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Is it Monday?  I swear it's Monday.  Data's out again on my (unlocked) iPhone, the speakers I use with my computer at home are on the blink and I fear I accidentally blew something out inside of them, and the cable connecting my external hard drive to my computer broke after a whole day and a half on the job.  Yeeks.

That said, there's tons of cell phone news today so I'm gonna bullet point a few stories here for you now and then get on to some others in separate, full-length blog posts:

Noah's Bark:  You like the name?  Andre thought it up.  Very clever.  Think Noah's Ark meets PhoneDog (get it?  we're PhoneDog and dogs bark ... clever, right?).  It's the name of my weekly podcast, and episode two is now online for your listening pleasure.  If you use iTunes you can download episodes and subscribe for free via this handy dandy link.  We're working on a title graphic, so bear with us if the iTunes listing isn't yet as snazzy as it will be.  And I'm working on some special guests and features for upcoming episodes, as well.  Drop us a line at infodog@phonedog.com and tell us what you think!

Android: Everyone is in a super tizzy thanks to the next week's confirmed T-Mobile/Google press event to launch the first Android-powered phone.  Mark your calendars: Tuesday, Sep. 23 at 10:30 AM ET in NYC.  I'll be covering the event via Webcast from here in California, and will even wake up early to do so despite the fact that I've got tickets to see Spoon in San Francisco the night before.  Maybe we'll set up a liveblog page so you can follow the action in real time right here on PhoneDog.

More Android:  Wait, there's more!  Boy Genius has some dish on the SECOND Android phone, and it looks like it's gonna be on Sprint.  More on that later, but I wonder - six months from now will I be in a lather as I blog about new rumors surrounding the release of the FIFTY-THIRD Android phone?  Man, I hope not.  At some point there's a statute of limitations for new product hype, right?

BlackBerry Flip 8220:  Looks like the release of the Flip 8220 on T-Mobile may have been pushed back to sometime in November.  I'm trying to get more info on that one.

SE TM506: This is T-Mobile's first official 3G phone, and it's a flip made by Sony Ericsson.  I got a chance to open up my review model yesterday and it's pretty cool.  I've always liked SE's UI and menu systems, and while the 506 is more or less "just" a basic flip phone there's still something about it I dig.  And it's not the 3G, because I don't yet have 3G coverage from T-Mo out here in the SF Bay Area.  As Doug would put it, "this phone's got good hand feel."  The size, shape, and soft-grip plastics make the 506 feel great in the hand, and the bright display and big buttons (except for the softkeys, which may be too small) make it easy to use for calling and data/media usage.  I fired it up, made a call, and checked out the Web browser and mobile Email application before downloading EA Sports' NCAA Football game (which is really good).  So far so good - and I even like the somewhat odd black and green color scheme.  More on this one - including a video - in the coming days.

iPhone Woes:  My unlocked iPhone running on T-Mobile woes continue.  I upgraded to firmware 2.1 and now my EDGE data doesn't work.  It's not like last time, where an update to the Big Boss T-Zones Hack made everything right again.  This time I keep gettiing a "You are not subscribed to a cellular data plan" error, which is baloney b/c my SIM card gets data just fine when I pop it into another handset.  I'm taking this as a sign that the Android phone is going to be super awesome enough to make me switch.  Otherwise, I might have to go legit and get an iPhone 3G on AT&T.  And that's something I really don't want to do right now, given AT&T's network performance as of late.

 

 


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