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CES 2010: FLO TV comes to the iPhone through Mophie sleeves

I talked a bit about the FLO TV service and new device on The Mobile Gadgeteer, but with today's CES 2010 announcement FLO TV is branching into the smartphone space. They announced a partnership with the folks who make the iPhone Mophie Juicepack batteries to launch a sleeve that fits on your iPhone or iPod touch to give you a wireless FLO TV experience. FLO TV is television sent out over the airwaves and does not use your wireless data for streaming television content. These products will start shipping during the first half of this year.

January 6, 2010 by

T-Mobile Pulse: pay-as-you-go Android

The Android platform for smartphones has come from nowhere to a pretty high-profile position in a very short space of time. Some of the best smartphones around are Android-based.

October 14, 2009

Sony may be announcing iPod touch competitor at CES

There is a load of digital music players on the market (see my Holiday Guide) that offer consumers quite a bit of choice. However, there is not much competition in the way of touch screen players like the iPod touch. Rumors are flying this weekend that Sony will announce a new Walkman-branded portable media player. With the wild speculation that Palm will actually announce something more than another color Centro and this Sony news CES may actually have some good value for those in the mobile space this year.

December 13, 2008 by

Turn your iPod touch into a VoIP phone with Truphone

I've talked about the Truphone VoIP solution here on this blog a couple of times in the past and have had it on my iPhone for several months. Now that my ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones blog focuses on phones you may be asking why I am posting about a phone solution here on the Mobile Gadgeteer. A new Truphone client was just released for the Apple iPod touch that turns it into a VoIP phone, but it is not a cellphone. Highly respected VoIP blogger and friend Andy Abramson has an excellent blog post on why TruPhone on the iPod touch is a game changer in the VoIP space.

December 3, 2008 by

Are MIDs irrelevant in today's smartphone world?

We just finished recording Mobile Tech Roundup show #153 where we spent a large chunk of time talking about MIDs. James posted an article this morning asking if MIDs are irrelevant in today's market with the powerful smartphones and other devices like the iPod Touch and Nokia Internet Tablets. As you will hear in the upcoming podcast, I agree with James that the MIDs may be coming too late to the party to have much of an impact and it begs the question, "Who will buy a MID?"

October 31, 2008 by

Apple seems to have forgotten the phone in the iPhone

I just passed 10 days of iPhone ownership after waiting in line for 24 hours and then posting my first and second impressions of the device. I was quite excited about the iPhone after finding out that the AT&T data plan was reasonably priced and gave it an honest evaluation. Although the iPhone is priced the same as high end smartphones, I tried to resist comparing it to the Windows Mobile and S60 operating systems since they blow the iPhone out of the water in terms of functionality and the iPhone is more of a high end feature phone with iPod functionality. So looking at it as a high end feature phone, I have to say the iPhone falls flat when it comes to mobile phone functionality and features. The free mobile phone you get when you sign up with your carrier has more functionality and performs better as a phone than the iPhone.

July 9, 2007 by

Toshiba lines up tasty toys

Word has reached ZDNet HQ that Toshiba will have some big announcements to make at 3GSM in February, with some kind of smartphones or PDAs coming out for the UK market (they already do featurephones in Europe and, of course Japan, but haven't touched the prosumer/business space as yet).This would be very interesting as Tosh are, of course, bigtime laptop manufacturers - it would not at all surprise me if we're talking Windows Mobile here.

December 13, 2006 by

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