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Friday, 30.06.06
RELEASE: O2 Germany close to launch the O2 Xda trion Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This week I've received the notification from O2 Germany, that the German GSM and UMTS carrier is close to launch it's O2 Xda trion, also known as HTC Hermes.
Therefore - after CHT, who launched the Hermes two days ago in Taiwan - it seems O2 Germany is the second mobile operator worldwide and the first European operator, to introduce the Hermes.
And O2 Germany already proved, that they are ready to launch their latest Xda since O2 was kind enough, to send me a final device - with the final ROM build - for reviewing it on the::unwired. While the device, I've received yesterday, doesn't includes any CD-ROMs with additional software nor it includes any manuals, it's the final hardware and the splash screen doesn't has the typical "For Test Only" notification anymore:

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Thursday, 29.06.06
ENTERTAINMENT: MobiTV announces its Mobile Television Service on the Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:43 CET under 01 - General News

MobiTV, Inc., the global leader in television and digital radio services for cellular, WiFi and broadband enabled devices, today announced the immediate availability of the MobiTV service for Windows Mobile powered phones and devices. Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones feature full-screen viewing, a home-like electronic programming guide and much more.

MobiTV is the first mobile television and digital radio service provider for cellular, WiFi and broadband enabled devices worldwide. The MobiTV service for mobile is available in the US through Sprint, Cingular and Alltel; in the United Kingdom through 3 and Orange UK; to Canadian customers through Bell Canada, Rogers and TELUS Mobility; through America Movil in Latin America and other regional carriers around the world. MobiTV can be also accessed on laptops via the AT&T WiFi network.

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AVAILABLE: Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) launched the CHT 9000 aka HTC Hermes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced last month, yesterday Taiwanese mobile operator Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) launched its own-brand CHT 9000 3G Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition and therefore CHT is the first operator, which introduced the HTC Hermes commercially.
The CHT 9000, which runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 OS is sporting tri-band UMTS, quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE as well as W-LAN and Bluetooth, features a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos as well as a QCIF camera on the front for video telephony. It seems to got some tweaks from HTC since it also features a RSS reader, which isn't a standard application for Windows Mobile devices (yet).
The CHT 9000, which is - as reported before already - manufactured by HTC and distributed by Dopod International , is targeting the business sector (is RSS such a business application in Taiwan).

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UNVEILED: Orange indirectly confirmed to release the HTC Hermes and HTC Breeze
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 01 - General News

With today's E-Mail push service press release, Orange indirectly confirmed, that the UK/France based mobile operator is going to introduce two new Windows Mobile UMTS devices, the HTC Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition and the HTC Breeze Smartphone later this summer.
Before, it was just a rumor, that Orange will carry these two new devices but now we can see it as confirmed:

A broad and growing range of both voice and data centric devices. The eight Signature devices which will support Orange Mail at launch are:

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MAIL: Orange to launch its Orange Mail service for SME market across Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 01 - General News

While we are talking about push E-Mail solutions, also Orange has announced today that it will launch its Orange Mail Enterprise Service as part of the Orange Business Services portfolio. Orange Mail Enterprise is a groundbreaking solution that should be significantly more affordable than existing 'push-E-Mail' services and available on a wide range of Signature devices.
Orange Mail Enterprise Service is designed for companies that have their own E-Mail server. As fully featured 'push-E-Mail' service, it combines real-time E-Mail delivery with the ability to view attachments, synchronize calendar and contacts and manage your inbox remotely.

With Orange Mail, Orange's strategy is to 'democratize' mobile E-Mail, driving widespread adoption and making mobile E-Mail as popular and accessible as SMS.

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LAUNCH: 3 UK to launch the Qtek 9000 aka HTC Universal to address the SOHO and SME market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC Universal is in the market now for roughly 9 months and the first Windows Mobile UMTS device still gets fans. Now 3 UK jumps the Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition bandwagon and is going to launch the HTC Universal from Qtek as Qtek 9000. This is the first time that the UK's largest 3G network, with over 88% population coverage for its high-speed 3G services, has launched packages aimed at the SOHO and SME market and it also includes new services and tariffs for SOHO and SME customers to access E-Mail on the move. This is the first time that the UK's largest 3G network, with over 88% population coverage for its high-speed 3G services, has launched packages aimed at the small business market.

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SERVICE: Earthcomber's releases Movies on the Move - a GPS-enabled Movie Guide for the U.S.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Mobile phones and PDAs can now spot theaters and showtimes by how close they are to the person scouting for a movie, thanks to the - according to Earthcomber - first GPS-enabled movie guide offered in the US.
"Movies on the Move," a free download for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Palm OS-powered PDAs, is available on Earthcomber, a website that provides mapping and local data as well as personal navigation software.

The detailed listings of movies, showtimes and theaters are now part of the local information that comes with maps for every region in the United States. The guide itself, which carries reviews, descriptions and images of the movies playing, is an additional download for high-capacity devices. It is also free.

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Tuesday, 27.06.06
RESEARCH: Microsoft Office vies with mobile TV as the most sought after mobile phone feature
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:36 CET under 01 - General News

Well, these results surprise me a little bit, especially since the consumer segment was asked but anyway, it looks like an Office suite for mobile devices is way more important for consumers than Microsoft (and others) thought so far. On the other hand, it's interesting to see which features drove the customers to buy the current mobile phone. Nevertheless, a recent research study has revealed that consumers across all age groups consider Microsoft Office to be foremost among the features they would wish to have on their mobile phones in the future. The research was carried out through ORC International's new online mobile consumer panel – ORC OmniPanel. Findings from the study underline the growing sophistication of mobile phone users, along with consumers' evident liking for multi-function handsets and devices.

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LEAKED: Palm to introduce at least one new Windows Mobile Treo code-named 'Lennon'
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How Engadget reports today, Cingular plans to launch two new Palm Treo smartphones. While the upcoming Palm Treos are only known by codenames yet, Engadet got at least some specs.
The Palm Treo "Lennon" is expected to work with Windows Mobile 2005 and includes the MSFP. As expected, this Treo supports UMTS and even Class 10 EDGE as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera and it's expected to support (hopefully) built-in W-LAN as well as Bluetooth
It's also expected, that these two new Treos won't have an external antenna anymore but sporting a new design and form factor instead.

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SOLD: Marvell purchases Intel's Communications and Application Processor Business
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:10 CET under 01 - General News

Marvell Technology Group and Intel today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell its communications and application processor business to Marvell for a purchase price of US$ 600 million plus the assumption by Marvell of certain liabilities. The planned sale will give Marvell a strong presence in the growing market segment for processors used in smart handheld devices. The sale also will enable Intel to focus its investments on its core businesses, including high-performance, low-power Intel Architecture-based processors and emerging technologies for mobile computing, including Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband wireless technologies. The transaction is expected to close in approximately four to five months and is subject to regulatory review and other normal closing conditions.

Intel's communications and application processor business develops and sells processors for handheld devices including Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones. The business' processors, based on Intel XScale technology, include the Intel PXA9xx communications processor, codenamed "Hermon", which powers Research in Motion's (RIM) Blackberry 8700 device. The Intel PXA27x applications processor, codenamed "Bulverde", is used in the Palm Treo Smartphone, the Motorola Q and other Windows Mobile based devices.

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Monday, 26.06.06
LINK: iDo S601 Pocket PC Phone Edition reviewed by iDo User Forum
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's quite a while, that I wrote about the iDo S600 Pocket PC Phone Edition from Taiwanese manufacture Kimpo and in the meantime, Kimpo already released the iDo S601 (which I have totally overseen and which is even not announced on Kimpo's website). The iDo S601 is the last Pocket PC Phone Edition Kinpo, not very well known in European or the U.S. but guys from the newly launched iDo User Forum just got their hands on an iDo S601 and wrote a review (PDF File). Compared to S600, the S601 uses the latest Windows Mobile 5 operating system (contrary to the S600 which was using Windows Mobile 2003 only) and supports in addition to GSM and GPRS Wi-Fi.

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SERVICE: launches Mobile Device-optimized version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:07 CET under 01 - General News

Attention city residents and tourists! If you either live in New York City, Boston, San Francisco or Washington D.C. or you plan to visit one of these cities, you might want to bookmark the following link: because - according to themselves the most-used site for subway and bus directions in the United States, today announced the launch of HopStop PDA. Consumers can now access HopStop's services from their PDA and other web-enabled devices. Visitors who visit from their Blackberry, Treo or other similar devices and will automatically be taken to a version of HopStop made for small screens.

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PARTNERSHIP: Microsoft and Motorola to extend Unified Communications to Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:52 CET under 01 - General News

In addition to Microsoft's Unified Communications product road map, which Microsoft unveiled today, Microsoft and Motorola today announced a multiyear joint marketing and development alliance to deliver unified communications solutions using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 across Motorola mobile devices and network hardware. The collaboration is intended to enable enterprise customers to seamlessly connect and share information in real time regardless of location, network or device.

The initial planned offering will start with the Motorola HC700 series rugged mobile computing devices and the Motorola Q smart phone. The offering will combine the presence awareness and instant messaging (IM) capabilities of Communications Server 2007 with Motorola's Windows Mobile 5.0-based devices through the integration of Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile with Motorola's MOTOPRO Mobility Suite and Wireless Services Manager (WSM) products, enabling users to seamlessly communicate and collaborate across heterogeneous access networks.

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SERVICE: Microsoft unveils Unified Communications product road map
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:39 CET under 01 - General News

Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division, today unveiled the company's vision, technology road map and partner framework for unified communications at a strategy event in San Francisco. Microsoft Corp.'s approach to unified communications will break down today's silos of E-Mail, instant messaging, mobile and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephony and audio-, video- and webconferencing. Through software, Microsoft and its partners will put people at the center of communications through a single identity across all modes and integrate communication into people's everyday work processes, including the widely used Microsoft Office system and third-party software applications.

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Friday, 23.06.06
CONNECTIVITY: Novell released GroupWise Service Pack and GroupWise Mobile Server
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 01 - General News

Hm, when I've started to work, back in the 90's, Novell's GroupWise was widely used in companies for E-Mail and also I've started with GroupWise. However, I'm not sure how many companies still use GroupWise as their favorite E-Mail system. But if your company is using GroupWise but you are also planning to use Windows Mobile, you might be happy to hear that GroupWise also supports Windows Mobile now, as well as many other mobile platforms. With Novell's release of GroupWise 7 SP1 which provides the foundation for deploying GroupWise Mobile Server, powered by Intellisync, which is also now available - E-Mails, appointments, contacts, tasks and notes can be synchronized securely between GroupWise and hundreds of mobile devices running on operating systems as diverse as Palm OS, Symbian, SyncML, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Windows Mobile Smartphone and BREW.

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SERVICE: Saki Mobile kicks off summer with GPS-enabled Pocket PC PE giveaway
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:41 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, I'm a little bit late with this news but not too late as Saki confirmed me! Digital Standard, Inc. recently kicked off the summer with a Saki Pocket PC Phone Edition giveaway, in celebration of its growing number of new memberships. One new lucky Saki Mobile member that signs up for a free account between May 24th, 2006 and June 30th, 2006 will be selected to receive a new Mio GPS Windows Mobile Pocket PC. The promotion also rewards the newly onboarded Saki enthusiast with a one-year free subscription to Saki Mobile, creating a total package value of US$ 720.
With the great success of Saki Mobile this year and its unprecedented expansion, the summer of 2006 will be an exciting season that provides a great reason to reward new customers. Saki Mobile is a product that is relevant and valuable to a wide array of users, and therefore has become one of the most successful wireless platforms to hit the market this past year.

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PLACE SHIFT: Sling Media announced the Slingbox-launch in Japan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:18 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media, Inc. today announced that its award-winning Slingbox will soon be available for purchase across Japan. Sling Media is working with two partners to deliver Slingbox to the Japanese market: Itochu Corporation and I-O Data Device, Inc. Itochu Corporation will serve as Sling Media's exclusive distribution partner in Japan and I-O Data will market and sell the Slingbox through their retail locations across the country. The Slingbox will be available July 8th throughout I-O Data's online and retail locations and will cost 29,800 Yen/around US$ 260  (recommended retail price). The companies jointly made the announcement at a press event in Tokyo today.

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UTILITY: Audiantis offers free text translation with speech output for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:54 CET under 01 - General News

The Berlin-based company Audiantis is offering a public Beta version of its combined translation and speech output service "iSound TranSpeaker" free of charge for the duration of the currently running FIFA World Cup in Germany.
This enables e.g. an English speaking person to input a request or an order into the mobile device just to immediately receive the German translation as and audio stream. Equally, users can input an unfamiliar German text or phrase - e.g. from a newspaper or from a signpost - to receive the English translation.
The currently available Beta 0.8 provides German and English translations in both direction, each with one speaking voice. The complete process, from the translation to the audio stream generation is carried out on the server side, with the speech data immediately transmitted back to the mobile device.

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CONFIRMED: T-Mobile UK to launch the HTC Hermes - most probably
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to an article at Computer Business Review - which was basically about T-Mobile's HSDPA launch in the UK - Ron Langton, data marketing manager for T-Mobile (UK) recently confirmed, that the UK carrier will launch a HTC-based and HSDPA-enabled devices later this year.
However, it wasn't confirmed yet that it is the HSDPA-enabled HTC Hermes (aka T-Mobile Germany's T-Mobile MDA Vario II) indeed but since HTC hasn't announced any other HSDPA-enabled devices yet, nor any other ODMs have announced HSDPA-enabled Windows Mobile devices so far (and he said it's an HTC device), it must be the HTC Hermes:

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Thursday, 22.06.06
REPORT: HSDPA to take 65% of booming mobile broadband market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:46 CET under 01 - General News

As this week's launch by Vodafone shows, operators are racing to deploy and launch mobile broadband services, which will lead 3.5G subscribers worldwide to boom from 2.5 million at the end of 2006 to more than 200 million in 2010, according to Future Mobile Broadband: HSPA, EV-DO, WiMAX & LTE, a new Strategic Report from Informa Telecoms & Media.

HSDPA will account for the majority of 3.5G mobile broadband subscribers worldwide in 2011, followed by HSUPA, EV-DO Revision A (EV-DOrA) and EV-DO Revision B (EV-DOrB). The top two regions for HSDPA subscribers through 2011 will be Western Europe followed by Asia-Pacific, with North America a distant third. Asia-Pacific will account for the majority of EV-DOrA/B subscribers through 2011, followed by North America.

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BROWSER: Access NetFront 3.3 for Pocket PCs - now on sale
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last month, Access announced the release of the new NetFront v3.3 for Pocket PC but so far, the final version wasn't available. Now Access has released it and it comes with some handy improvements and enhancements.
NetFront for Pocket PC has garnered a Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine "Best Software" award in each of the last two years and has received rave reviews worldwide. NetFront v3.3 for Pocket PC, which supports Java and Macromedia Flash, provides Windows Mobile users an optimal mobile Internet experience through a variety of features and capabilities. NetFront v3.3 for Pocket PC also features a wide variety of popular capabilities including tab browsing (allows users to switch between multiple web pages in one browser window) and Smart-Fit Rendering (automatically resizes Web pages to fit mobile terminal screens).

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TREND: Will we shake our mobile devices in the future?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:23 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Oh man, I really hope this isn't becoming a new trend, otherwise it might become funny thing to watch others, how they shake their mobile phones to navigate through the menus or even entering a text message.
However, InvenSense, yesterday announced a gyroscope-based solution for handsets that can enable easier and more intuitive user interaction through hand motions.

Sounds similar to what Nintendo plans with their new gaming console (what was the name?).

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AUTOMOTIVE: Microsoft wins best Telematics Solution Award at Telematics Detroit 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:47 CET under 01 - General News

The Microsoft Windows Mobile for Automotive platform was named Best Telematics Solution at the Telematics Detroit 2006 conference and exhibition, held recently in Detroit, Microsoft Corp. today confirmed. Windows Mobile for Automotive defines the state of the art in automotive-grade operating system software for in-car communications and infotainment solutions. Automakers and their suppliers commend Windows Mobile for Automotive for its reliability, flexibility and fast time to market. Consumers value Windows Mobile for Automotive-based solutions for their ease of use, rich features, upgradeability and affordability.

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UTILITY: Word Completion Dictionary Editor for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 15:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If it comes to data input, the Pocket PC has a handy internal dictionary for the word completion function. This is useful since it lets you select from predefined words instead of entering the whole word with the soft keyboard and it works by creating a list of words while writing text and so helps the user writing faster. The Pocket PC learns new words as you write them but you have no influence how or when.

With the Word Completion Dictionary Editor you can now edit or create the word completion list and even add your own new words. Technically, the Pocket PC stores the list of words in two files: dyncompdict.dat and dyncompdict.tmp. But even the developer of Word Completion Dictionary Editor can't explain why there are two files and what they are good for. Nevertheless, it works (at least with the main list).

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E-MAIL: Visto delivers Push E-Mail on new Motorola Q - exclusively to Telus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Visto Corporation, a leading global provider of secure push E-Mail, today announced the availability of its Visto Mobile push E-Mail service on the Motorola Q, available exclusively to Telus clients across Canada. The combination of Visto Mobile and the Motorola Q provides business workers with a highly stylized device that delivers instantaneous access to E-Mail, contacts, calendar and other critical business data.

By collaborating with leading handset manufacturers, Visto supports the devices that represent the cutting edge of mobile phone design and functionality. With support for "true push E-Mail" on more than 100 of the world's leading handsets, Visto is opening up the mobile E-Mail market for today's on-the-go professional. Through its partnerships with mobile operators, Visto is able to provide a complete offering and simplified user experience that will entice more companies to take advantage of the productivity gains associated with mobile E-Mail.

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Wednesday, 21.06.06
UTILITY: Paragon Software announces Handy Weather for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Paragon Software (SHDD) recently released Handy Weather for the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform. This application makes users free from troubles concerned with weather changes.
Handy Weather makes customers free from complicated menus to scroll through to find the necessary info since it integrates into the Smartphone's Home screen from where it provides you a quick overview about the weather forecast as well as it can be launched from there:

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RSS READER: Alien6 Technologies is proud to announce the release version of A6•Times
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some weeks ago, I've written about a new deed reader for Pocket PC, which was in development and available as a public Beta. Now, Alien6 Technologies released the final version of its A6•Times, a user friendly and different RSS feed reader, it's more designed like a electronic newspaper for your Windows Mobile device supporting all known Web content syndication format and version including RSS, Atom and RDF).
A6•Times distinct itself from the others by a spectacular user interface presenting information like a traditional newspaper divided in several sections.

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UNVEILED: TechFaith Wireless to release a Samsung SGH-i320 look-alike Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Beside getting his hands on a Motorola SLVR look-alike Windows Mobile Smartphone, Stephan Schmidt of Smartphone-Web also got his hands on a (this time infamous) copy of the Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone, also developed and manufactured by TechFaith Wireless.
However, unlike the i320, which is using Microsoft's Windows Mobile Smartphone operating system, without a touch screen, this device is based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile for Pocket PCs and therefore it supports touch screen input with a stylus, using a landscape display (while the resolution of the display wasn't mentioned yet):

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UNVEILED: TechFaith Wireless to release a Motorola SLVR look-alike Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Fellow MVP and webmaster Stephan Schmidt of Smartphone-Web is currently in Singapore at the CommunicAsia and he got his hands on an interesting new Windows Mobile Smartphone from TechFaith Wireless, an Beijing based ODM and already well known in the mobile phone ODM business. Nevertheless, so far TFW wasn't producing any Windows Mobile devices but this could/will change now, according to Stephan who met Edward Wang (Vice Director) in Singapore. According to Edward Wang, TechFaith Wireless signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Microsoft to start developing and manufacturing Windows Mobile based devices also and the first shot is an eye-catcher already: a Motorola SLVR look-alike Windows Mobile Smartphone which features impressive 512 MB memory! The tri-band GSM phone is also expected to have a 1.3 megapixel camera, should supports miniSD memory cards but uses - unfortunately - a small 176x220 65k TFT screen only:

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Tuesday, 20.06.06
UPDATE: Cingular released the MSFP update for the Cingular 2125
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After I've posted about the available Microsoft Security and Feature Pack update for the Cingular 8125 yesterday, now Cingular has also released the MSFP update for the Cingular 2125, which follows Microsoft's and Cingular's earlier announcement from last week, to support Microsoft's MSFP Push E-Mail feature from now. However, existing Cingular 8125 and Cingular 2125 customers couldn't used this service so far because the required ROM update - which includes Microsoft's Windows Mobile AKU 2 - wasn't available yet.
Now, Cingular has released the AKU 2 ROM update for the Cingular 2125 also, which can be downloaded without any further charges from Cingular or better HTC America.

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UNVEILED: O2 Asia to release an updated Xda Atom as O2 Xda Atom Exec
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, during Microsoft's press preview at the CommunicAsia, Microsoft revealed, that O2 Asia is going to launch a complete new Xda in Far East to be called O2 Xda Atom Exec, the follower of the already 6 months old O2 Xda Atom. According to O2 Asia, the Xda Atom Exec is expected to be available in July at an estimated retail price of around US$845 and is initially planned to be released in Far East, South East Asia and Middle East only. According to the::unwired sources, O2 has no plans to launch the device in Europe soon as well.

The Xda Atom Exec will run on the Windows Mobile 5.0 including AKU 2 which supports Microsoft's Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP).
One of the other key improvements - hardware-wise is the upgraded 520 MHz Intel processor and 192 MB of ROM. The original Atom PDA-phone came with a 416 MHz Intel processor and 128 MB of ROM "only" which is state of the art anyway.

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SOFTWARE: US$ 3400 Windows Mobile Software at a huge discount from Pocket PC Magazine
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine now offering 2006 Best of Everything Software Package with US$ 3400 of award-winning software for an amazing 90% off retail!
Dubbed "The Most Incredible Software Package Every Offered," this amazing package is 30% bigger than last year's Package and contains full versions of over 130 winners and finalists from 2005 Best Software Awards.

It includes 8 of the top 10 best selling software programs according to Handango: Spb Pocket Plus, Agenda Fusion, Battery Pack Pro, Pocket-DVD Studio, SBSH PocketBreeze, Pocket Informant, eWallet, Spb Weather and many more! Also included in the Software Package is a one-year subscription to Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine.

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ACCESS: T-Mobile and T-Com are operating the largest international public W-LAN network
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:38 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile and T-Com announced today, that both daughter companies of Deutsche Telekom now serve business and private customers with roughly 17,000 HotSpots - the largest commercial-grade public W-LAN network in the world. In Europe, W-LAN minutes used in 2005 increased by a factor of six compared to 2004.
The HotSpot network is a fundamental aspect of T-Mobile's mobile broadband network, which includes access through the technologies GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and the turbo for 3G, HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access).

With recent additions of new HotSpot locations in the United States and Europe T-Mobile and T-Com now serve travelers and wireless nomads with roughly 17,000 own HotSpots - and gain a leading position with the largest international public W-LAN network in the world. Whether travelers are staying at a hotel, stopping for a coffee at Starbucks, or are waiting for their plane at the airport, HotSpot keeps them closer in touch with the people and things that matter to them most.

The service in Europe has surpassed the 10,000-mark, enabling access at key destinations in Austria, Germany, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Slovakia and the UK.

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Monday, 19.06.06
ARRIVED: Cingular released the MSFP update for the Cingular 8125
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week, Microsoft and Cingular announced to support Microsoft's MSFP Push E-Mail feature from now but existing Cingular 8125 Pocket PC Phone Edition and Cingular 2125 Smartphone customers couldn't used it yet because the required ROM update - which includes Microsoft's Windows Mobile AKU 2 - wasn't available so far.
Now, Cingular has released the AKU 2 ROM update for the Cingular 8125 which can be downloaded without any further charges from Cingular.
Please note, that - as with all ROM updates - also this update will delete all applications, data and settings on your device. Please make sure you have a copy of all your Outlook data on your PC but don't use a backup software for installed applications, since these kind of ROM updates also changes some parts of the Registry, etc. Better install all your applications again, after you've updated the device.

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EXPANSION: Google ready to enter next phase of growth - this time for mobiles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 01 - General News

As the TimesOnline reported on weekend, London is to become the centre of operations for Google's next big phase of growth as the internet search engine company focuses its efforts on mobile phones, wireless laptops and personal digital assistants to increase its already massive user base.

Senior executives at Google told The Times this week that the company's mobile division is expected soon to become the biggest driver of new business. The mobile operations are run from London by Nikesh Arora, the vice-president of European operations, who was poached two years ago from T-Mobile, the mobile-phone operator.

Google is reorganizing the way it presents search results on the internet to conform better with mobiles, according to Deep Nishar, the company's director of wireless products. It is also testing dozens of new search-related products to be used solely on mobile phones and other pocket-sized wireless devices.

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BETA: Windows Vista Mobile Device Center update for Windows Vista Beta 2 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:08 CET under 01 - General News

So far, even Windows Vista Beta 2 hadn't had the new Mobile Device Center included but you had to install ActiveSync instead to got your Windows Mobile devices synced. Now, Microsoft released an update for Windows Vista which includes the Windows Mobile Device Center, which is also the new name for ActiveSync in Microsoft Windows Vista and which will completely replace ActiveSync. It provides overall device management features for your Windows Mobile-based devices in Windows Vista, including Smartphones and Pocket PCs. All of the features previously available in ActiveSync are available in Windows Vista, including synchronization and setting up your partnership. However, most of the user interface has changed in an effort to enhance your ability to easily and intuitively find device-related tasks and improve the overall usability of those tasks.

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UTILITY: Birdsoft released eXtreme Agenda - a Smartphone Calendar for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Birdsoft recently announced in the::unwired Forum, it is pleased to announce the release of eXtreme Agenda for Windows Mobile Smartphones. eXtreme Agenda is an advanced Time Management solution with enhanced Month, Week and Day views to replace the existing Windows Mobile Smartphone calendar application.

Some of the features included are category filtering, birthday/anniversary support, "User Text" functionality, category icons, text wrapping and full view customization.

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Thursday, 15.06.06
UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Time 2.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Spb Software House announced yesterday, it has released Spb Time 2.0, a major update of the bestselling Pocket PC time toolset.
For the last year, Spb Time has been taking the #1 position in top time applications for Pocket PC at Handango and Pocketgear. It provides you with all possible time tools: analog and digital clocks; world time clock with map with zoom and ability to track time in multiple cities; clock screensaver for your Pocket PC; several skins from Spb's design team; several precise timers and stopwatches.

Spb Time 2.0 provides users with the highest level of functionality and usability. Spb has accurately collected and analyzed an enormous volume of users feedback to concentrate on the most important areas and make Spb Time even more powerful and convenient to use. The new version of Spb Time has an improved advanced alarm management, a comprehensive customizable database of cities, supports VGA skins and is fully Windows Mobile 5.0 compatible. The package also includes a Today plug-in that can be easily integrated with Spb Pocket Plus 3.1. As usual, all additional skins are free.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC launches world's first UMTS Windows Mobile Smartphone - the HTC MTeoR
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC MTeoR (better knwon under its previous HTC codename - the HTC Breeze), is the world's first 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone in a stylish and slim-line candy bar design. It may be small, just 112.4 x 49 x 14.8mm and weighing a mere 120g, but this neat device is a powerful and smart phone. The HTC MTeoR features Windows Mobile 5.0 Direct Push technology for immediate synchronization of E-Mail, calendar and notes plus document viewers for PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It's the ideal choice for busy people on the road who only want to carry one small device.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC launches world's first tri-band 3G Windows Mobile PDA - the HTC TyTN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC TyTN (better known under its previous name - HTC Hermes) is the latest innovation from HTC. It delivers a wealth of rich features, showcasing the ultimate. With the office in your pocket experience for business users on the move. Business critical functionality, encased in a sleek, stylish form factor, offers the ultimate range of connectivity options including: tri-band UMTS 3G which will allow users to roam across Europe, US and Asia, plus GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a mini-USB port, making data transfer simple - anytime, anywhere.

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EXPANSION: HTC kills its Qtek brand but starts selling its devices under its own HTC brand now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 01 - General News

As HTC, the biggest Taiwanese PDA ODM, announced today, it has decided to kill its former Qtek brand, under which its own devices were sold so far but using its own HTC brand from now.
HTC will continue to support its operator-branded products and OEM partners as a key priority. At the same time, HTC will provide its new branded products to its existing Qtek channels, distributors, enterprise and operators, who do not carry operator-branded products, like O2 with its Xda-line or T-Mobile with its MDA-line. However, migrating the Qtek brand to the new HTC brand identity will enable HTC to provide better direct support to those customers.
HTC is well known in the industry as the company behind many of the most popular operator-branded devices. It has established unique partnerships with key mobile brands, including the leading operators in Europe, US and Asia and supplies products to industry leading OEMs like HP.
Nevertheless, HTC will also continue to support in-life Qtek products to its European channel and distributor partners.

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Wednesday, 14.06.06
LAUNCHED: i-mate released its Smartflip Windows Mobile Smartphone aka HTC StarTrek
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Dubai based i-mate yesterday announced the immediate release of its new quad-band Windows Mobile Smartphone, the i-mate Smartflip (aka HTC StarTrek aka Qtek 8500 which I reviewed some time ago). With its super slim clamshell exterior, full color dual screens, etched metallic look flat keypad and luminescent backlight for easy navigation, the i-mate Smartflip is the chicest and most elegant Smartphone yet. However, packed into its feather-light 99g packaging is a multitude of functionalities that mark it as a highly functional device worthy of the i-mate brand.

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RUMOR: Is Samsung redesigning the SGH-I320 Windows Mobile Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I have told you before, that the Samsung SGH-I320 isn't dead at all, even if it became silent after the 3GSM Congress but the latest photos indicates, that a) some of the devices used for the shooting were either pretty old or b) what I believe even more (also because I have heard about this before but never got a proof) that Samsung took the time to redesign the SGH-I320, Samsungs competitor to the Motorola Q and BlackBerry devices.

So let us have a look on these two photos, I've taken from Akihabara News. As you can see on the left photo, the device seems to be the same but the overall shape of the ID is slightly different. Also the keys are different, which is even more important, because the keyboard layout of the left device (on the left picture) and the device on the right picture reminds pretty much on the keyboard layout or the Motorola Q (picture bellow):

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CONTENT: Hubdog kicks-off Social Media Community for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hubdog, World's Best Social Media Community for Windows Mobile Pocket PC, is - according to Hubdog - the only tool you'll ever need to enjoy fresh infotainment and entertainment content on your mobile device. What's more, Hubdog is absolutely free!
Hubdog for Pocket PC is an RSS reader and aggregator with Podcast, Vidcast support and so much more.

It provides fresh and personalized content, always free, thanks to the huge selection of videos, Podcasts, Blogs and news specially fit for your Windows Mobile device. You can share and discover suggested content, most popular community channels, latest channel entries and other member's channels and features a unique media Search Engine for Pocket PC.

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MAIL: Cingular to introduce Microsoft Direct Push for its Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:01 CET under 01 - General News

After Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2, which announced this kind of support during the 3GSM World Congress or CeBIT already, another major operator jumps on the bandwagon now. Cingular Wireless will offer its business customers access to corporate E-Mail via Direct Push Technology, a feature of Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) upgrade, beginning on June 19, 2006.

The solution initially will be available on two of the hottest wireless devices in the market today: the Cingular 8100 series Pocket PC and Cingular 2125 Smartphone. Direct Push Technology delivers an enhanced mobile experience to organizations that use Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 by pushing updates to E-Mail, calendar items, contacts and tasks as they arrive directly from the Exchange Server to the devices. MSFP additionally enhances these Windows Mobile-powered Cingular Wireless devices by delivering improved device management and added security features for IT administrators, like over-the-air device password policy enforcement and remote wipe of the device in case of loss or theft.

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UTILITIES: VITO releases VITO Theme Editor and VITO Screen Capture for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the big advantages of the Windows Mobile Pocket PC (and for sure Smartphone) platform is the easy personalization of themes and color sets, if you have the right tool. This right and handy tool for you might be VITO Technology's latest product: VITO Theme Editor and VITO Screen Capture which offers you some basic functions for managing your Pocket PC from your desktop PC.
Both desktop applications run on Windows 2000/XP desktop PCs and needs Windows Mobile 2003 (Second Edition) or Windows Mobile 5.0 on your Pocket PC.

VITO Theme Editor is a powerful tool to customize your Pocket PC by creating new themes. Your can change the color of every interface item and the background picture on the Today screen or in the start menu. The intuitive interface allows you easily change parts of interface and simultaneously watch the changes at the image. Every step you take while creating a new theme is accompanied by onscreen prompts.

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Tuesday, 13.06.06
COOPERATION: Vodafone Germany selects Orb to build 'Vodafone-Mein PC'
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:33 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone Germany and Orb Networks yesterday released their first common product called "Vodafone-Mein PC" (which can be translated "Vodafone-My PC").
Integrated into Vodafone's Live! portal, the Vodafone-Mein PC service is available to all Vodafone 3G customers to provide access to an always connected home PC to get all the Orb features (live TV, video, music and photos) on UMTS-enabled mobile devices.
Vodafone provides a pre-configured PC installer (basically the same as you can also get from Orb) which has to be installed on an always (broadband) connected PC. After, Vodafone customers can login to their PC by using the Vodafone Live! portal from the mobile device.

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Monday, 12.06.06
UNVEILED: HTC to work on a new Windows Mobile Smartphone called HTC Oxygen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While I even haven't heard about this device rumor-wise before, was even able to get two photos of a new HTC Smartphone which is called "HTC Oxygen". While it doesn't seems to be anything special or fancy, the specs are looking solid, at least for a low-end Smartphone. The HTC Oxygene is a candybar device with 64 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM, powered by Windows Mobile 5 and is sporting an 1.3 megapixel camera. As all HTC's Smartphones, also the Oxygen is featuring a TI OMAP850 CPU with 200 Mhz.
Why a low-end Smartphone only? Because it's featuring a uncommon - for today's Windows Mobile Smartphones - 176 x 220 screen only and no word about W-LAN support. But anyway, design-wise it's not too bad at all:

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REPORT: Informa predicts 210 million subscribers to mobile TV services by 2011
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 01 - General News

Is the FIFA World Cup boosting mobile TV and will it be the next hype, after MMS and photo sharing and music download? According to Informa Telecoms & Media, 2006 is the year that the mobile TV picture starts to become clearer. The study, entitled "Mobile TV: Broadcast and Mobile Multimedia", predicts 210 million subscribers by 2011: in that year 10% of all mobile handsets sold will have a broadcast receiver. The soccer World Cup has provided the spark for the launch of a number of broadcast services in Europe, led by 3 in Italy and Debitel in Germany, and Informa Telecoms & Media anticipates that $300m of revenue will come from users accessing streaming and broadcast services over the World Cup.

Mobile TV will ultimately owe its success to the type and format of content that is made available. One of the primary objectives of the broadcast technology trials underway from the likes of BT Movio in the UK and BSkyB and Qualcomm in Europe, is to discover the best type of content for mobile and short-mode use. Two formats are proving most popular. The first, "Mobisodes", uses custom made-for-mobile episodes of hit TV shows, such as "24".
The second, "Simulcast" involves transmitting the same programming users are familiar with from traditional television in real-time or alongside the TV broadcast. The 2006 Fifa World Cup will likely see examples of both formats.

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PUBLIC BETA: NewsGator announced the availability of NewsGator Mobile for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 01 - General News

Some weeks ago, I've reviewed here the NewsGator Mobile Web Edition, a xHTML-based RSS feed reader for mobile devices and as mentioned in the review, NewsGator was expected to work on a Windows Mobile version as well, after it acquired SmartRead, which was under development by Kevin Cawley.
Now NewsGator released the first public Beta of NewsGator Mobile, which is available for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones.
I had the pleasure to test it for some weeks now and it is/will do exactly what it is expected to do: keep you updated and synchronized with your NewsGator Online account - which you need at all, since NewsGator Mobile isn't just another RSS feed reader which stores your feed URIs but it syncs with your NewsGator account you might also use with Outlook on your PC and Notebook as well as with your Windows Media Center Edition in your living room:

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UPDATE: Orb released a new PC version to better support French and German DVB-T
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 01 - General News

Right in time for the FIFA World Cup in Germany, Orb Networks recently released a new PC version of its Orb remote media software. If you don't know Orb yet, please see my earlier preview here. Basically, as of today, Orb is the only (free) software solution which lets you place shift your TV to any place, where you have a kind of broadband Internet connection (GPRS is good enough already, to listen the sound but for real-time video you better have EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA or W-LAN).
So with this new PC release of Orb, French and German DVB-T users gets better support for DVB-T while DVB-T is still "beta" in the UK and other countries since the folks over at Orb haven't been able to test as much. Therefore they ask for your feedback as well (please keep in mind, there is no DVB-T in the United States and therefore it's hard for a US-based company to develop and test as fast as they might want to get it up and running, therefore our feedback is important).

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Thursday, 08.06.06
BETA: Microsoft made the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 01 - General News

Okay guys, don't tell me later that I haven't warned you - this Windows Vista Version is a Beta only (even if it is a pretty good one already) - but as announced earlier, Microsoft made the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program reality now which is your chance to get Vista on your PC - for testing and developing.
Microsoft invites you to be among the first to experience the clarity that Windows Vista can bring to your world. The Windows Vista Customer Preview Program makes a pre-release edition of Windows Vista Ultimate broadly available to the public for the first time.

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Tuesday, 06.06.06
SYNCHED: iAnywhere announced general availability of AvantGo for RSS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:48 CET under 01 - General News

Previously available as a public Beta - which launched late last year - only, AvantGo now released the final version of its RSS support for AvantGo. iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., today announced the general availability of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) features for its popular AvantGo mobile Internet service. With AvantGo for RSS, users can easily view mobile RSS subscriptions for free. AvantGo users can add any RSS feed to their account, without installing additional software, and then synchronize using a wireless or desktop Internet connection to receive the feed items in a format optimized for their device.

This release expands the content available through AvantGo by including the millions of RSS feeds offered by bloggers and major media. Now users can:

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REMOTE: AMD to launch its Live! service for connected (Media Center) PCs soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:23 CET under 01 - General News

As digital living video (you know, the sister blog of digital living mobile) reports today, AMD is ready to setup its AMD Live! service for (Media Center) PCs.
The Live! platform (which is expected to be launched in various flavors) allows users to organize, distribute, share and access all of their photos, music, video, etc. throughout the home as well as on the go, from Notebooks and PDAs - which reminds pretty much of Orb Network's Orb service - right.
And now wonder, the full flavored AMD Live! On Demand services is using Orb indeed, according to TechLiving:

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RUMOR: Is Orange to introduce the HTC Breeze and Hermes as SPV C700 and M3100 soon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:53 CET under 01 - General News

Over at MoDaCo, a member claims to have information about upcoming Windows Mobile devices launches from Orange. According to "Scoopz", Orange is preparing for the HTC Breeze (which should be called SPV C700), HTC's first UMTS Windows Mobile Smartphone and for the HTC Hermes (to be called SPV M3100). According to him, this launch includes a release across Orange territories which means we could also expect both devices in France and Switzerland.
The C700 is scheduled July while the M3100 should follow in August (left the HTC Breeze in an unbranded version, right the HTC Hermes, branded by O2):

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Monday, 05.06.06
ANNOUNCED: E-Ten introduces the E-TEN M600+ Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A great Pocket PC Phone Edition gets even better - as recently unveiled, today E-TEN Information Systems has announced that it will launch an updated version of its popular M600 Pocket PC Phone at Computex Taipei 2006. The new model, dubbed the M600+, retains the elegant design and impressive core hardware features that made the original M600 a favorite among both the media and consumers and adds increased 256MB memory capacity, an improved 2.0 mega-pixels camera and updated software including support for Push E-Mail services, to make a great Pocket PC Phone package even better.

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Sunday, 04.06.06
SITE: Check-in as a Contributing Editor for the::unwired
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:02 CET under 06 - Site News

Yes, it's right - the::unwired needs and wants *you* because I'm looking to expand the::unwired! Over the past years, the::unwired became one of the top sites for Windows Mobile related stuff and I want to continue to make it even better, fresher and more up-to-date but I can not handle it alone anymore, together with the current part time contributors.
So if you feel yourself like a reviewer, a news crawler, a thinker, a whatever, it's your chance to become an editor of the::unired now!
In detail, I'm looking for a handful new contributors who:

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REJECTED: Is O2 UK not carrying the HTC Hermes aka O2 Germany's Xda trion?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two weeks ago, O2 Germany has announced the release of the HTC Hermes as O2 Xda trion (O2 Germany's first UMTS Pocket PC, since the German operator skipped the HTC Universal aka O2 Xda Exec) but so far it was silent what O2 UK is planning in regards to this device.
But now it looks like UK is skipping a device and it seems that we got the (bad but official) confirmation, that O2 UK isn't taking the HTC Hermes at all; at least that's the feedback, "Oliver" got from the O2 UK Customer Technical Support:

Unfortunately the device will not be sold within the UK, this will be sold within Germany and possibly other parts of Europe although will not be in the UK device.

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Thursday, 01.06.06
OPTION: Possibly speed up your wireless Windows XP connection
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 01 - General News

Well, that's an interesting finding I haven't heard about before. But the folks at RealTechNews wrote, that Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for its own purposes (suspect for updates and interrogating your machine etc).
Well, this shouldn't be a problem at all as long as you are connected to a broadband connection like DSL, etc. but 20 % is a lot if you are connected wireless via UMTS or HSDPA. Anyway, it wouldn't be Windows XP if there wouldn't be a hack at all, as Lockergnome explains:

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RELEASED: ASUSTeK announced the launch of its P525 Quad-Band Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First time showed during this years CeBIT, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. now introduced the P525 quad-band PDA phone, which incorporated Push E-mail, Wi-Fi support and built-in numeric keypad to deliver a complete mobile business solution. Users can now stay connected no matter where they are.
"Business Anywhere" is the design concept behind the P525. As enterprises continue to globalize, business professionals should no longer be confined by their office desks or even wireless hotspots.

The P525 leveraged Push E-mail functions to deliver real-time synchronization with email, phonebooks and calendar items as changes occur on the Exchange account through continuous connection with a mobile operator between the P525 and a server. Supporting Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, the ASUS PDA phone supports office applications, including Excel and PowerPoint Viewer etc., permitting completion of everyday tasks even on the road.

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FINAL: Opera released the final version of Opera Mobile 8.60 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you have started your Opera Beta 2 web browser today, you might have noticed that it expired, as said in the start screen. Shouldn't be a problem at all because today Opera released Opera Mobile 8.6 for Windows Mobile. Opera Mobile 8.6 for Pocket PC takes full advantage of the larger screen and higher resolution of Pocket PC devices by offering tabbed browsing and surfing in horizontal landscape mode. The browser is based on Opera's newest core code and runs on Windows Mobile 5 and 2003 SE.

The development of the Opera browser for Windows Mobile is a result of market demand from mobile phone operators and end-users. Today's release follows the beta preview of Opera Mobile for Pocket PC announced on January 18, 2006, and promises to deliver a superior Web surfing experience on Pocket PC devices. The first operators to ship Windows Mobile devices with Opera Mobile pre-installed are T-Mobile through their Web'n'Walk offering, and the leading Japanese operator, Willcom.

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