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Friday, 29.11.02
PHONE EDITION: Pocket PC Phone Edition is coming to Belgium
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Brussels - December 2, 2002 - Today Proximus, along with Microsoft Corp., launch the Proximus Qtek 1010 Pocket PC Phone edition. Proximus offers the Pocket PC with telephony features in his ProximusCollection, the Proximus selection of the best mobile phones on the market distributed through Proximus retail locations. Powered by Microsoft's Pocket PC Phone Edition software, the Proximus Qtek 1010 provides fully-integrated GSM/GPRS wireless voice and data communications capabilities in a single, compact, Pocket PC Phone Edition device.

The combination of Microsoft's Pocket PC Phone Edition software, which seamlessly integrates the power and versatility of Microsoft Pocket PC software with wireless capabilities, and Proximus' wireless network will enable customers to make phone calls or use high-speed wireless access to view virtually any Internet site or securely access corporate networks, e-mail, agenda and contacts at speeds that rival or exceed standard dial-up wired connections.

The Qtek 1010 unit is manufactured for Proximus by High Tech Company (HTC, Taiwan) and comes with a

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Thursday, 28.11.02
SKINS: Christmas is coming to your Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

V2R (the guys who also developed Caller2Picture) today announced the availability of the free Skin2Choose Winter Pack. Skin2Choose Winter Pack includes Today Themes and Dialer Skin for winter and Chrismas time.

Skin2Choose is a software tool that allows all Pocket PC Phone users to change the dialer interface of the phone dialer. Now you can also change the Today Theme.

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Monday, 25.11.02
WIRELESS: Korean CDMA2000 Module for FSC Pocket LOOX
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Korea is absolute on top of the wireless developments. Frank Arnold just pointed me to this gadget, available in Korea. It's a CDMA2000 extension pack for the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox. While FSC decided to kill the GSM/GPRS pack development, this Korean company comes around with another interesting solution - the i-ON Exp Pack for Pocket Loox:

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Thursday, 21.11.02
HARDWARE: From today a brand new Pocket PC Phone Edition is available in Germany [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Eten's brand new InfoTouch P600 is available in Germany. This is a Pocket PC Phone Edition device and exclusively distributed through consus solutions GmbH. The P600 is equipped with a StrongARM 32-bit RISC processor, 32MB ROM, 64MB RAM, and a 240x320 TFT LCD with 65,536 colors. The Li-Ion rechargeable battery is good for up to 8 hours. Synchronization is achieved through either the built-in IrDA or the included USB adaptor.
Memory can be enhanced through the addition of Compact Flash Type II cards or MultiMedia cards. Simple navigation is provided by a five-directional button input system and through the touch screen.

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SHOPPING: The new HP iPAQ H1910 is available for pre-order from
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HP iPAQ H1910 is HP's newest addition to the successful iPAQ Pocket PC family featuring a dazzling display, thin and lightweight design at a breakthrough price. The thin, light and brilliant display makes the HP iPAQ h1910 an essential Pocket PC for individuals wanting freedom to access personal information and entertainment at their convenience. The h1910 includes great features like a clear display for easy viewing indoors and out, a weight of only 4.2 oz, SD memory slot, easy access buttons, removable/rechargeable battery, stereo earpiece for listening to favorite MP3 music files, and pocket versions of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. The combination of great features, distinctive design, and quality at a breakthrough price makes the h1910 one of the best values in Pocket PC handhelds.

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SHOPPING: The new HP iPAQ H5450 is available for pre-order from
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The new HP iPAQ H5450 for mobile professionals, with versatile wireless solutions and integrated security, is like having your office in your pocket. This indispensable wireless tool has a winning combination of size, weight, functionality, and expandability.

Key features include integrated wireless capability (802.11b), Bluetooth, Biometric fingerprint reader, removable battery, enhanced security, high contrast screen technology, "cool applications", access to corporate data, integration with Microsoft Outlook and Exchange, and increased memory options.

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DOWNLOAD: Audiovox RTM-8000 GPRS Wizard available for Download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember when I wrote about the Audiovox GPRS Wizard for Pocket PCs some weeks ago?

"This GPRS wizard installs a new dialup connection on the Connection Manager as well as it lets you configure your GPRS connection including taking the PIN"

This wizard is available now for download from the Audiovox site and should fix most of the problems many of you guys have with the Audiovox RTM-8000 and configuring a GPRS connection!

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Wednesday, 20.11.02
MESSAGING: Pocket Presence is working on a new SMS Client
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Presence, the guys behind Running Voice GSM, Running Voice IP and One-Click Mobility are currently Beta testing its latest GMS tool - a SMS client with EMS support!

"We are about to release a new SMS client for Pocket PC, named SMS Manager. The reason that we release an SMS client these days, when most people are thinking about MMS and other cool stuff, is that we have had several inquiries for an SMS client as part of our One-Click Mobility offer."

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Monday, 18.11.02
COMMUNICATION: Pocket Presence's Running Voice IP Featured on new HP iPAQ Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Presence, a leading provider of convergence software for wireless communication, announced today that its Running Voice IP is featured on the companion CD for the recently announced top-of-the-line HP iPAQ Pocket PC H5450 with integrated wireless LAN (802.11b).

Stockholm, November 18, 2002 - Swedish Pocket Presence today announced that its communication tool Running Voice IP will be featured on the Companion CD for the new HP iPAQ Pocket PC H5450 with integrated wireless LAN.

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Saturday, 16.11.02
CONTEST: Dom Perignon III Speed Contest from Nov 15 to Dec 20, 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You all know how difficult it is to get a fair comparison of input methods. Any claim is likely to be dismissed as marketing hype, as it may sometimes be the case. So the idea is to have a contest where all participants can be measured on the same basis.

Just enter the following 40 words with the method of your choice and record your time:

What you need to do to have a chance to win the contest is to tap this sentence as fast as you can without any error. One more thing you need to have for a valid entry is a witness.
  • FitalyStamp, FitalyVirtual, or any Fitaly keyboard
  • Any Palm keyboard using an overlay of the Graffiti area
  • On-screen Keyboards activated by a pen
  • Handwriting software such as Graffiti, Letter Recognizer
  • Thumb boards: keyboards designed to be used with your thumbs

Obviously, the use of Graffiti shortcuts is not allowed and neither is the use of word or phrase completion capabilities.

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Tuesday, 12.11.02
PARTY TIME: Club Pocket PC Fan Fest at Comdex
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you going to COMDEX than it's time to sign-up for the annual Club Pocket PC Fan Fest at Fall COMDEX. COMDEX is one the most popular electronics trade shows in the world, bringing together gadget fans from all over the planet. This year, as in years past you can join us in Las Vegas for a Fan Fest to remember. What is Fan Fest? An evening of food, fun and new friends just for Pocket PC users. Demos, contests and prizes (oohhhh) will spice up your night and might even send you home with some swag.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Bally's Las Vegas

Join this year's Fan Fest at the top of Bally's Las Vegas in Skyview 5/6. And remember: shirts, shoes, and Pocket PC are required. :-)

To register for Fall COMDEX Fan Fest, fill out the form (More Info link below).

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Saturday, 09.11.02
GPRS CLASSES: Bad news, the xda still doesn't works as a Class B device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You remember the 64 MB xda announcement some days ago? o2 announced the new xda as a Class B GPRS device which would mean it can handle GSM voice and GPRS in parallel (even if this doesn't mean it could handle both simultaneous, in that case it would be a Class A device - find more information about the different GPRS classes in this PPCW.Net Forum thread).

Well, "Deeps" from Indonesia bought one of the new 64 MB xda's and reported the following on the Forum:

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Friday, 08.11.02
UTILITY: RhinoLaunch Program Launcher 1.1 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm a real fan of this small utilities which improves Pocket PC functionalities. One of the best developers of this tools is RhinoCode who recently updated it's RhinoLaunch.
It's is a Today screen plug-in that replaces the standard date plug-in and allows shortcuts to be added

RhinoLaunch is designed to be used on all PocketPC devices running PocketPC 2002.

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Thursday, 07.11.02
SMP 2002: Sendo isn't going to release the Z100
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Company Statement from Sendo's website:

Sendo has terminated its Smartphone development program utilising the Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 software.

As a result, Sendo regrets to announce that it will not be shipping the Z100 Smartphone.

It has been a very difficult decision for Sendo given its leadership position in the development of smart devices. We are disappointed that we will not be able to ship the Z100 given the high level of interest shown in the device.

Although a set back, we are pleased to announce today that we have licensed the Series 60 platform from Nokia for our smartphone category. We believe this will create the opportunity for us to continue as a lead player in the

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Wednesday, 06.11.02
XDA: o2 is working on a 64 MB RAM xda Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to mmO2's Asian website "My xda" o2 is working on a kind of xda 2 with some major enhancements to today's available xda.

This enhancements includes the GPRS speed as well as the storage capacity of the device. While the design and most common features will be unchanged the xda 2 will include:

  • GPRS: Class B, Multislot Class 8 (4R1T)
  • RAM: 64MB
Class B GPRS means that the GPRS connectivity will be idle/on hold during voice calls but automatically reactivated after the voice call. Even today's xda should be a Class B device however, you have to reconnect to GPRS after phone calls. Interesting is the Class 8 feature which increase the download speed of the device from today's 40,2 Kbit/s to 53.6 Kbit/s
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POCKET LOOX: GPRS module development discontinued [UPDATE: 06.11.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to the news at, Fujitsu Siemens discontinued the development of the GPRS module:

November 5, 2002: Wireless Wide Area Networking (WWAN) capabilities for users of the Pocket LOOX PDA enable greater flexibility for data and voice connectivity through the combined solutions of a Compact Flash card and Bluetooth enabled mobile phone capabilities.

As it has been the goal to offer best solutions rather than concentrate on proprietary hardware - giving the customer real freedom of expandability - the company will focus its efforts on existing GPRS hardware solutions for data communication and no longer pursue the development of a dual band GPRS Plug-on module for data and voice communication. Without giving away the original concept of connectivity, Fujitsu Siemens Computers will offer GPRS connection in the future through two scenarios: a GPRS Compact Flash card for pure data connectivity or the combination Pocket LOOX and a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone for data and voice connectivity.

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Monday, 04.11.02
CABLE: Gomadic Corp releases hard to find T-Mobile, o2 xda Serial Cable
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gomadic Corp has recently expanded their popular line of Power Sync Cables for the Compaq iPAQ to include the Microsoft Pocket PC Phone Edition. The Pocket PC Phone Edition has revolutionized communications by enabling users to combine a high quality cell phone with Microsoft’s sophisticated Pocket PC operating system. To date all T-Mobile Phone Edition/o2 xdas are deliverd with a USB cradle, however finding a serial cable to be able to connect GPS receivers, game controllers or even to a PC running Windows NT and therefore doesn't support USB has been more or less impossible - until now!

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