iPhone 4S Pics Leaked on Apple Website

Looks like 9to5Mac has spilled the beans just minutes away from Apple’s iPhone event. Two images show that the iPhone 4S is indeed coming with both the black and white iPhone 4S models being stored on the Apple webstore.

[via 9to5Mac]


Where have we been, where we are headed and my stupid-ass mistakes with fonefrenzy

Yep, it’s been a while since we had a post (or an actual site for that matter) hasn’t it? Well fonefrenzy wasn’t completely dead, we just took some twists and turns along the long bloggers road. And I can say that it has been a humbling learning experience. Basically, I fucked up, more than once.

Before starting fonefrenzy (the website) in 2009, I was on twitter as fonefrenzy pretty much just retweeting cell phone news and especially webOS. This guy named Phil got a hold of me and asked to me to write for his site. I started writing for PreThinking and broke the news with the first screen shots of webOS. It was pretty exciting to say the least, having every major blog in the world link back to PreThinking for our exclusive story. The site was started by Philip ‘Phil’ Lam, the same brilliant kid that got busted for selling authentic white iPhone 4 conversion kits to the masses. I guess since he spoke fluent Chinese, he was able to find a connection for the parts. I wasn’t privy to the entire story of what happened because by this time, I had already moved on my own with fonefrenzy. Though I did have a ball writing for PreThinking during that period of my life, and I thank Phil for giving me a change to get started.

I hooked up with Daniel Rodriguez from SoCal on twitter and asked him if he wanted to write for FF. We were both pretty jazzed by webOS and both of us started becoming mobile tech addicts. Later, I met with James Patterson, over Google buzz when I posted I was looking for mobile tech writers and we became friends since he was local. James told me about his friend Dillon Hanson, who at the time was stationed in Germany as a medic in the Army, but he has some pretty decent mobile chops too.

Twitter was an avenue to meet a lot of interesting people and I was very fortunate to meet tnkgrl (Myriam Joire) and Matt Bennett. We shot a several mobile video podcasts together called “talking with tnkgrl” (I showed up in the later episodes), Matt and tnkgrl had already been doing this for a while. I was always impressed with tnkgrl’s ability to get hardware. Not only did she have dual degrees but she was a mobile addict too. Myriam and I become pretty cool friends. I just wished I lived in the city, that way we could have shot many more podcasts together. We had hard times with our schedules, particularly mine at the time, to get together for more podcasts. It was fun because I would roll up from the central valley and meet her and Matt at Farley’s coffee, and she would litterally pull out a bag full of phones. Matt and I were awestruck with the shear amount of hardware she’d be packing every time. We would have audio or video problems occasionally but all in all, we had fun and got information out to the masses.

Later on, I went out to cover webOS events like the first dev meetup at Pivotal Labs (the company that coded the Tweed twitter app for webOS). Then I covered the webOS first big dev meetup a Palm’s HQ accompanied by tnkgrl. I met Luke Kilpatrick who, to this day I still have not had the opportunity to have a board session with on the coast. But we will soon Luke! Both tnkgrl and I got to meet and speak with Mitch Allen, Palm’s CTO at the time and he was one of the most down to earth people in the world. I remember earlier when my soon-to-be wife at the time saw Mitch at the Pivotal Labs dev event and she proceeded to tell me as we were leaving that she thought Mitch was hot for an older guy. I was like whatever, because had I said the same about same about Tomomi Imura, I would have received the stare-of-death from my girl.

From there, I attended the Mobilize in 2009 event in S.F., again with tnkgrl and got to meet two of the nicest guys in the blogosphere, Chris Ziegler and Ross Miller, both editors at Engadget at the time. Both of them were really cool and remembered me from emails I had sent them. I also caught up with Chris and tnkgrl earlier this year at the S.F. Engadget meet up when I brought my other buddy James Patterson editor/coder/hacker along with me to the event. And then went to CES the following January as a blogger. I got to peek inside the Engadget trailer and see their setup which was sponsored by Sprint. In retrospect, I truly had no clue as to how to put all that I saw in writing, all by myself, as it was so much information to cover in a short amount of time. I had no direction or plan for the show and that hindered me. Also, I had really lame laptop and a cheap camera I got a target. The whole experience was pretty overwhelming, but I learned what it took to become a blogger, in addition to the tools that were required to get the job done. I felt pretty lost.

Time passed and we kept sporadically writing when each of us had time. Looking back, we were trying to hard to be like the bigger tech sites: Engadget, BGR, Gizmodo, Android Central, etc., doing reviews, reporting news and such. Instead of focusing on ‘our voice’ we tried to emulate these larger sites, competing with paid writers and the ability to write full time – which we didn’t have the time, nor money to do so. None of us had that ability and we were all struggling to bring fresh daily content to the site. So in haste, I made a very bad decision to get more readers on our site; I turned fonefrenzy into a scraper site. I did this to test and see how it would affect our stats. While they improved slightly, our bounce rate was off the charts. We didn’t keep eyes on our site because content was coming from other sites. I did shut down the incoming feeds on my own because ‘our’ posts was getting lost in the massive amount of news that was coming through the site each day. And then I got a phone call earlier this year (2011) from Myriam. She never called, so I knew something was up.

I was left with a frantic message to call her back right away. I was at work and had a client with me, so I called her as soon as I could. When I returned her call, she proceeded to tell me that she was now the Senior Mobile Editor for Engadget. At this time, several of the Engadget editors split to form their own site This Is My Next, soon to be renamed The Verge. She called to offer me job as a mobile writer for Engadget. I was stunned. She told me to submit an app and she would talk with Darren Murph, the managing editor for Engadget, about hooking me up with a job. I had an ‘in’ for a dream job of my life. And believe me at the time, I had gone through two different employers and was not happy in my career at all. I am an extremely hard and dedicated worker but my compensation plan changed several times, and not for the better. In addition, my hours got worse each month.

So I submitted my application and three stories to Myriam and she passed them along to Darren. Well, my decision to ‘scrape’ other sites content totally backfired and bit me in the fucking ass. You see, all of the articles we wrote, over 1,000+, were obscured by all the feeds I had pulled into the site as a test run like Techmeme. Myriam gave Darren my URL and he started reviewing the site. He then saw posts from scraped posts from Engadget. Myriam hadn’t checked my site in a while and wasn’t aware of what transpired at all and was a little taken back. So I wrote an email explaining that I had written over 660 articles by myself on FF, not including the 160+ over at PreThinking. But the damage was already done, and I was not given the opportunity to write for Engadget after that fubar of a decision. To put salt on the wounds, I got a C&D letter from AOL’s attorneys, which weren’t happy about me scraping content from their newly acquired flagship tech blog. I fucked up and I had nightmares about it for weeks. I got so depressed, I wasn’t even associating with my coworkers, friends and family at all. It was pretty disheartening to have such a wonderful opportunity to do what I LOVE, only to be stripped away from me because I wanted more content on our FF. So I decided to shut down the site and start over with another blog with James.

Well, although the concept was pretty good, an all tech site with ‘buddies’ didn’t seem to work out to well. Dillon got back from the Army and started going to back to school and wanted to spend time with his family. Daniel didn’t like the direction of the site and had other stuff going on in his life, so he took a vacation. James and I had been working crazy hours and we both had families, which made it hard to contribute to content of various formats of technology. I want to say that James put a shitload of time into coding the new tech site to make it all pretty and running smooth, but to no avail, besides James and I throwing up posts, no one else contributed much. So I decided to shut it down.

So what now? Well, my first love is mobile tech and always will be. Each day we get glimpse of how much better the future will be every six months with better processors, better hardware, better cameras, refined OS’ and the like. Fonefrenzy will continue as a site dedicated to mobile news, just not ‘breaking’ mobile news. We are going to become a more tutorial/opinionated site, whereby we try and strive to give you unbiased and sometimes hard core fucking biased thoughts of products, services, business related news, hardware reviews, video and audio podcasts and other mobile tech tidbits. Basically, back to our roots but better. If you love us, great. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, etc. If you don’t, leave your hate filled, profane rants in the comments section and if they are good enough, we will respond accordingly. If they suck, we’ll just ban your IP 😉

And last, thank you the many readers over the years for checking out our blog.

T-Mobile getting iPhone later this year?

Here we go again. Another T-Mobile getting the iPhone rumor, except this is mentioned by someone in the know. Like Chris Anderson, the EIC of Wired magazine. Chris stated “A T-Mobile manager casually mentioned to me that they’re going to get the iPhone 3GS (but not 4, oddly) later this year. Common knowledge?” Well I guess so Chris because if they mentioned that to you, then it must be common knowledge that T-Mobile is getting the iPhone, just not iPhone 4. Looks like T-Mobile will be getting the 3GS instead. It is hard to fathom that this would actually happen, but Apple may have an exclusive agreement with the iPhone 4 until next year, it may not preclude Apple from selling the 3GS on another carrier.

[via TMobNews9To5Mac thru Twitter]

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Verizon launching LTE network on November 15th? Black Friday brings new handsets?

I love it when bombs like this drop out of nowhere. Verizon is expected to begin rolls outs of their LTE 4G network in 25 markets beginning on November 15th, 2010. With those 25 markets, Verizon is expected to provide 4G access to as many as 100 million potential subscribers. The report goes on to say that though 4G handsets will not be available right away, Verizon is planning to release “a slew of new devices” that are capable of taking advantage of Verizon’s new LTE network on Black Friday, November 26th, 2010. The LTE pricing is expected to be tiered and not tied to an additional monthly charge like Sprint has for $10. What ‘tiered’ really means in terms of pricing is not readily clear, but you can expect to pay a premium for use of this new LTE 4G network I’m sure. By then, Sprint should have almost 200 million people covered in the United States with it’s WiMAX 4G technology and a plethora of phones behind them. We will have to wait and see who will win the Q4 2010/Q1 2011 battle for customers with new 4G handsets and pricing programs.

[via BGR]

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Amazon offering every T-Mobile phone for 1 cent thru June 21st

It what appears to be Amazon joining Joining Radio Shack and T-Mobile for the Father’s Day blowout, their site now has all T-Mobile phones listed for 1 cent. So if you are in the mood for and HD2, Blackberry 9700, Motorola CLIQ XT, Samsung Behold II, myTouch, HTC Touch Pro 2 or Nokia Nuron, but don’t feel like getting off your rump to snag a deal, you can now head on over to Amazon to get your phone. These deals will last until until June 21, with a new 2 year contract.

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T-Mobile Giving Away All Phones on June 19th: Confirmed “Biggest Promo Ever”

All new line activations, on new lines and family plans, will be able to receive any phone they want for free. The image above supposedly comes from a T-Mobile script for a purported commercial that is to be run, a lot, up until the June 19th promotion date. Now there has bee some speculation on what this could entail, meaning a multi-line deal with high end handsets or could this be the lower end stuff T-Mobile gives away for free.

Well TmoNews and Fonefrenzy both have sources and we have both heard some of the same rumors of what may be going down. But after a little sleuthing, our internal sources have confirmed that this is a huge deal T-Mobile is putting on and I quote:

“Biggest Promo Ever”

This promo will include a once-over informational email to be sent to all multi-location T-Mobile dealers, which will be included in this promotional offer by T-Mobile. This could include Best Buy, Radio Shack and other multi-store dealers as well, in addition to the corporate store locations.

UPDATE: Two more sources have confirmed that this is to be the biggest promo ever done by T-Mobile.

[via TmoNews]

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Color iPhone 4G possibly on the way? [Pics]

With the 2010 WWDC forthcoming here in just a few weeks, one has to wonder what does Apple have left in store for the iPhone 4 (G or HD) that has yet to be announced. With all the hoopla of the iPhone 4G Gizmodo bought and returned and images leaked yesterday of a white iPhone, what could Apple possibly have left for the consuming masses? Color iPhones perhaps? Well the guys over at Spazio Cellulare have done a pretty decent job of mock-ups of the new iPhone (G or HD). Indeed, these are some very convincing renders and give a splash of color all over these yet to be released handsets. Although the soft colors don’t seem to fit right with past Apple products, it does give us an indication of what is perhaps to come with the next version of the iPhone – because there is so much we have already learned from all the leaks, I seriously doubt any huge surprises at this year’s event, but I’m sure I’m wrong. Apple never fails to let us down, right?

[via Spazio Cellulare]

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[Video] iPhone 4G has 24 million panels; 960×640 resolution

June is so close yet so far away in the Apple fanboi world. Today, another Vietnamese leak has provided use with additional photos and video of the new iPhone 4G in action. Now we’ve already seen the other videos of the new iPhone but some additional information has been provided from the suppliers side.

According to Digitimes, Foxconn, the manufacturer of Apple’s fourth-generation iPhone, will ship 24 million units in 2010, with new LCD displays that include IPS and FFS technologies for improved e-book reading capabilities, according to component makers.

“By incorporating FFS technology, which enables a wider viewing angle and clearer visual quality under in sunlight, Apple is aiming to improve the handset’s e-book reader functions and promote its iBooks store,” the report said. “HTC’s Hero smartphone has already adopted this technology.”

The iPhone 4G will run on the Arm Cortex A8 processor and a 512MB memory module from Samsung Electronics, doubling the memory capacity seen in the iPhone 3GS to take advantage of the multi-tasking capability of the iPhone 4.0 platform, Kuo revealed.

  • These technologies are called “IPS” ‘(for “In Plane Switching). The new iPhone will adopt the same in-plane switching (IPS) technology for superior viewing angles on its LCD display as the iPad.
  • “FFS”  (for “fringe-field switching”), which improves readability in sunlight.
  • 512 MB of RAM.
  • The screen is 33% thinner, thus allowing a larger battery capacity.

[via Mainguen and AppleInsider]

Verizon iPhone: Landor Associates working on upcoming iPhone campaign

Rumors are rumors but we’ve been saying this since last year that the iPhone is coming to Verizon. What we do know according to Crunchgear, is that  Landor Associates, an advertising company which has been contracted by Verizon, is doing some stuff for big red this summer. We are told that “working on an advertising campaign” for Verizon for an upcoming iPhone. Apparently, Ladnor has been working on Verizon branding since 2007 and is, according to a their tipster, now working on an iPhone launch this year.

Now whether that is it is the new iPhone 4G (or 4) or the original iPhone 3Gs with iPhone 4.0 updated on the handset. I would think that the latter is more of a possibility. Why? Because this way, Apple’s exclusivity to AT&T would not technically be broken since AT&T would get the new iPhone 4G released on their network while the iPhone 3Gs updated with 4.0 would hit Verizon’s network.

[via CrunchGear]

BlackBerry CDMA Clamshell 9670 Preview

The guys over at BGR got their hands on the newest Blackberry Clamshell handset, the 9670. What is interesting about this device and certainly sets it apart from the Pearl, is that it contains a full Bold/Tour style QWERTY keyboard. The phone also comes with a large, external screen while keeping the inside to a decent 360 X 480 resolution. The phone will also contain Wi-Fi, optical trackpad, microUSB port, microSD internal storage slot, Bluetooth connectivity,CDMA (say hello Sprint and Verizon) and running OS 6.0. Not sure how I feel about the device but having a full Bold/Tour style QWERTY keyboard with a large outside color screen could just make this the model for the business minded folk which prefer a little room in their pocket. But when you look at comparable upcoming Apple/Android/Palm devices, this style tends to look a bit dated, but business friendly.

9670 Specifications:

  • 5 MP Camera
  • CDMA
  • 360×480 Screen Resolution
  • WiFi
  • MicroUSB Slot
  • MicroSD Internal Storage Slot
  • Large External Display
  • Sporting OS 6.0

Head on over to BGR to see there full gallery here.

[via BGR]

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