Last month we reported that the Dell Streak was pulled, but the information we got was that it might be getting some sort of update and it would be back this month. It appears it might be gone for good. On the website it says, “Streak 5 is not longer available.” Then you see the above image of a woman in a car with the following text: “Goodbye, Streak 5. It’s been a good ride.”
Hopefully the Dell Streak 7 and the Dell Streak 10 Pro will make it to the U.S. for all you Dell fanatics out there.
Yesterday we announced the HTC partnership with Beats by Dre. Shortly after Best Buy announced a special offer for this weekend. They are offering 20% off any Beats by Dre headphone with the purchase of an HTC phone. Not a bad deal, but you have to be in the market for an HTC phone to make this work.
The above image shows us that T-Mobile is making a change with the 200MB data plan in that they will no longer throttle when a customer goes over the limit, but instead charge for overages. This is a complete change in T-Mobile’s data policy of never charging for overages. This is the lowest data plan, but you have to wonder what lies ahead.
T-Mobile is doing this “in order to remain competitive.” As of August 13, customers on the plan will be grandfathered, but all others will now be charged .10cents per MB over the 200MB limit. The good news is there is a limit on the overcharge, and that is $30 if you are the Classic Plans or $35 on the Value Plans. Customers will receive a warning message when they have hit 180MB and 200MB.
For now there are no other changes to the higher data offerings, but time will tell. Let this be a warning that something might be looming.
Pictures were recently leaked of a Motorola smartphone that bore a strong resembelence to its current Atrix model. The following week further information surfaced that gave the phone a “name” – The Motorola Model MB865. The MB865 appeared to be a high end device that could potentially be the replacement for the similar looking Motorola Atrix.
AT&T is stepping into the LTE waters this summer with its inaugural LTE service starting in five select markets in the south and Midwest. Earlier this year, it was heard that they planned to expand to twenty markets by the end of 2011 and would be releasing 20 4G devices during that period (though they did not break down the split between LTE and HSPA+). Those expectations appear to have been overly optimistic as an AT&T executive has clarified what we can expect.
HTC recently announced their first NFC device and now have also officially partnered with Beats by Dre. This is certainly good news as anything to help set them apart from the competition is a good thing. Here’s a quick blurb:
Today marks an incredible day for sound and Beats by Dr. Dre. We are announcing a partnership with HTC, one of the world’s leading wireless manufacturers. With this announcement, our two brands are coming together to redefine the smart phone category and redefine the way that sound is heard.
Over the past year, Beats by Dr. Dre has continued to evolve from a headphone company to a cultural movement that is redefining the way sound is heard. We have strived to take studio-quality music into the hands of you, our consumers, across the globe. This partnership with HTC represents the next phase of our vision, placing the utmost importance on giving smart phone fans the opportunity to hear the highest-quality of sound possible. The Beats team, still led by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will continue to manage Beats autonomously.
There will be a lot more exciting news to come and we will continue to keep you on top of all of the wonderful things happening within the Beats World. This is truly an incredible chapter for Beats and we are proud to have you with us. Let’s Go!
Hit the break for more info and a video.
Anyone looking for a reason to jump onto Sprint or know someone who’s contract is about to end? RadioShack wireless is currently offering the Motorola Photon 4G for only $99 with a 2-year contract and free shipping. For a new device loaded with a 1Ghz Tegra 2 dual-core CPU , Gingerbread, and a 4.3 inch qHD display, this is an awesome deal.
If a new contract isn’t in the cards for you, Motorola is running a contest called “Lightning Hour” for a chance to win one on Twitter. The contest will be running everyday through the end of August.
Don Koh, Lead Designer for the HTC Evo 4G, has shared some behind the scene details in what was involved in bringing the HTC Evo 4G to market.
The Evo 4G was designed in 2009 and took a total of about 12 months including follow-through to production. During this time Don was the lead designer while working for One & Co. in San Francisco.
According to Don, there were many hurdles and challenges throughout the process and some of the changes that resulted from this had a direct impact in what eventually became the HTC Evo 4G that has sold over 5 million devices to date. Some of the particulars from his story:
What do we know about the coming of the Samsung Conquer 4G? Lets see, it’s coming to Sprint on August 21st, you can buy this device off Sprints shelves for $99 with a new 2yr contract at that time. But now I guess we can say that’s old news as of today, because Walmart is offering Sprint customers an even better deal. If this Gingerbread phone is right up your alley, you can acquire this little guy with the 1GHz processor and 3.5-inch display for zero dollars, or as all of us love to hear, FREE. All you have to do is head over to the Walmart website and pre-order to get this deal including a new 2yr contract.
We are happy to report that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is now available at both Carphone Warehouse and Mobiles.co.uk.
No word on an “off contract” price, but you can get it for free with a plan as low as 20GBP per month. You have your choice between Orange, Vodafone, and T-Mobile.
Don’t forget, Sony Ericsson recently announced that Qriocity would be coming to the Xperia line, and the Mini Pro is the first to get support.
It may not the be the greatest tablet in the world, but if you want a tablet with an infra-Red blaster, you might want to know that both Amazon and Walmart have already cut their price on the VIZIO Tablet to $298. The accompanied remote app covers at least 95% of devices in the US market.
Other features include Android 2.3, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB built-in storage (Micro SD slot for additional), front camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
[via Walmart and Amazon]