No shocker here. Wired.com did their own independent tests to determine the fastest and slowest average 3G network speeds in the US, and Verizon came out on top. The survey included 15,000 participants, with 12,000 of them reporting back with data that was valid and usable for the tests. Verizon clocked in with an average download speed of 1,940 kbps, T-Mobile dropped in at second at 1,793 kbps, Sprint took third at 1,598 kbps, and AT&T was way behind at just 901 kbps. That’s just sad, and very telling when you consider the complaints from many an iPhone user as it pertains to 3G speeds.
Granted, this wasn’t the most scientific of studies, as the test included 8153 AT&T users, compared to just 856 from Verizon, but hey, the info is still useful, right?
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Amazon has launched Amazon Wireless beta, an online storefront where you can purchase voice and data plans from AT&T and Verizon, with T-Mobile and Sprint also coming soon. Normally, we wouldn’t give something like this a second look, but it’s Amazon, and they will be pointing consumers to this wireless portal from within the main Amazon site. The nice thing about Amazon Wireless is that you can compare offerings from the carriers in one easy-to-use spot, rather than visiting 2-4 different sites. Even better, all that mail-in rebate stuff goes out the window if you end up buying your mobile phone and plan on Amazon Wireless - all discounts are instant. Amazon Wireless beta is open now, and currently has over 130 phones up for sale.
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It is officially official: The Palm Pre is launching on June 6th at $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. The Sprint exclusive Pre will be available across the United Stats (yes, US-only for now) in Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and certain Wal-Mart locations. As far as plans are concerned, you can get the Palm Pre with Sprint’s Everything Data plan, or the Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. Of course, the Touchstone charging accessory will also be available for $69.99, which includes the $49.99 Touchstone dock and the $19.99 back cover for the Pre that’s required.
So there you have it, you’ll be able to get your Pre on in 20 days.
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A couple of days ago, the folks at Sprint invited us to take part in a Palm Pre webcast demo, along with an opportunity for Q&A. They just made the video demo available, and we think this is the best real-world demo yet that actually shows the capabilities of the Pre and Palm’s webOS. Even in the midst of the iPhone 3.0 excitement, you’ve gotta agree that Palm is making waves in the smartphone UI area. Check out the video above for 11 minutes of Palm Pre goodness, and let us know your thoughts.
Palm and Sprint have announced that the Treo Pro will be available on March 15. You can get one at any Sprint outlet or online for $199.99 and a two year subscription after a $100.00 mail-in and $100.00 instant rebate. You also have to get their Everything Plan or a $30.00 per month or higher add-on. If you believe you can handle that kind of monetary commitment, your wait for the smartphone is only a couple of weeks away.
Be sure to check out our Palm Treo Pro unboxing gallery.
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Sprint’s Simply Everything $99.99 deal has grown to + Mobile Broadband plan. For $149.99 a month, the company includes EV-DO service as well as the previously offered unlimited text, picture and video messaging, GPS, email and surfing with 5 GB of Internet access. If you switch over there is no contract extension but if you are a newbie you will need a two-year agreement per line. Jump at the deal now and you also get a free Sierra Wireless 598U USB modem. Find more details on their “no wires” site.
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Earlier today Palm introduced us to the handset that they hope will bring them into the future, the Palm pre. We’ve collected a bunch of press shots into our gallery that show off the device quite nicely in our Palm pre gallery. We will have video as well, but for now, check out the stills. What do you think? iPhone killer?
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Gallery: Palm pre photo gallery
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.
Sprint has joined some of the other major mobile companies in offering a $99.99 unlimited calling plan. Referred to as “Simply Everything,” it not only includes talk, but gives you Web browsing, Sprint TV and Music, GPS navigation, text, video, and picture messaging, and push-to-talk. Existing customers can switch without a fee charge and newbies can sign up for the rate with a two year contract. While we are in no hurry to run to the company to get in on the hot deal, we hope their competitors will find this a fine time to vie for our dollars.
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Palm has decided to offer its Centro through AT&T in addition to Sprint. With a 2.2-inch touchscreen, the cell phone features a 1.3MP cam, a full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth and infrared connectivity, text, image, and video messaging, Push-To-Talk, and access to EDGE and XM Radio. The smartphone also supports up to 4GB MicroSD expansion memory. The best part is that with a 2 year contract and mail-in rebate, you get the Centro for a hot price of $99.99.
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