This week, Yahoo sent out an invite for a press conference in New York on Monday with a mysterioso tone:
It read, vaguely:
"Please join Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz for an exciting announcement about providing global consumers with rich online and mobile experiences, and bringing forward a new era in keeping consumers connected."
That's all it took to get BoomTown on the horn to find out what that meant.
And, according to sources, that will be a deal with Finland-based mobile phone giant Nokia to build Yahoo e-mail, search, and other applications and services into a range … Read more
A word of warning to AT&T subscribers who would switch carriers when the company's iPhone exclusivity deal with Apple finally ends: The cost of doing so will soon rise--substantially. Come June 1, AT&T is raising its early-termination fee on smartphones to $325 from $175.
The increase comes amid speculation that AT&T's iPhone-exclusivity deal with Apple is nearing its end. But a company representative tells me it has "nothing to do with the iPhone or any other device."
$325. That's a pretty steep increase from $175. Though to be fair, … Read more
Now that all the juicy details of Android 2.2 "Froyo" are out, the question for current Android phone owners inevitably turns to "When do I get it?" Well, there is good news for some, bad news for others, and no news for the rest.
Starting with the good, Google announced via its Google I/O Twitter account that Froyo will be served to Nexus One users in the next few weeks. Not terribly surprising that the N1 would be one of the first to get the update considering its direct ties to Google (though that … Read more
The recent wave of Android devices doesn't seem to be slowing down as T-Mobile just announced that its latest Android smartphone, the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide, will hit the streets on June 2 for $179.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.
As we noted when the phone was announced in early May, the MyTouch 3G Slide features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.4-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and the full range of wireless options. The smartphone also has a custom user interface from T-Mobile that aims to make the phone … Read more
Aside from getting a taste of Eclair, the update also brings enhancements to the HTC Sense user interface and corporate e-mail as well as a number of bug fixes.
Sprint will not be releasing the update over the air, so you'll have to head over to the carrier's support site for instructions on how to download and install the software. Happy updating!
Are you in the market for a new phone? From today through Sunday, Wirefly has a pretty sweet deal: Every BlackBerry on every carrier is free.
Do you want a Storm2 with Verizon? You got it. How about a Curve 8520 with AT&T or Sprint? No problem.
Wirefly stocks about 20 BlackBerry smartphone models from the four major carriers, so you should be able to get what you want from the carrier you want.
The deal is available on all new and upgrade-eligible accounts. Suffice it to say, any phone that you buy requires the usual two-year service … Read more
Mobile phone and smartphone sales are on a roll, according to figures released Wednesday by market researcher Gartner.
In the first quarter, customers worldwide bought 314.7 million mobile phones, a 17 percent increase year over year. Smartphones sales specifically jumped 48.7 percent from the year-ago quarter, as 54.3 million units flew off the shelves.
Demand within mature markets and lower prices are part of the reason for the double-digit gains, Gartner said.
For the quarter, the usual mobile phone makers topped the ranks, with Nokia in first place with a 35 percent market share, followed by Samsung, … Read more
The Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are heading to the United Kingdom.
On Wednesday, Palm announced that U.K.-based O2 will offer the WebOS smartphones starting May 28. O2 already offers the original Palm Pre, so it's no surprise that the carrier would offer the upgraded version as well as the new version of the Pixi.
Each phone is available from O2 on an 18- or 24-month contract.
Palm has been milking its Pre and Pixi platforms for over a year now. The company introduced the original Palm Pre on Sprint Nextel's network in June 2009. … Read more