Will Apple Hold Its Grip on the Unlocked Cellphone?

An unlocked cellphone is becoming increasingly enticing for many people. Androids are very hot right now primarily because of their availability on different networks. There are now more Americans buying Androids than iPhones. Will Apple be able to hold on to the unlocked cellphone market?

Signs show that Apple has no intention of slowing down. Their stock is well above $300 a share, higher than it’s ever been. They are increasing their availability to Verizon in a few months. And there were 12 million iPhones sold last quarter, a 60% increase from last year.

But with Microsoft prepared to take on the market, and Google’s presence growing, Apple could find itself in a position similar to its the deathbed it rested on in the 90’s when Microsoft held almost all of the market power in the PC world. Many researchers worry about Apple’s tight fisted control over their products, which David Yoffie, a Harvard Business School professor has said has “a large short-term advantage and a large long-term disadvantage.”

Then again, with Apple’s technologically superior phones at costs made lower by the subsidization of wireless carriers, and with their trio of iOS devices, it seems at least at this point, as though Apple will continue to retain a large share of the consumer electronics online mobile phone market.

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Microsoft’s New Unlocked Cellphone

As smartphones have exploded this year, Microsoft has lagged. Discount cell phones still have a lot of clout, but in just four quarters – the 2nd of ’09 to the 1st of ’10 – smartphones have grown from 16% of the market to 23%. Today it is likely beyond 30%.

Microsoft’s new line of phones is going to be available on AT&T by November 8th and will retail at $200 each. The other carriers will offer the phones next year. Microsoft says that the difference between its phone and others is the ability to customize features. An unlocked cellphone by Microsoft offers TV shows, Power Point capabilities, and One Note software, which allows sharing between the Windows phone and a Web Doc. All other Microsoft products will be available for linking – the Xbox, the Zune and Bing searches.

Although Microsoft has some powerful tools in its belt, it still has a lot of work to do to catch up to Android, iPhone, and Blackberry. An unlocked cellphone with heavy customization is what everyone wants, it’s just that they also want more than the desktop photo of their phone to be customized. At this point, a lot in the smartphone business is based on capabilities and reputation. If you don’t have one, the other must follow.

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Line 2 for Your Unlocked Cellphone

There’s a new iPhone app that you might want to check out. It’s called Line 2, and it has major repercussions for the cell phone industry.

The app appeared last March, but now there’s a second version out. It’s $10 per month for your unlocked cellphone instead of the $15 it used to cost.  You can use your Line 2 number to text and call people when you don’t have wireless service, but when you do have Wi-FI.

But maybe the best part about this app is that you can turn your iPod into an unlocked cellphone. You can have a second phone number and as long as you have Internet access, you can make phone calls.

This service differs from the Google Voice app in that the latter isn’t Voip – it uses your AT&T minutes up when you want to make a call. Line 2 works as Voip or as a traditional phone service.

It’s hard to find a better way to make a cheap unlocked cell phone work for you.

Programs like Line 2 are exciting to watch develop because they force the CEO execs to think smarter about how to keep customers. We don’t want to spend a lot of money, and we want to be able to tinker and design programs that do what we want. So here’s to more programs and for my unlocked cellphone that make my life easier.

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3 Must-Have Accessories For Your Unlocked Cellphone

An unlocked cellphone is a beautiful thing. Especially if it’s a cheap unlocked cell phone that you were able to score from IceMonkey.com. But what if I told you there was a way in which you could enhance your unlocked cellphone even further? Fortunately for you, there are tons of ways you can enhance the performance of your unlocked cellphone. How? Through a couple of cheap cell phone accessories from Ice Monkey! If you’ve just bought an unlocked cellphone, or are thinking about buying one, here are a few must-have accessories for unlocked cellphones.

1) Car charger: There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a rush-hour traffic jam, and you can’t even call someone to entertain you because your cellphone is dead. Or even worse, having your car die in the middle of nowhere, and your cellphone dies right along with it.

2) A skin or case: A case is essential for anyone with an unlocked cellphone, or any cellphone for that matter. Cellphones are expensive and quite fragile, for that matter. Skins and cases can protect our fragile investments and look pretty cool in the process.

3) Extra memory card. If your unlocked cellphone has a camera, you’re going to need a bigger memory card.

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Time Flies With Your Unlocked Cellphone…

We’ve all been there.

You’re stuck in line at the post office, or even worse, the DMV.

There’s a TV in the corner, it’s diminutive screen is covered in layer of dust. But you’re not interested in the TV. Maury is on, and it’s another paternity test episode (does he do anything else?). To make matters worse, the woman behind you is trying to sooth her screaming toddler who is saying something about his dirty diaper. You gag a little and try to envision your happy place. The line hasn’t moved for a solid 15 minutes, thanks to the guy at the window who refuses to follow the clerk’s directions and step aside. Jerk.

You reach inside your pocket to find something, anything to take your mind of your miserable surroundings. Your fingers touch the smooth, cool plastic of your unlocked cellphone, and suddenly, everything feels a little better.

You pull it out of your pocket and browse for new text messages. You send an email to someone, check your Facebook and watch a youtube video of a cat playing the piano…classic! You play a little Bejeweled–you’re favorite cell phone game. After beating your high score, and then beating your new high score, you feel a tap on your shoulder. It’s the woman behind you, telling you to move up…you’re next in line to be called.

Time flies when you’re having fun on your unlocked cellphone

These Aren’t Discount Cell Phones: The World’s Most Expensive

For most of us sane people, the way our discount cell phones look and operate are enough to make us happy. Occasionally, we’ll splurge and dress it up with some cheap cell phone accessories like a rhinestone skin or case. We don’t really spend a lot on our cell phone, because, for one, we’re on a tight budget. Also, many of us don’t want to spend exorbitant amounts of money on something that can break easily, something that we can lose, or something that can be stolen faster than you can say “iPhone”.

But then there are other people who yawn at the idea of discount cell phones. BORING!, they say to themselves, as they scoop another bit of caviar and look down on us from their pedestal. If you’re interested in seeing how the other half uses their money (try not to gag!) here are 3 of the world’s most expensive cell phones. Enjoy!

3) Vertu Signature Cobra: $310,000.

This gem is so exclusive that only 8 have ever been made. Yes, that’s a diamond encrusted cobra. No word on how many have actually been sold. We don’t want to know…

2) GoldVish ‘Le Million’ Piece Unique: $1.3 million.

This diamond-studded solid gold monstrosity is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most expensive cell phone and the world’s most “exclusive” cell phone.

1) Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme: $3.2 million.

And you thought a regular iPhone was expensive! This 3G’s case is made from 271 grams of solid 22k gold and its face has is accented with fifty-three one carat diamonds.  The naviagation button is a 7.1 carat diamond.

CNet Dishes on the Discount Cell Phones With the Longest Battery Life

We all love our cell phones. Especially if we were able to get usually pricey smart phones for the same price as the equally awesome discount cell phones (only at IceMonkey.com!).

Really though, our cell phones do it all! Until the battery dies of course.  It seems like just when you get into something good, you’re at half-battery life. Well, if you’re on the market for a new smart phone, you might want to do a little research on it’s battery life. Cnet.com, the best place to check reviews of consumer electronics online, has recently published a review of the smart phones with the longest lasting batteries.

Here are a few of their top-contenders:

1)      Motorola Droid X: For a $200 price tag, this bad boy has a 4.3-inch touch screen, awesome multimedia features, and HDMI output and DLNA support (whatever that means…) Plus, Cnet gave it a 4 out of 5 stars for battery life.

2)      HTC Legend: Beautiful design? Check. AMOLED touch screen? Check! Lightning fast processor, more RAM and a camera flash? Check! This beast’s battery also got a cool 4 out of 5 stars.

3)      LG Fathom: What do you get when mix solid construction, a bright display, and a spacious QWERTY keyword? The LG Fathom, silly! It’s $150 price tag and 3.5 out of 5 stars for battery life ain’t half bad either.

Facebook and Your Unlocked Cellphone

Facebook plans to release a new feature to allow users to update where they are. ‘Places,’ has been long awaited, and is the final step in social mapping. Being able to check in with other users in terms of physical proximity removes the necessity of using computers to alert friends and family to what you are doing.

Small businesses and advertisers are excited about this new service because it could allow for location-targeted advertising. They may offer coupons and alerts that are one day only, and would otherwise leave you out of the loop. Let’s say you’re at a cool new bar, that notified you about a discounted happy hour. You update your ‘Places’ on your unlocked cellphone with your Facebook app (which right now only works on the iPhone). Turns out your buddy is just down the street and after being notified, (on Facebook) calls you up and asks if you want to grab a drink together.  Completely optional, the feature also has the privacy controls that make people so hectic.

Facebook appears to be taking steps towards the kind of data mining that Google allows. An unlocked cellphone along with cheap cell phone accessories is the easiest way to update your mobile status.

The Dell Streak: A New Tweener for Consumer Electronics Online

The iPad showed everyone where the future of laptops is heading, but a new device combines even more functions that will likely eventually rival discount cell phones.

The new Dell Streak, only available from consumer electronics online on Dell’s website, is priced similarly, at $550 without an AT&T contract, which is the only service provider for the tweener device. Or if you sign up with a new 2 year contract, which must include a data plan, you pay $300.

It runs on Google’s Android OS and has a 5-inch screen, larger than the iPhone’s 3.5 inch display. Bigger than all smartphones at 6 inches long and 3.11 inches wide, this device is difficult to define. It is important to note that this is the first device of its kind that combines calling with all the accessibility of a tablet, but as the first, it lacks in entire excellence. It isn’t as clear as an e-reader, its speakers aren’t the best, and video calling isn’t standard. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t perform well as a tablet, or a smartphone.

This isn’t at all like discount cell phones or even the current smartphones on the market – it is a tablet, with calling capabilities. By next year, when the second edition comes out, you can expect all of the kinks to be worked out.

UAE Bans BlackBerry Data

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/>An unlocked cellphone is one thing, but the United Arab Emirates is taking issues with Research in Motion, the Canadian company that makes BlackBerry. Starting October 11th, users will be blocked from transmitting data through these smart phones. Why are they picking on BB? Good question.

Countries have two ways of monitoring data usage. The first involves reading the servers within a country’s jurisdiction. The second involves the points where data enters the country. For services like Blackberry’s, a lone email provider is neither readable nor local, which means untrackable data, and for even the least extreme of Arab countries – censorship.

The UAE also blocks porn, gambling, terrorism, anti-Islam, top Israeli domains, social networking, hacking steps, and Voip sites. And they are not the only ones. India, China, and Saudi Arabia have all taken issue with Research in Motion, requesting that they install servers within national boundaries so that governments can monitor data.

Thus, Emiratis will have to look elsewhere to get their data fix. An unlocked cellphone is always an option, as are iPhones. And cheap cell phone accessories are ever popular, and cannot be restricted. So take faith, Islam. You can choose data from another mega-corporation, like an American one.