Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Now Available In The US For $499.99

Back in August, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Arc S smartphone. This handset is the successor of the popular Xperia Arc smartphone. There are almost no changes in the specs, except the 1.4 Ghz single core processor. We have a good news for the folks, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone in the US. Sony Ericsson has finally started shipping the Xperia Arc S smartphone in the US.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S features a 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM82555 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 8.1 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, etc.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, aGPS, Bluetooth, PlayNow service, TrackID music recognition app, 3D games, Motion gaming, stereo FM Radio, HDMI, DLNA, Micro USB support, Wi-Fi, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB internal memory, up to 32 GB expandable memory, up to 37 hours of music listening time, up to 6 hours 25 min of video playback time, up to 7 hours 25 min of talk-time, up to 460 hours of stand-by time and a 1500mAh battery.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes with a price tag of $499.99 without any contract. If you are planning to get this smartphone, then just head over to this page at Sony online store.

Apple Selling Unlocked GSM iPhone 4 for $649

For the past few years since Apple launched the , they have been reluctant to sell the phone without carriers. Apple started out by selling the phone with AT&T and gradually added Verizon as a carrier last year.

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One of the biggest problem with this was that people were restricted to only these two carriers and could not switch to others without jailbreaking their iPhone and then unlocking the iPhone. However, that might be a thing of the past since Apple today introduced unlocked in their store.

The Unlocked iPhone 4 can be purchased without any contract and can be used on any compatible GSM network. The 16GB unlocked iPhone 4 will set you back by $649, whereas the 32GB Unlocked iPhone 4 will cost you $749. Apple is selling both the black and white iPhone 4 for the same price.

With the introduction of unlocked iPhone’s Apple has opened up a new market which was earlier unavailable to them. Users of networks such as Sprint and US Cellular can now just buy the iPhone 4 and use it with their own networks without having to go through the pain of unlocking the device.

It definitely appears like a very smart and strategic move by Apple who have been buoyed by the growth of rival platform . This move will see Apple’s iOS share growing in markets that were earlier unavailable to them.

You can buy an unlocked iPhone 4 from the Apple store here.

Palm Pre 2 Now Available In UK For €499

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We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of Palm Pre 2 in the UK. HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, is finally available for purchase in the UK. This handset was launched last week in Germany for €499. It is the first smartphone which runs on the webOS 2.0 Operating System.

Palm Pre 2 features a 3.1 inch touchscreen display with 320×480 pixels resolution,1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and more. It comes with different connectivity options such as GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and MicroUSB.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 350 hours of stand-by time and 5.5 hours of talktime.

Palm Pre 2 is available SIM-free and unlocked in the UK. It comes with a price tag of €499. This handset is already launched in France and Germany, and it will be soon available in the US and Canada.

Palm Pre 2 To Go On Sale From Tomorrow In UK

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HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, which was announced last month will go on sale from tomorrow in the UK. Palm Pre 2 is the successor for Palm Pre and it runs on the webOS 2.0 operating system. This handset was launched last month in France, but it is still not available in the US and UK.

Palm Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display, 320×480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and more.

Earlier, HP posted on their HP for Students Facebook page that, the device will be available for pre-order from November 8th, but the handset is still not available in the US. Hewlett Packard has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the unlocked version of Palm Pre 2 will be available from tomorrow in the UK. The price of this handset is not announced yet.

Apple Offering Contract-Free iPhone For $500-$700

Apple has begun selling unsubsidized unlocked to consumers without the 2 year contract through the Apple Store. The 8GB version of iPhone 3G costs $499, 16GB 3GS will cost $599 and 32GB 3GS will cost $699.

It looks like Apple has finally begun selling unlocked iPhone through the app store. This move may be to counter the flurry of based devices hitting the US markets which are also sold unlocked with out any carrier subsidies.


The new development was spotted by Gizmodo through a leaked Apple document which states that customers will not be required to verify their account through AT&T and will be able to use it contract free. The document also states that users may only buy a single unit of iPhone per day.

The document was reportedly updated on March 22nd, however, there is no news yet as to when Apple will actually start selling the unlocked devices, and whether or not it will be available at locations other than the Apple Store.

Google also sells a unlocked version of online for about the same price, so this move by Apple might be to counter that and enter the unsubsidized market. Would you buy an unlocked iPhone or would you prefer to buy a unlocked Android based phone instead?