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Tuesday, 30.09.03
PROTECTION: New Covertec Leather Case for Samsung i700
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:45 CET under 01 - General News

Covertec recently introduced a new leather case for the Samsung i700 Pocket PC Phone Edition which includes some well known Covertec features.

Like other Covertec cases, also the new Samsung i700 compatible case is available in 3 colors: Black, Red and Brown.

Packaged in a stylish blister including a gift box, this new Covertec case is composed of:

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Monday, 29.09.03
DRIVER UPDATE: Pocketop drivers for Windows Mobile 2003 powered Pocket PCs
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 17:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Here is something we Windows Moible 2003 users are waiting for. The latest drivers from Pocketop have just been released. Now you can se the Pocketop IR Keyboard with your Windows Mobile 2003 powered Pocket PC.

This release is meant to be used for both PPC2002 and WM2003 Pocket PCs. The only caveat, the rotational option on these drivers should not be used on Windows Mobile 2003 devices.

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UPDATE: Pocket Presence releases V2.0 of SMS Manager for Pocket PC 2002 and 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Presence's today released version 2 of its SMS Manager which comes with improved SMS management possibilities for Pocket PC 2002 and 2003 devices (note - not Phone Edition!) along with a range of new smart features, whereof some are:


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FEATURES: HTC Himalaya aka O2 xda II and T-Mobile MDA II specifications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the previously posted information about the HTC Himalaya built in camera quality (sample photos here) and Carlo's and mine exclusive photos; PPCW.Net recently received some more detailed information and the specifications from the upcoming O2 xda II/T-Mobile MDA II which looks amazing (watch out the standby time) to me:

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Sunday, 28.09.03
VACATION: Signing in again
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:53 CET under 06 - Site News

So, the summer is over now - not only physically but by vacation also and after 2 weeks of staying away from home and enjoying the last summer sun 8) in beautiful Croatia (Losinj) it's time to step back to work. :-(
A big, big thanks to Carlo for keeping PPCW.Net up to date and providing us interesting news and views.

It seems it will really become a busy fall as I've said in my previous holiday announcement and Carlo already reported about it with his great O2 xda II coverage as well as with the E-TEN P700 and 300 announcements plus we can expect more from the Smartphone front (Motorola Motorola MPx200, HTC Voyager, MiTAC 8390, etc).

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Saturday, 27.09.03
XDA II EXCLUSIVE: Photos and Screen Shots - Part 2
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 08:49 CET under 08 - Reviews

As promised here is the second part of that O2 XDA II Exclusive wherein I was able to talk to a friend from O2 who brought this near final model to the Philippines.

As I said, I was able to play around with this live unit and explored it pretty well.

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Friday, 26.09.03
XDA II EXCLUSIVE: Photos and Screen Shots - Part 1
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 20:27 CET under 08 - Reviews

After my 2 hour date with the O2 XDA II, I knew I needed more. I wasn't satisfied with just two hours. I neede to explore it, find out what makes it tick and confirm every information that has leaked out into the Internet. How sweet was the news when I heard that I could spend more time with the lovely O2 XDA II. Without hesitation, I asked if I could shoot the actual device and explore it. Here are the results of that last tryst with the O2 XDA II.

Of course I couldn't believe the improvements they have incorporated into the device that roughly measured similarly to the older XDA, less the antenna...

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Wednesday, 24.09.03
SMARTPHONE: Malaysia's Nanyang, Multilink and Maxis launch the MiTAC Mio 8380
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's really nice to know that there has been so much activity in Asia about the Microsoft Smartphone platform. Another country, this time Malaysia enjoys the uniqueness of the Microsoft powered device in the form of a MiTAC Mio 8380. In this move, we see three industry players collaborate in the move to push for the Mio 8380.

Malaysia ushers a new era in telecommunications and information technology with the introduction of the Mio 8380. This mobile device is a milestone in the industry as it is the first, Microsoft based, Intel powered mobile device to be available in Malaysia, names long synonymous with the IT industry, making a leap into the mobile handset industry.

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PHONE EDITION: My two hours with the XDA II.
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

This is definitely a device to die for. I cannot possible find the right words to describe the feeling I had when I held the O2 XDA II in my hands. It was just unbelievable. Its sleek design with the familiar satin silver finish, its now bright and adjustable screen, its fast PXA263 processor, the 128MB RAM the built-in camera, Bluetooth with headset support, the MMS client, the responsiveness of WM2003.

It was just unbelievable. My good friend from O2 dropped me a message that she was going to be in the country for a while and she had a surprise for me. Well, I was able to ring her at her hotel and she said those really sweet words. "Do you want to see the XDA II?" I just couldn't believe what I just heard, luckily I was nearby and it probably didn't take me more than 5 minutes to get to the hotel.

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Tuesday, 23.09.03
UPDATE: SyncData updates SmartphoneNotes for application-unlocked Smartphones
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 00:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Syncdata has released a new version of SmartphoneNotes for application-unlocked Smartphones. SmartphoneNotes is a synchronization solution for Outlook text notes for use with Windows Mobile Smartphone devices.

Text notes can be created, viewed, edited and deleted directly on the phone and they can be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook on the desktop or notebook PC using the familiar ActiveSync interface.

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Sunday, 21.09.03
LOADED: Windows Mobile related Events here and there
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:10 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, as you might notice, there seems to be a slow down in PPCW.Net. But the truth is, there has been so many things happening. Last Thursday, a group from the MoDaCo Forum wanted to meet up and the main discussion tackled in the meeting was, "What's with the new ROMs for the Smartphone."

For those who are running the new PPCW.Net i-Mate ROM, you might have noticed that there are loads of improvements and really cool features which we've always wanted Microsoft to include in them. Well, apparently there were some which weren't even documented for us users.

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Thursday, 18.09.03
PHONE EDITION: E-TEN P700 with dual expansion slots
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 13:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Probably the most powerful E-TEN offering is the P700 running on the latest Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 2003 software for Pocket PC Phone Edition operating system. It not only adds Tri-Band GSM GPRS to a PXA255 powered device but adds two slots for both CF (Type I) and SD expansion slot offering a suite of productivity add-on devices such as a Global Positioning System, a bar code reader for inventory management, and a Wi-Fi (802.11b) for various industry applications.

While the design seems a bit on the squarish side, the lack of a protruding antenna is a welcome feature. It comes with a fairly standard 3.5in. 16-bit Transflective screen and an added option of USB Host features. A key feature on the P700 is USB connectivity, available through the provided cradle or an optional USB host cable. This gives users access to devices such as the keyboard or mouse they already use in their offices, allowing users to input extended text.

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PHONE EDITION: E-TEN adds the P300 into their Pocket PC Phone Edition Line.
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 13:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It is not so often that we see a new Pocket PC Phone Edition make it to the market. This is one of those cases when one company decides to release not one but two new Pocket PC Phone Edition devices running on the latest Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 2003 software for Pocket PC Phone Edition operating system.

The P300 is a unique device that seems to bridge the Smartphone market and the Pocket PC Phone Edition market. The first noticeable thing about this unit is its size. It is definitely smaller than most Pocket PC Phone Edition hardware currently available. The best part of that is that with this small size, they got to fit it with a digital camera which can take pictures of up to 640x480 in resolution. A plus for this device too is the inclusion of an SDIO slot which gives the user more options in terms of expansion.

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Tuesday, 16.09.03
COMMENT: Guess your task feature fixed with i-Mate ROM 1.50.8.6
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:40 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well this might have been something which I have overlooked, and probably taken for granted. The latest ROM for the i-Mate dfinitely shows significant improvements with regards to the implementation of the user interface unique to the Windows Powered Smartphones. Of course we've mentioned the obvious fixes which are a fully functional character/SMS counter and the ability to send SMS to any phone entry in th Coctacts list.

Adding the obvious power management tweaks plus the overall improvement in stability makes tis ROM a must have for every PPCW.Net i-Mate user. Well, something else seemed to have popped out from this ROM update. A buddy of mine, Norbert, who is also from the Philippines recently upgraded his ROM to the PPCW.Net i-Mate ROM 1.50.8.6 and called my attention to another fix which apparently was made in this version.

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Monday, 15.09.03
IMAGE EDITOR: Orneta adds imaging software to Smartphone 2002 lineup
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Who ever thought that one would create an image editing software for the Smartphone? Well Orneta, the makers of the Ornaeta NotePad have done just that. Orneta Paint is a basic image editing software that doesn't seem too basic at all. Capable of saving images in both JPG and BMP makes it quite interesting.

Have ou ever thought of creatig your own Homescreen graphics straight from your Smartphone? Well, now Orneta Paint allows ou to do just that.

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ANNOUNCED: Motorola MPx200 Smartphone 2002 available from Orange and AT&T
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Motorola MPx200 with Microsoft Windows Mobile software introduces an entirely new mobile phone experience through the integration of "smart" software with small, stylish handsets. The MPx200 combines the convenience of a wireless mobile handset with the power and familiarity of Windows Mobile software for Smartphone.

The Motorola MPx200 will include Smartphone 2002 with the following features:

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RELEASE: Orange UK to launch new Smartphone 2002 based Motorola MPx200
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

September 15 2003 - London. Orange, Motorola and Microsoft today unveiled the Motorola MPx200 - with Windows Mobile software - combining the familiarity of the desktop computer with the convenience and accessibility of a mobile phone. The Motorola MPx200 is aimed at professional consumers and is the latest phone in the Orange Signature handset range - a series of phones designed to marry the best customer experience with exclusive Orange services.

Today's news follows Orange and Motorola's alliance announcement made in June and Microsoft and Motorola's alliance announcement made today.

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Friday, 12.09.03
SOFTWARE UPDATE: Resco Explorer 2003 for Smartphone updated to version 4.30
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco has just updated their Resco Explorer 2003 for the Windows Powered Smartphone platform. Included in the update is the ability to send and receive via IR within Resco Explorer 2003 and the "one level up" implementation which has been claimed to improve navigation through folders.

Resco Explorer 2003 is a feature-rich File Management software for your SmartPhone. It implements all standard features such as file/folder manipulation. Thus, you can copy, move or delete files, create folders, run programs with arguments, and search for files or folders.

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ACCESSORIES: Mitac MIO 8380 Sync-N-Charge USB cable and car charger available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While there are already a lot of accessories available for the HTC Smartphones - thanks to the same connector the O2 xda uses also - Mitac Mio accessories was rare so far.

Now Data-Nation released a USB Sync-N-Charge cable as well as a car charger for the Mio 8380:

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VACATION: PPCW.Net is making holidays
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:53 CET under 06 - Site News

It seems like it will become a busy fall with the launch of Motorla's first Smartphone 2002 as well as the launch of HTC's first Smartphone 2003 and Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 and while the weather becomes now rainier here - my girlfriend and I decided to make two weeks vacation to extend our summer. 8)
So from tomorrow until end of this month I will stay away from my PC as well as away from the Internet because we are going to Croatia where O2 doesn't have GPRS roaming in place so far. Okay - Vodafone has so I might come online but for mail only, for sure not for updating PPCW.Net.

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Thursday, 11.09.03
MOBILITY: Gomadic Corp releases comprehensive line of PDA Auto Mounts
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gomadic has recently expanded its popular line of PDA accessories with a comprehensive selection of Powered and non-Powered PDA Auto Mounts that support a wide variety of PDAs and handheld computers.
Utilizing various interchangeable mounting based options including windshield, vent and cigarette lighters; Gomadic's PDA mounts provide users with a safe and stable mobile mounting system. Each Gomadic Auto mount uses powerful and adjustable side-grip support arms which adjust to securely grip your mobile device and provide fingertip access to critical applications while traveling.

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FORUM: The PPCW.Net Forum was not reachable but is back again now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:46 CET under 06 - Site News

Because of the ongoing problems with the other server (you remember my call for help) the Forum was also down. I'm sorry for this!

Anyway, I've moved it back to this server here again because I'm still working on the other one (seems to take some more time to get it fixed).

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REVIEW: Covertec Leather Case for HP iPAQ H2210/2215
Posted by David Hughes - at 21:48 CET under 08 - Reviews

When Covertec sent Arne a case for his i-Mate they also sent me a case for my HP H210. I've been very keen to see the new Covertec case having had their excellent case for my Palm Tungsten T which I liked very much.

The Packaging
Opening a case from Covertec is always pleasant as their attention to detail extends to the packaging; with the case arriving in a very nice presentation box - great if you are giving it as a present.

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LINK: Motorola MPx200 a first look at ZDNet UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ZDNet had a first look of Motorola's new clamshell Smartphone which will use Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 OS and and will released on Orange's network later this fall:

Motorola, Orange and Microsoft have unveiled a new phone running Windows Mobile 2002 for Smartphones. This is not the anticipated update of Microsoft's Smartphone platform, but a slightly tweaked version of the software we've previously seen in the two incarnations of Orange's SPV.

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PREVIEW: High resolution photos from the HTC Himalaya Phone Edition aka O2 xda II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

In addition to the Himalaya camera shots PPCW.Net has already received, I've also received some exclusive high quality photos of the HTC Himalaya (that's the official project name for HTC's first Pocket PC 2003 Phone Edition device) which is a generic design but can be expected to be released as the O2 xda II, according to the available press photos - released so far by mmO2. The T-Mobile MDA II will be released in a slightly different shape but the buttons and feature integration will be the same (like before with the O2 xda and the T-Mobile MDA).

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PREVIEW: Picture quality of the embedded HTC Himalaya Phone Edition camera
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:55 CET under 08 - Reviews

I just received this set of exclusive photos taken with the HTC Himalaya (better knows as O2 xda II/T-Mobile MDA II) Pocket PC Phone Edition.

The photos below was taken with the built-in camera which supports VGA with 640 x 480 pixel (click the photos to get the original photos).
The photos was taken indoor without a flash but the quality isn't that bad at all:

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Wednesday, 10.09.03
UTILITY: SmartPhoneROM Patcher
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

There is a new utility available which removes the application lock for Smartphone 2002 devices right before you copy and install a new ROM from your PC to the phone:

SmartPhoneROM Patcher easily removes application lock for development on Microsoft Smartphone 2002.

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Tuesday, 09.09.03
CELEBRATION: Happy Birthday Carlo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:57 CET under 06 - Site News

Today is Carlos birthday and I want to congratulate him here as well!

Happy Birthday my Friend and all the best for the Future!

Carlo does so far an amazing job here in supporting me, PPCW.Net and the community in general. So I wish you health, luck and richness and all the stuff you wish yourself too!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Monday, 08.09.03
TWEAK: Using the Red-E Smartphone as a USB Modem for Notebooks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some time ago, I have compiled a tutorial here on PPCW.Net about how to "setting up a GPRS connection for Win XP and USB using Smartphone 2002" and that days I've used the HTC Modem driver form my SPV and PPCW.Net i-Mate. Now, the great folks from Smartphone Thoughts tweaked that modem driver to use it with the Red-E/Compal/Microsoft Developer Smartphone as well:

Unlike the IR Port, USB Modem driver is not available with Windows install. What makes it tough is that USB modem drivers are model specific. So the SPV 100 (HTC Tanager) driver will not work for a phone based on different platform, like Everlink Red-E (SC1100 – the Microsoft Developer Kit phone) or the Mitac Mio. If you try to install Red-E USB modem using available HTC Modem driver, Windows Hardware Installation Wizard will fail to identify it.

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MULTIMEDIA: Finally a real Media Player for the Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the Smartphone already includes its Windows Media Player the features and handling of it is not acceptable at all. msmobiles.com found a working solution from PocketMind Software who has released PocketMusic Smartphone Edition today and this is what a media player should be:

PocketMusic is the first alternative Music Player for Windows Powered Smartphone devices.

With PocketMusic you will turn your Windows Powered Smartphone into great portable music player.

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WORKSHEETS: SoftMaker to Release PlanMaker 2003 soon
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 08:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SoftMaker, the makers of the popular TextMaker for Pocket PC is at it again. With full commitment to compllement its Pocket Word replacement for the Pocket PC, it will be releasing its beta version of its PocketExcel alternative soon. Dubbed PlanMaker 2003 for Pocket PC, it intends to do almost everything its desktop counterpart does, including Excel.

We've seen what they can do with Texmaker, let's see what they have to offer with PlanMaker. SoftMaker claims that this will be an easy to use application which even supports embedded graphs and pie charts. That for many will be an indispensible feature which was neer offered in Pocket Excel.

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Friday, 05.09.03
REVIEW: Covertec Cellular Horizontal Case for HTC Canary and Tanager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to Covertec, yesterday I've received my cellular horizontal case to be reviewed here.
If you don't know Covertec so far, they offer a wide range of accessories from PDA, Smartphone and other mobile device cases to cables and styluses.

I've asked for a leather case for the PPCW.Net i-Mate because the original case which comes with the HTC Tanagers isn't that bad - for an original accessory - but it's artificial leather only and doesn't looks that nice like real leather cases.

In the leisure time I'm often not using cases for my phones or Pocket PCs but while traveling or wearing a suit I prefer to have my Smartphone stored in a belt case. It looks better and you know where to put it in. So especially if you wear a suite, the original case might be not good enough for you and therefore alternatives are welcome.

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Wednesday, 03.09.03
HELP: Any Admins out there who are aware of Windows 2003 Web Edition?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:52 CET under 06 - Site News

If so, please contact me and you will always have a place in my heart :!: Honestly, I'm looking for somebody who can support me with Windows 2003 Web Edition, POP3, SMTP and the bloody Port 25! :-(
Every feedback and offer to volunteer is appreciated! I'm getting nuts...

Cheers ~ Arne

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Tuesday, 02.09.03
HARDWARE: Yakumo is entering the wireless Windows Mobile market with 2 devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced some days ago, Yakumo - a German low price OEM - is going to introduce the Mitac Mio 8380 Smartphone under its own brand later this year. According to the press releases this wasn't anything real fancy as Yakumo announced the same features - Mitacs first Smartphone also has.

However, in addition Yakumo also announced on IFA to release a Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 later this year and the specifications seems to be not that bad - for a low price Phone Edition device! However it can't compete with O2's xda II at all!

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TIP: Configure Sunnysoft Mail Center from your PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

As good T9 and the Smartphone keyboard works as frustrating is entering stuff like E-Mail accounts or Favorites with the Smartphone keyboard.
While I've already showed some time ago how to copy your IE Favorites to your Smartphone here is the easiest way to configure SunnySoft Mail Center on your PC.

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ACCESSORIES: ORA has Orange SPV e100/PPCW.Net i-Mate accessories in stock now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So you got your new Smartphone from Orange (or even better from me) but you need some accessories like a second USB cradle, a serial cradle, an additional battery or the clip-on camera?

Since today Ora has also all kind of Tanager accessories in stock. Pricing is more or less the same as before.

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Monday, 01.09.03
QUESTION: Why does the GPRS attach disturb GSM signalization in some networks?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay - I have to admit that this is a super high level question and topic but I hope that some of the PPCW.Net visitors and readers can answer this.

According to my server logs I have daily visitors from Nokia Networks, Ericsson Networks, Nortel Networks, Alcatel as well as from many GSM carriers from all over the world so if you are a technician, in charge for GPRS and or signalization (keyword SS7 ;-)) please read the complete story below and share your knowlede with us.

Some users from different GSM/GPRS carriers reported in several web boards (like andrew.j here in the PPCW.Net Forum) that GPRS attach disturbs the basic GSM functionalities like receiving calls or SMS:

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THOUGHT: The good, the bad, the cab or how to screw up your phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Yesterday evening I've updated my daily PPCW.Net i-Mate to the recently released PPCW.Net i-Mate ROM update and as with every Pocket PC and Smartphone updates - it's completely erasing all data from your device - similar to "format C:" on your PC.
While the update process went well (normally, if you do everything as described the update shouldn't went wrong anyway) and after such an update you have to install all files, apps and programs on your device again.

Normally this isn't a big deal. If the applications you are going to install came with a PC .exe you can simply select them from ActiveSync again.

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