Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi from Staples unboxing video

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Staples is reported to have started selling the Motorola Xoom early, so if you’re looking for the Wi-Fi unlocked carrier-free version, you may want to check with your local Staples store to see if it’s in stock.

One user picked it up and was kind enough to shoot a quick video of the unboxing. This new Xoom owner also warns against rooting the Wi-Fi version as the current unlocker is for the Verizon model, and thus, he had to return his Bricked Xoom for the one you see in the following video. Enjoy!

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Will the Motorola Droid X see the Gingerbread update starting this Sunday?

Our friends at DroidLife have heard from @p3droid that Gingerbread is ready to go for the Droid X. Apparantly it is up to Motorola and Verizon. He goes on to say that it may arrive as early as this Sunday. This is only a rumor and I do believe that Gingerbread is ready, but I do not think it will happen this weekend. Usually when updates are about to happen with Verizon, a document leaks out showing what the changes are. Nevertheless, Droid X users could see Gingerbread sooner rather than later and that is good news. We will keep you posted as more information surfaces.

If you want to see leaked images of the new Gingerbread for Droid X, check out our older post.

[via droidlife]

Verizon Wireless moves forward, Expanding 4G LTE Coverage

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Fast on the heels of the LTE capable HTC Thunderbolt that was released to the masses last week, Big Red has sent out a press release stating the projected expansion of 4G LTE coverage. The Tbolt was a huge hit on March 17th, and sales continue. It’s very possible that the pre-sales numbers over at Wirefly.com (the leading online retailer of wireless devices) were taken into consideration.

Quote from prweb:

“Yesterday was an extremely exciting day at Wirefly,” said Andy Zeinfeld, Chief Executive Officer at Simplexity, Wirefly’s parent company. “As the first smartphone to launch on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, we knew there was a pent-up demand for the THUNDERBOLT™ by HTC however, our sales volume far surpassed our expectations.

For continued information on this check the press release. Continue reading…..

Market/App Store Fragmentation: How Many Do We Need?

Google has theirs (of course), Verizon has one, HTC might get one, Opera just launched one earlier this month and today, Amazon launched theirs. Depending on your carrier and your phone, you could have three or more market applications for your phone. With the launch of Amazon’s Appstore today, this got me to thinking…do we really need all of these different marketplaces?

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Is Verizon Wireless interested in buying Sprint? – CEO says No

As soon as the news broke about AT&T buying T-Mobile for $39 billion, the speculation started on the possibility of Verizon Wireless purchasing Sprint to leave us with 2 carriers in the US.

Daniel Mead, Verizon Wireless CEO, says there is no interest and he will not oppose the AT&T buyout of T-Mobile. Ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference yesterday, Mead said “We’re not interested in Sprint. We don’t need them.” He went on to say that they do not want to be distracted from their goal of being the most profitable wireless operator in the US.

Mead expects that the deal between AT&T and T-Mobile will be approved by US regulators. If he is right AT&T will have approximately 130 million subscribers as opposed to around 100 million for Verizon Wireless.

This will not be the first time a CEO has said “No” and then months later it actually happened. Don’t be surprised if some day we are left with 2 carriers in the US.

[via reuters]

CTIA – Day 1 Keynote with FCC Chairman

Alright folks, CTIA has officially been kicked off!

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, as CTIA Chairman of the Board, opened up the show.  He congratulated the efforts of everyone involved in the relief efforts of the Japan disaster and spoke on the explosion of the smartphone market, particularly Android phones. He also spoke on the importance of not being distracted while driving and announced a Sprint initiative to install software on Sprint Android phones that will lock down phones while driving. Hesse did a pretty good job as chairman spokesperson of being unbiased towards his own company, only mentioning Sprint or Sprint programs a few times.

Today’s keynote featured FCC chairman Julius Genachowski as a guest-speaker. Genachowski talked about the US’ new leadership in the wireless industry, the importance of expanding wireless spectrum and access to high-speed data access, and bringing next generation enhancements to America’s existing 911 system (texting, picture and video sharing/uploading). One thing he made a point of not discussing was the pending buyout of T-Mobile by AT&T.

Also, present were the CEOs from AT&T and Verizon (Ralph de la Vega and Dan Meade, respectively), with T-Mobile’s Philipp Humm notably absent. Along with Hesse, de la Vega and Meade were grilled on-stage by CNBC’s Jim Cramer. During the questioning, the US’ competitive wireless position in the world, the recent AT&T and T-Mobile buyout, and 4G were all mentioned. There was also some friendly jabbing back and forth between the CEOs, much to the amusement of the spectators.

So far, no announcements but stay tuned, the day is young! If you’re interested in checking out the full keynote, hit the link below.

[full keynote via bgr]

Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war

The media seems convinced that Android tablets will not be able to keep up with the IPad. One article even refers to them as dead on arrival. After seeing the success of the Android OS in mobile, it is clear that it is only a matter of time before Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war.

Lets review how it all went down with the phones. Google’s first Android phone, the G1, debuted in late 2008. Anybody looking back in the summer of 2009 would probably say that it was not looking good for Android’s chances in putting a dent into the IPhone market share. The software was still young, needed work, and it did not have the backing of a major carrier. Flash forward to November 2009 when the Droid debuted with Android 2.0 Eclair on Verizon Wireless. About 1 year later the reports were showing that the Android OS had topped Apple’s IOS in the US and in many other parts of the world. How did they do it? They did it with multiple manufacturers blitzing the market with a tremendous amount of support from Verizon Wireless with the Droid brand.


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HTC Thunderbolt – Let the Rooting Begin!

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Yes you heard right. The HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon is in the hands of the public for less that 48 hours, and it’s already been rooted. See the quote below from The Root Thread over at XDA in the HTC thunderbolt > Thunderbolt Android Development section.

Chat at irc.andirc.net #thunderbolt

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3/17/2011 11:35pm

We have perm root.

3/17/2011

We have write to /system on two production devices, from from the store. We do not have a working recovery yet, no release will be done until then.

3/16/2011

A kind soul with a release Thunderbolt dropped by AndIRC tonight. Jamezelle and I were able to confirm Temp Root still works. I will be posting directions for it (nothing special, likely many ways to be done) tomorrow.

We did not have a chance to finish perm root testing before he had to hit the sack (can’t blame him, its late). Hopefully we can get it tomorrow.

So i suggest subscribing to this thread so you can be updated as to the progress of the root of this brand new LTE device!

Enjoy!

Amazons Wireless Site offers $179.99 HTC Thunderbolt

With a contract of course. But really, how is this not an awesome deal? If you go straight to VZW you’ll paying $250 w/contract. Who knows how long this deal will last. So if you’ve been on the fence about getting your drink on for St Pattys Day tonight, or getting the so fresh, so clean (Outkast reference, sorry) HTC Thunderbolt, tell me whats more important? Yea, it’s a toss up really, I know. I can guarantee you this though, if you don’t buy it, someone else will.

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Verizon HTC Thunderbolt getting unlimited LTE data plans

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If you’re going to be grabbing an HTC Thunderbolt tomorrow at Verizon, you’ll want to check out the unlimited data plan for a smooth $30 as well. This may only be here for a short time, because we know how most carriers, including Verizon really, feel about it (they want unlimited to die). So when you grab a Thunderbolt, grab the unlimited data plan, because it’ll turn your new device into the most powerful MiFi device you can get at a fraction of the tethering costs when compared to the data plans for the actual MiFi hotspot devices.

Just in case you start tethering 8 devices to it though, you may want to keep a few charging cables handy where ever you stop.

Click here to see the full Press release below.