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October 15th, 2006 | Permalink

Get Out of Your Sprint Contract Today

File under: Amazon, AT&T (Wireless), Blackberry Pearl, Nokia E61 and E62, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless

It’s being reported that Sprint’s increase of text-messaging costs from $0.10 to $0.15 means that anyone tied up in a Sprint contract can terminate by October 31 without incurring any penalty. We haven’t tried this yet although we’re tempted.

If you are a Sprint customer, this could be a good opportunity to take advantage of the great incentives offered by mobile phone providers and retailers to lure you to sign up for new service. Below are some of our suggestions for the latest and greatest mobile phones on the market today.

Verizon LG Chocolate  Verizon Motorola Q  Verizon Treo 700p  Verizon Treo 700w

Like Sprint, Verizon offers a high speed data network to compliment its already strong voice coverage. The Verizon lineup is headlined by several smartphones including the latest Treos and the very popular full keyboard Windows Mobile based Motorola Q. If you are looking for something a little smaller and cooler, consider the Verizon LG Chocolate, a slider phone which not only resembles popular MP3 players, but also includes media and music functionality. This minimalist-inspired phone comes with support for VCast Music, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a microSD slot for extra storage.

T-Mobile Blackberry Pearl  T-Mobile Dash  T-Mobile Sidekick III

T-Mobile has been the most active mobile phone provider lately, highlighted by its announcement of a new high speed data network (launching in 2007). The Blackberry Pearl, released just a month ago, is only available on T-Mobile and represents a significant attempt by Blackberry to create a consumer-friendly product that incorporates the best of Blackberry with features consumers want (camera and music, for example). Additionally, T-Mobile announced the upcoming release of the T-Mobile Dash which is a full keyboard Windows Mobile device designed to compete with the Motorola Q. And, of course, there is always the celebrity-friendly Sidekick III which incorporates instant messaging, email, and browsing in one cool device.

Cingular Nokia E62  Cingular Sony Ericsson w810i

It’s hard to hide our enthusiasm for the Nokia E62 and its bigger unlocked brother the Nokia E61. Cingular is the only wireless provider offering the sleek Nokia E62 which features a full keyboard, a sharp screen, and very good software for all your needs (check out the web browser, it’s very good). If you’re looking for a smaller entertainment phone, try the Sony Ericsson w810i which includes a music player and software allowing you to transfer music from your favorite CDs or your PC to the phone. It includes a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, a full email client, and like other Sony Ericsson phones, it’s well built and designed with great software.

Sprint Treo 700p  Sprint Treo 700wx

Maybe you like Sprint and their broadband network. If so, you can sign a new contract and pickup a new Treo at a discount. Treo 650 users can upgrade to the Treo 700p which addresses many of the shortcomings (including memory issues) with the previous Treo products. Or, you may want to change your experience compelety and try the Windows Mobile based Treo 700wx.

October 11th, 2006 | Permalink

BlackBerry Pearl Now Available on T-Mobile ($199.99)

File under: Blackberry Pearl, Early Adopter, Product Launches, T-Mobile, Wireless and Phones


T-Mobile BlackBerry PearlRIM has revolutionized the way American businesses operate by introducing advanced wireless communications to the corporate masses. Through its now ubiquitous BlackBerry devices, executives, lawyers, and politicians stopped calling and started texting. Now, in its continuing expansion into the consumer market, RIM and T-Mobile just released the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 ($199.99 – T-Mobile Only).

The new lightweight T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl is a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE world phone with all the benefits of a professional BlackBerry plus the features and technology we would want in our phones. For example, this is the first BlackBerry to include a camera (1.3 megapixel) and a media player with a microSD slot for media storage. Internet messaging and data functionality includes support for up to 10 different email accounts, instant and text messaging (AOL/AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, and ICQ), and a web browser. For easy communication, the BlackBerry Pearl comes with Bluetooth 2.0 and a speakerphone. At $199.99, it’s also a good deal for an advance phone.

BlackBerry Pearl | T-Mobile | $199.99 | $99.99 (Amazon)

September 16th, 2006 | Permalink

T-Mobile Sidekick 3 Now Available

File under: Electronics, T-Mobile, Wireless and Phones


Get the new SIDEKICK III

As a T-Mobile customer I’m happy to share with you some of their good deals. My plan allows me 1000 nationwide Whenever Minutes for only $39.99.

T-Mobile’s hottest item today is the Sidekick 3 which is a great all-in-one-device. The design is very hip and has a beautiful color screen that flips to reveal a full keyboard. Instant messaging, email, address book, and web browsing are all integrated into a very sleek and easy to use OS. No wonder Paris Hilton and other celebs like to show off their Sidekick (usually diamond studded). Check out the specs and maybe even pick one up.

August 25th, 2006 | Permalink

Early Adopter: Nokia E61 and E62

File under: Amazon, AT&T (Wireless), Early Adopter, Electronics, Nokia E61 and E62, Product Reviews, T-Mobile, Wireless and Phones

Nokia E61

Nokia has finally decided to make a major push into the growing smartphone business which is currently dominated by Palm’s Treo and RIM’s Blackberry devices. The Nokia E61/E62 is a thin but wide, metal-encased device with a full keyboard thumbpad. The device runs the latest version of Symbian and includes all the applications one can imagine on such a device including email, address book, web browser, and calendar. Both versions of the phone include bluetooth and offer data connectivity using GPRS and EDGE. The E61 includes Wi-Fi while the E62, which will be available through Cingular, will come with GoodLink preinstalled.

Having personally used the E61 and compared it to other smartphones, I was quite impressed. I found the software to be quick and responsive. The web browser is the best I have seen on any smartphone (even better than Opera on a Sony Ericsson P900/P910). The device feels solid and the screen is incredibly sharp and clear. You can also read PC Magazine’s recent preview of the E62 and Brighthand’s review of the E61.

While the E62 is not available yet (we will tell you as soon as Cingular has it), if you are a Cingular or T-Mobile subscriber, you can buy the more powerful E61 unlocked from Amazon today.

Update: See our follow up post for more info on where you can buy the Nokia E61 today

August 21st, 2006 | Permalink

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