Monday´s News Bits

Monday´s News Bits
  • Verizon is about to slash the prices of their Windows Mobile smartphone range? Accordingto a vigilant tipster, you will soon be able to get the Samsung Omnia,HTC Touch Diamond or Touch Pro at a price of $29.99 on a two-yearcontract. (Thanks to our anonymous tipster!)

  • A post on a Korean website says more than 100,000 units of the Samsung Galaxy I7500 have been sold in Europe in the month following its market release. The same website claimsthe corresponding sales figure for the HTC Hero is just 80,000, which really makes usquestion the credibility of the information in the post. The nextmember of the Samsung´s galactic family, the Galaxy Lite I5700, seemsto be around the corner as well. It was initially spotted when it gota Wi-Fi certificate and the device is undergoing FCCtesting now. Unfortunately, this doesn´t exactly provide more informationabout the handset, but we can at least show you what its back panel looks like.(source: Phandroid, FCC  via SamsungHub)

  • Alltel now offers the BlackBerry Tour 9630 for $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate. Thehandset is gaining popularity now that it has become available throughVerizon and Sprint. See what made us rate it 8 of 10 and read our fullreview, click here for Verizon and here for Sprint. (source: BusinessWire)

  • The Samsung i8320 will either run Android or be the manufacturer´s first Linux-based handset? A Bluetooth certificate for the GT-i8320 says the device will be a Linux-based smartphone. There are a few possibilities – the handset will come with Android that is also a Linux-based platform or it will be tailored to China Mobile customers and hence, running the carrier´s OMS operating system or alternatively, it will feature a brand new OS developed by Samsung (not really likely). We hope more information about it appears soon. (source: AllAboutPhones)

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