CTIA 2009

MetroPCS to get Samsung Finesse touchscreen phone

MetroPCS to get Samsung Finesse touchscreen phone

The news is non-stop from CTIA 2009 today and wouldn't you know it that there was a little surprise tucked away in the endless slew of press releases? MetroPCS is will be getting a new touchscreen phone from Samsung called the Finesse.

This phone is actually pretty similar to the Instinct and the Delve in that it uses the TouchWiz interface. However, this is not a smartphone--it just looks like one! It features a 3-inch 240 x 400 touchscreen display, 3G, web browser and mobile IM. It also has a GPS application, a media player and an email app.

It seems this phone is available now without a contract. However, since it's not subsidized, the Samsung Finesse will cost you $349. A tad pricey for the feature set, but may be worth it if you're not looking to get roped into a two-year contract.

[via PhoneMag]

Vitality’s GlowCap – SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

Vitality’s GlowCap – SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

There's a growing market for anything having to do with medication and prescriptions. The baby-boomers are getting up there in age, and they're living longer and better thanks to technology and new medications. However, they haven't made a miracle memory drug just yet, so that's where GlowCap comes in. GlowCap is prescription bottle with a special cap that uses a wireless connection to keep track of a patient and their prescription-taking behavior. The cap can communicate with doctors to let them know if the patient is taking their medications or not, and will also remind the patient that they have to take the pill. It can also communicate to family members through phone calls.

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Wilson Electronics’ Cell Signal Boosters-SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

Wilson Electronics’ Cell Signal Boosters-SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

Wilson Electronics promises that you'll never have a dropped call again with their technology in your home. Wilson's devices use the in-home cabling to hook up to an antenna in your roof or wall that will boost your cell signal throughout your home. They also have mobile versions, including some for Blackberries and iPhones that provided a charging cradle for the device as well.

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Kyocera G2GO M2000 and Laylo M1400 hit CTIA

Kyocera G2GO M2000 and Laylo M1400 hit CTIA

Kyocera have unveiled two new CDMA handsets at CTIA, the G2GO M2000 messaging phone and the Laylo M1400 (shown after the cut).  Each is a slider, though the G2GO (pronounced "Good to Go", apparently) opens horizontally to reveal a full-QWERTY keyboard, while the Laylo has a more traditional numeric keypad slide.

 

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Zer01 Mobile unlimited voice/data starts July 1st

As promised, Zer01 Mobile have announced the commercial launch date for their unlimited voice and data cellphone service.  The package - which is priced at $69.95 per month, and uses a proprietary VoIP system to route voice calls over the data network - will be available for new users to sign up to from July 1st 2009.

HTC Snap announced: QWERTY, HSDPA, WiFi

HTC Snap announced: QWERTY, HSDPA, WiFi

HTC have announced a new Windows Mobile smartphone at CTIA 2009, the HTC Snap.  Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, the non-touchscreen handset has a full QWERTY keyboard, quadband GSM and dualband HSDPA/WCDMA, with versions planned for both Europe and the US.

 

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Motion C5 & F5 slates get Verizon WWAN & SSD options

Motion C5 & F5 slates get Verizon WWAN & SSD options

Motion Computing have announced new Verizon EVDO WWAN and SSD options for their C5 and F5 Tablet PCs.  Buyers of the two slate-format touchscreen PCs now have a choice of integrated 3G together with WiFi a/g/n and a new 64GB SSD.

 

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Samsung announces Mondi mobile internet device

Samsung announces Mondi mobile internet device

Today at CTIA, Samsung announced the Mondi, a small, Windows Mobile powered device, featuring WiMax and WiFi capabilities. The Mondi has a 4.3" touch screen, packs Bluetooth 2.1, a 3MP camera with video capture, a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, HDMI out, and 4GB of internal storage.

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Hantech’s Siso Tablo-SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

Hantech’s Siso Tablo-SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

We were notified by the organizers of Show Stoppers that the Tablo from Hantech was worth checking out, and I'm glad we did. The Tablo turns any laptop into a tablet PC, enabling the user to write on, interact with, and control the computer through two devices: a special pen, and a receiver that attaches to the top of the screen via a small magnet.

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Novatel MiFi and MC996D-SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

Novatel MiFi and MC996D-SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

Continuing our list, we have a company offering products that are well known around the cellular world. Novatel Wireless was showing off two of its hottest new devices, both of which are exciting for anyone who ever needed an internet connection on the go.

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Rocketvox-SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

Rocketvox-SlashGear’s Top 5 Products at Show Stoppers

CTIA Wireless starts tomorrow, but the staff of Slash Gear attended the Show Stoppers exposition where companies came for an intimate meet-and-greet with the press.  We saw some fantastic products, but we felt compelled to place them in a list, in no particular order. It's more interesting that way after all.

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Ericsson set to show fastest HSPA speeds at CTIA

Ericsson set to show fastest HSPA speeds at CTIA

Ericsson has a few tricks up their sleeves yet, it seems! They will be demonstrating 56Mbps HSPA data speeds at the CTIA Wireless convention, which could set a record if all goes according to plan.

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