October 2006 Cell Phone News



T-Mobile Launches the Motorola RAZR V3t

October 31, 2006 8:23 PM | Motorola | T-Mobile |

T-Mobile has launched the RAZR V3t which features an MP3 player, megapixel camera, and memory card slot in addition to the standard RAZR features including Bluetooth® connectivity and video playback.

A new spun-metal finish updates the distinctive ultrathin profile for a look that's extra sharp.


  • Size:     2.1 x 3.9 x 0. 6 inches
  • Weight:     3.3 ounces
  • Included battery:     LiIon
  • Talk time:     up to 5 hours
  • Standby time:     up to 12 days
  • Band (frequency):     850 MHz;900 MHz;1800 MHz;1900 MHz
  • Megapixel camera
  • Music player


Samsung Plans Cell Phone Technology University Department

October 31, 2006 8:13 PM | Samsung |

Samsung Electronics plans to set up a cell phone technology department in Seoul-based Sungkyunkwan University next year.  Sungkyunkwan University yesterday said its president Seo Jung-don will meet Samsung President Lee Ki-tae this Friday to sign an agreement on the new department. 

The department will be Korea’s first to offer a major on cell phone technology in the country’s history. The department will enroll a total of 52 top students, 12 for doctorate degrees and 40 for bachelor’s degrees beginning next year.

Samsung will financially support all 52 students with full scholarships and subsidized living costs. In addition, the company will recruit them after graduation. 



Verizon Launches Gray & White Motorola KRZR K1m

October 31, 2006 8:06 PM | Motorola | Verizon |

Verizon has launched a new gray and white Motorola KRZR K1m.  Verizon was the first to launch the Motorola KRZR K1m, followed by Alltel.  Sprint recently announced that they will also launch the Motorola KRZR K1m. 


  • Elegantly Engineered With Distinctive Metallic Gloss Finish and Precision Touch Keypad
  • Built-in VCAST Music Player With Touch-sensitive External Controls
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera Takes Print Quality Photos
  • Capture Short Video Clips, Play Them Back, and Send Them To Friends
  • Advanced Voice Dialing Lets You Speak An Address Book Name To Dial the Phone
  • Get Turn-by-turn Directions With VZ Navigator (Additional Fees May Apply)
  • Huge Color Display Shows Over 65,000 Colors


Verizon Launches the White LG Chocolate

October 31, 2006 7:51 PM | LG | Verizon |

Verizon Wireless has launched a white version of the LG Chocolate. The LG Chocolate VX8500 in White has the same specs as its black predecessor.


  • Stylish Slider Design With Soft-touch External Controls
  • First Phone To Play Either Downloaded VCAST Music or PC-transferred Music Files
  • Wirelessly Stream Music To A Stereo Bluetooth Headset
  • High-speed Data Downloads Let You Watch TV Or Listen To Streaming Music
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera Takes Print-quality Photo And Hour-long Video Clips
  • Advanced Voice Dialing Lets Your Operate Your Phone Without Pre-training
  • Huge, Vibrant Color Display
  • Expandable Memory Card Slot To Store Music, Pictures and Videos


Bang & Olufsen Announces to Ship the Samsung Serene

October 30, 2006 6:28 PM | Samsung |

Bang & Olufsen has announced the ship date for the Samsung Serene (see Flash Presentation). Announced a year ago, the original target ship date was Q4 2005, but Bang & Olufsen has now confirmed that Serene will begin shipping next month. The Serene will cost a approximately $1275 and will be available in the US through Bang & Olufsen stores.

The Serene is a unique handset originally developed through a collaboration with Bang & Olufsen for the European market.  The Serene is also known as Samsung SGH-E910.

  • General Network GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
  • Size Dimensions 64.7 x 69.7 x 23.9 mm
  • Weight 110 g
  • Display Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels


Motorola Announces the MOTOSLVR L7e

October 30, 2006 6:01 PM | Motorola |

Motorola, Inc., today announced the new MOTOSLVR L7e handset. With upgraded features, the skinny mobile gets a technology makeover with a new metallic blue finish, enhanced multimedia functions and high-speed data access.

Inspiringly entertaining, the desirable MOTOSLVR L7e provides users with a rich entertainment experience. Incorporating advanced music features including an integrated MP3/AAC music player coupled with Stereo Bluetooth® technology, users can revel in a hands-free music enjoyment. Adding to the multimedia mix is Progressive Downloading and Video Streaming which give users access music or videos in an instant – long gone are the days of waiting for an entire video or song to download before enjoying. This masterpiece is powered by EDGE class 10 (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) technology, making information exchange a breeze by offering immediate mobile connectivity.



Heavy Cell Phone Use May Impact Male Fertility

October 28, 2006 10:16 AM | Interesting |

According to a recent report from the Cleveland Clinic, heavy cell phone use may have a significant impact on the fertility of men.The study, conducted by Dr. Ashok Agarwal reported on the results of 364 men who used cell phones for varying amounts of time each day.  

According to Agarwal, men who used their cell phones for four hours a day or more showed the greatest damage to their sperm.  He said that he can only speculate on the reason for the damage, but he said it's likely to be the effects of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the cell phones when they transmit, as they do in use. Additionally, men that use cell phones had a decreased sperm quality compared with those who don't. Those who use it for long periods of time had a much more profound decrease.


AT&T & Cingular Team to Offer Cell Phone Video Monitoring

October 28, 2006 9:56 AM | Cingular | Technology |

Yesterday, AT&T Inc.launched an innovative new home monitoring service that will help customers stay more connected to their homes and families while they are away.

The new service, which is available nationwide, enables customers to use both personal computers and Cingular wireless devices to access high-quality, streaming digital video and other real-time data and information from their homes — at virtually any time and from anywhere.

The new service is an example of AT&T's continuing commitment to innovation, and its strategy for delivering converged, IP-based services that enable customers to access content, critical applications and information virtually anytime, anywhere, and using any device.



T-Mobile Launches the Dash (A Slim Windows Handset)

October 26, 2006 8:19 PM | Smartphone | T-Mobile |

As announced earlier this month, T-Mobile has started selling the Dash, a slim Windows Mobile smartphone. Slightly thinner than the Motorola Q, the Dash is the thinnest Windows Mobile handset in the world. Like many other Windows Mobile phones, the Dash is manufactured by HTC.

Super sleek at just 0.51 inches thin and weighing 4.2 ounces, the T-Mobile Dash is built upon Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0 platform, including Outlook Mobile for up-to-date e-mail, calendar and contact information.

The T-Mobile Dash also supports the Messaging and Security Feature Pack with Direct Push Technology out-of-the-box, providing instant e-mail and enhanced security features (that let you wipe a device if stolen or require high-security passwords to access information).

The T-Mobile Dash is a myFavesSM-enabled phone, taking advantage of the new wireless communications experience available only through T-Mobile. 



New Japanese Cell Phone Locks When User Strays Too Far

October 25, 2006 5:39 PM | Technology |

The P903i from NTT DoCoMo, Japan's top mobile carrier, comes with a small black card about the size of a movie-ticket stub that works as a security key by connecting wirelessly with the cell phone. The phone locks automatically when its owner moves too far away and can be found via satellite navigation when it goes missing.
If owners keep the card in their bag or pocket, the phone recognizes when the card moves too far away and locks automatically to prevent use. The phone can be set to lock down when it is about eight meters, 20 meters or 40 meters from its owner. People who lose their security cards can punch in a password to undo the phone lock. But they will have to buy a new card to set the lock again.
The extra security is handy because, like other recent Japanese phone models, the P903i can be used as a credit card or a prepaid cash card at stores that have special reader machines, said NTT DoCoMo Nobuyuki Hatanaka.



Cingular Launches TeleNav GPS Navigator

October 25, 2006 5:23 PM | Cingular |

Cingular Wireless has launched its first generally available, location-based service (LBS), TeleNav Inc.'s TeleNav GPS Navigator(TM), for its world-class roster of business and government customers.

Cingular business and government customers, whether they're driving or walking, now can get turn-by-turn voice and onscreen GPS directions directly on Cingular business devices, including the new GPS-enabled HP iPAQ hw6920 series Mobile Messenger, which was introduced today. For only $9.99 per month for unlimited use, the Cingular-enabled TeleNav GPS Navigator gives customers the ability to use their existing wireless devices for GPS navigation without having to purchase in-car or portable GPS navigation systems.



Cingular to Launch the HP iPAQ hw6920 End of Month

October 25, 2006 5:08 PM | Cingular | Smartphone |

HP and Cingular Wireless today announced that beginning Oct. 31 Cingular will be the first carrier in the United States to offer the HP iPAQ hw6920 series Mobile Messenger, a new HP iPAQ handheld device with five wireless communications technologies.

With the HP iPAQ hw6920 series Mobile Messenger, customers can use Cingular’s nationwide GSM/GPRS/EDGE wireless data network, Wi-Fi, GPS, infrared and Bluetooth™ wireless technologies(1,2,3) to connect business customers to their information, whether it’s corporate email or more robust industry-specific applications.

The built-in GPS (global positioning system) receiver enables customers to receive directions on their hw6920 series to points-of-interest around town and to impromptu destination choices. The hw6920 series will debut with Cingular’s first generally available, location-based solution – TeleNav GPS Navigator™ from TeleNav, Inc.



Verizon Now Offer Flash-Enabled Phones With New Applications

October 25, 2006 4:52 PM | Verizon |

Today Verizon Wireless announced that it's customers can experience a fresh look and feel on a range of new Get It Now® applications as Verizon Wireless marks another mobile phone first with new technology that enables richer mobile experience, and the introduction of popular content previously found only on the PC.

The technology, called Adobe Flash Lite, beefs up graphics and animation for Get It Now downloads, including games, ring tones and productivity applications.

Verizon Wireless, along with some of the leading content providers, launched several Get It Now applications today that rely on this new advance in mobile technology, including:



Sprint Launches Nation's 1st EV-DO Revision

October 24, 2006 6:12 PM | Sprint Nextel |

Sprint today announced that it has upgraded the Sprint Power Vision Network(SM), the nation's largest wireless broadband network covering more than 164 million people, with the faster EV-DO Revision A technology in the San Diego market – making it the first market in the country to have the technology commercially available. With the upgraded mobile broadband network, customers in San Diego will ultimately be able to utilize richer applications and services such as high-speed video telephony, music on demand, video messaging and large file uploads.

San Diego is the first of 21 markets where Sprint will roll out EV-DO Revision A this year with coverage expected to reach more than 40 million people. Sprint Power Vision users in these markets should experience significantly faster average upload speeds of 300-400 kbps (compared with 50-70 kbps of current EV-DO networks).



T-Mobile Testing HotSpot@Home Service In Seattle

October 24, 2006 6:00 PM | T-Mobile | Technology |

T-Mobile has started testing HotSpot@Home UMA service for in Seattle. Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), uses WiFi and Voice Over IP (VoIP) to provide cheaper calls when in the area of a compatible WiFi hotspot. Besides cost savings, this technology should appeal to people that have poor cell coverage at home.

If you have a Wi-Fi-enabled device, such as a laptop, the iPAQ h6315 Pocket PC, the T-Mobile MDA or SDA handheld, or the SonyEricsson GC89 PC Card, all you need is a HotSpot account and you’re screaming down the information superhighway all at speeds up to 1.5 Mbps. It’s simply the fastest wireless Internet access available. No waiting required.



T-Mobile Launches the Nokia 6133

October 23, 2006 4:30 PM | Nokia | T-Mobile |

Nokia 6133 is now available from T-Mobile USA.  Featuring a tapered design measuring just 17 mm (.67 in) tall, the Nokia 6133 phone delivers desired technologies such as a 1.3 megapixel camera, integrated music player and T-Mobile's new myFaves(SM) service, which offers unlimited nationwide calling to the five U.S. phone numbers of those who matter most.
The Nokia 6133 phone's wide array of multimedia features and service offerings make it the perfect phone while on-the-go.  The video recorder and 1.3 megapixel camera feature an 8x zoom, allowing those last-minute, memorable moments to be captured and shared with friends and family across the country.  The device is also great while traveling abroad, offering quad-band technology to keep you talking to the people who matter most across international lines.  For international usage, separate additional international calling or roaming charges apply.  



Verizon to Launch Shock & Water Resistant UTStarcom G'zOne Cell Phone

October 19, 2006 6:54 PM | UTStarcom | Verizon |

Verizon Wireless, and UTStarcom, Inc. exclusive North American distributor of G'zOne, today announced the online availability on October 20 of the Verizon Wireless G'zOne Type-V, a phone built to withstand harsh environmental conditions and provides reliable performance for customers with outdoor lifestyles. The G'zOne Type-V is compliant to multiple Military Standards including exposure to temperatures in excess of 140 degrees F, extreme vibration, solar radiation, conditions set to simulate storm conditions of two inches of rainfall per hour with high winds and submersion in one meter of water.

In addition to meeting rigorous testing standards, the G'zOne Type-V is able to access some of the key services that Verizon Wireless customers have grown to expect including V CAST, which gives customers access to high-quality video clips from today's hottest content providers and 3D games right in the palms of their hands. 


LG Introduces the LG Shine

October 18, 2006 8:16 PM | LG |

LG has just introduced the LG Shine - LG-SV420 a great follow-up to the popular LG Chocolate.  It's the second model of its black & label handset series following its previous chocolate phone. With a shiny metal body, it has a mirror-style LCD on the front and scroll key beneath it.

It features Schneider's 2M camera, 1GB memory sufficient to store 250 mp3 songs, and 'MUVEE' features that enables you to make your own video clips using photos and background music. The company said that they may introduce other colors that can deliver metallic feeling.  Following a global release in early 2007, the Shine will begin shipping in Korea.


Motorola & T-Mobile Announce The MOTORAZR V3- Miami Ink Collection

October 18, 2006 8:04 PM | Motorola | T-Mobile |

Motorola, Inc. and T-Mobile announced today the upcoming nationwide availability of the MOTORAZR V3- Miami Ink Collection, two hot new handsets featuring tattoo-inspired designs by Ami James, leading tattoo artist on TLC's hit television series “Miami Ink.”  (Last May
Cingular introduced tattoos for Motorola RAZR V3 and Motorola SLVR Handsetscell phones.)

Combining these ‘tattoos’ designed by the world-famous artist with the MOTORAZR’s award-winning slender form and multimedia features, the MOTORAZR- Miami Ink Collection offers T-Mobile consumers a new twist on the world’s best-selling mobile handset.

Two of Ami’s designs – MOTORAZR V3 in dark pearl gray with Dragon Tattoo and MOTORAZR V3 in magenta with Cherry Blossom Tattoo – are the first to become available globally from the MOTORAZR V3- Miami Ink Collection – giving consumers ‘tattoo cool’ without the pain! Laser-etched onto the smooth brushed aluminum surface of the MOTORAZR V3, the tattoos turn the slim mobile device into a work of art.



Sprint to Use QUALCOMM's QChat Push-to-Talk Services

October 17, 2006 5:13 PM | Sprint Nextel | Comments (2)

Sprint Nextel today announced an agreement to use QUALCOMM's QChat® solution to provide high performance push-to-talk services to its customers. Sprint, which currently offers the industry-leading Nextel Walkie-Talkie push-to-talk service to its customers on the Nextel National Network, expects to utilize QChat technology to extend high performance push-to-talk services to customers on the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network, as well as provide interoperable push-to-talk services between users on both networks.

Sprint also announced that it has selected Lucent Technologies to develop software and infrastructure necessary to enable the new services to work throughout Sprint's CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A network. In addition, Lucent Services, one of the largest network integrators, is providing program management, end-to-end multi-vendor network integration, testing, operational readiness and deployment services to implement QChat.



Nokia Annoucnes Service Pack 1 for S60 3rd Edition

October 17, 2006 5:06 PM | Nokia | Software |

The world's leading smartphone software, S60 3rd Edition, targeted to reach the mid-range product categories, has been enhanced with a range of features that enables handset manufacturers to create smartphones for various user segments. 
Demonstrated at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 offers new features that enrich the platform and thus the user experience with browsing, location capabilities and device management functions.

S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 is readily available for S60 device manufacturers, and at the Symbian Smartphone Show three licensees are showcasing devices based on Feature Pack 1. 



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