Mobile Miscellany week of June 4th, 2012

Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you're like us and really want to know what's going on, then you've come to the right place. This past week, the LG Optimus L7 and Sony Xperia U both arrived at Fido, and Verizon Wireless unleashed some wicked LTE expansion across the US. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the "best of the rest" for this week of June 4th, 2012.

Fido brings LG Optimus L7 and Sony Xperia U in from the cold

Mobile Miscellany week of June 4th, 2012

The LG Optimus L7 is just now beginning to gain traction in Canada, and it'll now be sharing a home with Fido. The smartphone offers a 1GHz CPU, a 4.3-inch display and a five megapixel camera. Purchasers may snatch one for free on a three-year contract, or for $50 with a two-year agreement. Those wanting to grab one outright will need to plunk down $300 for the privilege. Similarly, Sony's Xperia U has also joined the doghouse, which is free with a three-year agreement, $30 under a two-year plan and $300 outright. It features a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 3.5-inch screen and a five megapixel rear shooter. [MobileSyrup, Electronista]

LG reveals white Optimus LTE II for South Korea

Mobile Miscellany week of June 4th, 2012

LG's next big thing -- complete with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS LCD, 2GB of RAM and a 2,150mAH battery -- experienced a bit of a rebirth this week. The manufacturer outed a white version of its handset for the South Korean market, which will be available through the LG U+ network. [LG press release (translated)]

Cricket snaps up BlackBerry Curve 9350

Mobile Miscellany week of June 4th, 2012

The BlackBerry Curve 9350 joined Cricket's stable of smartphones this week. Available for $200 outright (and just $130 online), the handset offers an 800MHz CPU, a 2.44-inch HVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and a 1,000 mAh battery. [N4BB]

Nokia Transport 2.1 hits the Beta Labs

Urban commuters should take notice that Nokia's Transport application has just joined the Beta Labs with version 2.1. New in this release, users may pin multiple favorite destinations to the start screen and view upcoming station names and stop times while in transit. There's also new integration with Bing search and Local Scout, along with improved performance. For a complete rundown of the new features, be sure to peep the video above. [Nokia Beta Labs]

Verizon Wireless carpet bombs US with LTE rollouts

...and rudely issues separate press releases for each. Here's a list of the latest regions to be drowned in 4G speed:

  • Billerica and Weston, Mass.
  • Holis, N.H.
  • Windsor Locks, Conn.
  • Traverse City, Mich.
  • Hickory and Charlotte, N.C.
  • Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Gorman, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Smithfield, Wake Forest and Wendell, N.C.
  • Burlington, Jacksonville and New Bern, N.C.
  • Seymour, Ind.
  • Gainesville, Panama City and Palm Beach City, Fla.
  • Volusia and Flager County, Fla.
  • Berkley, Dighton, East Freetown and Lakeville Mass.
  • Jefferson City and Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.
  • Springfield and West Plains, Mo.
  • Gainesville, Ga.
  • Bedford and Sharon, Pa.
  • Castle Rock and Estes Park, Colo.
  • Ontario, Ore.
  • Payette, Idaho
  • Blackfoot and Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Idaho
  • Gillette, Wyo.
  • Anderson and Greenwood, S.C.
  • Mount Vernon, Monroe and Burlington, Wash.
  • Fredrickson, Graham, South Hill and Spanaway, Wash.
  • Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, McAllen, Marshall, Longview, Tyler, Big Spring, Paris, Temple / Killeen, New Braunfeils, Midland, Waco and San Angelo, Texas

[Verizon Wireless]

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