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Friday, 27.02.04
BANDWIDTH: 3G hits PPCW.Net
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 06 - Site News

As I've told you a couple of days ago, I'm currently pretty busy with my latest project for a European GSM/UMTS carrier; however - like so often things change and the project I was hired for is currently on hold because of some other exciting developments I'm working on now.
While on hold means postponed only, the new project involves me into 3G/UMTS which gives me some exciting views into the next coming developments and also means that I'm 3G enabled now! :-D

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Wednesday, 25.02.04
UTILITY: Fizz Software announced public Beta for Fizz Portfolio
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:30 CET under 01 - General News

Peter from Fizz Software recently informed me, that they are ready to run the public Beta for "Fizz Portfolio" for Pocket PC and Smartphone:

Fiz Portfolio is a complete portfolio manager for your Widows Mobile Pocket PC or Microsoft Smartphone:

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UTILITY: Developer One Power Calendar for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looking for the most effective way to manage your appointments and tasks using your Windows Mobile Smartphone? Developer One recently released Power Calendar for Windows Mobile Smartphone 2002 and 2003. Featuring many of the great features that made Agenda Fusion for Pocket PC a success, Power Calendar gives you the solution you need to quickly navigate and drill into your schedule.

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Tuesday, 24.02.04
FUN: Do more with your Bluetooth equipped i-Mate SMP and PPC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:29 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a happy owner of one of the i-Mate 2003 devices, such as the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 or Pocket PC Phone Edition, soon more fun will come to your devices! Who told you that the Bluetooth implementation for the Smartphone and Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 is weak if you can drive a car with it!? ;-)

i-Mate is presenting a showcase on the 3GSM World Congress which lets you navigate a RC car via Bluetooth - just using your Pocket PC Phone Edition or Smartphone and best of all is - it's not a showcase only but i-Mate will bring this RC cars to the market - expected to be released in a couple of months!

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3GSM LIVE: Microsoft - familiarity breeds contempt?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:47 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft launched its Pocket PC OS for PDAs three years ago and since then has managed to acquire around 55 percent market share for that platform in Western Europe, according to Canalysis' latest statistics. Now the company's mobile software division is aiming to establish a similar share of the burgeoning smartphone market, says Annemarie Duffy, senior marketing manager, Microsoft mobile devices.

"What we have is an interface which is familiar to business and consumer users worldwide. This familiarity means users are more likely to use their Microsoft powered phone to send email, download media files and access content."

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3GSM LIVE: Microsoft technology and partnership announcements at 3GSM Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:32 CET under 01 - General News

Cannes, France - Feb. 24, 2004 - Today at 3GSM World Congress 2004, Microsoft Corp. announced a series of developments in its work with wireless industry partners to deliver new business value to customers via world-class software and popular services. These developments are expected to spur new customer experiences and open the door to new revenue opportunities for mobile operators, device makers and application developers.

"The desire to access wireless applications and services has finally hit the mainstream," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president of the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft." This profound perception shift presents an opportunity for the wireless industry to raise the bar on the wireless connectivity experience with the marriage of flexible software, compelling services, sleek devices and reliable networks that move people to rethink the way they communicate and access information and entertainment."

Speaking on a theme of "Enabling advanced, universal services," Knook will deliver a keynote address on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Main Hall of the Palais des Festivals.

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Monday, 23.02.04
3GSM LIVE: Motorola announced the MPx PPC Phone Edition and MPx100 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:49 CET under 01 - General News

CANNES, France, 3GSM World Congress - Today, Motorola announced the debut of the Motorola MPx - a revolutionary mobile device combining always-on connectivity in a never-before-seen form factor. The Motorola MPx brings real-time assistance to mobile professionals – at work, on the road, at home and at play.

Part of the Motorola MOTOPro series of handsets featuring Microsoft Windows Mobile software, the MPx delivers a radical new approach to communications for the mobile professional. The dual-hinge device opens both lengthways as a terrific clamshell phone and in landscape mode as an exceptional email device with a wide screen and full QWERTY keyboard. The model MPx accomplishes this with a familiar, easy-to-navigate interface like the one you’re used to on your Windows office desktop.

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3GSM LIVE: The Motorola MPx300 Pocket PC Phone Edition becomes reality
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Or at least it seems so. While I was running through the Palais des Festival, where the congress happens I found a Motorola advertising on the wall, a little bit hidden from the public areas... ;-)

There you can clearly see it's a Windows Mobile powered Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY keyboard and well, finally we see the final device design:

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3GSM LIVE: Still waiting - no Motorola confirmations so far
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 09 - Thoughts

So far no news about the expected Motorola Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone because the exhibition is opening at 2 PM for visitors and press; before there is no chance to enter it... Therefore I still have to wait 50 minutes too check what's finally up now. Also Motorola is holding their press conference this evening and therefore insiders don't expect to see anything before or even before Microsoft's press conference tomorrow morning...

Talking about insiders - just met my old Norwegian pal Jørgen Sundgot from infoSync and Rich Brome from phonescoop. These kind of conferences and congresses are always geek meetings also... ;-)

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3GSM LIVE: Handango released "Handango InHand" shopping system
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During 3GSM World Congress, Handango released it's InHand which is is an on-device software catalog that simplifies the process of finding, installing and purchasing software applications and games for Windows Mobile Smartphones (and later this year on Pocket PCs as well). InHand provides a new avenue - the phone itself - for accessing mobile software downloads. The catalog is an easy-to-use system that allows all Windows Mobile Smartphone users to access available software.

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Sunday, 22.02.04
FRUSTRATING: SFR's HotSpot Wi-Fi down now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:18 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay SFT, this becomes annoying for me now. First you rip-off 80 € for a three days Wi-Fi access in Cannes here and now you shut down your network?
After I bought my access, it worked pretty good, as I've written here - but now only the network is available but the DHCP server isn't working anymore while my 72 hours counting back... :-(
Thankfully, Windows XP (as well as Pocket PC 2003) makes it easy to find networks and here, where I stay now (it started to rain outside) I found 8 Wi-Fi networks while 2 are open and accessible. :-) Okay, than I have to use one of these available but I'm still "not amused" that I've paid for something which isn't working anymore...<

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3GSM LIVE: Arrived safely in Cannes - blogging has started
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts

All right, after I caught my 7 AM "red eye" flight from Munich to Nice, I recently arrived in Cannes. Weather isn't that sunny as I hoped (please cross the fingers with me that it becomes better) but if you come from the winter (around 0° C) these 10 - 15° C here are pretty warm and spring for me! :-)
Right from now, my live photo blog from the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes opened and I already uploaded some photos with my i-Mate Phone Edition through GPRS. Not to say that uploading files via GPRS takes age (most GPRS terminals supports a maximum of 2 slots for sending which is around 19 Kbit only) and to minimize GPRS roaming costs I bought a Wi-Fi voucher for the local HotSpot, provided by SFR (the largest Telco here in France). Well, a 3 days voucher costs 80 €! 8O No wonder, Wolfgang have mixed emotions about Wi-Fi hotspotting abroad but at least I was able to buy it online with my Credit Card instead of searching for a local voucher seller! :-)

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Saturday, 21.02.04
SYNCHRONIZATION: V2R Caller2Picture Sync4Outlook released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you a user of V2R's Caller2Picture for Pocket PC Phone Edition? If so, this plug-in, recently released by V2R, should get your attention: Caller2Picture Sync4Outlook which is the first product of V2R's new Sync4Outlook product range for Windows PCs.

Caller2Picture Sync4Outlook allows you easily to synchronize all ring-tone assignments and pictures you made on your Pocket PC with Caller2Picture on to your Microsoft Outlook on your PC. But also you can use Outlook on the PC to make new assignments for ring-tones and pictures and synchronize it back to your Pocket PC Phone Edition but it will also display the assigned photos in the contact information of Outlook.

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THOUGHT: A new memory card is hitting the customers - miniSD
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 09 - Thoughts

With the awaiting introduction of the Motorola MPx220 Smartphone, users will also meet a new storage card type. After PCMCIA, CF and SD card, now we will get the miniSD card. So time to learn more:

The miniSD card, is a new thumbnail-sized flash memory card that is designed to meet the needs of the mobile phone market for greater storage capacity in the smallest possible physical form factor. The miniSD card was recently adopted by the SD Association as an ultra-small form factor extension to the SD card standard.

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UTILITY: xBar Skin Studio for xBar 2.0 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you enjoy using xBar with your Smartphone but want to give the skins, designs and alignments a more personal flavor, the Skin Studio is the right utility for you!

SmartGV.com, well known for its utilities like SmartCopy, SmartCab, SmartCode and much more now released a designer for xBar which lets you design your personal xBar skin with a WYSIWYG editor. It creates a snapshot of your skin and you can save your previously created skin on PC or send it directly to your Smartphone.

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UTILITY: Xetra's xBar 2.0 now available in a signed final version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've recently announced the availability of Xetra's xBar 2.0 and now it's available in a signed version, to be used with locked Orange SPVs as well. Beside the SPV compatibility, it also includes the one or the other update:

xBar 2.0 Final & Signed Version Updates:

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UTILITY: Novosec SmartFilter Light and Pro released for Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After it's release of SmartFilter for Smartphone, now Novosec also released SmartFilter in a Light and Pro version for the Pocket PC Phone Edition.

The Light Version allows you to block unwanted callers (even if they don't send their number) and includes profiles for different situations (e.g. "work", "home" or "holiday").

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Friday, 20.02.04
REMOTE: Pocketwerks's Vinyl now free of charge for personal use
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's a while back that I reviewed Pocketwerks' Vinyl for Pocket PCs and Jason - over at Pocket PC Thoughts - posted good news from Pocketwerks:

"Vinyl was designed from the ground up to take advantage of your digital music collection. With Vinyl you can remotely navigate and control the playback of your digital media collection from your Pocket PC via a beautiful user interface that features album cover art throughout."

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DEVICES: Motorola to announce the MPx100, MPx200 and MPx300 in Cannes?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:23 CET under 01 - General News

Talking about Cannes, it seems Motorola will become one star there!
After the leaked photos of the MPx220 Smartphone, the community already got more information about the MPx300 which seems to be a Pocket PC Phone Edition, instead of a Smartphone (as I mentioned earlier).
And well, what can I say, the concept seems to be amazing: a flip Phone Edition which also seems to support Microsoft's new Pocket PC Landscape mode and also will include a keyboard:

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EVENT: Preparing for the 3GSM Congress in Cannes next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:36 CET under 06 - Site News

As every year (since 1997) also this year I will join the 3GSM Congress in Cannes. It's the come together for the GSM industry and for me it's my personal "Mecca" I have to walk too not once in my life but one a year.

It's the congress for the whole GSM industry and all the stuff you will find on later events like the CeBIT are pre-presented there. But not the hardware is interesting for me only but also network and service developments.

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Thursday, 19.02.04
UTILITY: SD Card On/Off Switch for HTC Voyager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the SD card problems which seems to be the reason for the weak stand-by time of the HTC Voyager (aka i-Mate Smartphone2/Orange E200)? So far, the only workaround was to leave the SD card and dummy out of the device - to save battery power.

Now, "MrMagoo" uploaded a utility to MoDaCo which might offers a better workaround by disabling/enabling the SD card, while it is in the slot:

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LEAKED: More Motorola MPx220 and MPx300? photos available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CoolSmartPhone.com got their hand to more Motorola MPx220 Smartphone photos and unlike the previous Flash file, these pictures looks like real photos from a press release we might see next week in Cannes (where I'm going to also).
The photos below shows the MPx220 in two different color versions - black and silver (while I would prefer the silver one). Interesting is the photo, CoolSmartPhone.com announced as MPx300 Smartphone because it includes a stylus and a QWERTY keyboard. Therefore I wouldn't bet to see this device (if for real) released as Smartphone but maybe as Pocket PC Phone Edition or something completely different and non Windows CE related what I don't think because it seems to includes a key with the Windows logo and, maybe more important, an "ok" key which looks like the typical "ok" symbol on Pocket PCs!

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Wednesday, 18.02.04
THOUGHT: Who is using MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)?
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 20:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts


Contributed by Dr. Wolfgang Irber, PPCW.Net Reader and Business Professional

When I was recently playing with the modified MMS composer of the xda II, I wondered: who is actually using MMS in Europe? The news says, operators report a rapid growth rate, but from which basis and with whom? I'm not using it, and even though most of my tech-savvy friends have a MMS capable phone, none of them is using it too. Some say they have played with it when they got their new phones, but could not find it appealing enough for ongoing use. I also asked teenagers what they think about MMS: too expensive was the common answer. Regardless who is now using MMS, after playing a bit with it, I found five reasons why people may not be too much interested in using MMS:

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CUSTOMIZATION: RJTasks for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After RJShortcut for Smartphone, RemyJ released another Smartphone Homescreen plug-in: RJTasks which allows you to include counts of pending, overdue and complete tasks in any Homescreen definition. Although tested on a Samsung i600 only, it should run on any standard Smartphone 2002 device.

Pressing the action button will launch the task management application you're configured. If none was configured, the default Smartphone Tasks application will be launched.

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Tuesday, 17.02.04
RUMOR: Is this the long awaited Motorola MPx220 Smartphone 2003?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, several sources reports about the long time rumored Motorola MPx220 Smartphone 2003 and MoDaCo received the first real proof, how it might looks like. There, an anonymous member posted a Flash which shows detailed photos of the MPx200 follower which makes it clear that, unlike the MPx200 the MPx220 will have a Bluetooth and a VGA camera!

It has been known or better rumored also for some time that this device will also have a clamshell design:

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RELEASE: Mio Tec announced its new Smartphone 2003 - the Mio 8390
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mio Technology Corp. launched its all-new Smartphone, the Mio 8390, at Taipei Youth Activity Center. Integrating Windows Mobile 2003 software for Smartphone and Intel PXA262 application process, the Mio 8390 is a tri-band phone that provides the ability to handle both information and communications. In addition to all the features users expect from a state-of-the-art mobile phone - including color screen, digital camera, video recording capability, 40-polyphony ring tones, and engaging games - the Mio 8390 adds even more. For example, Mio's marvel offers a screen that can display 260,000 colors, support for MP3 files as ring tones, the latest Java MIDP 2.0 games with polyphonic sound and tactile feedback, an extra-big 2.2" screen, customizable interface skins, integrated MSN Messenger client, and super-large memory capacity. These features make the Mio 8390 the most richly featured next-generation Smartphone on the market. At the same time, the Mio 8390 offers consumers a choice of dazzling silver and opulent red color schemes. The new Smartphone is set for availability in the early part of February, and will be sold through Synnex International distributors throughout Taiwan at a suggested retail price of NT$15,800 (tax included).

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Monday, 16.02.04
REPLACEMENT: Developer One to release Power Calendar for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you use Agenda Fusion, you know Developer One's expertise in developing a great 3rd party Calendar replacement for Pocket PCs. Now, they also announced a similar application for Smartphone:

Stay tuned for the release of Power Calendar for Windows Mobile Smartphone 2002/2003. Featuring many of the great features that makes our Agenda Fusion for Pocket PC a success, Power Calendar gives you the solution you need to quickly navigate and drill into your schedule.

Quickly view your appointments, tasks, contact birthdays and more!

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TIP: Give your HTC Himalaya a different Bluetooth device name
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

If you are using your HTC Himalaya (aka O2 Xda II, MDA 2, PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition) Bluetooth feature, you might have recognized the device name with which it appears for other Bluetooth devices.
This is mostly your name, how you've entered it into the Owner Information because Microsoft's Bluetooth stack takes this information as the Bluetooth device name. If you want to give your device a different and more meaningful name, you have to tweak the Registry as following:

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UPGRADE: Previously announced Caller2Picture v3 upgrade available now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week, V2R released its latest Caller2Picture version for Smartphone and as they announced, now the upgrade from Caller2Picture v1.0 to v3 for US$ 4.95 only, instead of the full price, is available also which can be bought from Smartphone.net.

Caller2Picture for Smartphone adds more fun to your Microsoft's Windows Powered Smartphone and increase the usability by adding pictures, ringtones and now also animated backgrounds to the standard call notification window.

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UPDATES: Samsung released SCH-i600 software page
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, also the users of the US Smartphone from Samsung, get the enjoyment of the most important Smartphone software updates.
Beside Microsoft's MSN Messenger update, i600 owners can also download several other bugfixes:

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Friday, 13.02.04
PHONE EDITION: First serious HP 6000 Phone Edition information available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I can not confirm if these information is a fake or not, but how I know Enrico (met him last year on my trip to Toronto) I'm sure it isn't a fake but you can trust into the information. Pocket PC Italia, his site, managed it to find some some specifications and maybe more important - photos - of the long time rumored Pocket PC Phone Edition from HP.

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LIMITATION: Busy weeks and months are coming for me
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:49 CET under 06 - Site News

This week became an exciting one for me which might drive me a little bit away from my online presence at PPCW.Net which doesn't means that it is "on-hold" or "temporary down", but it forces me to shift the work more into the evening/weekend. As much I love working on/for/with PPCW.Net, it doesn't pays "all" my bills. As some of you might know, for 2 years I'm self-employed with my own small consultancy company. While I was working before for GSM carriers and Service Providers in several positions, latest as senior product manager and business developer for mobile data and value added services, I decided in 2002 to concentrate into the mobile data market more and therefore I've launched my own company which is still working closely with wireless operators.

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Thursday, 12.02.04
SOFTWARE UPDATE: Resco updates Explorer 2003. Now featuring an FTP Client.
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 10:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco recently released their latest update for the well trusted File Explorer replacement, RescoExplorer 2003. This new updated version comes with a new feature which most road warriors will appreciate. Now capable of connecting to FTP servers, it is possible to upload and download files via FTP.

RescoExplorer 2003 is now on verion 5 and adds to the features of the previous version. New to version 5 is the FTP client which extends the File Explorer capabilities of Resco Explorer 2003...

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Wednesday, 11.02.04
IMAGING: Spb Imageer for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sbp Software house, well known for great Pocket PC applications, recently released Spb Imageer which is a very powerful imaging engine designed specifically to streamline common processes that Pocket PC users perform with digital photos. Equipped with an incredibly rich set of features including a superb wireless support, Spb Imageer will make your work with images fast, comfortable and joyful. Even if you edit an 11 megapixels photo!

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UTILITY: Orneta FTP for Smartphone 2003 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Orneta, well known for smart tools for the Smartphone, recently released another FTP client for Microsoft Smartphone, this time for Smartphone 2003 and requires .NET (which is available on Smartphone 2003 only but not on Smartphone 2002).

Orneta's 2003 FTP client features:

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Tuesday, 10.02.04
PRINTING: JETCET PRINT for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As I've already pre-announced a couple of days, finally the first printing solution for Smartphones is available by Westtek:

Since 1998 JETCET PRINT has been the industry's leading printing solution for Windows CE based mobile devices. Now JETCET PRINT also provides a complete and comprehensive printing solution for the Windows Mobile Smartphone user.

The JETCET PRINT Pocket printer drivers are based upon industry standard printer languages and provide support for select Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard printers.

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AUCTION: Abidia Wireless Smartphone Edition released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

eBay Auction anywhere with Abidia Wireless! After we saw ACME Auctions for Smartphone which allowed you to track your auctions, now you can experience the the full freedom from eBay that only your wireless phone can provide. Combine the power of eBay with the mobility of a wireless device. Free yourself from the home or office and use eBay on the road, in a meeting or simply from the comfort of your couch, anywhere your busy life takes you. Sellers and buyers alike will enjoy the ability to search, browse, bid and monitor active auction items directly on their mobile device, from anywhere. Experience the full power of eBay anywhere you may be, everywhere you need.

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UTILITY: V2R Caller2Picture v3 for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember V2R's Caller2Picture which was the first available Caller ID for Pocket PCs and Smartphones? Now, V2R released its C2P in version 3 for Smartphone with lots of new features and I was happy enough to play with it for several weeks already, since its early Beta.

Caller2Picture for Smartphone adds more fun to your Microsoft's Windows Powered Smartphone and increase the usability by adding pictures, ringtones and now also animated backgrounds to the standard call notification window.

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Monday, 09.02.04
CUSTOMIZATION: RJShortcut for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

RemyJ recently posted an announcemnt at pdaphonehome.com, that he has written a generic Homescreen shortcut plug-in that allows you to create a static icon bar in any Homescreen definition.

While he tested it on a Samsung i600 only, it should - according to his experiences - run on any standard Smartphone 2002 device also and I've tested it on my i-Mate Smartphone2 2003 and even there it works! :-)

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THOUGHT: W-LAN vs. GPRS - which one is my personal favorite while traveling?
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 10:43 CET under 09 - Thoughts


Contributed by Dr. Wolfgang Irber, PPCW.Net Reader and Business Professional

My job requires lots of traveling, and with W-LAN being omnipresent in the news I also expected to find W-LAN hotspots reflecting the media presence: easily accessible and everywhere available at low cost. Equipped with notebook and W-LAN-PCMCIA card, and more recently with a Pocket PC (XDA II) with W-LAN-SD card, I was ambitious to find high-speed wireless Internet access wherever I went. I further was interested in the question if W-LAN is already becoming a serious threat to GPRS, the current prevailing wireless Internet access technology in Europe. However, after a couple of months, my readiness to use W-LAN while traveling significantly declined.

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Friday, 06.02.04
COOPERATION: Opera and Motorola GSG sign joint product offering agreement
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:43 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Opera Software and Motorola's Global Software Group (GSG), announced that they have entered into an agreement to deliver a joint product offering consisting of Opera's "full" HTML browser software and the WAP stack from GSG's browser software, creating one-stop shopping for cellular phone browsers.

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UTILITY: Novosec SmartFilter for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Novosec recently released SmartFilter for Smartphone which gives you the opportunity customize how incoming calls should be handled by enable call forwarding to your mailbox or any other phone number which you can define in your Smartphone settings. Setup some rules and call back – whenever you like. User defined profiles enable you to easily switch between profiles. You don’t need to block or unblock callers one by one.

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SMART PHONES: Vodafone and Philips gave a CeBIT preview
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:45 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, the first phone manufactures and carriers gave a preview of their upcoming cell phone products - to be released on CeBIT.

First one is Vodafone who showed their new Vodafone Live GX-30 phone from Sharp which is a triple band clamshell with a 240 x 320 pixel main display featuring 65k colors :eek: and features the first 1 Megapixel camera for GSM phone! 8O
In addition it includes IrDA, Bluetooth and support for SD cards.

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Thursday, 05.02.04
UTILITY: V2R Skin Generator for Pocket PC Phone Edition released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

V2R's Skin Generator v1.0 is a tool that allows you to create, edit and share personalized skins for Pocket PC Phone Edition dialer interface which runs on any Pocket PC Phone Edition 2002 and 2003 such as O2 xda, xda II or PPCW.Net Phone Edition.

While a Phone Edition device does not allow the user to change the Dialer skin, Skin Generator enhances the look and feel of the device by allowing the user to create its own personalized skins, similar to Microsoft's Theme Generator.

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SURVEY: How important are wireless technologies to be available with Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

pocket.at, a German speaking PDA portal (frequently visited by Austrians and Germans), had an interesting poll in January* about the communication features used with Pocket PCs and the results are quiet amazing but confirms what Europeans think about Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. While in North America, Bluetooth is still not established and often predicted to fail while for Europeans it's even more important than Wi-Fi:

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Wednesday, 04.02.04
DEVELOPMENT: 32 Task limitation versus Pocket PC Services with Windows CE devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember my article from November last year about the program limitation on the HTC Himalaya platform?
While this problem still exists - Microsoft recently published an article on MSDN how to prevent this problem as a developer:

This article describes creating services for Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PCs and how to shape existing background applications into services that run in one process as different threads.

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REVIEW: Covertec USB Sync Charger + Travel Charger for HTC Himalaya and O2 xda II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Covertec USB Sync Charger + Travel Charger pack is a light and practical 3 in 1 kit which chare and syncronize your HTC Himalaya (aka O2 xda II, T-Mobile MDA II, i-Mate Phone Edition) through the USB port of your PC. Also you can charge your device directly to wall outlet, almost everywhere in the world (USA, UK/Hong Kong, Continental Europe, Australia) by using the included adapters.

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Tuesday, 03.02.04
SHOPPING: A sad but true story - Credit Card fraud with PPCW.Net i-Mate devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:43 CET under 06 - Site News

Okay, never thought it would happens to me but it recently does. Call me dumb or naive but well - I'm not a shop at all but just a community site which wanted to provide a service for its readers.
As you know I accept PayPal or money transfer for PPCW.Net i-Mate orders only and one reason to accept PayPal but not Credit Cards directly was my fear of Credit Card fraud while I thought PayPal is clever enough to handle this for me; but by no means!

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REVIEW: Covertec Leather Case for HTC Himalaya, O2 xda II, i-Mate Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

While most Pocket PCs and Smartphones are delivered with a case, these original cases are mostly pretty basic - made of artificial leather or plastic and also the functions of these cases are basic.
So it might be a good idea to watch around for an alternative case for your Pocket PC Phone Edition - either because you want something nicer which better fits to your style or you want something more usable.

After I reviewed Piel Framas HTC Himalaya leather case, today I received Covertec's new leather case for the O2 xda II, T-Mobile MDA II, i-Mate Phone Edition or Qtek 2020.

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Monday, 02.02.04
IMPORTANT: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:09 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft just released an security update for Internet Explorer/Windows users which is strongly recommended to install immediately (therefore also my web server will be offline for the next couple of minutes):

Who should read this document: Customers who are using Microsoft Internet Explorer on Desktop PCs (it's not about Pocket PCs or Smartphones!).

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CONTEST: Handango's "Fanatic Software Contest"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:48 CET under 01 - General News

So you are a mobile device junkie and you think your are the most geekiest? Then you should join Handango's "Fanatic Software Contest":

Are you a software fanatic? Do you have a funny or interesting story about how mobile software helped you save your pet’s life, plan a dream wedding or overcome huge obstacles? If you do, tell us. If your story is selected as one of the funniest, most inspiring or most incredible by Handango’s judges, you could win the phone or PDA of your choice, loads of Frequent Buyer points or other fun goodies!

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UTILITY: Sprite Software's Sprite Backup for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Smartphony.org received the information that Sprite Software's Sprite Backup (already well known from the Pocket PC platform) for Smartphone is available as Beta 4 now.

Sprite Backup is designed to save and restore the personal data of your Smartphone.

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TAKEOVER: Vodafone plots US$ 30bn bid for AT&T Wirless
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 01 - General News

How British "The Observer" reported yesterday, Vodafone plans to takeover US AT&T Wireless:

Vodafone, the world's largest mobile telephone operator, is preparing to launch a $30 billion bid for AT&T Wireless, which would be its biggest acquisition since it bought German rival Mannesmann for about £100bn in 1999.
Chief executive Arun Sarin is believed to have ordered his financial advisers to draw up a draft document to help persuade investors that the acquisition of US firm AT&T Wireless makes commercial and strategic sense.

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THOUGHT: Looking back - did the XDA change my daily life?
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 11:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts


Contributed by Dr. Wolfgang Irber, PPCW.Net Reader and Business Professional

When I bought the XDA in June 2001, it was more out of curiosity than a real need. I always had eyed for a Pocket PC, and this new combination of PDA and phone with GPRS eventually got me, promising easy Internet access at reasonable speed wherever I go; a glimpse to the future?

Now looking back while on the brink to UMTS and significantly higher wireless data rates in Germany, the question arises, did the XDA change the way I communicate or access the Internet? Did it have any effect to my daily life?

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Sunday, 01.02.04
THOUGHT: We need a new ActiveSync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, this thought isn't new but with the introduction of Microsoft's Smartphone it's more urgent than before!
Why does I think we need a new one? Just because now more and more people will have two Microsoft Windows Mobile devices: a Pocket PC (phone Edition) and a Smartphone.
The problem of Active Sync is it's able to synchronize to one connected device only - the second device, which might be connected also - is ignored by Active Sync. So you as a user are forced to do the "DJ" aka Device Jockey. Plug it in, remove it, plug in the the other device, remove it again - just to get all your Outlook data synchronized. :-(

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