Friday, December 4, 2009

AT&T offering 50% off all Blackberry devices

AT&T has announced that they will be cutting the cost on all their Blackberry devices starting today.  I visited their website earlier today and saw that in fact, the Blackberry Bold 9700 has been reduced by $100 after mail in rebate.  This special applies to all other Blackberry models as well, so if you are in the market for a new Blackberry hop on over to AT&T online, or in store and see what they can do for you.
**I've also heard rumors that AT&T is still offering $50 worth of free accessories for customers who activate a new line of service on a Blackberry.  Contact them yourselves and leave a comment.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Verizon Droid BOGO clarified starts Dec 4th ends Dec 7th

Verizon is offering a BOGO promotion starting this Friday and ending Monday. The offer is good on new activations and also for those who bought a Droid on the launch date back in November.  If you buy a Droid or a Droid Eris, you are eligible to receive a Droid Eris for free after a mail in rebate. Verizon has also extended the BOGO promotion to cover the LG enV Touch and the enV3, that offer is good from Dec 4th to Dec 25th.  Happy shopping.

Source: BoyGeniusReport

Verizon and AT&T: kiss and make up

Just announced this week, Verizon and AT&T have decided to drop the charges against each other.  Oh pooh, I for one am very disappointed with this development, I wanted the battle to drag out and watch both providers drag each others network through the mud while highlighting each others weaknesses, as the old adage goes, when businesses compete, consumers win.  If the battle had stretched out, both carriers would have pointed to weaknesses in each others network that would then force them to shore up their services.  In the end the consumer would reap the benefits, that is whats known as a win win.  Plus Luke Wilson as a spokesperson, classic, the force is strong with you Luke.
Verizon's argument that AT&T's network is too weak to adequately support the iPhone is well documented and accurate, and so is AT&T's somewhat weaker assertion that Verizon's network does not allow simultaneous voice and data use.  Lets just hope that now that they are not focused on dragging each other down, they will spend their money on investing into their network and lowering their damn prices.  $90/month for a Droid or an iPhone is too rich for my blood, but as you know where there's a will there's a way. 
Read: How to lower your iPhone bill to $55

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fring brings 1 way video calling to iPhone

The video above is a demo of the newest feature of Fring for the iPhone, the app now allows you to receive video calls on your iPhone device.  Since the iPhone does not have a front facing camera the app is limited to 1-way video calling at this time, but the company plans of upgrading the app to enable 2-way video calling once the hardware is compatible.  To use the app for now, the caller would have to use a Nokia handset or their computer to initiate the video call, from either Skype or Fring.  Make sure you are on a WIFI network when using this feature since Video calling over 3G is not yet available on these devices.

Ill be testing this out myself, in the meantime visit (iTunes link) for your copy.

Update:  Here are screenshots from my test call.  So, go for it, video calling works.

Square: accept payments using your smartphone

With Square companies can easily accept physical credit card payments from their mobile phone.  This works by way of a small device that attaches to the headset/microphone jack.  Customer's credit cards can then be swiped through the Square attachment and it will register the sale (I'm guessing this will link to the business owners Paypal or bank account) customers will then be prompted to sign for the purchase and a receipt can be emailed or text messaged to them.  The device currently works with the iPhone, iPod Touch and Motorola Droid devices.  Go to for more info.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Dolphin Browser to replace stock Android browser

Before reading I want you to first take a look at the video above, then go back and look at it again a second time because they go kind of fast.  WOW.

To recap:
#1 the browser integrates with Delicious, Twitter and your text messaging app so that you can instantly send links to pages you are viewing without have to copy and paste and without switching apps, only thing missing is facebook but im sure they're working on that.
#2 you can comment on stories and articles you are reading without having to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, below all the rest of the user comments.
#3 it compiles a list of all the popular pages being viewed that day so that you can see what others have found interesting enough to read.
#4 i didn't know what Google Bookmarks was but I found out that its an online bookmark service through Google that you can use to store all your favorite bookmarks, may not be for all but still very cool.
#5 rss detection and subscription would have to be one of my favorite features, the browser is able to recognize the page has an rss feed then it allows you to subscribe to it and add it to google reader, awesome.
#6 read it later is embedded into the browser as well, as the name implies, if you would like to come back and finish reading a page you are currently on, you can save it for later.
#7 the all in one start page features a link to all of big G's other services as well as your history, your favorites, read it later articles, delicious posts and more, way schway.
#8 it supports multitouch functionality for those of you lucky enough to own a Droid.

This browser looks revolutionary, smart, and intuitive and has some functionality that I wish I had on my laptop browser.  If you are on an Android device I would encourage you to give it a try and tell me all about it, maybe its time I go back to Android myself.