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“Bring us alternate topics,” you said. And boy oh boy, have the waning days of December delivered.

On today’s podcast, we’re joined by Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup for a firsthand account of the BlackBerry Classic launch and an acoustic retelling of MobileSyrup’s BlackBerry Classic review, told as only a true Canadian can tell it. On the heels of that, we’re looking at the leaked OnePlus One mini: sure, it might be a fake, but it’s about time for a new OnePlus One, and a slimmed-down edition would be very welcome indeed. And speaking of overdue smartphones: where the hell’s our next Windows Phone flagship? All that, plus Dial F For Fail, your listener mail and a new installment of the “What Phone Should I Get?” advice column, in the podcast ahead!

If that sounds like the ideal remedy for an early-winter head cold, Pocketnow has just the show you’ve been looking for. Join us for Pocketnow Weekly 127 below –either through the live video stream at 12:30pm Eastern on December 18 (click here for your local time), or the high-quality audio version available later on– and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!

Pocketnow Weekly 127



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December 18, 2014



Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Daniel Bader (MobileSyrup)



Jules Wang


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BlackBerry Classic



MobileSyrup’s own Daniel Bader fills us in on the latest from Canada’s vaunted smartphone builder: a Bold lookalike that comes packing all your 2009 favorites, from toolbelt to QWERTY keyboard. Join us for a distilled take on MobileSyrup’s review of the BlackBerry Classic!

Context: BlackBerry Classic review (MobileSyrup) / BlackBerry Classic launches with very familiar look (Pocketnow)





Five inch OnePlus One “mini” specs, photos leak

Amazon Fire Phone scores pretty substantial update

Microsoft preps for Lumia Denim with intro vid, support docs

Long wait rumored until next Lumia flagship

(Editorial: Microsoft needs to show up at the flagship party)

Huawei Honor 6 Plus launches with dual rear cameras



What phone should I get?



A segment about making choices, fueled by your listener mail. This week: a reader vacillating between the LG G3 and the new Moto X, and a die-hard Microsoft fan asking the increasingly common Windows Phone question: should I stay or should I go?


Dial F for Fail


John Legere


A segment from our top news wrangler about injustice, misdeeds, and general foolishness within the mobile industry. Today’s topic: rollover, stash, and other buzzwords that don’t mean what T-Mobile wants you to think they mean.

The Data Stash Plan Clash: you can’t pick-and-choose when you’re taking a principled stand

Context: T-Mobile announces rollover data (with some limitations) as latest Uncarrier move


Listener Mail



E-mailed submissions from Alex Sechro, Keegan Anderson, and Tom McCarthy




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!

See you next week!

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