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Verizon Wireless to End Music Download Fee

Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:34 am

Verizon Wireless is eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music download service in conjunction with the launch of the LG Chocolate, a cell phone featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can hold up to 1,000 songs.

Boasting more than 1.3 million songs from thousands of artists from top labels and independent providers, VCAST Music is the world's most comprehensive, over-the-air mobile music download service. Allowing customers to browse, preview, download and play high-qual... [Continue reading Verizon Wireless to End Music Download Fee]

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Sprint Offers Rapid Battery Chargers

Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:23 am

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Sprint announced today that it will begin offering new portable battery-driven chargers for wireless phones, giving its customers the power to charge their phones on the go.

The Energizer "Energi To Go" portable, battery-driven charger uses a single-barrel design made of durable spun aluminum and a patented intelligent control chip that maximizes power transfer from the charger to the phone.

The Energizer Energi To Go is available at Sprint Stores nationwide. The Energizer Energi To Go accessory package is available for $24.99 and includes the reusable charger, three tips and an Energizer e2 Lithium AA battery. ... [Continue reading Sprint Offers Rapid Battery Chargers]

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LG Chocolate Launched on Verizon Wireless

Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:44 am

Verizon Wireless today launched the LG Chocolate, an ultra-thin minimalist slider design with glowing red touch sensitive keypad.

In addition to its multimedia capabilities and styling, Verizon Wireless has included the features customers have come to expect including VCAST Video and 3D Games, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth capabilities, a microSD memory expansion slot that supports the newest SanDisk 2 GB cards and access to VZ Navigator and turn-by-turn navigation with audible voice dire... [Continue reading LG Chocolate Launched on Verizon Wireless]

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Patent May Allow In-Flight Cell Phone Use

Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:49 am

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ASiQ announced today that it has applied for a patent that allows cell phones to be operated in-flight, without interfering with the aircraft's avionics and the ground networks.

The unit is attached to the cell phone via a standard Bluetooth or cable connection. Compatible with all cell phone networks, GSM, CDMA, UMTS and EDGE, the device communicates via the existing certified aviation communications networks and reduces data delivery cost as it does not rely on the cellular roaming network ... [Continue reading Patent May Allow In-Flight Cell Phone Use]

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LG Showcases Newest Phones for 2006

Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:55 am

LG Electronics featured its mobile phone lineup at the 2006 LG Electronics Summer Line Show. Focused on creating next generation devices that offer consumers high-speed connectivity through EV-DO and HSDPA technologies, LG featured devices to showcase the latest in multimedia messaging, high-speed downloading capability and location based services.

Style is exhibited with several new form factor designs and accessories that accentuate mobile phone users' experience. A prime example is includi... [Continue reading LG Showcases Newest Phones for 2006]

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Nokia Tests Wi-Fi Internet Mobile Calls

Thu Jul 27, 2006 6:13 pm

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Nokia has started its first tests of a technology that allows users to roam seamlessly between phone networks and local wireless hotspots such as Wi-Fi.

The public Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) pilot over Wireless LAN will last at least two months and is being conducted under real life surroundings and conditions. Fifty families from the city of Oulu in northern Finland will test the technology with the help of brand new Nokia 6136 devices.

The Nokia 6136 was among the first Nokia mobile phones to offer UMA capabilities, to allow seamless handovers of voice and data connections between GSM cellular and WLAN networks. In other words, it combines the benefits of mobile and fixed landline through voice over WLAN.

UMA technology makes it possible for users to roam and handover between local area ne... [Continue reading Nokia Tests Wi-Fi Internet Mobile Calls]

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T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless Tops Customer Care Ratings

Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:03 am

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T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless ranked best in customer care according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Wireless Customer Care Performance Study released today.

The study, now in its fourth year, provides a detailed report card on a semi-annual basis of wireless provider customer care performance based on customer experiences with three point-of-contact methods: telephone call with a service representative and/or automated response system (ARS); at a retail wireless store; and online Internet connection. Within each contact method, processing issues such as problem resolution efficiency and hold-t... [Continue reading T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless Tops Customer Care Ratings]

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Samsung Introduces High-Performance MMC Cards

Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:53 am

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Samsung announced today that it has developed the industry's highest density MMC cards for portable applications.

Based on Samsung's 8-gigabit (Gb) NAND flash memory, the MMCplus card will be introduced with an 8-gigabyte (GB) density, allowing it to store 2,000 MP3 music files or eight hours of DVD-quality movies. The 8 GB card will be part of a full line up of MLC-based MMCplus cards that also will include 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB offerings.

With added density and higher performance, the new... [Continue reading Samsung Introduces High-Performance MMC Cards]

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Motorola Introduces MOTOFONE Entry-Level Phone

Tue Jul 25, 2006 4:28 pm

Motorola today announced the MOTOFONE, Motorola's thinnest phone yet. Measuring approximately 9 mm thin, MOTOFONE borrows key elements from Motorola's iconic portfolio and gives them a new twist.

As mobile phone markets continue to expand, the demand for cost-effective, smart but stylish communication keeps increasing. Only two billion of the world's population has made a phone call, and billions more have only just begun to leverage wireless communication. With the MOTOFONE, Motorola will al... [Continue reading Motorola Introduces MOTOFONE Entry-Level Phone]

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Google Offers Live Traffic Maps on Cell Phones

Tue Jul 25, 2006 9:21 am

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Google today announced that it has begun offering mobile phone users in more than 30 major U.S. cities the capacity to view highway maps with "live" traffic data.

After downloading Google Maps for mobile through their mobile phone's web browser, users simply move to the desired location within the application and select "show traffic" in the menu. The most up-to-date traffic information will be sent directly to the users' mobile device, and will highlight the conditions on the covered commuter routes using red, yellow, and green overlays.

In addition, when mobile phone users search for driving directions, they will now see the expected drive time as well as any unexpected traffic delays, making travel planning much easier and more effective. And another new feature - the ability to s... [Continue reading Google Offers Live Traffic Maps on Cell Phones]

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