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Leaked next-gen iPhone part casts doubt on Liquidmetal case

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Leaked part debunks Liquidmetal iPhone

A leaked part said to be destined for Apple’s next-generation iPhone may quell rumors that the Cupertino, California-based company is working on a teardrop-shaped Liquidmetal case for the next iPhone. Listed as “Replacement Sim Card Tray Holder Slot For Apple iPhone 5,” parts vendor has made what it claims to be SIM card trays for the sixth-generation iPhone available for purchase on its site. If the part is authentic, the most notable observation is that the new SIM tray is nearly identical to the part found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. While Apple’s next iPhone may still feature a redesigned case, Cult of Mac points out that the use of a flat aluminum tray in the new iPhone would likely indicate that the handset’s case will not utilize curved Liquidmetal alloy, as previously reported.

[Via Cult of Mac]


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Mobile Miscellany: week of April 2nd, 2012

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Mobile Miscellany: week of April 2nd, 2012

Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you’re like us and really want to know what’s going on, then you’ve come to the right place. This past week, CyanogenMod gained a new logo, Google acquired a mobile payments company and we learned that the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint will include an embedded SIM card. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of April 2nd, 2012.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of April 2nd, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 07 Apr 2012 19:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry PlayBook with ’4G’ out and about, wants to know where you put its SIM

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
ImageBlackberry PlayBook with '4G' out and about, wants to know where you put its SIM

Jim Balsillie might be on the outs, but it looks like his once boastful pet-project — a BlackBerry PlayBook with integrated cellular wireless — is finally coming to fruition. Per CrackBerry‘s forums comes the above snap of the Canadian slate donning a SIM card slot, nary a month after we first spotted the company’s HSPA+ and LTE tablets pass through the FCC. That also lines up nicely with a previously leaked roadmap, promising a summer arrival. Will the mythical 4G-wielding PlayBook ever make it to market? Or like it’s WiMax brother, will it never be given the chance? While you ponder that, more pics await at the source.

BlackBerry PlayBook with ’4G’ out and about, wants to know where you put its SIM originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Apr 2012 01:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Custom radio files give Galaxy Note access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

If you were looking to get your enormous hands on a Galaxy Note in the U.S. but have no interest in switching to AT&T’s network, you may be in luck. AT&T’s “phablet” was previously limited to EDGE speeds on T-Mobile’s network, making the device a much less appealing option. XDA-Developers forum members have managed to figure out a way to enable HSPA+ support for AWS bands, however. After performing a SIM unlock, a user can flash one of three radio files that will allow the phone to access T-Mobile’s network with the proper SIM card. There are obvious risks involved, but T-Mobile subscribers in search of a supersized smartphone now have access to the king of the crop.


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Leaked Windows Phone ‘Tango’ images reveal new details

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Images of Microsoft’s next mobile operating system, Windows Phone “Tango,” were published on Wednesday, showing off a number of new features. Tango will reportedly feature the ability to export contacts to a SIM card, handle multiple attachments in a single MMS message and manage roaming both domestically and internationally, according to WP7forum. It is also rumored that Microsoft is building a native voice recording application for MMS messaging. The images suggest that the company will be dropping the minimum hardware requirements of Windows Phone handsets down to 256MB of RAM and the camera requirements down to just 3 megapixels. The OS will warn users with a message in the Marketplace if they attempt to download an application that requires additional memory. Earlier reports have indicated that Tango may only be released for lower-end devices, but official details are expected to be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month. Purported screenshots from Windows Phone Tango follow after the break.

[Via The Verge]


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SITA and Orange develop NFC-based airport check-ins, let you bump the TSA (video)

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
You’ve been there before — fumbling in-front of a non-enthused security agent, trying to download your fancy mobile boarding pass over an uncooperative network. It’s that kind of awkwardness that SITA and Orange are trying to avoid with their NFC-based check-in solution. In their joint proof-of-concept, the duo embedded ticket credentials into an NFC-capable SIM card — meaning phones without NFC circuitry can also use the tech — which enables airport plebes to check-in, get through security, board planes and even enter lounges with just a wave of your phone. And because you’re not futzing with loading a webpage, nor relying on a fussy image-based scanner, the tech should mean less time spent waiting at checkpoints. Writing that info onto the SIM has other advantages, as it can still be read even when your device runs out of juice. So, next time you’re jet setting into Geneva — you know, to deposit something totally non-nefarious into your Swiss bank account — peep the demonstration area at SITA’s HQ. Or, if you’re not the globetrotting type, a video explaining all awaits after the break.

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SITA and Orange develop NFC-based airport check-ins, let you bump the TSA (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung unveils two Android-powered dual-sim smartphones

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Samsung on Thursday unveiled two new dual-SIM smartphones, the Galaxy Y Duos and the Galaxy Y Pro Duos. A phone with two SIM card slots offers a number of benefits; it’s perfect for two people hoping to share a single phone in emerging markets, but it’s also great for business travelers that want to use one account for personal matters and a second as a business line. The Galaxy Y Duos runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has a processor clocked at 832MHz and a 3-megapixel camera. The Galaxy Y Pro Duos offers similar specs but has a smaller 2.6-inch display and a full QWERTY keyboard. Both phones will initially launch in Russia. The Galaxy Y Duos will then roll out into Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Africa and China. The Galaxy Y Pro Duos will launch in Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southwest Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Samsung’s full press release follows after the break.

Balance work and play with GALAXY Y DUOS and GALAXY Y Pro DUOS


Samsung adds Dual SIM smartphones into its GALAXY smartphone line-up

SEOUL, Korea – December 22, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the latest additions to the GALAXY smartphone series, Samsung GALAXY Y DUOS and Samsung GALAXY Y Pro DUOS. Beginning in January 2012, these new devices will be available in Russia, and GALAXY Y DUOS will be gradually rolled out to Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa and China. GALAXY Y Pro DUOS will be coming to Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southwest Asia, Middle East and Africa.

GALAXY Y DUOS and GALAXY Y Pro DUOS feature a unique Dual SIM system that maximizes communication flexibility by allowing two separate phone numbers and a simultaneous use of data on the same device. Users who need to balance busy professional and social lives can access and seamlessly switch from one line to the other with GALAXY Y DUOS or GALAXY Y Pro DUOS.

“With the tremendous success of the Dual SIM feature phones, we are now very pleased to be introducing the first Dual SIM smartphones powered by Android™. “We have been actively exploring this market and are well aware of the need for Dual SIM smartphones,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “With the GALAXY Y DUOS and the GALAXY Y Pro DUOS, Samsung will be offering more choices for all consumers.”

Samsung’s First Full Touch Smartphone with Dual SIM, GALAXY Y DUOS
GALAXY Y DUOS is for young and practical consumers who want to manage their professional career and busy social life with affordable price. Beyond the flexibility of its dual SIM card system, GALAXY Y DUOS is a beautifully designed smartphone contained in a 11.98mm polished metallic casing. Its ergonomic design is complemented by a 3.14” full touch display that provides optimal legibility for a smartphone of its size.

Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and running on a powerful 832MHz processor, GALAXY Y DUOS offers advanced performance and versatility needed to successfully manage busy professional and social lifestyles.

GALAXY Y DUOS also provides users with multiple options to enrich their social lives. It features ChatON, Samsung’s unique cross-platform communication service that connects all mobile users into a single community. Users can also stay connected through Social Hub, which supports email, social network integration and instant messaging, displaying all of your communication in a single inbox.

Samsung’s First QWERTY Smartphone with Dual SIM, GALAXY Y Pro DUOS
Samsung is also introducing GALAXY Y Pro DUOS, which offers additional benefits for young professionals with the combination of a full QWERTY keyboard with a 2.6” display, giving them more business-friendly experience with better flexibility and usability.

GALAXY Y Pro DUOS offers enhanced productivity with the inclusion of Polaris and Find My Mobile professional tools. Polaris offers easy viewing and editing of a wide range of Office documents, enabling you to work with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and even PDF files while on-the-move. Samsung’s Find My Mobile Service ensures peace-of-mind by letting users remotely lock the phone at anytime, as well as trace the phone or remotely wipe its contents in case of loss or theft.

The users can also enjoy Social Hub Premium, offering support for push email and messaging, and seamless calendar and contact synchronization between the phone and users’ Google, Yahoo and MSN accounts.

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Chinese Motorola XT928 gets hands-on: less RAZR, more double-edged sword

Monday, December 5th, 2011

China’s own Motorola RAZRs have arrived, and have plenty to differentiate themselves from the Verizon-coated version available in the US. Thankfully, our colleagues over at Engadget Chinese have managed to get some intimate hands-on time with the dual-SIM capable XT928. Whether it’s the upgraded 13 megapixel camera, or the 4.5-inch HD display crammed inside, this Motorola mobile arrives slightly chunkier than the RAZR we’re used to. In fact, it looks more like a distant cousin than a simple variant. A not-particularly tapered backing is now removable, giving access to the two SIM card slots. Ports and buttons have also been rejigged, although the main difference is certainly the carrier’s decision to opt for network flexibility over the wafer-thin styling and Kevlar credentials of its fellow Moto countryman, China Mobile’s MT917. See how they both measure up against the Droid RAZR in an awkward family portrait after the break or check the full gallery (and some hands-on footage) at the link below.

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Chinese Motorola XT928 gets hands-on: less RAZR, more double-edged sword originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SIMPLE Mobile intros all-you-can-eat talk, text and web plans starting at $40

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

SIMPLE Mobile announced on Friday that its customers can now sign up for several new plans, including a $40 unlimited nationwide talk, text and web option that is available for smartphone users. SIMPLE Mobile also introduced two new BYOB (Bring Your Own BlackBerry) prepaid plans including a $50 option with unlimited talk and text, and a $60 plan that supports “4G” speeds. SIMPLE Mobile is an MVNO that uses T-Mobile’s nationwide network to support its services, so customers interested in the BYOB plan should note that a T-Mobile BlackBerry will be required to take advantage of the carrier’s 4G HSPA+ network. SIMPLE Mobile also introduced a $25 4G nationwide wireless broadband data plan that provides 750MB of data per month, as well as a $45 2GB option. Read on for the full press release.

SIMPLE Mobile® Continues the Wireless Revolution With New Unlimited $40 Everything Plan, Unlimited Everything BlackBerry® Plans and Wireless Broadband Data Plans

Irvine, CA  (September 23, 2011)  SIMPLE Mobile®

( is revolutionizing the wireless world with new plans thatwill change how people think about, and pay for
wireless service! The company that began the SIM card revolution in 2009 with their innovative B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Phone) program, is shaking up the wireless landscape once again by introducing a multitude of new pre-paid, flat-rate plans on one of the strongest nationwide networks. Effective September 23, 2011, SIMPLE Mobile will be offering a $40 Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text & Web plan, two BlackBerry specific plans and two 4G Nationwide Wireless Broadband plans that are going to unite mobile users across the US against overpriced wireless service.

SIMPLE Mobile¹s $40 Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text and Web plan gives smart phone users (including Android devices) more of what they want, for less money. The plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited domestic and international text messaging, in addition to unlimited Web access at up to 3G speeds on a major national network. When compared to the competition, this new $40 Unlimited plan is the best value in the business. This plan rounds out SIMPLE Mobile’s other voice offerings, which includes their $25 Unlimited 15-Day Talk & Text plan and their $60 Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text & 4G High
Speed Web plan.

Due to popular demand, SIMPLE Mobile will now be offering two unlimited B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own BlackBerry) pre-paid, flat rate plans. The $50 BlackBerry plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited text (domestic and international), BlackBerry Email (BIS), BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), access to the BlackBerry App World and unlimited Web browsing at up to 3G speeds. The $60 BlackBerry plan contains everything in the $50 plan, but also includes high speed Web browsing at up to 4G speeds. Additional information on features and supported devices can be found on SIMPLE Mobile¹s BlackBerry plans page at

For wireless broadband devices, such as GSM tablets and USB data sticks, SIMPLE Mobile is debuting $25 and $45 4G Nationwide Wireless Broadband plans. The $25 plan provides access up to 750MB of high speed Web connectivity for a consecutive 30-day period. For heavier users, the $45 plan allows for up to 2GB of high speed Web access, also during a consecutive 30-day period.

“SIMPLE Mobile is continuing the mission of giving today¹s new generation of wireless consumers what they want. Great national coverage, no contracts and the flexibility of bringing your own phone at amazing, flat rate price options,” commented Tim Garrett, SVP of Marketing for SIMPLE Mobile. “The old way of paying for wireless in the US is dying a slow death. People across the country are quickly realizing that SIMPLE Mobile’s hassle free way of wireless is a better option.”

As with all of SIMPLE Mobile’s wireless plans, these new offerings come without contracts, credit checks, or hidden fees. More information on SIMPLE Mobile and the company¹s new plans can be found online at

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Is this the Motorola Xoom 2?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Who’s looking sleek in angled corners? Why, it’s the Motorola Xoom 2 — at least it might be, according to Droid-Life and the folks that leaked it the above image. The outfit’s informant tells them that the pictured device is flaunting micro-USB and HDMI ports, a SIM card slot and a few large, flush buttons on its back. Is it the real deal? Well, we can’t say it looks much like Verizon’s door-destroying tablet, or even the shy slate that we spied on Motorola Mobility’s leaked website redesign — but we wouldn’t put too much stock into ambiguous renders and inconclusive advertisements anyway. There’s one more image after the break for those of you that are into rear-facing cameras and “confidential” engravings.

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Is this the Motorola Xoom 2? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 23:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google testing MVNO waters, preparing to battle carriers

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Google may be preparing to take its mobile efforts to the next level as it tests a Google-branded MVNO in Spain. Unconfirmed reports accompanied by photos of a Google SIM card and a Nexus S running on a “Google_Es” network suggest that Google is toying with the idea of becoming a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, or a company that provides cellular service by leasing capacity from existing wireless carriers and piggybacking on their networks. The photos suggest that testing is in the late stages as Google has already printed branded SIM cards, which have reportedly been delivered to Google Spain employees for testing. Additional details are scarce for the time being, but a Google-branded MVNO with deep Google Voice integration and a portfolio of Android devices from its potential Motorola acquisition could give the tech giant unprecedented control over the user experience. There is currently no firm indication that Google is testing similar services in other markets. Additional images follow below.

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MacBook Pro prototype spotted with 3G modem

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Apple has yet to release a MacBook with an integrated 3G modem, but that doesn’t mean the company hasn’t toyed with the idea. A 2007 15-inch MacBook Pro has surfaced on eBay with a built-in 3G antenna and a SIM-card slot. The seller says he or she originally purchased the 3G-capable MacBook Pro “for parts,” from a former Apple engineer and said “it was immediately clear this was no normal MacBook Pro.” The machine’s SIM card slot is still recognized by OS X 10.6.8 Leopard but the seller has been unable to get the data connection working properly, and noted that “it’s entirely possible it never worked.” The high bid for the one-of-a-kind MacBook Pro was $11,211.11 at the time of this writing. Read on for a few more images.

[Via MacRumors]


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Prototype MacBook Pro with SIM slot surfaces on eBay, unicorns actually exist

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Always dreamt of a Apple notebook with built-in WWAN? Looks like today’s your lucky day: a prototype MacBook Pro just surfaced on eBay, replete with a SIM card slot and retractable antenna in tow. Expecting a nonfunctional parts machine off Craigslist, its newfound owner managed to resuscitate the 2007-esque gizmo into booting, but was unfortunately unable to coax any GSM goodness from the thing. According to the seller, regular MacBook Pros from the era contain the same (but unused) solder points for the SIM card as the proto, lending credence to the notion that Cupertino might have seriously considered a 3G variant. Either way, if you’ve got a knack for rare Apple collectibles, or feel the need to ogle and some red-colored innards, hit the source below.

Prototype MacBook Pro with SIM slot surfaces on eBay, unicorns actually exist originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 15 Aug 2011 01:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 up for Amazon pre-order, still toting $500 price tag

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The IdeaPad K1 is really living up to its name these days, existing merely as an idea and a visualized concept, but not a real deal purchasable commodity. That’s changing ever so slowly, however, with an appearance among Amazon’s pre-order inventory, where the Tegra 2 Android slate is accompanied by the $499.99 price tag we saw just over a week ago. The major specs are as we’ve heard them before: a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and 300 nits of brightness, a microSD card reader, micro-HDMI out, and, interestingly, a SIM card slot. The latter doesn’t quite confirm that we’re looking at a 3G tablet, but comes close to it. Also close should be the K1′s release date, which isn’t spelled out by Amazon, but is expected to arrive any time now.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 up for Amazon pre-order, still toting $500 price tag originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 04:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony VAIO Z21 Series mentioned on various European sites, isn’t actually for sale yet

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Here in the states, Sony’s 13-inch VAIO Z series has been missing from the company’s online store for months, but in Europe, at least, it lives on — a quartet of Z21 series laptops have surfaced on various e-tailers as the possible successor to last year’s Z11. So far, we’re seeing a pair of configurations with a Core i5-2410M processor and a 128GB solid-state drive and two more with a Core i7-2620M CPU and 256GB SSD. Judging by this sample, at least, 1600 x 900 resolution is standard, as is a backlit keyboard, 3G SIM card slot, fingerprint reader, 3D output, and an HD webcam with Sony’s Exmor imaging technology. Alas, the available specs suggest Thunderbolt’s a no-show, though rumor has it Sony’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak technology will use USB connectors, of which this has three. Here’s to wishful thinking, right?

The peculiar thing is, you can’t actually buy it yet. F2F lists staggering prices ranging from €1,809 ($2,642) to €2,839 ($4,146), though it’s not, in fact, available. Meanwhile, search results turn up mentions on staticICE UK and Belgium’s Execute, but they’ve been scrubbed from the actual pages. So, it looks like it’s up to Sony to announce this already — and dish up some pictures while it’s at it.

[Thanks, Ihor]

Sony VAIO Z21 Series mentioned on various European sites, isn’t actually for sale yet originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Jun 2011 14:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ExoPlanetSat nanosatellite to begin search for alien worlds next year

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

SETI’s search for intelligent life in outer space may be on ice for the time being, but the search for alien planets that may possibly support life of some sort is now being bolstered by a number of new efforts. One of the latest is the so-called ExoPlanetSat nanosatellite developed by MIT and Draper Laboratory, which recently got the go-ahead from NASA’s Cubesat Launch Initiative and is now set to hitch a ride into space sometime in 2012. While not quite as “nano” as the SIM card-sized satellites that launched with the Shuttle Endeavor, the smaller-than-a-breadbox ExoPlanetSat is still pretty tiny by satellite standards, yet it packs all the necessary optics and technology required for what’s known as transit observation — that is, monitoring a star for decreases in brightness, which could indicate a planet passing in front of it. What’s more, while the launch of a single satellite is plenty to get excited about, the researchers hope that it lead the way for a whole fleet of similar nanosatellites that could greatly speed up the search for planets.

ExoPlanetSat nanosatellite to begin search for alien worlds next year originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 May 2011 11:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Merge available from third-party retailers, not Verizon Wireless

Friday, May 13th, 2011

A Verizon Wireless spokesperson has shed some light on the fate of the HTC Merge — an Android 2.2 handset first discovered last September. The device, which was officially announced by HTC in February, has fallen in and out of obscurity for months. Now, according to the latest report, users may finally get a chance to purchase the handset. Speaking with blog Phone Scoop, a Verizon representative explained, “The HTC Merge was approved for use on the Verizon Wireless network and is being sold by third party distributors, but not in Verizon Wireless stores.” The full-QWERTY smartphone also contains a SIM card slot — for use overseas — making it one of Verizon’s “world phones.” The company did not indicate if the handset would eventually make its way to Verizon’s retail outlets.


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