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‘Disposable’ pre-charged phones – a criminals dream come true!

Bic punts ‘disposable’ pre-charged phone | Register Hardware
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Next time the missus asks you to pick-up a Bic at the newsagents, you’d be wise to clarify exactly what she’s after. The firm is branching out from disposable razors and ball-point pens, and has launched a mobile phone.

Bic’s phone: available on Orange
Bic has teamed-up with Orange France to launch the Bic Phone, which comes with a ready-charged battery and an hour’s free calls. The SIM card will already slotted into place, so all the user has to do is activate the phone.

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Once your free time’s up, Mobicarte pre-pay airtime cards can be used to keep the phone topped up. Alcatel manufactures the handset, and the device’s telephone number is included in the packaging.

Don’t expect too many features though, because Bic states that the phone’s only designed for making calls and sending text messages. But users can choose between a “Citrus Orange” or “Lime Green” body colour.

The Bic phone will be available in France from 7 August and will cost €49 (£39/$80). A UK release date or price hasn’t been given. “

(Via reghardware )

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Hands-on Htc Touch Diamond

HTC Touch Diamond Hands-on Update [Htc Touch Diamond]

From Gizmodo :

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I’m still working on the full review, but I wanted to give everyone an update on that performance fix that was released last week for the HTC Touch Diamond. I installed the new ROM (it was easy, just run the executable on your PC), and now TouchFLO is noticeably faster. It’s still not instant, but it’s definitely improved to the point where it’s usable and you won’t really mind it. Yeah, it’s passed that bar. I’d even say that it’s just as fast as the iPhone. Current owners will be able to upgrade to the newer official ROM soon.

(Via Gizmodo)

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Sprint’s $130 Samsung Instinct

Sprint’s $130 Samsung Instinct twists free

Mossy don’t like it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put finger to screen and give Samsung’s new Instinct a test of your own. Particularly if you’re a fan of Sprint either by choice or by contract. Available now and right on schedule for $129.99 (with 2 year contract and $100 mail-in rebate), not the original $200 bounced around initially. With Sprint trying hard to position the Instinct as an iPhone killer, we guess they really didn’t have a choice but to undercut it in price.

(Via Engadget)

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How Much Radiation Does Your Phone Emit? Not does it…HOW much!

How Much Radiation Does Your Phone Emit?
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The technology news site CNET has compiled two interesting lists showing which cellphones give off the most and the least radiation.

In publishing the information, CNET editors note the data aren’t meant to imply that cellphone radiation poses a risk, nor is it meant to say that the phones are safe. As I recently reported in my Well column last week, the data on cellphone safety is mixed, although a few recent international studies have suggested a link with three types of brain tumors. The Food and Drug Administration also says there’s not enough information to determine conclusively whether cellphones are safe or unsafe.

The charts focus on the specific absorption rate, or SAR, of a cellphone, which is a way of measuring the quantity of radio frequency energy that is absorbed by the body, according to CNET.

For a phone to pass F.C.C. certification, that phone’s maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6 W/kg (watts per kilogram). In Europe, the level is capped at 2 W/kg, while Canada allows a maximum of 1.6 W/kg. The SAR level listed in our charts represents the highest SAR level with the phone next to the ear as tested by the F.C.C. Keep in mind that it is possible for the SAR level to vary between different transmission bands and that different testing bodies can obtain different results. Also, it’s possible for results to vary between different editions of the same phone (such as a handset that’s offered by multiple carriers).

Four Motorola phones top the list, with the V195s putting out the maximum 1.6 W/kg. The popular BlackBerry Curve 8330 rounds out the No. 5 spot. To see the full top 10 list, click here.

The list of lowest-radiation cellphones includes the LG KG800 and the Motorola Razr V3x, which put out 0.135 W/kg and 0.14 W/kg, respectively. To see all the lowest radiation phones, click here.

If you don’t see your phone on the list, the site includes lists of cellphones by brand name. My iPhone was listed under “other” brands, but I was interested to learn that its SAR number is 0.974.”

(Via nytimes )

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Want an iPhone 3G? First, Check out these 4 iPhone killers

Thinking about an iPhone 3G? Not so fast — check out these 4 iPhone killers first

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When you’re as popular as the iPhone, you’re bound to have some enemies. The competition is catching up, but the impression the iPhone has made on them is undeniable. Full-bodied touchscreen phones that do more than just enable calls and grainy pictures are now a hot item thanks to Apple — though maybe you’re still on the fence as to whether or not the iPhone 3G is right for you. Maybe you’re in the middle of your current plan and don’t want to switch, or maybe AT&T’s coverage isn’t all that great in your area. Either way, you’ve got options.

Click Continue to see what phones are looking to settle the score.


iPhone-Killers-HTC-Touch-Diamond.jpg1. HTC Touch Diamond
HTC finishes cutting its 3G diamonds in July for a variety of carriers. The Diamond does a lot to distinguish itself with its looks and interface, and yet its clickwheel won’t help you forget how iPhone-influenced it is.

Like the iPhone:
• Virtual keyboard
• Turn-by-turn GPS directions

Not like the iPhone:
• Glossy frame with angles to resemble cut diamond
• Horizontal menu system (rather than a panel of favorites)

Secret weapons:
• iPodesque clickwheel and four buttons
• 3.2 megapixel camera for stills and video
• Choice of cellular carriers

Weaknesses:
• 4 GB of internal memory
• Smallish 2.8-inch touchscreen

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iPhone-Killers-Samsung-Instinct.jpg2. Samsung Instinct

Samsung comes out swinging in 3G for Sprint on June 20th. The Instinct does a lot of things right, but, at the same time, almost everything it gets right the iPhone did first. Including the case design.

Like the iPhone:
• 3.1-inch touchscreen
• 2 megapixel camera for images
• Upgradable memory up to 8GB
• Virtual keyboard and 3 hard buttons
• Turn-by-turn GPS navigation

Not like the iPhone:
• It… Ah… Hmm…?

Secret Weapons:
• Camera can also record video
• Customizable favorite menu buttons

Weaknesses:
• Relies on Sprint’s proprietary services for music and video, among other things

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iPhone-Killers-LG-Vu.jpg3. LG Vu

LG’s 3G “TV phone” is already available, also on AT&T, and shares a lot with the iPhone. One big problem with that: it competes directly with the iPhone for AT&T’s customers.

Like the iPhone:
• 3-inch touchscreen
• Virtual keyboard and 3 hard buttons for phone control
• 2.0 megapixel camera

Not like the iPhone:
• Navigation screens categorized into segments

Secret Weapons:
• Vibrating feedback for the touchscreen
• Streams AT&T’s Mobile TV service
• Allows for voice and data use simultaneously
• Camera also shoots video

Weaknesses:
• Competing with the iPhone on its own network

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And there’s one more shadowy contender off on the horizon, where a storm’s certainly brewing — the recently announced Blackberry Thunder. When the first iteration of the iPhone was released last year, it took a lot of heat for not offering a full corporate suite of software that has Crackberry users loyal to the brand. And now RIM is planning on a full, touchscreen Blackberry with the Thunder:
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(Via DVICE.)

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