LG Canada recalls LG 150 mobile phone

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Jan 272009

LG Canada is voluntarily recalling some 45,000 LG 150 mobile phones after it was decertified by Industry Canada. The LG 150 failed a radio frequency exposure test performed recently. Specifically, it failed the Radio Standards Specifications 102 (RSS 102), Radio Frequency Exposure Compliance of Radiocommunication Apparatus.

Fortunately, Health Canada has determined that the past and current use of the LG 150 should not pose immediate or long-term health concerns

The LG 150 was sold in Canada by Bell Mobility, including partners such as Virgin Mobile, MTS Allstream, SaskTel, Aliant Mobility, KMTS, NorthernTel, Sogetel, Télébec and TBayTel. Customers should contact their carrier to arrange an exchange for a comparable LG model. The exchange program will run until March 31, 2009. Additional information is also available at www.lg.ca/lg150 or by calling 1-866-940-6508.

No other LG phones are affected by the recall.

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T-Mobile launches G1

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Oct 252008

T-Mobile G1

Just having posted about a security flaw on the just released T-Mobile G1, I realized that I completely missed the announcement earlier this week.

T-Mobile launched the G1 after a successful pre-order period that saw existing customers get first dibs on the first ever Google Android-powered mobile phone. The G1 is now available in select retail stores across the U.S. and online at http://www.T-MobileG1.com. The Android Market also launched.

With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers around the world. Customers can find and download a wide range of innovative applications-from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping-to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. Even better, for a limited time, the dozens of applications available on Android Market are available free-of-charge for T-Mobile G1 users.

The T-Mobile G1 is available for as low as USD$179.99 with a two-year voice and data service contract (with a minimum of USD$55 per month). Without a service contract, the G1 will sell for USD$399.99.

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HP launches iPAQ Data Messenger and iPAQ Voice Messenger

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Oct 212008

HP iPAQ Data Messenger

Do you remember the HP Silver and Oak, codenames for two devices that appeared on a leaked 2008 Vodafone roadmap? They are a bit late but HP finally unveiled them today. HP announced that it is partnering with Vodafone to launch two new smartphones in Europe. The HP iPAQ Voice Messenger is a 3G candybar smartphone with 20-key keypad and the HP iPAQ Data Messenger is a 3G smartphone with a large touchscreen display and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

“HP is taking mobile computing beyond borders and boundaries to something truly global as a result of our relationship with Vodafone,” said David Wright, vice president and general manager, Personal Systems Group, HP UK&I. “Our new HP iPAQs will enable people to stay connected seamlessly on Vodafone’s high speed networks to the information, content and people that matter most to them.”

The iPAQ Voice Messenger is powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm 7201A processor and Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM and tri-band (900/1900/2100MHz) UMTS/HSUPA connectivity, a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 20-key thumb keyboard and 5-way optical navigation key, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, integrated Assisted GPS, a 3.1MP autofocus camera with LED flash, a microSDHC card slot (up to 8GB), and a 1260mAh battery. It measures 5.0 by 1.36 by 11.4 centimeters and weighs 107 grams.

The iPAQ Data Messenger shares very similar specifications but comes with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, a larger 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display (with automatic screen orientation), a slide-out QWERTY keyboard instead of the thumb keyboard and a1140mAh battery. It measures 5.7 by 1.74 by 11.4 centimeters and weighs 160 grams.

The HP iPAQ Voice Messenger and Data Messenger will be available in the UK starting in November. Additional European countries will follow a bit later. The HP iPAQ Voice Messenger will sell for about £333 and the iPAQ Data Messenger will sell for £399 (prices include VAT). Vodafone will announce its pricing (likely subsidized with service plans) in November. There is no word on whether North America will see these.

Nokia unveils Morph concept phone

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Feb 252008

Nokia Morph concept

Morph is a new concept mobile device developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK). The Morph shows how future handsets could be made of self-cleaning flexible materials, transparent electronics that would change shape for different purposes. The materials used allow the Morph to stretch and flex, allowing the user to transform their mobile device into radically different shapes.

Nokia claims that some elements of Morph could make their way into handheld devices within the next seven years, albeit only at the high-end at first. Nanotechnology also holds the promise of delivering low cost manufacturing solutions.

According to Dr. Tapani Ryhanen, Head of the NRC Cambridge UK laboratory, Nokia, “We hope that this combination of art and science will showcase the potential of nanoscience to a wider audience. The research we are carrying out is fundamental to this as we seek a safe and controlled way to develop and use new materials.”

More pictures of the Morph are available at Nokia.

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New iPAQs: A closer look at the 600 and 900 series

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Sep 062007

HP iPAQ 600 Business Navigator

Sitting pretty at the top of the new iPAQ family are the new iPAQ 600 Business Navigator and iPAQ 900 Business Messenger. Both will be powered by a 520MHz Marvell processor and Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional. As reported earlier, both will come with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. Both will also feature integrated GPS and QVGA touchscreen displays (2.8-inch for the iPAQ 600 and 2.46-inch for the iPAQ 900), 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and a microSD slot. The iPAQ 600 series will come with a Smart Touch Wheel, 3-way thumb wheel and 12-key numeric pad while the iPAQ 900 series will feature a QWERTY keyboard and scroll wheel.

The iPAQ 610 comes in configurations with or without a 3MP 4x zoom camera and I suspect we will see the same option on the iPAQ 900.

The iPAQ 600 will measure 117 x 60.3 x 17.5mm and weigh 145 grams. The iPAQ 900 will measure 113 x 64 16mm and weigh 146 grams.

Hermit in a cave update: Apple iPhone available today

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Jun 292007

Apple iPhone

Just in case Gadgetorama is the only web site that you check for news about the outside world (and you have missed our iPhone coverage in the past), today is the day that the world (well, the US at least) finally gets to get their hands on the Apple iPhone. It will be available today at 1800 local time and lineups are well under way at Apple and AT&T stores. Apple has confirmed that you will be able to purchase a maximum of two iPhones.

Apple has also got a number of iPhone accessories ready for you. Among them is the Bluetooth headset (which includes an iPhone Dual Dock to charge both the iPhone and the headset and a Bluetooth Travel Cable) for US$129, the iPhone Stereo Headset for US$29 and a US$29 USB power adapter among others.

Apple has also released iTunes 7.3 which will let you activate the iPhone service and let you sync it with your PC.

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iPhone dispute between Apple and Cisco settled

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Feb 222007

Apple and Cisco have settled the lawsuit over Apple’s use of the Cisco-owned iPhone name. Going forward both companies will use the iPhone brand and they will also explore ways to make their products and services more interoperable.

As part of the agreement, the two companies have agreed to dismiss all iPhone trademark legal actions. Other details of the settlement were not revealed.

And with that, Apple clears another iPhone hurdle. But a few, like a potential lawsuit from Canadian company Comwave Telecom which owns a Canadian trademark on the iPhone name and Quantum Research threatening another lawsuit over the touchscreen technology, still remain.

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Cisco sues Apple over iPhone trademark

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Jan 102007

Yesterday, the news was that Cisco and Apple were in discussions over the use by Apple of the name iPhone for its new mobile phone and a final agreement was expected shortly. Today, the news is not quite so optimistic with Cisco filing a lawsuit against Apple today for the infringement of Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark. “Today’s iPhone is not tomorrow’s iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand,” said Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel, Cisco.

Apparently, Apple has tried since 2001 to get the iPhone trademark. The suit alleges that Apple went as far as setting up a front company to try to acquire the rights.

Cisco is seeking an injunction to prevent Apple from using the name as well as damages.

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How popular is the Motorola Razr?

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Jul 192006

So how popular is the Motorola Razr? How about 50 million units shipped popular!

The RAZR was first introduced in the fourth quarter of 2004 in Hong Kong. Since then, it has appeared in a variety of variations and different colours (including black and pink). There is even a Dolce & Gabbana edition with a gold and silver finish and engraved with the signature Dolce & Gabbana logo.

Will Motorola be able to repeat this success with the Moto Q or the RAZR’s successor, the Motorola K1?

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FCC approval for Motorola Canary

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Jul 162006

Motorola Q1

If the Motorola RAZR is too big for you, you are in luck: The Motorola K1 (codenamed Canary) has received FCC approval. This latest mobile phone is about two-thirds as wide as the RAZR and packs quad-band GSM and EDGE capabilities. It should be about the same thickness and come with a 2MP camera capable of video, a 176 x220 pixel screen, Bluetooth and a microSD slot under the battery.

Curious to see more for yourself: Visit the FCC Generic search page, use Grantee Code IHD and Product Code T56GT1.

Source: Phonescoop