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Friday, 28.02.03
PHOTO PREVIEW: Smart's SMART Amazing Phone aka HTC Tanager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to ppcsurfr I got this exclusive set of photos of Smart Philippines' Smartphone 2002 - so far also known as "HTC Tanager". The official name of the worlds second commercially introduced Smartphone 2002 is "SMART Amazing Phone".
The Smart Amazing Phone is comparable to the recently announced Orange SPVx as well as the Smartphone which will be introduced later this year by T-Mobile. Therefore these pictures might be even more interesting to see.
Overall, the second Windows Powered Smartphone from HTC is nicer shaped than the first one - the "HTC Canary". While the Canary has a 4 ways D-Pad plus action button, the Tanager uses a small 5 way joystick. Overall, the Canary and the Tanager are completely the same phones except the buttons are larger on the Tanager and it use also a different (some people say better) screen.

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W-LAN: Price cut for Starbucks Wi-Fi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 01 - General News

According to CNET, T-Mobile said Thursday that it's cutting the price for Wi-Fi service inside hundreds of Starbucks, a sign of possible trouble brewing for the biggest effort of its kind in the world.
Starting March 1, unlimited access to the wireless networks will cost $30 a month, down from $40. T-Mobile will also slash the price of a "day use pass" to $6, which allows access for 24 hours inside any of about 1,200 wireless Starbucks. More changes are on the horizon, T-Mobile director Frank Ramirez said at Thursday's Eyeforwireless Mixed Wireless Conference. "We want to continue to be the most affordable service out there," Ramirez said.

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Thursday, 27.02.03
SERVICE: Pocket MSN delivers Always-On services to Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:02 CET under 01 - General News

New Service Offers Mobile Operators Means to Attract New Subscribers and Increase Network Use With Always-On Mobile Access to MSN Messenger, MSN Hotmail and Other Offerings

At the 3GSM World Congress 2003 in Cannes last week, the MSN network of online services announced that mobile operators can look forward to the release of Microsoft's first feature-rich mobile data service optimized for Windows Powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones before the end of the year.

Pocket MSN will for the first time deliver to subscribers an always-on experience that enables them to remain available to other online users and always up to date with e-mail, instant messaging (IM) and other online services without maintaining a continuous network connection to their mobile device. Subscribers also will have one-click access to MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger - one of the most used e-mail and IM services in the world, with 110 million and 75 million active users, respectively. In addition, Pocket MSN will allow subscribers to wirelessly browse online and receive other MSN services, including MSN Alerts, which include news, sports and weather updates.

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Wednesday, 26.02.03
THOUGHT: Is mobile/wireless Voice over IP an option for you?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I'm just playing (testing it for the review) with Pocket Presence's Running Voice IP solution in my home environment using my Desktop, my Notebook and My Pocket PCs to communicate (talk) between all the devices and it works pretty well! The sound is fantastic and it's easy to handle and I think about VoIP as an alternative in public W-LAN hotspots to GSM voice.
We have seen a lot of announcements during the past months that even companies like Motorola or Nokia and Siemens announced developments in this area and I wonder how you guys see that future?

Could Voice over IP be an alternative for you I mean let us think about a scenario where you are abroad, you have a broadband Internet connection in your hotel room, could you imagine to use it to make phone calls to your home country?

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HOW TO: Remote Display your Smartphone on your Desktop PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

I love to use remote display applications to configure my Pocket PCs using my Desktop PC keyboard. This is even more convenient than doing it directly on the device, for instance if you enter your E-Mail account or configure other settings like your MMS client, etc.

On the Pocket PC I'm using Soti's Pocket Controller since it gives me the most convenient access and mostly all Pocket PC screenshots and screen videos/animations on PPCW.Net are done with Pocket Controller.

Unfortunately right now Soti doesn't have a Smartphone version available but thankfully some ARM based Pocket PC applications works also on Smartphones, even if the screen resolution isn't optimized.

Since the launch of Pocket PC in April 2000, Microsoft has an internal Remote Display application available which was published later on for public download too and this works (thanks to its pretty basic functions) even on a Smartphone.

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SURVEY: How does an Orange SPV customer uses its Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the press release for the new Orange SPVx, Orange also published some facts of a surevei they ran with current SPV owners. The results are pretty amazing:

  • 88% of Orange customers rate their SPV ease of use better than OK
  • Average SPV customer had an internet or WAP session 5 times per day (over three times the amount a non-SPV pay monthly Orange customer accesses the internet or WAP)
  • 83% of Orange customers have synchronized the SPV with their PC
  • 63% are using email with 83% of those finding it better than OK to use
  • Almost 50% of the SPV customer-base use MMS services
  • Portal and Internet accessed used by 78% of Orange SPV customers
  • 75% of SPV customers enjoy watching video clips and playing games

This figures really indicates for me that there is a wireless data market out there which the carriers have/could to develop now. I don't talk about "walled garden" developments

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FUN: How Consumer Infrared equipped Pocket PCs helps you in
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts

You might know this European hotel rooms which includes a TV but no remote control; the business model is pretty easy - you have to rent the RC to switch your TV on. While I fully understand this revenue stream for cheap hotels, I can not accept it for expensive rooms like the one I stayed last week in Cannes. Because the room rent is so horrible expensive during the 3GSM Congress, I shared my room with a good friend and as mostly in France hotel rooms, we had a TV in the living room (no, it wasn't a Suite but an Apartment) but again no remote control.
When I woke up on Wednesday, I was wondering to hear the morning magazine TV show coming out of the TV and you might already know what happened:

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Tuesday, 25.02.03
REVIEW: MTUX Pims for SideX 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

As you know, I am big fan of MTUX's SideX platform which is a new applet platform designed for Pocket PC 2002 and Pocket PC Phone Edition. It's simple but powerful with great applets. It provides a unique and new user interface for Pocket PC and let you use a lot useful applets in a smart way (see my previous SideX 2002 review and SideX 2003 preview).

Now, MTUX released a new cool applet which makes SideX 2003 even more powerful and useful: Pims.

The Pims applet includes two functions: "Pims" which is an Inbox, Calendar and Task summary viewer and "Contacts" the easy to find Contacts viewer.

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FAQ: Microsoft finally uploaded its own Smartphone 2002 FAQ
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft's Club Smartphone FAQ covers all kind of questions about: Ring Tones and Home Screens, Windows Media Player, Mail and ActiveSync, Phone Calls and Data Connections, General Questions and Application Installation/Removal.

This might be a good starting point if you are an owner of Orange's "SPV" or Smart Philippines "Tanager" Smartphone 2002.

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STAY UP-TO-DATE: Stock Manager for Smartphone 2002 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After Stock Manager for Palm and Pocket PC, yesterday TinyStocks released Stock Manager for Smartphone 2002. Stock Manager is a powerful stock portfolio manager for Palm OS, Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. It will keep your portfolio up-to-date with the latest stock prices every time you synchronize your mobile device with your desktop computer or by connecting it to a mobile phone or (wireless) modem!
Stuck in an all day meeting? Point your PDA at your mobile phone or fire up your wireless modem and check the latest stock prices. Or with the desktop synchronization update (HotSync for Palms OS and ActiveSync for Pocket PC and Smartphone), never leave home again without knowing if you can afford lunch today! Stock Manager will work under Windows (Palms OS, Pocket PC, Smartphone) and Macintosh (Palm OS).

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Monday, 24.02.03
SOFTWARE UPDATE: The English, French and Swiss SPV update is finally available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The latest update to the SPV Microsoft software will provide you with the following key benefits:

  • improved performance
  • enhanced battery life
  • 2 new inclusive applications:
    • Picture manager which enables you to view and store pictures in one place
    • Sound manager so you can create sounds that can be used as ringtones or notifications

When you click on the link below to start the download process, the update file will be placed on your PC first, and then automatically start the upgrade process. We have included simple instructions within this program to guide you through this process.

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MULTIMEDIA: NTT DoCoMo to embed Macromedia Flash into i-mode Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 01 - General News

TOKYO, JAPAN, February 24, 2003 - Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and U.S. software maker Macromedia, Inc. announced that the two companies have reached an agreement to jointly deliver Flash technology to DoCoMo's proprietary 2G/3G mobile Internet platform in Japan. The technology will be embedded into the new i-mode handsets, starting with the 505i series, which is scheduled for release later this year.

"NTT DoCoMo is pleased to be able to implement Macromedia Flash technology into the i-mode service," said Takeshi Natsuno, Managing Director of i-mode Planning Department at DoCoMo. "Because content providers are already familiar with Macromedia's widely-used Internet technology for developing web content and applications, we expect dynamic new content to be created for the i-mode service, which will further enhance the mobile-internet user experience."

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TIP: Copying Favorites from the Desktop to the Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

If you want to use your Smartphone 2002 for web access also and you came from the Pocket PC platform you might notice that ActiveSync doesn't synchronize your Favorites from your Desktop PC to your Smartphone as you used to use it with your Pocket PC.

Since it is pretty annoying to add the entire site URLs and site Names again on a T9 keyboard only you could use this little workaround to copy your Desktop Favorites to your Smartphone.

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DATA Roaming: Traveling abroad - Traveling (dis)connected
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts

When I was abroad the last two weeks in the US and in France I had much time to try wireless data roaming with different options like GPRS, Wi-Fi or even a simple CSD call and it's still frustrating to be forced to stay offline in this connected and Internet focused world.

My flight from Frankfurt in Germany to Seattle had a stop-over in Copenhagen, Denmark and because I forgot to download an attachment from my girlfriend I tried to access my mail-server from my O2 xda. Orange Denmark indicated a "G" on my xda, which means the GPRS service is available and the device is attached to it but there was no way to get a connection.

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Sunday, 23.02.03
SOFTWARE UPDATE: Orange is ready to release its SPV Software update on February 24
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On 3GSM Congress in Cannes last week, I got confirmed by Orange UK that the new Software for the SPV should be available from tomorrow, the 24th.
As far as Orange told me it's more or less identically with the already published Denmark update but should not include Danish but all improvements the Danish update already includes. It's not known if the Danish update was uploaded "accidentally" or it it was a smart move by Orange to upload a kind of preview.

However, since both updates are more or less the same, you can not expect new features like a SMS character counter but a lot of speed improvements as well as a longer battery standby time. I used my HTC Canary during the last week for voice, SMS, IM and web browsing

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REVIEW: DAT Groups SMS Tools for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you are also a heavy user of SMS and you are a owner of Microsoft's Windows based Smartphone 2002 you might also miss the feature to delete all messages from the Inbox with just one click. Well, to be honest - for me it seems a little bit like Microsoft simply forgot to add this feature since "delete all" is included in the recycle bin folder.

Thanks to the 3GSM Congress I met James Pratt from DAT Group who showed me their latest development: SMS Tools.

SMS Tools is a simple but great application which lets you select which messages from which folder should be deleted.

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BACK ON DUTY: Just arrived from Cannes and Seattle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 06 - Site News

I just arrived from Cannes at South France where the weather was far better then here in Munich since we had there a lot of sun and now snow (warm enough to run around with a sweatshirt) while we have still snow in Munich.
I had two real mpressive weeks I've spent first in Redmond on the MVP summit and after in Cannes on the 3GSM Congress. While it was pretty good to met all my fellow MVP friends in Redmond and to have some great discussions and peer to peer conversations with the Microsoft folks it wasn't less good to be in Cannes again to get the latest information what's up in the 3GSM world and which services and devices we might see during the next months and year.

I will give both events a coverage tomorrow or so but first I have to read tons of E-Mails I got from you during the past two weeks. Sure I tried to have a look every evening but it was to much input overall... ;-) So please be patience a little bit more and I will try to come back to you as soon as possible with my replies.

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VOIP: Running Voice IP Light Package released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Stockholm, February 21, 2003 - Swedish Pocket Presence, a leading provider of convergence software for wireless communication, and Global IP Sound, a provider of embedded voice processing technologies, today announced the availability of the Running Voice IP Light Package, optimized for PDA-based wireless voice over IP (VoIP) and enhanced with the GIPS VoiceEngine. The Pocket Presence Running Voice IP(tm) wireless softphone solution with embedded Global IP Sound technology is now available directly from distributors worldwide, such as Pocketgear.

About Running Voice IP Light Package
Running Voice IP Light Package is a high-quality voice-over-IP solution addressing the need for cost-efficient wireless tools for workgroup communication. Running Voice IP Light Package has narrowed down the concept of voice-over-IP to a minimum-cost workgroup communication solution that is easy to install and use. Running Voice IP Light Package is especially designed for wireless LAN environments and clients exist for Pocket PC PDAs as well as for laptops and desktop PCs.

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Thursday, 20.02.03
3GSM CONGRESS LIVE: Some real exciting Smartphone news for developers and users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 01 - General News

I just had a meeting with some folks who are deeply involved into the application development for Smartphones and here we go for the first good news: Carrier Devices is ready to introduce its new certifcation service for mobile applications:

"Carrier Devices Certification service (CDC) is the world's first worldwide standard guarantee from mobile applications. Created in partnership with Sasken, a world leading software solution provider, CDC provides a forum for GSM and GPRS accreditation and certification for software developed for Pocket PC Phone Edition, Smartphone and even Symbian and Java devices".

CDC should help to close the gap of application certification as already used on Orange's SPV Smartphone and as Jim Morrison, head of technology development at Carrier Devices promissed me, they will work with everybody, from freeware to shareware to commercial software. If you are interessted in getting in thouch with Carrier Devices to get

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UP To DATE: Pocket PC Snow Reports to Go!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

London, UK - 20 February 2003 - Blueprint, a developer of mobile data applications, today released the first detailed snow report information application for the Pocket PC. Blueprint SnowMobile, delivers snow reports from the Ski Club of Great Britain in an easy to use format to the Pocket PC.

SnowMobile features snow reports from the top 100 skiing and snowboarding resorts in North America, Canada and Europe. The information is updated daily by the Ski Club of Great Britain and SnowMobile can be configured to connect to the internet periodically for the most up to date reports.

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Wednesday, 19.02.03
3GSM CONGRESS LIVE: The first Smartphone 2002 is hitting the US Market soon - pretty soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 01 - General News

If you are in the States you might watch to Europe pretty jealous because the first Smartphone 2002 is available here but no way for you to use it in the US. Here comes the good message for you guys out the: EverLink Wireless licensed the Compal device to be sold under it’s own brand name "red e".

According to a red e spokesman here on the 3GSM Congress, the SC1100 will be available commercially during the next 3 months in the US! Developers can order a pre-production device during next week! Isn’t this amazing folks, seems you will get into touch pretty soon with a great device. This Smartphone was last year the TI/Microsoft/Orange reference platform and I really like the size of the phone, even if it has an external antenna which might be a con. However, the keys are what I expect on a mobile phone, large enough with enough space to press every key pretty easy.

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3GSM CONGRESS LIVE: Microsoft showed new Wireless Smart Devices [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 01 - General News

On the 3GSM Congress in Cannes, which is running this week, Microsoft showed together with its development partners the latest developments for the Windows CE based Smartphone platform.

The most interesting devices might be the Intel Concept design and the Mitac clamshell Smartphone.

The Intel/Microsoft joint hardware-software concept design allows manufactures to expedite development and reduce the cost of bringing advanced, data-enabled handsets to market.

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Friday, 14.02.03
SECOND: SMART Philippines to introduce Asia's first Windows Powered Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

14 February 2003 - Manila - The Philippines' leading mobile operator SMART Communications Inc. (SMART) announced today the introduction of the "Smart Amazing Phone" - the first Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone in Asia that promises to open the door to a world of advanced wireless and mobile internet services.

The phone, which will be available at SMART retail outlets soon, will feature such services as Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and MSN Messenger. Each Smart Amazing Phone will be sold with an attachable camera, cradle, and charger.

"The SMART Amazing Phone is your mobile personal computer. It is a powerful device through which we will be able to offer more sophisticated but user-friendly services to our subscribers. Its introduction will help change the landscape of the mobile phone industry. The Smartphone will help drive Smart's data revenue growth through the offering of advanced services such as photo messaging, multimedia messaging, access to high-quality information and content and advanced messaging services," said Napoleon L. Nazareno, SMART president and CEO.

This new phone is a tri-band handset offering GPRS and MMS capabilities, high-resolution TFT LCD display giving 65,000 colors and a clip-on digital camera. It also features a 32mb internal memory and an expansion slot for an MMC card for storage of pictures, music, video and software applications.

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Thursday, 06.02.03
OFF-DUTY: Lack of News for the next 10 Days
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 06 - Site News

I just want to inform you that you will not find much new news during the next 14 days.
Right now I'm packing my luggage for a trip to Redmond where I will go to on Saturday until Friday next week. Next week our annual MVP Summit happens there where I will come together with 800 other MVPs. I'm sure it will be a great event with keynotes from Jim Allchin, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer and hope to get some additional information what's cooking on the Campus.

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Wednesday, 05.02.03
WIRELESS: 01 Communique's I'm InTouch on a Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last year in November I've reviewed 01 Communique's I'm InTouch here which gives you an easy to use access to your home PC through any other PC or Pocket PC and since that time, I use it from time to time (at least twice a week) to access data on my Desktop PC if I'm mobile with my xda.
Today I gave it a test with the Orange SPV ant also on the smaller Smartphone 2002 screen it simply works great. Even though this device I was able to access all my Outlook data as well as I was able to access my Web Cam to check what's up at home:

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DISCOUNT: Get BoxWave's miniSync for a time limited web discount
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 01 - General News

BoxWave have it's miniSync Sync and Charge USB cable for a special and time limited discount which saves you US$ 6.45 or 26% of it's original price!
miniSync is my preferred cable solution for syncing and recharging my O2 xda and and Orange SPV (for the reviews, check the links).

miniSync 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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VIRTUAL DISPLAY: Second Sight High Resolution Viewer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My fellow MVP Brad from Pocket PC Thoughts just found this fancy accessory for Pocket PCs: The Second Sight portable High Resolution viewer, designed for Pocket PC handhelds. Second Sight connects directly to virtually any Compact Flash or PCMCIA slot. Our software allows for full VGA screen information (640 x 480 pixels) to be displayed on the Second Sight display. If your application demands higher resolution then you can get with a standard PDA, Second Sight may be the perfect solution.

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OFF-TOPIC: ieSpell - A Spell Checker for Internet Explorer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 01 - General News

If you also use web forms often with your Internet Explorer for posting comments on sites like PPCW.Net and your mother language isn't English, you might know the problem of spell checking. What I did most times was writing the texts in Outlook or Word, spell checked it there and past it back to the web form.
Thanks to my friend and previous Mobile Devices MVP David Wojciechowski from PPC Drivers (check their Beta site, it's pretty useful for all Pocket PC owners who are in need of drivers for their devices), I can skip this cut & paste now by using ieSpell:

ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries). Even if your web application already includes spell checking functionality, you might still want to install this utility because it is definitely much faster than a server-side solution. Plus you get to store and use your personal word list across all your applications, instead of maintaining separate ones on each application.

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Tuesday, 04.02.03
VPN: iPass improves its Enterprise Connectivity for Pocket PC 2002 and Mac OS X
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 01 - General News

LONDON, UK - Building upon its virtual network operator capabilities and experience in delivering enterprise connectivity services across multiple network technologies, iPass announced today it has upgraded capabilities for two versions of its smart client: iPassConnect 2.0 for PocketPC 2002 and iPassConnect 2.3 for Mac OS X. These platforms support wireless and wired broadband connections and can provide mobile professionals enhanced productivity with secure global access to corporate network resources.

"Today's enterprise users want the freedom to connect to their corporate data from anywhere, at any time, and via any device," said TeleChoice analyst Patrick Hurley. "Solutions like iPassConnect, that expand the range of devices that enterprise customers can use for mobile connectivity, help provide secure remote access for all users within an enterprise."

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BUNDLE: 2K development and Spb Software House offers the GPRS Power Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vienna/Hamburg February 2003: 2K development and Spb Software are proud to announce the availability of the GPRS Power Pack for Pocket PC 2002 devices. The GPRS Power Pack consists of two well known for GPRS users essential applications, 2K developments connect2internet and the GPRS Monitor from Spb Software House.

With this bundle the customer gets the easiest way to connect to the internet using automatic detection of the network operator and the mobile phone, a powerful SMS Client with special features for Bluetooth enabled connections and the most advanced GPRS Monitor to track and take care of your GPRS usage and expenses.

The promotion price for the GPRS Power Pack is USD 39,95. So the customer saves nearly USD 10 from the regular sales price.

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Monday, 03.02.03
ACCESSORIES: Gomadic Corp releases Dell Axim X5 USB Power Sync Cable
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gomadic Corp has recently expanded their popular line of Power Sync to include the popular Dell Axim X5 line of PDAs. Power Sync Cables empower the mobile professional to simply their life by reducing the number of cables required to support life on the road. By connecting a 4-foot long Power Sync cable between the base of a Dell Axim PDA and a standard USB port, users can simultaneously recharge their handheld while auto synchronizing data with their desktop or laptop PC. No bulky cradles, no AC power adapters and no additional software required!

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Saturday, 01.02.03
HAPPY NEW YEAR: Gong Xi Fa Cai - Kung Hei Fat Choi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 06 - Site News

I wish all my Chinese readers a Happy New Year whether you are speaking Mandarin "Gong Xi Fa Cai" or Cantonese "Kung Hei Fat Choi"!
You may wonder why I remember Chinese New Year as a "Gwailo"!? Pretty simple - because I lived and worked some years ago in Hong Kong, when I was there for a trainee program (see my old, long time not updated personal homepage here).

I hope the Year of the Sheep brings you all the best!

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CONGRATULATIONS: 10 Years GSM - "Happy Anniversary" Mr. Wireless ;-)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 06 - Site News

Holy cow, how time goes bye... Today - 10 years ago - I got my first GSM phone. It was the Orbitel TPU 900 GSM portable which had a stand-by time of approximately 8 hours and a talk time of something around 30 minutes. :-) Wow, I remember when I left "Hoyer's Telefonzelle" (the store where I subscribed for a 12 months contract with DeTeMobil D1 - better known as T-Mobile today) with this brick and I was so proud to became "truly mobile". That time, no one was talking about GSM 900, 1800 or 1900 - we had GSM only (which was working on 900 MHz) and a coverage which was far away from "truly mobile" and International Roaming between a handful of countries (like today, 10 years later with GPRS).

Below you see my first GSM phone from Orbitel, a British manufacture who is out of the business for a long time now and on the right a coverage map from Germany which isn't one from that days but today. That days it was

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TOOL: Pocket Presence SIManager 1.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Presence relapsed version 1.1 of it's free SIManager which is a contact organizer utility for Pocket PC 2002 devices that enables you to manage your contacts stored on a SIM-card, GSM Phone or on a Pocket PC 2002 device.

You are able to create new contacts, modify or deleted existing contacts and to transfer all or single contacts to and from the PDA, GSM Phone and SIM-card.

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