Matthew Miller

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Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He was a co-host, with Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast for 13 years and authored three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned hundreds of devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. His current collection includes a Galaxy Z Fold 3, COROS Vertix 2, Garmin Fenix 945 LTE, Microsoft Surface Pro 6, and many more, along with classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew can be found on various social networks under the user name of "palmsolo."

Matthew is a professional naval architect by day and a mobile gadgeteer at all other times. He purchases his own devices and then sells them on Swappa to buy more. Many other devices are sent for review on a typical 30-day or long-term loan basis and then returned to the carrier or manufacturer.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve supports HotSpot @Home

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve supports HotSpot @Home

I tried out the T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service as a beta tester over a year ago and then gave the service a try when it rolled out in a limited capacity in Washington State. The service then rolled out nationwide in late June of this year and I was lucky enough to receive a free phone for being a long-time customer. However, it was a Samsung t409 feature phone and just didn't cut it when I am used to high-powered smartphones. I was resigned to wait until a more full featured phone with support for HotSpot @Home was released before even reconsidering the service.

September 22, 2007 by in Mobile Carriers

Cubic Telecom announces a truly world phone

Cubic Telecom announces a truly world phone

The TechCrunch40 conference took place the last couple of days and there was one company in particular that mobile enthusiasts may be interested in. Cubic Telecom announced the launch of the first "truly global" mobile phone. According to details of the new service posted on The Register, Cubic plans to have a basic phone (EUR 99.95) and a Windows Mobile version (EUR 159.95) available on 1 October. You can also just purchase MAXroam SIM card (EUR 29.99) that can be used in any unlocked GSM phone. As a result of negotiations with GSM carriers all over the world you will be able to create up to 50 permanent local phone numbers for your SIM and place calls at low per-minute rates.

September 19, 2007 by in Mobile Carriers

Image Gallery: Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Image Gallery: Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

I recently purchased a Verizon Wireless MiFi and then saw that Sprint rolled out a 4G WiMAX network in my local area. I said I wanted a MiFi-like device to access this network and Sprint now has such a device available with their Overdrive device from Sierra Wireless. Sprint also lowered the price to $59.99 per month and if the 4G connection is not available you bounce back to a strong 3G connection. Observed download speeds were easily twice as fast as that seen on the Verizon Wireless MiFi so this looks to be the king of high speed wireless connectivity.

February 1, 2010 by in Mobile Carriers

HTC EVO 3D brings glasses-free 3D to Sprint

HTC EVO 3D brings glasses-free 3D to Sprint

3D is a buzz word today, but HTC did a fine job of bringing it to a handheld device and capturing 3D images and video is a fun thing to do on the EVO 3D. That said, even if we took that away the device is a solid new generation Android smartphone that Sprint customers should seriously consider.

June 30, 2011 by in Mobile Carriers

Image Gallery: Hands-on with the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two

Image Gallery: Hands-on with the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two

Microsoft just announced their latest mobile phone project, targeted at the feature phone market. The KIN ONE and KIN TWO run a version of Windows Phone that is optimized for the socialologist who wants to share their life with friends. These two devices will be launching in May on Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, but no pricing or plan information has yet been revealed.Make sure to check out the thoughts about the Kin One and Two from my two teenage daughters on the ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones blog post.

April 12, 2010 by in Mobile Carriers

Image Gallery: Sprint Touch Pro and AT&T Fuze Windows Mobile devices

Image Gallery: Sprint Touch Pro and AT&T Fuze Windows Mobile devices

HTC has been pushing the limits with Windows Mobile devices and improves the HTC Touch Diamond for the enterprise by adding a QWERTY keyboard and larger battery. The device is known as the HTC Raphael or Touch Pro and the two models I had a chance to play with from Sprint and AT&T are slightly different (primarily in the keyboard design). The Touch Pro and Fuze are high end Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional devices with 3G radios, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

November 17, 2008 by in Mobile Carriers