HTC Press Release: ChaCha/Salsa unveiled

We’ve presented our TalkAndroid readers with a few previous article on the two social networking based phones you see above. There was the presence of the Facebook friendly devices at various events, such as MWC, planned launches in other parts of the world, and trademark infringement suits because of the name ‘ChaCha’.

Well HTC is now unveiling the talked about Android 2.3.3 devices in all their social glory. Both come equipped with a dedicated hardware button below the QWERTY keypad on the ChaCha and the touchscreen on the Salsa. These phones are specifically designed so you can stay in-touch with all of your Facebook contacts/friends. The button is more than just a gateway to the number one social networking site. It is context-aware with a blinking light alerting you of new status updates, messages. Giving you the ability to instantly share photo’s or songs your currently listening to with the press of a button.

Pre-order the Toshiba Thrive today with delivery mid July.

Toshiba promised us that we would be able to pre-order the Toshiba Thrive starting June 13th. They have held up to that promise as you can now order it from Toshiba direct, Amazon, Best Buy, or Office Direct. Deliveries are expected in mid-July.

The Thrive packs in all the standard bells and whistles like Honeycomb 3.1, 1280 X 800 resolution, and dual cameras. What is intriguing is the full SD card slot, removable battery, and the 8GB price point of $430. With a full SD card slot, I see no reason to buy the other versions which are $480 for 16GB and $580 for 32GB. If you would like any color other than black it will cost you an extra $20.

[via toshiba]

HTC EVO 3D pre-order on Amazon – sale price only $179

Are you waiting for the new Sprint HTC EVO 3D? It’s going to be available on June 24th, but if you don’t want to wait, you can get it on Amazon Wireless now for pre-order! On top of that, it’s even priced lower than the expected sale prices you’ll pay if you get it at Sprint stores. On Amazon Wireless, you can pre-order the HTC EVO 3D for $179 if you qualify for an upgrade and a new two year contract, or you can buy it without a contract for $469, which is $30 less than what you’ll pay at Sprint.

You never know, it may be a good idea to pre-order in case the demand is high from Sprint on launch day. Amazon doesn’t say when it’ll ship, but we expect it to hit your doorstep on June 24th. Hit the link here to check it out and see if you qualify.

[via androidandme]

Video: Motorola/Sprint discuss the Photon 4G

One big announcement, out of all the news we’ve covered today, is the information released from Motorola and Sprint. Earlier today our own Robert Nazarian published an article on this very subject. You can read all about this including the official press release, HERE. In addition to the press release you’ll find detailed specifications on the new Motorola Photon 4G.

The Photon 4G will be the first Motorola 4G phone, branded with the Sprint logo. In the video after the break is a discussion between Fared Adib, Sprint’s VP of Product Development and Alain Mutricy, the Senior VP of Product Development for Motorola. This may not be the most exciting video you’ve ever seen, but it’ll definitely give you some insight into the Motorola/Sprint development.

@SprintNews tweets a Kyocera Echo price drop, $99.99

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The Kyocera Echo, with its one-of-a-kind hinge design and dual-screen form factor that was launched April 17th, is now available to Sprint customers for $99.99. That’s a far cry from its original listed price of $500. Today, Twitter verified account @sprintnews sent out a tweet to their followers with the promotion, and also including a link to the Kyocera Facebook page.

The specifications of this device include: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8650 Snapdragon, 1GB ROM and 512MB of RAM, Android 2.2, dual-screens, both at 3.5-inches, 800 x 480 pixel resolution, and a 5 mega-pixel camera. So if your curious, head on over to Sprint, log-in to you acct, and take a peep at the price and specs of this unique device and see if it’s worth the upgrade.

[via twitter]

Order the Playstation Phone from Amazon Wireless, Get $10 Credit for Amazon Appstore

AmazonWireless hit us up on “the Twitters” to point out that anyone who buys the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play — which just became available via their website today — will receive a $10 credit towards a purchase in the Amazon Appstore. Buyers will receive a promotional code via email that will be redeemable for 14 days, and the credit will then be valid until the end of the year — like any of you will wait that long to spend it! This offer is good until June 4th, so if you’re on the fence, maybe a few free games will help you pull the trigger.

[via amazon, thanks @amazonwireless]

Amazon Wireless Hot Deal: Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY for $99 (new customers) or $149 (existing customers)

If you want a Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY and can wait a few extra days, then head over to Amazon Wireless. If you setting up a new account, you will only pay $99 with a 2-year contract. If you are upgrading your existing account, it will be $149.

You will have to wait 8 or 9 days because it is currently backordered. I would say these prices are well worth the wait.

@VerizonWireless to Announce new LTE markets

By way of the official twitter account for Big Red, @VerizonWireless has tweeted that they will be announcing 21 new locations that will be receiving 4G/LTE in June. This comes not far behind our

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So stay tuned for further details. Keep an eye on the @VerizonWireless twitter account, because as I write this article, they look to be tweeting each of the 21 cities individually! Alternatively, you can check the Recent News Releases from the Verizon website.

[via twitter]

$199 Sprint HTC Evo 3D at The Shack with incentives?

Sure, we may not have a confirmed date for the Evo 3D to be released, but what’s to stop Radio Shack from giving us the 411 on the deals it has lined up. The image above explains it all, which originated in an emailing that was sent from Radio Shack, and passed along to the rest of us.

The price of this new device isn’t bad at all at $199 with contract. Now take a look at The Shacks incentive via its ‘Trade & Save Program’. Take your Evo 4G or Evo Shift in to trade and get $100 cash toward the purchase of the Evo 3D. Now this does sound like a pretty enticing deal. They’ve even thrown in a URL – www.radioshack.com/EVO3D – It isn’t live yet, but we’ll just bookmark it and keep checking back.

Either way this could be a good deal for someone. If you received this same email we’d love to hear from you and get your thoughts in the comments below.

[via goodandevo]

Amazon will accept electronics for Trade-In – get cash for that old G1

Still have that T-Mobile G1 or HTC Magic kicking around? Is it collecting dust and you’ve never really had a reason to dump it? You may now as Amazon will take your old electronics and give you credit towards anything on Amazon for your old digital junk. BGR had a chance to test out, and although it’s not going to make you a rich person or anything, its still not bad to get even more savings from Amazon than have that old Android sit and feel useless.

Paul Ryder, VP of electronics at Amazon states;

We want to give customers the opportunity to get great value from their used electronics, Hundreds of thousands of customers have already received millions of dollars in gift cards from the other products in our program. The Electronics category is a natural extension and we are delighted to offer our customers more trade-in options.

Whether you’ll get more money out of Amazon then you would from say T-Mobile’s trade-up program is hard to say, but it’s another option at the very least right?

It’s Official: Motorola Droid X2 coming to Verizon on May 26th for $199

We have been talking about the Droid X2 for a while now. Last week we reported that it would be in Verizon stores on May 26th with online orders beginning May 19th.

Today Motorola and Verizon made it all official. The price will be $199 for a 2-year contract. We originally thought that it would ship with Gingerbread, but it will ship with Froyo. Again the specs for the X2 are:

  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 4.3-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen (that’s 540×960 pixels)
  • EV-DO Rev. A connectivity
  • 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • 802.11 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • HDMI out
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Proximity, ambient light, accelerometer and compass sensors
  • 8GB of internal storage

Full press release after the break

HTC Thunderbolt inductive-charging backplate hits the FCC

For those of you with a Thunderbolt, you will be happy to know that the inductive-charging backplate for it has hit the FCC. If you are using 4G on your Thunderbolt than it is likely you are needing to charge this bad boy up to 3 times a day. With the inductive-charging backplate it will be more convenient in that you will only need to rest it on a charging mat.

Back in April, it made a brief appearance in the Verizon shop for $39, but it was eventually pulled. We do not have a release date, but with this news it could be within a month.

[via engadget]

Nexus S 4G, $99 on Wirefly.com for new Sprint customers

The Nexus S 4G is one of Sprints latest offerings on their network. From Sprint you can get this Android 2.3 device for $199, and at Best Buy for $150 as reported last week. Now Wirefly has showed them both up by offering the Pure Google phone for $99. I don’t need to tell you guys this is a great deal for this Google+Samsung device. You won’t find many differences between this Nexus S 4G and the Nexus S (T-Mobile), other than the 4G version will have the capability to run on Sprints WiMAX network.
Key Features:

  • 4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display
  • Hummingbird ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processor
  • 512MB Ram
  • 5-megapixel rear facing camera, VGA front facing
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 16GB internal memory
This deal however is only for new customers. So if you’re hoping to upgrade for that price, it ain’t gonna happen. You’ll of course get a slight discount at $150 as an existing customer. So if you’ve been on the fence about leaving your current carrier, this may be a great time to do so, and get your hands on an awesome device at a great price.