Pocketnow Weekly 099: Amazon smartphone, iOS 8, & GSM Nation’s CEO on the future of unlocked phones

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iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we’ve got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a “0,” we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple’s new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won’t/might end up being a phablet.

Of course we don’t stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, and condemnation … and when the dust settles from all that, we finally get around to something important: a peek behind the scenes at the operations of a leading smartphone retailer. GSM Nation co-founder and CEO Ahmed Khattak joins us to talk about the future of unlocked smartphone sales in the US and beyond!

All that, plus a some thinly veiled references to summertime perspiration and the usual helping of presumption and pretension, await you on episode 099 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle Plus  to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Tell your friends about the show so we don’t have to do a telethon to stay on the air. And thanks for listening!

Pocketnow Weekly episode 099

 

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Recording Date

06/6/2014

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Jaime Rivera

Stephen Schenck

Taylor Martin

 

Guest

Ahmed Khattak, co-founder and CEO of GSM Nation

 

Introduction

 

Announcements (00:03:23)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: sell your iPad and laptop and get this instead

ASUS PadFone X review: a beginner’s flagship with a tablet in the box

LG G3 arriving now!

Galaxy S5 Active arriving now!

Lumia 630 arriving now!

Tune in next week for Episode 100 of the Weekly, featuring Brandon Miniman!

 

Thought Thread (00:10:22)

iOS 8 vs Android

 

Hey guys,

Since you want succinct questions I took that up as a challenge to write one in the form of a haiku. So here it goes:

iOS Android
What reasons are there to switch
Similar features?

Thanks!
–Vijay V.

News

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iOS (00:14:39)

Apple announces iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

iOS 8 Beta 1 hands on (Video)

Jailbreak efforts for iOS 8 Beta off to a great start

Foxconn makes the 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhone 6 official?

 

Android (00:36:04)

Amazon smartphone launch event scheduled

LG G3 sales off to a booming start, but will they last?

HTC announces plastic-bodied One E8

Motorola hosting yet another Moto X sale, deep discounts to be had

The Moto X+1 could be the phone of the fall

T-Mobile launches Underground for all you snobs out there

Sprint rumored to purchase T-Mobile, pricing plans close to final

 

Feature

(01:05:55)

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We sit down with GSM Nation founder and CEO Ahmed Khattak to talk about what’s right and wrong with the unlocked smartphone space, why he decided to reinvent it, and what’s coming next for those who don’t want contracts with their mobile phones.

 

Music

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It may just sound like a ringtone to you, but our transition music track (“Radiation”) is a real song, from a real album, by a real artist: Ali Spagnola. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali’s website here, visit her YouTube page here, and follow her on Twitter here!

Thanks for listening!

Tune in again next week!

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About The Author
Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA.Read more about Michael Fisher!