featured T-Mobile to expand 4G network in an effort to increase usage

Tuesday at CES 2012, T-Mobile announced a number of steps it plans on taking to increase usage of its 4G network while expanding it; the carrier announced that it will offer the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G and will launch the Nokia Lumia 710 on January 11th...

Jan 11, 2012, 12:21 AM,  by Alan F.,  4 comments
Huawei Discovery Expedition hands-on

Fortunately, the Huawei Discovery Expedition is able to go beyond being a simple candybar phone – that’s because it packs one tough exterior that will absorb the bumps and bruise dished onto it by users. Without question, its tough and rugged build...

Oct 14, 2011, 2:24 AM,  by John V.,  1 comment
Huawei M835 Tokidoki edition hands-on

Splashing some flare to an existing handset, the Huawei M835 Tokidoki edition smartphone manages to turn some heads with its artistic looking back design that’s following accordingly to the popular Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand created back in 2005...

Oct 14, 2011, 1:58 AM,  by John V.,  4 comments
LG LifeGram hands-on

Looking at it, the LG LifeGram appears to utilize an OLED display of some sort. In addition to displaying the obvious time, it can also provide details like the amount of distance you’ve walked and calories burned during your workout...

Oct 13, 2011, 8:37 PM,  by John V.,  1 comment
EcoATM turns your old phone into cash with its self-service option

Dubbed as the EcoATM, it’s literally the Coinstar for cell phones as it accepts your old phone and pays you out in actual cash – all in a quick and easy transaction. Essentially, customers place their old device into the compartment, where it’ll attempt to automatically...

Oct 13, 2011, 8:12 PM,  by John V.,  2 comments
Burg Watch Phone brings along basic functionality to your wrist for under $200

So here’s the lowdown with this so-called watch phone, it actually works like a normal basic phone – with features like a built-in speakerphone, physical dial pad, and text messaging all on board with it. Obviously, its functionality harkens back...

Oct 13, 2011, 7:18 PM,  by John V.,  7 comments
Samsung HM7000 Bluetooth headset hands-on

Without a doubt, the design of the Samsung HM7000 is by far its biggest attraction as it sits firmly on our ear pointing its long microphone out into space. Thanks to plastic construction, it doesn’t feel too irritating to wear since it’s very lightweight...

Oct 13, 2011, 1:00 PM,  by John V.,  7 comments
ZTE Score hands-on

Boasting a 3.5” HVGA display, there’s nothing pretty to say about it, especially when it appears to be bland looking. In addition, the 600MHz processor inside the thing won’t do justice for power users, but rather, its sufficient enough to handle basic needs...

Oct 13, 2011, 12:29 PM,  by John V.,  3 comments

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Huawei Pinnacle hands-on

From afar, the Huawei Pinnacle might look similar to one of RIM’s entry-level BlackBerry models, but upon closer inspection, the thought is thrown completely out the door as we hold the handset in the palm of our hands...

Oct 13, 2011, 1:56 AM,  by John V.,  2 comments
Samsung Vitality hands-on

Sure it’s not a high-end smartphone after looking over its humble hardware specs, but considering that it’s priced affordably to meet the demands of prepaid users, it’s sporting an appreciable design that doesn’t come off as being downright dirt cheap...

Oct 13, 2011, 1:19 AM,  by John V.,  0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for T-Mobile hands-on

So what’s new with T-Mobile’s version? Well, it does sport that all too prominent T-Mobile and “4G” brandings found on the tablet. Besides those two specific items, there’s absolutely nothing different about this one, as it flaunts a pearly white plastic exterior.

Oct 13, 2011, 12:30 AM,  by John V.,  4 comments
Pantech Link II hands-on

It’s very difficult to seek out the difference in design with the Pantech Link II because it seems to be an exact facsimile to its predecessor. In fact, it’s still constructed out of plastic entirely, which enables it to keep such a slim figure...

Oct 12, 2011, 11:58 PM,  by John V.,  0 comments
featured Pantech Pocket hands-on

Right from the start, it’s classic Pantech styling as the Pocket utilizes the same design cues found with other devices – like the Pantech Pursuit II with its squarish size. Solidly built for the most part, thanks to its rubbery exterior, the first thing to really capture our...

Oct 12, 2011, 7:41 PM,  by John V.,  13 comments
Huawei Ascend II Hands-on

Boasting a no-contract price of $129.99, the Huawei Ascend II pretty much looks and feels like all the other devices cramped into the prepaid category. Right off the bat, we notice that it’s one super glossy handset, as its contrasting white and black...

Oct 12, 2011, 6:03 PM,  by John V.,  5 comments
HTC Wildfire S for Virgin Mobile Hands-on

Just like all of the variants out there, the HTC Wildfire S for Virgin Mobile follows in similar fashion with its quality industrial design that we come to normally expect out of HTC’s camp. Solid feeling all around, we dig its compact form and evenly distributed...

Oct 12, 2011, 2:48 PM,  by John V.,  2 comments
Bolt Browser for Android hands-on

Thankfully enough, the mighty BOLT browser for Android has recently come out of private beta, and it’s now available to the masses to check out. Highly popular on the BlackBerry front, the neat thing about the BOLT browser is the fact...

Oct 12, 2011, 2:16 PM,  by John V.,  13 comments
featured Nokia testing lab tour

we had the opportunity of checking out one of Nokia’s testing facilities where engineers and designers get to test out phones by placing them in a variety of real world scenarios to ensure they meet quality standards. In all honesty, it makes us really appreciate the kind of commitment that Nokia has when it comes to their devices...

Oct 12, 2011, 8:53 AM,  by John V.,  26 comments
featured HTC Radar 4G Hands-on

As we continue to see Mango’s penetration to other first generation Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the HTC Radar 4G for T-Mobile is being graced with the notion of being the very first 4G enabled Mango handset for the carrier...

Oct 12, 2011, 6:08 AM,  by John V.,  4 comments
Samsung Transform Ultra Hands-on

Following after the Samsung Galaxy Prevail from earlier in the year, the Samsung Transform Ultra appears to supplement the Sprint’s offerings by sporting a modest $229.99 no-contract price point...

Oct 12, 2011, 5:44 AM,  by John V.,  2 comments
Samsung Transfix Hands-on

With the Samsung Transfix for Cricket Wireless, you get all the lovable of aspects of any Android 2.3 Gingerbread device, but it packs that always-convenient landscape keyboard to appease those who are driven my messaging. And to top it all, it’s sporting a tempting no-contract price of $179.99...

Oct 12, 2011, 5:26 AM,  by John V.,  1 comment
featured Samsung Stratosphere Hands-on

The 4G LTE lineup of Verizon is still missing a QWERTY focused handset. Thankfully, that’s where the Samsung Stratosphere aims to fill in the gap with its 5-row landscape style keyboard...

Oct 12, 2011, 5:00 AM,  by John V.,  6 comments
featured Motorola ATRIX 2 Hands-on

Earlier in the year, AT&T had the prestigious opportunity of taking grasp of what was deemed as “the world’s most powerful smartphone” at the time. Nearly 8 months after it was released, we’re now just getting our first look at its successor in the aptly named Motorola ATRIX 2...

Oct 12, 2011, 3:33 AM,  by John V.,  22 comments
Sprint partners with the World Wildlife Fund for the Climate Savers program

Sprint announced today that it is teaming up with World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers program. CEO Dan Hesse said it is the first partner of the program in the United States that will address all sources of greenhouse gas that its business produces...

Oct 11, 2011, 1:40 PM,  by Daniel P.,  2 comments
featured CTIA Fall Day 1 Keynote Live Coverage

Hello from CTIA Fall 2011! We're here live at today's keynote with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint CEOs Ralph de la Vega, Dan Mead, and Dan Hesse. Let's see what these guys are up to...

Oct 11, 2011, 11:31 AM,  by Ray S.,  3 comments
CTIA Fall 2011: What to expect

CTIA 2011 is the bi-annual expo that brought us the HTC EVO 3D this spring, but another, fall edition, is coming up soon. What should you expect? Maybe it would be better to start with…

Oct 11, 2011, 1:33 AM,  by Victor H.,  2 comments
All CTIA 2011 Coverage... in one place

CTIA 2011 is over and we're back to our usual desk schedule, but we decided to take one final look at the events from this year's show before they go down in the books. Or rather go down in the internets…

Mar 29, 2011, 4:17 AM,  by Victor H.,  7 comments
HTC EVO 3D is getting a European Vacation

HTC is taking the EVO name across the Ocean to Europe with the EVO 3D handset; not only will the phone keep the same name, it will have all of the high-end specs that has the Sprint faithful excited and looking forward to the phone's U.S. launch this summer...

Mar 28, 2011, 10:28 PM,  by Alan F.,  9 comments
featured poll Best of CTIA 2011: People's Pick

CTIA Wireless 2011 followed one of the biggest stirs in the industry after AT&T announced it's about to acquire T-Mobile USA. But whatever that change brings, one thing is certain – CTIA pushed the envelope on 3D and gizmo thickness for all carriers and manufacturers…

Mar 28, 2011, 9:00 AM,  by Victor H.,  17 comments
featured Best of CTIA 2011: PhoneArena's Pick

CTIA is officially over, but we're left with not only the memories of sunny Orlando, but also a handful of newly announced cell phones and tablets, which will dominate the mobile landscape throughout the next year…

Mar 28, 2011, 8:54 AM,  by Victor H.,  3 comments
Dry Case's Waterproof Vacuum Seal keeps your iPhone dry in up to 100 ft of water

By now, we’ve all probably been exposed to some kind of rugged tough case for the iPhone that enables you to use the handset under water, but with most solutions, they’re priced so steeply to make you altogether forget about it...

Mar 26, 2011, 1:13 PM,  by John V.,  6 comments
Samsung Mobile Unpacked at CTIA: Watch the full show here

Samsung put on quite a show with its Galaxy S II Unpacked event at MWC, and while the Unpacked event at CTIA didn't match that one in scale, it brought not one, but two virtually new products…

Mar 25, 2011, 2:52 AM,  by Victor H.,  0 comments
Solar charging your phone through its screen to enter retail devices a year from now

The French company Wysips is working on a handy application of transparent solar cells film, namely charging your gadget through its screen. The firm promises 30 minutes of talk time with one hour of your phone just sitting on its back somewhere...

Mar 24, 2011, 10:33 AM,  by Daniel P.,  7 comments
Opera Mobile 11 Hands-on

Opera kept the latest version of its browser for one of the biggest events in the industry – CTIA Wireless 2011. But does it bring any substantial new features? We took some time to figure out what's changed…

Mar 24, 2011, 9:27 AM,  by Victor H.,  8 comments
Opera Mini 6 Hands-on

Opera Mini is not nearly as powerful as the Opera Mobile browser, but its latest 6th version brings a lot of exciting features to a great many platforms. We went for a quick hands-on video…

Mar 24, 2011, 9:14 AM,  by Victor H.,  1 comment
ZTE Style S and V11-LTE tablet to land on US soil

They're made in China. But so is your clothing and pretty much everything around you, so why not give these ZTE-made devices the benefit of doubt? At least, you should be able to save a buck…

Mar 24, 2011, 8:04 AM,  by Victor H.,  1 comment
Nokia demoes Ovi Maps SR6 at CTIA (video)

At CTIA 2011, Nokia kindly demonstrated for us the latest version of its navigation software – Ovi Maps SR6…

Mar 24, 2011, 7:44 AM,  by Nick T.,  2 comments
T-Mobile G2x benchmarked

We ran a quick Quadrant test on the first dual-core phone on T-Mobile, the G2x, and the 2100+ result is very promising for the phone's capabilities...

Mar 24, 2011, 7:01 AM,  by Daniel P.,  4 comments
Android mascot stepping up to show you how robots do it (video)

The Kyocera Echo might be the first dual-screen mass-marketed handset out there, but the thing that attracted us to visit Kyocera’s booth wasn’t the Echo, in fact, it was none other than a dancing Android mascot in full regalia!...

Mar 24, 2011, 6:51 AM,  by Victor H.,  4 comments
Games for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play bring us back to the Playstation's early days

Last month, we got the opportunity of first checking out the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play at MWC, but now at CTIA 2011, we’re getting a chance to see some of the games that will grace the gaming centric handset...

Mar 24, 2011, 6:40 AM,  by John V.,  1 comment
Kyocera Echo benchmarked

Kyocera Echo is powered by a 1GHz QSD8650 Snapdragon chipset, the same one that is in the HTC EVO 4G, which is getting a bit tired, compared to the dual-core silicon of late. It is precisely this arrangement we wanted to test, since it seemed perfectly adequate to light up two mid-sized screens at once...

Mar 24, 2011, 6:29 AM,  by Daniel P.,  10 comments
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