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Saturday, 31.07.04
DISCONTINUED: Is this the official end of Motorola's MPx100 Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Motorola announced several new phones (including to long awaited MPx220) and Rich Brome of Phone Scope an company event, held in New York City the the new models were showed off.
There he cached up some interesting news:

First, a quick note about what was not at the event - the MPx100. Unfortunately, Motorola officials confirmed that this device has officially been cancelled. It seems that market demand is simply much higher for clamshell-style models.

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PHONE EDITION: Qtek to join in with the Blue Angel affair
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When the initial news on the CU 928 appeared last April, a lot of Pocket PC users were once again awakened into a new era of Windows Mobile. Of course there was already news about the upcoming MPx from Motorola, but the press releases on the CU 928 came as "just launched".

This definitely meant that this device was for real and people started to comment on how much it looked like an HTC Himalaya Pocket PC Phone Edition. This was also compared to...

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Friday, 30.07.04
PHOTOS: The AnexTEK ST100 Smartphone in pictures
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 00:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With little that we know about the AnexTEK ST 100, it is actually nice to find out if there are more information around that would explain more about the features of this Windows powered mobile phone.

A Taiwanese website seems to have numerous photos of the ST100. Although the photos were made during Computex 2004, I think they still represent what the final model may look like.

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Thursday, 29.07.04
RELEASE: SAGEM launches the myS-7 Smartphone featuring Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SAGEM, a major international player in the field of telecommunications, announced on Tuesday, 27th the launch of its first Smartphone, the myS-7 featuring Microsoft Windows Mobile software for Smartphones, combining the high quality of SAGEM's innovative handset technology with the power of Microsoft Corp.'s mobile software platform to allow customers to stay connected with contacts and information on the move.

The sleek, lightweight Smartphone with tri-band GSM/GPRS technology has been designed for professional and personal entertainment use. The myS-7 enables customers to manage personal information and synchronize their e-mail, calendar and contacts with Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 either via a PC connection or via seamless over-the-air synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Server.

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Tuesday, 27.07.04
SMARTPHONE: The HTC Typhoon reappears as the silver Qtek 8010
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 23:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the introduction of the Orange SPV C500, the HTC Typhoon reappears as yet another re-branded device. This time from Qtek. Dubbed the Qtek 8010, this unit is exactly the same device as that of the Orange branded one except for one obvious thing. The Qtek 8010 is done in classic silver instead of black.

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MESSAGING: Blackberry Connect Solution to be enabled in Motorola MPx and MPx220
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:33 CET under 01 - General News

Talking about the Motorola MPx220, it seems for Motorola it becomes more than 'just' a Windows Mobile device but a complete solution (as well as the MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition). According to Business Wire, Research in Motion (RIM) and Motorola are working on BlackBerry solutions for the MPx-line:

WResearch In Motion today announced plans to enable BlackBerry connectivity on the Motorola MPx and MPx220 mobile devices. Through RIM's BlackBerry Connect licensing program, the Motorola MPx and MPx220 will be able to connect to BlackBerry services including BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Web Client.

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ENTERTAINMENT: Motorola and Apple bring iTunes to Moto's next-generation mobile phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 01 - General News

After mobile photographing, it seems the next mobile phone hype becomes music. While a couple of carriers already introduced music download services (like o2 Germany, Vodafone Germany and T-Mobile Germany) now - the number 1 music shop seems to strike back with the announced cooperation between Apple and Motorola:

ROSEMONT, IL and CUPERTINO, Calif - 26 July 2004 -- Motorola, Inc. and Apple yesterday announced they are partnering to enable millions of music lovers to transfer their favorite songs from the iTunes jukebox on their PC or Mac, including songs from the iTunes Music Store, to Motorola's next-generation 'always with you' mobile handsets, via a USB or Bluetooth connection. Apple will create a new iTunes mobile music player, which Motorola will make the standard music application on all their mass-market music phones, expected to be available in the first half of next year.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Untether yourself with the new Motorola MPx220 Smartphone 2003SE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I thought it never happens but after all the rumors, leaked photos and information, removed pre-announcements, etc. today Motorola finally announced the availability of the Motorola MPx220 Windows Mobile Smartphone officially:

ROSEMONT, Ill. - 27 July 2004 - Motorola, Inc. a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies today unveiled the Motorola MPx220 with Windows Mobile software for mobile professionals. This ultimate mobile e-mail device includes an integrated 1.23 Megapixel Camera, Bluetooth Wireless Technology, Quad Band Performance and synchronization with your office.

Having fun is serious business with the quad-band Motorola MPx220, which seamlessly merges the familiarity and power of the desktop and the pocket-ability of a mobile phone, making this the ideal productivity tool to take your office on the road around the world.

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SMARTPHONE: And yet another tiny Smartphone, this time from AnexTEK
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 04:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported about on PPCW.Net before - MSMobiles has spotted more information about another beautiful Windows Mobile 2003 powered Smartphone. The AnexTEK ST100, is a small device comparable to the HTC Typhoon. This new Smartphone is also packed with surprises.

The ST100 is powered by an Intel Xscale PXA 263 processor and works on tri-band networks. It comes with 32MB of RAM and 32MB of ROM and an SDIO slot...

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POCKET PC: New HP iPAQ models released in the wild
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 01:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Probably one of the most awaited developments in Pocket PC history which has been closely watched by many has finally taken the Internet by storm. Pocket PC Thoughts was quick to notice that several sites have already conducted initial reviews of HP's latest Pocket PCs.

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Sunday, 25.07.04
PETITION: Request for HP to offer Windows Mobile 2003 SE for current iPAQs posted
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 01:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Early on this month, news broke out that HP will not release Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for current Pocket PCs. As early as April, HP showcased several iPAQs which were flashed with WM2003SE. This brought about the feeling that all is well, and current users will be able to enjoy what HP has been known for - End User Support.

The recent turn of events has prompted iPAQ owners to come up with a petition for HP to release an upgrade to WM2003SE. If you are inclined to support the plea of...

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Thursday, 22.07.04
CHAT: JGUI EXSMS 1.0 SMS Chat for Smartphone and Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:25 CET under 01 - General News

Talk with your frined(s) by SMS in chat style. Message by message in one list.
This is cross-platform application, works in any xda-kind of Pocket PC Phone Edition or Windows Smartphone device. Even you can caht with any cellular phones. It allows you to exchange SMS messages in a chat styled-application while sent or received messages are not saved into Inbox and Sent folders.
In addition, EXSMS includes quick predefined texts, emoticons, pop-ups, sound and time.

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YARDSTICK: PowerByHand announces Top Selling mobile applications for Q2 2004
Posted by Arne Hess - at 03:29 CET under 01 - General News

PowerByHand, the premier provider of mobile content and solutions, today announced best selling applications from three of its leading mobile online properties including PalmGear.com, PocketGear.com and Smartphone.net.

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UTILITY: SmartphoneFind 1.0 for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced long time ago (in January) - SyncData was working on SmartphoneNotes which is finally released in version 1.0: SmartphoneFind is a search tool for Windows Mobile-based Smartphone devices. With SmartphoneFind, it is possible to easily locate contacts, appointments, tasks, phone calls from call history, messages and other information stored in the phone. Many search options are available to better refine the search.

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Tuesday, 20.07.04
REGULATORY: FCC latest - HTC Typhoon/Orange SPV C500 and Motorola MPx220
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

US' FCC site is always a great source of information to get the latest news about soon to be released devices. This time, HTC's Typhoon (aka Orange SPV C500) and Motorola's MPx220 appeared there.

As always the FCC documents includes internal as well as external photos as well as a users manual as PDF - even if this manual has to be seen as an early draft it gives you a good overview about what the devices includes.

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THOUGHT: When is the Pocket PC for a user crossing the boundary from toy to tool?
Posted by PPCW.Net Editori - at 11:18 CET under 09 - Thoughts


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

With more and more colleagues and friends using PDAs these days, it's interesting to observe the different "PDA habits". Besides the observation that Pocket PCs are becoming the clear winner with beginners, more interesting is the question how long does it take that somebody becomes used to switching from analogue to digital in information management, or in simple words: how long does it take to become familiar with these little devices? When is the time that the initial "toy" becomes a useful tool? Is there a difference when using the phone or the standard edition?

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Monday, 19.07.04
PORTFOLIO: Also German E-Plus is offering a Pocket PC Phone Edition now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

There are 4 GSM/UMTS carriers in Germany and so far o2 had two Pocket PC Phone Editions with the xda and Xda II, T-Mobile had the MDA and MDA II, Vodafone introduced the VDA some weeks ago and finally the last operator announced its own Pocket PC Phone Edition: E-Plus (a share of Dutch KPN) with the Qtek 2020.

Wow, not that bad and I think now Germany is the only country where all the mobile operators have at least one Pocket PC Phone Edition in their portfolio.

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Thursday, 15.07.04
RANT: For what are pre-announcements and pre-orders worth?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Ouch, that hurts... :-( Right on the 8th June, when Apple announced the AirPort Express Wi-Fi base station and made it available for pre-orders, I've pre-ordered it from their online shop. While I've not expected a 48 hours shipping as told in the first confirmation mail, I've expected at least a shipping until mid July, as told in the second mail which announced a delay.
Today I got another mail from Apple's Online Shop which told me it's expected to be shipped end of July. Now I'm little irritated how many mails I will receive with new shipping dates before I really get it shipped.

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Wednesday, 14.07.04
CUSTOMIZATION: Spb Software House releases 11 new skins for Spb Time
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House has released 11 new skins for Spb Time. Those skins include very famous towers like Big Ben.

Spb Time is the the best-selling time application for Pocket PC on PocketGear. One of unique Spb Time features is that it can work as a screen saver when Pocket PC is in a cradle while connected to external power. The average PDA spends a considerable amount of time (about 50%) in a cradle while connected to external power and Spb Time allows you to customize the screen saver behavior.

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THOUGHT: UK military denies ban on iPods but anyway...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:50 CET under 09 - Thoughts

BBC News Online recently reported about an iPod ban at the UK military which was already denied by a spokesman but the story and thoughts behind it is a good one and also Windows Mobile related:

The Ministry of Defence has denied reports that it has banned Apple's iPod due to fears it could be used to steal sensitive files. News reports said the music player and other portable storage devices had been banned from most sections of its headquarters in the UK and abroad.

The potential security risks posed by portable storage devices that plug into a PC's USB or FireWire ports has been highlighted recently in a couple of reports.

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VIDEO: Makayama releases DVD to Smartphone conversion software
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 12:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Dutch software company Makayama today released "DVD to Mobile (Smartphone Edition)". This software lets users convert a DVD to a Smartphone and watch it in great quality, with stereo sound and in full screen landscape mode. A memory card as small as 128 Mb is sufficient to store a full length feature film.

Users can watch their DVDs on the go, on any Windows Mobile-based Smartphone, such as the Orange SPV-series, from a postage stamp size memory card. The software installs an encoding package on a PC with Windows XP, and a free player on the mobile phone. Users insert a DVD in the drive of their PC and with only two clicks, the software turns it into a super small movie file, which will play on the provided media player.

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Monday, 12.07.04
CUSTOMIZATION: Spb Software House Announces Extended Theme Generator
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today released Extended Theme Generator - the first free tool for creating landscape and VGA compatible Pocket PC themes. With Spb Extended Theme Generator, an add-on for Microsoft Theme Generator, you can edit the "extended" portions of Pocket PC themes, as well as create landscape and VGA compatible themes.

Extended themes were introduced by Spb Software House two months ago together with the release of Spb Pocket Plus 2.0. Being a Pocket PC theme, an extended theme changes everything standard themes change (background, system colors, etc). However, it additionally changes the design of Spb Pocket Plus indicators, taskbar battery indicator, and Close button task manager. Since the release of Spb Pocket Plus 2.0, more than 50 professional extended themes have been created by Pocket PC designers.

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Friday, 09.07.04
LINK: Preview of the next Orange SPV E200 ROM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

"Copy" of mobinaute informed me, that he already reviewed the so far not released ROM update for the Orange SPV E200 which should become available soon anyway.

After working weeks, débuggage and update of the ROM in version beta of Smartphone SPV E200, for a few days the ROM annonçée like finale, which would be available on the Orange gate in a few days, has been installed on one of our SPV E200 of test.

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SELF-MADE: How to build your own car holder for your i-Mate Phone Editon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are looking for an easy and stylish way to place your i-Mate Pocket PC Phone Edition within your car, you should check out this PPCW.Net Forum thread. Member "ID64" over-worked his old Sony Ericsson his old car holder to use it with his Pocket PC Phone Edition.

After his over-work it even includes a charger for the device:

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Thursday, 08.07.04
MOBILE MEDIA: Amazon.com is introducing Microsoft's Portable Media Centers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:25 CET under 01 - General News

Amazon.com recently pre-announced two Portable Windows Media Center and made them available for pre-order.

Have fun with more of your digital entertainment
Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Centers are handheld entertainment devices that make it easy to store and play recorded TV, movies, home videos, music, and photos transferred from a PC with Windows XP--so you can enjoy to your favorite entertainment anytime and anywhere you want.

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Promotion: Spectacular PowerByHand savings across PocketGear.com (and others)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PowerByHand, the premier provider of mobile content and solutions, recently announced the beginning of a super summer spectacular sale and contest across their leading consumer eCommerce sites including eReader.com, PalmGear.com and PocketGear.com (PPCW.Net affiliate partner for Pocket PC software; unfortunatley Smartphone.net - PPCW.Net's Smartphone affiliate partner isn't part). The contest begins on July 6th and ends on July 31st, 2004, with daily specials, product giveaways and drawings that include a grand prize trip for 2 on an Eastern Caribbean cruise.

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DEVELOPMENT: Is Nokia releasing Symbian-based Sub-Notebooks this year? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:17 CET under 01 - General News

According to German economy magazine WirthschaftsWoche, Nokia plans to unveil ultra-portable Sub-Notebooks this year.
According to WiWo's information, it is planned to use Symbian and Nokia's Series 60 to power these devices.
So far, Nokia denied a response.

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Wednesday, 07.07.04
TIME ZONES: Getting the time right when travelling with a Windows Mobile device
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 18:33 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

The Time Zone feature of Outlook and Pocket Outlook is probably the most misunderstood concept implemented in any modern computing device. Some have managed to break it and bring it down to the level of the lowly paper based planner while some have, after a while, grasped the concept behind it and have used it to their advantage.

Understanding GMT and UTC

GMT is Greenwich Mean Time and is measured based on, Greenwich noon time which is theoretically, the moment when the Sun crosses the Greenwich meridian at noon. And since the rotation of the earth is irregular and slowing down, this means that GMT cannot be totally accurate.

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Tuesday, 06.07.04
COMPATIBILITY: Spb announces Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House has released updates for all of the top Spb products, including Spb Benchmark. Together with new features like improved scheduled transactions in Spb Finance and screen rotation support in Spb Pocket Plus, Spb adds full support for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition devices. All these products support landscape mode and VGA screens.

"Many users of our products are now upgrading their devices to WM2003SE. We would like to provide them with full-scale functionality for all of our products on these devices" - said Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of Spb Software House - "We want to assure our customers that Spb products are always solid programs, tested on all main Pocket PC devices, come with professional skins, follow 'Designed for Windows Mobile' logo requirements, have tight integration with the Pocket PC OS and are localized for main languages. Support for the latest Windows Mobile platform is one of those things that our customers can expect from Spb products."

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AVAILABILITY: The MDA III reached T-Mobiles Online Shop
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At T-Mobile's German Online Shop, the MDA III Pocket PC Phone Edition is listed from now. No price, no availability, no nothing except some marketing texts and confirmation of the specifications.

So it will be a triple-band device with Wi-Fi and slideable keyboard and should have a 1490 mAh battery and as software highlight E-Mail-Push option via RIM client. Also, important for my German readers, it seems to have a localized QWERTZ keyboard.

However, even if it is listed now, all you can do is registering for more news as soon as available but this might be a good indication that the MDA III will be released soon.

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Monday, 05.07.04
STANDARDIZATION: CEA focuses on Airline policies for Wireless Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:01 CET under 01 - General News

That's something useful - if ever it will happens. If you used your Pocket PC Phone Edition or Smartphone in an aircraft during a flight, you will enjoy as well what the Consumer Electronics Association is working on:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) recently announced a standardization project to facilitate the managed use of wireless devices brought on board commercial aircraft and used by passengers during flight.

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Sunday, 04.07.04
COMPATIBILITY: The Eleksen Soft Keyboard finally works with the Smartphone2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

To be honest, I gave up - already but it's good to have our PPCW.Net Forum where you guys continusly try the impossible! :-)
This time it was RSargeant who posted the following lines:

I had previously bought an Elekson Flex keyboard for my wife's i-mate Smartphone2, only to find that the driver was not suitable and it would not work. Somehow I never got around to taking it back!

After carefully following the instructions elsewhere in this site to update the ROM from 1.9.15.1 to the latest (07/2004) 1.10.15.2 version, I am delighted to be able to report that the Elekson Flex driver available in the download section on this forum installed and works flawlessly!

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Friday, 02.07.04
CONGRATS: o2 successfully launched 3G/UMTS in Germany yesterday
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:41 CET under 01 - General News

While the community is talking - for which reason ever - about Orange UK's expected UMTS launch only, another carrier already launched UMTS for consumers - yesterday: o2 Germany! Why this is so important? Well simply because o2 (Germany) was the first carrier who introduced a Pocket PC Phone Edition in spring 2002 and therefore o2 was as important for the Pocket PC Phone Edition development as important Orange was for the Smartphone development.

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LINK: Copy Files To Mobile Device Easily
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Kris Kumar, over at Smartphone Thoughts, posted a great tip about how to copy files from your PC to your Smartphone through an easy way:

Do you transfer Music files or Photos to your mobile device frequently? Do you wish for an easier way to transfer the CAB files to the 'Start MenuAccessories' folder? Do you copy documents or files to a specific folder on your mobile device? Do you perform one-way file sync, i.e. transfer files from your PC to device? If the answer to any of the above questions is true, you may want to read this Step By Step article.

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Thursday, 01.07.04
MIGRATION: PocketCopy it from Palm Desktop to Outlook
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 08:36 CET under 01 - General News

Spotted in Geekzone, is a quick and easy way to transfer Palm PIM data to Microsoft Outlook. Users who switch to Pocket PCs from Palms normally face the problem of how to migrate their PIM data from their Palm device to a Windows powered PDA or Smartphone. This normally arises when the user keeps all the data in the Palm Desktop or when the CD is no longer available to the user as in the case of selling the old Palm device including all CDs and accessories.

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