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Weekly Review – 12th August

The week started with One Mobile Ring reporting that Vodafone is to get the BlackBerry Torch 9860, Three halves the cost of the Samsung Galaxy phone, Motorola announced a budget mobile and the new BlackBerry Bold is arriving August 18th.

Earlier on in the week, free films came to Orange, the Orange Monte Carlo is now on sale, Android 3.1 arrives on the Moto Xoom and a 3D phone arrives on Orange.

Midweek, Xperia mini pro hit the UK, signal boosting software arrived on mobile phones and ZTE ships 35 million mobile phones.

Later on in the week, Facebook launched separate messenger app, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy R phone, white Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to Vodafone and HTC teamed up with Dr. Dre.

At the end of the week, Motorola Qwerty Fire handset is due to arrive and an updated Samsung Galaxy S is now available.


The biggest story of the week came from ZTE, which announced it has shipped 35 million handsets, during just six months of 2011.

ZTE has reached this milestone in the first half of this year, which is a 30-percent increase in mobile phones shipped – compared to last year, where ZTE has also seen a 400-percent growth in smartphone sales.

The company has 65 mobile network operator partners in Europe, where the handset sales have increased 30-percent with them alone.

This is thanks to ZTE producing low-cost mobile phones for networks, in which the carrier has often rebranded them under their own name.

These handsets are the likes of the Atlanta, the Rio and Rio ll, Miami and San Francisco – all from Orange, or the Vodafone 351 and Vodafone 553.


The next most significant piece was when Vodafone announced it will be carrying the BlackBerry Torch 9860, when it arrives in the next few months.

Vodafone has a veritable history with Research In Motion and their touch screen mobile phones, where the UK network exclusively carried the very first touch screen Storm phone in 2008.

The successor to that very handset, the Storm 2, was made available to a great deal more UK carriers such as O2 and T-Mobile, a year later.

RIM’s BlackBerry Torch 9860 is seen as the next generation of the Storm mobile phones, where the new handset has more of a traditional operating touch screen – without the movable display, which accompanied those other two devices.

The 9860 ships with the largest screen seen in a BlackBerry phone, with a full 3.7-inch display, a fast 1.2GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera that’s capable of 720p HD video recording whilst running from the latest BlackBerry 7 OS.


The third largest news item came from Samsung, which announced the new Samsung Galaxy R mobile – their first Nvidia Tegra powered handset, with a cut-down set of features from those found in the flagship Galaxy S II.

Nvidia’s dual-core 1GHz Tegra processor has been adopted by Samsung for their ‘Tab’ tablet devices, where now the company has included the CPU inside of a mobile phone.

Samsung’s Galaxy R arrives with a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD screen, whereas the Galaxy S II sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with tough gorilla glass.

The Galaxy R only arrives with a 5 megapixel camera that’s capable of 720p video recording, with 8GB of internal storage, although the Samsung Galaxy S II shipped with an 8MP variant and full 1080p HD video capture with 16GB on-board.

Samsung hasn’t made public any prices as yet for the Galaxy R, but One Mobile Ring believes the phone will undercut the cost of the Galaxy S II, when it arrives later on this year in North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia and China.


The following most significant story was when Orange made public their own branded low-cost Orange Monte Carlo phone is shipping and for under £150 - as the rebranded ZTE Skate large touch screen flagship smartphone.

Orange announced three new own-name mobile phones in July this year, the Orange Barcelona, Stockholm and the ZTE manufactured Monte Carlo; the last mobile to arrive.

The Orange Monte Carlo ships with a 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, with an 800MHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera and a 2GB microSD card, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3.

Orange is carrying the Monte Carlo on pay as you go deals with a cost of £149.99, on various prepay deals.


The fifth biggest piece was when Facebook brought out a new application for Android and Apple devices, which only allows for messaging and nothing else.

Messenger is a new mobile app that simplifies how messaging works, whilst also offering up a faster way to message contacts and small groups of people.

Facebook messages are delivered through notifications and texts, ensuring that contacts are more likely to get them right away.

The app treats all contacts the same, whether they are on Facebook or in the phone’s address book.

Group messaging is also possible, where FB messenger can be used in group conversations by messaging many people at once where even map locations and photos can be attached too.


The next most significant news came when Orange began carrying the LG Optimus 3D handset, on a £40 a month contract.

One part of Everything Everywhere is the first mobile phone network to be retailing the world’s very first 3D mobile phone, although the other part of the umbrella company T-Mobile has listed the handset as ‘Coming Soon’.

Orange is stocking the LG Optimus 3D handset with 900 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle, a 750MB data allowance and a further 3GB to be used via BT Openzone WIFI.

The LG Optimus 3D is able to show 3D media without the need for any special glasses on its 4.3-inch WVGA touch screen display, whilst being powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, with the ability to capture 3D pictures and video from the dual on-board 5 megapixel camera.


The seventh largest story was HTC announcing a strategic partnership and investment with Beats Electronics LLC, to bring a Beats by Dr. Dre audio experience to HTC mobile phones.

Beats by Dr. Dre is set to deliver new mobile audio to unannounced HTC handsets by autumn this year, which One Mobile Ring believes could be both a new audio chipset and also Beats headphones to be included within the retail box.

Beats Electronics was established in 2006, as the brainchild of legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine, who set out to develop a new type of headphone with the capability to reproduce the full spectrum of sound that musical artists and producers hear in professional recording studios.


The following most significant item came from Kineto Wireless, which unveiled its Smart Wi-Fi Application is being pre-loaded on 15 new Orange Android handsets, during the second half of this year.

Orange has expanded its UMA signal boosting service that uses WIFI to enhance a mobile phone’s signal in environments such as the home, where phone reception can be rocky at the best of times.

The Kineto smart WIFI app will be preinstalled on the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace; the LG Optimus Me; HTC Wildfire S, Cha Cha and Desire S; along with the Orange-branded Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Stockholm.


The penultimate piece of news was Phones 4u made public it will be stocking the BlackBerry Bold 9900 at the end of next week, free on deals as low as £31 a month.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 was unveiled last week; along with the slider Torch 9860 and the all-touch screen Torch 9810, with two other versions for the USA and in the largest ever global launch in Research In Motion’s history.

The Bold 9900 has a similar look and shape to the first Bold 9000 handset of 2008, where later handsets in the same series have had much smaller form factor that are closer to BlackBerry Curve mobile phones than the original.

RIM’s latest Bold arrives with the thinnest chassis seen in a BlackBerry device at 10.5mm, with a 2.8-inch touch screen, a fast 1.2GHz processor and 8GB of internal storage, NFC features and a 5 megapixel camera that can capture HD video at 720p – in addition to the latest BlackBerry 7 OS, with a new liquid graphics engine, browser and support for augmented reality.

Phones 4u will have the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in stores on Thursday 18th August, on a variety of mobile phone networks that start with Vodafone, with 300 minutes, a 3,000 text message bundle and a 500MB data allowance that includes BB email for £31 a month.


Lastly, Orange has announced ‘Film To Go’, which is a free film service for all their customers.

Orange users on monthly, pay as you go, business, mobile broadband or even home broadband contracts can download a free film each and every Thursday from iTunes at no cost whatsoever – with titles such as The Wrestler, The Ghost and Che: Part One being immediately available, with more being unveiled soon.

These films normally cost £4.49 and can be watched on a computer, laptop, Apple mobile device and anywhere too.

This deal is limited to one free downloadable film a week, which can be opted into by simply texting ‘FILMTOGO’ to 85060, from the dedicated ‘Orange Film To Go’ mobile app or by logging onto the page.


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