We got a look at the AT&T HTC 8X Windows Phone device, running Windows Phone 8, and we hit you with an unboxing of this smartphone in this episode. The 8X is HTC's flagship Windows Phone 8 device, sporting a 720p display with 1080p video recording from both the front and rear cameras. It's rare to get that high a recording resolution from a front camera, and is a nice touch that sets the 8X apart from other Windows Phone 8 devices from companies like Nokia and Samsung.
Don't forget to subscribe to Gear Live on YouTube!
We were able to get our hands on the new BlackBerry Z10, the new flagship smartphone that BlackBerry hopes will bring it out of the ashes and back to prominence in the mobile handset world, a few days early and put together this unboxing and setup video. The Z10 sports a 4.2-inch display, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 4G LTE on the carriers, and sells for $199. We give you a look inside the box, while also giving you a look at the setup process of BlackBerry 10.
In this episode we compare the data speeds of the iPhone 4S, looking at Verizon and AT&T. As has been mentioned by Apple, the GSM version of the iPhone 4S supports the faster 14.4Mbps speeds that AT&T refers to as 4G (not to be confused with 4G LTE, as confusing as that may be.) The Verizon (and Sprint) model of the iPhone 4S doesn't support the faster speeds on those CDMA networks. We also compare the speed using the AT&T Microcell as well, which is a device you can buy from AT&T if you don't get great coverage in your home or workplace to boost your signal strength.
Big thank you to GoToMeeting and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.
AT&T has announced that they are upgrading their HSPA 7.2Mbps speed to their wireless network later this year, making it compatible with new smartphones and laptop express cards that will also be released around the same time. The company says that the upgrade will allow the faster access before the LTE networks merge in 2011 or 2012. They will be adopting LTE as part of the Generation Partnership Project, a collaboration of equipment makers and carriers along with Verizon Wireless and many global GSM carriers.
Read More | Phone Scoop
At the CTIA wireless show in Las Vegas this week, Microsoft announced new software partners for its Windows Marketplace. Pandora, Electronic Arts and Facebook have joined the team that already includes Gameloft, Accuweather.com and MySpace. All told, the company expects more of its 20,000 mobile partners to offer software when it launches later this year. Apps will work on phones with Windows Mobile 6.5, also due out towards the end of the year.
Read More | eWeek
You certainly know that the days of the pay phone booth are over when you hear news like this. AT&T has a new service that allows its customers to call collect to cell phones. This is possible through a teaming with 3Cinteractive’s Text Collect, which gives access to the network for alternately billed calls. With AT&T Collect to Wireless, you simply dial 1-800-CALL-ATT (1-800-225-5288,) enter the 10 digit number and your name. That allows up to 20 minutes of talk time for $9.99. Users also have the ability to opt out of receiving them.
Read More | Mobile Burn
Now you can watch 22 TV and 20 radio satellite channels in your car with AT&T CruiseCast. Watch or listen to kids, entertainment, documentary, music, comedy, news and sports channels. Working with RaySat, the system features a receiver and compact antenna for trucks, cars and SUVs that they claim overcomes out-of-sight obstacles like tunnels or trees. CruiseCast works with any existing rear seat entertainment system and will be available this spring for $1,299.00 plus ~$28.00 monthly subscription fee.
Read More | CruiseCast
Remember when we told you that AT&T is charging only $150.00 for a refurbished iPhone? Blink twice and look again. They are now $99.00 for a 3G to 8GB black phone. Included is a mandatory $30.00 data plan for the life of the iPhone. Those being sold were unused or barely used and returned during the 30-day trial. Each has been tested, downloaded with the latest software, and carry a warranty of a minimal of 90 days.
Read More | AT&T
Such a deal. AT&T and Radio Shack have announced special pricing on the Acer Aspire One, the mini 3G laptop with 8.9-inch display, Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. Here comes the deal part. Purchase before December 24 and you get it for $99.99. The catch? A two year commitment and a LaptopConnect data plan which starts at $59.99 a month. That equals out to about $1440.00 over the time period. We checked out Radio Shack’s site, but they aren’t talking online so you will have to visit the store personally.
Read More | Mobileburn
The official shopping season has begun, and we will be inundated with commercials over the next few weeks. We are already impressed with those from Apple and the BlackBerry Storm, and we are very pleased to see the repeat of one of our favorites. It features the voices of Steve Buscemi and Norm MacDonald touting the wonderfulness of the Go Phone. AT&T’s prepaid deal is a good one if your budget can’t handle a monthly bill and they offer up to a $20 bonus for every $100.00 you spend.
Read More | AT&T