American Express and Verizon Wireless team up to bring mobile payments to smartphones and tablets

American Express and Verizon Wireless announced they will integrate Serve, a next-generation digital payment and commerce platform, on many Verizon mobile smartphones and tablets. Verizon customers will be able to make payments and redeem offers for goods and services from their mobile phones or tablets using Serve.

Serve authenticates the mobile number which allows customers to make a purchase on-screen with only a few clicks. It is currently accepted by the millions of merchants in the United States who accept American Express.

You will be able to redeem mobile offers from participating merchants with credits automatically appearing in your serve account. The two companies are also working with Payfone to support Serve checkout on Verizon Wireless devices.

Full press release after the break


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AT&T’s first LTE smartphone could be the Motorola MB865

Last week we showed you leaked pictures of what looks to be a high end Motorola phone that could be a follow up to the Atrix on AT&T. It looks like this phone is real, and MB865 is the model number. It could be called the Atrix 2 or Atrix HD.

A tipster who has access to AT&T’s computers has evidence of the phone undergoing testing, and it is possible it will be one of the first LTE phones to land on AT&T. According to the informant, all the phone numbers assigned to this handset are for area codes that will be part of AT&T’s initial LTE launch.

This is good news for AT&T customers. We will continue to try to dig up more, but expect this phone to be dual core, and it is very possible that it will have a 720p (1280 x 720) screen.

[via pocketnow]

Motorola Milestone Plus Debuts On Cellular South

Picture above courtesy of Android Community
Cellular South has just announced that it will be adding the Motorola Milestone Plus to its lineup of smartphones, not to be confused with the original Milestone or Milestone 3.  The device will most likely appeal to the Ex-Blackberry user looking for an Android based business oriented device to accomplish their day to day tasks while at the same time touting a more personal and customizable handset for mainstream use.

“The Milestone Plus has the ideal combination of productivity tools and security features that businesses require plus the flexibility and customization options that consumers look for when purchasing mobile devices for their personal use,” said Sherry Stegall, senior vice president for sales and customer operations at Cellular South. “We’re very excited to add this device to our growing suite of Android smart phones and tablets as we continue to build on our promise to deliver the wireless industry’s best Android experience.”

The Milestone Plus is nearly identical to its close brothers, the Motorola XPRT, Droid Pro and Titanium.  The handset offers a 1 GHz processor, full front facing qwerty keyboard, a 3.1-inch display, 5 MP camera, 4GB of memory on board and touts “DVD quality Video”.  And of course, it boasts an extremely useful feature no business man or woman can be without, it’s a world phone!  Unfortunately, the device will initially launch with Froyo 2.2 but if you’re a business user it shouldn’t make that much of a difference to you primarily since your focus is on business oriented aspects.  All the necessary security one needs is provided on the device as you use it for work or play.  Hit the break for the full press release which reveals a slew of more features like remote wipe & data encryption, Quickoffice editing tools and remote password management.  And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Personally, I’m beginning to develop a sweet spot for these small front facing qwertys.

LG-P699 Gelato Headed To T-Mobile As The Optimus Net?

LG is on a roll and looking to bring their numbers up a bit with the  continuation of innovative handsets, both high-end and entry level.  A few weeks back we mentioned the announcement and release of the Optimus Net and Optimus Pro,  with LG showing no signs of slowing down as they release what appears to be T-Mobile’s version of the Gelato, also known as the Net. It appears as though the two devices are one and the same with the model number LG-P699 attached to it.  It’s been awhile since we’ve heard about the Galato, not since T-Mobile’s road map leaked back in May.  Note the backside of the device.  It resembles the Optimus Net greatly only sporting a colorful back plate and T-Mobile labeling.

What should we expect to see with this device?  Glad you asked.  Expect to see a 3.2 HVGA display, a 1500 mAH battery, Gingerbread 2.3 and an 800 MHz cpu.  In addition, it’ll have 512 MB’s of RAM making this little guy a budget friendly device packing a scrappy little attitude as far as its capabilities go.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Hit the break for another shot of the device with the T-Mo branding along with its front and backside exposed.  
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Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update Made Available And Then Halted For Reportedly Bricking Devices

It’s been a pretty hectic day today in the Sprint Kyocera Echo…echo….echo dept as a frenzy of tech blogs jumped on the news which confirmed the update’s release, as expected being August 1st and all, along with a quick follow up of its suspension.  The 2.3.4 Gingerbread update became available and offered a slew of features such as pinch to zoom support in the web browser, gallery and Sprint Navigation & Maps.  The update also installed an new “downloads” application and adds the newest version of Swype 3.0 with “Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice list”.  Due to a poster prematurely released by Sprint, it was thought that the device would also gain support for calls over WiFi and the enabling of a supposed built in NFC chip.  According to Brief Mobile, a Sprint Rep explained that someone screwed the pooch and tossed up the feature page prematurely.  The device will not be receiving those features.  Sorry to break your hearts Echo owners.

But wait, the news gets even more interesting.  Some time today, according to Android Central, it appears a majority of their readers were complaining that the update was bricking their devices.  Say what?!  Yep, looks like Sprint pulled a Sammy on this one and for now, choosing to error on the side of caution, have suspended the update until they can troubleshoot the issue.  So, if you’re one of those 10 users that bought an Echo, just be patient and hang in there, it’s not worth bricking your investment.  And if you have bricked your device, feel free to use our comments section below to rattle off how you truly feel.  We’re sure Sprint and Kyocera are listening.

[gingerbread update via kyocera]

[update suspended via engadet 1, 2]

Leaked Sprint Document Shows LG Optimus Black and Samsung M930

Sprint really has an excellent release list this year with some real powerhouse Android phones. Not everyone is going to want to pay the higher cost of the latest and greatest however, and Sprint is taking care of those customers too. A recent photo leak covered by our friends at briefmobile.com shows for sure that the LG Optimus Black and Samsung M930 are headed for the big S, and while we had covered earlier the Optimus Black’s imminent arrival, it’s nice to see it printed on a non-official official piece of evidence.

Now while the M930 hasn’t released yet, and we don’t have any definite specs on the device, we can at least tell you that the LG Optimus Black is rocking the following:

  • 4″ NOVA screen, boasting to be brightest screen yet
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with flash, 2 MP front-facing

Click in after the break for a better shot of the leaked document.
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Samsung Droid Charge $99 on Amazon

Some of you folks may have handsets that are feeling a bit stale, and that’s okay if you’re interested in a pretty good deal…but only if you’re looking to leave your carrier. On Amazon right now, the Samsung Droid Charge is running for the low price of $99, a real steal considering its $299 price tag from Verizon proper.

Just as a recap, the Samsung Droid Charge offers the following specs:

  • 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 2 Gigs of internal memory
  • Preloaded 32 Gig microSD card
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with flash, 1.3 MP front-facing
  • Access to Verizon’s 4G LTE service

Not bad for $99. If you’re interested, hit up the source link and buy, buy, buy!

[via amazon wireless]

AT&T to Start Data Throttling on Those With Unlimited Data

When the new tiered data-usage model was first announced, there were many frustrated users. When the plan was put into place by Verizon and AT&T on their respective networks, this trend continued. Now that the fallout has settled from this business decision, AT&T is changing its data plans yet again, this time throttling data speeds for the top 5% of its heaviest users, at least the ones that have been grandfathered into unlimited plans. The date for the change? Well, there’s a bit of time, as it’s going into effect on October 1st. Now, of course, for the majority of AT&T customers, this isn’t going to be a big deal. But for those users that stream Pandora or something similar while you’re working along your merry day, this might be a pretty big issue. The business power user will also be pretty affected by this. Do you want to send that massive file to your partner on the road, or do you want to wait til you get to the office wifi? It may be more economically sound to wait. Regardless, while most users won’t be affected, there will be those minority few at the top that may not be able to handle this new cap. And for these people, a new carrier may be the only answer.

[via gizmodo]

Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant without contract from Virgin Mobile for $350

Virgin Mobile is now offering the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant for $350 without contract. So anyone in Canada looking for a top shelf Android device and also enjoy the pre-paid style carrier service can get this phone at a decent price. The Vibrant packs the following specs making it a great device worth checking out:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird CPU
  • 800×480 Super AMOLED Display
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • 5MP Camera w/ 720p video capabilities

So head over to the Virgin Mobile site and check out all the details of this offer.

[via ac]

FCC approves the Samsung SPH-M930 for Boost Mobile

Boost mobile a subsidiary of Sprint doesn’t have much stock in Android devices as of right now. Previously we talked of a device packed with Gingerbread, giving you a little insight in to this new Samsung slider phone coming to Boost Mobile.

The latest news on this device is that the FCC has approved it. So if  no contract is what you prefer, this Android phone could be a good choice for you. And as earlier mentioned it comes with Android 2.3 along with a 1GHz MSM8655 CPU, and HVGA screen. Availability, pricing and more detailed specs aren’t yet announced. But as soon as we know something so will you.

[via engadget]