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Wednesday, 31.03.04
BROWSING: Bitstream announced release of ThunderHawk for Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bitstream Inc. announced yesterday the release of ThunderHawk SmartPhone Edition, Bitstream's breakthrough mobile browsing technology for  mobile phones based on the Windows Mobile, which lets anyone with a wireless connection browse the Web anytime, anywhere.

Already available to wireless carriers and operators to supplement voice with data services, ThunderHawk's SmartPhone Edition is now available for end users to download on Bitstream's Website. New users, as well as current SmartPhone Edition beta users, can download the 30-day free trial of the product release or subscribe to ThunderHawk for $49.95 per year or $5.95 per month.

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SEAMLESS: Option to launch "GlobeTrotter Mobility Manager" for Notebooks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 01 - General News

Option today announced the release of GlobeTrotter Mobility Manager - an innovative software solution that simplifies mobile access to the expanding range of wireless networks and Internet services.

GlobeTrotter Mobility Manager is a unique PC software solution that enables fast, simple and easy access to wireless data whilst hiding from the user the complexity of the underlying wireless technologies. GlobeTrotter Mobility Manager seamlessly controls both wireless Internet and fixed line dial-up connections to remote networks with support for 3G, E-GPRS, GPRS/GSM, WLAN/Wi-Fi, ADSL and standard PC modem connections.

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Tuesday, 30.03.04
UPDATE: o2 UK to deliver Xda II ROM update from tomorrow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A couple of minutes ago, good news reached me from o2 UK! They are ready to release the long awaited o2 Xda II update as version 1.60.50 which fixes some of the major HTC Himalaya platform problems.

The upgrade can take up to 90 minutes to complete (depending on the speed of your computer and if you are using USB or serial connection).

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Monday, 29.03.04
MOBILE PRINTING: FieldSoftware to Beta test SmartPhonePrint for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Tim Field from FieldSoftware Products today informed me, that his SmartPhonePrint Beta for Microsoft Smartphone 2002 and Smartphone 2003 is available from today!

It allows to print E-Mails, Contacts, Tasks and your calendar through Infrared but also supports Bluetooth printing support!

FieldSoftware is well known for their printing solutions on Pocket PCs and its latest product is more than unique with its Bluetooth support!

It includes a built-in support for many different printers, including many standard inkjet and laser printers, mobile printers and industrial thermal printers and requires less than 275K bytes to install.

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Saturday, 27.03.04
REVIEW: Burr Oak Software HotButton Plus for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

HotButton Plus lets you operate your Smartphone with one hand by giving you fast access to applications, system status or phone numbers.

Assign applications to launch built-in functionality such as system and network status or phone numbers to dial.
You can even associate a sound with each jog task so you don't have to look at the screen.

After the installation of HotButton Plus, you will get a configuration wizard. Here you can select which applications, system information or phone numbers you want to get included into HotButton Plus:

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HOW TO: Skinning the Smartphone 2002 Windows Media Player
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 00:44 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

The fun thing about Windows Media Player for the Smartphone is that it offers the user a rich multimedia experience through video and sound. But having fun with Windows Media Player doesn't really stop there.

You can even give Windows Media Player any look you want and match it with your Smartphone's custom Home Screen.

The concept of skinning Windows Media Player really isn't something new.  Windows Media Player used for Windows powered mobile devices from version 1, 1.1, 1.2, 7, 7.1, 8, 8.5, and 9 fully support skinning. We take a look at how skinning works for the Smartphone and what is really needed.

Skinning Windows Media Player for Smartphone 2002 is actually simpler than that of the Pocket PCs. There are less mapping images as the controls for the Smartphone 2002's Media Player makes use of the joystick or D-Pad of the Smartphone.

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Friday, 26.03.04
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Voyager SV10B aka Qtek 8060
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

A couple of weeks ago, I've reported here, that - according to the FCC - two different shapes of the HTC Voyager (better known as i-Mate Smartphone2/ Orange SPV E200) exists.
Also this "second" HTC Voyager is now know as Qtek 8060 and during CeBIT I had the chance to play with it a little bit and to make some detailed photos.

In general, it's the same device with the same features. It's nothing different inside but the difference is in the shape of the device which remind more on the HTC Canary (Orange SPV) than the HTC Tanager (i-Mate Smartphone/Orange SPV E100).

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TEXT ENTRY: T9 Text Editor for the Smartphone
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We've come to love and hate T9 on the Smartphone.  Some of us have loved it as it made text entry so much easier. But how about training it? It does take a bit of getting used to and after several attempts, you can get T9 to learn your words.

The problem comes along though when a forced reboot is done (normally by removing the battery) which somehow sets back the T9 Dictionary back to square 1.

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Thursday, 25.03.04
UPDATE: Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7.1 build 4034 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:04 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft has released a new ActiveSync 3.7.1 build which is the latest synchronization software for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones now. ActiveSync 3.7.1 contains fixes making synchronization more trouble free than ever before.

As far as I've heard it includes some serious bug fixes which gives the used a better experience and should causes less trouble - so it's worth to update anyway! ;-)

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CHAT: Join tonight's Microsoft Windows Mobile chat
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:41 CET under 01 - General News

Maybe you got tons of questions about Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition? If so, tonight is the time to talk and chat with Microsoft executives about it - it's chat time:

Every month, Microsoft executives and other experts host live online chats about Windows XP, Media Center PCs, Tablet PCs, and Smart Displays in the Expert Zone Chat Room. The experts from Microsoft, its partners, or the user community will answer your questions, take your suggestions, and discuss computing. Join in a live chat, or check out transcripts from recent chats.

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NOT UPGRADEABLE: No update from Dell to existing Axim owners
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ouch, that hurts what I've recently read on Pocket PC Thoughts. While everybody is excited about the new Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, Dell alienates their current Axim customers! 8O

"Dell will deploy Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition in future Axim products. We have no plans at this time to offer Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition updates for current Axim X3 or Axim X5 products."

Furthermore Pat from Pocket PC Thoughts asks:

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PREVIEW: Exclusive Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Screenshots - Part II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

After the great success and interest of yesterdays Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition screenshots, many of you asked me for more screenshots about particular applications and features so here we go with the second set of exclusive Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition screenshots which also includes the Soft Input Keyboard now, many of you missed on yesterdays screenshots:

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FREEDOM: Wireless above the clouds with Boeing's Connexion service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:23 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Boeing announced in Seattle the pricing for its Connexion High-Speed In-Flight Internet Service.

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, today announced pricing details for its high-speed in-flight Internet service scheduled to become commercially available this spring.
Connexion by Boeing has created a model that enables airline passengers to affordably extend their on-the-ground connectivity experience. The result is more choices for how to use their time in the air using either of two initial pricing plans, which will vary depending on flight length:

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Wednesday, 24.03.04
UPDATE: Cerience announces RepliGo 2.0 for Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:35 CET under 01 - General News

Cerience Corporation today announced the immediate availability of RepliGo 2.0 for Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Pocket PCs and Smartphones, the next-generation of its award winning content publishing solution. RepliGo translates virtually any desktop document or printable information into precise, highly optimized content for usage on PDAs and Smartphones.

RepliGo empowers everyday mobile device users to carry vast amounts of diverse information on their Pocket PC or Smartphone. The latest version produces higher quality content, makes it easier to find information and speeds document navigation.

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PREVIEW: Exclusive Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Screenshots - Part I
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

As announced before, today Microsoft provided a preview to its latest Windows Mobile version, now called Windows Mobile Second Edition and I'm happy to give you - who are not able to attend the MDC in San Francisco - a sneak preview of what you can expect.
Please keep in mind that Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition isn't a complete new OS but also based on Windows CE.Net 4.x; therefore you will not find so many new features except the display improvements you can see here:

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UPGRADE: Microsoft previews Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:14 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Microsoft showcased Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software, the newest version of the Windows Mobile software platform, which offers new functionality and fosters device and application innovation. The Windows Mobile platform adds support for dynamic screen switching between landscape and portrait modes and square screen resolution support that enables smaller devices with keyboards - both of which are platform firsts. Additional features include VGA and QVGA that support high-resolution displays for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones, respectively.

"The Motorola MPx with a unique, compact dual-hinge design is one of the first devices that take advantage of key capabilities enabled by Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software," said Michael Tatelman, vice president and general manager of the MOTOPro group, Motorola Mobile Handset Business. "Microsoft's continued commitment to drive innovation and engage with the developer community is beneficial in providing our customers with a robust set of applications and solutions that, when combined with the MOTOPro Innovation Platform, deliver a powerful wireless experience."

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BACK TO WORK: Back from CeBIT, working on new reviews, i-Mates on sale again
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 06 - Site News

Three busy weeks are behind of me which started with my 3G project I was responsible for since February and which was about video streaming on 3G terminals/networks; something I had to realize for a operator (you might have seen the result of my work on CeBIT ;-)). It was an exciting project for me as a product manager and gave me some great inside views into what 3G is/will be able to deliver!

However, now I'm back to my regular project which gives me more time to take care about PPCW.Net as well and I already have a couple of reviews in the pipeline I have have to work on during the next days:

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PPCW.NET: Problems with the PPCW.Net RSS Feeds fixed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 06 - Site News

Some of you might have noticed, that for any reason the PPCW.Net RSS feeds had some problems in the past and I finally identified the problem: it's about the GZIP functionality and integration into my Content Management System and it seems, something screwed up for some reason. :-( Therefore I've disabled GZIP temporarily which means page loading might takes slightly longer but right from now - all the RSS feeds are working proper again. Will fix this problem ASAP that both will be in place again: GZIP and RSS!

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NAVIGATION: Microsoft released Pocket Streets for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Take a map with you wherever you go with Microsoft Pocket Streets for Smartphone, the street-level mapping guide for your Windows Mobile-based Smartphone.

Pocket Streets for Smartphone offers great map guide functionality right on your Smartphone. Locate addresses, intersections and points of interest or customize locations by inserting your own pushpins. Download maps of cities in the US, Canada and Western Europe from the Pocket Streets web site, or create your own maps using Microsoft desktop applications MapPoint, Streets & Trips or AutoRoute. Once your maps have been synced to your Smartphone you can access them when you need them most, when you are on the go.

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Sunday, 21.03.04
THEMES: KAMware releases ThemeMaker 2003 featuring full WM2003 compatibility
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 15:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This has been something most Windows Mobile 2003 users have been waiting for - a way to create their own WM2003 Today Themes for the Pocket PC.

KAMware has just released their new product and it takes care of several items very unique to Windows Mobile 2003 powered Pocket PCs. Aside form the standard support for image manipulation and transparency settings, ThemeMaker 2003 adds support for changing the Start Menu font colors as well as several internal colors for Windows Mobile 2003.

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HOW TO: Taking full advantage of MultiIE 3.0's URL Builder and Enhanced Go button
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 13:02 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

One of MultiIE 3.0's strongest features other than the ability to load up multiple windows in Pocket Internet Explorer is its Quick URL Builder and its Enhanced Go button.p> These two additions to MultiIE definitely makes it easier to input address without having to type out http://www or .com, .net, .co.uk and the like ever again.

The best feature about this new addition is that it is user configurable and can be made to behave in different ways.

In this article, we look at how these features work and how they can be modified by the user to enhance their mobile Internet experience.

First is the definition of the entry point of the user inputted data. The second is the placement of the generated address. The third is the option to automatically launch the address entered.

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REVIEW: Getting the most out of Pocket Internet Explorer with MultiIE 3.0
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 10:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

Several months back,  Arne announced the availability of MultiIE 3.0 here. It also made it to the Q4-2003 PPCW.Net Editors Choice which appears on a quarterly basis.

MultiIE 3.0 is a tremendous improvement over v2.0. In fact, it has matured into a multi-faceted utility that adds a plethora of functions, never before imagined possible, for the Pocket Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PCs. Designed to increase efficiency and productivity, this PIE plug-in is sure to be a "must have" for any Pocket PC user who often surfs the Internet through his mobile device.

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Friday, 19.03.04
CEBIT LIVE: Samsung showed a new Smartphone 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On its CeBIT booth, Samsung is showing its latest Smartphone, the SGH-i250, which will become Samsung's first GSM/GPRS based Smartphone running Windows Mobile 2003 which impressive features: tri-band (for sure), Megapixel cam with flash, Java and an external color display.

A price wasn't given but the release date for Europe is expected for 3rd quarter 2004:

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CEBIT LIVE: Asus showed a new Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday on CeBIT I met a guy from Asus who was showing me their latest mobile device development, the Asus A8100 PDA Phone which is running on Windows Mobile.
It's expected to be launched in Asian markets summer this year first and is comparable, by size and design to the Sony Ericsson P800.

It's a tri-band GSM/GPRS phone with Bluetooth and a Megapixel camera for photo and video:

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Thursday, 18.03.04
DEVICE: Sagem announced its S2004 Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During CeBIT in Hannover, French Sagem officially announced its first candybar styled Microsoft Smartphone 2003, which was already rumored for some weeks now.

Overall, it's nothing special and while it misses Bluetooth, it includes a camera (which seems to become a standard now):

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Monday, 15.03.04
THOUGHT: Is the public ready for data over 3G networks?
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 11:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts


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

It's all about data. Right now you hear it from every operator that is going to launch 3G networks and Wi-Fi hot-spots these days. We are promised lots of bandwidth over wireless networks, wherever you go, wherever you are: easy and fast access to the Internet, to corporate networks, to stream movies, all made possible by the introduction of UMTS (W-CDMA). A whole new world is promised to us. But is the public ready for it?

If you listen to all the announcements you may get the impression that everybody is waiting to rush into the stores once the network has been opened to the public. But I guess most of us followed the news about what was and is happening, e.g., in Japan, the UK, and Italy, all countries where UMTS networks went commercial already some while ago. And as most of us will know, not much has happened in fact when it comes to data. But what went wrong?

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Friday, 12.03.04
NAVIGATION: First Smartphone navigation solution available as Beta from Mapopolis
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Guillaume from GpsPasSion received some very detailed information from Mapopolis about their current Smartphone navigation solution:

Mapopolis is making a splash with a public beta of its Navigator for WM2003 Smartphones. Indeed, it is the first "on-board" navigation solution for Smartphones and unlike "off-board" solutions it does not require communication with a server to access maps and calculate routes!

On offer are the classic features of full featured navigation programs:

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SHOPPING: PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 and Phone Edition back in stock
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:53 CET under 01 - General News

This morning I received a new batch of PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 (Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone) and PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition (Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC Phone Edition) devices which are available right from now! :-)

While the i-Mate Phone Edition is pretty limited in its availability (the second batch should arrive soon), I should got enough stock of the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2.

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Thursday, 11.03.04
UPGRADE: T-Mobile US released Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade for Phone Edition 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported by PPCW.Net in December last year, T-Mobile USA finally released their Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade for the T-Mobile Phone Edition. Therefore, T-Mobile is the second carrier after ATTW who released a free Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003!

The download page doesn't provide any information about the version and fixes but it's expectable that it is -more or less - the same upgrade like used by ATTW since both devices are manufactured by HTC.

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Wednesday, 10.03.04
CUSTOMIZATION: RJTime for Smartphone and updates of RJShortcut and RJTasks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

RemyJ, the maker of RJShortcut and RJTasks, recently released RJTime for Microsoft's Smartphone Homescreen.

RJTime is a Smartphone 2002 Homescreen plug-In that allows you to display dates and times on your homescreen.

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UTILITY: Free Smartphone Calculator Lite from ALL-locations
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've often read from users that they were unhappy with the original calculator, which comes with the Microsoft Smartphone. Maybe it's because they tried to calculate the square root of 2 on the Smartphone?
However, now you can - with ALL-Location's ALL-Calculator Lite! Using ALL-Calculator Lite, it is not necessary anymore to take a separate calculator with you, just change your Smartphone into a calculator by using ALL-Calculator Lite!

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INTERNET: Leaders announced an initiative to create a Mobile Top-Level Domain
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:13 CET under 01 - General News

Leading companies from the mobile industry have signed a memorandum of understanding to apply for a mobile Top Level Domain (&"mobile TLD") from the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) during the current application round, which closes March 15. If the application is successful and the mobile TLD is granted by ICANN, the industry leaders have agreed to form a new joint venture to manage the mobile TLD. A mobile TLD would be a key step in bridging the world of mobility and the Internet to the benefit of customers and the entire mobile industry.

A mobile TLD on the Internet creates the opportunity to streamline the deployment of new Internet sites optimized for mobile usage. This effort is driven by the aim of simplifying the Internet experience for mobile subscribers and increasing the ease of use and speed of delivery of mobile Internet services.

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Tuesday, 09.03.04
PRESENTATION: Margi releases Presenter-to-Go SD for Pocket PCs
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 20:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For quite some time now, Pocket PCs have been able to use Margi's Presenter-to-Go CF and PC cards to connect to projectors for real time slide presentations. A very neat weight saving solution, Margi's Presenter-to-Go is a hardware-software combo.

While Margi already includes a PowerPoint type viewer for the Pocket PC, the Margi Presenter-to-Go card can still be used for various presentation software.

Margi recently updated their lineup to include one more Presenter-to-Go card for the Pocket PC - The Margi Presenter-to-Go SD card for the Pocket PC.

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UTILITY: V2R Countdown2Event for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

V2R - Vision to Reality - recently released Countdown2Event (C2E) which is the ultimate tool for alerts and scheduling for all kind of applications. C2E always shows you the remaining time to your next event on the Today screen. C2E even allows you to start an application on a predefined time and Date, e. g. you can start your favorite MP3 song or your favorite movie on a selected date and time. C2E also allows you to change your Today Theme on pre-selected dates or you can just used it as an alarm clock or meeting reminder.

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Monday, 08.03.04
Thought: 100 KB blocks for GPRS billing - that's not fair at all!
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 18:10 CET under 09 - Thoughts


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

I'm starting to get very annoyed by this. At home, I'm getting a GPRS bill based on 10 KB blocks, but while traveling, many roaming operators write the bill based on 100 KB blocks. According to my experience, that's a very smart way to use GPRS as an efficient cash cow.

While on the go, I need to stay connected to my E-Mails, so using GPRS is simply a must for me. And GPRS is great; I love it. I'm so glad it is available since it made life so much easier for me. But when on GPRS roaming, I noticed that more and more operators are switching to 100 KB blocks for billing.

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Sunday, 07.03.04
OFFLINE: Work, Pocket PCs and all. Getting back into the groove.
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:55 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you haven't noticed, I haven't been visible in PPCW.Net as of late... Well, I had to take some time off to take care of important business.  There comes a time when so many things suddenly turn up at exactly the same time and that was just what happened.

Well, hopefully I've taken care of all that now and should be back in business with PPCW.Net.

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Friday, 05.03.04
REMOTE: RuttenSoft's Media Remote and Powerpoint Remote for SMP released as Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sven Rutten of RuttenSoft finally  released an updated Media and PowerPoint Remote 2004 for Smartphone 2003.

Media Player Remote is a Remote control for Windows Media Player on your Desktop PC.

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Thursday, 04.03.04
SUPPORT: Sign the Compaq Wireless Pack petition today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Kevin Fong informed me, that there is an effort to gather signatures on a petition to Hewlett Packard requesting that they continue support of the Compaq Wireless Pack for GSM/GPRS Networks under Windows Mobile 2003 and the 3000/5000 iPAQ platforms:

This site is intended as a gathering place for owners of Compaq/HP iPAQ's and the Compaq Wireless Pack who wish to sign a petition for presentation to HP to continue development and support of the Wireless Pack.

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Wednesday, 03.03.04
THOUGHT: Back to the roots - Pocket PC (Phone Edition) plus 3G/UMTS mobile phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:22 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today, when I've tested some parts of my current 3G project, I thought about how convenient and handy it would be to use my PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition with the speed of the current pre-launch 3G/UMTS networks and hey, why not back to the roots and using WAN via my mobile phone?
So I've installed Bluetooth Tools because it adds a Bluetooth modem port to the Phone Edition, bonded my i-Mate Phone Edition with my Nokia 7600 UMTS terminal and created a new dial-up connection:

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SAD NEWS: Microsoft isn't expecting a 3G/UMTS Smartphone before CeBIT 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to German news site Xonio, Microsoft's German Managing Director - Michael Müller-Berg - expects to see first Windows Mobile based 3G/UMTS Smartphones earliest in 2005:

"It is assumed that, we will have 3G enabled Windows Mobile mobile phones in the market in 2005; preferably at CeBIT 2005" so Müller-Berg.

Well, that's one year from now which is a fairly long time 8O because most European carriers will launch their 3G/UMTS networks during this year and Microsoft missed an opportunity for a head start.

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Tuesday, 02.03.04
SHOWCASE: Motorola MPx videos available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sven Rutten of RuttenSoft recently made a couple Motorola MPx videos available, you can download from his website now.
These videos gives you a good impression how the mechanic of Motorola's first Pocket PC Phone Edition is working and how tiny the device is, even if it looks much bulkier on most photos.
In every case, these videos are worth to watch!

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Monday, 01.03.04
PLUG-IN: Oxios' Home screen Tasks plug-in for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Oxios recently released a free Home screen plug-in to display your tasks on the Home Screen. Oxios Plugins can either be used with Oxios' ToDo List or the original and built-in Smartphone Tasks application.

Features:

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UPDATE: BoxWave's miniSync now fully HTC Himalaya compatible
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported before and posted by many of you, the Boxwave miniSync cable for the xda II aka HTC Himalaya had some serious problems with de-charging the battery. However, this seems to be fixed now as I got an E-Mail from Wing of Boxwave:

I have some good news for you that I wanted to pass along. Over the past month we' ve been working hard on the XDA II miniSync, and I' m now happy to inform you that our latest XDA II miniSync is able to successfully bring a complete charge to the XDA II!

Even with the existence of HTC's change in the charging logic, we were able to work around it. We've verified it and the miniSync was able to charge the XDA II completely from any battery level, 0% to 100%

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