by George Heymann

Sprint set to bring Galaxy Nexus to the Now Network, Samsung to pull the wraps off of the Galaxy S III

Smartphone Briefs

by Chris Coleman@PhoneKnack

The time is finally here, the Sprint version of Galaxy Nexus is now up for pre-order. The announcement came via Sprint’s Twitter page, revealing that the Nexus will be sold for $199.99 and would be coming to stores April 22nd. All signs had been leading to a tentative release by Sprint and now it is a reality.

With Sprint being the only major cellphone company that does not throttle unlimited data plans, will you be making the jump to the Sprint Network?

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Another day, another Samsung Galaxy S III rumor, iPhone 5 coming in June? UK Carriers begin selling the HTC One X and S.

Smartphone Briefs

by Chris Coleman| @PhoneKnack

The latest rumor making the rounds around the Internet is that Samsung is including a Super AMOLED Plus display which would allow the Galaxy S III to showcase its 4.65inch screen at 720p HD resolution. You may be wondering what in the world a smartphone 720p HD display even looks like, well here is a side by side comparison.

The difference between the two is very clear and quite stunning.

With that being said, we can most likely expect the Samsung Galaxy III to be hitting stores sometime in May as AsiaE has reported that carrier testing is currently underway.

Are you ready for the Samsung Galaxy III? We know we are.

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Instagram Officially Coming to Android, Will AT&T ever launch the Nokia Lumia 900? iPhone 5.1 Update Brings 4G To iPhone Users?

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

Instagram, the beloved iOS app that has 27 million registered users has been officially announced for Android. Co-founder Kevin Systrom took to the stage at South By South West (SXSW) to announce that after two years of being an exclusive iOS app that Instagram will be making its way into the lives of Android users.

Systrom gave a brief preview of what Instagram would look like on Android, and had went on to say that, “in some ways, it is better than their iOS app.” The app should be hitting the Google Play store soon.

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AT&T outlines data throttling, Windows 8 consumer preview available

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

After losing in court to an angry customer who’s data was throttled, AT&T has decided to outline their unlimited data throttling process to its customers. Customers lucky enough to be grandfathered in for the unlimited data plan and using 3G or 4G (HSPA+) smartphones, your data will be throttled after 3GB of usage. Customers who are using 4G (LTE) smartphones, data throttling begins at 5GB of usage.

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gVoice is an Android Google Voice VoIP Client that uses your data connection to place and receive calls.

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

gVoice is a $4.99 Android VoIP app developed by guidology that allows you to use your data connection (WiFi, 3G, 4G,EVDO) to place voice calls using a Google Voice Account. gVoice essentially turns your phone or tablet into a free wireless phone when using the application over WiFi.

The phone can also be configured to use a 3G, 4G or EVDo data connection but it must be noted the gVoice app uses approximately 1.2 MB of data per minute during a call which can be very costly if you don’t have an unlimited data plan. From the main gVoice dialing screen, press menu then tap the settings menu. The settings menu will let you configure the application to enable WiFi calling as well as options to enable 3G/4G VoIP calling.

I’ve tried using gVoice with several Android Smartphones and tablets without any major problems. In each case after installing the application and entering my Google Voice credentials the application connected with my account and I was able place and receive calls, even on my WiFi only HTC Flyer tablet.

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Preview: Droid RAZR MAXX, Sony Xperia S, Samsung Attain 4G, LG Connect 4G

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

With all the excitement surrounding the new phones that were displayed at CES by various companies, the Droid RAZR MAXX easily got lost in the mix. For all those heavy smartphone users who are tired of their phone battery’s not being able to keep up with the heavy demands of constant usage, the RAZR MAXX is for you. Armed with a battery that allows for users to talk for over 21 hours on a single charge, this phone may be the savior for many.

The Droid RAZR MAXX has the same specs as the Droid RAZR, and is still incredibly thin measuring in at 8.99 mm. The Droid RAZR MAXX comes with 32 GB of total memory and can be yours for $299.99 on a new two-year contract with Verizon.

Sony has quietly introduced the Sony Xperia S to CES 2012 to showcase all of its beauty. The Xperia features a monster 4.3-inch screen but oddly enough the phone is very thin, similar to the Droid RAZR. There are three white dots that line up with the home, menu, and back button. The dots correspond as buttons for each function, making the actually icons unaccessible.

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Walmart and T-mobile jointly announce $30 no-contract unlimited web and text 4G service plan

Walmart and T-mobile announced plans today for a prepaid wireless plan that will offer “unlimited” web and text (first 5GB up to 4G speeds) and 100 minutes of talk, with no-annual contract.

The plan will be sold exclusively in-store at more than 2,200 Walmart stores and online at and and is expected to launch Oct. 16.

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US could see $53 billion in 4G network investments by 2016, says Deloitte

by A. Montaqim

Technology Market 

Consultancy firm Deloitte says that wireless telecommunications companies in the United States could invest $25 to $53 billion in fourth generation cellular wireless networks (4G) between 2012 and 2016, triggering $73 to $151 billion in gross domestic product growth and creating 371,000 to 771,000 jobs.

The firms also says additional growth could occur as high-tech companies create new mobile broadband products and services, further changing the way people live, work and learn.

The Deloitte report, The Impact of 4G Technology on Commercial Interactions, Economic Growth, and US Competitiveness, investigates the economic dynamics surrounding 4G technology and explains how the US can maintain the global leadership position in mobile broadband innovation it won during the 3G era.

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T-Mobile officially launches new individual and family rate plans.

T-Mobile today launched a host of new individual and family plans some that include unlimited talk and text as well as data plans options offering 200MB, 2GB, 5GB or 10 GB of high speed data.

T-Mobile offers one of the most affordable entry-level data plans starting at $10 for 200MB of high-speed data. The plans are customizable so that you can configure them with the minute, data and texting plan that is best suited for your usage.

I know I’ll be studying the plans tonight to see what if any additional cost savings are available with these new T-Mobile offerings for my family use case. (Update 05/24/11: After checking into my family plan with 4 lines the new rate plans saved me $40 per month. The new plans are difinetely worth checking out.)

(See the full press release after the break.

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Review: Dell Streak 7 Tablet

by George Heymann

There is a lot to like about Dell’s 7-inch WiFi Android tablet. The Dell Streak 7 is a good performer: it packs an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 16 GB of Internal Storage with support for up 32GB of additional storage via its memory card slot. It also features 5MP rear camera with flash as well as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video chatting. The tablet also includes Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and supports Bluetooth 2.1. At $399, it is relatively inexpensive.

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