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Wednesday, 26.02.03
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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Tuesday, 25.02.03
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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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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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
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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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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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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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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Tuesday, 04.02.03
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
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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