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Verizon and ZTE Introduce the AD3700 for World Travellers

Verizon and ZTE Introduce the AD3700 for World Travellers

Verizon Wireless announced today the upcoming release of the AD3700 global USB modem from ZTE. Locally, the device will utilize Verizon's EV-DO Revision A network, but globally it will open up its network capability and access EV-DO, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, and UMTS, allowing Verizon wireless customers to use their new device in 175 countries.

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Garmin nuvi 1690 PND with integrated EDGE data clears FCC

Garmin nuvi 1690 PND with integrated EDGE data clears FCC

A new Garmin PND , the nuvi 1690, has passed through the FCC [pdf link], and it seems to have learned some connectivity tricks from its nuvifone cousins.  The nuvi 1690 includes not only Bluetooth but GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, presumably offering real-time traffic downloads among other things.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 gets official: T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK

BlackBerry Curve 8520 gets official: T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK

RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520, the handset formerly known as the BlackBerry Gemini.  Set to land on both T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK next month, the Curve 8520 is the company's latest non-3G smartphone, complete with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad for navigation and a 2-megapixel camera.

There's also a 320 x 240 display, Bluetooth and WiFi.  A microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack round out the specifications, while the battery is good for 4.5hrs of talktime or 17 days of standby.  While many may scoff at the absence of high-speed cellular connectivity, the success of other 2.5G BlackBerry handsets such as the Curve 8900 shows there's still a demand for straightforward, solid messaging-centric smartphones.

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AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 on sale May 22nd

AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 on sale May 22nd

AT&T have announced that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will go on sale in the US on Friday May 22nd.  Priced at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the Curve 8900 is the slimmest full-QWERTY BlackBerry to date, and packs quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE data, WiFi b/g and GPS, together with a 3.2-megapixel camera, 480 x 360 display and microSD/SDHC card slot (happy with cards up to 32GB).

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Samsung Star S5230 & Preston S5600 TouchWiz cellphones

Samsung Star S5230 & Preston S5600 TouchWiz cellphones

Samsung have announced a pair of touchscreen cellphones, the Samsung Star S5230 and the Samsung Preston S5600.  A 2.5G and 3G handset respectively, the Star and Preston both use Samsung's TouchWiz GUI: the S5230 has a 3-inch WQVGA display, while the S5600 has a 2.8-inch QVGA panel.

 

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 reviewed: okay for entry-level

BlackBerry Curve 8520 reviewed: okay for entry-level

A pre-production BlackBerry Curve 8520 has fallen into the esteemed hands of CrackBerry, and they've done the honorable thing and thoroughly reviewed it.  Intended as an entry-level handset, the EDGE-only Curve 8520 - aka the BlackBerry Gemini - isn't going to impress in the smartphone playground when it comes to features, but that doesn't stop it from being quietly competent when it comes to build and hand-feel.

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SmartQ 5 MID unboxing

SmartQ 5 MID unboxing

It feels like we've been following the SmartQ 5 MID for some time now, though in reality the 4.3-inch touchscreen media player and internet device only showed on the radar back in February.  SmartQ have obviously been hard at work though, as the first devices are hitting Hong Kong, hence this photo unboxing.

Update: Second unboxing photoset here.

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SmartQ 5 MID specs & photos emerge: just $132

SmartQ 5 MID specs & photos emerge: just $132

Further details on the Moses SmartQ 5 MID have emerged, together with live photos.  The 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen mobile internet device - first spotted back in February - is now known to have a 667MHz ARM11 processor, 1GB of internal storage (of which 256MB is available to the user) and an SD slot for cards up to 32GB in size.  The SmartQ 5 is also compatible with EDGE USB modems, thanks to USB-host connectivity.

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Zer01 Mobile details emerge: multiple carrier agreements

Further details of Zer01 Mobile’s VoIP service have emerged, suggesting that the carrier will not only use AT&T’s network, as first reported, but has interconnect agreements with several US carriers.  The $69.99 monthly fee gets unlimited calling in the US and unlimited data; a further $10 per month adds unlimited international calls to 40 destinations.

 

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Samsung Xplorer B2100: simply rugged

Samsung Xplorer B2100: simply rugged

Samsung have launched their latest rugged cellphone, the Samsung Xplorer B2100.  Built to withstand submersion, dust, extremes of temperature and shocks, the Xplorer meets military specification MIL-STD-810F; since you'll want to use it as a phone, too, it's quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) though not 3G.

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Philips Xenium X810 3.2MP touchscreen EDGE phone

Philips Xenium X810 3.2MP touchscreen EDGE phone

A touchscreen quadband GSM cellphone from Philips has leaked, marking a change in design direction for the company.  The Philips Xenium X810 has a 240 x 400 TFT touchscreen and what looks to be a panel of touch-sensitive buttons underneath, together with a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash.

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BlackBerry Gemini 8325 in wild: EDGE, 2MP, dull

BlackBerry Gemini 8325 in wild: EDGE, 2MP, dull

A leaked image of the BlackBerry Gemini 8325 has emerged, together with specs, and it's not exactly setting our hearts aflame.  The unannounced RIM smartphone is believed to be the successor to the BlackBerry Curve, and seemingly takes the DNA of the 8300 and 8900 with the turgid connectivity of quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE.

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