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    by Published on 11-04-2010 03:28 PM
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    Google announced today via their Mobile Blog that they have made a beta version of Google Instant available for most iOS and Android devices.

    In September we announced that we were working to bring Google Instant to mobile, and today we’re making a beta version available to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. To try it out, go to google.com in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box (if you don’t see the “Turn on” link, try waiting a moment and then refresh the page).
    by Published on 11-04-2010 03:08 PM
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    To celebrate Diwali, Mobilicity is providing all new and existing customers FREE calling to India from November 4th until November 7th, 2010, 11:59 p.m. Call your friends and family and wish them happy Diwali! Additionally, Mobilicity is offering popular Bollywood and mainstream ringtones for 99 cents! Even if you don’t celebrate Diwali, it’s a great time to customize your phone with a great ringtone. But hurry, this special Diwali rate on select ringtones ends on November 17th. Review and download the discounted ringtones by launching your browser on your phone’s menu.
    by Published on 11-03-2010 09:29 AM
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    T-Mobile is touting their HSPA+ network as "America's Largest 4G Network" and says it will cover over 100 major metropolitan areas and up to 200 million people by the end of this calendar year.

    Their HSPA+ network delivers theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps and peak upload speeds of up to 5.7Mbps.

    Visit T-Mobile's 4G page for more info about the the network and compatible devices.
    by Published on 11-02-2010 09:23 AM
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    A lot of people have been (im)patiently waiting for a BlackBerry 6 leak for their Bold 9700 devices. Leaks for other BlackBerrys have come and gone with seemingly no hope for the 9700.

    Today BlackBerry 6 version 6.0.0.344 has leaked for the Bold.*

    Visit BerryReview for download links.

    *This is not an officially supported build for the Bold 9700. Please keep that in mind if you run into any problems with it.

    For instructions on installing, take a look at our Research In Motion forum.
    by Published on 11-01-2010 10:48 AM
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    The iPhone DST bug that hit Australia a while back has now struck in Europe. Apple has promised a software updated the resolve this issue, but at this point it has not been addressed.

    North America is making the switch on November 7th, hopefully Apple will address the situation by then. If not, those that rely on their iPhone alarm should take precautions to ensure they don't get woken up sooner or later than planned.

    More at: Engadget

    UPDATE: Fix coming in iOS 4.2 and a workaround for now.
    by Published on 10-30-2010 01:10 AM
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    Rovio, the creator of popular mobile multi-platform game "Angry Birds," is now offering plush toy versions of the game's avian protagonists in time for the holiday season.

    They're claiming limited quantities and start shipping in December, so if you're interested you may want to venture over to Angry Birds Shop or ToyWiz and pre-order.

    Cheers AndroidCentral.
    by Published on 10-29-2010 09:41 AM
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    Verizon customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and some markets in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida are being given the option to trial new plans that include unlimited calling and text to any mobile in the United States, no matter the carrier.

    The trial is only slated to run through the end of the calendar year.

    Source and image: Engadget
    by Published on 10-29-2010 12:01 AM
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    Without much fanfare, the combine HP/Palm logo debuted earlier this month.

    What do you think? Do you miss Palm's orange?

    More: IntoMobile
    by Published on 10-27-2010 04:15 PM
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    Though no specific timeline has been given, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has indicated that his company plans a gradual shutdown of the iDEN network it acquired after its merger with Nextel a few year ago.

    "Over time, we'll have fewer and fewer customers on the iDEN network," he said. "That allows us to use some of that capacity on the network that is freed up and use it for CDMA. It's a gradual process. There will be an end date for all 2G, just like there was an end date for 1G."
    Source: FierceWireless - Hesse: Sprint eventually will shut down iDEN
    by Published on 10-27-2010 09:58 AM
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    Sprint Nextel has reported their 3rd Quarter 2010 results. A conference call is scheduled for 8:00am EDT this morning to discuss.

    From the press release:

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 27, 2010 - Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported that during the third quarter of 2010, the company achieved its best total company wireless subscriber net additions since 2006, adding 644,000 total wireless subscribers driven by positive net postpaid subscriber growth of 354,000 for the Sprint brand and the company’s best year-over-year improvement in postpaid churn in five years. Demand for smartphones like Samsung Epic 4GTM and HTC EVO™ 4G remained strong, and the company delivered postpaid churn of 1.93 percent – the best postpaid churn result Sprint has reported in the third quarter of any year.

    Sprint announced third quarter consolidated net operating revenues of almost $8.2 billion, a net loss of $911 million and a diluted loss per share of 30 cents. The company generated $384 million of Free Cash Flow* in the quarter, and maintained a strong liquidity position with approximately $4.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter.

    “Driven by record customer satisfaction, and the performance of iconic devices like the EVO and Epic, Sprint’s momentum continued this quarter,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “The Sprint brand gained postpaid customers for the fourth consecutive quarter as, for the second consecutive quarter based on porting data, more customers switched to Sprint from our competitors than switched from Sprint to our competitors. In addition, our last two quarters have been all-time bests for postpaid churn. We also saw improvement sequentially in prepaid net adds and our lowest prepaid churn in almost five years.”
    Read more here.
    by Published on 10-27-2010 12:24 AM
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    TELUS added Saskatchewan to their growing national HSPA network starting today, According to their website they are also launching a 30 Day Risk Free Trial on All 3G+ Handsets. ...
    by Published on 10-26-2010 10:44 AM   
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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors

    Apple's recently updated Apple Store app is now showing listings for the both the 16GB and 32GB white iPhone 4. Whether this comes to fruition or is simply an error, remains to be seen.

    Anyone jonesing for a white iPhone 4?

    More at ZDNet

    Image credit: ZDnet

    UPDATE: An Apple spokesperson revealed today that white iPhone 4 has been delayed until Spring 2011. Source: PhoneScoop

    UPDATE 2: Now cancelled altogether?!

    UPDATE 3: Apple removes white iPhone 4 from Online Store
    by Published on 10-25-2010 03:16 PM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Tips

    For Mac users who plan to get (or already have) a Windows Phone 7 device, you can get Windows Phone 7 Connector For Mac (beta) here:

    Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Mac) - Beta
    by Published on 10-25-2010 01:44 PM
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    CNN Tech has posted an article detailing some annoying habits observed amongst smartphone (and regular cell phone) users.

    The 10 most annoying smartphone habits

    Their list:

    - The Behind-the-Wheel Chatterbox

    - The Movie Theater Lightning Bug

    - The Bathroom Stall Texter (or Talker)

    - The Smartphone Superiority Complex

    - The Social Situation Dropout ...
    by Published on 10-24-2010 02:41 PM
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    On Friday HowardForums.com was the target of a DDOS attack. While the site experienced some downtime we were back after some countermeasures were put in place. Despite the countermeasures the attacks never actually stopped and have now changed.

    As such the HowardForums.com search engine has been temporarily disabled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    In the meantime you can search HowardForums.com using Google like this:

    site:howardforums.com search terms here

    You may also receive log-in errors and the WAP site and Tapatalk support may be down. We are working to resolve these issues and appreciate your patience.
    by Published on 10-22-2010 08:53 PM
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    3. Humor

    Because we know you might curious as to why we were down today, we wanted to pass on to you what happened.

    Earlier today we were subjected to a denial-of-service attack called a "SYN flood" that took down our web servers for several hours. We were aware of it immediately after it happened, but it took a while to get everything back up and running.

    I asked Howard for a statement and he had this to say:

    "I believe the hacker group 'Pay Phone Posse' was responsible for the attack, blaming us for the demise of pay phones worldwide. I have word that they also hit some other cell phone related sites today. I believe their plan was to execute the DOS attack and then hang themselves with their telephone cords."
    If you're curious about what a SYN flood is, Wikipedia has an article about it here.

    Humor aside, all of us at HowardForums apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone.
    by Published on 10-22-2010 10:04 AM
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    This morning Verizon Communications released their third quarter results.

    Wireless highlights:

    • 997,000 total net customer additions, excluding acquisitions and adjustments, in 3Q 2010; 584,000 retail postpaid net customer additions in the quarter; continued low retail postpaid churn of 1.07 percent.
    • 93.2 million customers; 101.1 million total connections.
    • 6.0 percent increase in total revenues from 3Q 2009; 7.7 percent increase in service revenues; data revenues up 26.3 percent; 29.9 percent operating income margin and 47.2 percent Segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP).
    • At the end of the third quarter, the company had 86.7 million retail customers, which represented 93 percent of the company's wireless customers, the largest number of retail customers of any U.S. wireless provider.
    • In addition, the company had 7.9 million other connections at the end of the quarter -- such as machine-to-machine and telematics -- adding 251,000 net other connections in the quarter. This brings the number of total wireless connections to 101.1 million at the end of the third quarter.
    • Retail service ARPU (average monthly service revenue per user) grew 1.8 percent over third-quarter 2009, to $51.99. Retail data ARPU increased to $18.61, up 19.0 percent year over year.
    • Verizon Wireless announced the first tablets to be available to its customers: the Apple iPad Wi-Fi will go on sale on Oct. 28 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab will launch on Nov. 11. In addition, the company continued to expand its smartphone lineup during the third quarter with the launch of the DROID X, DROID 2 and limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola; the Samsung Fascinate, a Galaxy S smartphone; and a new model of the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone.
    • The company hosted its second annual Verizon Developers Conference in September, reaffirming its commitment to an open network and helping developers deliver applications to market quickly. Since the VDC was established in 2009, more than 5,000 developers have joined to create applications to be distributed to Verizon Wireless customers.


    The full press release can be viewed here.
    by Published on 10-21-2010 04:27 PM

    I ran across this quiz posted over at FierceWireless and thought I'd share it here.

    They've come up with a pretty interesting list of questions to test your knowledge of the wireless industry. Check it out* and see how well you fare.

    *Name and email address are required in the quiz.
    by Published on 10-21-2010 03:17 PM
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    Droid-Life has posted a couple screenshots of a Verizon 4G "Reference Guide" that compares and contrasts LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+.

    Some quick notes:

    LTE: Downlink: 5 - 12 Mbps | Uplink: 2 - 5 Mbps

    WiMAX: Downlink: 3 - 6 Mbps | Uplink: 500 Kbps

    HSPA+: Downlink: 1.5 - 7 Mbps | Uplink: 1 - 4 Mbps

    In the Reference Guide, Verizon also touts other advantages of LTE over the competing technologies such as: global adoption, lower latency, and speed to market for device and app development.

    Verizon plans to first intro USB modems over 4G followed by smartphones and mobile hotspots.

    Visit Droid-Life at the link above for the screenshots and more details. And go here to learn more about Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE network.

    That all being said, we know that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. What do you think about Verizon's 4G claims?
    by Published on 10-21-2010 11:32 AM
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    4. Apps

    Winamp Beta for Android was released last night for devices running Android 2.1 and above and supports wireless and USB syncing to your desktop Winamp application (using 5.59 beta).

    Some notes below from the Winamp blog:
    Winamp, the Ultimate Media Player, is now available in beta on AndroidTM (Android 2.1 OS and above). It offers a complete media management solution by seamlessly syncing with the Winamp desktop library. In addition to high quality playback and persistent player controls, Winamp for Android offers wireless desktop sync with your Winamp desktop application (Winamp 5.59 beta required). Standard USB syncing also available.

    Mobilize Your Library
    A complete Android media management solution, that seamlessly syncs with your Winamp desktop library (USB or Wi-Fi).

    Wireless Desktop Sync
    No need to tie your Android phone down. Enable Wi-Fi sync and leave your cable behind (Winamp 5.59 beta required).

    Persistent Player Controls
    Quickly pause, change tracks, manage your play queue, see what's playing and access the Winamp home screen.

    Play Queue Management
    The play queue is a temporary track listing that allows you to easily select and sort tracks. And if you like, save it as a playlist.

    Widget Players & Shortcuts
    Add playlist shortcuts and the widget player to the Android home screen. As well as enable playback control from the lock-screen.

    Now Playing
    Displays song info, album art and more. Press and hold on the song info to interact with other apps like Pandora, YouTube and the Amazon MP3 Store.

    Scrobbling
    Supports scrobbling with the Last.fm app installed (on your Android device). Capturing all of your mobile listening history in real time.
    Read more and get the download at: Winamp Blog