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Tuesday, 28.02.06
DUALPHONE: Swiss VIPN announces Windows Mobile based GSM and W-LAN VoIP Pocket PC Phone Editions
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Swiss Voice Internet Phone Network announced on their website, the company is ready to launch a Windows Mobile 5.0 based Pocket PC Phone Edition soon called "Axia 308". Featuring quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and VoIP via SIP 2.0. In addition to these wide area wireless features, it's sporting W-LAN, Bluetooth and infrared. Powered by an Intel Bulverde CPU with 416 MHz, it's supporting 128 MB Flash memory with 64 MB ROM.
Last but not least, it includes a 1.3 megapixel camera and a 262k touch screen:

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Monday, 27.02.06
UTILITY: SBSH released SBSH Facade v1.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Facade is a highly customizable tab based Homescreen plug-in for Windows Mobile Smartphones. With Facade you can view your upcoming appointments and tasks directly on your Smartphone Homescreen. In addition, Facade offers a launcher tool for application shortcuts. SBSH Facade will help you manage your life using your Smartphone! Helping you track your busy agenda everywhere, all the time!

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Sunday, 26.02.06
CONFORMITY: Tatung M1 Windows Mobile Smartphone received FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember my Tatung M1 coverage from last week? Now it looks like Tatung made some serious progress in getting their M1 Windows Mobile Smartphone approved by the FCC.
As phoneArena.com reported this week, it received the required FCC approval and now it is speculated if the M1 might be launched by Cingular.
Since the Tatung M1 is a quad-band GSM phone with GPRS and Bluetooth support, it can be easily launched in the US and according to phoneArena.com the screenshots in the manual of the device show the Cingular name as a network operator (which is unusual since normally for these kind of screenshots a dummy network name is used but not an existing network name). Therefore phoneArena.com is guessing that the biggest US carrier will offer the M1, taking the Windows Mobile to the masses.

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Saturday, 18.02.06
UTILITY: Spb Software House refreshes Spb Weather and makes it Windows Mobile 5.0 compatible
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not announced during the 3GSM World Congress and even not announced by a press release, this update is too important not to mention it here. Spb Weather got an update which makes it working now with Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs!
Spb Weather is a very powerful weather forecast Today plug-in which you can customize your way in terms of weather views, skins and even the weather forecast data source. Additionally, Spb Pocket Plus users can even save space on their Today screen running Spb Weather as a tab.

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Thursday, 16.02.06
3GSM LIVE: HTC Hermes UMTS Pocket PC Phone Edition surfaced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No, the HTC Hermes was neither announced during the 3GSM Congress nor it was shown publicly anywhere here but it surfaced anyway. The folks over at PocketPCItalia.com got their hands on a working prototype of the next generation, small form factor, UMTS-enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition from HTC code named Hermes.
What to say about the Hermes? It's small, way smaller than the Universal, it's a mix between the HTC Magician and Wizard, since it has the Magician ID and the Wizard slide-out keyboard.
In addition to GSM/GPRS and UMTS it's expected to support HSDPA as well, unlike the current HTC Pocket PCs it's sporting a 300 MHz Samsung processor, has 128 MB flash and 64 MB memory, has the typical small 2.8" touchscreen, supports 802.11b/g and  Bluetooth 2.0, memory is extendable though microSD, has a 2.1 megapixel camera with photo light and a secondary VGA cam on the front for UMTS video telephony and has - interesting enough - a scroll wheel!

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3GSM LIVE: Photos of the i-mate Smartflip aka HTC Star Trek
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Maybe one of the Windows Mobile highlights here at 3GSM Congress was the official announcement of the i-mate Smartflip (also known under it's HTC code name Star Trek), which revealed last week already and was even not shown in the i-mate booth. However, Steve Ballmer presented it during his keynote as well as the guys in the i-mate marquee have a couple of prototypes.
Since it is available as a prototype only, you can see that we are still far away from the launch, maybe months but the design is already finalized and if you are a fan of Motorola's RAZR V3, you will definitely enjoy the Smartflip as well. It's a Windows Mobile 5.0 device, powered by an OMAP CPU and supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE quad-band. It has Bluetooth (but no Wi-Fi) and includes a 1.3 megapixel camera.

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Wednesday, 15.02.06
3GSM LIVE: Orange to launch the HTC Prophet as SPV M600
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC and Orange, today announced at the 3GSM Congress the latest slim-line, ultra-powerful compact PDA with Microsoft push E-Mail capability for the UK, France and the Netherlands markets.
The handset, better known as HTC Prophet, runs on Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 platform and supports quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE and is delivering instant high speed voice and data communications for the mobile workforce and consumer segments.

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3GSM LIVE: Photos of the HTC Trilogy aka the first Windows Mobile TV-enabled Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So we have learned yesterday, that Virgin Mobile will launch its mobile TV service later this summer and as BT (one of the partners) confirmed today, it's not a trial but should be seriously seen as a commercial launch! Also BT confirmed, that the HTC Trilogy, which was presented yesterday, will be indeed the commercial hardware for this service launch. I will leave the review to someone else from UK, where the service will be launched but anyway, here we go with some live photos of the device, some already called a "ruggedized Smartphone". Interesting enough, on yesterday's press photos, it looks way huger than it is in reality, which doesn't mean that it is nice anyway:

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Tuesday, 14.02.06
3GSM LIVE: Skype introduces next generation Skype Pocket PC client
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Skype 2.0 for Pocket PC isn't that new at all, at least not if you participated into the public Beta but now it moved out of the Beta and therefore Skype today released Skype for Pocket PC 2.0, a new version for Pocket PC devices that offers Skype callers the ability to enjoy Skype's free, high quality voice calls anywhere their device can connect to a high speed Internet connection, via Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 is a critical component of Skype's mobility strategy, supporting the goal of extending Skype use beyond the PC and expanding the simplicity and convenience of Internet calling for the lives of millions of Skype users around the world.

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3GSM LIVE: Motorola expands QWERTY revolution and announces the Motorola Q for UMTS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Samsung is following Motorola on the "Q-trip", Motorola managed to get another momentum, even if it is just an announcement so far without publicly shown hardware (yet) but during the 3GSM Word Congress Motorola announced a UMTS version of the not yet released Motorola Q Windows Mobile Smartphone (which would be the second UMTS-enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone after the Asus 3P305 3G):

Showing its commitment to evolving the mobile office beyond the exclusivity of the corporate boardroom, Motorola yesterday announced the UMTS version of its heralded Q device family. The first Q is expected to ship with CDMA/EVDO capabilities later this quarter with the newly unveiled version expected to be available for operator trials in late Q4 2006.

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BACKUP: Spb Software House releases Spb Backup - the ultimate tool for saving your data
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not announced during the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona but interesting anyway: Spb Software House today released Spb Backup - a new Pocket PC utility for backing up all of your Pocket PC content to a storage card.

Spb Backup is based on the proven technology used in Spb Clone. Thousands of enterprise users rely upon Spb Clone to create exact copies of their "master" PDA devices. This tested technology was used to create a backup program that would benefit Pocket PC consumers at all levels.

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3GSM LIVE: Tatung launches the M1 Smartphone Platform based on Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First time surfaced last CeBIT, now it seems Tatung is ready to release their first Windows Mobile powered Smartphone, the M1.
Tatung has started the mass production of its M1 Smartphone Platform that should be available during Q2 2006 in the shops across Europe as branded and ODM. This bar type Smartphone is lightweight, compact and integrates a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 1.2 and advanced features for the discerning professional and demanding consumers.

Tatung is ready to ship the M1 Smartphone Platform to the European markets through selected distributors and ODM partners while Tatung declined yet to name these distributors and ODM partners. However, the platform should be available with specific IDs to differentiate the two distribution channels, but the overall functionalities are M1 is a Windows Mobile 5 platform that offers quad band GSM communication and GPRS Class B multi-slot class 12 data together with up to date features like Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) for stereo wireless headsets and speakers, 1.3 megapixel camera for pictures and videos usable for wireless messaging - all in a compact and lightweight form factor:

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3GSM LIVE: HTC teams up with BT and Virgin Mobile to offer Mobile TV with the new HTC Trilogy [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, HTC, the global leader in Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices, announced in 3GSM World Congress  the world's first DAB-IP enabled Smartphone cooperating with BT and Virgin Mobile.

Regarding the Mobile TV, HTC said, Live mobile TV is set to become a reality. BT and Virgin Mobile will be the first mobile operator in Europe to sign up to broadcast digital TV and radio service for mobile phones leveraging HTC's latest device.

The announcement of the deal coincided with the unveiling of HTC's new handset which will screen the new TV service. The Trilogy is the world's first DAB-IP enabled Smartphone which was unveiled at the 3GSM World Congress 2006.

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3GSM LIVE: Virgin Mobile first to deliver Live Mobile TV With BT Movio and Microsoft technology
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft is also helping deliver exciting entertainment services for mobile phones. Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of companies, joined Ballmer via a video message broadcast on stage to the world's first DAB-IP enabled Smartphone from HTC Corp. In the message Sir Richard announced that Virgin Mobile will be the first mobile operator to sign up for the new BT Movio broadcast digital TV and radio service, which is built with Windows Media technology and works with Windows Mobile-based Smartphones. This will make Virgin Mobile customers the first in Europe to have live digital TV on their mobile phones.

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3GSM LIVE: Another Gigybyte Pocket PC Phone Edition surfaced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From Gigabyte, you remember the Taiwanese handset maker which was the first company which sold an AKU 2.0 equipped Pocket PC Phone Edition last year, another Pocket PC Phone Edition surfaced here in Cannes and unlike Gigabyte's first device, the g-Smart, this device comes in a more traditional Pocket PC look and feel and reminds pretty much on the HTC Muse. However, unlike the Muse, this device will not run on UMTS but 2.5g GSM/GPRS only but hit has a regular QVGA screen.
Also it reminds me pretty much on the new Portable Media Centers and this is happens for a good reason: the new Gigabyte Pocket PC Phone Edition concentrates way more on multimedia than the g-Smart did, especially because it includes a 2.1 megapixel camera:

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Monday, 13.02.06
3GSM LIVE: ASUS P305 3G - the first Windows Mobile powered UMTS Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ASUSTeK Computer Inc (ASUS), today previewed - together with Microsoft - one of the most compact 3G smartphones in the world to date – the P305 and the first Windows Mobile powered UMTS Smartphone anyway.
As a Windows Mobile 5.0 powered 3G Smartphone, the P305 offers powerful multimedia and productivity features that allow users to be more productive and truly experience a mobile lifestyle.

Essentially representing the ultimate 3G technology, video calls have become the signature requirement of any 3G mobile phone, but this is often met with poor processing power that limits streaming capabilities and handicaps the primary purpose. ASUS has overcome such hurtle, by possessing video telephony technology that is both ready and available now. The high-speed CPU in the P305 Smartphone offers superior processing speed that outperforms any 3G mobile phones in the market with 384Kbps downlink/uplink transfer rate. This translates into fluid and smooth video call on the P305, letting users fully enjoy talking and seeing each other.

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3GSM LIVE: Samsung unveils its newest Windows Mobile i320 handset at 3GSM Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Barcelona, Spain, February 13, 2006 - Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd., (Samsung) today unveiled an extraordinary product portfolio for 2006, led by the most diverse and advanced slim phones in Europe.
Samsung is renowned for mobile phone design and has introduced a number of handsets that have broken the traditional design. The introduction of this new slim range addresses the consumers' desire for thinner handsets. Samsung was mindful to develop slim handsets that remained as highly reliable devices with feature-rich technology.

Samsung's commitment to quality inevitably means that it is not always the first to market with new designs – the emphasis is more on getting things right. However, when consumers choose a Samsung mobile phone, they are not only getting a carefully designed handset, they are also getting the best in functions and features. The new portfolio of slim handsets will be introduced by Samsung around the world throughout 2006. Samsung's range of slim phones on display at 3GSM average less than 15mm thick and deliver unprecedented design and multimedia innovations. The handsets integrate features and design elements not available on competitor devices.

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3GSM LIVE: Samsung unveils the SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During today's 3GSM Conference, Samsung unveiled their latest Windows Mobile Smartphone, the so far unknown SGH-i320. What the i320 makes so interesting is the fact, that it is a direct competitor to the Motorola Q since both devices share the same slim form factor while the i320 is - according to Microsoft - even slimmer!
Also, unlike the Motorola Q, the Samsung will be released first in a GSM version and this can be expected to happen soon: during Q2 2006.
But here we go with some shots of the device, as always - a photo say more than thousand words:

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3GSM LIVE: The new Pocket LOOX T Series - always in touch with your business through UMTS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Europe's leading IT company has unveiled its Pocket LOOX T Series to the public at the 3GSM World Congress, which started today in Barcelona. Featuring Windows Mobile Direct Push e-mail and UMTS mobile phone, this all-integrated handheld is a pocket-sized office that eliminates the need for multiple devices.

With Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software and UMTS functionality, Pocket LOOX T series users always have access to their e-mails, appointment calendar and other familiar Microsoft Office applications. And it's user-friendly, with a standard QWERTY keyboard and brilliant TFT display. Incorporating these devices into the corporate network is straightforward, ensuring secure and reliable data transfer, while the integrated GPS makes sure you never get lost. The new high-end handhelds will arrive at shops in July for prices of approximately 700 Euro.

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3GSM LIVE: Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphones to run on low-cost Texas Instruments platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today Microsoft Corp. and Texas Instruments will announce that Amoi Electronics, HTC Corp. and Sagem Communication are developing new Windows Mobile-based Smartphones leveraging TI's OMAPV1030 EDGE chipset. These phones will be based on a lower-cost, high-performance chipset architecture for Windows Mobile device-makers, previously only available for feature phones. Until now, many smartphones running on a high-level operating system such as Microsoft Windows Mobile necessitated a more expensive dual-core chipset to power the rich user interface, data networking and additional personal and business applications.

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Saturday, 11.02.06
REVEALED: HTC Muse 3G Pocket PC Phone Edition appears on Expansys
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Both, FCC and Expansys are always a good source for information about unannounced devices and this time, Expansys is already announcing HTC's latest UMTS device, code-named HTC Muse.
Not too much is known today, especially it's not confirmed that it will be released with the specifications as leaked before and now by Expansys but it seems to be confirmed, that the Muse will strongly focuses on media features and includes 4GB Flash Memory. It is expected to work on Windows Mobile 5.0 and according to Expansys it is expected to be released in July 2006.

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Monday, 06.02.06
CONTRACT: Compal to make the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox T810 and T830 Phone Editions?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According the always well informed Taiwanese DigiTimes, Compal Communications is expected to manufacture the two so far unannounced but leaked 3G-enabled Windows Mobile based Pocket PC Phone Editions from Fujitsu Siemens Computers, the Pocket Loox T810 and T830.
Compal Communications is able to land the Fujitsu Siemens orders following the recent consolidation of the Personal Mobile Communications and Computing (PMCC) division of Compal Electronics, the paper said, noting that the PMCC unit gained its 3G technology from its cooperation with Motorola in the development of the never really released MPx Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition.

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Friday, 03.02.06
UNVEILED: Pocket Loox C Series appeared on the Fujitsu Siemens website
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Pocket Loox C Series, basically the follower of the Pocket Loox 700 series, is the latest and most compact handheld from Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Its specially designed cabinet is small, light and stylish and fits in every pocket. Its brilliant 3.5" VGA display is designed to enables convenient working on every location - indoor and outdoor. Since it is running Windows Mobile 5.0, features like persistent store and secure device management protect your data everywhere.
The smart worker will enjoy the outstanding connectivity of the Pocket Loox, but since it isn't a Phone Edition device, it's sporting W-LAN, IrDA and Bluetooth only.

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UPGRADE: Destinator released Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for Destinator PN for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally you can also use your Destinator PN with your latest Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC (Phone Phone Edition) because Destinator has released a Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade which works - according to Destinator - at least with the HTC Universal and HTC Wizard. However, I can confirm it's also working well with the latest E-Ten M600 Windows Mobile 5.0 ROM.

Nevertheless, even if Destinator PM is supporting the HTC Universal now and therefore it is supporting VGA screens, maps and menus still looks a little bit "stretched"and I hope to see this fixed soon also.

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Thursday, 02.02.06
IMPROVED: Spb Software House releases Spb Diary 1.7 with new features and enhancements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House announces the release of Spb Diary 1.7. Spb Diary is a feature-rich Today plug-in for your Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes and now - Messages. It enhances the Pocket PC's Today screen, Pocket Outlook and Inbox by gathering all of your PIM and message information in one place. The new version introduces a bundle of new features like the Messages Tab, an auto-height adjustment feature, native birthdays support and integration with Spb Finance and Weather as well as improved speed, better usability in the Notes Tab and many other changes.

It is the hundreds of small features and improvements that altogether make a product truly useful and this is what we set out to accomplish with Spb Diary 1.7. The main goal for this release was to make Spb Diary so easy and fast to use, that you can almost forget about it and concentrate on your business.

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