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Whether it's for just making calls or for cramming your entire life into one device, the ubiquitous cell phone continues to evolve. Each Wednesday cell phone editors Kent, Bonnie, and Nicole meet to discuss the latest cell phone news and answer your questions about what's in, what's out, and what's coming next.

Whether it's for just making calls or for cramming your entire life into one device, the ubiquitous cell phone continues to evolve. Each Wednesday cell phone editors Kent, Bonnie, and Nicole meet to discuss the latest cell phone news and answer your questions about what's in, what's out, and what's coming next.
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Whether it's for just making calls or for cramming your entire life into one device, the ubiquitous cell phone continues to evolve. Each Wednesday cell phone editors Kent, Bonnie, and Nicole meet to discuss the latest cell phone news and answer your questions about what's in, what's out, and what's coming next.

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Dialed In No. 218: The final episode

4/2/2012
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It's so hard to say goodbye...but goodbye we must say. For CNET's Final Episode of Dialed In, we get the band back together, old guard and new. Bonnie and Nicole reminisce about old days when Dialed In was audio-only and they had to wrestle with the sound controls. Meanwhile, Brian recounts his clairvoyance, Lynn sets the record straight, and Kent keeps it real -- like, really real. I fulfill a final request, and nearly dent my thumb doing so. And of course, we bring you CNET's review of...

Dialed In No. 217: It's now or never for Windows Phone (podcast)

3/26/2012
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First, the bad news. Saying goodbye to this weekly Dialed In podcast isn't something that any of us expected to do for some time, but it's true: this week marks the second-to-last episode of CNET's cell phone podcast, and of most of CNET's podcasts in general, save the hilarious 404 with Jeff Bakalar and Justin Yu. CNET is taking a new direction with our video programming. We're going to collectively try out new formats and styles, including an exciting new show that Molly Wood is...

Dialed In #216, Special Edition: All about ETFs (podcast)

3/21/2012
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Early Termination Fees got you down? ETFs are fees that phone carriers charge customers in case they want to cancel their contracts early. Agreements usually last two years, but if you want to leave a carrier before then, the company uses ETFs as a way to recuperate money from selling you a subsidized phone. Some argue, however, that these fees are grossly expensive and exploitative. Our main advice is to read the terms of your agreement carefully and drum up a lot of attention with your...

Dialed In #215: The agony and ecstasy of Mike Daisey (podcast)

3/19/2012
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Actor Mike Daisey's one-man show on his depiction of deplorable working conditions at Apple's iPhone factory took a sharp turn when Daisey's "facts" were revealed as partial fiction. It isn't just Daisey's shaky credibility that's on the line, nor the news outlets that publicized his work as first-hand source material--CNET included--but also the message he's worked so hard to drive home. We also take a closer look at the benefits of unlimited data--or not--and check out one of the most...

Dialed In #214: The iPad '3' shines a light on the iPhone '5'

3/12/2012
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Even if you never plan to get one, the third-generation iPad is important for the wireless industry as a whole. Apple has once again set the bar when it comes to jaw-dropping screen resolution. That and its 4G LTE connectivity portend good things for the next-generation iPhone, which could carry some of the same (or similar) technology. We also weigh in on T-Mobile's recent statement that all those carrier subsidies that make a $200 superphone purchase possible as "bad" for the industry....

Dialed In No. 213: Wrapping up Mobile World Congress, not wires (podcast)

3/5/2012
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Now that Mobile World Congress is officially over, we get a chance to discuss the most newsworthy items that came out of the expo (hint: you guessed it, we ended up mostly talking about Nokia and the 808 PureView... oops). We also chat about the future surrounding other means of wireless technology, including Bluetooth 4.0, NFC chips, and Google Wallet. Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio)Subscribe with RSS (video) Stories Mobile World...

Dialed In #211: The Mobile World Congress lowdown (podcast)

2/21/2012
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Do you hear that? It's the sound of our quickening heartbeats as we wait for smartphone after smartphone to show its glossy black face at Mobile World Congress next month. Join us as we take you on a tour of the phones and tablets to expect, bring you some news that might make you mad, and help one reader find his perfect phone. Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio)Subscribe with RSS (video) Mobile World Congress preview LG Optimus Vu HTC...

Dialed In #210: We kinda heart the Samsung Galaxy Note (podcast)

2/14/2012
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It's Valentine's Day, which means it's time to share a little love. There's some of that for the top two phones we reviewed this past week: the keyboard-crazy Motorola Droid 4 for Verizon and AT&T's gigantic Samsung Galaxy Note. But just because Cupid's in the area doesn't mean he's shot the Scrooge in us, too. We still have plenty of quibbles--especially when it comes to carriers like AT&T and Sprint that are raising the price of upgrade fees when customers buy a new phone. All that plus...

Dialed In #209: Windows Phone 8 details leak, HTC Sense is too weak

2/6/2012
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This week's podcast is my first time ever hosting, so please excuse all the awkwardness as I get my sea legs going. To compensate, I offer you a lively discussion about the new details surrounding Windows Phone 8. So far, there's word of a multicore processor in the works, as well as integration with the Windows 8 desktop and tablet OS. We also debate the merits of HTC's Sense skin. Some of us think it's just fine and dandy (we still get a kick out of that retro clock on the phones), but...

Dialed In #208: AT&T complains, Razr Maxx astounds

1/30/2012
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Looks like AT&T just can't stop complaining about the FCC meddling in its business, but CNET mobile section editor Kent German just isn't having it. We also discuss exactly how awesome we think the Motorola Droid Razr is, but is it a little too late for Droid Razr owners? In addition, other news rocked the smartphone world, including former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein saying bye-bye to HP, recent co-CEO of RIM Mike Lazaridis injecting a massive amount of his own cash to boost the company's...

Dialed In #207: A new beginning for BlackBerry? (podcast)

1/23/2012
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At BlackBerry-maker RIM, it's out with the old and in with the new--at least as CEOs go. Last night's news of Thorsten Heins' ascent at our favorite Canadian smartphone company got us thinking long and hard about what the new leadership means for RIM, especially since Heins isn't exactly a newcomer to the company. CNET News' Roger Cheng joins the Dialed In crew. Later in the show, Lynn shares Virgin Mobile's throttling plans, and Brian talks all about an iPhone look-alike that's more than...

Dialed In No. 206: Phones go big at CES (podcast)

1/12/2012
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Between a new Motorola Droid, some slick Sony models, and a powerful punch from Windows Mobile, the Dialed In team was crazy with new phones at CES. Join us as we discuss the hits and misses from Las Vegas. Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio)Subscribe with RSS (video) CES 2012 Highlights Motorola's Droid 4 is the greatest Android keyboard slider yet Motorola Droid Maxx promises pumped-up battery life Sony Xperia Ion bets big on HD cameras,...

Dialed In No. 205: CES 2012 Preview

1/6/2012
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Dialed In #205: CES 2012 Preview In this edition of Dialed In, we chat about what slick smartphones and other cool mobile gear we expect to see at the upcoming CES 2012 trade show in Las Vegas, from Android Ice Cream Sandwich to new Windows Mango handsets from Nokia. Bonus: meet our newest and ultracool team member, Lynn La. Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio)Subscribe with RSS (video) Stories That's a phone in my pocket, but I'm still...

Dialed In episode 204: The mighty Galaxy Nexus has landed! (podcast)

12/20/2011
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There we were last week, minding our own business, when Verizon surprised us all by announcing it would release its Galaxy Nexus flagship phone the following day. Well, we hopped to it and managed to get a device early and publish the first review of the phone. It's a good one. The very same day, Brian got his hands all over the Nokia Lumia 710, a Windows Phone that's launching at T-Mobile--and he can't believe it costs only $50. We also follow RIM into the dark, dark depths of its decline...

Dialed In 202: Meet CNET's newest mobile editor! (podcast)

12/8/2011
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Who is Brian Bennett? None other than CNET's newest cell phone editor! The New York-based Brian will share his expertise weekly on Dialed In. We also welcome another newcomer, the LG Nitro HD, which answers the question: can LG make a killer Android phone? New Verizon tablets are also on the menu, as well as Verizon's sneaky attack on its rivals' 4G LTE dreams. Plus, there's another nugget about a certain carrier we love to hate that will surprise absolutely no one. Subscribe with iTunes...

Dialed In #201: Too polite for a fanboy brawl

11/28/2011
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With a thirst for intellectual skirmish and good-natured trash-talking, I rounded up two special guest hosts for this week's Dialed In: Antuan Goodwin, Android enthusiast and co-host of CNET's Android Atlas podcast; and Roger Cheng, a CNET News mobile reporter and newly-minted iPhone 4S fanboy. Oh yes, the epithets would fly... But only in my head. It turns out, we CNET folk are far too polite to speak ill words about another's chosen operating system that we might one day regret. Never...

Dialed In #200: Mimosas, battery revolutions, and the Galaxy Nexus (podcast

11/21/2011
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Dialed In has reached another milestone--its 200th episode!--and that calls for a celebration, don'tcha think? We do, which is why we broke out the champagne, party hats, and noise makers. Of course, the talk of everything cell phones takes center stage with special host Bonnie Cha (remember her? She has her own theme song.) We've got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with its coveted Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, plus a breakthrough in battery technology that could keep your resource-hungry...

Dialed In #199: We'll miss you, Nicole

11/14/2011
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It's a sad day in the Dialed In studio, with our beloved Nicole announcing that she's leaving us to break new ground over at TWiT. Our hearts will go on, Celine Dione style, so make sure you watch to the end for our special tribute and two surprise guests. It also turns out, Stephen's quite the speechmaker. But before then, Nicole and I break down the news of the week, including our take on the HTC Rezound, a Verizon super phone, a wacky phone concept, and our take on if you should wait to...

Dialed In #198: Too many Verizon superphones!

11/7/2011
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Is there such thing as too much of a good thing? Verizon comes out swinging with superphones galore, we take a look at the next generation of Windows Phone handsets, and we have a good old-fashioned rant against a very very weird phone. All that and more on today's Dialed In. Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio)Subscribe with RSS (video) A glut of Verizon superphones Verizon and HTC announced the HTC Rezound last week, and the Droid Razr is...

Dialed In #197: Zombie phones returned from the dead

10/31/2011
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This is one thriller of a show you can't miss! Stephen sets the mood with some intros that will make you scream, we consider what it takes to bring Nokia back from the dead, and if RIM and Web OS have a chance at reversing their own decrepitude. Plus: a look at two Android phones with killer value, and Nicole shows off her pre-Halloween spirit as a pirate zombie vampire. Frightful! Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio)Subscribe with RSS...
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