Yep - we are giving away an iPhone 5 to one lucky Gear Live reader as soon as the device launches, and we've got all the details on how to enter below. Hot on the heels of us giving away five iPad 2 tablets, we are set to bring you the newest Apple smartphone. Now, of course, Apple has yet to even formally announce the iPhone 5, but we all know it's coming, and that it should be announced before the end of the month. That said, we do have a few strong rumors about the device:
- iPhone 5 will be thinner, lighter, with 8 megapixel camera
- iPhone 5 set for Sprint and T-Mobile
- Is this what the iPhone 5 will look like?
- The first public photo taken with an iPhone 5?
- Sprint to offer iPhone 5 with unlimited data
This giveaway is made possible by Decide.com, which has just launched its new mobile phone section, which helps you track the latest news around smartphones and provides advice on when you should buy or wait on a purchase. Use the widget below to enter--we've got a bunch of options available to allow you to rack up a bunch of bonus entries, and the widget will allow you to track them all. You can enter once per day until 11:59 PM PST on September 19th, and if the iPhone 5 isn't released and available by September 30 and you don't wanna wait, you can opt to select another gadget up to $500 in price.
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.
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New York Representative Peter King has introduced a bill called the “Camera Phone Predator Alert Act.” The idea is that mobile phones with digital cameras must make a sound when a photo is taken. King believes that this will ensure public privacy and safety, especially when it comes to children. Any phone made after the date the bill is enacted cannot disable the sound. Although chances for the bill don’t look promising at this point, Japan already requires that all camera phones, including the iPhone, make an audible sound.
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You may have already heard of ChaCha. It’s like Ask for cell phones. We bring it up because it is a perfect tool for the holidays. You simply inquire about the best deal on a product and dial 242242 (ChaCha, of course) or 1-800-2ChaCha and they will send you back a text message in a few minutes. Although the service is free, your provider may not be. By the way, if you have a computer with 1GB RAM and win every night when you watch Jeopardy, you can apply to be a guide and actually get paid for it.
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So you don’t have an iPhone or other web-enabled phone, you’re away from your computer and you’re tired of shelling out your precious greenbacks for 411 services; is there any other option? Well, you could just keep on calling 411, the phone companies love it when you do that – a quick check reveals that Verizon charges $1.49 per call and both AT&T and Sprint charge a piggy bank busting $1.79 per call – or you could give Google or Microsoft a call, they’ll take care of you for free. Google’s service, “GOOG-411” can be accessed by calling 1-800-GOOG-411, while Microsoft’s “Live Search 411” can be accessed by calling 1-800-CALL-411.
Both systems use voice recognition technology (you won’t be able to speak with a real human) to provide directions to and phone numbers of millions of destinations across the United States and Canada, connecting you to your destination and sending you a text message containing the requested information if you so desire.
Which service is right for you? You’ll have to try them both out and decide for yourself. I surprised myself by choosing the Microsoft service as my favorite. Stranger things have happened…
Check out the video (up top) for an introduction to the Google service.
Gameloft has announced that they plan on developing 10+ games for Android. The first to be developed will be Bubble Bash and will launch in Q1 2009. They are planning on the rest for later on that year. Michel Guillemot, Gameloft’s pres and CEO said,
“The momentum and excitement for the Android has been building for some time,” said Michel Guillemot, president and CEO of Gameloft. “We plan to fully support this platform since it provides another great outlet for an enhanced gaming experience for consumers.”
We will get excited when they come up with a mobile game that has a little more momentum.
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In an effort to thwart terrorists, Sri Lanka plans to enact legislation that requires cell phone users to carry a certificate of ownership. It also means that they cannot lend their phone to others. The TRC (Telecommunication Regulatory Authority) says that the regulations will also affect wireless CDMA handsets. The latest estimates say that over 20,000 cellies are entering the country illegally every month. That puts a whole new slant on your fave five.
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Samsung has further entered the green market with two new cellies made with corn turned into plastic. While the technology has been around since the 90’s, the idea seems to have been reconsidered because of high oil prices.The W510 does not contain any heavy metals like lead, mercury or cadmium in the handset and will be launched in Korea this month. The F268 has an alarm that sounds off when the battery hits full charge and will be released in China this month as well. Accessories for the phone do not contain PVC or BFR to further help the environment.
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Nokia is hip to all the Batman freaks and has come up with a Dark Knight Edition 6205 for those that can’t wait until the film comes out on July 18. The cellie features a 1.3 megapixel cam, a voice recognition speakerphone, a music player, Bluetooth capability, and their new Calendar Preview for schedule management. Try a two year contract at Verizon and an online discount and the batphone can be yours for $69.99. Think how jealous the other batfans will be when you flash it at the premiere.
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Tired of your ringtones? Jagamaga.mobi offers free mobile media that includes tunes from such artists as Danger Mouse, Enrico Caruso, and Zap Mama. All of them are licensed under Creative Commons, and Andreas Mehrens has put them together in hopes of promoting lesser known artists, although we are pretty sure most people have heard of Caruso. Then again, we may be dating ourselves. There are also some pretty cool sound effects. No need to register, simply check them out and take your choice.
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