Saturday, July 27, 2013

T-Mobiles Summer Promotion and Simple Choice Plans Explained

For those of you, rightfully, getting all excited about  's new summer promotion, the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 is NOT covered, while the other variants are.  

T-Mo makes it simple:  
1st line $50, 2nd line $30, then $10 for every other line you add.

All Lines include 500mb of mobile data (including the ability to use that allotment to hotspot your tablet/pc/or laptop).

Increase this to 2gb (actually 2.5 since T-Mobile gives you 500mb to use mobile hotspot) and pay an additional $10/line

Increase this to TRULY Unlimited data (with 500mb of mobile hotspot) and pay an additional $20 per line w/Unlimited data.

ALSO of NOTE:  If you buy a HOTSPOT ONLY  device ($0 down for a limited time), AND you are currently a voice line customer with at least one active phone line, you can reduce the cost of the MOBILE HOTSPOT monthly charges (not applicable to prepaid hotspot service)

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

What my toddler purchased using my smartphone

If you're like me, you love your kids and want them to have things you and I never had.  To this effect, many have taken to buying their toddlers, tweens and teens their own tablets or smartphones.  But what happens when you let a toddler loose with YOUR personal phone, loaded with apps like eBay, Amazon, Etsy and the like?  We, at CellPhonius, hope none of these things happen to you, but if they had, we'd like to hear from you.  Send us a video of what your child has purchased, unbeknownst to you, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  And remember to follow practices to protect yourself from unwanted purchases, especially those over $30k... ;)


Here's a report that while, funny now, probably wasn't funny to this dad then.

The Death of the PC as we know it

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Nokia's CEO, Elop explains why Nokia's poor sales

Being a CEO encompasses taking responsibility for a company's success, but also involves taking accountability for its mistakes.  To this effect, Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, exemplified what true leadership looks like while delivering an answer to the press.  The answer could not have been more concise.  Elop proceeds to take that question and turn it into an opportunity to develop a case for the company's vision for the future.

But if you ask me, the following is the reason why Elop did not choose Android, and it's quite simple:

From January 2008 to September 2010, Elop worked for Microsoft as the head of the Business Division, responsible for the Microsoft Office line of products, and as a member of the company's senior leadership team. It was during this time that Microsoft's Business Division released Office 2010.[15] Eventually, at the time of his retirement, Elop was Microsoft's eighth largest shareholder.[16]  (SOURCE: Wikipedia)

For the sake of having more choice and ultra high-end devices added to the plethora of tech offerings for us, I applaud Nokia's stance, at least from what I can gather from his answer.  What are your thoughts in this regard? Do you believe Nokia can be the driving force of the Window's Phone OS, bringing it to the mainstream?  Do you feel the contract with Microsoft is the only thing that makes Nokia "stick to its guns" and not offer any Android variants of their devices?

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Are you READY for the Samsung Galaxy Note III ?

Credit: GSM Insider

Calling all Samsung Mobile, multitasking high, productivity, mammoth screen size junkies! The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is so close we can smell it.  And just check out what we discovered while scavenging through our resources!  Confirmation by our friends over at GSMInsider that the Galaxy Note 3 is REAL and it's been approved by the POSTEL of Indonesia (the equivalent of America's FCC) as of July 4, 2013.

So, do you think there will be more than one flavor of this beautiful work of, well, working art?  Our belief is that given the single model number the SM-N900, there will only be ONE variant of the Galaxy Note 3.  Would you like to see multiple variants?  Perhaps a smaller screen Note 3 for those with smaller hands?  Do you think introducing multiple variants will dilute the brand?

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Moto X Camera: Nokia killer?

With all of the buzz of the Nokia 1020's 41mp camera we have to wonder the response of competing hardware manufacturers will be. To this effect, pictures of the upcoming Moto X give us a unique glimpse of the camera's build and quality. 

Take a close look at the Moto X's camera.  It does not look like the average 8mp camera.  The depth of the lense in the camera housing makes us speculate that Motorola/Google is aiming to please with spectacular optics and low light performance, given the obvious large aperture. As to whether or not this will overshadow Nokia, time will tell.  We're pretty sure Nokia will remain at the helm of smartphone camera arena.

What do you think? Will this device wow or will it be a product for the masses. We can already see the same focus that Motorola have the phone that reinvented the flip phone: The Razr V3. Let's hope that Moto X delivers, given all of the hype.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

T-Mobile's Xperia Z - First Impressions

The phone is solid, packing a 5 inch screen with crisp graphics.  The solid aluminum body screams out quality.  However, it "pokes" your hands given its sharp edges.  Another thing I noticed is that the viewing angles are terrible on the device.  But if you are planning to point it straight at your face, or if you are concerned with privacy while in public, then this may not be such a big issue with it.

I love the stock lock screen which has a window-blinds wave effect as you glide your finger on the screen.  Calls are clear.  The device runs very smoothly with hardly any lag.  However, it ships with Android 4.1.2 Jellybean.  As long as we've been waiting for the device, you'd think they would have launched it with Android 4.2 at this point in time, when 4.3 is getting ready to launch.

One MAJOR flaw:

Sony prides itself in its multimedia capabilities, namely sound.  While the sound is clear, it is no match to the loud (while tinny) sound of the Samsung Galaxy S4.  The flaw is the location of the speaker.  Unless you are left handed, then the speaker is not in the right spot.  When you hold the phone with your right hand, you will cover the speaker with your hand as seen in the video below.  This means that while on speaker mode, you have to hold the device with your thumb in a strategic (and uncomfortable) fashion.

The Score
On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being the highest

Build Quality: 7
User Interface: 9
Comfort: 6
Sound Quality: 9

In all, the phone is of great quality in terms of build while it lacks in the sound department if not because of the lack luster volume, because of the bad choice of placement of the loud speaker.

It makes for a great mid-range phone.  If Sony wants to play with the big boys: Samsung and Apple they need to pay attention to details that will certainly help solidify their attempts to have a greater market share in the smartphone marketplace.


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