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Articles by Eric Ogren
posted in June 2010
"When will Verizon Wireless get the iPhone?" is a question I still hear every day. According to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, the iPhone is headed to T-Mobile next, not Verizon Wireless. Unfortunately, Mr. Wu is wrong.
Interesting timing on this one. The same week Apple intros a video-calling iPhone and Sprint intros a video-calling Android phone, Google reminds everyone that they can do video chats within Gmail.
Well, this is embarrassing. Sprint issued a correction overnight, indicating that it was perhaps a little too excited about first-day sales of the HTC EVO 4G. It is still the best-selling Sprint handset, but not by as large a margin as previously stated by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.
HTC has a bona fide hit on its hands with the EVO 4G, which Sprint apparently can't keep in stock anywhere. On top of that Samsung is already teasing about the U.S. launch of its Galaxy S Android handset. Android smackdown on the way?
Apple and AT&T continue their two-pronged assault on the mobile market with aggressive price points on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. With prices starting at $99, it puts Apple at a price advantage over competing models.
The new Apple iPhone 4 earns passing marks on most fronts, but Apple still left out some key innovations. Here are five awesome technologies that iPhone 4 should have on board, but doesn't.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference to introduce the latest iPhone and iPhone software. The entirely new hardware is indeed similar to the device found by Gizmodo in April. The new OS has been renamed and has several new features.
AT&T has changed the upgrade eligibility date for current iPhone owners basically to "immediately." In other words, even though iPhone users may be only one year into a two-year contract, they'll be able to purchase the new iPhone at the discounted price (whatever that turns out to be).
According to Sprint, the new HTC EVO 4G Android smartphone has set a new single day sales record for the company. It has beat out every other smartphone Sprint has ever sold. Is that really significant? Yes, yes it is.
Even though the next-generation iPhone has leaked all over the place, been photographed, video'd, and dissected, there's still plenty of things we don't know about it. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is prepared to address the developer faithful June 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference. Jobs insists we "won't be disappointed."
In case you were hoping to tether your iPhone to your iPad, get ready to toss that thought right out of your head. It ain't happening. Also, AT&T is trying to figure out what to do to appease iPad owners crying fowl about the new data plans.
Sprint and HTC are today offering the EVO 4G for sale, what they claim to be the first 4G handset in the U.S. The device costs $200 (depending on where you get it), and comes with what some are calling some serious security flaws.
Google believes that information about mobile applications is so important, it is now prioritizing results about them on the iPhone and Android handsets.
One of Android's biggest weaknesses is its wimpy media player and lack of native media syncing software. One company is trying to remedy that by offering both a player and syncing software for the Android platform.
Nokia and S60 fans have reason to be happy with today's news. T-Mobile is launching the new E73 Mode smartphone on June 16 for just $70. It comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a five megapixel camera. Nokia pitches it as a business-worthy device. Is it?
The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher recently interviewed Apple CEO Steve Jobs live at the D8 conference in California. Jobs dished on a number of topics, including the iPhone and iPad.
Following AT&T's revised smartphone data plans, Research In Motion made an announcement of its own. RIM claims that because BlackBerries are "significantly more efficient than other mobile platforms," most BlackBerry users should be able to take advantage of AT&T's lowest data plan. Of course, RIM has missed the point entirely.
AT&T today introduced completely overhauled pricing for wireless data plans. The bad news is, no more unlimited data for smartphones and the iPad. The good news is that iPhone users will finally be able to tether to their laptops.
One of Android's biggest drawbacks -- according to users -- is the fragmentation issue. Some devices "get stuck" on one version of Android and are left behind while other devices -- and their apps -- can update and enjoy new features. Google says it is working hard to rectify the "compatibility" problem.
Need a lot of storage wrapped in a small package? Kingston's got your back with a new 64GB SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) card. It's small, fast, and stores gobs of data. Too bad it costs a hefty $500.
Skype has introduced Skype for iPhone 2.0. The biggest new feature being offered by the application is VoIP-based calling over AT&T's 3G network. There's one big catch, however. Skype-to-Skype calls, which have historically been free, will incur fees beginning in 2011.