Google confirms cell phone plans

Google has rolled out the red carpet and lifted up the curtain, finally making an official announcement about its plans to foray into mobile territory.

Google phone imminent?

Google-powered cell phones are poised to hit the market by the middle of next year, though what the search giant really wants is a universal mobile platform.

No cash for iPhones and no more than two per person

Apple has stipulated a couple new purchase limitations for its flagship cell phone, requiring people to use a credit card when buying one and creating a per-person unit limit of two.

T-Mobile Shadow creeps to retail this week

Bellevue (WA) - T-Mobile has announced its latest phone, the Shadow, which it says is the first in a new series of communication-centric handsets. Set to launch on Wednesday, the Shadow has an enhanced "MyFaves" tool that allows users to send any form of message - text, instant, e-mail, photo, video, or voice - with a single button press from the phone's menu.

Nokia ships over 111 million phones in Q3

El Segundo (CA) - Third quarter shipments of Nokia handsets grew by nearly 11% over the previous quarter, bumping up its cell phone market share to almost 40%. Nokia, the long-running global handset leader, once again dominated sales during the past three month period.  According to research firm iSuppli, Nokia's total shipments totaled 111.7 million units, up 10.8% over the company's previous quarter.  This Q3 growth exceeded the sum total growth of the top four major mobile-handset suppliers combined.

Sidekick LX kicks down T-Mobile's doors

New York (NY) - One of the longest-running cell phone name franchises, the Sidekick is back with its latest model as a successor to the Sidekick 3. The LX is now available in T-Mobile stores across the country, officially becoming the most feature-packed Sidekick to date. It sports a 3-inch WQVA screen with a high-def LCD display.  According to T-Mobile it is also the slimmest Sidekick yet.  It packs in the regular features of its predecessors, of course, including push e-mail, full instant messaging access, and a mobile Internet browser.

Microsoft targets Blackberry with new mobile server app

Microsoft has announced a new server application that will manage mobile phones much like corporate laptops.  CEO Steve Ballmer made the announcement during his keynote speech at the CTIA convention in San Francisco and Microsoft’s mobile strategy becomes very clear.

Sharp shows super-thin LCD screen

Sharp has developed what it claims is the world's thinnest LCD screen, measuring in at less than 0.7 millimeters thick.

First SD flash memory card with integrated Wi-Fi coming

Chicago (IL) – Eye-Fi has received FCC approval for its wireless SD flash memory card, which will allow users to upload images from a digital camera to a PC without a cable connection.    

Sprint comes out with own touch-screen phone

Sprint is jumping on the bandwagon created by the iPhone, announcing it will release a handset with touch-screen and multimedia capabilities later this year.

Nokia upgrades its Internet tablet

San Francisco (CA) – Nokia today rolled out a new Internet tablet, which has evolved into a portable entertainment platform that comes with a slide-out keyboard and a GPS receiver.        

California group says iPhone uses illegal toxins

An environmental activist group in Oakland has filed a complaint against Apple saying the device contains toxins prohibited by California law.

Man nearly arrested for using iPhone during flight

A man was almost arrested for trying to watch a movie on his iPhone during a trip on ATA Airlines to Hawaii.

Nokia begins shipments of 8 GB N95 model

Nokia today launched a new version of its N95 phone with an 8 GB hard drive, matching the internal capacity of the iPhone.

Unlocking hack appears for "blocked" iPhones

When a term like "bricked iPhones" shows up, it's fairly obvious it won't take long for hardcore hackers to find a way around the restrictions.

Motorola dresses up Razr2 phone with “gold plated accents”

Schaumburg (IL) – Motorola will soon be offering a “luxury phone” – a dressed up Razr2 V8 that comes with “decadent details” and, to make sure that this possibly rather expensive phone is noticed by others, gold plated surface parts.    

France to be cut out of iPhone this year

Struggles with France's leading mobile service provider and even with French law may prevent the iPhone from providing customers with a "joyeaux noel".

AT&T Tilts phone lineup with Windows Mobile handset

San Antonio (TX) - AT&T today announced details about the Tilt, the first phone to include both Windows Mobile and Blackberry Connect. The official successor to AT&T's 8525 phone, the Tilt has a full feature set including built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, complete 3G capability, and a three megapixel digital camera. It also packs in a 2.8-inch screen and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard.  The screen gives the phone its namesake, as it tilts up and down to offer multiple viewing angles.

Nokia pairs with Renault for in-car GPS

Just days after announcing its acquisition of Navteq, Nokia has partnered up with Renault to bring its newly branded navigational equipment to cars.

Woman sues Apple for $1 million over iPhone price cut

A woman from Queens is filing a hefty lawsuit, claiming the price cut hurt her so much she deserves $1 million in damages.