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Acer Iconia Tab A500 gets rebranded as Gateway TP Series A60 tablet, Available at Future Shop now

Acer subsidiary Gateway started shipping a rebranded Acer Iconia Tab A500 as the Gateway TP Series A60. It’s priced at 399 CAD ($404) and is available at Future Shop now.

The specs are essentially the same: Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera.

For the short term, the Acer Iconia is probably the better alternative since it’s scheduled to receive the Android 3.2 update on September 10th, and it probably won’t include this look-a-like.

[via future shop]

[Leak] Samsung Stratosphere press shots revealed

We heard about the Samsung Stratosphere 4G (SCH-i405) for Verizon Wireless about a month ago. and we knew it had to be the leaked Samsung QWERTY slider that we saw in June. What else could it be since Verizon decided to pass on the Galaxy S II?

If you were looking for something more concrete, than take a look at the above pictures which confirm the Stratosphere 4G will indeed be a variation of the Sprint Epic 4G. Specs are not confirmed, but as we earlier reported, it is expected to sport a Super AMOLED Plus screen, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 2.3.4.

If you are a fan of QWERTY sliders, this is a better alternative to the DROID 3 since it supports 4G LTE. It might actually be an affordable LTE device as I am expecting it to come in at $199 with a 2-year contract. We will let you know more as we hear it. Is anyone excited for an affordable LTE phone?

[via pocketnow]

[Leak] More HTC Ruby/Amaze pictures surface

We have been  hearing about the HTC Ruby for a few weeks now. Supposedly it will be branded as the Amaze and will launch October 26th on T-Mobile. Our understanding is that it will be DC-HSPA+ which means 42Mbps transfers.

These pictures have a different color variation from the original leaked photos, but the design is a perfect match. The specs include a 4.3-inch (960 x 540) display, 1.5GHz dual-c0re processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and 16GB storage. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is onboard, but Sense wasn’t enabled on this prototype. This is not surprising as HTC devices marketed on T-Mobile generally have limited Sense functionality.

More photos after the break.

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Pantech Breakout LTE and Samsung Illusion exposed for Verizon Wireless

Last week we told you about the Pantech Breakout LTE for Verizon Wireless which will have a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, and a 5MP rear camera, along with a front facing camera that will most likely be VGA. The specs aren’t hot, but speaking of hot, it has the ability to be a mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices over LTE. It could be launched any day now.

The next device we can show you is the Samsung Illusion (model number SCH-i110). We have no idea what the specs are, but from the model number, this has to be an entry-level phone with most likely an 800MHz processor, 480 x 320 resolution, and a 3 to 5MP camera. We might see this one by the end of September.

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[Deal] $50 Off the Samsung Epic 4G Touch for Sprint (pre-order)

Ready to get your hands on the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch from Sprint? Wirefly is offering $50 off the pre-order for the Epic 4G at $149.99 for new or upgrade accounts. The Touch will be released on September 16th at $199.99 from Sprint, so why not head over to Wirefly and save yourself some cash if you’re looking for one. You’ll also have a price guarantee from Wirefly for 30 days after the 16th should they drop the price. Hit up the source link below to pre-order one now.

[via wirefly]

Buy a smartphone, mail in your old phone, get a $100 Verizon Wireless gift card [online exclusive]

Verizon Wireless has an offer where you can buy any smartphone and get a $100 gift card with the trade in of your old phone. Specifics of the offer as per Verizon Wireless:

New Customers!

For a limited time, activate a new line of Smartphone service with Verizon Wireless, and receive a Verizon Wireless gift card worth at least $100, when you trade in an old phone.

Already a Verizon Wireless customer?

Need to Upgrade? Upgrade to a Smartphone today and you’ll be eligible to receive a Verizon Wireless gift card worth $100 when you trade in your old Verizon Wireless basic phone.

Ready to Add a Line? Activate a new line of service with a Smartphone today and you’ll be eligible to receive a Verizon Wireless gift card worth at least $100 when you trade in an old phone.

Need to Trade-In Your Phone?

Follow these steps to get your $100 Verizon Wireless Gift Card.

  1. Activate a Smartphone line of service with a new 2 yr contract agreement and data plan.
  2. Within 5 days, you will receive your promotion code via email or text message after you’ve activated your phone.
  3. Then, visit our Trade-In program web site to submit you request along with your promo code.
  4. You will receive a postage paid envelope (within 5 days) and mail in your used basic device. You must return your device within 30 days of trade-in submittal.
  5. Allow up to 3 weeks for us to process your Verizon Wireless Gift Card.
  6. Receive your $100 Verizon Wireless gift card in the mail. Use it to pay your bill or buy accessories with ease from the comfort of your home with
    MY Verizon.

Anyone planning to take advantage of this offer?  Let us know in the comments!

[via verizonwireless]

DROID Bionic shipments are arriving in Verizon Wireless stores

We are not sure why Verizon and Motorola haven’t made the September 8th release date official, but as this point why bother.  Many Verizon stores are already receiving their first shipments, along with demo units and marketing materials. It is possible if you beg them enough, they might let you put your hands on one a  little early.

It will certainly be a week of hype as we are less than two hours away from the  beginning of the augmented reality scavenger hunt which will end on the September 7th.

[via droid-life]

AT&T working on “two track plan” to address merger concerns with T-Mobile

AT&T has been hard at work to make sure their pending T-Mobile acquisition doesn’t fall through.  Sources close to the situation say that AT&T is working on a “two-track plan” to address concerns raised in the recent complaint filed by U.S. antitrust regulators.

While the specifics of the plan can’t be confirmed, AT&T is said to be preparing itself to make concessions in an effort to ease the federal fears that the merger will reduce competition and raise wireless cost.  Among the concessions being considered are the sale of T-Mobile assets and the possible retention of T-Mobile value-orientated rate plans.

Some sources say that to make the deal work, AT&T may have to sell nearly 25% of T-Mobile’s network and customer base.  While the regional assets will likely be sought after by smaller carriers looking to grow out their coverage, the national assets have fewer potential buyers. 

Two main possibilities are Sprint and Verizon, but that may not happen anytime soon, as an acquisition like that would raise antitrust scrutiny of its own. 

AT&T has a lot on the line as they would have to shell out $6 Billion in compensatory fees to T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, if the deal falls through.   Some sources say that AT&T is feeling confident about their new solution.  With $6 billion on the line, I hope for their sake that they are right.

[via techcrunch]

Rogers now taking reservations for 4G LTE devices

A few days after announcing their 4G LTE expansion, Rogers is now taking online reservations for LTE devices. 

Right now you will find the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE as well as the as the Rogers LTE Rocketstick (Sierra Wireless Aircard 745S) available for a reservation fee of $40 per device.  Three additional LTE devices are expected by the end of the year including a yet to be named LTE tablet as well as an LTE HTC phone (pricing for the LTE devices hasn’t been announced yet).

Ottawa currently has Rogers 4G LTE service but Toronto is scheduled to go live on September 28th with Montreal and Vancouver added by years end. 

Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates on the device pricing when we receive it!

[via rogers]

LG Thrill 4G for AT&T is available at Costco for $29.99

The AT&T LG Thrill 4G took forever to get to market, but it looks like they are going to price this thing right to move. AT&T wants $99.99 for it, but we already know Target and Radio Shack will offer it for $79.99.

Now we are hearing Costco will sell it for $29.99. It is not supposed to launch until September 4th, but it appears that it has already shown up in some stores (Kansas and Missouri). Even if you have to wait until Sunday, $29.99 seems like a more than reasonable price for this one, especially if you are wanting to get a 3D phone. Who is planning on buying this one?

[via androidcentral]