Note: these are not Facebook's smartphones. Courtesy of phonemag.com
Rumors concerning the launch of Facebook’s smartphones are running from last week, but were denied by the company.
The gadgets will use the Android Operating System developed by Google, said the sources quoted. The smartphones will be built around the Facebook online social services. They will be launched in Europe by mid next year and in the U.S., in the second half of 2011.
One of Facebook’s smartphone will have QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The other will only have a touch screen and will look and feel like the iPhone. Their prices may be more than $100, in U.S..
Approximately 25% of the over 500 million Facebook users login to their accounts using wireless devices. So far, AT&T, the second largest wireless telecommunications operator in the U.S., has not yet taken a decision whether to promote Facebook’s phones exclusively.
Btw, talking about smartphone new concepts, take a look at Mozilla Seabird! It’ll blow your mind!
Apple’s new iPhone was released for sale Tuesday for pre-orders – and, again, the company had big problems.
Online systems and telephone systems from Apple and AT&T, Apple’s exclusive partner in the United States, were blocked. Many consumers have complained that they can’t order the new iPhone 4 through the ordering systems of the two giants, just like in the previous iPhone pre-launches.
“Given the extremely high volume of calls we are unable to answer your call right now,” said the recording on the Apple’s phone line to buyers. “Please call back.”
The situation wasn’t better either with the online sales, where the sites appeared to be in a perpetual state of crashing, or long waits.
“The good news for Apple: Lots of people want to buy product,” says Van Baker, analyst at Gartner. “The bad news: all system errors that block the system.”
The price for the new iPhone 4 starts at $ 199, with a new contract for two years or upgrade, and includes a thinner body, higher-resolution display and two-way video calling.
Although Apple launched a new phone each summer since 2007, the new phone with CMDA is never the less notable considering that both Apple and AT&T had a long relationship and because it will be made for Verizon.
Rumors say that the latest iPhones are built by Hon Hai Precision Industry, the same company that built the previous versions. However, the new CMDA phone for Verizon will be built by Pentagon Technology, a subsidiary of ASUSTeK Computer.
The production for the CMDA phone will start in September but according to FoxNews.com the release date is yet to be announced.
The spokesmen for all the companies involved in this affair refused to comment.
Since the debut of Phone, produced by Apple, on AT&T network it seemed the popular touch-screen handset could be also available for Verizone Wireless at the end of contract of exclusivity between the producer and the network company.
The Apple’s analysts confirmed too what has been written below and that the contract will expire at the end of this year; but it doesn’t look like reliable, since it has not been publicly announced nor by Apple and neither by AT&T.
Anyway it is known that at certain time the AT&T exclusivity will expire and then could be possible a Verizone IPhone, but not until it will be confirmed from Verizone and Apple too, till that moment it will remain only a rumor, so it will not be clear if and when the Verizon IPhone will be really feasible.
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