In addition to the disappointing increase in data rates for voice customers, T-Mobile also introduced their new web2go service. The web2go service is designed to make it easier to view and browse the internet from your feature phone and select smartphone. Yahoo! oneSearch is being used for the mobile search engine and the service also gives you access to the new T-Mobile store front that was talked about a few months ago. It sounds like the web2go service is a proxy service since T-Mobile states that customers can visit virtually any website from even a feature phone and be able to view and navigate the page.
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The Nokia E71 is one of the best QWERTY mobile phones I have ever used (see my review) and there were rumors of another model coming out that was quite similar, yet targeted at a bit lower cost. Today Nokia officially announced the Nokia E63 and Rob Evans has one that he is showing off with an E71. Also check out the rest of the posts Rob has made as he covers the software and device in more details with the only E63 hands-on experience I have seen so far on the internet.
I was reading the new article on the New York Times related to using your mobile phone for shopping comparison functions that may save you money and in the end even help offset the cost of your new smartphone. In particular, the T-Mobile G1 has a couple of bar code scanning/shopping comparison applications available to help you get the best price. While the G1 is getting all of the attention for this capability, there are also other shopping applications that may be quite helpful that require you to enter search terms using your phone's QWERTY keyboard or keypad.
T-Mobile USA has a nice selection of cellphones for customers and even the T-Mobile G1 and BlackBerry Flip have been dominating the smartphone news from T-Mobile there are also capable feature phones being released. The latest mobile phone announced by T-Mobile USA is the MOTOZINE ZN5 that will be available for US$99 with a two year contract. The ZN5 has a 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, along with KODAK Imaging technology that makes this one very capable feature phone. The device also has WiFi so you can upload your photos to the Kodak Gallery with one click (it actually uses ShoZu).
I've had my ups and downs with the early GSM version of the HTC Touch Diamond, but the current ROM is rocking along and performing well. However, it doesn't yet support 3G in the U.S. and is not carried by any carrier. Sprint just announced that the HTC Touch Diamond will be coming later in September with the Touch Pro in October. I was sent an evaluation unit for a couple of weeks and shot a short video to show off some aspects of this newest version of the HTC Touch Diamond. I'll follow up within 2 weeks with some further thoughts and an image gallery of the device.
I recently took a trip to Singapore and I figured the easiest way to accept and make calls from my mobile phone was to use a MAXroam SIM card because I could forward my mobile phone directly to my MAXroam number before leaving the States. You can also buy a pre-paid SIM, but you have no idea what that number is going to be and you can't control/determine/bill the rates easily like you can with the MAXroam SIM. I will most likely be heading back to Singapore again in the next month or two and was very pleased to hear about the latest MAXroam version 2 launch made at TechCrunch50 yesterday.
My neighbor was quite proud to show me his Sprint Touch a few months ago and I have some great news to tell him now as Sprint announced major updates for the Sprint Touch and Mogul earlier today. The update brings Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 and EV-DO Rev. A to the devices (the Mogul already had an EV-DO Rev. A upgrade). Verizon also released a Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for the Samsung SGH-i760.
I happen to live in one of two areas where T-Mobile was testing out their T-Mobile @Home Talk Forever service and as I wrote about in February I bought the service to see if it would work for me. After about 5 months of using the service, and saving myself $35/month, I am happy to say it is a worthwhile service that T-Mobile customers may want to take a serious look at when it comes to your area. T-Mobile announced that starting on 2 July the service will roll out nationwide. $10/month for unlimited local and long distance calling is a great deal.
Back in February Sprint announced their new Unlimited Everything plan for just under US$100. However, if you wanted to use this with a family plan the cost was significant at US$90, then US$80, etc. for additional lines. In most cases not all phones on the family plan lines need the unlimited minutes and I know from my experiences it would really only be my wife who would need that many minutes. Sprint recognized that some more options were needed at today announced some new very attractive options for family/shared plan consumers.
I have now spent 2 full days using the HTC Touch Diamond and the more I use it the more impressed I am with what HTC was able to do with this device. It is amazing to hold it in my hand and think of all that they were able to pack into such a small package, especially when I think of the Windows Mobile devices I was using just a couple years ago. I shot some videos of the TouchFLO 3D interface, Opera Mobile 9.5, FM radio, phone functionality, and available text input methods in three videos embedded below.