HTC Rhyme gets DLNA certification

Last week we saw the HTC Rhyme on a leaked Verizon Wireless Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list. We don’t know anything about it other than its name must mean it will be marketed with Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. It just past DLNA certification which unfortunately gives us no more insight than what we already knew, which is basically nothing. It is at least one step closer to being launched.

What we do know is the model number is ADR6330VW which puts it in the class of a DROID Incredible 2. Blog of Mobile thinks this is actually the HTC Bliss, the phone marketed towards females, and it will be released as the Rhyme. Stay tuned.

[via dlna and blog of mobile]

It’s Official, Motorola DROID Bionic launches tomorrow for $299

There was one last item to check off our list, and it just happened. Motorola and Verizon Wireless officially announced the DROID Bionic will be available tomorrow for $299. There is nothing surprising in the press release, but we did find pricing for some of the accessories:

  • Lapdock $299.97, plus receive a $100 mail-in-rebate when purchasing it with the DROID Bionic and subscribing to a $50 data plan or higher.
  • HD Station $99.99
  • Adapter for Webtop Application $29.99
  • Vehicle Navigation Dock $39.99
  • Battery Dock $49.99

Unfortunately the Lapdock is still priced way too high.

Full press release after the break:

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Sprint gets serious – files suit to block AT&T T-Mobile deal

Sprint filed suit against AT&T today, following the U.S. Department of Justice’s own suit opposing the merger. As quoted from their press release, “Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.” It looks as if the chaos we’ve witnessed thus far is merely the beginning.

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Samsung Stratosphere passes through FCC with LTE onboard

Yesterday we showed you the first press shots of the Samsung Stratosphere (SCH-I405) headed to Verizon Wireless. It just passed through the FCC, which makes it officially ready for launch. As expected, 4G LTE band 13 is onboard which could make this the most affordable Verizon LTE phone. In addition to the LTE, it has Verizon CDMA and EV-DO bands, and it supports 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi.

All we need now is the full hardware specs. There is speculation that the Stratosphere could drop any day now, but most of the time it takes six to eight weeks after passing through the FCC. One thing I can promise you is that we will report any updates as soon as we hear anything. Stay tuned.

Are any QWERTY fans excited for this one?

[via FCC]

Deutsche Telekom says break-up fee is on even if AT&T deal fails

Earlier today, we reported on a Reuters article suggesting that T-Mobile wouldn’t receive their settlement package if the the merger deal fell through. Deutsche Telekom has since responded to the Wall Street Journal. A Deutsche Telekom spokesman said that AT&T could “retreat from the transaction if the concessions necessary to get approval amount to more than $7.8 billion, but added, Deutsche Telekom would still be entitled to receive the break-up fee package.” So, Deutsche Telekom isn’t indicating that the fee is in any danger should the deal not close, contrary to the previous report from Reuters. Everything is still up in the air folks. Regardless, Deutsche Telekom is confident that they are still entitled to the $6 billion.

[via tmonews]

DROID Prime (SCH-I515) gets WiFi certified, Nexus Prime (GT-I9250) gets Bluetooth SIG treatment

We are definitely moving closer to the launch of the DROID Prime or whatever the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone will be called. The only thing we know for sure is the model number, which is SCH-I515, and it has received WiFi certification. Last week it went though Bluetooth SIG, and speaking of Bluetooth, the real Nexus Prime (GT-I9250) received Bluetooth certification as well.

Many have speculated that these phones are the same, and the Verizon version will be called the DROID Prime. It is unlikely that both devices will have the “Prime” name, and it is more unlikely that Verizon will get a true Nexus device. Both phones are rumored to be out in October, so it shouldn’t take long to put all the puzzle pieces together.

[via wifi and bluetooth]

Samsung Galaxy W to launch on O2 UK later this month

Samsung introduced the Galaxy W as part of their new naming scheme last month. The “W’ stands for Wonder which represents high quality, and is perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance. We already know it will be available on the Three network in the UK, and it looks like O2 will be carrying it was well.

O2 has the Galaxy W listed as “Coming Soon: September.” on their website. The Galaxy W will have a 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 3.7-inch SLCD display, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.3, and TouchWiz 4.0.

We expect availability to be towards the end of the month.

[via O2]

[Leak] HTC Holiday hits 29Mbps on AT&T 4G LTE network

We have seen pictures of the upcoming HTC Holiday already, but have not seen proof of its rumored AT&T LTE capability. BGR has obtained photos of it being used in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area using 4G LTE. You will see in the photo below the download speeds hit 29Mbps which is super fast, but lets face it, this might be the only phone on the network.

The Holiday hasn’t been officially announced, and we have heard it could be marketed as the Raider. It will have Android 2.3.4, a 4.5-inch (960 x 540) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, and the HTC Sense 3.0 UI. It will be one of the first 4G LTE phones to hit AT&T, and we expect to see it by the end of the year. Stay tuned.

[via bgr]

Get your White Samsung Galaxy S II at Vodafone UK now

We have been hearing about the white Samsung Galaxy S II for a while now, and it’s finally time for Vodafone customers to get their hands on one. It’s now available on their website or retail stores.

If you are willing to sign a 2-year contract of £36 or more per month, it can be yours for free.

We expect to see it on O2 and Orange later this month. Let us know if you grab one.

[via vodafone]

AT&T May Not Need to Pay $6 Billion Contract Break Fee

Who doesn’t like a little drama in the morning?

AT&T’s battle for reign over T-Mobile has become a bit more interesting this morning as Reuters is reporting that it’s not necessarily a given that T-Mobile will get a settlement fee if the deal falls through, at least according to a source familiar with the contract. Previously it was held as a given that even if the deal went south, T-Mobile would come out ahead with an obligatory $6 billion from AT&T, giving the smaller company capital to pull itself out of its financial straits. Now it’s been revealed that there are certain stipulations in the contract, including a time limit that the deal needs to be finalized in and a particular value that T-Mobile’s assets needs to remain above. This follows an interview with Deutsche Telekom over at BusinessWeek where T-Mobile’s parent corporation mentioned that they were considering “carving out assets” to ensure that the deal goes through. Given the Department of Justice’s stance and AT&T’s supposed upcoming change in strategy, there really is no clear outcome here.

Your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

[via tmonews]