People who like open source electronics platforms will get a kick out of the RePhone open source modular phone kit. The kit allows users to create their own mobile phone using modules, software, and customizable phone enclosures. The enclosures are made from pre-cut paper.
In many parts of the world, there aren’t enough doctors to take care of people leading to higher mortality rates. A team from Makerere University in Uganda was the only African team to win in the 2014-2015 Big Ideas Contest organized by the University of California Berkeley. The device that the team won with tied for second place in the contest and is an app and cell phone combo designed to aid in detecting pneumonia early.
Nokia has rolled out a new mobile phone that is about as far from the typical new smartphone we talk about as you can get. The new phone is called the Nokia 105 and it comes in a Dual SIM version. The Nokia 105 is aimed directly at people in parts of the world where it's hard or impossible to afford a smartphone that costs hundreds of dollar to purchase.
AT&T has announced that it will be the first carrier to offer the new Sonim XP5 ruggedized feature phone to customers. The ruggedized device is made to be able to work in harsh environments like construction sites, manufacturing, and transportation industries where normal mobile phones have a hard time surviving. The device will work on the AT&T LTE and WiFi networks.
It's March now, so the holiday shopping season is long past which also means that the sweet holiday deals by mobile carriers past us as well. According to AT&T's CFO John Stephens, the mobile network market, "seems to have stabilized." This appears to indicate that AT&T and other mobile carriers are back to increasing their fees and scaling back on their promotional offerings. AT&T claimed that right now they aren't particularly seeking out net additions, or more customers joining than leaving their services. This may signify a strategy change for all mobile networks.
Apparently, Microsoft hasn't done a lot of things. It hasn't completely thrown out the Nokia name for mobile devices. It hasn't given up just yet on feature phones. And it hasn't ported Windows Phone down to that tier, if that's even possible at all. So it is both surprising and yet at the same time expected that the tech company is now unveiling it latest feature phone. Perhaps the last to bear the Nokia name as well. But besides that name, Microsoft wants you to remember that this is the cheapest Internet-connected smartphone in the market.
Some folks who require a mobile phone for business carry more than one device to be sure they have one mobile ready to work at any time. The problem with that is carrying two mobiles is typically very bulky and can be expensive. A new product called Talkase has debuted and it puts a basic GSM mobile phone on the back of your smartphone case making it easy to have a backup device with you.
Microsoft may have decimated its Nokia Devices division, but it's not letting go of the budget end of the range entirely, revealing a new ultra-low-cost model targeting emerging markets. The new Nokia 130 is just €19 ($25) SIM-free and unlocked, though unsurprisingly you miss out on more than a few features to hit that price - including Microsoft's cloud.
Blu Products has announced a new smartphone called the Studio 5.0 LTE. This is the very first LTE capable unlocked smartphone that Blue has offered in the US. Blu designed the new smartphone to run exclusively on the T-Mobile/MetroPCS network in the US. The smartphone will also work on any partner network that has access to the T-Mobile LTE network.
AT&T GoPhone customers are going to get the advantage of more data at no additional cost, thanks to the changes of the smartphone plans, which will come into effect from April 25, 2014. Features like access to 4G LTE network with no annual contract and Wi-Fi hotspot sweeten the deal. Truth be told, the value of a smartphone is only complete when it supported with the right data plan.