Sprint joins the Rural Carrier Association to prepare for fight of AT&T / T-Mobile Merger

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The proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile has created a lot of concern in the mobile community. Sprint, who currently is the third larges US operator, has to have most concern.

Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, is announcing that Sprint is joining the Rural Carrier Assocition (RCA). The RCA represents about 100 small operators who have a wireless footprint that covers 80% of the US. They are headquartered in Washington, D.C. Their job is to fight for their members and to make sure the White House, Congress, and the FCC do not cater to Verizon and AT&T.

Vonya McCann, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Sprint, said, “The competitive carriers who make up the RCA are engines of innovation in the wireless industry. At Sprint, we have many issues of mutual concern with RCA members and we look forward to advocating for policies that promote competition and a level playing field across the wireless industry.”

Hu Meena, President & CEO of Cellular South and the 2011/2012 Chairman of the RCA Board said, “We are pleased that Sprint has become an RCA member and that they will join our efforts to provide a vibrant wireless marketplace for consumers throughout the entire nation. I call on all other competitive carriers to join our fight to restore competition in the market and pull the industry back from the brink of a duopoly.”

I think it is a good move for Sprint to join the RCA, but I am not sure if it will really make much of a difference. Either way, Sprint is against this merger as they should be. In my opinion, whether they fight on their own or with the RCA, it won’t change the outcome. That outcome probably won’t be determined for close to a year so expect a long hard fight.

[via intomobile]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 will be available for pre-order at Wirefly 3:00am EDT on 4/21

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Starting tomorrow morning at 3:00am, you will be able to pre-order the HTC Droid Incredible 2 from Wirefly. Verizon Wireless hasn’t officially announced the phone, but it will be available on April 28th. Pre-orders will be shipped on the 28th.

The specs for the Incredible 2 include:

  • 4-inch WVGA (800×480) TFT display
  • 8MP rear facing camera with dual Xenon flash, VGA front facing
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 8GB micro SD card out of the box
  • 3G connectivity on Verizon’s EVDO Rev. A network (no LTE, unfortunately)
  • Global (GSM/CDMA) radio with Verizon/Vodafone SIM out of the box
  • 1420mAh battery

Wirefly has done an unboxing and overview video which you can see after the break

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Motorola spokeswoman: Droid Bionic will launch with Verizon Wireless this summer

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We have been reporting that the Droid Bionic might be scrapped and the Targa will be replacing it. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Bionic was originally scheduled to launch in the second quarter, but Motorola pushed back the launch to add new features to the phone.

An unnamed spokeswoman from Motorola was quoted as saying:

“Based on compelling feedback since the show, we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience.”

The show she is referring to is the Consumer Electronics Show from this past January.

It sounds as if the rumors we have been reporting are true if you read between the lines. In my opinion, “incorporating several enhancements” means they are changing phones. The one thing we learned from this interview is that they still plan on calling this future device the Droid Bionic. It is highly unlikely it will be the same phone shown in January, and will most likely resemble the Targa.

[via wsj]

More confirmation that the Droid Bionic might be dead

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Earlier in the week we told you that the Motorola Droid Bionic might be dead and that it could be replaced by the Targa. A lot of people did not believe it even though the source has a fantastic track record.

Our favorite Panada, Blackmanx, just spoke on his blog about this and he stated the following:

“A recent story came out about the much anticipated Droid Bionic from Motorola being scrapped.   I checked into it and yes there are legs to it, but the final nail in the “bionic” has not been hammered as of yet.”

Most of the other sites did not want to give credit to the original rumor until Blackmanx could confirm it. Although he has not confirmed the Bionic is officially dead, I would say that the chances of seeing the same Bionic we saw in January are slim to none.

The real question is when will the Targa be released? Unfortunately we do not have that answer, and I am sure Motorola is working real hard to get a dual core 4G LTE phone out as soon as possible.

Stay tuned to TalkAndroid as we will keep you posted when more news is available.

[via blackmanx]

Will the Droid Bionic be replaced by the Targa?

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Back in January when Motorola unveiled the Droid Bionic, Sanjay Jha said it would be available early 2nd quarter. Then we heard it was going to be delayed until June. We have not heard much about this phone for a while.

Well longtime howardforums user, wnrussell, just reported the following:

The latest information now is that the Bionic is not going to make it to market, and the Targa or a similar model will take its place.

Last month leaked pictures of the Targa surfaced. At that time it was a complete surprise because no one had heard of this device. The fact that the Targa came out of nowhere leads me to believe this information might be correct.

Although this information has not been confirmed by Motorola or Verizon, wnrussell is a very reliable source on howardforums.

Assuming that the Targa replaces the Bionic we do not know if there will be a name change or when it will be ready to be released.

Stay tuned as we will post more info as it comes available.

[via howardforums]

Samsung Droid Charge featured with a multimedia dock in leaked marketing material

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The Samsung Droid Charge will soon be offered at Verizon Wireless. For now, a promotional sheet has been leaked that shows the Charge with its multimedia dock. The dock turns your Droid Charge into a  multimedia player and a speakerphone. It will charge your device and a spare battery. They will even include a spare battery. I will be surprised if this comes in under $99.

So what if I am interested in the multimedia player, but I really don’t want an extra battery? I guess I will be out of luck (and money) as it seems to be a continued trend in packaging items together to bring up the price.

[via engadget]

Verizon Wireless will not offer 1 year contracts as of April 17

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More bad news for Verizon Wireless customers as it looks like Apple’s influence on Verizon is making an impact. Verizon has decided to take away choices and put their customers in jail.

The document above shows that Verizon will eliminate all 1 year contracts starting April 17th. They say the reason is because there is just not enough demand for it and they would like to simplify their business. In January, Verizon eliminated the NE2 and 1 year upgrades, supposedly at the bequest of Apple. If customers were not opting for 1 year contracts before, it was probably because they had the option for a 1 year upgrade before the change.

Verizon might have seen a growing trend with 1 year contracts over the last couple of months so they decided to put a stop to them. It is also possible the pending AT&T buyout of T-Mobile might have something to do with this change of heart.

As of April 17 you will have 2 choices:

1) Buy into a 2 year contract and not be eligible for an upgrade for 20 months.

2) Buy off contract at the full retail price.

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Verizon Wireless Samsung Gem photos leak

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If you are on Verizon Wireless and looking for a low end Android phone, then check out the Samsung Gem. The Samsung Gem has been available on a few regional carriers, but it looks like it will be heading to Verizon in the near future.

The above picture clearly shows the Verizon logo. If you need further proof, a few third-party retailers have already started to receive deliveries and it has made an appearance on Verizon’s website.

The Gem features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and Android 2.2 Froyo.

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FCC Approves CDMA Sony Xperia Play, Headed To Verizon (PlayStation Phone)

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That’s right folks, it will only be a matter of days for the official release of the PlayStation phone, now that the FCC has finally approved the device.  As we expected, the device is a CDMA version and still headed to Verizon Wireless.  One worthy thing to note, however, and thanks to the break down on the internals by the FCC, the device will sport a SIM card slot.  That could only mean one of two things.  Either the device is a global phone and will support GSM frequencies over seas or the device is slated to work on Big Red’s LTE network.  Im putting my money on the former.  I think if this device was going to launch on LTE, we would have heard about it already or at least entertained a rumor or two.

In addition, I’m still hearing several mixed reviews regarding the devices ability to appeal to a specific demographic.  Is the device hardcore enough for serious gamers?  Or will the device fall through the cracks and be labeled as too bulky.  We’re not sure if people are ready to replace their PSP’s just yet.  In my opinion, I think the device will appeal to casual gamers and the young Gen Y’ers just fine.  Only time will tell though.  What’s your take on the device?  Feel free to fire away in the comments below and don’t forget to keep checking back with Talk Android, as we continue to dig deep for an official release date.  April 14th seems to be the latest to show up in the rumor mills.  And if you want to check out some more facetime with the device, visit our hands on post here.

[via intomobile]