Passing the 100,000 e-signature mark necessary for an official white house response, legislation on the legalization of unlocking cell phones is now in the fore front of government attention. Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota(D), Mike Lee of Utah (R) and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (D) are the three individuals mobilizing the legislative efforts of the Wireless Consumer Choice Act. This bill would call on the Federal Consumer’s Commission to warrant that consumers can legally unlock their cell phones and switch mobile providers at any time they so choose.
No doubt this bill is necessary not only for the rights of consumers, but also for its potential to provide a global market boost and promote healthy competition. It is only fair that consumers should have the choice flexibility over who their wireless provider is no matter what mobile phone they obtain. Although this bill would open up the door for healthy and necessary competition on the wireless market, what repercussions would this cause for cell phone manufactures and their innovative processes? For such a new bill, the backlash this could create is uncertain but as it develops (and most certainly after the March 12th hearing with the FCC), consumers and manufacturers’ worldwide will gain a clearer perspective.
Source: pcmag.com, engadget.com
January 23, 2013 02:18 by Jeremy
Although CES officially ended more than a week ago, many of us remain in the grips of its luster. In the next few months, crowds will finally be able to get their own versions of the new gadgets that were only just recently unveiled.
Cell phones took a bit more of a back seat this year around in comparison to last year, but the tradeshow didn't leave us completely empty-handed. Sony and Huawei are two champions of the smartphone category; their flagship phones, the Xperia Z and Ascend W1, are currently two of the most highly anticipated phones.
The Xperia-series is no small name amongst phone enthusiasts. Sony has so far produced a long list of Xperia-branded phones, from entry-level to high-end. The latest model, the Z (along with their other flagship phone, the Xperia ZL) boasts a 5-inch screen, 1.5-Ghz processor, 16GB of space (more available due to a microSD slot), and a non-removable Li-Ion 2330mAh battery. What really makes this phone shine, though, is its ability to survive underwater by a little over 3 feet. Your phone can take the occasional tumble through a washing machine or accidentally drop into a sink, and you won't have to worry about it suffering major damages.
Huawei, while not new to the cell phone industry, hasn't been a popular name under high-end smartphones. It's certainly aiming to change that with the Ascend W1. Already available in China, the Ascend W1 is Huawei's first attempt at a Windows 8 phone. It boasts a 4-inch screen, 1.2 Ghz processor, and a Li-Polymer 1950mAh battery. With the rising popularity of Windows 8, this smartphone brings about a new appeal to those looking for a little change in the current meta.
December 14, 2012 22:58 by Jeremy
AT&T seems to be hard at work as it continues to push its 4G LTE network out to newer areas constantly. Just in the past week alone, 12 towns have begun to receive the magical internet power that is LTE, likely causing a decrease in work/school activity and an increase in facebook statuses. The 12 recent areas are:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nashua, New Hampshire
AT&T has also been pretty good about keeping their Corporate News/Press section up to date, so check out the source link below to see if an area near you has previously gotten a wireless bump.
December 7, 2012 20:57 by Jeremy
The Samsung Galaxy line has been in and out of the spotlight for years, claiming a spot in everyone’s heads as a set of prestigious smartphones. Now, however, you’ll need to tweak that idea just a little bit due to Samsung’s latest product, the Galaxy Camera.
Unveiled even before IFA and flaunted during Photokina, the Samsung Galaxy has had our heads spinning for a few months now. It’s shaped like a camera with its zoom lens… but has just about all the features our phones would have, minus the important one: making phone calls. The rest of the goodies are still present though: 4.8-inch screen, quad-core processor, 8GB storage (with micro SD slot, of course), and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. On top of being able to connect to local WiFi networks, you’re also constantly connected to the network of your choice (AT&T’s model was released on Nov. 16, while Verizon’s model was just confirmed on Samsung’s website today).
The main feature, of course, is the fact that it’s still a camera. We’re looking at 16MP and a 21x optical zoom – just enough oomph to make those Instagram and Facebook uploads look much better than everyone else’s mobile uploads.
So if you’re with AT&T, toss us a few snapshots and some feedback; if you’re a Verizon-type-of-fellow, hold onto your seats, as this hybrid is coming soon!
Sources: Android Community, PC Mag
November 28, 2012 20:55 by Jeremy
If you live by the phrase "bigger is better" then I'm sure you've been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This smartphone/tablet mashup has been garnering attention specifically due to its size - a hefty 5.5-inches of screen real-estate. But now, the long-awaited phone is finally coming out to Verizon stores starting tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 29. Of course, if you had pre-ordered it, it might already be on it's way to your house! Or, alternatively, it might arrive late. Sad day indeed.
If you're new to the Galaxy Note II universe, then let's go over a few quick tidbits. Most notable for it's screen size, this smartphone is also unique for having a stylus pen. Aside from that, we're sitting on a quad-core 1.6GHz processor (most flagship phones right now are running in the 1.2 to 1.5GHz range) and 2GB of ram, so I don't think we'll be complaining from a lack of power. In the Storage department, we're provided up to 64GB of memory and a MicroSD slot - you know, in case you wanted to put entire folders of movies and music on this (and watching it on this screen wouldn't be too bad either!). There's also your usual 8MP camera on the back and a 1.9MP camera on the front. And what's powering this hefty monster? A 3,100mAh Li-Ion battery, of course - larger than most smartphone batteries.
Overall, is this phone considered worthy of your time? You tell us, but I sure think it is.
Sources: Samsung, GSMarena, phonesreview.co.uk