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.
It looks like the Samsung Propel Pro is available for purchase, as AT&T has just announced that they now have it on their service. This is good news for those who have been waiting patiently for the device.
This phone runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that's arranged vertically. Though this phone is meant for texting and e-mailing primarily, it also has 3.6Mbps 3G and Wi-Fi plus assistive GPS.
Other specs include a web browser, media playback, a 528MHz processor, 256MB ROM and a microSD card slot that supports up to 8GB-sized cards. You can get the Samsung Propel Pro on AT&T now for $149.99 with a two-year contract.
Well, this should be interesting. SK Telecom is gearing up to launch their very own app store this September, it seems without the narrow focus of many competitors on the market like the Apple App Store and the BlackBerry App World. In fact, this app store will feature apps for four different mobile operating systems.
Well, the HTC Touch Diamond just became available on yet another carrier. This time around, it's Verizon and though it's essentially the same, there are a few differences with the phone on this carrier than on others.
For instance, the TouchFLO interface is customized a bit for Verizon and also features Visual Voice Mail. Also included is the VZ Navigator service, which features GPS mapping built-in. But other than these few carrier-specific modifications, the phone remains pretty much the same.
In case you need reminding, the HTC Touch Diamond features 3G, Wi-Fi, a 640 x 480 touchscreen and Windows Mobile 6.1. What's surprising on Verizon, however, is the price tag, which is a high $300. This includes a two-year contract and a $70 rebate! You'll be able to order this phone from Verizon starting tomorrow.
[via Crave at CNET]
We might as well stop calling them phones and start calling them ultra-ultra-ultra portable computers. Maybe not. The gap between the capabilities of computers and cell phones is getting smaller and smaller thanks to devices like the Palm Pre and the iPhone. Another gap is closing up too: the divide between consumer and professional devices.