HTC Thunderbolt Finally Outed At $249.99 On March 17th

This is about time, you know. After months of Verizon keeping the Thunderbolt in a merry-go-round of possible release dates, the Thunderbolt will launch n the 17th of March for $249.99. 4G LTE speeds are 12MBps down and 5MBps up, and if $20 is added oto your monthly bill, Wireless Hotspot to up to eight different devices. A 32GB microSD card is in included to keep the 4.3-inch WVGA screen company, and unlimited 4G LTE data is priced at $29.99. Get ready for Thursday, because a storm is coming (or so it seems). PR is after the jump.

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Is Alive And Kicking

It’s the return of the famous T-Mobile Sidekick, with a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, Android 2.2, a 1GHz A8 Cortex processor, a 3 megapixel camera, Qik video calling, DriveSmart texting-while-driving lockout functionality with Sidekick Group Text and Cloud Text, and is built by Samsung. It also harnesses T-Mobile “4G” HSPA+ speeds of up to 21MBps and will launch “later this spring”. Needless to say, these specs won’t blow anything out of the park, but if you’ve been clinging to the Sidekick line, now is the time to get your modern upgrade. Press release after the break.

HP Touchpad To Be Released In June, webOS For PC Beta Later This Year

So, at the HP Summit in San Francisco, HP CEO Leo Apotheker, publicly stated that the HP Touchpad launches in June, and a beta of webOS for PC will debut later this year, but will run in a browser window. Time for more waiting then.

This is the main problem with iPad competition. Manufacturers announce what seem to be promising devices, then launch them at a date after a rival’s debuts (read: iPad 2) and any chances of getting the head start is lost. Oh well, more tablets will come out later this year, and only then we shall see who has the edge.

Via: PreCentral

AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint Offer Free Calls And Texting To Those In Japan

To cut the story short for maximum grasp on the topic at hand and easy reading, AT&T subscribers will get free calling and texting to Japan for the whole month of March, while Sprint and Verizon customers will get the same sort of courtesy until April 10th, both wireless and residential for all aforementioned networks. So, uh, T-Mobile, wanna be a humanitarian this time around? Via: VentureBeat

 

White iPhone Coming Out In Spring, Says Phil Schiller On Twitter

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So, this is interesting. Whilst on my daily searches of tasty (technology) things on the web, I found Phil Schiller tweeting to someone at random, which said tweet is seen above. It’s great news (depending on how important the color of a smartphone is to you), and since the white iPad 2 is in full production, there’s no reason for Phil’s tweet not to stand true as well. Via: Twitter (pschiller)

iFixit Tearing Down The Apple iPad 2 As I Type

Today, iFixit is doing their usual actions, as usual, by taking apart the latest gadgets piece by piece, then putting them in right and working order again, then assigning a score to say how easy it is to dismantle. This time, it’s the WiFi iPad 2 (the model that I’ll be getting), and as the day progresses, iFixit will continue to update their page with the latest of every stage when taking the iPad 2 apart. Enjoy the insanity of a new gadget in pieces. Via: iFixit