Sprint Planning Something Big For This Thursday (UPDATE)

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It looks like this Thursday will be some crazy day for new tech. First you got the seemingly more and more likely Apple MacBook Pro update (Apple’s own site has changed the shipping dates for MacBook Pros orders from the usual 24 hours to a now 3-5 day wait– yes that would coincide perfectly with a new Thursday MacBook Pro update), the Motorola Xoom tablet comes out for Verizon (albeit, at a ridiculously high $800 price. Oh, and you need to pay for at least one month of Verizon service– which starts at $20 for 1 GB of data– for WiFi to be “unlocked” on the tablet. Weird and really annoying we know), and from this above tweet Sprint plans to have something big of their own planned for Thursday.

Now what exactly this new phone is no one knows yet. It seems a little early for the recently unveiled Kyocera Echo to be this mystery phone, as Sprint said it wouldn’t come until “Spring” (and judging by the weather here in New York today winter seems to still be going strong– though we would love an early spring). Whatever this is, the wait should only be a few more days and you can make sure we’ll have it covered for you here.

UPDATE: And it looks like this little second Sprint tweet will give us an answer–  this mystery phone is Sprint’s first Windows Phone 7 phone, the HTC 7 Pro. Think about it, the main focus of Windows Phone 7 is hubs– specifically ones for gaming, music, videos, people etc– exactly what was mentioned in the new tweet.

The 7 Pro was said to be coming to Sprint ever since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 last year and is a pretty impressive phone– 3.6 inch high-res screen with full slide out, tilting QWERTY keyboard (see the pic after the break for what we mean), 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, 1 GHZ processor, and 8 GB of built-in storage. All in all if this is indeed what Sprint has in store, Thursday should be a solid day for Sprint users. You can see a shot of the second tweet and one of the HTC 7 Pro after the break.

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New MacBook Pros Coming This Week? Best Buy Seems to Think So

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A sign of a new MacBook Pro coming this week?

If you’re looking for a new MacBook Pro you may wanna wait a couple of days as a big update is set to be coming this Thursday, February 24th.

Now what exactly is in this update is still largely a mystery. Rumors have this being anything from a major update to Intel’s latest processors (codenamed “Sandy Bridge”– the latest and greatest in Intel’s Core line), a major update to the design (dropping the DVD drive in favor of a more MacBook Air like design), support for the next generation of USB based on Intel’s Light Peak tech (which is so much faster than the current USB 2.0 that its ridiculous. Think of transferring a whole Blu-ray movie in 30 seconds!!! This stuff is blazing fast), and even better battery life. Yeah, this should be huge. And this update looks to be across all the MacBook Pro lines– with the 13, 15, and 17 inches all getting updated.

Now how do we know this is coming? Well, for one Best Buy has a whole bunch of pages up on their site for some new MacBook Pros (like the one above) with prices of $1199 and $1499 for new 13 inch (same prices as current 13 inch MacBook Pro), $1799 and $2199 for new 15 inch (same prices as current 15 inch), and $2499 for a new 17 inch model (again, same price as the current 17 inch MacBook Pro). We also called up Best Buy for more info and while even they couldn’t find out actual specs, the reps we spoke to seemed to confirm that Apple plans to release these new models this Thursday.

We’re gonna keep digging for more and will let you know what we find.

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Atrix 4G Launch Date Pushed Up– Now Launching Next Week

Counting down the day until you can get your hands on AT&T’s hottest new 4G phone, the Atrix 4G, comes out? Well, awesome news– prepare to knock two weeks off that countdown as AT&T has just announced that the superphone will be coming much earlier than initially announced: next Tuesday the 22nd as opposed to the previously announced March 6th date.

Price is still $199 with new 2 year contract and data plan, with the same option to buy the laptop dock and phone for $500 with tethering data plan. Anyone going out on Tuesday to pick this beast up?

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Ask TeensTalkTech: Should You Buy the Verizon iPhone?

Ask TeensTalkTech is where we try to answer your questions on technology– from computer problems to cell phone questions and everything in between. Have any questions of your own? Either comment below, email us at ask@teenstalktech.com or tweet us (@teenstalktech) and we’ll try to answer them in a future post!

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The Verizon iPhone, it’s finally here. After years of begging, wishing, praying and waiting the end of AT&T’s exclusive control of Apple’s iconic cell phone has finally come to an end. This is the what people on Verizon have been waiting for years for.

Now don’t get me wrong this is a very big for both Verizon and AT&T– Verizon gets the device everyone’s been waiting for, and AT&T finally gets rid of those people who keep bashing their network (which personally I’m the most excited for. If all these people leave AT&T and they are the ones that constantly are using up data and slowing up the network for the rest of us, it means AT&T should only get better and faster than before); and of course for anyone on any carrier this means even more competition which should hopefully lead to much better phones and plans.

We’ve been receiving a ton of questions recently on whether you should buy an iPhone 4 on Verizon no, and personally, I’d say no. Here’s why.

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HTC Announces 2 New Facebook Phones Coming to AT&T Later This Year

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The HTC ChaCha

Remember how last year we wrote about all this talk of Facebook actually making dedicated Facebook phones? Well, contrary to Facebook’s denial of such things last year it looks like there are gonna be some special Facebook-focused phones coming later this year to AT&T thanks to HTC.

Today at MWC HTC took the wraps off of these two new phones– the ChaCha (pic above) and the Salsa (pic below), two Android powered phones with as you’d expect, a heavy emphasis on Facebook.

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The Facebook loving HTC Salsa

The Salsa looks a lot like any other HTC phone with a sleek 3.4 inch all touchscreen design, while the ChaCha looks more “BlackBerry-ish” with its full physical QWERTY keyboard underneath its smaller 2.6 inch touchscreen. Both phones also feature a dedicated Facebook button on the bottom of their respective designs for one-touch Facebook sharing. One tap of that button and you can instantly share whatever you’re doing– what song your listening to, what restaurant you just “checked-in at” or what website you just looked at– with all your Facebook friends.

Specs wise both are pretty similar: Both have a 5-megapixel back camera with auto focus and LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera for video chat, Android with HTC Sense (including new widgets for Facebook chatting from the homescreen), 600 MHZ processors (not gonna be EVO or ThunderBolt fast, but should be more than enough for constantly updating your Facebook all day. And this lower processor speed should allow for much better battery life so you can stay connected even longer), and a 480 x 320 resolution screen (again not as powerful as HTC’s other Android phones, but more than enough for the target goal of Facebooking 24/7).

The question is though, can this succeed where the Microsoft KIN phones failed? I mean, if the price is similar to what AT&T is charging for an iPhone, BlackBerry, Inspire 4G or Atrix 4G wouldn’t you just want to go with the much more powerful phone and use the very good iOS, BlackBerry or Android Facebook apps that millions are currently using today? Personally, unless there is some special data plan (this is where I think the KIN really failed– smartphone price for a phone that clearly wasn’t a smartphone) that makes monthly data cheaper on these phones compared to those “normal” AT&T smartphones I’d go with a normal smartphone and just use a Facebook app.

But that’s just me– what would you do? Do you want a specific “Facebook phone” or are you more than happy with a more powerful phone and a Facebook app? Let us know in the comments.

You can see more on the ChaCha here, and the Salsa here.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G Launch Date and Price Announced– Coming February 23rd for $149

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On T-Mobile and anxious to make T-Mobile’s latest and greatest 4G phone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, your own? Checking each day to see if it will be the day that T-Mobile was talking about when they said this beast was coming in February? Well, you can relax now as T-Mobile and Samsung have today come out from MWC 2011 with some very exciting news for you: the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be coming very soon to T-Mobile, February 23rd to be exact (9 days from now), for an excellent price of $149.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the Galaxy S 4G is T-Mobile’s 3rd 4G phone, and packs a whole bunch of awesome specs including:

  • 4 inch Super AMOLED screen– Read: an amazing screen
  • Access to T-Mobile latest and fastest 4G speeds– up to a blazing 21 Mbps– really, really fast internet that should be rolled out all across T-Mobile’s network as the year goes on. This is the first T-Mobile phone capable of this.
  • Front camera with T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik and 5 megapixel back camera
  • 1 GHZ Samsung Hummingbird processor– like the Vibrant and other Galaxy S phones. Basically, everything on here should run really fast
  • Android 2.2– with access to T-Mobile TV for watching live TV (another first for T-Mobile here).
  • 16 GB of built-in storage on an included microSD card– With Inception pre-installed so you can watch an awesome movie right out of the box on that awesome screen.

Yeah, it’s impressive and at $149.99 we gotta say, it’s a pretty sick deal.

For more info on the Galaxy S 4G, see T-Mobile’s site here.

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AT&T Giving Away 1,000 Free Rollover Minutes To Customers– How To Get Them For Yourself

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Now this is the type of competition we want to see. This week was a pretty tough week for AT&T, what with Verizon ending AT&T’s exclusive on the iPhone and all– a move that we’re sure led to some people bailing on AT&T for Verizon (exact numbers no ones saying yet). So if you’re AT&T, how do you say thank you to those that were loyal and stayed with you? Give them free stuff of course! Yes, this weekend AT&T began giving out 1,000 (yes, one thousand) free Rollover minutes to its subscribers, meaning if you had for example, a plan with the lowest 450 minutes per month, you now will have an extra 1,000 in the “bank” in the event you overuse that allotment in a month. Very nice indeed.

Now how to do you take advantage of this awesome gift? Simple, text “Yes” (without apostrophes) to 11113020. That’s it. Within 4 weeks or so your account should now have an extra 1,000 available Rollover minutes for you to use (even better, these are Rollover minutes and will keep on carrying over from month to month until they’re all used up). The deal runs from now until March 31st, and yes this isn’t just for iPhone users, we also tested this on an AT&T BlackBerry and it worked just the same.

So there you have it. A nice little weekend gift from AT&T, enjoy!

 

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Sony Officially Takes Wraps Off Xperia Play, Coming to Verizon in “Early Spring”

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Wow MWC is off to a crazy start. Today, as promised, Sony Ericsson took the full wraps off the Xperia Play/PlayStation Phone, and wow is it looking better and better. Just as Wirefly leaked last week, Verizon will be the lucky carrier to get this awesome phone in “early Spring” (they just don’t give up at all do they? First it was 4 4G phones at CES, next the iPhone 4 and now this? And it’s only February!).

As for specs? Wirefly looked again to be 100% on the mark, with the official word being that this beast will come with:

  • 4 inch high-resolution screen– This fits in with all the other rumors we’ve heard about the phone, and with a resolution of 854×480 expect games to look really awesome on here.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box– Yes, this will be running the latest and greatest of Android for phones which is definitely something to get excited about because it’s the best version of Android for phones ever released (faster, updated Google Apps, support for game controllers *cough* *cough*)
  • 1 GHZ processor with 512 MB of RAM– To make sure all those PlayStation games run smoothly.
  • GPS and WiFi– With support for WiFi N networks and the ability to use the phone as a portable WiFi hotspot.
  • 5 megapixel back camera with flash and HD video recording with second front camera for video chat– Just like the iPhone 4, Nexus S, Samsung Epic 4G etc.
  • 8 GB microSD card included in the box

Oh, and the phone will also ship with one “legendary” PlayStation One game (title not yet announced), with an additional 50 games available at launch (including Guitar Hero, Assassin’s Creed, and Dead Space to name a few) from a whole bunch of publishers (with some current smartphone games already out there getting special extra levels on the Xperia Play).

Still no price and exact release date– but wow is this turning into some awesome year for anyone on Verizon. New video of the Xperia Play in action after the break.

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Verizon iPhone Is The Most Awkward iPhone Launch Yet

Well this must’ve been incredibly awkward. Usually when Apple releases a new iPhone the lines start for days and run around blocks of streets and floors of malls. Apparently that was not the case yesterday for the Verizon iPhone, one of the most anticipated phones seemingly ever.

The video you see above is one of the scenes from Apple and Verizon stores yesterday all across the US– lots of anticipation for crazy long lines, few to zero people actually showing up. The above YouTube video (via ojezap) was taken yesterday from outside the Apple Store at the Mall of America in Minnesota, and here’s a shot CNET got of the Apple Store in NYC– both right around the time when doors were supposed to open at 7 AM.

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Oh, and here’s the scene at the same NYC Apple Store in the middle of the day (read: hours after the doors opened) last year when the original iPhone 4 launched (Pic via CNET).

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Yes, that long group of people almost at the street is the line!

Of course this could just be because of the freezing and otherwise really bad weather seemingly all across the country (compared to last summer’s launch weather when  it was a little hot but otherwise clear and sunny) and people have decided to wise-up and have the phone shipped right to them instead (which with pre-orders for the device selling out we’re sure a ton of people did). Regardless, yesterday must’ve been some kind of let down for all those people who woke up early to try to beat these “lines.” (On the bright side though, we’re sure they had no trouble finding a salesperson to help them!)

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More Xperia Play Details Leak– Coming to Verizon?

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File this under MAJOR RUMOR. One of the bigger cell phone stores on the web, Wirefly.com, has today published some very interesting details about the Xperia Play– which some of you may know as the PlayStation Phone. And if this is true (which we are inclined to really believe it might be considering that these guys are one of the top sellers of phones online and would therefore have access to this type of info), boy would it answer a whole bunch of questions about this highly anticipated phone. In a comparison post with the Verizon iPhone 4, Wirefly revealed a whole bunch of never before seen details on the Xperia Play including some truly impressive specs such as:

  • 4 inch high-resolution screen– This fits in with all the other rumors we’ve heard about the phone, and with a resolution of 854×480 expect games to look really awesome on here.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box– Yes, this will be running the latest and greatest of Android for phones which is definitely something to get excited about because it’s the best version of Android for phones ever released (faster, updated Google Apps, support for game controllers *cough* *cough*)
  • 1 GHZ processor with 512 MB of RAM– To make sure all those PlayStation games run smoothly.
  • GPS and WiFi– With support for WiFi N networks and the ability to use the phone as a portable WiFi hotspot.
  • 5 megapixel back camera with flash and HD video recording with second front camera for video chat– Just like the iPhone 4, Nexus S, Samsung Epic 4G etc.
  • 8 GB of built-in memory with support for more via microSD card slot

Yeah, if true then it’s pretty solid indeed. Of course, many details such as price, release date and if it will be 3G only or support Verizon’s new 4G LTE network all have yet be revealed, but that hopefully will come on Sunday when Sony holds their MWC press conference. As always, we’ll have it all broken down for you right here, but assuming the above is true and that this is coming to Verizon, what will it be: iPhone 4 or PlayStation Phone?

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