Mobile Tech News – Verizon Gets Faster, New RhinoSkin Treo Cases, Black Tie Treo 650 Contest, and More

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Expect Faster Data Transfers from Verizon’s EV-DO Service

Nortel has announced that it will soon begin adding EV-DO Rev. A equipment to Verizon Wireless’ network. This will increase the the theoretical download speed of this service from 2.5 Mbit/sec to 3.1 Mbit/sec. Using the new equipment, data can be uploaded at up to 1.8 Mbit/sec.

Of course, when operating in the real world data transfers will be slower. Nevertheless, Verizon EV-DO subscribers should see an increase in performance in the coming months.


New RhinoSkin Cases Released for Treo 650 and 700

Keeping up with their lineup of stylish and functional cases for mobile devices, RhinoSkin has released two new Treo cases.

The first is a Palm Treo 700/650 Leather Flipcase available in red, pink, tan, buff, and black. It is a shield cover with three ID/credit card slots and one slot for an extra SD card. It also comes with a removable belt clip and a label for the StuffBak Loss Protection Service.

The second is an aluminum case for the Treo 700 in both pink and normal aluminum shades. A neoprene coating on the interior protects your Treo, while a polycarbonate cover over the screen makes it usable while still in the case.

Both cases sell for $34.95 and can be purchased from the RhinoSkin website.


Voting in Brighthand’s Black Tie Treo 650 Contest Ends Soon

Voting is almost over in a contest being put on by Brighthand and Palm, Inc. To enter the contest, people were asked to answer the question: “A Black Tie Treo 650 goes best with…” The best answer will receive a Black Tie Treo 650.

The Brighthand editorial staff has chosen a group of finalists, and the general public is being asked to vote on these.

To see the finalists and submit a vote, visit this web page.

Voting will continue until Sunday, July 23, and the winner will be announced early next week.


SanDisk Releases World’s Fastest Compact Flash Card

SanDisk has recently introduced the SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash memory card. Claiming to be the world’s fastest Compact Flash (CF) card with a transfer speed of 40 MB/s, the Extreme IV CF card is designed for those who use extremely large files (photos, videos, databases, etc.).

The cards were also released with a new card reader from SanDisk designed to handle the higher speed of the new Extreme IV cards. The 2 GB and 4 GB readers and the FireWire Reader are available now, while a USB 2.0 reader will be available in August.

The SanDisk Extreme IV is available in capacities up to 8 GB  and are now available at most retail outlets. Prices for the cards are $159.99 (2 GB), $319.99 (4 GB), and $639.99 (8 GB).

More information is available on SanDisk’s web site.




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