With what seems like inescapable, up-to-the-minute coverage of dropped call banter swirling around a tech universe with Apple as the sun, you almost forget that other brands exist. The most recent angle on their reception debacle has been the “But they’re doing it too!” defense, Steve Jobs’ attempt at dragging down his competition in the same sinking ship of arrogant excuses by releasing comparative antenna results of other smartphone brands. The photos depict users gripping a variety of phones like rigor mortis has set in and insinuate that Apples loyalists holding their iPhones like hulking gorillas manhandling a plantain are …

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[I]“Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.” ~Scott Adams. [/I] There is a battle going on out there in cell phone land involving the 3 hottest-of-hot cell phones. I write of course about[URL="http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/specials/iPhone.jsp"] the iPhone from AT&T[/URL], the [URL="http://www.t-mobileg1.com/"]G1 from T-Mobile[/URL] and the upcoming [URL="http://estore.vzwshop.com/storm/"]Blackberry Storm from Verizon[/URL]. All include the obligatory-cool touch screen interface--the G1 also sports a keyboard under the hood for you touch-typing phobes--but each has its strengths and weaknesses. It would be foolish to buy a phone that doesn't meet your needs just because it's popular, so …

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How on earth can you 'lose' the names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and, one has to assume, the mobile phone numbers of some 17 million of your customers? It's a good question, and to get the answer you might want to shout it in the direction of T-Mobile because it has apparently managed to do just that. The Der Speigel newspaper [URL="http://66.102.9.104/translate_c?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,581938,00.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dt-mobile%2Bsite:http://www.spiegel.de%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff%26as_qdr%3Dall&usg=ALkJrhgWPkBTjDjoS4eyKb-4j8rh_qsvXg"]reports[/URL] that the records were actually stolen two years ago, and relate to German customers of the mobile phone network. It would appear that amongst the data lost are 'secret' addresses of German politicians including a former …

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With the first availability of an Android-based phone is only weeks away, it's my guess that [url=http://www.htc.com/www/default.aspx]T-Mobile's G1 phone[/url] will be the next big "must-have" gizmo for today's techno geeks. The carrier, which promised delivery on the Oct. 22 launch date to customers placing advance orders, has sold through its initial allotment and has stopped taking advance orders. The company said it expects to sell half-a-million G1s through Christmas, and according to reports yesterday, T-Mobile will order as many as 2 million G1 units from [url=http://www.htc.com/www/default.aspx]HTC[/url], maker of the device. While T-Mobile has never billed G1 as an "iPhone killer" …

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While we play "wait and see" for Congressional leaders to hammer out some kind of bailout package for lenders and banks, there's other news going on - believe it or not - on Wall Street. While switching between CNBC, CNN and Fox News to get the latest on the financial crisis, I caught Stifel Nicolaus airline analyst Hunter Keay saying that, going forward, airline travel is going to be a "mid-priced luxury good" - akin to buying jewelry or purchasing a tuxedo. All this grim economic news is tough to take but at some point you have to laugh - …

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Everyone is all ga-ga this week over the [URL="http://www.t-mobileg1.com/"]G1[/URL], the new HTC phone from T-Mobile, which is the first phone powered by Google's Android phone OS. On one level, the geek in me certainly shares the excitement. It's open source. It's Google's first entree into the phone market. I'm not denying it's big news, but I'm having a hard time getting too excited over it. The G1 aint the iPhone folks. I'm sure if you asked people on the street if they knew what Android was, most would look at you with blank stares. By now, sure, they know there's …

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T-Mobile has today announced the international launch of the first Android powered cellphone in the world. It is available 'soon' say T-Mobile, for customers in both the USA and Europe. The [URL="http://www.T-MobileG1.com"]T-Mobile G1[/URL], as it is called, will feature full touch-screen functionality a combined with a QWERTY keyboard and the familiar Google experience thrown in. Most importantly though, it is the first to be driven by that Google Android OS and enable access to the Android Market, an Apple App Store alike site for downloading applications to the handset. With one-click contextual search, T-Mobile G1 customers in a flash can …

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After months of speculation, [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/09/16/android-phone-the-g1-to-ship-mid-october/"]TechCrunch[/URL] reports that the first Android powered phone, the HTC Dream is set to be released in the US by T-Mobile on October 20th. T-Mobile did not return my calls to confirm or deny this rumor, but one thing is certain, the iPhone is no longer the only player on the block and this will increase interest in T-Mobile for the first time maybe ever. Android is the open source cell phone operating system that has been developed by Google over the last year or so. I asked Rob Jackson, who has been writing [URL="http://phandroid.com/"]Phandroid.com[/URL], an …

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A decent day in tech trading, with both the Morgan Stanley “Big 35” tech benchmark and the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index up from week-long lows. Maybe it’s the first day of the quarter and people are just glad the last one is over, or maybe the July 4th margaritas are going down early. I’m just glad to see a breather in the sliding Dow, as investors continue to search for a bottom. An informal sample of financial news sites today suggests that we are in a bottom, but nobody seems to sure how long it will last. Hey, at least nobody’s …

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