ORLANDO, Fla.--Though T-Mobile and Nokia are both in a state of flux, they're joining forces to offer an affordable smartphone for the U.S. market.
Today, both companies announced that the Nokia Astound will be available from T-Mobile starting April 6 for $79.99 with a two-year contract. The Astound is basically a rebranded version of the C7, which was introduced back in October 2010, and features the same sleek design, a 3.5-inch AMOLED touch screen, a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video capture, and a front-facing camera for video calls.
It will take up to a year before we know for sure whether or not AT&T will be allowed to acquire T-Mobile. But people are already starting to speculate about what this means for consumers, particularly the ones currently on T-Mobile's service.
To put together our related story for CBS News, we wanted to hear what everyday cell phone users in San Francisco had to say. So Jared, our cameraman and editor, and I headed downtown to the corner of Market and Third streets. It was a very convenient destination since the T-Mobile and AT&T … Read more
You're at a restaurant and want to order the tiger shrimp. Sounds tasty, but is it an ethical choice from a marine conservation point of view?
Not if it's imported and caught in the wild, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's new Seafood Watch app for Android.
Tiger prawns, black tiger shrimp, white shrimp, and ebi that have been caught by trawling--pulling large nets behind boats--should be avoided because the trawling "catches and kills more than 1.8 million tons of marine life each year, including turtles, sharks and other animals, accounting for more than 25 … Read more
AT&T will add two smartphones to its lineup in the coming months, including one with 3D capability, the company said today.
The LG Thrill 4G boasts a 1GHz dual-core, dual-channel processor. It will also feature 16GB of storage, thanks to 8GB on-board and an 8GB microSD card. As one might expect from its name, the device will be capable of connecting to AT&T's 4G network. It will sport Android 2.2 and a 4.3-inch display.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Thrill 4G is its 3D functionality. According to AT&T, the device boasts a "glasses-free 3D experience," in addition to the ability to capture 3D video and snap 3D photos. Video recording in 3D is available at 720p resolution, while 2D recording will output at 1080p resolution. The device will also come with access to the LG 3D Space for people to access 3D games, videos, and images, AT&T said. One downer: the only image available so far is too small to actually offer any detail.
But if the LG Thrill 4G sounds familiar, there's a good reason for that. Last month, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company unveiled a smartphone called the Optimus 3D with all the same features as the Thrill 4G. That device is scheduled to be available in Europe in the second quarter.
As for the LG Thrill 4G, neither AT&T nor LG are saying how much the device will cost when it launches "in the coming months."
AT&T also unveiled the HTC HD7S today. The device features a 4.3-inch display and a 1GHz processor. It will run Windows Phone 7 when it launches "in the coming weeks." AT&T did not reveal a price for the HD7S.… Read more
Verizon's 4G network proved the fastest and most consistent among those of the four major U.S. carriers, according to a study (PDF) out today by mobile testing company RootMetrics.
With the four (but soon to be three, what with yesterday's surprise announcement that AT&T plans to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion) major carriers all trumpeting the respective performance of their own high-speed mobile networks, RootMetrics set out to determine which was truly the speediest by testing 4G-capable phones from each one.
In a conference call today with analysts and press, AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson and other company executives repeatedly argued that the deal would mean more U.S. citizens would get next-generation wireless technology called LTE, that they'd get it sooner, and that the country would reap rewards as a result.
"This is a major investment and commitment by a U.S. … Read more
ORLANDO, Fla.--Sprint got an early start at CTIA 2011 today when it announced that it would add the Samsung Nexus S to its lineup. Not only will it be the first CDMA Nexus device--Verizon reneged on its promise to add the HTC Nexus One to its lineup--but also it's the first Nexus handset with support for a 4G network.
From the outside, Sprint's Nexus S is largely the same as its T-Mobile counterpart. It has the same sleek profile and shiny, polished exterior, and a 4-inch "Contour" Super AMOLED display.
Sprint and Google announced today deep integration with Google Voice that lets subscribers use their Sprint phone number as a Google Voice number to access the service's features. These include transcribed visual voice mail (manage voice messages as you would your e-mail), call forwarding (calls ring through on your cell phone, home phone, office phone, … Read more
Just when CTIA 2011 was shaping up to be a snoozer, it suddenly got a lot more interesting today when AT&T announced that it was acquiring T-Mobile for $39 billion. A rumored acquisition of T-Mobile has long been percolating for a few months--up until today Sprint was listed as the likely buyer--but the news of AT&T swooping nonetheless is shocking. And as I see it, it's not very good for T-Mobile customers.
Absolutely, AT&T and T-Mobile are a natural fit on the surface. They both are GSM, they have broad international coverage, and … Read more
Within hours, the Media Access Project announced that "if approved, this deal would further increase costs and decrease choices for the public." Media reform group Free Press headlined its press release, "Consumers lose when there's less competition." And Public Knowledge condemned the deal as "unthinkable."
That sort of rhetoric is par for the course inside-the-beltway where, for some reason, every combination of business assets is presumed to be hostile to consumers. These … Read more