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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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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
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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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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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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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
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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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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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
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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