Apr 11, 2006, 12:08 AM by Rich Brome and Eric Lin
On-the-scene coverage of CTIA Wireless 2006. Exclusive photos and hot info from Las Vegas. New phones from HTC, Pantech, LG, Disney, Helio, Samsung, Nokia, Kyocera, and more.
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The winter trade show season is almost over. As usual, the finale is CTIA Wireless. Although technically not as big as CES or 3GSM, CTIA focuses on the Americas market, making it a more important show for those of us in the U.S..
While most companies have already unveiled their GSM lineups for the coming months, CTIA is typically where we finally get to see what's in store for the CDMA carriers this year. This year is no different than past years; while many new CDMA phones are being announced, the number of significant new GSM phones can probably be counted on one hand.
MVNO news is also big this year. While the MVNO space is already quite crowded, two brand-new MVNOs made a splash at opposite ends of the age spectrum: Disney Mobile for kids, and Jitterbug for the grandparent market.
In general, most companies have shifted away from announcing whole-year lineups all at once like they used to. Most of the phones announced at the show this year are only the ones that will launch in the next 3-4 months. Most companies are keeping their 2nd-half lineups under wraps until later for competitive reasons. Unfortunately that means a few less new phones than past shows, but less waiting for the phones that are being shown to hit the market.
Helio Quietly Reboots On Sprint and Verizon's Networks
Helio, an MVNO that shuttered its doors years ago, is back. The company announced its return via Twitter and is once again offering prepaid service.
CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
HTC's Hot Deal Is a Discounted Desire 626
HTC is selling the Desire 626 for $149 today, which is $30 off the normal price, as part of its Holiday Hot Deals promo. The company is also offering 40% off all accessories while supplies last.
MediaTek Packs 10 Cores in TriCluster Helio X20 Chip
MediaTek today announced the Helio X20, a mobile application processor that packages 10 cores together in three separate clusters. Many of today's high-end processors package eight cores in two clusters.
Verizon to Delete Its Paid Visual Voicemail Service
Verizon Wireless said it will discontinue its $2.99 Visual Voicemail service come July 8. All customers who use the Visual Voicemail app will be transitioned to Verizon's free, basic voicemail service.
Pantech Hero / PN-8300
0" display 240 x 320 pixels
processor 0 GB RAM
1,200 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot
VX8300 Manual Up...
ZOMFG can't wait for Helio...
The FCC site shows that the VX8300 was submitted on 03/03/06 and the VX8400 was submitted on 11/18/05.
However, there is no mention of the VX8400 from CITA.
The FCC site says the External Test Photos for the VX8300 will be up available on 10/14/06, and the External Test Photos for the VX8400 on 05/17/06.
I was expecting the 8400 at CTIA, too. Since it wasn't announced, I'm g...
To Rich or Eric
There was less hype. It was almost quiet.
I was wondering if you felt that and if you think that this is a hiccup for 2006 or an ongoing trend?
I think it was just the venue. Because CES is in the same place, and a lot of the same people go to both shows, people might have been subconsciously comparing it to that. CES is so insa...
Future Helio Handsets (Samsung?)
Are we supposed to start thinking SLIM A900 with more features here?
Sammy may be king in SK, but honestly the carriers themselves seem to ...
I'm going to say that they will disable it since there would be a competing BREW program
Jitterbug and GreatCall
I couldn't have imagined before working at a wireless carrier stor...
RE: Cingular trying to charge for RRS feeds
Rich, both LG LX-550 and VX-8300 support stereo Bluetooth profile (i.e. A2DP)
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Template2.cfm?LinkQuali ... »
And here is the LG VX-8300 entry.
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Template2.cfm?LinkQuali ... »
Both qualified profile lists show A2DP-Source so they support streaming stereo Bluetooth.
The 8300 definitely does, and I think we said that (didn't we?).
The 550 does not, according to the LG spec sheet I'm looking at...
That video does not work!
Any New Sanyos?
Samsung SPH-A960 TransFlash?
The Samsung spec sheet they handed out to everyone says very clearly:
"Transfer your favorite tunes in MP3 format onto the removable microSD(TM) memory card"
...but when playing with it today, I couldn't find the slot....
I guess I'm stupid
Having gone to CTIA.....
They had a killer slim blackberry (7100t type keypad) that was major slim.
They also had their first HSDPA phone that will go into production ZX20. It has a disappointing form factor that was reminiscent of the SS ZX10 but heavier, the LG HSPDA device, which is coming out at the same time is much more compelling (but was not shown). I like their jewelry store concept but I am not a fan of the fugly jitterbug. That is a huge monstrosity that could have been executed better.
Second was a tie between LG and Sony Ericcson. While I've seen pictures, sometimes you just have to see the phones in real life. I rea...
Picture of VX8300 OLED Display?
However, it would be nice to see a picture of them with the external displays turned on
so we see the VX8300 OLED next to the VX8100 TFT.
...so we see the VX8300 OLED next to the VX8100 TFT.
They wouldn't look any different. I couldn't see any significant difference in person, and it's nearly impossible to really capture display quality accurately in photos any...
Rich - Q about Helio phones...
When you had your mitts on the two Helio phones, were the screens the same size? Specs for the SK version of the Kickflip (can't remember the exact model number now, it's a VK Mobile phone - 650 maybe) state the screen is 2.2", and I also read that the Hero specifically had a 2.2" screen.
Of course, for whatever reason in all the photos the Hero appears to have the bigger screen, but it may just be due to the design and color.
motorola and samsung
Moto and Samsung ha...