Monday, November 8, 2010

DROID PRO by Motorola Now Available on the Nation’s Largest and Most Reliable 3G Network

Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced that DROID PRO, the first Android™-based smartphone optimized for business use, will be available as a pre-sale order at select Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online starting Nov. 9 and for purchase in stores starting Nov. 18. The DROID PRO will be available for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. DROID PRO, a global-ready Android smartphone, allows customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries, with more than 120 with 3G speeds. Powered by Android 2.2, DROID PRO is packed with features that meet both business and personal needs such as pre-loaded Quickoffice Mobile Suite, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, and a QWERTY keyboard designed for speed and convenience. Verizon Wireless customers who purchase DROID PRO will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. DROID PRO customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a 3G Smartphone Plan.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Apple Joins Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors as Worldwide Market Grows Nearly 15% in Q3 (IDC)

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 14.6% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, driven in part by the fast-growing converged mobile device category. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 340.5 million units in 3Q10 compared to 297.1 million units in the third quarter of 2009. The growing popularity of converged mobile devices, or smartphones, with consumers and businesspersons is evidenced by the appearance of a second smartphone-only vendor in the top 5 ranking. Apple moved into the number 4 position worldwide in 3Q10, joining Research In Motion (RIM) as one of the world's largest mobile phone suppliers. RIM has spent three quarters on IDC's leaderboard. Apple and RIM also posted the highest-growth rates among the top 5 vendors last quarter.

"The entrance of Apple to the top 5 vendor ranking underscores the increased importance of smartphones to the overall market. Moreover, the mobile phone makers that are delivering popular smartphone models are among the fastest growing firms," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker. "Vendors that aren't developing a strong portfolio of smartphones will be challenged to maintain and grow market share in the future." Apple, RIM, and the vendors producing Android-based smartphones have put noticeable pressure on Nokia, the overall market leader. "Nokia still leads all vendors by a significant margin for converged mobile devices and mobile phones as a whole," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team. "However, Nokia's grip on the traditional mobile phone market has been somewhat loosened, as multiple Chinese vendors have gained ground, especially within emerging markets. To bolster its overall competitiveness, Nokia has been focused on improving its smartphone offerings."

HTC Launches Five New Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

HTC Corporation unveiled five new Windows Phone 7 smartphones: HTC 7 Surround, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC HD7. This strong and diverse family of phones features Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 platform and embodies the stand-out design and innovation for which HTC has come to be known. Each new phone includes a variety of cutting-edge technologies and a series of unique HTC applications that can be accessed through the new HTC Hub that complements the Windows Phone 7 Hub and Tile experience.

“Windows Phone 7 is an entirely fresh mobile experience, on which HTC is excited to be going big. We see tremendous customer opportunities with the integration of Microsoft’s most popular services like Xbox LIVE and Zune,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The value Microsoft is bringing to mobile customers around the world sets a new benchmark for the industry. HTC will be introducing five new HTC Windows Phone 7 smartphones at launch to support our customers with a broad variety of choice.”

“HTC has been a partner with Microsoft since we launched our first phones nearly a decade ago, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue this journey with the launch of Windows Phone 7,” said Andy Lees, President of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. “Windows Phone 7 characterizes a new direction for Microsoft and its partners, and HTC is stepping up to support this in a significant way by bringing five new Windows Phones to market.”

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Verizon Wireless Brings Kindle Experience To Android Smartphones

Verizon Wireless and announced that the Kindle reading experience is now easily found on many Android devices running on the nation’s most reliable wireless network and will be available on more devices in the future. Kindle for Android lets customers discover and read more than 700,000 books in the Kindle Store and is easy to find on the application screen of the new Samsung Fascinate™ – which boasts a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display – as well as on DROID™ 2 by Motorola and DROID X by Motorola. “We’re very excited to bring Kindle for Android directly to Verizon Wireless customers,” said Jennifer Byrne, executive director, business development and partnerships for Verizon Wireless. “Our smartphones come with great screens that make buying and reading books simple and easy, and Amazon’s commitment to reading and offering a seamless customer experience is directly in line with what our customers want.”

“Customers are already telling us they love Kindle for Android, and we think they are going to be excited to get their Verizon Wireless phones and other devices preloaded with the Kindle app,” said Dave Limp, vice president, Kindle. “We are thrilled to be working with such an innovative company as Verizon Wireless and are excited to have Kindle for Android on these three phones and on other devices down the road.”

Monday, October 11, 2010

Microsoft and Partners Unveil Windows Phone 7 Global Portfolio

Microsoft Corp. today joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from.

“We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.” Microsoft and its partners have worked together closely to create a different kind of phone with new experiences that bring together what people care about most. Windows Phone 7 will be available in a variety of sleek form factors from device-makers such as Dell, HTC Corp., LG and Samsung, and from mobile operators including América Móvil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, TELUS, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone. All Windows Phone 7 phones will include the high-performance Snapdragon™ processor from Qualcomm. A broad selection of phones will begin shipping in holiday 2010 with more arriving in 2011, including phones from Sprint and Verizon Wireless. In addition, select models will be available at Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Cellular South To Offer Its Third Android™-Powered Smartphone - The HTC Desire™

Cellular South released the Android™ 2.1 mobile operating system software update for its popular HTC Hero™ advanced touchscreen smartphone. Cellular South was one of the first U.S. carriers to introduce an Andriod™-powered smartphone with the launch of the HTC Hero last November. The device already has become the company’s most popular smartphone. “We’re excited about this new software update for HTC Hero owners,” said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for Cellular South. “The update is loaded with a wide array of enhancements, updates and improvements to features and applications that make it an even more powerful and versatile advanced touchscreen smartphone device.”Customers are receiving e-mails and other communication from Cellular South with download instructions for the new HTC Hero software update. With the enhancements and new features in the Android 2.1 software update, Hankins said customers can expect improved performance from their HTC Hero. “This is the most comprehensive software update for Android smartphones yet and we fully expect users to quickly embrace all of the new features and functionality offered through this upgrade,” he said.

Coupled with Cellular South’s Smartphone Unlimited Plan, the best value for smartphones and the only one of its kind in the wireless industry, the enhanced user experience with the HTC Hero is now more accessible to individuals, families and businesses than ever before. For only $59.98 a month per line for two lines, customers can talk, text, access the mobile web and e-mail without worrying about counting minutes, megabytes or surprise bills. “Customers are saving thousands of dollars a year with our Smartphone Unlimited Plan compared to other leading competitor plans,” Hankins said. “We have broken down the barriers to having full access to the richest and simplest wireless experience – our value proposition is unmatched in the industry today.” The device also takes full advantage of Cellular South’s advanced 3G high-speed mobile broadband data network, the best in the industry. With better coverage, fewer dropped calls and more 3G high-speed data services than its competitors, Cellular South offers the best mobile broadband experience in the wireless industry for smartphone customers. “Our customers know they are going to get the most out of their Android-powered device with our superior 3G network and unique mobile Discover Center accessibility,” Hankins said.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Apple to offer Free Cases to All iPhone 4 Users with Reception Problems

Apple is just concluding its rarer press conference at company headquarters. Here is an excerpt from a CNN article:" After a presentation saying the iPhone 4's reception problems have been "blown way out of proportion," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said Friday that all owners will receive free cases to fix the issue. People who already paid for a case, which reduces interference, will get a refund, Jobs said. "We're not perfect; phones aren't perfect," Jobs said. "We want to make all our users happy." The iPhone 4 broke Apple sales records after its release on June 24, drawing positive reviews from tech bloggers and almost religious fervor from Apple fanatics who lined up for hours to get their hands on one. The smartphone has sold more than 3 million units, Jobs said Friday, and has been the most successful product launch in Apple history. He maintained that, despite the reception issue, the phone remains "our best product ever."

"It's not like Apple has had its head in the sand on this," Jobs said. "It's only been 22 days." But just hours after its release, reports of a problem with reception began surfacing. Analysts found that holding a certain spot on the metal band around the edge if the phone leads to interference, causing weakened reception and, sometimes, dropped calls. The band houses the phone's antenna, part of a design that made the sleek iPhone 4 about 25 percent thinner than its predecessors. Visit Apple's press room for complete details. Send your thoughts to us here at Smartphone Products and Trends


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