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Motorola Evoke QA4 now available from Cricket Wireless

Starting today, Cricket customers can get their hands on the Motorola Evoke QA4, Cricket’s first full touchscreen handset. The Evoke will be a sweet addition to Cricket’s lineup and will feature:

  • CDMA 800/1900/1700/2100, 1900MHz and 2100MHz EVDO Rev. A
  • 2.8-inch WQVGA 240×400 touchscreen display
  • 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom
  • 256MB Internal storage, microSD expansion
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • Widget-Based, customizable home screen
  • MySpace, YouTube and Picasa integration
  • Full HTML browser
  • Centralized & conversational style SMS and email (POP3/IMAP4)
  • 108mm x 50.5mm x 17.5mm dimensions

The Evoke will retail for $299 and should go live soon on mycricket.com. It will also be available shortly in Cricket retail locations across the country. Woo! Hit the jump for the full press release.

Cricket Debuts Feature-Packed, Full Touch-Screen Motorola Evokeâ„¢ QA4

Advanced Multimedia Features Include Integrated Home Screen Widgets, Real Web Browsing and IM-Style Messaging over Cricket’s 3G EVDO Network

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of unlimited wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), today announced the immediate availability of the Motorola Evokeâ„¢ QA4 to Cricket customers. The feature-packed 2.8 inch full touch-screen device keeps users constantly connected to friends and family via texting with both a full touch-screen keyboard and slide out traditional numeric keypad. Web info is displayed on the home screen, which can be customized using integrated widget and personalized RSS feeds. Evoke also features a full HTML browser – all over Cricket’s 3G EVDO network.

“When our customers ask us for a “smartphone” what they really want is access to personal email, fast Web browsing, great multimedia features and a cool phone form factor. Cricket has worked closely with Motorola to deliver the Evoke and the recently launched Motorola Hint QA30 devices that fit the desires of our customers but at a much more affordable price and no expensive service contract,” said Jeff Toig, vice president of product marketing for Cricket. “In addition, Cricket’s 3G EVDO network allows our customers to take full advantage of Evoke’s many capabilities and features.”

“We designed the Motorola Evoke to give consumers multiple ways to stay in touch, whether they prefer IM-style texting, mobile blogging or simply a phone call to keep up with friends and family,” said Dan Papalia, vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “With Cricket’s 3G network, customers can get instant gratification with real Web browsing, RSS feeds, one-click social networking and more.”

Evoke is highly customizable with widgets to provide real-time access to the information that is most important to users, such as Google Web Search™, MySpace, YouTube™, Picasa™, weather forecasts and customizable RSS feeds. With a 2.0 megapixel camera/camcorder, Cricket customers can quickly and easily upload their pictures and videos directly to their MySpace page, blog or photo sharing sites such as Picasa™, straight from the device over Cricket’s 3G EVDO network. Additional features include an integrated music player and microSD card slot with removable memory for music, stereo Bluetooth®, preloaded BREW games, voice activated dialing and more.

Motorola Evoke is available now at www.mycricket.com for $299.99 and will soon be available at Cricket retail stores and Cricket dealers. For more information, please visit www.mycricket.com/evoke or www.motorola.com.

AT&T announces solid first quarter; impressive wireless and TV performance

AT&T released its financials for the first quarter this morning and despite just missing Wall Street’s $31.08 billion revenue projection, the company kicked off 2009 with a very solid quarter. Company-wide revenue came in at $30.57 billion and stand outs were certainly wireless and U-Verse performance. AT&T Mobility added 1.2 million net wireless subscribers in Q1 2009, 875,000 of which were postpaid customers — up 24.1 percent YoY. AT&T also activated 1.6 million iPhones in the quarter. Wireless data revenue climbed 38.6 percent to $3.2 billion and operating income margin grew 26 percent YoY. On the wired side of things AT&T added 284,000 net U-Verse TV subscribers, which almost doubles its Q1 2008 growth and brings total subs to 1.3 million. It also reported a 471,000 net increase in wired and wireless broadband subscribers bringing the total to 16.7 million.

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Sprint launches Sierra Wireless AirCard 402

As we weigh our options in seeking out an alternative to the USB modem that completely and utterly failed us in Vegas, a new option has just presented itself in the form of a nifty little hybrid broadband card from Sprint. Announced this morning, the Sierra Wireless AirCard 402 features a unique design that allows Sprint to cover users with PC Card slots and ExpressCard slots in one swing. The design places a broadband ExpressCard within a PC Card shell — as you can see in the image above, the two pieces join when a PC Card is required, but they can also be separated to support newer, smaller notebooks and netbooks requiring an ExpressCard. Very clever. The AirCard 402 supports EV-DO Rev. A of course, giving users access to “typical upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps with peak speeds of 1.8 Mbps and typical download speeds of 600 Kbps – 1.4 Mbps with peak speeds of 3.1 Mbps where EV-DO Revision A is available.”

This little guy is definitely a nice solution for users with both a notebook and a netbook where one type of card might not fit in both. It’s also great for those of you sporting an older notebook with a PC Card slot, but who will likely be upgrading to a newer laptop in the future. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 402 is available right now and will set you back a pretty reasonable $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

[Via Press Release]

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Rogers launches Wireless Box Office to satiate the need for live concert tickets

Are you a Rogers subscriber who is really into live music? If so, you are definitely going to want to give their new Wireless Box Office a try. In brief, it not only allows you to purchase tickets to some of the hottest concerts going from the convenience of your Rogers device, but your ticket is delivered to your phone which not only saves paper but gets you into the concert through a special door meaning you don’t have to wait in line like everybody else. Interested in giving it a try? Just fire up your Rogers WAP browser, click on Ringtones & More and then select Wireless Box Office. Conversely, if you are on a desktop computer you can visit wirelesstix.com and purchase your tickets from there. Happy concert going!

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Sprint looks beyond consumer wireless services, will target wireless-enabled consumer electronics

In a move to counteract its steadily declining subscriber base and sinking financial situation, Sprint is seemingly looking to open up its network to more non-traditional mobile devices. Sprint is already host to the Amazon Kindle Whispernet service, which provides wireless delivery of eBooks to the popular eReader and serves to distinguish the Kindle from its competition. The carrier also has an agreement with Ford that will outfit select 2009 truck models with cellular data connectivity. In an attempt to expand beyond the Whispernet and Ford offerings, Sprint is reportedly in talks with companies like Garmin, Eastman Kodak and SanDisk about adding EV-DO and presumably WiMax capability to what are traditionally non-wireless devices. If consumers are not interested in Sprint’s network, it only makes sense that Sprint would try to woo consumer electronics powerhouses into using its wireless network. How many people would jump all over a point and shoot camera or an HD pocket camcorder like the Zi6 that could wirelessly upload photos or videos instantaneously? In this age of instant communication and voyeurism, we would guess a lot! In any event, we like this play by Sprint a lot — big commercial contracts mean big revenue that won’t be jumping ship in droves every time an admin fee changes and the ETF is waived…

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Alltel launches $40 wireless broadband plan

Alltel has reportedly launched a new $40 wireless broadband add-on option, a $20 drop from the regular $60 per month price tag. Customers must subscribe to a Smart Choice voice plan to be eligible for this $40 wireless broadband add-on, but it’s still not too shabby for a truly unlimited (read: no usage cap) EV-DO mobile broadband connection. Sorry Alltel-Verizon Wireless customers as this feature is reportedly available for divested customers only. Doh!

[Via HoFo]

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Verizon Wireless LG Versa info galore

We already knew the bulk of the specs for the LG Versa and that Verizon is all set to release it on March 1st, but until now we were at a loss as to what Verizon would be charging for the Versa. Well we can now safely say that after a $50 rebate the Versa will set users back a husky $199.99 (or $449.99 at full retail) on a 2-year contract. Sadly the one-time costs don’t end there if you’re planning for some serious game-time with your Versa. A game controller module will be released in limited quantities for $29.99, though this is likely to be of small concern to most. We’ve been very critical of the concept of this phone in the past but we are now convinced that we were right for being suspicious of it — makers of all things bedizened Dooney & Bourke and all things aspiring Liz Claiborne have signed on the dotted line as official suppliers of “carrying solutions”. *Shudder* So have you got March 1st circled on your calendar or are you planning to sleep in? Hit the jump for a few slides.

 

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Verizon Wireless 4G trials going well, on track for 2010 commercial launch

Verizon Wireless is now home to the largest network in the country and thanks to today’s news, it will soon be home to the nation’s most modern as well. Big Red is currently trialing its next-generation wireless network that will operate on the newly acquired 700 MHz spectrum and, well, things are looking pretty good… To the tune of 50 – 60 Mbps download speeds! Of course these speeds were recorded on a clutter-free network but that this stage in LTE’s development here in the US, they’re impressive none the less. With Verizon shooting for an initial commercial launch in 2010 that should cover a pretty significant portion of key markets right from the get-go, Clearwire and Sprint could be in for the rude awakening of a lifetime. Verizon’s LTE network will be in direct competition with WiMAX of course and with the WiMAX roll out moving at a snail’s pace and user adoption lacking at best, trouble is most definitely brewing.

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Verizon Wireless drops Samsung Omnia to $99

It’s a buyers market for prospective smartphone owners with prices on mobile phones dropping like a stone. Last weekend, the BlackBerry Storm fell to $99 on Amazon and this weekend the price for Verizon’s Samsung Omnia has fallen to $99.99 directly from its website. This price includes a $70 online-only discount and will of course require a 2-year contract. The Omnia on a 1-year contract has been lowered as well – to $169 – while the full retail price of the phone remains an astonishingly high $559. Those interested in the Omnia should head on over to Verizon’s website sooner rather than later as we do not know if this price reduction is permanent or only temporary. Happy Omnia shopping!

Thanks, Austin!

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Verizon Wireless to offer new “Friends & Family” feature

Alltel customers coming over to Verizon Wireless can breath a sigh of relief as it appears Big Red will be adding a new My Circle-like feature to its calling plans. The new Friends & Family feature will be available starting February 15th and allows you to add 5 or 10 numbers to a Friends & Family calling group. Calls to and from this Friends & Family calling group will not count against your plan minutes. To be eligible for this feature, you must have either a Nationwide Single Line plan with 900 or more Anytime Minutes (minimum $59.99/month) or a Nationwide Family Share Plan with 1,400 or more Anytime Minutes (minimum $89.99 for 2 lines/month). An individual line is able to add five contacts to its Friends & Family calling group while a Family Share line is able to add 10 contacts that are shared among plan members.

It is somewhat disappointing that these features are added to the higher minutes and higher priced calling plans and not the basement 450 minutes Nationwide Single plan or the 700 minutes Family Share plan. Also disappointing is the fact that the 10 numbers in the Friends & Family calling group are shared among plan members and not allocated as 5 to 10 numbers per line. Regardless, this is a nice addition for current customers who already subscribe to the eligible plans and should also help those Alltel customers who were disappointed to lose the benefits of their My Circle plans. Best of all, this additional feature is free!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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