14
Sep
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Wow, what a day today for Verizon's Samsung Fascinate! When it was introduced for $199 on a contract, Verizon threw in a 2-for-1 deal, making the price $99.99 if you buy 2.

Shortly after, Wirefly and Amazon Wireless both dropped the price to $99.99, making it a great deal for those who need only 1 Fascinate.

Today, the price war got serious. Really serious.

  • Amazon Wireless is now selling the Fascinate to new accounts at exactly $0.01, which is a penny over absolutely free.
13
Sep
verizon_wireless_sucks

  

Well, Verizon is up to their old tricks again. Last time they did something worthy of a head-scratch was just a short time ago, when they forced Bing onto the Fascinate and abandoned the built-in Google bits and pieces for search.

Now they've decided that, in addition to Google Maps, Google Search, and Google Voice Search not being necessary, the Android MARKET is insufficient. Introducing the Vcast App Store!

13
Sep
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It’s not uncommon to see the big chains try to get a piece of the smartphone launch action with price reductions by mail-in-rebate. However, the hassle that this process usually entails doesn’t make things all that enticing to customers. Thankfully pre-orders for the G2 aren’t yet open on T-Mobile’s website, so prospective buyers now have the pleasure in knowing they’ll be able to get in instant discount with RadioShack, bringing the price down to $149.99 on a two year contract.

13
Sep
MTHD

TmoNews has scored what could be a leaked internal document on the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch HD. I want to say up front (although this is purely my own opinion) that I think it could be fake. I'm not convinced of that, but I'm certainly not convinced it's real, either. That said, here's what it provides for specs:

  • HSPA+
  • Android 2.2
  • "1 GHz Dual Processor"
  • 4 GB ROM, 8 GB mSD card included
  • 5 MP rear, VGA front cameras
  • Swype
  • Looks like HDMI-out of some sort (microHDMI?)

Other features: the front facing camera can obviously be used for video chat over 3G, HSPA+, and Wi-Fi.

12
Sep
Last Updated: October 25th, 2010

The Galaxy Tab is really shaping up to one awesome tablet, and if this latest rumor from the Wall Street Journal turns out to be true, a lot of people will be able to experience it for themselves.

Apparently, "three people familiar with the matter" told WSJ that Samsung already has deals with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T that involve a certain 7-inch tablet - deals similar to the ones made for the Galaxy S line of phones.

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
retarded_intercept

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.

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