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    While we have various methods to carrier unlock Apple's iPhone available, all of them share issues such as the phone being re-locked after a firmware update. Negri Elelectronics brings us a new method, remotely unlocking after receiving your iPhone's IMEI code, which is permanent and lasts through firmware updates and other software modifications. Negri Electronics' unlock service runs $175 and requires a two-step process: purchasing the unlock, and sending in your IMEI which gets added to a database. Presumably Apple would not close this unlocking method in the future as it is the ...

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    With the recent release of the iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak came a warning for users of UltraSn0w: do not update. The older baseband firmware supported by UltraSn0w was incompatible with 4.3.1, and updating would result in losing the carrier unlock. Todays update brings support for the older basebands required by the UltraSn0w unlock, allowing iPhone owners with unlocked smartphones to upgrade to 4.3.1 without losing their carrier unlocked status. The update brings UltraSn0w's version up to 1.2.1 and requires your iPhone to be unlocked already. UlraSn0w also fixes the signal bar issue ...

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    Xperia: the brand synonymous with Sony Ericsson's smartphones for the past few years now. In this review of the Xperia Arc we go through what makes this smartphone innovative, fast, fun, and the next must-have device for any photography or movie connoisseur. The Xperia Arc is the first Android cellphone to implement Sony's Bravia and Exmor R technology from their popular television and digital camera lines. Read on for our review to find out if the Xperia Arc is the next smartphone you will be selecting. UNBOXING The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes bundled with all of the essential items to ...

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    In our last post we unboxed the HTC Desire S. In this video we'll take a look at the first boot and see the general responsiveness of the smartphone. This cellphone is running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI 2.1. The new version of Sense UI comes with a quick settings tab and recently used apps, in addition to notifications in the pull-down notification shade. The app drawer has three views (all apps, frequently used apps, and downloaded apps) and a cool, vertically paginated view to help navigate a long list of apps. Integration with HTCSense.com is present and does its job ...

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    Thanks to our friends at Negri Electronics we got our hands on the HTC Desire S. An Android-powered smartphone running HTC Sense UI, and targeting the European market. In this video I'll show you what comes in the box, and give you a quick tour or the device itself. We'll cover first-boot and software in an upcoming video. Inside the box is what you'd expect: some manuals, a wall-wart for USB-power (sporting European prongs), a stereo headset, a USB cable, and the phone itself. The smartphone feels very substantial in-hand, though it's not heavy and is quite compact. In addition to a ...

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    Last week Sony Ericsson announced that it would start allowing its users to unlock the bootloaders on some of its Android phones, opening up a world of customization options. You'd have to own a supported phone (one of the newer models), not be carrier SIM-locked, and be willing to lose your warranty coverage, but there should still be tons of users lining up to get their smartphones unlocked. SE's Karl-Johan Dahlström has posted an update on the efforts' progress, advising that the unlock service should launch "in the upcoming weeks". In order to unlock your Sony Ericsson phone, you'll ...

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    In this video we demonstrate the software included with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The Android Gingerbread powered Xperia Arc combines the power of the latest version of Android with the Xperia user interface. This particular device is the unlocked international smartphone (LT15i) and will most likely differ when it's released in North America and other continents. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with many applications skinned to mimic the XPERIA UI. The included Timescape app makes it easy to view status updates and messages by just swiping a finger up ...

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    A new app brought to us by developer Heathcliff74 allows registry, filesystem, and other low level access to Samsung Windows Phone 7 smartphones via developer-unlocked .xap install. The program is called "WP7 Root Tools" and aims to be compatible with all Windows Phone 7 Smartphones in the future. The alpha version grants higher access privileges on the smartphone, currently allowing registry access with further abilities such as a file explorer and certificate store access coming. The tool utilizes Samsung-specific functionality and so will only operate on smartphones such as the Samsung ...

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    In this video we unbox the new Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc. The Arc feels excellent in hand and seems thinner than the iPhone 4, especially at the trough of the concave back. The XPERIA Arc is bundled with the essential items to get started. The device we are reviewing is the international unlocked (LT15i) which comes with the international wall charger, a microUSB charging/sync cable, a nice in ear Sony Ericsson branded stereo headset, and a class 2 8GB microSD card preinstalled. While the XPERIA Arc does have a micro HDMI port, regrettably there is no cable included. The battery is a ...

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    Ever since the XPERIA Play emerged, the device gained immediate fame in the smartphone and gaming communities alike. Combining the versatility of an Android with the gaming capabilities of a PlayStation has produced one of the most, if not the most, anticipated smartphones being released in 2011. With all the hype surrounding the XPERIA Play, some may wonder is the buzz truly merited? Read on for our full review of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, the first PlayStation Certified smartphone! BOX CONTENTS Here is the unboxing of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play. The device being reviewed in this ...

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    While Samsung's Galaxy S series has been running a ported build of Gingerbread and has had CyanogenMod for some time now, we heard rumors earlier this month that an official Gingerbread release was pending, followed by an unspecified delay. Last night that pending release showed up on XDA forums as build I9000XXJVK. While this may not be final code as it is not being distributed via public channels yet, it is purported to be installed at service centers with warranty service. The Gingerbread version contained in this release is 2.3.3, one version higher than a previously available leak, ...

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    Falling in line behind HTC's G2 and Thunderbolt 4G, it has been revealed that the Incredible S features a signed bootloader as well. The device joins a growing list of higher security devices designed to prevent hackers from deploying un-approved code. HTC as well as nearly every other device manufacturer lock their device in some way to prevent deployment of un-approved software to their devices (custom ROMs, kernels, recovery, etc.) In the past, gaining root access to the device was enough to deploy these custom images. With it's recent device releases, Motorola stepped up their ...

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    Qualcomm demonstrated a new reference design at CTIA today, featuring the MSM8660 dual-core snapdragon chipset, first sampled in June 2010. The MSM8x60 runs at 1.2GHz and is targeted towards high-end smartphones, tablets, and smartbook devices. The chipset is rumored to be featured in the HTC EVO 3D. Qualcomm typically splits it's chipset families into two models, one supporting HSPA+ and the other supporting HSPA+ and CDMA. The MSM8x60 platform follows this precedent with the MSM8660 demoed here supporting HSPA+/CDMA and having a sister chipset MSM8260 supporting HSPA+. The reference ...

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    While many manufacturers are still rolling out updates to their Android handsets to bring them up to Froyo 2.2.x, very few devices are currently receiving updates to Gingerbread 2.3.x. Developers at XDA have not let that slow them down, releasing a CyanogenMod-based custom Gingerbread 2.3.3 ROM for the Sony Xperia X8. Current Gingerbread ports tend to have a few minor issues, and this one is no exception. Working services are cellular radio and data, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the notification LED. There are currently minor issues with the audio service and FM radio, the camera is limited to ...

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    Following the release of webOS 2.1.0 for the Palm Pre 2 a few weeks ago, Palm has now expanded their update rollout to include unlocked Pre 2 devices. The update is being pushed out over-the-air and notifies the user via a message from Palm services. The update adds two major features to the OS: Exhibition Mode and Voice Dial. Exhibition mode works with the Touchstone charging accessory, keeping the display on while "docked" to the wireless charging pad. The time, photos, and agenda apps are currently supported. Exhibition mode also allows you to search the app catalog for more compatible ...

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    Today the CyanogenMod team made Release Candidates of CyanogenMod 7 available for the Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, myTouch 4G, and Evo 4G. CM7 is based on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP source, plus a bunch of tweaks, additions, and improvements. A Release Candidate (RC) is just that, it's a release of the code that could become final if no bugs are found. Generally a CM build will go through two or three RCs before it's finally released. RCs should be usable as your daily driver, and in my experience, there's no reason not to use CM7 RC1 on your phone. There are a few things to keep in mind ...

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    Call this the day all "the rest of us" were waiting for. The text behind the label may not be that visible to many, but that Samsung GT-I9020A stands for none other than the Samsung's Google Nexus S with some AT&T flavor to it. Just as with the Nexus One, this just means the phone will sport the 850 / 1900 UMTS bands that will give you 3G connectivity for AT&T. Now, given its an unlocked phone, this also means it'll give you 3G speeds in most, if not all of the rest of the Latin American countries also. All the rest of the specs of the Nexus S we recently reviewed remain the same, so lets ...

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    If you're into customizing your Android-powered phone, and you're into XBOX gaming, this story is most definitely for you! Thanks to Crackanug and Tiffany84, there is now a Halo: Reach bootscreen animation -- with a little Android versus Apple thrown in for good measure. Those who have unlocked their phone and installed a custom Recovery Image can head over to the thread at XDA-Developers to download it. You'll need to know where your boot animation lives (it's different on some devices), download the right version, and flash it via recovery. After that, every time you reboot you can ...

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    The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below! If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review. SOFTWARE This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the fact that this is a custom skin ...

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    Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users' ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5" screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing of the Dell Streak. The box comes loaded with just about ...

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    SIM unlock codes are essentially "keys" that, when input, allow your device to work with any carrier's SIM. Traditionally you obtain one of these "keys" from your carrier -- at their discretion. It's also spawned a third-party market that can provide these codes -- for a price. While we've heard rumors passed in hushed voices that some Samsung Galaxy S phones have SIM unlock codes stored in a secret location on the phone, this solution takes a novel approach to SIM unlocking your device with an app. Instead of asking someone for the key to the lock, this app simply tells the phone it's ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9780 just landed at T-Mobile last week, but AT&T is not wasting any time getting its hands on the latest Bold as well. The first video of an AT&T-badged 9780 has surfaced, hinting that it won't be long at all before the carrier official kicks off sales. T-Mobile first put the 9780 up on its site on November 17, just as predicted. The newest addition to the Bold lineup, the 9780 carries a notable upgrade to BlackBerry OS 6 along with a higher-resolution camera and 512MB RAM - double the 9700's memory. The lucky owner of this AT&T 9780 has put the handset up for sale on ...

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    The GSM version of Verizon's Motorola Droid 2 will be available in the UK too, unlocked, under the name of Motorola Milestone 2, after its recent launch in Germany. The handset will cost £379.99 (around $607), as mentioned, unlocked, and it will be available with Google's Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, with all the specs of the Droid 2 -- that is 1GHz TI OMAP 3620 processor with 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 3.7-inch screen with 854x480 resolution and a 5-megapixel camera with dual flash. If you find it to be too pricy unlocked, you can get a subsidized version as Vodafone is offering the ...

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    You love your Android phone, you don't know why you'd ever part with it. It's become a part of your daily routine, a part of your daily commute, not to mention a vital communication tool. And then the latest-and-greatest Android phone is released, and it makes yours look like a dinosaur. You're sure someone out there would love to get their hands on a gently-used Android phone at a sharp discount, and the funds from that sale will go a long way toward buying your new Android phone. So, how should you go about preparing your Android-powered phone for resale? First off, remove your sdcard ...

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    We know that the Palm Pre 2 will be landing in the UK on Monday, November 15, available for £399 unlocked exclusively from Palm but we also know that O2 (and other carriers) are not stocking up on the handset - at least for the time being. If you live in Germany you might be able to get your hands on the Palm Pre 2 which looks to be available via Palm's website. The device has the model number 1075EU-UMTS and is listed for €499 (around 685$) with the ability to purchase right away and a shipping time of around one or two business days. As far as U.S. availability is concerned, it should ...

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