PLEASE DON’T GET SCAMMED!

It has been brought to our attention that various individuals, who are not affiliated with Fast Lane Wireless, have been posing as employees of Fast Lane Wireless. These individuals are making claims that Fast Lane Wireless is hiring people to work from home. This is a job scam! If you receive any messages from “Kimberly” at kimlaule@yahoo.com, or anyone else making these claims, please disregard them. We are working proactively to solve this issue and if you have any questions regarding this matter, please call the Fast Lane Wireless Customer Service Center at 1-800-689-7960 (Monday thru Friday between 8:00AM – 4:00PM PST) or email us at sales@fastlanewireless.com (subject line: Reporting Scam Issue). Thank you for your understanding.

– The Fast Lane Wireless Team

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Star Wars R2D2 Droid2 Cell Phone

Attention Star Wars fans!  On September 30, 2010, there can be a new addition to your collection of light saber chopsticks, your Yoda backpacks and Han Solo carbonite soaps…  lo and behold the special edition Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Star Wars edition Android smartphone!  This phone will have the same features and functions as the Motorola Droid 2 such as a 1GHZ processor with Android 2.2 operating system, touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities and expandable memory up to 40GB in addition to “exclusive Star Wars content” and an exterior “designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga.”  To the extent of public knowledge, the “exclusive” content includes special Star Wars themed apps and widgets, wallpapers and a special R2D2 interface.

Not much information regarding the special edition R2D2 phone has been released by Motorola, as it is up to the fans to unlock “plans” of the special edition Droid2 phone, which have been “intercepted by agents of the Empire and scattered across the internet.”  Fans are required to scour the web for clues on the web to recover the “lost schematics” of the special edition phone via Twitter instructions.  There are a total of eight pieces to the website that need to be recovered before anyone can learn more about the new phone.  So far, half of the schematics have been recovered, but the boot up sequence, R2-D2 soundboard, enhancescan app and exclusive video have yet to be unlocked by fans.  For each fan who unlocks a piece of the website, he or she will be rewarded with a R2-D2 Droid2 smartphone.  We look forward to the release of this special edition Droid2 phone, as it is the ultimate Star Wars fan’s nerdy fantasy to be one with the Rebel Alliance because “without the Droid R2-D2 device, Earth will be completely cut off from the Alliance communication network.”  We wouldn’t want to end up like AT&T with their iphone reception now, would we?  If you wish to join the 25,800+ Rebels hunting for the lost plans, you can view the rules here and may the Force be with you.

Sources:
http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/ci.Motorola-DROID-2-US-EN.alt
http://nexus404.com/Blog/2010/09/03/verizon-wireless-r2-d2-droid-2-website-unlocking-begins-new-r2-d2-edition-images-revealed-verizon-reveals-additional-r2-d2-droid-2-edition-images-including-themed-dock/
http://www.droiddoes.com/r2d2/

Samsung Epic- A 4G Phone from Sprint

Samsumg EpicEarlier this summer, Sprint introduced the first 4G phone to the world with the HTC Evo.  “What denotes a 4G phone?” you may ask and the answer is this: simply the fourth generation of cell phones.  Introduced in the 1980’s, the first generation of cell phones (1G) allowed users to make phone calls and when 2G phones were introduced in 1991, users were able to send text messaging (that’s amazing stuff!).  3G phones allow people to view websites in its original format on mobile devices and now, today’s  4G phones allow users to browse the internet quicker than ever (i.e. faster downloads, load You Tube videos quicker) and most extraordinary, be able to serve as a “mobile hotspot” that allows a connection for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.

The Samsung Epic is the second 4G phone to be released by Sprint, unleashing a major competitive edge against mobile carrier industry giants AT&T and Verizon.  A Galaxy S phone, the Samsung Epic features a slide out QWERTY keyboard in addition to a Swype touch screen keyboard.  This device has a 4-inch “Super AMOLED” monitor, a revolutionary screen that is the thinnest of its kind and allows users to experience a “HDTV-quality viewing experience” full of vibrant colors in “unmatched quality” when compared to a traditional TFT screen.  It also includes a front facing camera that allows people to video chat with other 4G users.  If that wasn’t enough, this phone has a 5 megapixel camera and HD camcorder (720p) with auto focus and 3x digital zoom for your memory capturing needs, a GPS system, access to over 65,000 applications on the Android market, a six-axis motion sensor for gaming purposes and the “Samsung Social Hub” application for social network integration.  BUT most importantly, this device is twice as fast as current Android phones and can host other Wi-Fi devices for browsing the web (it’s what makes the Samsung Epic a 4G phone).  Congratulations Sprint, we look forward to the release of your newest 4G phone on August 31, 2010 because this device really does seem to be “making the Smartphone brilliant.”

Sources:

http://www.geekosystem.com/htc-evo-what-does-4g-mean/

http://now.sprint.com/epic4g/?INTCID=AB:UEU:HERO:081210:Epic4GPA:960×320

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE6fu0Y0o4k

NEW – Blackberry Torch

Blackberry is finally stepping up to the plate in the Blackberry v.s. iPhone v.s Andriod battle for cell phone greatness.  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), a Canada based business who is the creator of the Blackberry smartphone will be holding an exclusive event on August third in New York to supposedly unveil a new Blackberry model  (the Blackberry Torch) with a touch screen and slide-out keyboard.   This is one of RIM’s first attempts at trying to create a phone to rival Apple’s iPhone and other touch screen smartphones.  With the introduction of the new iPhone and Android touch screen phones, the Blackberry smarthphone has been noticeably less popular.  It is also rumored that RIM will be introducing a new operating system (Blackberry 6) with features similar to Google’s Android operating system and iPhone operating system, along with” multi-touch controls, better integration with social networks and a revamped browser.”  Well, Blackberry, we hope you’ve brought your  A-Game and slide  your way to home base.

Sources:

http://www.canada.com/business/fp/debut+slider+Blackberry+event+Analysts/3331853/story.html

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/40009/

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2267276/blackberry-slider-phone-coming

http://crackberry.com/tags/blackberry-slider

iPhone 4 V.S. Droid X

By: Fast Lane Wireless

6/23/10

Today, Verizon introdudroid xced the Motorola Droid X as an attempt to compete with the iPhone 4, and the Android-powered handset comes equipped with awesome features.  Verizon’s introduction of the new device was not a coincidence—Verizon wants to point out that Droid X is a direct competitor to the anticipated iPhone 4.

Despite its similarities to the Droid, the new Droid X features a bigger (4.3-inch) touch screen display.  Motorola claim that consumers prefer a larger screen than a smaller one with a higher resolution.

The device comes in 8 GB and 18 GB and features an 8-megapixel camera that can also record 720p HD video.

The Droid X is scheduled to be released on July 15 for $199 for the entry model, after a $100 rebate and a two-year contract. Similar to AT&T’s marketing strategy for the iPhone 4, Verizon customers will be able to get the Droid X at the entry price if they are eligible to upgrade in 2010.

References:

http://www.intomobile.com/2010/06/23/verizon-motorola-intro-droid-x-to-battle-iphone-4/

Sony Ericsson—Three New Devices

By: Fast Lane Wireless

6/21/10

Sony Ericsson revealed three new handsets—Xperia X8, Cedar, and Yendo—and have plans to upgrade the X10, X10 Mini, and X10 Mini Pro in the coming months.

The Xperia X8 is a cheaper version of the X10, and the handset runs Google’s Android operating system.  The phone features a 3.0-in display screen, 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, and WiFi.  The Cedar features a 2.2-in screen, a 2-megapixel camera on the back, and offers video recording capabilities.  The device has Bluetooth connectivity, USB support, and the Widget Manager 2.0 apps for easy access to social networking websites.  The Yendo is Sony Ericsson’s first touch screen phone with Walkman music capabilities, and features a 5-megapixel camera with a 2.6-in QVGA display.

Sony Ericsson is the world’s fourth-largest phone maker, but due to a lack of appealing smartphones, the company has been struggling in recent quarters.

References:

http://www.mobiledia.com/news/71936.html

http://infocera.com/Sony_brings_Cedar-_mobile_with_GreenHeart_expected_at_price_100_Euro_9664.htm

Nokia Announces the E73

By: Fast Lane Wireless

6/4/10

E73The Nokia E73 is a QWERTY smartphone is available exclusively to T-Mobile in the US.  Its features best accommodates the busy lifestyle of the business world.  The Nokia E73’s 3G network, Wi-Fi and email messaging capabilities make business errands easy.E73

The device is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera with flash and autofocus, GPS, web browser, and IBM Lotus Traveler, etc.  The handset also supports Nokia’s OVI maps for free step-by-step navigation using the built-in GPS.

The Nokia E73 Mode will be available on June 16th and will retail for $70 with a 2-year contract at T-Mobile retail stores.

References:

http://conversations.nokia.com/2010/06/03/nokia-e73-mode-launched-in-the-usa-on-t-mobile/

http://www.mobileburn.com/review.jsp?Id=9615

Motorola Flips Out to be Square

By: Fast Lane Wireless

6/2/10

FlipoutMotorola has introduced its new android phone, the Flipout, which features a QWERT keyboard that flips out from under the handset, and a compact 2.8 inch touchscreen display.  The Flipout has multi-touch support including pinch-to-zoom for Web services, and includes seven screens.  The phone has a unique square form and a 3 megapixel camera with digital zoom, video recording, and Wi-Fi and GPS capability.

Similar to other Motorola devices, such as the Cliq and Backflip, the Flipout will also have the Motoblur Android skin—Motoblur syncs messages, photos, and social media feeds.  Users in the updated Motoblur service are able to take control of their happenings and messages, and they have the option to filter out unwanted updates and messages.

The price of the phone is not yet disclosed but the Flipout will be available in the next few weeks in certain regions around the world.

References:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/06/motorola-flips-out-with-its-new-android-phone/

http://www.informationweek.com/news/mobility/smart_phones/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225300154&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_News

Picture This!—the Altek Leo

By: Fast Lane Wireless

5/28/10

LeoleoAltek announced the Leo—the first 14 megapixel camera phone capable to shoot HD video and a 3x optical zoom lens.  The phone comes equipped with a Xenon flash, a touch screen, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.  Based on the buttons below the display, the device may be running on some sort of Andriod OS.

The lettering around the lens reveal that the camera will be a 6.5-19.5mm zoom with apertures running from ƒ3.1 – ƒ5.6, which is impressive for a cell phone.

The Leo will make its debut in June at the CommunicAsia 2010 event.

References:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/05/altek-leo-a-14-megapixel-hd-shooting-camera-phone/

http://www.gsmarena.com/altek_leo__14mp_cameraphone_with_hd_video_and_optical_zoom-news-1693.php

Fathom over Verizon’s new LG Handset

By: Fast Lane Wireless

5/26/10

Verizon Wireless and LG officially launched the LG Fathom, a touchscreen smartphone that features Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.  The phone includes a stylus, but it is not necessary because of its 3.2-inch 800 x 480 pixel display screen.

The Fathom shares similar physical components as the LG Ally—a 4-row QWERT keyboard that has a dedicated row of keys for numbers, and d-pad controller.  The device accommodates a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, supports WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and is able store up to 16GB of additional space.

The LG Fathom will be in stores on June 3, 2010 for $149.99 with a 2 year contact, after a $100 mail-in rebate.

References:

http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=9518