Fasten your seat belts and put in those earplugs as cell phones may be coming to airplanes sooner than you think. Air France will join Qantas in implementing a trial program that will allow passengers to use their mobiles while in the air. Like Qantas Air France will run the trial on just one aircraft (in this case an Airbus A318) but the French program will for six months, which is twice as long as the Qantas study. For the first half of the trial passengers will be allowed only to send text messages and e-mail but for the last … Read more
AT&T is offering reduced-rate international data plans for those that simply need to connect to the Internet from anywhere in the world.
The new Global Smartphone and PDA plans range from $44.99 to $69.99 a month and include 20 megabytes in nearly 30 countries. (A nonglobal plan would cost close to $400 for 20MB of international data usage).
While the plans were previously available only on the BlackBerry and PC cards, they will now apply to its entire stock of business devices. This includes the BlackJack, the Cingular 3125, the Cingular 8525, and all the Palm … Read more
There have been plenty of Zune 2.0 rumors recently--flash memory, a "watermelon" version this summer, and what-have-you. Now here's another one to add to the pile; Engadget recently pointed us to a "Zune phone" interface patent application unearthed by Mad4MobilePhones. It appears to be a sort of "tiled" setup for for "improved user interface for mobile devices such as smartphones" and "personal digital assistants." Looks like a fancy Bingo card to me.
Engadget pointed out that some of the icons appear to point to weather, music, and the … Read more
T-Mobile is never one to shy away from new colors for its cell phones. Already it has introduced Moto's Razr in a variety of colors and designs, including magenta and dragon tattoo. But now the carrier turns its attention to one of its most recent offerings, the Motorola Rizr Z3. In addition to its existing blue model, T-Mobile soon will offer the Rizr Rose. To the rest of you, that means red, but we admit that "rose" is a little catchier.
The feature set on the new Rizr is unchanged, and though we couldn't get pricing … Read more
So, there I was, on the phone with a Sprint rep, chatting about my cell phone bill and the possibility of signing a new, two-year contract, when something funny happened: I got to hear about a couple of rumored new phones that hadn't been officially announced. The rep suggested I apply my $150 signing bonus to the new Treo 750, which was, "just days away."
It seems that the Google phone rumors just will not die. This time, a Taiwanese publication has reported that HTC (well-known for its Windows Mobile devices like the T-Mobile Dash and the Cingular 3125) is building the phone and may have it ready by the end of the year. Reported features include EDGE and integration with GMail and Google Maps, but no GPS strangely enough. Of course, this is all vaporware and we don't know any solid details yet, but it's interesting enough that we'll keep an eye out for more news on the subject.
Ever since the partnership between Nokia and Sanyo went south last year, there have been rumors that Sanyo may just sell off or shut down its mobile division. There have been a couple of standout Sanyo handsets in Sprint's stable (like the Sanyo M1), but Sanyo's relatively small market share may push it out earlier than expected. Its only hope may lie in consolidation or collaboration with existing cell phone companies, but that remains to be seen.
[Via Engadget Mobile]
Brace yourself, dear Crave readers, as Motorola has given us a Razr in yet another hue.
This time, however, we're paying a bit more attention because the phone in question is the Motorola Razr V3xx from Cingular/ATST. Already available in charcoal and gold, the V3xx now comes in a platinum color as well. Features are the same; you still get such offerings as HSDPA support, Bluetooth, a music player, and the disappointing 1.3-megapixel camera. With a service contract, you can get it for an affordable $99.
Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian says he has spoken to Apple about his company's ambition to stream iTunes music and video to the upcoming iPhone. It's unclear, however, what Apple thinks of the plan.
Krikorian made the comments after participating in a panel discussion at the National Association of Broadcasters conference yesterday but declined to offer details about the talks or say whether Apple welcomed such a plan. He did say Sling Media "would love to support" the iPhone.
"I think the question for them is going to be how are they going to phase … Read more