CPU running at 400MHz fulfills all computational duties. Other features include a reasonable amount of memory with 128MB ROM and 64MB RAM, a 2.8-inch TFT LCD touchscreen at 240x320, Bluetooth v1.2, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a mini-SD card slot.
Notable by their absence is any form of broadband be it Wi-Fi, EDGE or UMTS. A real shame considering the TORQ N100 has just about everything else. Okay, a VGA screen would be nice if we’re being picky, and well, we are.
The TORQ N100 will be available May 2006 with pricing TBA.
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