In case the regular old Nokia E71 isn't good enough for you, rumor has it that there will soon be another version of the device available called the E71i. And while this version will be very much like the standard E71, it will have a significant camera upgrade and a few other perks.
If you're in the market for a new push-to-talk handset, then you'll be pleased to hear that Motorola gave up some details about their Clutch i465 today. Though we first heard about it in February, we're just now getting a good look at it.
This phone is tough. It meets military-grade specs and can stand up to solar radiation, vibration, shock and even dust. The Clutch supports messaging of all kinds including IMs, e-mails and text messaging.
Other features include a micro USB port, a 5-pole accessory connection, a 3-megapixel camera for stills and video, a 2.5 mono audio jack, 20MB memory and a 1,130mAh battery. It has support for MP3, WAV and MIDI ringtones and has Bluetooth 1.2. We don't know when the Motorola Clutch i465 will be released or even how much it'll cost, but we do know it's meant to stand up to the elements while offering a decent feature set. It will appear on Boost Mobile first.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 was announced on Alltel Wireless today, making this flip smartphone available to a wider audience. While nothing is really different about this phone on this specific carrier, it's still worth noting the device's expanded availability.
In case you've forgotten, the Pearl Flip is a smartphone encased in a clamshell design with a small external display and an internal display with a 240 x 320 resolution. Other features include GPS mapping, a SureType keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera that's capable of video, microSD or microSDHC card support and more.
This phone can play music and offers Bluetooth support. You can get the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 on Alltel for $79.99 with a two-year contract and a $70 rebate. The contract is for the carrier's unlimited plan which costs $70/month.
Verizon released the specs for their 4G network today, (well, they announced the day they'll be announcing them--May 13th) giving a significant promotional boost to their Open Development program and increasing interest in their upcoming network change over.
These new specs allow hardware builders to start working on devices that will work on the new network, which is specifically a 700MHz Long Term Evolution or LTE network. The whole idea behind releasing the specs early is to give developers enough time to come up with devices that are LTE-ready by the time the 4G network launches early next year.
Trials for the LTE network have already shown speeds of 60Mbps and would make it possible to stream HD video on your mobile device. An early 2010 release is expected for Verizon's LTE network, but we'll just have to wait and see if there are sufficient devices to take advantage of the improved speeds at that time.
It looks like we finally have an official release date for Windows Mobile 6.5. Microsoft took to their corporate blog today and made the announcement that the mobile operating system will be released on May 11th.
This date makes sense and syncs up with the Microsoft TechEd 2009 conference, which will serve as a demonstration of the new operating system for developers and other people involved in the tech industry.
There will also be special seminars on various aspects of Windows Mobile 6.5 including the gestures and touch interface. The newest version of Microsoft's mobile platform is intended to keep them afloat in the world of handhelds where touch UIs have become so commonplace.
A new cellular carrier based out of Las Vegas has started up their new service featuring an unlimited calling and unlimited data plan. Zer01 Communications is giving customers the chance, starting in June, to utilize their data and cellular services as much as they want for $70 a month. $69.95 will buy you uncapped data and unlimited calling, meaning you can surf the internet all you want on an available WinMo device, or a bring-your-own unlocked GSM BlackBerry or Android phone. I'm assuming you'll be able to tether those devices and use the data with your laptop too.