With all Speak Out phones they come ready right out of the box with free Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling. The Nokia 1680 comes with a colour screen, FM Radio and VGA Camera.
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2009 is upon us and the latest news from Best Buy Mobile is that they will be adding the BlackBerry Curve 8900 to their list of devices.
No prices are officially released but you can expect this in stock by the end of January. This is currently available through Rogers for $179.99 on a 3 year contract with a minimum $45 voice and data plan. Other price plans are 1-Year: $549.99 and 2-Year: $499.99.
Check out our video review of the 8900 – Key features of this Smartphone is that it has the style of a Bold, but looks like a Curve. In addition, this supports UMA (Rogers Talkspot), has GPS, Wi-Fi, full QWERTY keyboard with a 2.4-inch high-res HVGA display (480 x 360). This as the thinnest BlackBerry to date: measures 109mm x 60mm x 13.5mm and weighs 110 grams… More info shortly
Google has exposed some hidden features to their iPhone app: Google Mobile App with Voice Search, Nothing new to the actual program but to how you can kinda customize the look. All you have to change the the preferences on the Settings tab and the colour can be changed or the sounds during the during speech recognition.
Google said you have to have a little perseverance to get to the “Bells and Whistles” but it will made the app more enjoyable.
I don’t promote smoking as it certainly does more harm than good. However, if you’re a smoker and have decided to kick the habit this year… no worries! When you are having a challent, pick yourself up off the floor and download the “iSmoke” app for your iPhone.
Choose from either a pipe, cigar or cigarette and simply blow into your iPhone and swipe your fingers to move the smoke around. Check out the video here
As promised, the iPhone Dev Team released its 0.9.1 beta “yellowsn0w” software that unlocks the Apple iPhone 3G.
It seems there are a few issues that still need to be worked out as some user get things working successfully, while other users from around the world (Kenya, UK, USA, China, Canada, Germany, Australia…) are all hoping on another carrier for about 1 minute, then dropped. If you follow the instructions below (and located here) you can work your way around these issues.
Also, make sure you read the comments on their blog as it updates every few seconds with known issues. Best of luck!
Here is the info from the iPhone Dev Team site:
- The unlock works exclusively with baseband 02.28.00. This baseband is provided by the latest firmware update (2.2) from Apple. You’ll need to upgrade to this release using iTunes and then use QuickPwn to activate etc. There are plenty of tutorials about this on iclarified, bigboss, and other established tutorial sites. Because it works on 02.28.00, it is available to everyone on the planet. This means we don’t need to unnecessarily expose holes in earlier basebands, which is an important concern.
- The application is a small daemon that is launched on boot. It injects the payload at boot and also whenever there is a baseband reset. You won’t notice anything about it other than that your third-party sim now works. It’s a small program and unobtrusive. There is no GUI (this is by design).
- You can add the application using the sources outlined below (coming soon). There are Cydia and Installer sources available, so use whichever you are comfortable using.
- yellowsn0w is completely removable through Cydia, the command line, and iTunes.
- There is a known issue with SIM cards that have STK (SIM Toolkit) application menus. These menus are usually items such as “top up” “get credit” “lotto numbers” etc. These menu items confuse the application sometimes. Removing and reinserting the SIM once after reboot (give it about 10 secs 60 seconds (with v0.9.1) after you see the slide to unlock widget) fixes this issue. We’re working on a better fix.
- For those of you using SIM cards without STK menus, the application has some optional arguments that will make the unlock much faster for you. So either experiment on your own (use “yellowsn0w -h” for usage) or wait for a customization writeup.
- After you install yellowsn0w via Cydia, you should return to the Cydia main menu then reboot your iPhone with the 3rd party SIM installed. Wait for the slide to unlock screen, then wait 10 or 15 secs more. If you don’t see your carrier name pop up, then remove your SIM, reinsert it, and wait 10 secs more. This is the step we’ll be working on eliminating next.
- The application is version 0.9 0.9.1. This is considered beta software, you use it at your own risk. You know the score.
- The application is released on a non-commerical basis. Please do not accept pirates and scummy ripoffs of this software. We license this software for single use and in a non-commerical environment (meaning you can’t charge for it). The techniques and methods used are not to be used by third party companies. We are watching you Jody…we won’t be so forgiving this time.
- Direct linking to the repository URLs is prohibited, please only link to this post. We will be checking referers.
- Happy 2009 and enjoy!
The iPhone 3G is used all over the world with all sorts of SIM cards, and we almost certainly will see untested and unexpected situations. If the soft unlock doesn’t work for you on day 1 (literally day 1, of 2009!) then please don’t panic or be impatient. This is new territory for everyone, so enjoy the ride as much as you can
Fresh off the news off letting go 1,900 employees I guess they found some money to do a revamp of their site… which is much easier to view their product line, compare cell phones and search by feature, form factor and colour. Have yourself a look here
Now that New Year’s Eve is coming up and you want to celebrate in style. Crack open your iPhone and get the latest app called “iChampagne 2008″.
It’s $0.99 and a great deal cheeper than a regular bottle of Dom. So with a couple shake of your iPhone the virtual bubbly starts flowing and a full celebration starts to happen.
I prefer the real thing… but the video is worth a glance:
For those devoted BlackBerry users who have Convenience Software’s “GetItBack” you’ll be happy to know that a new version will be released January 2009.
The upgrades are free for existing users and include new features: a remote wipe feature, upgraded web-interface, enhanced security and activation via email and text message.
For those who are not familiar with GetItBack here is a rundown: “GetItBack” can be downloaded to your BlackBerry and is a location program that gives you extra security if your device is lost or stolen.
So, if you’re worried about your contacts, e-mails calendar events… all you have to do is log in to a dedicated website and report it “Stolen”. You will then have many options such as activating the ringer and alarm, sending a custom message… also, most importantly, if your BlackBerry is found you can activate a callback to a number. This app cost $9.99.
More here at Convenience Software
If you have yourself a Nokia S60 device you should be aware of a bug named the “Curse of Silence”.
With a name like that you’ve gotta pay attention! The hacker sends you a text message with a unique 32 character code that blocks and rejects all incoming messages (text and e-mail). The only way to fix it is a hard reset of your device.
Just in case this does happen to you make sure your info is backed up. Here is a video of what happens:
Motorola announced a cost-reduction plan back in October that had a total of 3,000 jobs to be cut. Half those were to be in Q4 alone. However, as a nice year-end bonus Motorola has changed the Q4 number to be 1,900… which means another 400 people can expect a pink slip very soon.
The overall strategy is to stop Motorola from bleeding and save an estimated $800 million in 2009.