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CES 2011: Quick Hands-On With The (Now Official) HTC Thunderbolt: 4.3-Inch Display, Froyo, And LTE [Video]

I'm slightly miffed that HTC doesn't seem to have a dual-core Android device in the works (at least for now), but the LTE-capable Thunderbolt still isn't anything to scoff at.

It features:

  • A 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • A 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display
  • An 8MP rear camera capable of recording 720p HD video
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Android 2.2 Froyo with the new HTC Sense, as seen on the Desire HD and the Desire Z
  • 32GB (!) microSD card slot out of the box
  • Integrated kickstand
  • Dolby and SRS surround sound audio
  • Skype mobile pre-installed (presumably the new version with video calling)
  • DLNA support
  • Mobile hotspot (presumably with a nice fat fee attached)
  • An LTE radio

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Skype Mobile For Android: Now With Video Calling (On Verizon’s LTE Devices)

Sure, Qik, Yahoo, and Fring all have Android-based video calling apps (not to mention that Google's probably planning one of its own), but we all know this is an area Skype dominates. A few days ago, the company updated its iPhone app with the feature, though we Android users haven't had access to it... until now.

At their press conference at CES, Verizon announced that the feature will be available to customers on its new LTE network.

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[Updated Live] CES 2011: Verizon's 4G LTE Press Conference

We are live at CES 2011 at the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE conference. This post is being updated live.

  • currently serving 38 major markets, 100 million people
  • will cover 2/3 of population by mid 2012
  • adding 140 new markets by 2011
  • by the end of the year, 175+ markets, such as Little Rock, Detroit, Memphis, etc
  • 10 4G LTE devices in the first half of 2011
  • LG is on stage, just announced the LG Revolution 4G LTE Android phone
  • Skype is on stage now talking about how all 4G LTE smartphones will have Skype pre-installed, with video calling
  • HTC presenting the 4G LTE-enabled Thunderbolt with HTC Sense, with Skype, video calling, etc.
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Will The FCC's Net Neutrality Order Cost Smartphone Users?

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In a word: yes. Wireless carriers in the US (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc.) have long been deeply opposed to net neutrality over their so-called "mobile broadband" networks, but today they've been given a power they have long desired to see the FCC put into writing.

If you haven't been following the net neutrality saga, you might want to find out what exactly "net neutrality" is, or what it means.

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Verizon's 4G LTE Launches Today - Here Is What You Need To Know

Verizon's long-awaited 4G LTE service, promising speeds of 5-12 Mbps down and 2-5 Mbps up, is launching in 38 major metropolitan markets and over 60 airports today (get the full list here). Since no LTE-capable mobile phones exist on VZW just yet, the only way to experience LTE on the move is by getting 1 of 2 (soon to be 3) 4G USB modems. Unlike Sprint's truly unlimited 4G plans, Verizon's plans carry a data cap: $50 for 5GB or $80 for 10GB, with a $10/GB overage fee.

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Verizon Wireless Announces 4G LTE Details - Arriving December 5th With Ridiculously Expensive Data Plans

As expected, today Verizon Wireless officially unveiled its plans to light up more than 1/3 of America with the next generation 4G LTE network. The switch will be flipped this Sunday, December 5th, but since VZW doesn't have any LTE-enabled mobile phones just yet, the only way to get a taste of the new network will be using one of the two USB modems VZW will be offering: the LG VL600 or the Pantech UML290.

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Motorola Droid Pro Review: Android Has Been Blackberry-ified, But Hath The Blackberry Been Slain?


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And with that, we solidly conclude that Android truly has visited 99% of the mobile form factors out there. That's right, people, the Motorola Droid Pro has arrived in the Android Police offices, and after spending the last week or so with it, I can tell you - with a straight face, nonetheless - that RIM's got serious competition here. The handset isn't exactly all that and a piece of cake, but it's definitely up there, at least for enterprise customers.

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Ready For Black Friday? Verizon Discounting Plans, US Cellular Offering Cheap Phones Galore

Now that everyone and their cousin's friend are preparing for Thanksgiving and the national shopping day that follows (Black Friday), we're starting to see some great deals popping up, especially from carriers looking to sway over new customers.

One such carrier, US Cellular, announced today that it will be offering "door-busting" bargains on all four of its Android phones in celebration of Black Friday, beginning November 22 and ending on the 29th.

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Motorola Droid Pro Now Available From Verizon For $179.99, Amazon For $150, Wirefly For Only $50

The Motorola Droid Pro, Android's first real answer to Blackberry candybar style phones with a full QWERTY keyboard, is now available across the web and in VZW's retail stores.

You can view our unboxing and first impressions of the Droid Pro over here or skip over to the specs to help you make your decision:

  • CDMA/GSM/UMTS bands
  • HVGA 320×480 3.1" capacitive display with medium pixel density (160dpi)
  • TI OMAP 3620 1GHz CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 2GB ROM
  • 1GB built-in storage
  • 5MP dual LED flash with auto focus
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • candybar form factor with a full QWERTY keyboard
  • Android 2.2
  • 1420 mAh battery

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If you want to buy the Pro directly from Verizon Wireless, you're going to be faced with $280 + taxes - a $100 mail-in rebate, which, in my opinion, is a very sub-par option.

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Eco-Friendly Motorola Citrus Launching Today On VZW For $50AR, Amazon And Wirefly For Free

Motorola Citrus, Verizon's newest Android phone that is launching today, won't be turning many heads - it's as budget as it gets. If you remember the specs, it has Android 2.1 (update: no MOTOBLUR on this phone - thanks, Laclyn; however, it's still not entirely stock 2.1 - the launcher and widgets look like MOTOBLUR), a tiny 3" 320x240px screen, and a 3MP camera - it is surprising that Verizon dares charge anything, let alone $50 after a $100 rebate.

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