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Monday, 31.07.06
UNVEILED: First Picture of HTC's New QWERTY Smartphone Excalibur
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 21:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week there was some rumours about a new HTC Smartphone with an QWERTY keyboard like the Motorola Q or the Samsung i320. Today Mike Temporale from Smartphone Thoughts recieved the first pre-production picture of this device. This new device is being developed under the codename of HTC Excalibur.
While the picture appears to make this device look big, it's only a couple millimeters thicker than Samsung's i320 and 2 millimeters shorter. The Excalibur will be an Quad-band device with built in WiFi.

But there is just one more thing, a realy innovative touch jog strip.

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Friday, 28.07.06
NEWS: HTC Star Trek Coming to Cingular as the 3125
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 19:23 CET under 01 - General News

A few days after the Star Trek was approved by the FCC, the word today is that it will be coming to Cingular Wireless in the U.S. as a carrier branded phone named the Cingular 3125. The HTC Star Trek is a "slim" form factor flip phone reminiscent of the Motorola Razr. It runs Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphone with the latest aku2 update that provides push email functionality and A2DP so you can use it with your stereo bluetooth headset. The phone also has dedicated music controls on the outside facing, so this is definitely a consumer oriented phone. According to sources the phone should be released around August 8th and will run $299 with a $100 mail in rebate. If the rebate functions like Cingular's typical plans you will need to sign up for a 2 year contract and purchase a unlimited data plan to qualify.

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ANNOUNCED: Idruna Software Releases Pocket Phojo 4.0
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 14:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Idruna Software Inc., develops and publishes innovative graphics software for Windows, Linux, and Pocket PC, has released Pocket Phojo 4.0, the smallest and most effective solution for editing, captioning, and transmitting images from anywhere in the world.
Pocket Phojo 4.0 has unique new features designed for covering large events such as the World Cup, where it was used to great effect. Simply connect your Pocket PC to your Canon 1D Mark II, Mark II N, or 1Ds Mark II via USB, take your photos as normal, then all you have to do is press the Protect button on the back of the camera to transmit a fully captioned and press ready image via WiFi, Bluetooth Phone, or BGAN satellite modem, while you keep shooting! Pocket Phojo has become an extremely powerful yet easier to use alternative to the Canon WFT-E1 WiFi transmitter, and greatly extends the capabilities of the supported cameras.

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Thursday, 27.07.06
POWER: BoxWave released Electraspan High Capacity Battery for Windows Mobiles devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:38 CET under 01 - General News

The BoxWave High Capacity Extended Battery extends your device's talk and use time! It is a high capacity rechargeable lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery that is specifically designed for your device. Perfect for busy people on the go, and for those who use their phone and data heavily. Now you can extend the use of your device between charges!
BoxWave's Electraspan - High Capacity Extended Battery has a capacity of 2400 mAh (approx. 2x more capacity than the standard battery) and conveniently includes a battery cover that is specifically designed for your device.

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COMPATIBILITY: MultiIE 4 adds Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've written about the MultiIE 4 Pocket PC version some days ago and with v4.0-d72, MultiIE also supports Windows Mobile Smartphones now.
So far, MultiIE was the best Pocket Internet Explorer/Internet Explorer Mobile plugin for Pocket PCs but it never supported Smartphones. This changed now, even if this Smartphone version is still a pretty early alpha.
Nevertheless, it basically supports the same features it supports on Pocket PCs, including tabbed-browsing with loading status, quick full screen mode, hardware buttons assignment, background window loading, keep backlight on and many more essential features:

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REVIEW: TomTom Navigator 5 USA + OnCourse SiRF Star III Bluetooth GPS on T-Mobile MDA
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 13:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

I used to haul around an IPAQ 3830 with a SysOn Compact Flash GPS using iGuidance navigation software as my portable GPS system. After I upgraded to a T-Mobile MDA couple months ago, I have been shopping around for a good Bluetooth GPS device with easy to use navigation software. Last month, my brother in law went to Denver for a business trip and my sister tagged along. She bought a TomTom Go Vehicle Navigation System, went all over town and was very satisfied with it. I thought if my sister, who is not a techie at all, can use it, the user interface must be pretty good. So I went over to www.buygpsnow.com and looked for a TomTom GPS bundle. I bought my old SysOn and iGuidance bundle from them before. Their price is reasonable, so as their delivery and customer service. I picked TomTom Navigator 5 USA + OnCourse SiRF Star III Bluetooth GPS Receiver for Pocket PC for around US$ 200. The GPS receiver has the latest GPS technology. It also comes with a free Arkon vent mount. I signed up as a member and get a 5% discount as well.

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Wednesday, 26.07.06
RESEARCH: Mobile data revenues hit US$ 100 billion in 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:33 CET under 01 - General News

Global revenues from mobile data services surpassed US$ 100 billion for the first time last year according to data sourced from the latest edition of Informa Telecoms & Media's World Cellular Data Metrics. The figure of US$ 102.1 billion is equal to US$ 52.9 per every mobile subscription throughout the year or US$ 4.4 per month.

Putting the 2005 figure into perspective, it is on a par with the combined fees paid so far by European operators for 3G licenses (US$ 102.3 billion according to Informa Telecom & Media's World Cellular Information Service). Or put another way, it is greater than the entire GDP for New Zealand in 2005 (US$ 94.6 billion according to the CIA World Factbook).

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Tuesday, 25.07.06
UPDATE: Google Maps for Mobile now Provides Traffic Information
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:29 CET under 01 - General News

Perhaps not specifically Windows Mobile news, but I know I use Google maps all the time on my Windows Mobile device so I thought you all might appreciate it. Google's Java based map program now includes traffic information, in addition to the directory and directions. This is great, since right now I have to go to my local traffic authority's website to get to the traffic flow maps that are so helpful during rush hour traffic. Google Maps for Mobile can be downloaded to any modern phone that supports java apps, when I download the applet onto my Cingular 2125 it does not recognize the phone, but just choose the high-end phone model and it'll work just fine. Please note that the the program does download information from the internet, so an unlimited data plan is highly recommended.

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POLL: How do you listen your Windows Mobile music? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 10 - Polls

Ok, now where Bluetooth Stereo became more common, either by some unofficial hacks, which enables A2DP in your HTC Windows Mobile 5.0 device or by default, I wonder how you are going to listen your mobile music?
Latest with the introduction of the HTC Star Trek and HTC Hermes, some of us might came into the conflict since HTC has left the stereo port but uses the (propriety) mini USB port instead. Not a bad idea at all if there would be a mini USB to 3.5 jack adapter available already. But in this scenario you can not charge/sync your device anymore, if you have plugged in your mini USB headset. On the other hand, you could charge the HTC Hermes using the mini USB charger, listening music wireless via Bluetooth and you could even sync your device in parallel via Bluetooth but is this the way you prefer to listen music? Or are you more "old-school" where you say you want to listen your music through the original stereo headsets or some 3rd party headset which either fits better or provides better sound?

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SITE: Know your the::unwired access options
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:27 CET under 06 - Site News

During the past weeks, I've spoken with some companies and readers and many of them weren't aware, that the::unwired offers a) a perfectly designed mobile version and b) a RSS Feed. So no, you can not come here from your PC or MAC only but also from your mobile devices.
Unlike some other sites, for the mobile version of the::unwired you don't have to remember any different URLs but www.theunwired.net is simply good enough to get the access to the::unwired - from your Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition, Smartphone or virtually any other WAP 2.0/xHTML enabled mobiles device as well.
The Content Management System (CMS) does all the rest since it recognizes the device and browser and either serves you the PC version or the mobile device optimized version (bellow the PC version followed by the the mobile version with a QVGA Pocket PC and Smartphone while it also works with CIF and VGA screens):

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THOUGHT: Where is the E-Mail Push for MSN Hotmail Plus?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Under the subject "Microsoft, please add push functionality to Hotmail for Microsoft mobile devices!" Robert Webbe (you know - the guy who knows everything about Bluetooth A2DP and AVRC) sent me an interesting E-Mail yesterday and the topic he raised is absolutely worth to discuss.
Why is msn not offering MSFP functionalities for its MSN Hotmail Plus service which costs yearly 19,99 Euro already!
I mean, for sure you get for your 20 Euro 2 GB storage space, you can send and receive E-Mails with up to 20 MB attachments and you are not bothered by any ad-banners but - and this might make the Hotmail Plus so worth for some - you can also access your Hotmail account via Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.

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REVEALED: Quanta to work on a UMTS-enabled Windows Mobile device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:52 CET under 01 - General News

Radvision announced today, that Quanta Computer Inc. is licensing Radvision's 3G-324M Toolkit, with handset related add-ons and the ProLab 3G-324M Testing Suite Solution to design and develop a video-enabled 3G mobile handset.
If you don't know Quanta yet but you've heard about the O2 Xda Atom or Xda Atom Exec already - Quanta is the Atom maker and is one of China's leading developers of computers, storage devices and displays.
Quanta will be using the 3G-324M Toolkit to develop a handset based on Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, running on an Intel PXA270 application chip and a Qualcomm MSM6280 baseband chip.

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ANNOUNCED: Skype will offer own PC to mobile phone SMS service
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 10:32 CET under 01 - General News

mBlox, the world's largest mobile transaction network, today announced that it has been selected by Skype to help power its new Skype SMS service. By connecting to mBlox's mobile message delivery platform, Skype SMS lets people send text messages from their computer to mobile phones across the world. Skype has rolled out the offering to nearly 200 countries worldwide.
Skype will provide a quick and cheap way to contact Skype users when they are offline, unavailable or on the move.

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Monday, 24.07.06
ROLLOUT: Microsoft gets even more mobile by rolling-out Windows Mobile to its employees
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:55 CET under 01 - General News

It took a little bit longer but finally, Microsoft is rolling-out Windows Mobile phones to its employees, as Ron Markezich, CIO of Microsoft, said in an interview with the International Heral Tribune.
He is responsible for answering to the computing demands of what may be the world's geekiest work force: the users of the 340,000 machines on the software company's own corporate network. More and more these days, he says, their demands are for mobility.
As of July 1, Microsoft began issuing company-owned cellphones and mobile devices to employees who request them, a change from its previous policy of supporting workers' personal devices on an ad hoc basis.

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UPDATE: Southway released MultiIE 4.0 for Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No question, I'm a long time fan of MultiIE and when Peter started the development of version 1, it was the time when we used our Pocket PCs to surf the web via CSD GSM connections only, it was long time before we had GPRS and his idea was to develop a Pocket Internet Explorer plugin which allows tabbed-browsing to reduce the online time, since you could surf parallel in different PIE windows. MultiIE was born.
While we have Windows Mobile 5.0 today, Internet Explorer Mobile still lacks the support of tabbed-browsing and while MultiIE 3 worked perfect with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Pocket PCs, it never worked with Windows Mobile 5.0 since Microsoft changed the GUI with the introduction of Windows Mobile 5.0.
Now - after 2 years of silence - MultiIE is back - as version 4 which is designed to support Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs and Pocket PC Phone Editions now.

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CHECKING IN: It's me - Thomas Chan - your new contributing Editor (in Training)
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 10:00 CET under 06 - Site News

Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Chan. I am from San Francisco, CA.. I got my MS degree in Computer Science from University of California, Davis. I have been working in the area of telecommunication for 17 years and currently working as a senior software development manager in the area of VoIP application interfaces. During my software engineering life, I also took up IT work on the side to spice up my career as well as learning technology from different perspectives. PC, Pocket PC, mobility, home entertainment, electronics and most technology products are all part of my hobby/interests.

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Sunday, 23.07.06
CHECKING IN AND THOUGHTS: Alfredo Padilla, Contributing Editor (In Training)
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 19:22 CET under 06 - Site News

Hello folks, I'd just like to introduce myself as one of the new contributing editors for the:unwired. I have been using Windows Mobile devices for about 2 years now, I started with the venerable HP 4150, and lately have used the HTC Wizard (Cingular 8125) and am now using the HTC Faraday (Cingular 2125). Click on the links for my reviews of both those devices. I'd also like to share a few thoughts about my dream device with you, after the jump.

One of the things that has happened in the past year is that we have seen a proliferation of Windows Mobile devices, mostly from HTC, but with a few others thrown in for good measure. There has been the development of exciting new form factors such as the sliding keyboard (HTC Wizard/TyTn), slim clamshell (HTC Star Trek) and smartphone with qwerty keyboard (Motorola Q). However, despite these developments, I must say that none of these devices hits my "sweet spot". I love the devices I've used, but what I'm looking for just does not exist yet.

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OFFICIAL: HTC Star Trek Approved by FCC
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Americans can finally look forward to the release of the HTC Star Trek (aka: Qtek 8500, I-Mate Smartflip, etc.) as the FCC has approved the Star Trek for sale in the United States. Take a look at Arne' previous review of this phone, and these comparisons to other devices.

The HTC Star Trek is a revolutionary design in Windows Mobile Smartphones. Not only is it one of the few clamshell designs, it is the only "slim" clamshell design out there. See Arne's comparison pics above to see the Star Trek next to the Razr.

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Friday, 21.07.06
CHECKING IN: It's me - Daniel Simnacher - your new contributing Editor (in Training yet)
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 19:35 CET under 06 - Site News

Hi everybody out there, some of you might ask yourself, who are those new guys writing on the::unwired?
Well I think that's a good question and this is a good chance to change this situation and introduce myself, so here we go.

My name is Daniel Simnacher, I'm 28 years old guy from Germany, living near Stuttgart (the home town of Daimler Chrysler).

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TWEAK: Use Your Motorola Q as an EVDO Dial Up Modem
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 17:51 CET under 01 - General News

As many Q users know, Verizon Wireless does not allow you to use the Motorla Q as a dial up modem for your computer to access the high speed EVDO network.
Thankfully the folks over at Howard's Forums have come up with a tweak that will enable this functionality, allowing Q users to get near broadband speeds with their computers anywhere they get EVDO service.

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UNVEILED: HTC is working on its first own GPS-enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Taiwanese DigiTimes.com reports today, Dopod International - HTC's own retailer for the Asian market - plans to launch its first GPS-enabled PDA mobile phone by the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter, aiming to strengthen its presence in the consumer segment, according to company sources.

I would say - GPS enabled PDA mobile phone isn't the whole information at all. Since Dopod is a daughter company of HTC, which is manufacturing Windows Mobile devices only, it can be expected that HTC is indeed working on a Windows Mobile powered Pocket PC Phone Edition with GPS now.

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ENHANCEMENT: Palm to put W-LAN into future Treos
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, sure the Windows Mobile Treo(s) are great devices, even if the Treo 700w is coming with a square 240x240 screen only and also the Vodafone Treo 750v isn't expected to be anything better.
Nevertheless, the real drawback so far was the absence of W-LAN for such a high-tech PDA. But this might change in future, as Palm's CEO Ed Colligan told the Washington Post now.

According to that article Palm will add Wi-Fi into future Treos but Colligan declined to talk about when the future starts or which device the first W-LAN enabled Treo could be:

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QUICKDIAL: VITO Technology announced updated VITO QuickContact WM 5.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, VITO Technology announced an update for its popular contact manager - VITO QuickContact WM 5.0 and if you don't have an HTC-based Pocket PC Phone Edition which comes with HTC's "IntelliDialer" (or your carrier has removed SmartDial) or you have a Pocket PC Phone Edition from a different manufacture, this might be a handy addition for your device to dial contacts faster and easier.
Designed specially for Windows Mobile 5.0 powered Pocket PCs VITO QuickContact WM 5.0 makes contacts searching really quick and easy even in huge contact lists. VITO QuickContact is all about searching contacts. If you have a long list of contacts - this program is exactly what you need. With VITO QuickContact on your Pocket PC (Phone Edition) you can find a contact with a few button presses. There is no need to pull out a stylus to make a phone call! It comes especially helpful when you're busy doing something and have only one free hand: you can look up contacts and call them - all with one hand!

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Wednesday, 19.07.06
OFFICIAL: Vodafone announces Palm Treo 750v
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 20:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After recent news that Palm is working on a GSM version of its Treo Windows Mobile device with Microsoft and Vodafone, today we get confirmation that Vodafone UK will be carrying the new "Palm Lennon", to be known as the Palm Treo 750v. Sans the antenna, the device looks alot like the 700w. One expects the device to be UMTS capable and carry Microsofts AKU2.
Vodafone have created a web page for customers who wish to be notified when the 750v is available.

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LINK: PDA News [DE] reviews the Samsung SGH-i750 (German Edition)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Indeed, the Samsung SGH-i750 is available world-wide for a fairly long time already but it was just recently announced and launched in Germany.
Reason enough for Marc from PDA News [DE] to have a close look at the German version and the first part of his review is now up and available:

Stylish design, good build quality, a gorgeous screen, text input through a hardware keypad, multimedia and connectivity options galore, Samsungs SGH-i750 Pocket PC Phone has a lot to offer in a strikingly small package. But it's the built-in 2 MP autofocus camera that lets it clearly stand out of the crowd. Read on, why the triband GSM/EDGE device is a good choice for business men and gadget lovers alike, even though it runs on the already outdated Pocket PC 2003SE operating system.

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ANNOUNCED: Gigabyte Communications unveils the new gSmart i128 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Gigabyte Communications unveiled its new gSmart i128, the world's first Multi-lingual mobile phone, featuring Multi-lingual internet browsing and Windows Mobile document viewing while traveling to 98 countries worldwide. In addition, this flagship phone delivers entertainment values with a 2.1 Mega Pixel camera and an analog TV receiver with retractable antenna.
Now, Gigabyte gSmart i128, the follower of the gSmart Windows Mobile Pocket PC, may assist business travelers to efficiently manage their time working from anywhere. In fact, gSmart i128 offers efficient and speedy mobile internet access via Wi-Fi or GPRS. Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2.3 Push E-Mail technology, the gSmart i128 activates real time E-Mail, schedule and tasks. At the same time, business travelers may stay productive using Mobile Office programs, such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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SYNC: Mark/Space finally released Missing Sync 2.5 to sync Windows Mobile 5 with Mac OS X
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 01 - General News

Mark/Space, yesterday announced that it has released an update to its popular synchronization software for Mac OS X, The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile. The new 2.5 release runs natively on Intel and PowerPC Macs alike and adds support for Smartphones and Pocket PCs that run Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5 operating system, including models from Dell, HP, HTC, i-mate, Palm, Motorola and Samsung.

The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile provides connectivity and synchronization capabilities for Mac users with handheld devices running Windows Mobile 2002, 2003 or 5. Windows Mobile 5 devices, which began shipping at the end of last year, posed a problem for existing synchronization products, because significant changes were made to how these devices establish secure connections and sync with personal computers.

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RSS READER: Alien6 Technologies released A6•Times for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After Alien6 released A6•Times for Pocket PC some weeks ago, now Alien6 has released A6•Times fir Smartphone - which is a user friendly electronic newspaper for your Windows Mobile Smartphone device that supports all known Web content syndication formats and versions (RSS, Atom, RDF).
A6•Times wants to set itself apart from other similar RSS feed readers with a spectacular user interface that organizes information into sections, just like a traditional newspaper does.
Synchronize it anytime and then bring it with you wherever you go. And, unlike ordinary newspapers, it fits in your pocket.

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Tuesday, 18.07.06
RELEASED: Dopod Taiwan launched the HTC Breeze as Dopod 595 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Again Dopod did it first, this time with HTC's first 3G Smartphone, the HTC Breeze which was recently launched by Dopod in Taiwan where it is called Dopod 595. While the other local Dopod sites even not mentioning the 595 yet, it's on sale in Taiwan now for NT$ 16,900, approximately US $515.
The HTC Breeze, which was previously announced by HTC to be retailed as HTC MTeoR also is the world's first 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone in a stylish and slim-line candy bar design.
While it may be small, just 112.4 x 49 x 14.8mm and weighing a mere 120g, this neat device is a powerful and smart phone. The Dopod 595 features Windows Mobile 5.0 Direct Push technology (MSFP) 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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Monday, 17.07.06
PRESENTATION: Spectec announces the Video-on-the-Go video-out SD card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:51 CET under 01 - General News

Long time ago, Margi's Presenter-to-Go was the solution, to connect a Pocket PC with a video projector and after Margi released it's Presenter-to-Go CF card, the company also released later a SD card solution. Unfortunately, Margi decided to leave the business and therefore, Presenter-toGo is not on sale anymore.
Now, Spectec jumps into the market and is presenting a similar, even updated solution - the SDV-840 Video-on-the-Go. This solution supports XGA resolution on monitors, LCDs and projectors and is available with a SD or miniSD card interface. It's supporting NTSC/PAL composite video output, NTSC/PAL S-Video output and SXGA monitor output up to 1024 x 768 pixel at 60 Hz.

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UTILITY: JETware Bluetooth Hands-free Extension for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:11 CET under 01 - General News

End of last year, I was reviewing Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 1.1 Hands Free Bluetooth implementation with my Parrot car kit and the most important AKU 1.1 update was the better Windows Mobile support for address book synchronization with compatible car kits; an appreciated feature update.
But anyway, the AKU 1.1 Bluetooth update lacked some features, other Bluetooth enabled mobile phones supports - like showing the carrier name in the car kit display as well the signal strength and the device's battery status.
While I was surfing through the web, over the weekend, I've stumbled across a Windows Mobile tool called "JETware Hands-free Extension for Windows Mobile" which adds exactly the features I've mentioned above and does even more:

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OFFICIAL: Orange announced a bunch of new Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:13 CET under 01 - General News

During the MoDaCo Summer Event 2006, Orange announced a bunch of new devices, previously only rumored and expected but unconfirmed.
This includes the SPV C100 (HTC Oxygen), SPV F600 (HTC STRTrK), the SPV C700 (HTC Breeze) Windows Mobile Smartphones and the SPV M3100 (HTC Hermes) Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition.
While all the devices above are known already, the absolute highlight was the first official presentation of the Samsung "Samsung BlackJack", a UMTS version of the Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphones!

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Friday, 14.07.06
REVIEW: Sling Media Slingbox - UK Version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some weeks now, I'm using a Sling Media Slingbox which arrived right in time during the FIFA World Cup last month. So what's the Slingbox about? It's a small silver/red chocolate-bar looking type of set-top box, which is on one side connected to a TV source and on the other side connected to a LAN or WAN.
Basically, it lets you watch your TV and recordings, wherever you have access to that LAN or WAN. It received a TV signal from a certain source, converts and compresses this signal into a IPTV-kind of signal and transfers this TV signal to any compatible devices (PCs, Smartphones or PDAs) where the stream is received in a dedicated player and play-backed. Everything happens on the fly and works within your home LAN as well as from anywhere else in the world where you have Internet access and that's where the name "place shift TV" comes from.

In this article, I'm reviewing the UK version of Sling Media's Slingbox, which was introduced over a month ago into the British market, after Sling Media successfully released it into the US market last year already and soon to launch it in Japan as well.

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UTILITY: Paragon Software announces Handy Weather for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Pargon Software's Smartphone version launch last month, now the Windows Mobile software specialist also released a Pocket PC version of its Handy Weather forecast application which supplies users with accurate and detailed weather forecast.
Handy Weather makes customers free from scrolling through complicated menus to find the necessary info or register the program. Now user can buy both the program and one year subscription from his device, if it is connected to Internet. It is a very simple and useful way to get to know precise and latest weather forecast particularly if the user is far from his PC. Wide functional possibilities of the application are combined with maximum simplicity in use.

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Thursday, 13.07.06
SERVICE: Sharpcast Photos Beta automatically syncs PCs, the Web and Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:28 CET under 01 - General News

Sharpcast, Inc., a pioneer in personal media synchronization and management, today released Sharpcast Photos Beta, an all-in-one solution that delivers the absolute simplest way to share, sync, back up and access digital photos from anywhere. Sharpcast Photos keeps PCs, the web and mobile phones automatically in sync, so people can view and manage their photo collection from any time and anywhere they want, whether they are online or off.
Current Sharpcast Photos Alpha users can upgrade by simply launching Sharpcast Photos Alpha on their desktop to begin the quick auto-update. Sharpcast Photos eliminates the complexities of accessing, sharing and backing up photos by keeping a person's desktop photo collection automatically synced with the web, other PCs and optionally with a mobile phone.

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ANNOUNCED: Palm, Vodafone and Microsoft collaborate on next-generation Treo Windows Mobile for Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like we have the final confirmation that Palm is indeed working on a UMTS Windows Mobile Treo and best of all, it will not only appear in the US (as reported earlier) but will also come over to Europe after Palm today announced it has forged a new relationship with Vodafone targeted at expanding the adoption of wireless push E-Mail in Europe.
The Palm Treo smartphone that will result from this collaboration will represent an industry first by operating on Vodafone's 3G/UMTS network and delivering the hallmark Palm experience on top of the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. The new Treo smartphone will be available first to Vodafone customers in multiple European countries, including the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Netherlands, before the end of the calendar year.

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REVIEW: TenGo Free for Pocket PC
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 11:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

On my last week odyssey through the world wide web I found an announcement of TenGo Free. I don't like to use the soft-keyboard of my Pocket PC to write E-Mails or SMS, so I decided to have a closer look at TenGo Free.
On the website I found an incredible video (link to a WMV video), of an female typist which is crazy-fast typing with TenGO, so this was really impressive.

After the installation you have to register on the website with your name, E-Mail and the serial-number displayed on your device. Within one minute you'll get your activation code by mail. O.K. here we go lets have a look at the TenGo Settings. There are some registration information (on the left side) and some settings like "space after selecting a word" or "Set as default keyboard":

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Wednesday, 12.07.06
REVIEW: O2 Xda trion aka HTC Hermes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:34 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some time now, I've used the 300 MHz version of the HTC Hermes as well as the 400 MHz version of the same device, here from O2 Germany which is called O2 Xda trion. While the 300 MHz version was an early development and field test device, without the final button layout nor with the final ROM, the O2 Xda trion I got from O2 for this review is the final hardware, with the updated button layout, casing and colors as well as it features the new button layout. But even more important is the CPU, which is the same ARM-based Samsung 2442A processor as used for the 300 MHz version but clocked to 400 MHz.
This brings me to the overall features of the Xda trion. It features basically everything, a Pocket PC Phone Edition can features today, except GPS but the devices features the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 including AKU 2, communicates via tri-band UMTS/W-CDMA or quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE as well as via Bluetooth Bluetooth (compliant with v2.0 without EDR), W-LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g compliant) and the good old IrDA. Cable-wise it support mini USB slave connections and supports microSD memory cards.

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READER: Adisasta Software announces the release of WinMobile Fusion for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you haven't found your RSS Feed Reader yet, maybe this one is something for you. Adisasta Software, today announced the availability of WinMobile Fusion for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, a state-of-the-art RSS reader with inbuilt support of BitTorrent.
WinMobile Fusion combines and makes mobile the two network technologies that have the biggest impact on the Internet at the moment: RSS and BitTorrent. With WinMobile Fusion. According to Adisasta Software, the way we receive and consume information will never be the same again. By fusing RSS and BitTorrent in a mobile application, WinMobile Fusion will completely alter the information delivery process and effectively take advantage of every bit and byte of the wireless bandwidth that you are connected to. Now there is no need for anyone to hesitate if there is a way to publish multimedia enormous files online without draining their financial resources on bandwidth fees or driving their consumers mad with grueling delays.

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ANNOUNCED: NTT DoCoMo to launch the HTC Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition as hTc Z
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following NTT DoCoMo's and HTC's earlier announcement, to jointly market HTC Windows Mobile devices to the Japanese market, today both companies announced the launch of the first Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the "hTc Z", which will features - for sure - the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese-edition operating system.
The hTc Z, which is based on HTC's Hermes Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition will enable a variety of useful mobile business solutions using Windows and Exchange Server, in addition to Bluetooth and many add-in applications.
Since the hTc Z is the same device as HTC's recently announced HTC TyTN, it features the same specifications such as tri-band UMTS 3G which will allow NTT DoCoMo customers to access DoCoMo's FOMA 3G network as well as to roam across Europe, US and Asia, plus GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a mini-USB port.

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Tuesday, 11.07.06
COMMUNICATION: T-Mobile UK officially offers simple Push E-Mail for Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:35 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile UK today has announced the availability of its push E-Mail service for customers using Windows Mobile 5.0 handsets. The service is available for companies running Microsoft's Exchange Server 2003 and offers a flat-rate tariff to simplify billing for firms.
Microsoft Push E-Mail from T-Mobile is available immediately under the operator's Web'n'walk Professional tariff, which launched in May for laptop users with datacards. This offers unlimited data access, subject to a fair use policy, for £ 17 per month for data-only or £ 8,50 per month on top of a voice tariff. T-Mobile defines fair use as up to 2 GB of data traffic per month.

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SERVICE: Free Tour de France news from Handmark Pocket Express
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:11 CET under 01 - General News

Handmark, is a global leader in the development and distribution of mobile content solutions, today announced that totally free Tour de France coverage is now available in the Sports channel of Handmark's award winning Pocket Express wireless news and information service.
Sports, already one of the most popular free Pocket Express services, will offer this continuous coverage from now until the final racers cross the finish line.
This detailed coverage appears in a special Tour de France news subcategory within the Sports channel and allows enthusiasts to keep track of their favorite riders and teams throughout the event. Coverage includes Individual Stage Results, Individual Overall Results, Team Stage Results, Team Overall Results, Individual Youth Stage Results, and much more!

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COOPERATION: SBSH and WebIS joined forces to launch Pocket Informant for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Informant is - together with AgendaFusion - the leading Outlook application for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs but so far, there was no Windows Mobile Smartphone version available. Now SBSH Mobile Software and Web Information Solutions announced a new branding for SBSH Papyrus as Pocket Informant for SmartPhone (PISP) devices. The new PISP version will be offered on WebIS online store and distribution channels where as SBSH Mobile Software will continue to product distribution using the Papyrus brand name.
Papyrus turns your Smartphone into a powerful time management system by offering innovative and compelling tools to manage and keep track of your schedule, plus advanced views, category coloring and icons far beyond the ability of the default Smartphone Calendar and Tasks programs. What's more, Papyrus is highly customizable, so it works the way you work while keeping the intuitive and user-friendly interface you expect of your Smartphone.

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Monday, 10.07.06
SURVEY: Will smarter phones drive mobile content consumption?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:55 CET under 01 - General News

M:Metrics today issued the findings of its May Benchmark Survey. The firm found that while smart phone owners comprise a small percentage of the overall population of mobile phone users, large percentages of smart phone users are consuming mobile content. Contrary to popular belief, those carrying these powerful devices are not using them exclusively for productivity applications, but are also using them to view mobile video, play mobile games and listen to mobile music in addition to using them for personal E-Mail and wireless Web access.

Compared to the average mobile phone subscribers, smart phone owners are avid users of mobile multimedia. In France and Germany, nearly half of smart phone owners sent video or a photo over the network, compared with a market average of (18.6) percent in France, and (19.5) percent in Germany. Nearly a quarter of UK smart phone owners reported listening to music on their handset, versus the average of 5.8 percent:

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COMPARISON: New website helps EU consumers to find best International Roaming rates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:26 CET under 01 - General News

European mobile operators have today launched a Web site that enables European consumers to find the best tariffs for making and receiving mobile phone calls when traveling abroad this summer. The site, which features up-to-date prices supplied directly by 75 operators from across the European Union, is the most comprehensive and accurate source of roaming information for travelers.
Available in six languages, the site http://www.roaming.gsmeurope.org/ shows prices by individual operator for a two-minute peak-time call to a fixed-line in the traveler's home country, prices for receiving a two minute peak-time call from home and the cost of sending and receiving text messages when traveling within Europe.

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DEVELOPMENT: Virgin Mobile to introduce mobile broadcast TV soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 01 - General News

According to silicon.com, Virgin Mobile is on track to launch the UK's first true mobile broadcast TV service, a rebadged version of BT's Movio product, in the autumn.
Movio, which completed a successful trial earlier in the year, uses the same frequencies as DAB digital radio but enhances them to provide a limited number of TV channels, a system known as DAB-IP but even if it shares the DAB frequencies, it's not the same as DMB which also shares the DAB frequencies.

Previous iterations of mobile TV in the UK, such as services provided by Orange and Vodaphone, have streamed the signal as internet protocol (IP) packets. This method uses a large amount of 3G bandwidth and the resulting expense forced operators to cap the number of hours that users could watch per month. Streaming mobile TV over 3G networks can also lead to a degraded service if there are many active users in the cell.

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INSIGHT: Interview with Ulli Gritzuhn on the one-year anniversary of web'n'walk
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 01 - General News

Forget the closed portals; go straight to the open Internet. That, in a nutshell, was the message for customers a year ago when T-Mobile launched web'n'walk, its mobile Internet service in Germany and Austria.
As the first provider to enable "real" mobile surfing on the World Wide Web, the company heralded a new era for mobile data services. T-Mobile customers are now able to use the mobile Internet service in six countries: in Germany, Austria, the UK, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. And most recently, T-Mobile Hungary began offering the service as well.

Ulli Gritzuhn, Marketing Director at T-Mobile International, speaks at a T-Mobile publication about the development of, and prospects for, the mobile Internet:

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Friday, 07.07.06
ANNOUNCED: Vodafone Germany to launch the HTC Star Trek as Qtek 8500
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the VPA compact III announcement, Vodafone Germany also announced today to release the Qtek 8500 HTC Star Trek or as it is called now "STRTrk") this summer. HTC's first clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone (see my previous review of the Qtek 8500 here) is sporting quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, communicates in short-range via Bluetooth (but misses IrDA), weights only 99 grams with battery and touts a breath-taking 16mm with a build-in 1.3-megapixel camera and dedicated music control buttons.
It's powered by Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 and running with a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz, has 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM. The main 2.2" TFT LCD with LED backlight gives you crystal clear, crisp and vibrant image and colors. The secondary 1.2" TFT LCD on the front cover keeps you always informed of the time and date, identity of callers and what music is playing.

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ANNOUNCED: Vodafone Germany to launch the HTC Hermes as Vodafone VPA compact III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How Vodafone Germany announced today, the second largest German carrier will also launch the HTC Hermes during this summer and is therefore following T-Mobile which recently announced to launch the HTC Hermes as T-Mobile MDA Vario II and O2 Germany which announced to launch it as O2 Xda trion.
The tri-band UMTS/3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition also sports GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a mini-USB port, making data transfer simple - anytime, anywhere.
The VPA compact III comes equipped with a slide-out, ergonomic QWERTZ (since it is a German device) keyboard and 2.8 color display with touch-screen. It also features a jog wheel for easy, one-hand operation.
Interesting enough, Vodafone selects the HTC TyTN ID which looks slightly different to O2's Xda trion ID:

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Thursday, 06.07.06
UTILITY: Ateksoft has released new version of CoolCamera for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:25 CET under 01 - General News

ATEKsoft CoolCamera is a third party application to take pictures and videos with several Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone devices and basically replaces the inbuilt camera application. It's providing many more features then the current camera applications can do, including using your Windows Mobile device as a webcam for your PC messenger services.
At the moment, it works with HTC Pocket PCs like the i-mate JAM, T-Mobile MDA Compact, QTEK S100/S110, O2 Xda mini, Orange SPV M500, Dopod 818, O2 Xda IIi, Dopod 699, i-mate PDA2, Qtek 2020i as well as Qtek 8300, Qtek 8310, i-mate SP5 and i-mate SP5m Smartphones and many more.

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COOPERATION: Bouygues Telecom Mobile Music Service to use Windows Media technology
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:41 CET under 01 - General News

No, this press release isn't Windows Mobile but Windows Media related and it includes legacy mobile phones only. Nevertheless, this is another important announcement for Microsoft since French Bouygues Telecom is following Verizon's example to use and support Windows Media codes and DRM for its mobile music service as well as Microsoft's side load technology for keeping the mobile phone synchronized with the PC.
Both companies, Bouygues Telecom and Microsoft today announced in Washington and Paris to collaborate to incorporate Microsoft's Windows Media technologies progressively in Bouygues Telecom's next-generation mobile music offering set to launch in the first half of 2007. In addition to the service, various Bouygues Telecom handsets will be tailored for the service and include support for core Windows Media technologies including Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Digital Rights Management and Microsoft's Media Transfer Protocol as handset platforms' capabilities evolve.

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LINK: CNET Australia gives the O2 Xda Atom Exec a first review
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CNET Asia got its hands on a brand new O2 Atom Exec, which was recently announced by O2 Asia and published a review with some new great photos of the Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, which is an incremental upgrade to the original Atom, a move the company hopes will help stave off increasing competition from the likes of HP with its iPAQ rw6828 or the upcoming multimedia BlackBerry devices.
Following the highly successful design of the original Atom, the Exec offers the same dimensions - 102x58x18.5 mm - and a more than manageable weight of 140g. The most significant design difference between the first Atom and the Atom Exec is the fact that the new one uses a matte as opposed to a glossy finish.

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UPDATE: Hubdog Google Pack-like Installer for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SRN today announced Hubdog Software Pack, a free software collection including all the essential and suggested components needed to enjoy your favorite media (Video/Music Podcasts, Blogs, News) on your Windows Mobile Pocket PC.
Hubdog Software Pack is a Google Pack-like Desktop Installer for Windows Mobile Pocket PC. In just a few clicks, it sets you up for an optimal mobile media experience; letting you enjoy your device's infotainment and entertainment capacities to its fullest ! Stay tuned, Hubdog Pack will keep adding more essential software titles in the coming months. Safe, quick and easy, Hubdog Software Pack greatly simplifies Hubdog's installation process.

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UPDATE: Microsoft released ActiveSync 4.2 which fixes several bugs [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, Microsoft released the long awaited ActiveSync 4.2 which is the latest sync software for Windows Mobile-based devices and it should fix many of the previously reported sync problems you might have figured out as well. ActiveSync provides a great synchronization experience with Windows-based PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-based PC and Windows Mobile-based device, enabling the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos and applications to and from your device. In addition to synchronizing with a desktop PC, ActiveSync can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 so that you can keep your E-Mail, calendar data, tasks and contact information updated wirelessly when you're away from your PC.

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PREVIEW: Microsoft Windows Live Mobile Beta and Windows Live Messenger Mobile Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:11 CET under 08 - Reviews

As I wrote five weeks ago, Microsoft is currently working on Windows Live Messenger Mobile client for Windows Mobile devices and while everything was under NDA so far, Microsoft has allowed the current Beta users to publish more information and screenshots now.
So what's the Windows Live Messenger Mobile is about? Well, basically it's the mobile device counterpart of Microsoft's new Windows Live Messenger for PCs which will replace the current Windows XP Messenger as well as the MSN Messenger clients to unify the messaging experience under one umbrella - Windows Live. The current version, which is available to a closed user group only, is an early Beta build and therefore far away from how it will works in the final version and since it is such an early Beta, it has some serious bugs.

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Wednesday, 05.07.06
ANNIVERSARY: One year T-Mobile web'n'walk
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like T-Mobile's web'n'walk strategy became T-Mobile's mobile data susccess story, at least that's what T-Mobile International announced today. "Forget the closed portals; go straight to the open Internet". In a nutshell, this was the message for customers used by T-Mobile a year ago to launch the web'n'walk data service. When T-Mobile launched its mobile Internet service in Germany and Austria in July 2005 and thus became the first provider to enable "real" mobile surfing on the World Wide Web, the company heralded a new era for mobile data services.
T-Mobile customers are now able to use the mobile Internet service in T-Mobile's way in six countries. The product is available not only in Germany and Austria anymore but also in the UK, the Czech Republic, in the Netherlands and Hungary. In the meantime the total amount of web'n'walk data options sold has grown to over half a million.

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UNVEILED: Bluebird announced the Pidion DM-300 T-DMB Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In the past, BlueBird was always good for some shiny Pocket PC devices, Bluebird sold under the Pidion brand, but in Korea only. Now the Korean manufacture announced another design and feature packed Pocket PC highlight: the Pidion BM-300 which reminds a little bit on LG's Chocolate phone but unlike the Chocolate, the BM-300 is a Pocket PC (but not a Phone Edition at all) running Windows Mobile 5.0. It's sporting a 2.8" QVGA screen and is powered by an Intel Bulverde CPU with 520 MHz. Memory-wise it has 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM and accepts SD memory cards. Connectivity-wise it has WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and USB on board. However, the most interesting feature is it's inbuilt support for T-DMB digital terrestrial TV:

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Tuesday, 04.07.06
TERMINATED: Navigon phases out its line of PDA platform products in North America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One and a half year after Navigon announced to enter the US American market with its Pocket PC navigation solution, now Navigon announced to retire from the US market.
NAVIGON, suppliers of the navigation software for OCN5 (OnCourseNavigator), has announced its intention to phase out its line of PDA platform products in North America, effective immediately. Easy PocketNAV.com must therefore announce its decision to discontinue the OCN5 product line as of July 1, 2006. Users of this product should note that both Easy PocketNAV.com and Navigon are committed to providing continuing technical support for OCN5 through July 1, 2007.

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UPDATE: Microsoft released the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 SP1 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 01 - General News

May cool applications out there are using Microsoft's .NET Compact Framework today but so far, the CF for Windows Mobile devices had a serious issue: you had to install it on your device, it wasn't possible to install CF on memory cards. Unfortunately, the .NET Compact Framework is pretty big which means - in worth case - after you've installed the .NET CF on your device, you hadn't had enough space to install the application but now comes the good news: Microsoft recently released the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 which can be installed on memory cards now as well.
The Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 SP1 Redistributable contains the common language runtime and class libraries built for the .NET Compact Framework. In addition to supporting version 2.0, it also supports applications developed for version 1.0 and service pack releases before version 2.0.

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ANNOUNCED: Sharp introduced the Willcom W-Zero3 [es] Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last years launch of the first Japanese Pocket PC Phone Edition - the Willcom W-Zero3 - today Sharp jointly launched with Willcom and Microsoft its follower - the Willcom W-Zero3 [es] Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition.
While the initial W-Zero3 reminds more on a Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY keyboard, the W-Zero3 [es] now looks like a mix of Pocket PCs and Smartphones and also features a 2nd mobile phone styled keyboard on the front.
The Willcom W-Zero3 [es] is using Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 OS for Pocket PC Japanese editions with AKU2 and support of Microsoft's MSFP and works on the Japanese PHS (W-SIM) mobile networks.

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RELEASED: Samsung officially launches the Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Korean Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced its official launch of the Samsung SGH-i320 slim Windows Mobile Smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, signaling the company's still driving to the Smartphone market.
The sleek and stylish Samsung i320 is a super-slim bar type handset, measuring just 11.5mm in depth and 95g in weight with an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard. The QWERTY keyboard has the same keyboard layout used in personal computers, enabling users to send E-Mails and text messages far more conveniently; such a fun and simple methodology proved to be a huge success amongst consumers in the US and Europe.

The i320 operates in the GSM/GPRS 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz networks using Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Operating System to provide users with a familiar interface that is easy to navigate and use. It allows users to write and store texts, exchange E-Mails in real-time, type memos, and more.

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Monday, 03.07.06
MESSAGING: IBM to extends Lotus Sametime collaboration platform to Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:18 CET under 01 - General News

Building on its commitment to openness and choice in computing, IBM last week announced it will extend the reach of its upcoming Lotus Sametime 7.5 collaboration platform - the industry's number one instant messaging software for enterprise customers - by providing integration with Microsoft Outlook, Office and SharePoint applications. In addition, Sametime 7.5 will offer direct connectivity to mobile devices from RIM and Nokia, as well as Microsoft Windows Mobile devices.

With Lotus Sametime 7.5, Microsoft users have easy access to a full set of instant messaging and Web conferencing capabilities, without requiring costly upgrades. Within Microsoft word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, Lotus Sametime customers will be able to take advantage of Lotus Sametime 7.5 features, such as sending an instant message, initiating a call, sharing an application or launching a Web conference. Within Microsoft E-Mail inboxes, users will be able to view online presence information, schedule Web conferences from their calendars and with a click, access full Lotus Sametime capabilities, including Web conferencing.

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Saturday, 01.07.06
REVEALED: Samsung's SGH-i770 clamshell Pocket PC Phone Edition appeared at the FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From the FCC, Phone Scoop have caught some more news of the so far unannounced but speculated Samsung i770, a - well let's say odd looking Pocket PC Phone Edition device, which is a clamshell kind of Pocket PC. The most interesting part, beside the odd design, is the way the "butterfly" keyboard is utilized since it reminds pretty much on a Sony Ericsson M600 keyboard that has two letters per key, pressing the left half of the key will input one letter while pressing the right will trigger the other.
Beside this special keyboard design, the other features are pretty common since it is expected to feature a rotating 2 megapixel camera with flash, includes Bluetooth, microSD, an external color display and a jog-wheel for scrolling and for media playback control when the phone is closed.

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