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Thursday, 30.01.03
HOW TO: Diverting Voice Calls by using USSD Codes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

If you use call diverting often but don't want to go through the Pocket PC Phone Edition or Smartphone 2002 menu, you can also use the USSD short codes. This feature is available since the first GSM networks were launched and the phone menu doesn't do anything different than sending these codes. However, this gives you a faster access to your settings and in addition it offers you one feature which isn't available through most mobile phone menus (defining after which time a call should be forwarded if you don't reply). Please remember that this information is stored on the GSM network, not on your GSM device. So doesn't matter if you change your SIM card to another terminal, the settings are stored as long as you don't change it.

USSD codes works in the same way on all networks and GSM phone. USSD codes always looks like:

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THOUGHT: Synchronizing Mobile Devices like Mobile Phones and Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Since I'm using the Orange SPV I'm thinking more and more about synchronizing mobile devices with the data on the PC, especially about synchronizing PIM data and I wonder if I'm the only one.

Let me jump back some years ago or better 10 years back. In two days (first of February) I have the 10th year's anniversary of owning a GSM mobile phone. On February the 1st I've subscribed my first GSM contract with "unicom" (a German GSM Service Provider which is history today and since 1996 part of Talkline). When I got my first SIM card and my fist GSM phone, I found it pretty clever to store all my data like phone numbers/contact names on the SIM card because this enabled an easy exchange of the phones. Doesn't matter which phone I've used, I took all my contacts with me as they was stored on the SIM, not on the device.

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REVIEW: BoxWave miniSync for Orange SPV Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since I've reviewed the BoxWave miniSync sync and charge cable last month, I was using it day in day out with my O2 xda Pocket PC Phone Edition and as I also wrote 2 weeks ago that the O2 miniSync also seems to work with the Orange Smartphone. That time, when I tested it, I've used it with a HTC Canary, which was the development base for the Orange SPV. Now, I'm using the final version - a Danish SVP for more than one week and during this days, I haven't used the original cradle not one day nor the charger. miniSync truly works also with the SPV too and I even used it for the Danish ROM upgrade some days before! Beside that the xda miniSync works so far, BoxWave also offers a SPV version of miniSync now.

BoxWave's miniSync sync and charge cable is compact and its extendable and retractable cable allows it to be organized. When it's retracted, it won't become a tangled mess however you carry it.

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ADD-ON: Telebuddy for Running Voice GSM 2.5 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Telebuddy is released and available for download from PocketGear.com. It is a free add-on to Running Voice GSM which allows you to associate pictures to persons that you have in the Contacts database.
With the new free Telebuddy add-on for Running Voice GSM 2.5, you are able to add contact specific images which are visible on incoming calls.
This Free add-on package contains 10 default images for you to select from.
Telebuddy is designed to enable you to add your own *.BMP images to the image library also.

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Wednesday, 29.01.03
SOFTWARE: VoiceDialer by VITO Technology
Posted by Arne Hess - at 05:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

VITO Technology will officially release its new phone application VoiceDialer tonight. The program enables voice dialing using previously learned voice commands assigned to certain phone numbers from Contacts. It supports Bluetooth, Infrared and Cable connection with the cellular and Bluetooth-enabled headsets.

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Tuesday, 28.01.03
NEW PPC ODM: IMRI will release its first Phone Edition on CeBIT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to ZDNet News Germany, the Korean manufacture Imri will release a new Pocket PC Phone Edition called  "IPA-C1" on CeBIT which should includes a digital camera as well as a XScale CPU. According to Imri's website, that "Pocket PC" runs Windows CE.Net. Beside that Pocket PC Phone Edition (right now there are no deeper information about the GSM/GPRS version available), Imri has also a second Pocket PC with digital camera in its portfolio.

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FEEDBACK: Chat with the Microsoft Pocket PC Phone Edition Team
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

They want to hear from their users and potential users of the Pocket PC Phone Edition. This is your opportunity to ask questions, give feedback, and learn how to do more with this dual device. So come one, come all.

Don't miss this great opportunity to talk back to Microsoft!

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SERVICE: MMS can celebrate its 1.5 year Birthday - but in South Korea
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 01 - General News

In Europe a new mobile baby has been born, the name of the child has been chosen and there are great expectations and hopes for the future of this new baby. The name of the child? - Premium MMS services. But still unknown to many of the mobile players in the mobile sector, who are praying for the future success of this new child, this is not an only child… This child already has a big brother who is now 1.5 years old and lives in South Korea!

The South Korean mobile users were introduced to Premium MMS services in July 2001, when SKT launched its MMS services to its 2.5G users. Premium MMS in South Korea has already had its 1.5 year birthday and can speak and see in color - as the the multimedia messages can include soundfiles, graphics, photos and video clips.

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CONFERENCE: Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference - New Orleans, LA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:01 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference is the premier developer event for building and bringing to market wireless applications, content and services for Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC and Smartphone. Designed to provide developers, independent software vendors, wireless operators and IT professionals with the tools and best practices to build and market mobile applications, the conference will feature a keynote presentation by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates, in-depth technical sessions, hands-on labs, networking events and exhibits. Attendees will gain valuable insights from Microsoft and industry experts, and discover new ways to generate revenue from mobile applications.

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NOTEPAD CLONE: NotBad for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

NOTEPAD CLONE: NotBad for Smartphone 2002

Michael Bodenhoff, the guy behind DoomSPV finalized his latest project, a "simple" Notepad for Smartphone 2002. The Smartphone doesn't contains any Outlook Notes equal application nor any other note taker. So I was using the SMS messages if I wanted to write anything down. But thanks to Michael I can store my thoughts (and if it is a simple shopping list only) as a txt file on the SPV.

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Saturday, 25.01.03
SOCKET RAFFLE: The next round is starting soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 06 - Site News

Don't miss the next round of the great PPCW.Net Hardware Raffle - powered by Socket Communications - which starts next week (for the January raffle) and all registered Forum members participate automatically if they signed up for the Forum as well as the PPCW.Net raffle(s).
If you are still not a PPCW.Net Forum member, hurry up and sign in!

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PROTECTION: New Dell Axim Cases
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sena Cases, a Southern California based leather case company, announced its new Dell Axim X5 case models.

"Sena has been offering cases for only Sony CLIEs. We received so many requests from Dell Axim users to have a model for the Axims too," said Ramsey Oten, Ph.D., president and the marketing director of the company. "Dell Axim cases are our first non-CLIE cases. The Palm and IPAQ cases are on the way," he added.

These cases are offered in two solid (Black, Brown) and three 2-tone (Black/Blue, Black/Red, and Red/Camel) colors. Customers can also choose between the ULTRA-CLIP and NO-CLIP versions. ULTRA-CLIPs are specifically designed by The Clip Company, San Diego, CA for heavier PDA units.

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Friday, 24.01.03
FUN: Pocket Presence is close to release "The Telebuddy" add-on for Running Voice
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Telebuddy is a free add-on to Running Voice GSM which allows you to associate pictures to persons that you have in the Contacts database. When you get a call from such a person the picture will show in the "service space" of Running Voice.

You can use some default pictures that follow the Telebuddy package or you can use your own pictures as long as they are in a supported format.

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CUSTOMIZATION: Playing with the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 Home Screen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today I've played a little bit (to be honest 2.5 hours ;-)) with the Smartphone Home screen which is equal to the Pocket PC Today screen and includes the current network, your next appointment, etc. However, unlike the Pocket PC Today screen the Home screen is xml based which means the user can customize it by himself, without using any additional programs (but I'm sure we will see some cool 3rd party software here, which adds even more fund to the Home screen.) and I've tried to optimize my standard Home screen.

Below you see on the left the Microsoft's standard full screen which includes the past used programs on top, the network name and time plus full day events and appointments and an overview of your unread E-Mails and SMS messages (wonder why MMS isn't includes here) as well as the handset profile in the last row.

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REVIEW: Pocket Hack Master on a PocketLOOX
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Do you want to squeeze the maximum from you XScale based device? Overclock your 400 MHz Pocket PC to 472 MHz and gain additional 20% performance boost? Clock down the CPU to preserve battery power? Manually tweak the memory and LCD multipliers, run your CPU in Turbo or Run mode, set the SDRAM latency, refresh rate or refresh cycles? Get detailed information on your device, see the running processes, threads, loaded DLLs? See the system databases and your power status? Hack Master will do this for you. Hack Master will change the speed of your CPU and minimize to tray. You can easily access all the settings from the tray icon menu, or maximize the program and gain access to even more settings. Hack Master will monitor device power offs and restore the speed you chose upon next power on. 4 quick speeds, 4 frequently used speeds, favorite speed, and more than 30 other speed settings available by manipulating the manual multipliers.

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COMMUNICATION: WebIS released its long awaiting @Mail E-Mail Client
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

@Mail is the next amazing hit from Web Information Solutions, Inc. Its a full featured email client for Pocket PC with HTML view support (not for ActiveSync mail due to limitations with ActiveSync), IMAP/POP3 support, and much much more!
It is starting with a simple version 1.0 - but you'll be amazed at how much more powerful @Mail is compared to even desktop mail applications. The intuitive interface makes working with mail on the Pocket PC 2002 systems a breeze!

Here are just some of the features that make @Mail worth a look:

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Thursday, 23.01.03
TODAY PLUG-IN: Count the time remaining to a dedicated event
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My fellow MVP Marc Zimmermann just released T- Day Counter which is a Today screen plug-in that will show you the time remaining until a configurable date and time. It will count down the days up to your chosen setting. As soon as you're within the 24 hour range, T- Day Counter will change to hour mode. Once the deadline has passed, T- Day Counter will start counting the elapsed time. T- Day Counter supports both Pocket PC 2000 (SH3, MIPS and StrongARM processors) as well as Pocket PC 2002 devices (StrongARM and XScale processors). Novosec's POCKET facelift skinning software is automatically detected and T- Day Counter will switch to Pocket PC 2002 appearance on Pocket PC 2000 devices.

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UPDATE: iPAQ Pocket PC Wireless Pack for GSM/GPRS Networks update available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On January 17th January, HP released a new SoftPaq which contains a software and firmware update for the iPAQ Pocket PC Wireless Pack for GSM/GPRS Networks for the following iPAQ models:

iPAQ H3900 Series Pocket PC H3955, H3950, H3975, H3970
iPAQ H3800 Series Pocket PC H3815, H3835, H3830, H3845, H3850, H3870, H3875
iPAQ H3700 Series Pocket PC H3730, H3760, H3765
iPAQ H3600 Series Pocket PC H3630, H3635, H3640, H3650, H3660, H3670

Please note, that the H5400 is still not supported.

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ACCESSORIES: Piel Frama introduces a new Orange SPV leather case
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Piel Frama, already well known for some of the best leather cases for Pocket PCs, introduces a new case for the Orange SPV:

This leather case has been handmade by our experienced leather craftsmen in 1ª quality lambskin, it has passed strict quality controls in all their different elaborations process.

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THOUGHT: Why is the SPV "Application Locked"!?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts

You might remember that I got a HTC Canary two weeks ago for a short preview and thanks to somebody (unannounced) else, I finally got a SIM unlocked Orange SPV (which includes German and English menu as well) loaned! So this gives me the opportunity to understand Smartphone 2002 better now and I also started to write some “How To's”. What I need for every step-by-step are screenshots. It makes it easier for everybody to follow the explanations and what do you think I ran into? Yes, into the certification problematic of the SPV. For the HTC Canary I used an early Beta of a well known screen snapping tool which worked great on it but I'm not allowed to run it on the SPV now due to the missing certificate! :-( It even don't require any installations since it is an executable only but this is also recognized by the SPV - so no way so far to make screen shots except using my Digital Camera.

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EXHIBITION: Going to 3GSM Congress in Cannes next month
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:01 CET under 06 - Site News

Just to make sure you don't miss me and I don't miss you; like the years before I will also attending this year's 3GSM World Congress in Cannes next month! I will stay there two full days so I still have some time slots available to meet with you!
If you want to meet me, please drop me an E-Mail. Users, enthusiasts and companies are welcome! :-)
Oh yes, I will be in Cannes on Wednesday and Thursday and I hope I can manage all this stuff. I will arrive the weekend before from

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PPCW.NET: PPCW.Net Wireless still not work correct
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 06 - Site News

You might noticed that the Pocket PC version of PPCW.Net still not working proper and I have to excuse this! Doesn't matter if you access through Mazingo or mobile.ppcw.net, you get outdated pages or even error messages.
This is because we still work on the Wireless version of PPCW.Net and I hope we can launch it during this weekend. The reason is pretty simple: I've decided to completely integrate PPCW.Net into the mobile version which means for you that doesn't matter if you will access PPCW.Net from your Desktop, Pocket PC or Smartphone - you will get the same and full access to all pages incl. previous stories, Search, Archive and even the Forum!

So far, the tests looks pretty good on the Pocket PC and Smartphone:

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WIRELESS DEVICE: Palm is ready to launch GSM and GPRS enabled Tungsten W soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 01 - General News

During the first quarter of 2003, Palm will launch a wireless version of its Tungsten device as Tungsten W. According to Palms website, the device should be available for 549,00 USD

Feature Highlights

  1. High-Resolution Color Display - Color display with brightness control supports over 65,000 colors.
  2. 5-Way Navigation - The new 5-way control makes it easy to find information wherever you are. All with one hand.
  3. Headset Jack - Plug in the hand-free headset to use the Palmâ„¢ Tungstenâ„¢ W handheld as a phone.
  4. Palm Universal Connector - Quickly customize by snapping on the peripherals that work for you.
  5. Notification - Vibration, audio and LED notification methods are supported.
  6. Expansion Card Slot - Add applications, memory and functionality in a snap. SD/MultiMediaCard compatible.
  7. Rechargeable Battery - The rechargeable battery offers up to 10 hours of talk time and plenty of standby time on just one charge.
  8. Infrared (IR) Port - Beam contact information, meeting times and more wirelessly to other co-workers.
  9. HotSync Cradle - Recharge your battery in the cradle. Touch a button to safely synchronize information with your desktop computer.
  10. Class 10 GPRS Radio - provides capability for fast downloading of email, SMS, and web pages.
  11. Built-in Keyboard - Quickly enter data, type emails or collaborate via SMS.
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Monday, 20.01.03
BETA: Applian Technologies' Phone King for the Pocket PC now with Bluetooth support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Applian Technologies announces Phone King for the Pocket PC, the most powerful way to control Bluetooth phones from a Pocket PC.
Using a phone like the Sony Ericsson T68 and a wireless headset, you can turn your PDA into a powerful telephone controller.

Some of the features include:

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TRULY WIRELESS: Lufthansa launched broadband Internet on board
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 01 - General News

15.01.03 - Flight LH 418 bound for Washington DC on 15 January is far more than just one of the 1,300 scheduled flights operated by Lufthansa this Wednesday. When the Boeing 747-400 "Sachsen-Anhalt" lifts off from Frankfurt at 13:10 hours, it will be a world premiere, ushering in a new era in communications in global air travel. During the three-month trial phase of FlyNet, Lufthansa will be the first airline worldwide to provide powerful, high-speed broadband access during a scheduled flight. The technically ambitious project is the result of the collaboration between Lufthansa and Connexion by Boeing launched in mid-June 2001. From March, as the next obvious step in the FlyNet project, Lufthansa is equipping al its 55 airport lounges worldwide with WLAN Internet access in conjunction with its partner Vodafone D2. Even during transit, passengers will thus be able to take advantage of advanced, high-speed communications: Internet connectivity on board and on the ground – all from one source.

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THOUGHT: Vodafone Germany is testing its Location Based Service "Buddy Alert"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts

According to ZDNet Germany, Vodafone D2 is testing its Location Based Service "buddy Alert" now which tells you if a friend is around you. This service should work via SMS or WAP.

While this sounds like a pretty handy service, I wonder how useful it is and how many of you would use it. I mean I have often the problem (it's not really a problem but sometimes I don't like it) that my MSN Messenger logs in automatically if I boot my XP PC but now, all my buddies should know where I'm?

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Friday, 17.01.03
UTILITY: SideX 2003 was already released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you've missed it like me - on January 12th MTUX released SideX 2003 (see the preview of my SideX 2003 Beta here).

SideX is new Applet Platform designed for Pocket PC 2002. It's simple but powerful and includes great applets. It provides the unique UI for Pocket PC and let you use a lot of additional and useful applets in a smart way.

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HOW TO: Setting Up a GPRS Connection for Pocket PC Phone Edition Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Connecting the Pocket PC Phone Edition to GPRS is pretty easy if you know how to do it. This is a general step-by-step which works for all Pocket PC Phone Edition devices and for all GSM/GPRS carriers world wide.

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HOW TO: Setting Up a GPRS Connection for Pocket PC 2002 Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Connecting the Pocket PC 2002 to GPRS is pretty easy if you know how to do it. This is a general step-by-step which works for all Pocket PC 2002 devices, GPRS enabled GSM phones, connection types between the Mobile Phone and Pocket PC 2002 and for all GSM/GPRS carriers world wide.

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UNWIRED-I.NET: Just something Personal and Business related ;-)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:01 CET under 06 - Site News

Some of you asked me during the past days and weeks if I can be hired for projects and sure I can! :-)
Currently I'm self-employed as consultant for Wireless VAS Product/Business Development and Project Management as well as a freelancing author and journalist.

So if you need any support in the Value Added Services area, doesn't matter if you are an 2.5/3G operator or device related, drop me a line.
This year I'm celebrating my 10th anniversary in working in the GSM industry, so my background is that longtime experience in the Marketing area.

Cheers ~ Arne

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CalSync - Synchronize Yahoo Appointment
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CalSync helps you to synchronize the Yahoo Calendar and the PocketPC Calendar. It preserves the linkage between appointments and the exceptions for easy manipulation in both side. It saves all the important information (login, password) in the PocketPC so that you can use any computer connected to synchronize the appointments.
Supported Platforms: Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002.

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Thursday, 16.01.03
HACKING: Hackers attack Oranges Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Orange's multimedia mobile phones, which use Microsoft's Windows Smartphone operating system, are at risk after the discovery of a security glitch
Microsoft and U.K. carrier Orange are investigating whether hackers are sending rogue software to cell phones using Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 operating system.

Instructions about avoiding the security catches inside the smart phone, which Orange sells and calls the SPV, were made public the last few days, Orange spokesman Stuart Jackson said on Wednesday. The SPV is the only wireless device on sale that uses Microsoft's operating system for advanced phones.

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PROMOTION: PoQuick Money for Pocket PC FREE during January
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mastersoft Mobile Solutions are having a NEW YEAR give away. Until the end of January you can get the original best selling PoQuick Money personal finance manager for FREE.
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CORPORATE ACCESS: O2 Germany introduced Microsoft's MMIS 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 01 - General News

Together with Microsoft and Unsisys, O2 Germany introduced the Microsoft Mobile Information Server 2002 for corporate customers.

With the MMIS technology customers should be able to access corporate E-Mails as well as calendar. New E-Mails will be notified with a SMS message to the mobile device. The MMIS service is designed to work with O2's xda Pocket PC Phone Edition and free of charge in its trial phase until end of February. Customers have to pay for GPRS access and SMS notifications only.

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ALLIANCE: W-LAN comes to Mobile Phones to work as Dual Mode Handsets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 01 - General News

Motorola, Avaya, and Proxim to bring together Cellular, Wireless LAN and IP Telephony Technologies to provide seamless roaming between Enterprise and Cellular Networks.

January 14, 2003 - Motorola Inc., Avaya Inc. and Proxim Corporation today announced they will collaborate on the creation and deployment of converged cellular, Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN), and Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony solutions that will deliver new levels of communications mobility and network connectivity. These solutions will be enabled by an array of new products including a Wi-Fi/cellular dual-system phone from Motorola, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-enabled IP Telephony software from Avaya, and voice-enabled WLAN infrastructure from Proxim.

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STATISTICS: How does the PPCW.Net Visitor looks like?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 06 - Site News

I've just scanned the database and compiled an overview for myself how the typical PPCW.Net visitor looks like and it's pretty interesting to see that you guys seems to be real wireless geeks too! :-)

Here are some charts I want to share with you:

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TIP: Reassign Hardware Buttons for Fast Program Access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

This article was originally posted by Arne Hess, May 24, 2001 on Microsoft's PocketPC.com site and was reedited/updated before posted today:

Do you regularly use the programs originally assigned to your Pocket PC’s hardware buttons, or are there other programs you use more often? You should think about reassigning the hardware buttons to those programs you use most.

To reassign the hardware buttons:

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REVIEW: VITO ButtonMapper 1.2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

If the built-in button assignment functionality isn't enough for you (see my previous tip here) because you want to assign more programs/functionalities to your hardware buttons then you have, Vito's Button Mapper for Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002 (incl. Phone Edition) might be the perfect tool for you!
With this small utility you can map every button twice: tt assigns 2 actions per button (through the standard single push and through holding the button) and allows in addition to set application-dependent assignments.

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MESSAGING: Pocket Presence's SMS Manager commercially available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From now, Pocket Presence's SMS Manager 1.0 is available commercially from PocketGear.com. SMS Manager supports SMS as well as EMS:

This software builds upon a GSM/Bluetooth equipped Pocket PC 2002 device working together with a mobile phone handset. Based on this hardware combination, the SMS Manager offers easy to use interfaces for composing and managing, sent and received SMS messages.

You are able to send the same message to multiple recipients by selecting more then one contact in the To: field when composing messages, just as you would sending an email message from the PDA built in email program. There are additional similarities like: unsent SMS messages are stored in the Outbox, sent and received messages are stored in a received and sent box.

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Wednesday, 15.01.03
RELAUNCH RAFFLE: The next winners were Drawn
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:01 CET under 06 - Site News

Congratulations to:

  • Developer One CodeWallet Pro (6 Languages available): Steve
  • Burr Oak Software Conversions In Hand: laura
  • Data Becker Das große Buch Pocket PC 2002: Otelker

If you wasn't drawn yesterday don't worry - the next round is going on today! Also don't forget to register if you haven't done so far!

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TOOL: Free Landscape Rotation Tool for HP iPAQ H5400 series devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally it seems that the possibility to provide Landscape is built into a Pocket PC and all you need is a piece of software to enable it:

GoLandscape is a simple app that switches your Hewlett-Packard iPAQ h5450/55 into any of the four portrait/landscape screen orientations, without the need for any calibration. In addition, eight new landscape today themes are included for your wide-browsing pleasure.

GoLanscape is available for free from PocketGear.com. However, if you use it

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WIRELESS: SOTI's Pocket Controller-Enterprise V3.08 supports GPRS now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Soft Object Technologies has just released a new verion of Pocket Controller-Enterprise.
Pocket Controller-Enterprise allows organizations to remotely manage and support mobile devices from a central location. Product features include real-time remote control, file transfer, remote registry editing, remote task management, remote reboot, remote DOS box and much more.

This new version contains several new features that allow remote mobile devices to be remotely controlled and supported over slow connections such as cellular/GPRS

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O2 UK: The AA Roadwatch and Route Planner Services launched on O2's xdas
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:01 CET under 01 - General News

Redmond, WA, January 15, 2002 — Action Engine today announced today that mm02 ((NYSE: OOM; LSE OOM), using the Action Engine browserless Mobile Web Services Platform, has launched the AA Roadwatch and Route Planner services as part of its my02 services on the XDA. With it, XDA Pocket PC Phone users can key in details of their journey and quickly receive up-to-the-minute traffic updates as well as route and mapping information.

Action Engine’s browserless platform, which is embedded inside the XDA, is comprised of "thick" client-server software that enables users to build and save information request offline without the need of a network connection. When ready, the user can then hit the "send" button to connect to the network and retrieve the desired information. The information is then downloaded and formatted for easy reading on the XDA screen.

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Tuesday, 14.01.03
MESSAGING: Finally an EMS Client for Pocket PC becomes available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Take your messaging experience to an all new level with eMood Messenger application, the first EMS/SMS messenger for Palm OS and Pocket PC.

Mood Messenger is a powerful application, which gives the user the opportunity to send and receive text messages along with pictures, animations and melodies. It communicates with most of GSM phones using communication interface available on Palm OS and Pocket PC devices (i.e.: serial, IRDA, Bluetooth…).
Messages are well known as EMS, Enhanced Message Service.
EMS is an extension of SMS, Short Message Service, and hence supports all the capabilities of SMS messaging.
eMood Messenger brings EMS to your PDA even if your phone supports only SMS.

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CAMERA: Becomes the first Pocket PC SD Card camera reality?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two months ago I wrote in my column "THOUGHT: Why - oh why - isn't SDIO supported on the xda and..." about my thoughts not to have SDIO compliant Pocket PCs available today:

"However, now the next fine SD sized accessory becomes available soon and again it doesn't include any Pocket PC support. :-(

It's the Veo Photo Traveler for Palm - a SD camera which will be released within the next two - three weeks and should costs US$ 99.99 only"

John commented it that time with the following knowledge: "The xda can support SDIO devices as long as they convert to Data SD on the chip. Camera and GPS devices already exist for the xda. Bluetooth SD cards will follow as soon as the Bluetooth manufactures see enough volumes to include the extra chip."

It seems that my dreams come true because Pocket PC Thoughts reported now about the first SD Camera which works - according to "expansys.com" - also with Pocket PCs:

Spectec SD Camera for PPC and Palm

Superb SD camera that works in Pocket PC and Palm OS devices - the drivers are already installed on the card.

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APPROVAL: Compal's Smartphone 2002 got the final FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm not sure if I missed this news before but I just found it on the FCC's web site. In December last year, Compal's Smartphone 2002 got the final approval by the US American FFC.

According to the documentation, the "QQX-AR11" is a GSM 1900 MHz device (no words given if it is single, dual or even triple band anyhow) and was already presented by Microsoft as the Texas Instruments OMAP reference design device:

For sure, the FCC can not talk about commercial agreements and therefore I don't know which operator might license this Smartphone 2002.

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RELAUNCH RAFFLE: It started yesterday and the first winners were drawn
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 06 - Site News

Congratulations to:

  • comaqguy, he won a copy BVRP's GPRS Manager
  • crisspera, he won an IA Style product he can choose from
  • chapter, he won a copy of KSE's Truefax

If you wasn't drawn yesterday don't worry - the next round is going on today! Also don't forget to register if you haven't done so far!

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Monday, 13.01.03
TIP: The Orange SPV works with the O2 xda USB Cables [UPDATE 13.01.03]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Because the Orange SPV has the same connector like the O2 xda (both are manufactured by HTC) I've just tested if the USB cables from the xda would work with the SPV and it did!

But not the USB cable for ActiveSync only but also the USB sync and charge cables like available from Boxwave or Gomadic!

This makes the hard to find accessories search easier because you can simply go with existing xda cables:

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Sunday, 12.01.03
PREVIEW: Playing with the Microsoft Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks
to an "anonymous" network operator, I got a Microsoft Smartphone for testing during the past days and I just
wanted to share my first impressions with you here, before I wrote the complete review. Since I have to send
it back tomorrow - I will take the next few hours to play with it as much as I can. ;-) So far it's the
longest time I had a Smartphone 2002 in my hands for testing and thanks a lot to that operator who couldn't
believe that I doesn't own a Smartphone here (can not believe it too but unfortunately the Smartphone 2002
isn't available right now here in Germany anyhow but maybe someone from Microsoft, Orange or T-Mobile read
this lines and want to support me with a test device!?).

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Friday, 10.01.03
SITE UPDATE: Login and Registration works great now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 06 - Site News

So far we managed to upgrade the users database, so now all of you that wanted to register with PPCW.Net Forum and Raffle can do it again. Because the high traffic we had on 8 January 2003 (150.000+ unique visits and 840 MB traffic within 6 hours) the databases mixed up and resulted in loosing parts of the records or entire records. This will never happens again because the new database has a modular layout which means that even a connection is lost to one database, the other databases share the load. Thanks to Calin for this solution!
Now we are working to improve site performance which already looks good (we changed some database interactions which improved the site speed 10 times) and I hope that all these problems will be solved later today!

Because of this improvements, posting Story comments or Forum messages doesn't work right now but later for sure!

Please try to login to your account you've registered yesterday or the day before and check within the options (link from the Forum page), if you are registered to the raffle. If you can login and don't see a "subscribe to raffle" link,

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BETA TESTING: BCL Technologies VoiceContact
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have just released the beta version of VoiceContact for PocketPC Phone Edition. This is a voice-enabled dialing application for commands such as "Call Bob Smith", or "Dial 1234567". If you would like to help test this software, please visit www.bcltechnologies.com

BCL VoiceContact for PocketPC Phone Edition lets you dial numbers by simply speaking digits, or you can use your voice to access and call anyone in your contact list. The cool thing about VoiceContact is that it is completely integrated into Pocket PC: Press the activation button at any time, and the Pocket PC notification window appears showing what you can say. Even better, it’s ready to use right out of the box: no training is necessary for any of the commands, and hard to pronounce names in the address book can be easily assigned a nickname with a simple tap-and-hold.

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Thursday, 09.01.03
SD W-LAN: Socket Communications adopts SyChip Secure Digital I/O WLAN Card Design
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:01 CET under 01 - General News

LAS VEGAS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Jan. 9, 2003 - SyChip, Inc., the leader in Radio Frequency Integration Circuits (RFIC) and Chip Scale Modules (CSM) for the wireless Internet appliance market, today announced that Socket Communications (NASDAQ: SCKT, PSE: SOK), the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, will incorporate SyChip's WLAN6060SDIO card design into its future WLAN Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) connectivity product for Windows Powered Pocket PCs.

The SyChip design is the industry's first WLAN card to be based on the SDIO standard and is currently undergoing testing by major handheld manufacturers. Socket will provide customers with a connectivity product that combines SyChip's low-power WLAN SD card with Socket's Mobile WLAN Tools software, creating a solution that is easy to install and use, as well as being dependable and secure with Socket's recently announced support for the 802.1x standard.

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SERVER PROBLEMS: Registering and/or User Login might not work proper
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:01 CET under 06 - Site News

Wow, what a day. I've reached a critical mass of site access which cracked the server environment - from time to time. Some of you might noticed this problems.
So what's up? While the code worked great, the server and the MySQL database goes down from time to time. Unfortunately if this happened while you are registering you might receive an E-Mail that you are registered successful but your account wasn't stored on the database. :-(

Right now my developer is working on this and he is rebuilding the database to a more modular one. This fix should be online at least this afternoon (CET). So please try again later to login, if it doesn't work, please reregister! Sorry for the inconvenience! :-(

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Wednesday, 08.01.03
TIP: The Freedom to Live with 32 MB RAM only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:01 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

While the xda is one of my personal top products for 2002 it defiantly have a weakness, its memory! 32 MB isn't enough today anymore but anyhow you have two chances: to live with 32 MB or to upgrade it.
While upgrading to 64 or even 128 MB is fine, I can not give away my xda right now so I need a different solution called SD card! ;-)

The point is that I can store all my data on the memory card why not doing the same with programs and applications? Well, some of you might think storing programs on a memory card doesn't work serious but this isn't true, it works for me - at least for the past 4 months now!

While ActiveSync installs all applications by default on the device storage you can also install in on the memory card. However, in that case it install it into the root which I don't like on one hand and didn't worked proper in the past on the other hand. From my point of view it is better to install the the CAB file directly on the Pocket PC using a third party program called CabInstl:

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SOFTWARE: New HandStory Basic Released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Boston, Massachusetts - January 3, 2003 - HandStory announced the immediate availability of HandStory Basic 2.3 for Palm OS and HandStory Basic 2.3 for Pocket PC. HandStory Suite 30-day Trial is no longer available with the release of HandStory Basic, the freeware version of HandStory Suite with limited features.

With HandStory Basic, users can try all the basic features of HandStory Suite, such as converting texts, images, and Web Clips; browsing memos, Docs, eBooks, images, and Clips in the palm of their hands; and enjoying HandStory Clips and eBooks.

With the New HandStory Basic 2.3 for Pocket PC, Users can:

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DONE: My Thoughts about the PPCW.Net Relaunch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 06 - Site News

Wow, finally it happened, I've relaunched PPCW.Net with a complete new interface and backend on my dedicated server. It was a long way from MobileNet.de (which was my first Windows CE related website in 1997) to PPCW.Net V3. It started as a hobby and it is still a hobby but a little bit more intensive...

However, it was also a long way to PPCW.Net 3.0 which I wouldn't be able to release today without the help of Calin Brandabur. While I have some thoughts how the new PPCW.Net should looks like and which functions should be included, he had the magic fingers and the knowledge how to develop it in PHP - so my biggest thanks goes to Calin!
BTW: This was a pure interactive, teleworking based, cooperation. I've never seen Calin in reality nor I've had a voice call with him; everything worked with E-Mail and MSN Messenger! :-)

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VERSION 3: Celebrate the PPCW.Net Relaunch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 06 - Site News

On January, the 8th - PPCW.Net Version 3 was launched and to celebrate this, PPCW.Net is holding the "Great PPCW.Net Relaunch Raffle". While versions 1 and 2 were built on existing Content Management Systems, like PHPNuke or phpweblog, version 3 is completely self-developed by PPCW.Net. The new website (I wouldn't call it portal ;-) includes many new features and improved or new features than the previous versions.

  • Forum is completely intergraded
  • More customization throughout the site
  • User preferences (Saved in your cookies)
  • Faster loading through optimized code
  • A fully integrated and redesigned Poll (coming soon)
  • A complete new Pocket Internet Explorer friendly site with full access to all PPCW.Net stories, comments and the complete Forum with the possibility to comment stories or posting to the Forum (coming soon)

These features allow PPCW.Net to be cleaner and more personal because you decide what's up on your screen and what's not!

To celebrate the relaunch of PPCW.Net - some of the finest Pocket PC software developers have donated their hard work to be given away in the Great PPCW.Net Relaunch Raffle. This includes software for Pocket PC, Pocket PC 2002, Pocket PC Phone Edition as well as Smartphone 2002.

Every day for the next 4 weeks several prizes with an overall value of more than US$ 2.000 will be raffled!

Prizes
Here's the list of "Award Winning" applications that will be raffled off:

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Tuesday, 07.01.03
SOCKET RAFFLE: The December Winner was Drawn
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 06 - Site News

The December winner of the great PPCW.Net Raffle - powered by Socket was drawn last weekend:

Brian from Dublin is the lucky winner who is pretty interested in wireless communication too and chose the Socket Bluetooth Connection Kit.

The next round is ongoing. Every registered user (see more information here) have the chance to win every

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RETROSPECTION: My personal 2002's Tops and Flops
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts

2002 is gone as well as my vacation; but I used the time between Christmas and New Year to thought about the Pocket PC tops and flops for 2002. Here is my very personal and subjective retrospection:

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XDA ACCESSORY: datanywhere have the Thumb Keyboard for Pocket PC Phone in stock
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you need an alternative input method for your O2 xda/T-Mobile Phone Edition, datanywhere's Mini Keyboard (Thumboard) for Pocket PC Phone might be an interesting accessory for you:

It is available for US$ 69.95 and in stock! While thumb keyboards are not the best input

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CUSTOMIZATION: Free Registry Tool available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Tired of manually making registry changes just to optimize and customize your Pocket PC 2002 the way you want it.
Maybe you don't have the time or just aren't comfortable making those changes.
Now you don't have to with OPRegistry Tool. With this small application making those changes are as simple as clicking the options you want. Best of all it's FREE!

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REVIEW: JGUI Netphone Logo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

As you know from your cell phone, normally the operator name is displayed in the display and one of the most used services for Nokia mobile phones was and still is the operator logo download. While displaying the network name on the cell phone display is a normal feature, the Pocket PC Phone Edition displays nothing else than a white field with the last number you've dialed. This looks pretty boring and might bring you in trouble anytime that the last called number is provided. This seems to be seen by Janusz Gerszberg from JGUI also and he developed Netphone Logo which adds this feature to the phone interface of your Pocket PC Phone Edition also as well as gives you the option to hide the last number you've called.

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