T-Mobile announces prepaid Android phone, tethering plans

November 3 is going to be a busy day for T-Mobile. That's the day the carrier will launch the LG Optimus T and the Motorola Defy, and now, a third device called the T-Mobile Comet has been added to the mix.

The T-Mobile Comet is actually a rebranded version of the Huawei Ideos and will be offered as a prepaid option at $200 without contract. You can also get the Android 2.2 device on contract for just $10. Though more of a lower-end smartphone, it features a 528MHz processor, a 2.8-inch touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, … Read more

Sprint 4G now live in New York and five other markets

As promised, Sprint and its partner Clearwire turned on 4G service in all five boroughs of New York City on Monday, as well as five other markets: Tampa, Fla., Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J., and Hartford and New Haven, Conn.

Now, owners of 4G devices, such as the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, can take advantage of Clear's WiMax network, which promises average download speeds of 3Mbps to 6Mbps with bursts of up to 10Mbps. We just fired up the Samsung Epic 4G here in Midtown Manhattan and were able to connect to the network with … Read more

HTC Desire, Wildfire now available from Alltel Wireless

Well, that didn't take long.

Earlier this morning, HTC revealed that it would bring its budget-friendly Android phone, the HTC Wildfire, to regional providers in North America in Q4, and now we have our first carrier announcement.

The Wildfire is available now from Alltel Wireless for just $29.99 with a two-year service agreement and mail-in rebate. Since it's more of an entry-level model, you won't get some of the higher-end features, such as a large, high-res touch screen, but you do get a 5-megapixel camera, Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, full wireless options, and social … Read more

HTC Wildfire spreading to North America in Q4

In early August, we checked out the HTC Wildfire--an Android 2.1 device with a compact design and wallet-friendly price tag. At the time, it was only available in Europe and Asia, but HTC now plans to ring the smartphone to the U.S.

The company announced on Thursday that the HTC Wildfire will be made available from a number of regional carriers in North America starting in Q4. Specific providers, however, were not revealed at this time.

The Wildfire features a 3.2-inch QVGA touch screen, HTC Sense, and a 5-megapixel camera. To learn more, check out our full review of the unlocked HTC Wildfire. … Read more

Top 5 things I dislike about Windows Phone 7

In general, Microsoft got a lot of things right with Windows Phone 7, and it now has a solid foundation on which to build its mobile platform. However, it's not all sunshine and roses. The operating system has its annoyances and is lacking in some areas. I certainly understand that Microsoft had to make some sacrifices to meet its launch deadline, but we're talking about some basic, fundamental features that would have put them more in step with the competition right out of the gate.

So as much I love Windows Phone 7, there are also things that sticks in my craw. As promised, here are the top-five things I'd like to see come to the platform in the next update. I didn't include a couple of the obvious ones--copy and paste and more apps--since they're coming, but they're important to be sure. That said, let's get on with the list. … Read more

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G arriving Nov. 3 for $200

It's been almost a month since T-Mobile first introduced the latest member of the MyTouch family, and now we finally have a launch date, pricing, and a new name.

The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G (previously known simply as the T-Mobile MyTouch) will be available starting November 3 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. The Android 2.2 device is the carrier's second smartphone to offer HSPA+ support and will also offer Wi-Fi calling.

The MyTouch 4G also has a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing VGA camera for video chat, … Read more

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 coming to T-Mobile November 17

Today, RIM introduced the latest member of the Bold family, the BlackBerry Bold 9780, which will make its way to T-Mobile stores on November 17 for $129.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

As the follow-up to the popular BlackBerry Bold 9700, the 9780 will ship running BlackBerry OS 6 and offers several other enhancements, including a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of onboard memory, and 512MB of Flash.

The smartphone has HSDPA support, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi with UMA support, so you can make and receive calls over a wireless network. Other features include a 624MHz … Read more

Top 5 things I love about Windows Phone 7

The period between Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 launch event and our first reviews hitting the Web was a bit of a blur to me. There was a lot to cover, many workshops to attend, numerous phones to be tested, blah, blah, blah. But now that the dust has settled, I thought it would be a good time to take the opportunity to reflect on Windows Phone 7 as a whole--what's to love, what's not to love.

I'm entering my third week of using the Samsung Focus as my primary device, and I used the Samsung Taylor for the Windows Phone 7 technical preview. I've had my ups and downs, but in the grand scheme of things, there's been more to like than dislike.

Below you will find the features that I personally find the most useful. Obviously, everyone has different uses and needs for their smartphones, so I'll be asking you to share your list at the end of the post. But for now, here are my Top 5. … Read more

The 404 695: Where basically, we hide your wife (podcast)

Jay, Josh, and Danny from BeenVerified are back in The 404 studio to show off their brand new sex offender locator app for the Android and iPhone! For some reason, it keeps going off during the show...

BeenVerified is an online service that makes it easy to do quick, thorough background checks on people, and it's a lot easier than simply Googling someone's name. The instant search not only gives public access to legal databases for criminal records and phone numbers; it's also an excellent source for monitoring sex offenders in your neighborhood.

Their latest Sex Offender Tracker App uses augmented reality to display graphical overlays on your phone that help you locate registered sex offenders in your area, and can you believe it? They got ANTOINE DODSON to be their spokesperson in the commercial!

Keep listening if you're unaware of Mr. Dodson, but with a successful single that has gotten 35,000 YouTube hits so far and his own Halloween costume, you should really know this guy already.

The Sex Offender Tracker app is available for the iPhone and Android for $1.99, and 5 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (Rainn), an anti-sexual-assault organization.

The guys stick around after the break for the following batch of video voicemails:

DeeJay shows us how an 8-bit beat is made with a simple drum machine!

Mass from Phil the Mailguy hopes we have a wonderful day!

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HTC HD7 launching November 8 for $199.99

As the reviews of AT&T's first Windows Phone 7 devices (Samsung Focus, HTC Surround) roll in, T-Mobile wanted to remind people that it, too, has a Windows Phone 7 smartphone in the wings.

The carrier announced on Wednesday that the HTC HD7 will be will be dropping on November 8 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. With its large 4.3-inch touch screen and spacious keyboard, the HD7 has been one of the early favorites from the Windows Phone 7 launch event.

The handset also features a 1GHz processor, 16GB … Read more