Sony Ericsson is bringing the unlocked Xperia Arc to the US in August

Sony Ericsson announced that the Xperia Arc is coming to the United States in August, but it won’t be offered by any of the carriers. You will be able to order unlocked from Sony, and places like Amazon and Newegg for $600.

The press release doesn’t mention radios, but it is likely that it will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile. Don’t forget, the bootloader is unlocked which makes it tempting.

Full press release after the break

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Vodafone dumps the HTC EVO 3D due to delays

Last month Vodafone announced that they would be carrying the HTC EVO 3D, but now they are saying that they won’t be carrying it due to “delays” with the launch.

Here’s the statement:

There’s been speculation recently regarding availability of HTC EVO 3D.

We can confirm that due to delays in the launch of the HTC EVO 3D, we no longer intend to include the device in our smartphone range. We’ll be contacting any customers who registered their interest shortly.

We realise this might come as a disappointment, but we’ve got some really exciting handsets in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our coming soon section for all the latest information about the products coming to Vodafone.

Could the disappointing sales of the LG Optimus 3D have anything to do with it?

[via eurodroid]

Verizon support mistakenly declares the Samsung Galaxy S II will have 4G LTE

A lot of people are going crazy because of the above tweet from Verizon support. The problem is that the person who tweeted it was most likely referring to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

First off, the Verizon Galaxy S II will most likely not be called the Galaxy S II, and to solidify my argument that the Verizon rep made a mistake, here is another tweet that took place shortly after the original one. You clearly see the question refers to the Galaxy S II, but the answer comes back as the Tab 10.1 with a link to pre-order.

Sorry guys, the Samsung Galaxy S II may end up with LTE 4G, but these tweets do not confirm a thing.

[via twitter]

Verizon Wireless Motorola XOOM 3G will finally receive LTE upgrade this September

The LTE upgrade passed through the FCC recently, and it looks like Motorola will finally begin the upgrade to LTE for the Verizon Wireless XOOM 3G. Make your plans to part with your XOOM sometime in September as internal documents and emails to customers are confirming that the end to this saga is near.

This was originally promised for the summer, but everything went wrong for Motorola as the Bionic was also delayed. Nobody knows exactly what happened, but the fact that the NVIDIA Terga 2 is in the XOOM, and was in the original Bionic, leads me to believe that it was the issue. Motorola has switched to Texas Instruments with the Bionic, and their next rumored beast, the Dinara, looks to have a TI chip as well. The XOOM was going to be Verizon’s 1st LTE tablet, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE ends up with the crown because it launches tomorrow.

One more picture after the break.

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Radio Shack will drop T-Mobile handsets in favor of Verizon Wireless

Radio Shack has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to provide postpaid and prepaid wireless products in over 4,300 of its company-operated stores starting September 15, 2011. The company also announced that as of September 14, 2011, they will no longer carry T-Mobile wireless products.

Jim Gooch, president and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation, said, “This is a substantial win for our customers, as this relationship with the nation’s largest wireless provider will further enhance our position as a leading multi-carrier wireless retailer. The addition of Verizon Wireless, in combination with our existing carrier partners, positions us to now offer the best assortment of carriers, rate plans, devices and accessories for every consumer need.”

Full press release after the break

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Sprint will soon bid farewell to several Android phones

No matter how great a phone is, one thing we know for sure, it will eventually be replaced. The above document is a list of Sprint’s End of Life listings with approximate phase-out dates.

The most notable phone on the list is the HTC EVO. Starting this September, the white EVO will start to phase out. Next on deck is the black EVO and the Samsung Epic, slated for October.

For those worried about warranty replacements, there will most likely be refurbished units or you will receive a comparable handset.

[via sprintfeed]

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II images leak with full QWERTY slider

It appears today is Samung Galaxy S II day because we just reported about it landing on Verizon Wireless in August, and now we have some news for those of you on AT&T. Yesterday, we showed you a picture of the above unnamed Samsung QWERTY slider, and today the story is that it might be AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S II.

It has been rumored that the AT&T Galaxy S II phone would be called the Attain, but we are not sure if that name will land on this device or another version without the QWERTY slider.

The model number is SGH-I927, and it will be running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. It is expected to have matching specs to the Galaxy S II which is a 1.2GHz dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus Screen, 8MP rear camera, and 1.9MP front camera.

The other interesting thing is that Samsung is bringing an unnamed QWERTY slider to Verizon as well. Wouldn’t it be interesting if that turns up to be another variant of the Galaxy S II as well?

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T-Mobile stores will update your phone to Gingerbread using SD cards

A few days ago, the myTouch 4G started receiving the OTA Gingerbread update and the Gingerbread update leaked for the G2. Here is a first; T-Mobile retail stores are receiving SD cards pre-loaded with files to apply these updates in store. In addition, they will update the myTouch 3G Slide to Froyo.

Their hope is that it will avoid unnecessary equipment exchanges. Customers will be able to walk into a store and get the update before they leave. This may help customers who are nervous about the update process. Now that is customer service.

[via tmonews]

AT&T is bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its entire lineup of 2011 Android smartphones

As of right now, only about 18% of Android phones are on Gingerbread, but AT&T is looking to change that. They just announced that all post-paid Android smartphones that were released in 2011, will receive the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The planned devices include:

  • HTC Inspire™ 4G
  • LG Phoenix™
  • Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
  • Pantech Crossover™
  • Samsung Captivate™ 4G
  • Samsung Infuse™ 4G

The Atrix 4G update started rolling out today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will start receiving an update in the coming weeks.

Full press release after the break

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