We all knew it was coming, and today is the day that Verizon Wireless launched the LG VX8100 which takes the place of the VX8000. The phone supports EV-DO and V-CAST, MiniSD, and BlueTooth. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera, 176x220 262,000 color TFT screen, and a media player. Look for this one to be priced at about $150 USD after rebate with a two year agreement.
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...Glenn Alvin Reed, 31 of Waco, Texas who apparently managed to piss off every juror while on trial for stealing a cell phone by making an obscene gesture to a Texas Ranger that testified against him and going off into profanity-laced tirades. Reed told they jury, “There’s things I choose to do, like, if I go in a store and choose to take a Snickers bar. If you catch me, you catch me. If not, I’m going to go home and eat it up and go on about my business, dog.” Trying hard to sound tough, he told the jury that he didn’t care if they gave him life in prison. I guess in this case, the defendants’ wish was the jurys’ command, as they gave him 99 years in prison. Have fun, Glenn!
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In quite possibly the strangest corporate cross-promotion ever Papa John’s is now offering a free (after rebate) Blackberry 7100g phone to customers who place an online order for Pizza, drinks, and a side. A two-year service agreement is required so it sounds like a fairly standard cellular deal to me. What I don’t get is what the link between hot, fresh, cheesy pizza, and cutting edge wireless devices.
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Have you ever tried to access a website from your mobile phone only to find that the site wasn’t phone friendly? That problem will soon become a thing of the past, as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has approved the suffix .mobi to be used for mobile phone friendly websites. Many powerful mobile phone makers and operators lobbied for the suffix, in hope that it will encourage websites to create mobile phone sites and in turn cause consumers to upgrade their phones to those with Internet access. You can look for the new .mobi websites to be out next year, featuring limited memory and bandwidth fit for a small screen.
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T-Mobile has finally started to carry the Motorola RAZR. The T-Mobile version is identical to the Cingular version in every way, save for the logo. As cool as it is that this great looking, under performing phone has come to T-Mobile, I would venture to say that they are many months too late, and about $199.99 too expensive, as Cingular is offering the same phone for free with a two year service contract. The real question is: When is Motorola going to come out with the RAZR Professional, or perhaps the much drooled after Franklin?
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Could your next cell phone be an iPod? Probably, it’s no secret now that Apple has been working with Motorola to make a phone that works with iTunes. But what if your next cell phone service came from Apple as well? According to Forbes, that’s precisely Apple’s plan, or at least, they think it is. Still, Forbes is missing the big picture here. Apple is about branding. There are few brands larger than the iPod right now, and their dabbling with Motorola leaves a lot of unanswered questions. First, do you really think Motorola will call their iTunes-enabled phone the “iPod Phone?” It’s doubtful, but that’s what it’s called in iTunes. Could Apple be working on an iPod with phone capabilities to go along with their new cell phone service? It would make sense, explaining quite neatly why Apple has upgraded all the iPods to color screens ... heck, those screens are better than what you find on most cell phones. The form factor is pretty close, and they already have a calendar and other features. It’s not that big a leap, and it’s one that would likely reinvigorate the brand that is already facing some backlash.
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So, while we were looking forward to Apple making some sort of announcement today, which we had hoped would be along the lines of an official iTunes phone announcement, or maybe something related to the much talked about 14” widescreen iBook. Instead, we get nothing. Gotta love ‘em, they keep us guessing.
WeatherBug announced yesterday that it will bring its popular weather application to the cell phone via WeatherBug Mobile for Java. The service is only available through Sprint, and will cost users $2.99 a month. While Sprint PCS Vision customers already have access to Weather Channel information through their phone, most weather information is only updated hourly, unlike WeatherBug. “A recent AP poll indicated that most Americans closely monitor weather reports but find them unreliable. People want reliable weather conditions for their specific location and want to be able to view them as they go about their day, depending on where they are,” said Andy Jedynak, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, WeatherBug. “Unlike all other weather reports, which are based upon hourly data from local airports, WeatherBug offers continuously updated live weather information at your fingertips, when it matters most.”
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You-Who is a game created by Age0+ that uses personal area networks created by Bluetooth technology that takes two or more players and allows one to guess who the other is by giving clues. Right now the game is only available in a free 28 day demo, but the developers hope to have a full commercial release out soon. In order to get a game going, two players must both consent to playing, with one acting as the mystery person and the other guessing the appearance. After several clues have been given, the phones start letting off a sound, allowing to two players to meet.
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A lot of people have been having fun lately with Google Maps, messing with the API to develop really neat, innovative solutions. Now you can search Google Maps anytime by way of your cellphone. Mobile GMaps is software that will display Google Maps and Keyhole satellite imagery on any Java J2ME-enabled mobile phone. The program was created under the Creative Commons license, which means you can download it and use it, or share it with your friends, for free, as long as it’s used in a non-commercial way. Now you can have a map with you where ever you go so you’ll never get lost, not that you ever do, right?
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