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Wednesday, 31.07.02
AVAILABLE: The T-Mobile/VoiceStream MDA is available for order now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As my friends at Pocket PC Thoughts reported - the VoiceStream MDA is available in limited quantities for ordering now:

"Apparently, VoiceStream has been sending the following message to people who registered for the device in advance:

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Tuesday, 30.07.02
CONFIRMED: Dell will hit the PDA market before Christmas
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According the Taipei Times, Dell plans to introduce an own PDA before this year's Christmas:

"Dell, which plans to enter the PDA market before the Christmas buying season, will source up to 1.5 million PDAs from one or more Taiwanese companies, which could include Compal Electronics Inc, High Tech Computer Corp (HTC), Mitac International Corp or Wistron, local Chinese-language newspapers reported yesterday."

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WIRELESS: Phone Today adds your mobile phone status to the Today Screen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Phone Today is a Today Screen plug-in which displays the status of your connected GSM phone.
Phone Today works with any GSM phone which is connected to your Pocket PC through a serial connection, and which supports GSM 07.05 and 07.07 AT+C commands.

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COOPERATION: Bachmann Software and TDK Systems announce Bluetooth printing solution for PPC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Bachmann Software and TDK Systems Europe announced that Bachmann’s Bluetooth-enabled PrintBoy software will be distributed with TDK Systems’ Bluetooth attachments for Palm and Pocket PC handhelds, enabling users to wirelessly print their handheld data on Bluetooth-enabled printers. TDK Systems’ customers who purchase bluePAQ, its Pocket PC compatible Bluetooth sled, will receive a trial copy of Bachmann’s PrintBoy CE, while customers who purchase blueM or blue5 sleds, designed for Palm m and V series handhelds, will receive copies of Bachmann’s PrintBoy Anywhere.

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DRIVER: New Anycom Bluetooth CF card driver
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Anycom released the version 2 Pocket PC driver for its Bluetooth CF card which includes several improvements.
Get the new version with the link below. The download is 6 MB but worth if you are using the Anycom card with your Pocket PC. A new Notebook version isn't available right now.

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Thursday, 25.07.02
DATABASE: DDH Software announces HanDBase 3.0 for both - Palm OS and Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

New version reinvents the mobile database, offering peer-to-peer synchronization of data, scalable multi-user collaboration and true forms designing capabilities DDH Software, Inc. today announces the launch of HanDBase 3.0 for handheld computers based on the Palm OS and Pocket PC platforms. Coinciding the 3.0 release, HanDBase will be launching several new add-on programs, including a Forms Designer,
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Wednesday, 24.07.02
SOLUTION: Wireless Sales & Order Processing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Millions of deliveries are made each day, frequently with paper documentation at the point of handover of the goods. That documentation is frequently processed by hand and then dispatched by post for subsequent input into a computer system. Significant delays in invoicing can occur due to lost or unreadable paperwork. Such manual processes can now be re-engineered by using the award-winning o2 xda coupled with wireless sales and order processing.

The Solution
Use your o2 xda to log sales, deliveries or any other process, upload the transaction details for instant viewing by remote users and automatically send confirmation emails direct from the Pocket PC at the touch of a button. The comprehensive package includes wireless enabled transaction logging software and a desktop viewer. If you have Excel you can instantly produce invoices at the touch of a button direct from the desktop or set it to automatically retrieve transactions as they occur and send the details straight to a database. The software can be tailored readily to suit particular customer requirements and applications.

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REMOTE CONTROL: Just released - Soti's Pocket Controller-Professional V3.00
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This new release allows provides enhancements in the areas of security, User Interface, Macro recording/playback, and TCP/IP wired/wireless connectivity.

Pocket Controller contains 3 Products in one now:

  • Productivity: Enter data quickly into your mobile device using your desktop/notebook computer keyboard and mouse
  • Presentation: An Ideal tool for training/presenting mobile software or mobile devices by projecting your desktop/notebook computer screen
  • Helpdesk: - Remotely manage/control mobile devices in a networked environment (wired/wireless)
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Tuesday, 23.07.02
ARTICLE: The Register has more information about a HTC Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Orange UK is evaluating a reference design for a Stinger smartphone (aka Microsoft Smartphone 2002) produced by contract manufacturer HTC, according to documents received by The Register.
The network is already believed to have struck a deal with Sendo for its much-delayed Z100 phone, also based on the Stinger platform.

MS CanaryThe vanilla Canary reference design contains few surprises. It's based on Texas Instruments OMAP 720, weighs 95g and is a triband GSM/GPRS device. Delays in getting Microsoft's GPRS stack to stay up long enough to salute have contributed to delays in shipping Stingers so far, as Microsoft itself has acknowledged. HTC claims the device allows 3 hours talktime or 100 hours of standby. There's USB and MMC support. The Canary boasts a 176x220 64,000 colour display and it looks like this:

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Monday, 22.07.02
LINK: Petition to HP/Compaq to repair defective Pocket PCs 38xx/37xx/36xx
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

July 20, 2002: Today marks the official launch of At this website, users who have experienced problems with their HP/Compaq iPAQ Pocket PCs can sign a petition asking Hewlett Packard to fix or refund their devices.

The petition contains dozens of documented issues that some iPAQ Pocket PCs suffer from. As a result, for many owners the iPAQ PocketPC is a defective device. The petition also contains a list of documented issues that the PocketPC 2000 and 2002 Operating Systems suffer from. These issues are contained within the petition to further demonstrate the reduced usefulness of these devices, although the petition does not demand resolution from HP/Compaq to these OS-related issues.

The petition is a formal statement expressing the complaint that HP/Compaq has not adequately supported these products. The petition also offers HP/Compaq the opportunity to resolve this situation in one of two ways:

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Monday, 15.07.02
O2 XDA: Available without any SIM Lock in Hong Kong
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Good news for all you gadget guys outside the O2 countries UK, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland. If you are really looking for a O2 xda and want one to buy - without SIM Lock, you can get it in Hong Kong SAR! :-)
Okay, I don't know if it is really a good deal for everybody since Hong Kong is pretty far away from Europe but at least you have the chance to get one there.

Thanks to Wai-Shan for the following information:

"The XDA I bought is NOT SIM-locked. I can freely choose any carrier/provider I wish. I simply took my SIM from my Nokia and stick it

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Saturday, 13.07.02
UPGRADES: Microsoft's EUU2 for Compaq iPAQ and HP Jornada available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP released the Microsoft EUU2 for their iPAQ and Jornada series Pocket PC 2002s.
The EUUs (End User Upgrade) are kind of service patch's from Microsoft fro Pocket PC 2002.


  • Includes all fixes from EUU1
  • Server Sync cannot synchronize if a specific meeting is in Inbox or Calendar
  • FTP User/Password authentication default overrides user “anon.”
  • Pocket Internet Explorer sometimes does not send Submit button Name/value information
  • Pocket Internet Explorer is slow to load a pages with JScript
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Friday, 12.07.02
RUMORS: Will the T-Mobile MDA be launched within the next few days? [UPDATE 12.07.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to different sources, the T-Mobile MDA (equal to the O2 xda but with a little bit different design) is ready to be released soon at least in Germany. Today no word was given about an introduction in the US American VoiceStream network. Also the European MDA differentiates from the American as the European one will be launched as dual-band supporting GSM 900/1800 MHz while the US MDA will support 900/1900 MHz.

UPDATE: According to the latest information, the MDA should be launched on 15.07. - which is next Monday! Still no word about other T-Mobile subsidiaries like Austria, USA or UK. Seems as Germany becomes the #1 PPC Phone Edition country... ;-)

As far as I've heard also, T-Mobile is planning to introduce - right with the launch of the German MDA - a Pocket PC optimized Web portal. This should includes at least all T-Mobile WAP categories like:

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Thursday, 11.07.02
HEALTHINESS: New Medical Software for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've been following your web site’s coverage of PocketPC hardware and wireless. I’m pleased to contribute a bit of news.

Our company has just introduced several PocketPC-based systems for the healthcare industry. In brief, we expand the capabilities of the pervasive stethoscope by adding mobile computing power. Our system records heart and lung sounds on the PocketPC, replays them, displays the

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Tuesday, 09.07.02
DATABASE: Lufthansa flight schedule for Pocket PC available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Lufthansa now also offers a version of the mobile timetable for PDAs running on operating system Pocket PC 2000 and 2002 (i.e. Compaq iPAQ 3765 Pocket PC).


  • Easy search and/ or extended search functionality
  • Comfortable request of return flight
  • Transfer of flight details into your calendar
  • Monthly updated flight data base

The Lufthansa Flight schedule is based on the same technology already used by Star Alliance which I've recently reviewed! Great to see, that Lufthansa also entered the Pocket PC area now!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Friday, 05.07.02
PPC 2002 Phone Edition: HP introduces a new Jornada - the HP Jornada 928 WDA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hewlett-Packard Company has introduced a new HP Jornada mobile-services solution comprising the company’s first full-color GSM/GPRS-enabled Wireless Digital Assistant (WDA), a trial package of HP Mobile E-Services and a working relationship with leading mobile operator Orange to trial the WDAs. This solution marks a breakthrough in HP’s commitment to providing complete, ready-to-go solutions for the mobile professional.

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CASES: Luxury alligator and ostrich cases for handhelds
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Avoglio, a small company from Germany opens its doors.
Avoglio fills a major gap in todays accessories market. Many different products exist for our handheld computers to protect the handheld and its screen. But roughly they´re all similar:

Shades of black and brown cow or lamb leather.

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SOUND: MP3 Voice Recorder for PocketPC 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Voice Notes Recorder with MP3 encoding (NoteM) was implemented as an alternative to build-in Notes application’s voice recording feature. It gives you approximately 5.5 compression rate as compared to Notes default recording mode (8-bit 11.025kHz mono PCM), with the same (or even better) perceptual quality (you can even record music). The user interface also was implemented as similar as possible to Notes GUI. Some screen snapshots could be found below.

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Thursday, 04.07.02
CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth for the Sendo Z100
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Jason recently posted this news - he got from Infosync - on his site:

"Sendo recently entered into an agreement by which Microtune will develop a Bluetooth-based hardware solution as an optional component to Sendo’s Z100 Smartphone, based on Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 platform. Deploying its OneChip MT0760 technology, Microtune will design a secure digital input/output (SDIO) card for Sendo’s Z100 to enable the wireless exchange of information between it, a Bluetooth headset or other Bluetooth devices. Through the agreement, Sendo plans to extend the functionality of its Z100 Smartphone, offering users multifunctional voice, data and multimedia capabilities. The Z100 Smartphone will be

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Tuesday, 02.07.02
MERGER: The iPAQ H3900 will be launcehd under the Compaq brand
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Maybe you wonder also if the iPAQ H3900 will be launched under Compaq or HP brand? The nice folks of Compaq Europe gave the following feedback:

"HP has decided to keep the Compaq logo and packaging on the 3900 series. Why? The launch of the device (24th June 02) was relatively close after the launch of 'the new HP' (7th May 02). Until the official merger close the companies were not allowed to co-operate, therefore both had to progress in the 'old plans' during the pre-merger phase.
To re-design and change the brand from Compaq iPAQ to HP iPAQ on the 3900 would slow down the introduction of the device to the market. Between the 2 'bad choices'- "introduce HP iPAQ under the new brand but

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MULTIMEDIA: EZOS launches EzWAP 2.5 at Microsoft Tech.Ed 2002 Europe – MMS becomes reality!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

BRUSSELS, Belgium – July 1, 2002- EZOS, a leading supplier of Mobile Internet client solutions to the PDA, Smart Phone and Telematics markets, announced the official launch of its third generation of micro-browsers today.
One of the main advantages offered by EzWAP 2.5 is the full support provided for MMS and WPKI technologies. Simply install EzWAP 2.5 onto your Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition software-based device or next-generation phone based on the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 platform and

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