cablevision-freewheelCablevision has announced FreeWheel earlier this week, and just in case you were wondering what FreeWheel is all about, it happens to be a wireless service which has total dependence on Wi-Fi networks and nothing else, not even on cellular networks, making this a truly unique form factor. FreeWheel would deliver the advantage of enjoying unlimited voice calls through VoIP, messaging, as well as data for as little as $30 each month.

Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers can make use of this particular service for even less – we are talking of a price point of a mere $10 per month. At launch, this particular service will play nice with the likes of the Motorola Moto G, which Cablevision is currently selling for $99 a pop.

The FreeWheel service can basically be accessed from just about anywhere Wi-Fi is available, and customers will hook up automatically to Optimum Online Wi-Fi hotspots when and where they are available, and with more than 1.1 million public hotspots available according to Cablevision, it might be worth checking out.

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dakele-3They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – if that is the case, then surely the iPhone 6 would have been flattered to the max if it were a real world model, taking into consideration the various number of clones of the handsets that are floating out there, retailing for a fraction of the actual price. However, the Dakele 3 that you see above is a whole lot different – especially since it will be powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system, accompanied by the likes of a microUSB port.

While the home button imitates the original circular physical button, it will not come with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Still, it will feature premium materials like aluminum all over alongside a titanium alloy frame, in addition to a 5″ Full HD display with sapphire glass screen, an octa-core 64-bit MediaTek processor at 1.7 GHz, a Mali-T760 GPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP shooter at the back, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 2,500 mAh battery, all of that retailing for $240.

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wp81-photo-onedriveIt does look as though the cloud storage app known as OneDrive for Windows Phone has been on the receiving end of an update, which will then see the version number hit version 4.6. In this particular new version, it will come with visual updates to the file properties page, where it then fixes some bugs while improving the performance of the app on the whole. With the OneDrive for Windows Phone app, it can store your files while enabling you to access them from your Windows Phone or computer (PC or Mac, it does not matter).

OneDrive will let you sift through your personal files while you are on the go, in addition to letting you upload multiple photos, video and files simultaneously. You can also share your content through invitation, writing a link to copy and paste, or by sending an attachment. The app would also let you rename files, move them or delete them, and how about pinning folders to the start screen? This cloud storage app can be downloaded for free from the Windows Phone Store, where it tips the scales at 5MB, playing nice with Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 platforms.

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exynos-benchmarkI am quite sure that many of us are looking forward to the brand new flagship smartphone from Samsung, and that would be the Galaxy S6. However, not much is known about it, while an alleged Samsung Galaxy S6 prototype has been spotted on the Geekbench site, where it runs on an Exynos 7420 chipset.

This Exynos 7420 chipset managed to rack up a single-core score of 1,520, while the multi-core score hit a respectable 5,478. Do take these figures with the proverbial pinch of salt, however, since it will take some time before the actual device rolls out, and by then, various assumed tweaks done by Samsung would most probably see a bump in the performance scores .

Interestingly enough, this handset has been listed down to carry 3GB RAM instead of 4GB – which is what many would have expected of it. Ah well, patience will reveal all in due time.

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grand-neo-plusNow here is a handset that you might want to check out if you happen to reside in the likes of India, Spain or Italy – the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus that, based on the naming convention alone, would be the successor to the current Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo device. While it might be “grand” in its calling, this smartphone is nothing more than a functional handset for the budget conscious.

Touting the model number GT-I9060I, this dual SIM device will run on a quad-core Broadcom 1.2GHz processor, carry a 5” display at 480 x 800 pixels resolution, has a 2MP selfie shooter as well as a 5MP camera at the back with LED flash, HSPA+ connectivity, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and a 2,100 mAh battery, where TouchWiz UI will run on top of Android.4 KitKat. Coming in black and white color choices, expect to pay approximately $190 a pop for one of these puppies, unlocked.

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huawei-p8Now here we are with more whispers of the upcoming Huawei P8, which will in all probability, be the successor to the Huawei Ascend P7. After all, this particular handset would come with an improvement in its hardware specifications over its predecessor, although as you might notice, it might have dropped the word “Ascend” from the naming convention.

Whispers have it that the Huawei P8 will arrive with a Full HD 5.2” display, accompanied by an octa-core Kirin 930 chipset from Huawei alongside 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory, not to mention a fingerprint scanner that would clearly place it on par with that of other flagship devices. The metal chassis that encases the innards will also be worth checking out. Chances are, it will be revealed this coming April 8th, rather than at Mobile World Congress that will kick off at the beginning of March later this year.

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lumia532-win10The new Lumia 532 from Microsoft which was announced just last week is definitely an entry level Windows Phone 8.1 handset that is worth looking into, especially when it is about to be launched to the masses later this February. However, what bodes for the future of the Lumia 532 in terms of its software operating system version? It seems that a quick search over on Bing, as you can see in the screen capture above, points out that the Lumia 532 will be “Windows 10 ready.”

Right now, such metadata is not visible on the product page of the Lumia 532 itself, and the full excerpt of what Microsoft is saying about the Lumia 532 reads like this, “Windows 10 ready, the Lumia 532 smartphone is capable of running mobile games with its Snapdragon processor. Skype, OneDrive, Office and more.”

Needless to say, it will take some time before the Lumia 532 will actually get an update to the Windows 10 platform, since Microsoft has penciled plans to roll out the new operating system sometime later this summer or in early autumn. However, a search on the less powerful Lumia 435 does not yield such similar results, but fret not – Microsoft has plans to update all models of their Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia handsets to Windows 10 when the time is right.

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zte-blade-v2ZTE has a spanking new handset arriving in your direction – which will be a 64-bit smartphone that will be part of the Blade range, and the handset is known as the ZTE Blade V2. This handset will not turn heads with its hardware specifications, and while the rather generic look is decent enough, it does have that bit of elegance to it. All in all, the ZTE Blade V2 looks set to be an improved version of the Blade Vec 4G which was introduced to the masses last year.

What makes the ZTE Blade V2 tick? For starters, there is a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor running underneath the hood, a 5MP camera in front that has gesture controls, a 13MP shooter behind with a LED flash, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, Bluetooth and LTE connectivity, and a 5” display with 720 x 1280 pixels. Oh yeah, the 2,400mAh battery ought to keep it chugging for the entire day.

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sharp-tablet-fccNow here is an upcoming device from Sharp that has made its way to the FCC, although the description given in the FCC filing does claim that it is a “Dual mode hand held Mini Phablet.” This would raise the question – does this mean that this will be a smartphone, since a phablet straddles the “land” between that of a smartphone and a tablet? Hence, a mini phablet would mean it would have a form factor that is closer to, yup, you’ve guessed it right – a smartphone.

Ah well, all in all, we will just have to wait until additional information is revealed on an official basis, although for now, we will have to make do with the fact that it supports the likes of quad-band 4G LTE, tri-band WCDMA 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS. and NFC. Sharp themselves are not too big on the US market, having just a handful of devices released to date, as opposed to their home country in Japan, but we do think that this model will most probably run on the Android platform when it arrives.

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lg-h810It looks as though the trend for smartphone manufacturers would be to roll out a brand new model each year where their flagship device is concerned, and LG with their highly acclaimed LG G3 is well on its way to receive a successor which will most probably be known as the LG G4 later this year. In fact, a leaked document containing an RDF file does point to an LG phone that carries the model number LG-H810. There are whispers on the street that claim that this is the LG G4 which is making its way toward AT&T, where the device will feature a 1440 x 2560 resolution display – which makes sense if it were to keep up with the times.

It seems that the LG G 4 could also feature an SoC that would see action on majority of the early 2015 flagship handsets, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset – which would then place it on par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and the Sony Xperia Z4, among others .Hopefully more will be revealed in due time, especially at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in early March.

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