12
Sep
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Looks like both Wirefly and Amazon Wireless are up to their old, price-slashing tricks again. This time their sights rested on the brand new Samsung Fascinate for Verizon Wireless.

The Deal

The new $99.99 deal, offered by both sites, is a 50% discount off carrier subsidized price of $199.99.

While the BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) deal offered by Verizon itself technically averages out to about the same price, if you just need 1 Fascinate, Amazon Wireless or Wirefly are the way to go.

10
Sep
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Planning on picking up the Samsung Fascinate? Might want to take a look at this first: BGR has Verizon's known issues list for the Fascinate in their hot little hands. None of the issues necessarily seem major, but there are quite a few little ones - which can certainly add up.

Many of the issues seem like minor oversights. For example:

  • Alert notifications can't be changed
  • Caller ID bug when you're on the line and get a second call
  • Soft key backlighting isn't tied to screen timeout (it should)
  • When deleting emails, there's no status bar/window - so it appears the phone is hanging
  • Downloaded apps are sorted by date downloaded rather than alphabetically
  • During activation, there's no reboot warning before the phone does so

Another area with a fair number of bugs seems to be email:

  • Email sync error - sometimes screen goes dark and throws an error
  • When Exchange security policy is in use, you can't change email password
  • Lock and Lock screen issues when using Exchange ActiveSync
  • Corporate email special characters issues
  • Corporate email inbox error

It's important to remember that phones on all carriers have similar lists, they just generally don't make it public.

09
Sep
T-Mobile G2_Landscape

This morning, T-Mobile sent out the press release officially announcing the T-Mobile G2. The release mentioned that the phone would be available for pre-order in limited quantites for existing T-Mobile customers later this month - but that doesn't quite jibe with the fact that Best Buy's pre-sale begins tomorrow for a very reasonable $200 (with 2 year contract, obviously). They even mention an official release date: October 6.

G2

The specs are in the announcement link and picture above, but in case you're too lazy to read, here's a brief rehash:

  • 800 MHz CPU (new Snapdragon architecture)
  • 3.7" 480x800 screen
  • Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
  • HSPA+

Personally, I'm just waiting to see how that new Snapdragon CPU stacks up to its higher-clocked siblings, and how well it overclocks.

09
Sep

It's never long before a phone is rooted, especially not if a member of xda-developers can help it.

Well, it looks like Samsung and Verizon's latest baby, the Fascinate, is no exception, as Dirrk, Junior Member of (you guessed it!) xda-developers has just hacked the device into running the Superuser app...aka rooting it. Don't take my word for it though, check out the guide below:

adb push su /sdcard/su
adb push rage.bin /data/local/tmp/rage.bin
adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox

adb shell
cd /data/local/tmp
chmod 0755 rage.bin
./rage.bin

wait....

09
Sep
IDEOS Factsheet

Admittedly, posting news on a comparatively lame Android phone is somewhat out of character for us; even more so, nerding out over the hardware of yesteryear. That said, there's a lot of value to be found among the masses in cheap, capable goods such as the upcoming Huawei IDEOS, a 2.8" Android 2.2 phone. The kicker? Rumor pegs the price at less than $200 - conceivably low enough to be used for prepaid plans.

09
Sep

To nobody's surprise, the G2, announced this morning, features a Google Voice widget.

What may be surprising is that there are not one, but two of these widgets: a widget that shows the messages you have in your inbox:

as well as the same widget for managing your Voice settings that was leaked a few weeks ago:

What may be an even bigger surprise is that Google has now made both of these widgets available to non-G2 devices through the Android Market.

09
Sep
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Getting my hands on the Charm was no mean feat. Motorola didn’t seem keen to send out review units to anyone in a hurry, so I took it upon myself to go buy one, under the pretext of it being a gift for my girlfriend (she has a Nokia 1661 for chrissakes).

That in itself was quite a quest, as not a single store in the state of Maine seemed to have one in stock.

09
Sep
T-Mobile G2_Landscape

T-Mobile sent out a press release this morning to officially announce the G2. We've been hearing about (and seeing) the G2 for some time now, especially in the past few weeks. Now, however, we have the official word - and it seems to confirm most of what we've heard.

  • MSM7230 CPU @ 800 MHz
  • 3.7" screen
  • HSPA+
  • Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
  • 720p video recording (with automatic upload to Photobucket - nifty)
  • 5 MP Camera with LED flash and autofocus
  • 8 GB mSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32 GB cards)
  • 4 GB ROM
  • Swype

Interestingly, T-Mobile says existing customers will have first dibs at the device - an interesting move considering how many customers a new high-end phone can bring in, but understandable for customer loyalty.

07
Sep

Update: All good things must one day come to an end, and alas, it looks like Sony's just decided to issue a mandatory update to all PS3s that breaks this jailbreak method. Heartbreaking, I know.

If Sony's PS3 gaming system took a step backward in functionality when Sony disabled its ability to install Linux, it's just taken two steps forward again.

t4nav, a Senior Member of xda-developers, has just discovered a method to hack the PS3 using a Nexus One or a Desire!

07
Sep
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Verizon sent out a press release this morning announcing that the Samsung Fascinate we've been hearing so much about lately will, in fact, be dropping on September 9 (as rumored). Even better, it'll be up for sale online tomorrow (September 8\) - meaning you won't be able to get your grubby paws on it until the 9th at the earliest anyway.

As rumored, pricing will be $300 with a $100 mail-in-rebate (MIR), for a final cost of $200.

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