Weekly Review - 21st January

This week began with One Mobile Ring reporting that a white version of the BlackBerry Torch is coming to Vodafone, where a new Apple iPhone looking Samsung mobile was leaked in addition to four new BlackBerry handsets.

Early on in the week, Carphone Warehouse launched a new low costing tariff and Orange brought out the ability to top-up with loose change, whilst Nokia put an end to unlimited music downloads.

HTC 7 Pro became available to pre-order mid-week and the upcoming Windows Phone 7 update was detailed, where the HP Palm webOS tablet was unveiled.

Towards the end of the week the Nokia E7 Communicator became available to pre-order, Three announced two new tablets are coming to their network and the Nokia C5-03 phone went on sale.

At the end of the week Digital Radio came to Nokia mobiles and HTC unveiled two new handsets for the UK.

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The biggest story of the week came from details of Research In Motion's 2011 line-up of handsets being leaked, which includes a new BlackBerry Curve, Storm, Torch and Bold devices.

Mobile phone website BGR published details of four unannounced BlackBerry mobile phones - the BlackBerry Dakota, an update to the original Bold, The BlackBerry Apollo, an update to the Curve handset, along with the specifications to the BlackBerry Torch 2 and Storm 3.

The codenamed BlackBerry ‘Dakota' is a new version of the Bold phone, only in the original much larger casing than seen in recent additions to the series and with a touch screen too.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry ‘Apollo' is also just the code name and is a replacement to last year's Curve 9300.

The BlackBerry Torch 2 has also been leaked to Boy Genius Report, whilst the phone appears to have the same outer casing as the current Torch handset there is a more powerful CPU inside.

RIM's last leaked handset is the update to the BlackBerry Storm, with the highest resolution seen in a Research In Motion's handset to date with a new feature to the series; an optical trackerpad.

There's no news when the BlackBerry ‘Dakota' Bold might be arriving, or the ‘Apollo' Curve but BGR has noted the Torch 2 could be arriving in Q3 and the Storm 3 around the September time.

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The second biggest news item was Engadget obtaining details of the unannounced Hewlett-Packard touch screen tablet, based around the Palm webOS.

HP has two models that are reportedly ready to be announced at an HP event on February 9th; the 9-inch screen based ‘Topaz' and the 7-inch display ‘Opal' that will both be running the Palm webOS that was last seen on their mobile phones.

The upcoming HP event has a tagline of ‘Something big, Something small and Something beyond', with the speculation that three devices could be unveiled and not just the two.

Engadget's leak contains details of two different models within the codenamed ‘Opal' range; a WIFI version and a separate 3G variant.

The same leaked marketing slide also mentions the WIFI model will be on sale through various retail outlets, with the 3G model being exclusive to O2 in the UK - where both models are due in September.

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The next most significant story of the week came from Carphone Warehouse, launching its lowest ever tariff with a number of mobile phones attached, for just £5.10 a month.

The new tariff from CPW is accompanied by 50 minutes and 50 text messages, on their own TalkMobile plan - which uses Vodafone's backbone, in a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deal between the two companies.

Carphone Warehouse's best value tariff features a choice of four handsets, the Samsung E2121B, Nokia 1800, Nokia 2330 or Nokia 2220.

Carphone Warehouse is also offering a Taste Card that is worth £69.95 with new phones, which gives 50% off food at over 4,000 restaurants around the UK with a free Android and Apple app for searching on participating restaurants.

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Another big news item sadly came from Nokia, who is ending its unlimited music feature, by putting an end to the Comes With Music service.

Nokia stopped selling the recently renamed Ovi Music Unlimited subscriptions on the last day of 2010, where the company will still honour existing contracts only they won't be renewing the service.

Nokia will not be renewing the yearlong subscription, but the music that was downloaded will still be accessible from the computer or mobile phone.

One of the popular handsets that arrived with this music feature was the Nokia X6 with 32GB of internal storage, which could hold over £7,000 worth of free music - if the equivalent was purchased on an iPhone, from iTunes.

There was also a computer based counterpart to the Ovi Music Unlimited service, which could be used to download the music and then have the tracks transferred to a phone and that was only limited by storage capacity of the computer; where a 1TB drive could carry over £210,000 worth of free music.

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One other significant story this week was when Microsoft made public details of what will be in the first update to the Windows Phone 7 operating system, with cut and paste being the most significant.

Microsoft has confirmed on the Windows Phone 7 website the first update to their mobile OS will the carry the cut and paste feature, which was missing from the original shipping version and as a result was seen by many as flawed platform from the outset.

The new feature will offer up the ability to allow text to be copied across from emails, text messages, web pages and Office Mobile documents - whilst being able to paste in any of them too.

The upcoming fix will also house an update to the core OS in much the same way as a Windows desktop service pack, which will bring with it the ability to provide faster loading times for applications and games.

There has been no news at to when the Windows Phone 7 update might arrive, but One Mobile Ring expects the time line for rollouts will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress next month.

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Samsung had one of their upcoming mobile phones leaked, under the name of the Samsung GT-S5830.

The Samsung mobile phone blog Samfirmware published captured spy images of the unannounced handset that has a close appearance to the iPhone 4 - with its trimmings around the side of the phone, which are very reminiscent of last year's revamp of the Apple handset series.

That website has named the phone the S5830, where One Mobile Ring has discovered there's a reference to that model number on Samsung's own website - here - which has the handset named as the Samsung ‘Cooper' GT-S5830.

The leaked mobile phone has been noted to be running Android 2.2.1 on the Samsung website, where the Thailand mobile phone news website Mxphone has more specific details along with a clearer image.

Mxphone.com has the Samsung Cooper listed as also being known as the Galaxy Ace, which arrives running Android ‘Froyo' 2.2, with the company's TouchWiz UI 3.0 to the platform. The hardware is to contain a 3.5-inch screen TFT HVGA screen, whilst being powered by an 800MHz processor with a 5 megapixel camera.

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Orange brought out the news this week that their customers can now top up their pay as you go phones, with as little as 10p.

The minimum top-up with Orange was previously £5, where now this new ‘Tiny Top Up' scheme is in place the loose change in your pocket can be used to top up a prepay phone with credit.

Adding 10p to a pay as you go account offers up the ability to send a single text message; whilst 20p allows for a minute's phone call.

Tiny Tops Up now allow a new minimum top up fee for prepay Orange users, whilst at the same time providing a resource for getting rid of unwanted change where for the duration of March Orange will double the amount topped up.

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Nokia E7 Communicator handset went on sale, SIM free and unlocked for 599 Euros.

Nokia's own on-line store in their homeland of Finland has the first Nokia Communicator since 2007 available to pre-order, with a delivery date of February.

The Nokia E7 arrives with a 4-inch 16:9 640×360 AMOLED capacitive touch screen, with the Nokia ClearBlack display technology for a better visibility outdoors.

The new Communicator comes with a slide out full Qwerty keyboard, an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, 16GB of internal storage, along with a miniHDMI port whilst running from the latest Symbian^3.

Nokia's UK on-line store has yet to herald in the arrival of the E7 Communicator, where the last news we published about the handset was announcing the mobile phone network Three will be receiving the handset.

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Three announced they will be carrying the Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 based Samsung Galaxy Tab and Linx Commtiva N700 tablet, which will join the Apple iPad on the network.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch WSVGA TFT touch screen, with a 1Ghz processor, a 3 megapixel camera at the rear and 1.3 at the front, along with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot.

Linx's Commtiva N700 tablet also has a 7-inch 1024×600 touch display, with a 600Mhz CPU, a 3 megapixel camera and is bundled with a 4GB microSD card.

Other mobile phone networks carry the Galaxy Tab on a tariff, with Orange retailing the device at the low price of £199 on a £25 a month contract - which is accompanied by a 1GB anytime data allowance, another 1GB to be used off-peak with unlimited BT OpenZone WIFI access.

One Mobile Ring expects the two tablets will be priced very competitively on a contract, with a very generous data allowance where Three offers the iPad at a low price of £199 with a 15GB data allowance and Orange really only offers 2GB

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Mobile phone retailer Clove opened up pre-ordering for the HTC keyboard based Windows Phone 7 handset, with a cost attached of £442.80.

The Qwerty keyboard based Windows Phone 7 arrives with Clove in three weeks' time on February 10th SIM free and unlocked, where the only other keyboard WP7 handset - the Dell Venue Pro - has still yet to have an officially confirmed arrival date.

HTC's 7 Pro has a 3.6-inch WVGA 480×800 touch screen, with a slide out 5-row QWERTY keyboard, a 5 megapixel camera, whilst running from a 1Ghz processor with 8GB of internal storage.

Windows Phone 7 is the platform running the handset, with its six hubs being the centre point of the OS - with the People, Pictures, Games, Music and Video, Marketplace and Office hub.

The HTC 7 Pro mobile differs from the Dell Venue Pro by the way the keyboard slides out from the phone, which is vertically on the HTC device and horizontally with the Dell product.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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