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O2 Xda Ignito now available online

XDA IgnitoThe Xda Ignito is the O2 version of the HTC Touch Diamond and comes with a 4GB internal memory and is now available for Free on O2 Online 35 which comes with 600 minutes, 1000 texts and a free o2 bolt on. O2 bolt ons are FREE extra benefits you can chop and change when you want but we would recommend choosing the unlimted web bolt on to get unlimited data use with this great phone.

The XDA Ignito is a slim touchscreen phone, powered by the powerful and highly customisable new Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system.

It has a clever TouchFLO 3D system that allows your photos and music to be searched as you rotate the phone, or via finger gestures on it’s impressive touchcreen. The screen itself is a 2.8 inch TFT-LCD with full VGA resolution meaning you have plenty of room to view pictures from the onboard 3.2 megapixel camera. Browsing the web on this phone is great too as the large touchscreen is complimented by broadband like speed thanks to the HSDPA and WiFi data connectivity. Built in GPS completes the impressive feature list and with all this packed into such a good looking fashion phone, it’s sure to be a best seller.

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HTC Touch Pro available now in UK

HTC Touch ProThe HTC Touch Pro can now be pre-ordered in the UK as a SIM free handset.

The HTC Touch Pro is the big daddy to the HTC Touch Diamond and has been eagerly anticipated by the Windows Mobile smartphone community as it has everything the HTC Touch Diamond does as well as a full slide out Qwerty keyboard, larger battery and a memory card slot. The slide QWERTY keyboard has 5 rows of keys to make light work of typing-intensive tasks like composing email or working on Microsoft Office® documents perfect for when your day takes a serious turn.

The HTC Touch Pro was codename the HTC Raphael during devlopment and will be known as the MDA Vario IV on the T Mobile network with other networks yet to confirm their names.

The HTC Touch Pro has a 2.8-inch VGA touch screen providing four times the resolution of most smart devices, making email, documents and web pages sharper and easier to work with than ever before.

HTC’s rich, touch-responsive interface, TouchFLO 3D, provides a stunningly intuitive way to zip through common tasks like messaging, calendar checks or making calls. Delve a little deeper to find that playing media files, searching for contacts and surfing the web are also responsive to your touch.

The web browser puts the full Internet in the palm of your hand. Websites look just like they do on a PC, and TouchFLO 3D makes it easy to pan around and zoom in on exactly the information you’re looking for. If you need a wide screen, simply tilt the Touch Pro sideways and the page switches to landscape view.

High speed connectivity will keep you in touch with colleagues and contacts wherever you are. Integrated GPS can be used with maps software for a full turn-by-turn satellite navigation experience.

Built-in Wi-Fi and TV-out functionality mean you can hook up to the local wireless hot spot to surf, then deliver the perfect PowerPoint® presentation without a laptop in sight.

The HTC Touch Pro isn’t as pocketable as the HTC Touch diamond due to it’s Qwerty keyboard but the it’s dimensions (w x h x d): 51 x 102 x 18.05 millimetres , 2 x 4 x 0.7 inches and weight of 165 grams (battery included) but is still the best all round Windows mobile device out currently in our opinion.

The only other challenger could be the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 which is due to hit the UK sometime in September / October according to the latest reports…

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NEW Nokia E71 released

New Nokia e71Available in white or grey, the new Nokia E71 is a Symbian smartphone with a full QWERTY keypad and a 2.4 inch display.

Measuring just 10mm thick this is a very slim messaging device and could be a real alternative to a BlackBerry. Email messaging is well supported with plenty of configuration options including Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail and Microsoft Exchange.

With a built-in GPS receiver, the Nokia E71 comes loaded with the new Nokia Maps 2.0 application, helping you to find the best routes or explore any city for restaurants, attractions and other points of interest. The 3 megapixel autofocus camera also makes use of GPS by geotagging your photos with their exact location.

The Nokia E71 is a 3G phone with HSDPA for high speed data downloads. It also has Wi-fi connectivity, which is great for browsing the web or accessing emails when in a Wi-fi area.

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HTC Diamond released on contract now!

HTC Touch DiamondThe HTC Touch Diamond is now available on Orange contracts as of now with the best deal coming with 12 months half price lin rental thrown in!

The HTC Touch Diamond has been one of the most eagerly anticipated new mobile handsets of 2008 and the first opening contract offers have appeared on Orange contracts with the best release deal being with 12 months half price line rental (saving £210) and line rental working out £17.50 per month for 12 months and £35.00 thereafter.

You’ll receive £210.00 cash back from the retailer, paid in four stages of 52.50 at months 9, 12, 15 and 18. You have up to 60 days to send off each claim.

With this Orange contract you will get 600 anytime, any network minutes and unlimited texts per month. Also you will get free calls to one Orange number of your choice and 2 for 1 cinema tickets with Orange Wednesdays

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Mobile Broadband now compared at Mobile Checker

mobile broadband usb stickDo you know your USB dongle from your USB data stick? Have you seen the adverts for something called “mobile broadband” but not understood what it’s all about?

Well mobile checker have added the following page to make the comparison of mobile broadband packages a whole lot easier:

Compare over 130 different mobile broadband deals available in the UK

We are planning to add the following explanations to the deals pages too but for now read on for everything mobile broadband related….

USB Stick, USB Dongle or Data Card?

Well, the most popular method of getting mobile broadband currently is the usb stick which is like a USB data (memory) stick in terms of size and ‘plug and play’ functionality and these are available on each of the following networks in slightly different designs which can be seen here:

3’s USB Stick, Orange’s USB Stick, Vodafone’s USB Stick and T-mobile’s USB Stick

A USB dongle is the older method of getting online where the dongle is the name of a slightly larger, plastic device with a lead trailing from it – it does exactly the same job as the usb stick but it’s a little bulkier.

The oldest mobile broadband devices are the data cards which, unlike the other 2 USB options, fit in the PMCIA slot of a laptop (note these will not work with a desktop PC!) – they are the size of several credit cards stacked together.

What if I don’t want to have to buy a new USB stick?

Well, what a lot of the current broadband literature and advertising doesn’t tell you is that you can use ANY 3G mobile phone connected either via bluetooth or a usb cable to surf the internet at broaband like speed. Yes, this is a little more cumbersome but you save the cost of the usb stick / dongle / data card and you will probably have your phone with you anyway wherever you are wanting to surf using mobile broadband!

For those of you that want to get the highest possible speeds using a mobile phone rather than a standalone USB device then look for a 3G device that has the newer and faster HSDPA technology (nicknamed 3.5G) connectivity.

Is mobile broadband really like the broadband I can get in my house?

The speeds you will get using USB style mobile broadband will vary based on the same factors that affect your current mobile phone – signal strength. If you are using these devices in a strong 3G signal area then you will likely not notice much difference in terms of speed compared to an existing home broadband connection. However if the 3G signal that your new USB mobile broadband connection you are planning to use is weak you will invariabally notice some speed issues.

Where you will likely notice a difference between standard home broadband and mobile broadband is download limits – there are restrictions that the networks place on the amount of web pages / files you can download for the price you are paying each month. The typical allowed usage is 3GB which should easily be enough for 95% of people that use the web to browse sites and download the odd music tracks etc but if you are planning to use mobile broadband as a permenent replacement for your home connection (losing your landline at the same time to cut bill costs maybe?) we would advise you to get the largest amount of bandwidth you can each month.

Want to know more?

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