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Thursday, 31.08.06
ANYWHERE: Is the Xbox 360 Live coming to a Windows Mobile Smartphone near you soon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:16 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, I have to admit, that I have neither a Xbox 360 nor an Xbox 360 Live account but if you are a hardcore Xbox 360 fan, and you can not live without your Xbox 360 Live features, it looks like you can stay connected soon - thanks to your Windows Mobile Smartphone.
That's at least, what the fuzzy photos tells me, which recently appeared over at Kotaku. Now I have to say, that I don't have an idea what "Xbox Live Anywhere" is about but it looks cool.

So Major Nelson whips out his phone and says, "I bet your phone doesn't have this." and proceeds to jog through a bunch of Live Anywhere windows on his svelte phone.

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RSS: MaximumSoft released NewsCopier - another free RSS Newsreader for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MaximumSoft today announced the release of its latest product - NewsCopier for Windows Mobile Pocket PC. This Free RSS newsreader puts the latest headlines, weather, sports, business, and entertainment news right in your hands. It keeps you up-to-date on blogs, bargains, stocks and other news.

You have instant access to the news you are interested in. The program can use your wireless connection or update headlines when your Pocket PC is cradled. NewsCopier can either automatically refresh its information on a regular basis, or let you do the refresh manually.

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UNVEILED: Cingular 8525 aka HTC Hermes caught in the wild
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember Alfredo's earlier posting about the Cingular 8525? It seems like everything was right - at least if you check the fuzzy photos bellow, a user called "Hayswj" posted yesterday over at HowardForums.
No front facing camera but all the rest looks pretty identical to the O2 Xda trion/Orange SPV M31000 since all three Pocket PC Phone Editions shares the same ID.
No word yet about the expected/rumored PTT button (Push to Talk) and functionality as well as no word about an estimated launch date or retail price but hey - at least it seems to be confirmed, that the Cingular 8525 is definitely coming to the U.S. and Cingular:

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OFFICE: CNetX released Pocket SlideShow Smartphone Edition 1.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CNetX is recently announced the release of version 1.5 of Pocket SlideShow Smartphone Edition, the popular PowerPoint viewer for Windows Mobile powered Smartphones, which was bundled with the very first Orange SPV Smartphone. Pocket SlideShow lets you keep your favorite Microsoft PowerPoint presentations right in your pocket, so you can review presentations on the go or keep important PowerPoint contents always at hand for quick reference.
With Pocket SlideShow you can browse slides quickly in preview mode, read notes and comments in your presentation, find any slide at a glance using thumbnail view, and display presentations full screen, with optimized display and animations.

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UTILITY: Franson GpsGate 2.0 - adds virtual GPS ports to Pocket PCs and Windows PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are using a Windows Mobile Pocket PC and GPS, this utility might become handy if you want to use more than just one GPS application in parallel. Franson Technology recently released Franson GpsGate 2.0, a Windows and Pocket PC utility that lets you run many GPS applications using a single GPS receiver. New features in GpsGate 2.0 are the ability to share a GPS over ActiveSync or Bluetooth. Support for Garmin software and GPS receivers. And GpsGate 2.0 will let you connect Google Earth to a normal GPS, something that otherwise isn't possible.

GPS users often have several applications that they want to run simultaneously. Without Franson GpsGate, it's necessary to shut down one application before beginning another. With Franson GpsGate, you can share one GPS among several applications. Simply create additional virtual serial ports, and any GPS applications can connect to them.

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UNVEILED: High Resolution Photos of Vodafone's Treo 750
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 04:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As the release date for Vodafone's new Treo 750 approaches we have some nice high resolution pictures available. Some important points include mini-sd expansion slot and 64 mb of RAM.
Now if only they would trash that 240x240 resolution screen and give us something that's up to snuff I might be interested. For those who don't care about a high res screen, see the high res pictures after the jump.

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Wednesday, 30.08.06
NAVIGATION: TomTom launched TomTom Navigator 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:16 CET under 01 - General News

After TomTom prereleased TomTom Navigator 6 exclusively with Palm, today TomTom also released it's latest GPS-based Navigator product for a broader range of devices, incl. Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones.
TomTom Navigator 6 integrates TomTom Navigator 5 and TomTom MOBILE 5 into one multi-platform solution for PDA's and Smartphones - TomTom Navigator 6, the ideal solution for customers who need their PDA or Smartphone and navigation system integrated in one personal device.
TomTom will unveil both a regional and European version of Navigator 6. The regional version will come with detailed maps of a customer's country or region, as well as including the major roads in Western Europe, for seamless cross border navigation. The European version features complete door-to-door navigation anywhere in Western Europe.

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UPDATE: Motorola released the long awaited Motorola Q ROM update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally! It appeared, it disappeared but now it's back - Motorola's ROM update for the Motorola Q Windows Mobile Smartphone.
This ROM update is focused on enhancing enterprise functionality like adding the Microsoft Security Feature Pack (MSFP) which, together with Microsoft Exchange 2003 (SP2), includes Direct Push Technology, global address book lookup and enhanced mobile device management and security, including the ability to remotely wipe data from devices and options for stronger encryption of data.
Other features contains the long time missing Dial-up Networking (DUN) connectivity which is now added and part of the Q. Users can have broadband-like EVDO download speeds on their laptop by using their Motorola Q as a wireless modem via USB or Bluetooth for an additional fee. The software update also enables improved browser navigation as well as other improvements since it is based on Microsoft's AKU 2.

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UPGRADE: WebIS released Pocket Informant 2007 for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Another great product got an upgrade to make the good even better. WebIS, well known for it's Pocket Informant Outlook Mobile replacement for Pocket PCs, recently released Pocket Informant 2007.
Pocket Informant vastly improves upon the functionality of Outlook Mobile to match and exceed what's available even with the desktop Outlook while keeping complete and uncompromising compatibility with Outlook. 5 Calendar Views, Notes, Tasks, Contacts, Journal and so much more with an awesome to use interface.
Despite its robust features, Pocket Informant is naturally easy to use. Features are designed to be quickly accessible, without being in the way. WebIS is constantly improving the features that already exist making them faster, more intuitive and more efficient.

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SERVICE: Yahoo! released Yahoo! Go for Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PCs [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Yahoo! released its Yahoo! Go software for Windows Mobile devices. It's Yahoo! Go for Mobile application suite, which was released earlier this year for Symbian based Series 60 devices, includes E-Mail, search, photo upload (Flickr), address book and calendar services, as well as access to Yahoo's news, sports and finance content. Yahoo! Messenger is not included in Windows Mobile editions of Yahoo! Go yet but only available to Symbian users. For sure, Yahoo already offers many of its popular online services in mobile device optimized versions but the software provides a faster, smoother experience and additional features. For instance, users can store E-Mails for reading when they don't have service and can automatically upload photos taken with their cameras into their Yahoo Photos accounts.

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Tuesday, 29.08.06
UPGRADE: Spb Software House released Spb Diary 2.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The good becomes even better. Today Spb Software House announced the release of Spb Diary 2.0, a major update to the award winning Pocket PC PIM Today plug-in.
For the 16 months that Spb Diary has been on the market it has become a "must have" application and now holds a firm place among the top-selling Pocket PC applications. For many users, Spb Diary is the first application they install on a brand new device. In 2005, this application was the finalist in Microsoft's Mobile2Market contest and in 2006, Spb Diary won one of the most recognized prizes: the Shareware Industry Award for "Best Program for PDA's".

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ANNOUNCED: i-mate officially releases the i-mate SP JAS and i-mate JASJAM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 01 - General News

After the i-mate SP JAS (aka HTC Breeze) and i-mate JASJAM (aka HTC Hermes) appeared on i-mate's website last week already, today Dubai-based i-mate also officially launched its two new lightning-quick 3G handsets.
The i-mate SP JAS Windows Mobile Smartphones and the i-mate JASJAM Windows Mobile Pocket PC are the first i-mate devices to feature UMTS and thumb-wheels for easy menu navigation, allowing users to quickly scroll within their inbox or simply move from one function to the next.

The i-mate SP JAS offers Microsoft Windows Mobile functionality in a stylish and slim mobile phone format, while the i-mate JASJAM is a fully-featured Microsoft Windows Pocket PC, or handheld computer phone and one of the first products in the world to offer 3G (WCDMA), EDGE and Wi-Fi global roaming access.
The i-mate JASJAM also features a 400 MHz processor for blistering high speed data access and quad band support for global connectivity which will make it the device of choice for business travelers with a need for constant and fast connectivity.

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LAUNCH: Gigabyte Communications launches GSmart brand in Russia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gigabyte Communications today announced the launch of GSmart brand in Russia. During the GSmart Launch Event in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Tony Mestres, Senior Director of Microsoft WW Field & Sales/Mobile & Embedded Devices Marketing, has briefed the general situation in the world of Windows Mobile devices and has emphasized the important contribution that Gigabyte Communications has advanced in this field. Gigabyte has launched GSmart brand with GSmart i128 as the first TV-enabled mobile PDA phone in the World.

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DEVELOPMENT: HTC to improve digital music support for mobiles but dropping infrared in future
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 01 - General News

HTC (High Tech Computer), well known maker of Windows Mobile based mobile phones, plans to further develop music playing functions in its handsets in the future, while it will slowly phase out infrared.
While HTC already offers Windows Media Mobile-based music functions on its Pocket PCs and Smartphones, HTC will going forward by adding more flash memory and other hardware to make its phones increasingly music-friendly, said Peter Chou, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of HTC, in a group interview published by Nnet.
HTC is also going to remove some functions from its mobiles. The company has already phased infrared out of some of its latest mobile phones and expects to continue to remove the function since it is no longer a necessity, said Chou.

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REVIEW: iGO North America 2006 - SD
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 11:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

I have the honor to review the iGo My Way Navigation Software 2006 All Region Beta version after publishing the TomTom Navigation 5 review couple weeks ago. The package arrived from GPS & More Ltd. in about a week. I have extensively used one in-car navigation system for 4 years, an older version of iGuidance on the second generation IPAQ for 2 years, and lately the TomTom Navigation 5 software on T-mobile MDA. This would be an interesting comparison, especially with the TomTom Navigation 5 software, since the other two are considered older generation hardware and software.

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Monday, 28.08.06
SHOPPING: Microsoft integrates Windows Mobile software into refreshed Windows Marketplace
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:54 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft today announced that the redesigned Windows Marketplace Web site is now live and available for customers. Among a bevy of enhancements, Windows Marketplace adds integrated electronic software distribution (also for Windows Mobile software) through Microsoft's digital locker. The digital locker enables customers to purchase and download software with increased safety and security as well as track purchase history and store software license information.
The new software catalog of downloadable titles offers breadth and depth, including purchase and download product offerings from many of the top publishers such as games titles from Activision Inc., Sierra Entertainment Inc., Turbine Inc., Ubisoft Entertainment and 2K Games. The site will continue to highlight popular free downloads such as Shutterfly Studio, a digital photo management software title from Shutterfly Inc. In addition to the digital locker, the refreshed site offers enhanced search capabilities and tools that help customers make informed technology decisions, as well as an intuitive design similar to the look and feel of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda cosmo Windows Mobile Smartphone aka HTC Excalibur
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Do you have enough from fuzzy and blurry HTC Excalibur photos? Me too and thanks to O2 Germany, today I've received its latest Windows Mobile Smartphone - maybe the next Windows Mobile superstar - the O2 Xda cosmo, most of you might still know as HTC Excalibur.
So what's all the cosmo/Excalibur buzz about? Well, the HTC Excalibur is HTC's first BlackBerry look alike Windows Mobile Smartphone with a thumb QWERTZ keyboard. While it reminds on the first sight on a Pocket PC Phone Edition with landscape screen, the screen isn't a touch screen at all since the Xda cosmo is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone. Other features are quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, W-LAN and Bluetooth, a 2 1.3 megapixel camera, the thumb keyboard and the new jog strip which replaces the traditional jog wheel, BlackBerry and HTC Hermes users might know.

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REVEALED: More HTC Artemis and HTC Trinity photos hits the web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier leaks of the HTC Artemis and HTC Trinity, this "BengalBoy" has published a bunch of new high resolution photos of both devices now.
The HTC Artemis is a GPS enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a FM radio (which means the device could also support the TMC-service for GPS navigation), W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera. It's expected to run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and is powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz. In addition, it seems to feature a kind of "track ball" (right, the thing we had with our Laptops in the early day of mobile computing).

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SITE: Some Forum House Keeping and Changes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:11 CET under 06 - Site News

Over the weekend I - and even more important - my site developer (the technical brain behind everything you see here) spent some time for some important forum maintenance and house keeping.
First of all, we faced some serious spam problems during the past weeks where spam bots and zombie PCs posted a huge amount of spam into the forums.
Basically, this is pretty easy for spam bots and zombie PCs because they fake the submit command in HTML codes without being physically on the site. Nevertheless, this works - for spammers - pretty successful and I had a lot of work to get the spam cleaned out again since it was annoying and sometimes even offensive.

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THOUGHT: Why no Office Suite for Windows Mobile Smartphone? [unwired::cast]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 08:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Notes: Well folks, this is my first Thought since announcing our new unwired::cast, and as promised you can scroll down to the bottom of the article and download it in audio format for your listening pleasure. Also, because of the confusion over the word "smartphone", as it can refer both to all mobile devices that have an extensible OS and to the specific Windows Mobile smartphone edition, I will use the term WM smarthphone to distinguish the latter.

One of the amazing things about smartphones is that you are carrying around what is for the most part a fully featured and powerful computer in a phone sized device. Unfortunately for me, there are still things that a 15 year old computer can do that my smartphone can't, despite the fact that it has a more powerful processor, more RAM and more memory than any 15 year old computer. Probably the thing lacking that bothers me the most is the fact that there is no office suite for Windows Mobile smartphone edition devices.

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Sunday, 27.08.06
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Excalibur Smartphone as O2 Xda cosmo [UPDATE]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 19:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German consumer telecommunication magazine "connect" got a working prototype of the HTC Excalibur in their hands and has published some further information about it in its latest issue. Although its previously been seen with T-Mobile themes, connect indicates that it will be carried by O2 Germany, with XDA branding.

According to connect, the O2 Xda cosmo the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone will be available during September or October of this year. Of course what this means is that European carriers can expect to see it in the next couple of months, while American carriers will probably take another month or two. The Excalibur is HTC's answer to the Motorola Q. With a QWERTY keyboard (the German version will has most likely a QWERTZ keyboard), jog strip/pad, GSM/GPRS/EDGE quadband and Wi-Fi, about the only thing this phone is missing is 3G connectivity.

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BETA: Sling Media released SlingPlayer Mobile for Pocket PC BETA 1.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Sling Media's latest Windows XP SlingPlayer releases, Sling Media released another SlingPlayer Mobile for Pocket PC Beta, which is now available to all registered (US) Slingbox owners at SlingMedia.com.
This Beta version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Pocket PC provides a preview on feature enhancements over the current v1.0, as well as to obtain users' valuable feedback. As always, also this Beta version will expire after an evaluation period.

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Thursday, 24.08.06
PODCAST: The first unwired::cast now available [UPDATE]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:37 CET under 06 - Site News

One of the things that I've been wanting to do since I was brought on as an Editor in Training was to start getting some audio content out to our fans. I am still working on putting together a fully fledged podcast, but in the interim I have decided to make my "Thoughts" available in audio format.

I hope that this will make some of our content more accessible to those of you who, like me, lead busy lives and don't always have the time to read a long article. So without further ado, I'd like to introduce my first the::unwired unwired::cast, available after the jump.

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SERVICE: Deutsche Bahn starts MMS railway tickets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:33 CET under 01 - General News

That's definitely a handy service for German railway customers of Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national railway. Since today, Deutsche Bahn allows passengers to buy tickets through their Internet enabled mobile phones and - now comes the trick - the ticket is delivered back to the customer via a MMS which contains a 2D bar code.
Customers who use the service receive a multimedia message on their mobile phones that's read by new scanners and serve as a ticket, railway operator Deutsche Bahn said today in Frankfurt.
To make sure, customers are not dodging the fare and only buying the ticket at the moment the train conductor appears, booking is available until 10 minutes before a train's departure only; you can not buy tickets during the train ride anymore.

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MESSAGING: WebIS released FlexMail 2007 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For me, E-Mail is one of the most used Windows Mobile features and there might be many reasons, why we are not satisfied with Microsoft's current inbuilt E-Mail application. Maybe WebIS latest FlexMail release is something you was looking for for a long time too. FlexMail is a full fledged E-Mail client for your Pocket PC which supports reading and replying to ActiveSynch E-Mail for basic operations or through its infinitely more powerful POP3/IMAP4 services to your E-Mail server. With support for industry standard SSL and SOCKS proxies, you can connect to almost any E-Mail provider including Google's GMail service!
With FlexMail's many options you can customize your E-Mail usage much more than any the Pocket PC Inbox allows. Receive your E-Mail via ActiveSync and respond via your POP3/IMAP4 SMTP account. Have FlexMail only hold the last 5 days of your IMAP folders. Create local folders and server folders. Synchronize by age, size, and synchronizations status on a per folder basis allowing you to get only the last 5 day's worth of E-Mail in your Inbox but the last months in your Personal folder, for example.

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REVIEW: pocketMax Software phoneAlarm v1.53
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 14:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

As I'm one of those guys, who can't live without their beloved Windows Mobile Smartphone Feature "Profiles", I decided to have a look at Pocketmax phoneAlarm. Which is available since the last three weeks in the version 1.53. In my early Windows Mobile 5.0 days I've tested the older version 1.32 and got my problems with it, but I'll blame it to the early Windows Mobile version.

First of all I will say, this tool is skinable, so don't wonder if you have seen it before and it looks now quiet different. The Today Plug-In offers various information which depends on the skin you use, in my case you'll see Home, Bluetooth, missed calls, Voicemail, SMS, Email, battery and signal strength status and Config.

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Wednesday, 23.08.06
UNVEILED: i-mate announced the HTC Breeze as i-mate SP JAS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Another "JAS" device from i-mate - this time the SP JAS. Basically, the i-mate SP JAS is based on HTC's Breeze Windows Mobile Smartphone reference design and therefore it features Windows Mobile 5.0 and - even more important - WCDMA/UMTS (single band 2100 MHz only). Furthermore it's supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as Bluetooth 1.2 and is powered by a 300 MHz Samsung CPU, sporting 128 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM. And for sure it has the 1.3 megapixel camera (without photo light) on the back side.
So far, the specs are identically to HTC's own retail version - the HTC MTeoR (read my HTC MTeoR review here). However, while HTC has removed the front facing video telephony camera from its MTeoR, i-mate has decided to add it (as Dopod did as well for the Dopod 595) and therefore the SP JAS includes a second front facing CIF camera for video telephony:

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LOCATING: Earthcomber adds on-demand Maps and Data
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:11 CET under 01 - General News

With the latest release from Earthcomber, travelers with Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Palm-powered PDAs can wirelessly retrieve free maps and data over-the-air, giving mobile users a convenient way to explore their surroundings for places that would make their trips complete. From a latte to a museum, a movie to the best Chinese restaurant in town, Earthcomber users can always find their favorite places.
Earthcomber is a free, location-based service. It employs patented search technology to match the user's interests with nearby locations and alert the user when one of their needs or desires is nearby. Unlike web-style mobile searches, there's no need to stop and enter search terms, one by one. Instead, Earthcomber scans the area for the user's entire list of favorites, interests and needs.

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RELEASED: i-mate finally launched the HTC Hermes as i-mate JASJAM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok, now it's out and i-mate finally followed Dopod and even many carriers which released the HTC Hermes before already. i-mate is calling its HTC Hermes version "i-mate JASJAM" (a mix between JASJAR = 3G and K-JAM = keyboard) but basically, the JASJAM doesn't adds anything new - we haven't seen before already. Therefore it features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband WCDMA (UMTS) connectivity plus 802.11b/g W-LAN and Bluetooth 1.2. It's sporting a 400 MHz Samsung CPU, is backed-up by 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM and features a 2.0-megapixel camera on the backside and a second QVGA camera on the front for video telephony. For sure it's running Windows Mobile 5.0 featuring Microsoft's MSFP for Push E-Mail. Oh, and as expected, it features the HERM100 ID as used by O2, T-Mobile and Orange also:

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Tuesday, 22.08.06
COMMUNITY: HTC launched its own Wiki for Windows Mobile users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 01 - General News

If you thought - like me - so far, that the HTC Wiki site was just an independent customer project, you were wrong - as I was. Because Wetpaint.com announced today that HTC America (High Tech Computer Corp.) has chosen Wetpaint to build and host a new wiki Website to help support HTC's growing online community. The Web site, which can be found at www.htcwiki.com , is a place where HTC's passionate customer base are encouraged to share their experiences, offer tips and tricks and recommend new devices to other customers as well as to HTC.
At the moment, it looks like a project of HTC Amercia only but I'm sure the European and Asian users will find their place their as well, even if European devices like the HTC MTeoR doesn't appear on the site at all.

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PLACE SHIFT: Sling Media released final version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sling Media, Inc. today announced that its SlingPlayer Mobile TV software is free, for a limited time, to new Slingbox owners who buy and register their Slingbox between August 15, 2006 and September 16, 2006. A US$ 29.99 value, SlingPlayer Mobile is a software package that gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from any network-enabled mobile phone or handheld computer powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system.
In addition, Sling Media today also released its final version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Smartphone software furthering the company's commitment to extending the living room TV experience on a broad range of the most popular devices on the market. The limited time free SlingPlayer Mobile offer is valid for both versions of Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile software.

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MESSENGER: UBiQUiO 501 Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY keyboard [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Have you ever heard of UBiQUiO? Me neither but maybe the company is worth to watch. At least their latest ultra slim Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY keyboard, the UBiQUiO 501, is an interesting devices for all non-Smartphone users since it also features the traditional Pocket PC input through the 2.5" QVGA touch screen, allowing stylus control of menus and programs.
The UBiQUiO 501 has a host of connectivity options to choose from. Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP, it either connects to the internet using WiFi 802.11b or 802.11g or via GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz networks (sorry - no EDGE or GSM 850 MHz).
The 2 megapixel camera should provides a crisp and colorful imaging and the the 64 MB internal storage is extendable through miniSD cards:

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HACK: Get your HTC MTeoR Application unlocked
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported before, the current HTC MTeoR (the HTC sales version of the HTC Breeze) ROM has some serious problems including an application lock, which also keeps you away from installing your own certificates on the device, you need to use Microsoft's MSFP.
However - while we still waiting for a new ROM build from HTC which hopefully fixes the problem - the guys over at MoDaCo have found a way to get the device unlocked anyway.
Basically, it includes the installation of two files on the device and some changes in the device registry. However, if you follow the instructions (read the first 4 postings), you should get your MTeoR application unlocked as well:

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WEB: Demand for mobile access to Social Networking Sites is growing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:48 CET under 01 - General News

As Greenlight Wireless announced today, Skweezer users are visiting social networking sites with increasing frequency, displacing traditional Web portals and search engines among the list of most visited sites.
According to Greenlight Wireless, MySpace is the first social networking site to appear among the top five most highly visited sites by Skweezer's mobile users, which was determined by a weekly traffic report generated for the first week of August. Similar sites that allow users to share information and meet online, such as Flickr, del.icio.us, and Friendster, have also experienced rapid uptake by Skweezer users in recent months. As a result of the growing popularity of link sharing services, Skweezer has a new feature that allows users to save browsing favorites to del.icio.us, Furl, Simpy or BlinkList from their cell phone or PDA.

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FLAT: Unlimited packages for Orange customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 01 - General News

Orange announces today that it will become the first mobile network to offer its customers unlimited voice calls to mobiles and landlines, texts and data. The updated packages will provide customers with unlimited access to the services that they use most.

Customers joining Orange or upgrading to an 18 month tariff and spending from over £35 per month will be given an unlimited service based on their needs. The highly sociable who choose the Dolphin package will receive unlimited texts on packages over £35. Racoon, which is aimed at those who use their phone as a tool not a toy will get unlimited calls to landlines. Customers who love to talk and choose the Canary package will receive unlimited evening and weekend calls, and those who like extras as standard would choose a package from Panther and receive unlimited off-peak texts.

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SPOTTED: Another unknown O2 UMTS Pocket PC Phone Edition hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Prototype or preproduction device? Who knows but the guys over at Slashphone found a photo of a so far unknown Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, running Windows Mobile 5. Maybe most interesting is the front facing cam which makes it most likely a UMTS/3G Pocket PC Phone Edition and the fact that it is O2 branded. However, no further information available yet if it is just another prototype or even a preproduction device already, which might hits the market later (this year)?
As far as I can see, it isn't looking anything HTC-like we have seen so far so for me it is a completely unknown device:

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Monday, 21.08.06
APPROVED: HTC Excalibur received the FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Everything we heard about the HTC Wizard Windows Mobile 5.0 QWERTY thumb-keyboard Smartphone before seems to turn out to be true. It recently received the necessary FCC approval and according to the FCC documents, it's quadband (at least it supports GSM 850 and 1900 MHz), it supports W-LAN as well as Bluetooth.
Interesting enough also the rumor, that there is a jog-strip less version (which was rumored to be launched by Dopod which is operating in Asia only) seems to become true, at least that's the device the FCC got for testing and approval and the FCC documents (even without photos because of confidentially) are talking about the "Exec100 without Jog Bar":

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CONFIRMED: Palm Treo 700wx coming to Sprint
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When the Treo 700w was released by Verizon Wireless back in January, many confidently predicted that Palm's first Windows Mobile based Pocket PC would soon be available from a wide variety of carriers but so far, Palm is only offering the EVDO version through Sprint, while the UMTS-follower for Europe (the Palm Treo 750v) will be announced next month anyway.
Nevertheless, the latest version of Sprint's connection manager had a reference to a so far unknown "Palm Treo 700wx" which was the first time that there was hint of this model and now an anonymous tipster over at TreoCentral.com has posted the first photos of the Palm Treo 700wx sales box:

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NEWS: Hermes Coming to Cingular as the 8525
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 06:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As expected, the HTC Hermes will be coming to U.S. carrier Cingular soon as the Cingular 8525. Billed as the successor to the Cingular 8125 (HTC Wizard), the Hermes adds Start/OK buttons, a scroll wheel, faster processor, redesigned keyboard and UMTS/HSDPA support. The 8125 has been a successful phone for Cingular and I expect the 8525 will be as well.

One item of note is that the 8525 will not include a front facing VGA camera as seen on other versions of the Hermes. The camera is normally used for video calling, and as Cingular is not ready to deploy this service yet they have apparently asked that it be removed. No information is available about cost yet.

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Sunday, 20.08.06
POLL: Do you use your Windows Mobile device as a Wireless Modem for your Notebook? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 10 - Polls

As I've posted in the previous poll (Which standard do you use for mobile Internet access?), I'm using Windows CE (as Windows Mobile devices was called before) devices since 1997 to go online if I'm away from my home or office PCs.
However, in the first years I've used the Windows CE device as the I/O device and my modem was my (Ericsson) mobile phone I've connected with my P/PCs and H/PCs via Infrared. With the introduction of Windows Mobile powered Pocket PC Phone Editions in 2002, everything changed since the Pocket PC Phone Edition devices itself includes the modem functionalities now (in the early years it was just GPRS, now it's even EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA - not to forget the American standards like 1x and EVDO) and the Windows Mobile devices become my modem for my Notebook which is pretty handy since I can leave PCMCIA modem cards at home now.

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RUMOR: Is i-mate working on its own Moto Q/Samsung i320 competitor called i-mate JAQ?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So far, i-mate was selling HTC based Windows Mobile devices only but this possibly ends now, with a so far - by i-mate itself - not announced device called i-mate JAQ.
While the i-mate JAQ looks at the first sight like a redesigned HTC Excalibur, on the second sight it becomes clear, that it isn't a Windows Mobile powered Smartphone but Pocket PC Phone Edition.
According to Hungarian online shop "PDAMania" the device is sporting a 2.8" QVGA touch screen, QWERTY keyboard, is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and a TI OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz, has inbuilt 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM and features a mini SD card slot.
The i-mate JAQ is announced to support GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and Bluetooth 1.2. The camera should be a 1.3 megapixel camera only:

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Saturday, 19.08.06
THOUGHT: Why is Symbian failing in the United States? [unwired::cast]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 01:40 CET under 09 - Thoughts

No one has benefited more from the rapid growth of the smartphone market worldwide than Symbian. The OS currently holds over 70% of global market share for smartphones. Most smartphone consumers living in the United States though would be shocked by that number. Very simply, in the stores, on a daily basis, you don't see Symbian smartphones.

Of the four major U.S. carriers, only Cingular carries any Symbian smartphones (2). In contrast there are 10 Windows Mobile smartphones offered by all 4 carriers, and more on the way soon. As an aficionado of mobile technology, and one who is often impressed by the features offered in the latest generation of Symbian smartphones, I have to ask myself why is this the case? Why is Symbian failing in the U.S.?

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Friday, 18.08.06
ANNOUNCEMENT: Palm to officially unveil its new Windows Mobile Treo next month
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Reuters, Palm is expected to unveil the latest version of its Windows Mobile based UMTS Treo next month as it attempts to revive sales hit by tough competition and problems with previous models.
"The announcement is going to be made in the UK on September 12, and we will give all the details then but at the moment all we are saying is that it will be out before the end of the year," said a Palm spokeswoman.
A September or October release is seen by analysts as vital for any firm hoping to cash in on the all-important Christmas period as they vie for shelf space with rivals' products.

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SMARTPHONE: More HTC Excalibur photos hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok, now it gets clearer. After the first renderings and the first fuzzy photo of the HTC Excalibur, Geek.com has managed to get the first real "high resolution" photos of the Excalibur.
According to Geek.com's sources the Excalibur is definitely smaller than the Motorola Q (and the compared BlackBerry) and features quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as Wi-Fi.
Interesting is the previously mentioned jog-strip since it doesn't looks like a jog-strip anymore but more like a kind of up/down rocker with Back and Start keys above and bellow the jog-strip/rocker.
Maybe here we see the previously by Smartphone Thoughts mentioned Dopod version which is rumored to be released without the jog-strip; on the other hand it was rumored to be a jog dial, not a rocker:

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Thursday, 17.08.06
INITIAL INPUT: Two steps back for Windows Mobile still?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:35 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Is Microsoft sitting on its laurels? This is a question I wish to bring up to all you Windows Mobile users out there. I have been a long time Windows Mobile with experiences dating back to the time it was called Windows CE Palm-size PCs.

Over the years and every OS version update, things have been added and things have been discarded. Sometimes you think about it and you figure out that your older device actually does more than what you are using now. Why give up things which set you apart from the rest of the mobile devices in the fast paced progression of the mobile device industry?

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NEWS: Big Changes for Windows Mobile
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 19:12 CET under 01 - General News

Ed Hardy over at Brighthand has an interesting article about the future of Windows Moble (and Palm for those who care).

"If you're a long-time handheld or smartphone user, you might be in for a shock: both Microsoft and PalmSource are in the process of significantly changing the way their mobile operating systems look and act."

According to Mr. Hardy this change is being driven by greater demand from consumers for one handed devices. Where is this information coming from? Apparently Mr. Hardy has had an opportunity to be hands on with the new Windows Mobile OS, code named "Photon".

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DISCONNECTED: Boeing to discontinue Connexion by Boeing high-speed Internet service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 01 - General News

Well, that's definitely bad news for heavy Internet users and business travelers. Boeing today announced that a detailed business and market analysis of Connexion by Boeing is complete and the company has decided to exit the high-speed broadband communications connectivity markets.
Now Boeing will work with its customers to facilitate an orderly phase out of the Connexion by Boeing service.

As initially disclosed in the company's second-quarter 2006 financial results on July 26, Boeing now expects to recognize a pre-tax charge of up to US$ 320 million, or US$ 0.26 per share, in the second half of 2006, of which approximately US$ 290 million will be taken in the third quarter and the balance in the fourth quarter. The company also expects a benefit to earnings of approximately US$ 0.15 per share starting in 2007 without further investment in Connexion. The company will update its financial guidance when it releases third quarter results on October 25.

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Wednesday, 16.08.06
LEAKED: Fuzzy Pictures of HTC Artemis & Trinity
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following on the heels of recent news about the HTC Artemis (you remember - HTC's first GPS Pocket PC Phone Edition with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a FM radio (which means the device could also support the TMC-service for GPS navigation), W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera) & HTC Trinity (the Pocket PC Phone Edition which is expected to feature triband UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) and even HSDPA as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), Bluetooth 2.0 and W-LAN IEE802.11 b/g) we wrote about two days ago we have some "live" photos of the devices.
These photos are so blurry as to be almost worthless, but I know some of you out there crave any information so here they are.

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POLL: Which standard do you use for the mobile Internet access? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 10 - Polls

Ok, we have 2.xG mobile data standards like GSM's, CSD, HSCSD, GPRS and EDGE and 3.xG standards like UMTS, HSDPA and EVDO available and operational as well as competing standards like W-LAN and WiBro and WiMAX but which standard do you use for the mobile Internet access with your (Windows) Mobile device?
I've started with CSD (which was the reason why I've created my first Windows CE homepage back in 1997) and upgraded later to GPRS. Two years ago, I've upgrade again, this time to UMTS to upgrade to HSDPA this year but what's your current standard/technology you are using to go online on the road?

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UTILITY: fit4cat Hermes Tweaker for HTC Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Most of us advanced Windows Mobile users are tweaking the registries of our devices to get more out of it. Sometimes because the ODMs and OEMs either have disabled some of the features or because you want something different than Microsoft or the ODM has predefined. However, tweaking the registry always causes the risk to damage the device which can result in having a hard-resetting to get it back alive again. Easier and more convenient is the way to use an application which does the changes for you - like fit4cat Hermes Tweaker which was recently released for the HTC Hermes (aka O2 Xda trion, T-Mobile MDA Vario II, Orange SPV M3100 or HTC TyTN).
Basically it's a compilation of known registry hacks as you can find it over at Xda-developers.com but as I said, it's all together in one handy application and you don't have to fire up your Registry Editor.

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Tuesday, 15.08.06
PUBLIC BETA: Skype releases Skype for Pocket PC 2.1 Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Skype released a new Skype Windows Mobile version Beta - Skype for Pocket PC 2.1 Beta.
Skype for Pocket PC provides customers the freedom to enjoy Skype 'on the go' at home, the office or outdoors - wherever a Wi-Fi, EDGE or 3G network is that a Pocket PC can connect to. So find your favorite Wi-Fi hot spot and Skype away. If you get an EDGE or 3G enabled Pocket PC with broadband data plan, you can really start going places with your buddies always nearby.
Beside fixing a lot of Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 bugs, the 2.1 Beta also adds a lot of cool new features. Some are handy, some are useful, others just increase the compatibility to Skype 2.5 for PCs.

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PLACE SHIFT: Sling Media launches Slingbox as "Viasat Everywhere" in Scandinavian market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media today announced that its award-winning Slingbox is being offered by Viasat, the largest Free-TV and Pay-TV operator in Scandinavia and the Baltics, as part of the company's Viasat Everywhere service. Viasat Everywhere allows digital subscribers to watch and control their home TV programming on any Internet-enabled computer.

Support for the Viasat Everywhere service also comes in the latest SlingPlayer software which includes on-screen photo-realistic remote controls that deliver a familiar look and feel so that Viasat customers can control their digital set-top box from their computer the same way they would sitting in front of their TV. The new SlingPlayer software also includes the latest enhancements to Sling Media's proprietary SlingStream video streaming technology which optimizes video quality when streaming on both a home network or when streaming remotely. Finally, the new software includes 16:9 widescreen video support and the ability to customize the software with a range of pre-installed or user-created skins.

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NAVIGATION: Palm's new GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition uses TomTom NAVIGATOR
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Thomas' recent TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 review, Palm today announced the Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition, featuring new TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software. Drivers using the new GPS Navigator with their Treo smartphones can rely on voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions to easily find their destinations as well as millions of points of interest, including gas stations, restaurants, parks, airports and more. TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 is available today exclusively for Palm's GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition.

Palm's new Bluetooth enabled SiRFstarIII GPS receiver, which features a sleek design and easier-to-see LED lights, seamlessly pairs with Palm Treo 650, Treo 700w and Treo 700p smartphones. The product is simple to set up, thanks to a 1 GB memory card preloaded with maps. Travelers simply pop the memory card into their Treo smartphone and pair the GPS receiver to access highway and street-level maps covering the United States and Canada. No desktop syncing or downloading of maps is required. Using the smartphone's high-resolution screen, TomTom's NAVIGATOR 6 software automatically shows the receiver's (and hence, the car's) current location.

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LAUNCH: T-Mobile to roll-out the MDA Vario II aka HTC Hermes across Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier announcement to launch the T-Mobile Vario II in Germany, T-Mobile today also announced to roll-out its HTC Hermes version in other European countries as well.
The MDA Vario II, which is already available in Germany and the UK since yesterday; followed by Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary and Slovakia soon, is the first device to support HSPDA alongside W-LAN, GPRS, EDGE and UMTS mobile broadband technologies. The compact high-performance device is already in the shops in Germany and the United Kingdom and will be available in Austria and the Netherlands in a few days time. In the next few weeks, T-Mobile will also introduce the Vario II in Hungary and Slovakia. Vario II is available in a smart exclusive design colored in anthracite, black and bordeaux. This design is exclusively available to T-Mobile.

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Monday, 14.08.06
SUCCESS: Germany has more mobile phones than inhabitants
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:58 CET under 01 - General News

Since August, there are more mobile phones in Germany than inhabitants, the German telecom industry federation Bitkom recently said.
As of August 1, there were a total of 82.8 million mobile phone accounts in Germany compared with a population of about 82 million, Bitkom calculated.
More and more people were taking advantage of favorable price trends to acquire a second mobile phone, the federation explained Monday.

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RUMOR: Does the HTC Trinity returns UMTS-enabled? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've posted about the Trinity before and it looks like the HTC Trinity is now known as HTC Artemis but I've just received an E-Mail with further information about a kind of Trinity "refresh" (or however you want to call this device).
According to the anonymous tipster, the news Trinity is a kind of HTC Magician/Prophet follower but that one is UMTS-enabled which would make it the smallest UMTS-enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition at the moment. And yes, it's even expected to support triband UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) and even HSDPA as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), Bluetooth 2.0 and W-LAN IEE802.11 b/g. On the back, it should has a 2 megpixel camera while on front it should either has a QCIF+ or a QVGA camera for video telephony.
Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 it's expected to sport a Samsung S3C2442 CPU with 400 MHz (the TI OMAP 850 CPU is not strong enough for UMTS and video telephony) and it should looks similar to this:

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RUMOR: Is the HTC Artemis HTC's first GPS Pocket PC Phone Edition? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some weeks ago, I wrote here about a DigiTimes article which was mentioning a GPS enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition, HTC is currently working on and here we go with some further news bits from NaviGadget.
According to a posting from August 3rd, the GPS enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition is called "HTC Artemis" and indeed it's featuring GPS, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a FM radio (which means the device could also support the TMC-service for GPS navigation), W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera.
It's expected to run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and is powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz. Interesting enough, the specs and button layout looks pretty much like the HTC Trinity, Engadget Mobile wrote about before. However, the code name is a different now as well as image:

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Friday, 11.08.06
THOUGHT: What would an iPhone mean?
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 11:59 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, with a slow news day descending upon us I thought this would be a good chance to get some ideas I've been having out there. This was sparked by today's latest wild rumor about an Apple iPhone. Apple has been rumored to be developing some kind of mobile device for quite awhile now, and with the seeming inevitable movement of the market towards converged devices and the success of Sony's Walkman phone line it seems to be more a question of "when" rather than "if" Apple will release a phone.

Which brings us to the question I proposed in the title of this piece, what would an iPhone mean? Specifically, I wonder what kind of feature set it would carry and what it's position in the market would be. Would an iPhone simply be a an iPod with a cellular radio included? Or Would it be more like the ROKR or SLVR phones that are simply a regular phone with iTunes added? Which brings up the question of whether Apple would go the feature phone route (a la the aforementioned Walkman line) or instead try and turn the iPhone into a fully fledged smartphone.

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Thursday, 10.08.06
ENHANCEMENT: Sprint Nextel selects WiMAX as next generation wireless platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:57 CET under 01 - General News

Well, that's definitely bad news, even on the first look it sounds promising: Sprint Nextel on Tuesday announced its plans to develop and deploy the first (as they call it) fourth generation (4G) nationwide broadband mobile network. The so called 4G wireless broadband network will use the mobile WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) IEEE 802.16e-2005 technology standard. Working together with Intel, Motorola and Samsung, Sprint Nextel will develop a nationwide network infrastructure as well as mobile WiMAX-enabled chipsets that will support advanced wireless broadband services for computing, portable multimedia, interactive and other consumer electronic devices. These efforts are intended to allow Sprint Nextel customers to experience a nationwide mobile data network that is designed to offer faster speeds, lower cost, and greater convenience and enhanced multimedia quality.

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RELEASED: Orange officially announced the Orange SPV M3100 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No, the Orange SPV M3100 (aka HTC Hermes) isn't new to you anymore, it appeared some time back on Orange UK's website already but now Orange officially announced it for the UK as well as for other Orange countries like Switzerland, France, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
However, Orange isn't marketing the device to the consumer market but to its business customers since it is Orange Business Services who has expanded its Signature devices for business range with the SPV M3100 which is definitely combining powerful functionality and sleek design with the ability to connect with 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi and HSDPA networks (where available). Available across a number of Orange's European markets soon, the SPV M3100 ensures the best-possible mobile experience for users who frequently need to access business applications and edit their work documents from outside the office.

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LEAKED: Further real Palm Treo 750 Windows Mobile photos made it to the web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The guys over Engadget Mobile are definitely well connected. After they have received some more information about the upcoming HTC Excalibur yesterday, today they have received some new photos of the upcoming Windows Mobile 5 powered Palm Treo 750 aka the Palm Lennon (which was officially announced by Palm and Vodafone UK last month as Palm Treo 750v as well).
However, according to Engadget Mobile and its information, these shots shows the Cingular version of the same device - also rumored for some time now.
According to Engadget Mobile's tipster, the device is sporting indeed UMTS and HSPDA and like the HTC MTeoR (which is a UMTS Smartphone nevertheless, not a Pocket PC Phone Edition), it's also not having a front face camera for video telephony:

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LOCKED: The HTC MTeoR only supports Signed Root Certificates at the moment
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, we got another information about the Root Certificate problem I was mentioning yesterday in my HTC MTeoR review. The problem is, that the HTC MTeoR only accepts signed Microsoft Root Certificates at the moment which means, you can not "application unlock" your device at the moment.
As a result, you are not allowed to install your own certificates to enable Push Mail over https (while Push Mail via http is working) but it also disallows the installation of some non-signed applications as well as changing some device settings (like reordering the Start menu shortcuts which I'm usually do).
According to HTC, the problem is known now and HTC is working on a fix. Nevertheless, at the moment there is neither a workaround nor a release date for the fix (a new ROM) known:

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BLOGGING: Six Apart introduced typepad mobile - post to your blog without a computer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a TypePad blogger, this software might be interesting for you as well because yesterday, Six Apart TypePad Mobile, a free application for your Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC and Smartphone, Palm or Symbian Series 60 smartphone that lets you post photos and entries to your TypePad blogs and photo albums with just a few clicks. It's just the latest step in Six Apart' goal to support blogging from wherever, whenever.
TypePad Mobile comes from Six Apart's acquisition of SplashBlog. The Splash team has years of experience developing easy to use mobile applications.

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Wednesday, 09.08.06
REVIEW: Mark/Space The Missing Sync 2.5 for Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 17:46 CET under 08 - Reviews

A few days ago I purchased a new Macbook. I love my new toy, you can read my review of it here, but it did create some complications for me. One of the most important is how was I going to sync my Windows Mobile Device with it? The Missing Sync 2.5 for Windows Mobile is one possible solution for cross platform users like myself. This third party software made by Mark/Space allows you to sync almost any Windows Mobile device with your Mac. Mark/Space has only recently added support for Windows Mobile 5 devices, as many of you know Windows Mobile 5 and ActiveSync 4 introduced significant changes in how Windows Mobile devices communicate with computers. To their credit Mark/Space was the first to market with an updated version that supports Windows Mobile 5, let's see how it performs.

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REVIEW: HTC MTeoR UMTS Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

Ok, now it's released and available, HTC's first UMTS Windows Mobile Smartphone - the HTC MTeoR aka HTC Breeze - but what's all the hype about and how does it compete with other UMTS mobile phones?
Well, with the HTC MTeoR, HTC tries to give 3G Windows Mobile Smartphones a giant leap forward as it is the world's first 3G Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone and indeed, this slim and compact candy-bar mobile phone might makes it the ultimate pocket handset. It's featuring Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, singleband 2100 MHz UMTS, triband 900, 1800 100 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Bluetooth 2.0 without EDR support as well as IrDA while it is sporting 128 MB of ROM and 64 MB of RAM which can be extended through microSD memory cards. The HTC Breeze reference design is powered by a Samsung S3C2442 CPU with 300 MHz and the UMTS baseband is a Qualcomm MSM6275 chipset.

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LEAKED: Further HTC Excalibur drawings and information makes it to the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now it's definitely going wild with HTC Excalibur information since both - Engadget Mobile and Smartphone Thoughts have received further information about HTC's first QWERTY BlackBerry look-alike Windows Mobile Smartphone, the HTC Excalibur.
First of all, Engadget Mobile has received a, well looks official, every angle CAD drawing of the Excalibur, showing the device from all sides (front, back, left, right, top, bottom) and it looks nearly the same as what we have seen before from Smartphone Thoughts. Engadet Mobile has even measured the device and confirmed that it is 13.5mm thick:

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NEWS: HTC MTeoR frequencies (may) have been misrepresented [UPDATE]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 05:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Initial reviews coming out of Howard Forums seem to indicate that the HTC MTeoR only supports the 2100mhz frequency for UMTS and is a tri-band (900/1800/1900) phone otherwise, this despite being marketed as a tri-band UMTS and quad-band Edge phone. If true, this means that the MTeoR will not support the U.S. flavor of UMTS and misses out on the important 850 band, which means spotty coverage and bad reception for American users. These reports are not yet confirmed, but for those in the U.S. who are thinking of purchasing this device you may want to wait until matters have been settled.

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Tuesday, 08.08.06
WIRELESS: Socket Communications released Go Wi-Fi! P300 802.11g SDIO W-LAN card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, not too many Windows Mobile devices comes without wireless LAN connectivity but if your Pocket PC is still missing W-LAN connectivity (either because it is an older one or your latest one still lacks it for which reason ever), the latest Socket Communications card might be interesting for you as well. Socket Communications today announced the availability of the Go Wi-Fi! P300 - 802.11g SDIO card. Designed for Pocket PCs or other mobile devices running Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE or Windows Mobile 5.0 software, the Go Wi-Fi! P300 provides a secure wireless connection that is five times faster than previous versions.

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R&D: HTC invests into 3G and 3.5G UMTS and HSxPA technologies
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 01 - General News

According to Taiwanese DigiTimes.com, HTC has set up a new subsidiary called BandRich Incorporated, to develop related 3G UMTS and 3.5G HSDPA /HSUPA (high-speed downlink packet access/high-speed uplink package access) technologies, applications and mobile devices, according to market sources.
BandRich, which was established in the second quarter of this year with a registered capital of around US$ 8.1 million, is expected to develop feature-rich 3G/3.5G handsets for HTC to differentiate the company's products from other OEM handset makers, the sources said.

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RELEASE: T-Mobile Germany launches the T-Mobile MDA Vario II on August 14th
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The time has come - also for T-Mobile Germany (after O2 Germany and Vodafone Germany which introduced the HTC Hermes already): T-Mobile is launching MDA Vario II which will support, right from the start HSDPA. T-Mobile Germany's HSDPA networks offers at the moment bandwidths of up to 1.8 megabits/second and that's across the whole T-Mobile UMTS network! Users of this Windows Mobile 5.0 features Pocket PC Phone Edition can surf the Internet via web'n'walk at an ultrafast speed and access the information and entertainment services they need from anywhere. Those using the device for business will appreciate the high speed when downloading E-Mails with large attachments or researching online for example. Besides HSDPA, the integrated EDGE and W-LAN technologies in MDA Vario II also enable high-speed experience whilst on the move.

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LIVE TV: T-Mobile Germany to show live Bundesliga matches on UMTS cell phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 01 - General News

Also a kind of place shift TV but this time provided by a mobile operator. Following its live TV Football World Cup success, T-Mobile Germany recently announced that German soccer fans can watch all the Bundesliga (German soccer league) action live and in color, even on the go. MobileTV is transmitting up-to-the-minute live images, live broadcasts and match-day highlights directly to UMTS mobile displays on no less than three channels in time for the start of the German Bundesliga on August 11.
Fans won't have to miss a single crucial scene, even if they can't watch the match on TV. T-Mobile has acquired the rights for mobile live transmission for the next three seasons for all matches in the first and second Bundesliga, as well as the secondary rights for summarizing highlights, and broadcasts.

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REVIEW: T-Mobile USA MDA 2.26 ROM Update
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 08:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

T-Mobile USA MDA 2.26 ROM update was released last week. It even has an updated manual that goes along with it.
I just came back from vacation and couldn't wait to try this out. This is probably one of the most anticipated and needed ROM update. I have my MDA for couple months now. The most annoying thing about this phone is the reception. T-mobile coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area is already not one of the best. In spotty areas where Motorola Razr gets 1-2 bars, this MDA gets either none or at most 1 bar. Worst, after it went through a dead spot, sometimes it takes 10-15 minutes to reacquire a valid signal. So to me, this is a no-brainer decision for upgrade.

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Monday, 07.08.06
PHOTOVIEW: HTC MTeoR UMTS Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since last week, I'm using the HTC MTeoR now and I'm currently working on my review of HTC's first Windows Mobile UMTS Smartphone, which runs on Windows Mobile 5.0.
In the meantime I would like to share some photos of the device with you, I've taken for the review.
The HTC MTeoR is a stylish and slim-line candy bar Smartphone, featuring an aluminumish cover. It measures 112.4 x 49 x 14.8mm only and weighing a mere 120g.
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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POLL: Which Windows Mobile devices do you have in regular use? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:35 CET under 10 - Polls

This bi-weekly poll is about the device platform you are using. To get a better understanding about what the::unwired readers use, I would like to know which device and platform you are using (Windows Mobile only for sure, if you are using anything in addition, it's not part of this poll today, in this case just vote for the Windows Mobile device you are using as well).

So what do you use? Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition, Smartphone or both/all three device types?

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FOLLOW-UP: Went up to Vancouver for a week and used TomTom 5 for getting around
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 12:19 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

07.08.06: Here are some new/updated findings of using TomTom 5 and OnCourse Bluetooth GPS on such a trip:

1. Battery life of the OnCourse Bluetooth GPS device did last me about 4 days with around 3 hours usage each day. It is a bit short of the 15 hours advertised, but then my usage was not continuous and involved a lot of turning the unit on/off with short trips, which did drain the battery a bit more.

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VOIP: Is Skype finally coming to your Wi-Fi enabled Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:37 CET under 01 - General News

It seems so, according to a Red Herring article from yesterday. According to that article, Skype is expected to announce a version of its service for Windows-based mobile phones as soon as this week in a move that reflects eBay's eagerness to profit from September's multibillion-dollar purchase of the VoIP pioneer.
For owners of dual-mode phones, a major benefit will be that they will be able to choose whether they use Skype over Wi-Fi or over a 3G connection, sources within the company told RedHerring.com.
Such a facility would enable users to create their own do-it-yourself "converged" service. They could connect to their own wireless broadband router at home and use 3G when traveling.

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Saturday, 05.08.06
APPROVED: Samsung's 8 GB SGH-i310 Windows Mobile Smartphone received the FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Engadget Mobile found out, Samsung's SGH-i310 (the 8 GB follower of the SGH-i300) Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone got the approval by the FCC.
However, the initial specifications indicated, that the i310 is a triband GSM device only, which makes a US release unlikely (since it misses the GSM 850 MHz band). Not sure if Samsung either changed this in the last minute to quadband or why Samsung is filling a FCC approval? The SAR report indicates at least a GSM 1900 MHz and Bluetooth 2400 MHz tests only, not a single word about GSM 850 MHz.
Nevertheless, no word yet which carrier (doesn't matter if US, Europe or Asia) is going to pick it up, after just a few carrier picked up the i310's forerunner, the SGH-i300, which - unfortunately - came with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition the same time, Windows Mobile 5.0 was released.

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AVAILABLE: Vodafone Germany released the Vodafone VPA compact III Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And the last one for today. After talking about T-Mobile Germany and Orange UK, this item is about Vodafone Germany and the latest HTC Hermes developments over there. From now, the HTC Hermes is available as Vodafone VPA compact III from Vodafone Germany and usually ships - according to Vodafone - within 48 hours.
Vodafone has decided to use the Herm200 ID which is the same as used by HTC for their TyTN.
With a contract, it retails for 369,49 Euro - 449,50 Euro (depending on the plan you take); without a contract it is on sale for heavy 899,50 Euro:

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RELEASE: Orange UK close to release the SPV M3100 UMTS Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Talking about soon to be released HTC Hermes versions - also Orange UK seems to be ready to launch its HTC Hermes as Orange SPV M3100 soon. At least the device finally appeared on Oranges web shop as well, after it took pretty long for Orange to confirm the release of the previously rumored only device. But here we go with the final confirmation.
As O2 Germany, also Orange UK has chosen the Herm100 ID which looks slightly different to HTC's TyTN Herm200 ID:

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RELEASE: The T-Mobile MDA Vario II appears at T-Mobile Germany's Online Shop [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While T-Mobile was the first carrier who announced and showed the HTC Hermes back in March this year, it took a little bit longer for T-Mobile to get the device launch-ready. In the meantime, O2 German, HTC and Dopod has released their versions of the Hermes already.
Nevertheless, since this week, the T-Mobile MDA Vario II also appeared on T-Mobile Germany's web shop with an information, that the device will be available during August.
Interesting enough is the fact, that even if the device looks on the first sight like the O2 Xda trion, the button layout around the d-pad is slightly different from the O2 Xda trion. Therefore I'm not sure yet if this is a third ID (after O2's Xda trion Herm100 ID and HTC's TyTN Herm200 ID) or if it is just the Herm100 with a different button layout:

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UPDATE: Microsoft adds a File Explorer and new Start Menu navigation to its Smartphone OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2.3 release for Smartphones, Microsoft added some useful features to its Smartphone platform, including a file explorer and a slightly modified Start menu.
Microsoft always uses these AKU releases to either fix bugs or to add new features and while most stuff and changes are under the hood, these two new features can be seen and used by the users and both adds more convenience to the Smartphone use.

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Friday, 04.08.06
TRIAL: O2 UK tests out UMTS at 900 MHz
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:03 CET under 01 - General News

Oh no, not another UMTS frequency. After UMTS 2100 MHz (the original UMTS frequency as used in Europe) and UMTS 1900 MHz and 850 MHz (as used in the US by Cingular), O2 has started trials to use UMTS at its 900 MHz frequency currently used by GSM operators to carry its 2G and 2.5G services. The trials, which are taking place on the operator's Isle of Man network - often used to test out new technologies (and O2's first UMTS network) - are designed to see how UMTS protocols and services will work at lower frequencies than the 2100 MHz currently mandated for 3G usage.
O2 is keen on UMTS at 900 MHz because it means it can cover greater areas in a cell site and also get better in-building coverage than higher frequency radio waves offer.

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Thursday, 03.08.06
UTILITY: VITO RingtoneEditor for Windows Mobile got an update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 01 - General News

One of the benefits of using a Windows Mobile as your mobile phone is, you can easily use most MP3 and WMAs as your ringtone. Therefore you don't have to buy expensive ringtones from your carrier. To make the creation of rintones even easier, some time ago VITO Technology created its VITO Ringtone Editor which got an update today. Now it takes you just a couple of clicks to create your own ringtones on your Smartphone or Pocket PC (Phone Edition) with Windows Mobile 2003 and higher; no need to use any PCs in between.

The idea is to listen to your favorite song and select its part to assign as a ringtone. While the melody is playing you mark the beginning and the end of a ringtone: just a matter of two presses. The ringtone is created! Now you can immediately assign it as a default ringtone or just save it. Replay the new ringtone and edit it if you want.

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Wednesday, 02.08.06
CONFIRMED: Samsung will release the SGH-i320 in Germany as SGH-i320n
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced earlier by Samsung, since last week the long awaited messaging Windows Mobile Smartphone SGH-i320 is available commercially in some parts of Europe while other countries still waits for its release.
At least for the German customers I've received some good news: Samsung Germany has confirmed plans to launch the device in Germany as well, next month (September) and, as I've heard before, in Germany the SGH-i320n version will be launched, instead of the regular i320 design.
While both devices are expected to sport the same features (like the OS which is Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, CPU, etc), the i320n has a slightly different overall shape as well as a completely different (and in my humble opinion a nicer/better workable) keyboard layout:

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LEAKED: Blurry real live photo of the HTC Excalibur appeared on the web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two days ago, Daniel posted about HTC's latest Windows Mobile Smartphone called "HTC Excalibur". The Excalibur is a Motorola Q look-alike QWERTY Smartphone, featuring quadband GSM and W-LAN and Smartphone Thoughts got anonymously sent a picture of the device.
Today Engadget Mobile has received a real live photo of the same device, even if it is a "little bit blurry" you can definitely see it's the same device and even more interesting, it's sporting a T-Mobile Homescreen:

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NAVIGATION: Orange partners with Wayfinder to turn your phone into a navigation system
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:17 CET under 01 - General News

Orange UK and Wayfinder today announced a partnership to turn mobile phones into satellite navigation system at your local Orange shop. Wayfinder drive line the ultimate travel companion provides Bluetooth satellite navigation that connects to a user's phone providing voice guided, turn by turn navigation. Phone Trainers are on hand in Orange shops across the UK to guide consumers through the simple 4-step Wayfinder download process.
Customers can now get satellite navigation on their mobile phone for a pound a week - and benefit from the Wayfinder drive line service which provides users with:

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RELEASE: Dopod introduces the Dopod 838Pro 3G Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unlike HTC's own HTC Hermes version, the Dopod 838Pro (which is also based on the HTC's Hermes reference design) is using the rounder ID as used by O2 for the Xda trion as well. Nevertheless, all the other features stays unchanged. Therefore it's also fitted with a 360-degree jog wheel which enables users to check their E-Mail and browse the Internet for important updates effortlessly with one hand. Its user-friendly QWERTY keypad makes data input a breeze for those who are used to typing on keyboards.
However, the power of the Dopod 838Pro lies in its connectivity features. This compact model not only brings wireless data connection via 3G and WiFi to its users, it also supports GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth v2.0. The higher WiFi speed of 802.11g brings Internet surfing and loading of E-Mail to another level. Users can manage wireless settings easily with the Comm Manager. Quadband GSM and Triband UMTS support in the Dopod 838Pro enables seamless connectivity, regardless of their locations in the world. This 3G device is also equipped with HSDPA, a 3.5G wireless network with up to 10 times more bandwidth than current 3G networks.

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Tuesday, 01.08.06
REMOTE: NoviiMedia announces release of NoviiRemote Deluxe 4.1 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

NoviiMedia, software developers for mobile computers, has expanded the performance of its NoviiRemote Deluxe Pocket PC with the release of its new 4.1 version. The NoviiRemote Deluxe, a best-selling remote control software program, offers a convenient way to operate your entire home entertainment system right from your Windows Mobile device.
The new version of NoviiRemote Deluxe supports almost all modern Pocket PC devices, including those with the OMAP 850 processor! Now users of Cingular 8125, Dopod 818, Dopod 838, i-mate JAMin, i-mate K-JAM, O2 Xda Neo, Orange SPV M-600, Qtek 9100, Qtek S200, T-Mobile MDA, T-Mobile MDA Vario and T-Mobile MDA Compact II will also appreciate a relatively inexpensive way of getting a high-resolution color touch screen remote universal remote control for their home theaters.

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MEMORY: SanDisk adds 2 Gigabyte microSD memory cards to its flash memory card portfolio
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 01 - General News

Definitely good news for Windows Mobile users (as well as all mobile device users for sure). Yesterday, SanDisk introduced its 2 GB microSD card - the largest capacity of the world's smallest removable flash memory card - to meet demand for a new generation of MP3 music phones, including the forthcoming Verizon Wireless Chocolate by LG mobile phone.
The card, which is sold with an adapter that enables it to fit into a standard-size SD slot of other devices, will debut in the U.S. exclusively at 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores for the next 60 days. At the same time, it will be introduced internationally by a variety of mobile retailers around the world

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UPDATE: E-TEN relaunches the G500 as G500+ with doubled memory and other goodies
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN Information Systems recently introduced the G500+ Pocket PC Phone Edition with built-in GPS, which is and updated version of the previously introduced G500 and so far still the only Pocket PC Phone Edition that integrates all the functions needed by mobile professionals or frequent travelers in one convenient device. Quadband GSM and GPRS support allows G500+ owners to send and receive voice, text and data calls from almost anywhere in the world and with the newly added Direct Push technology functions the G500+ even allows businesses to set up 'Push E-Mail' services so that mobile workers are always in touch with the office.
The G500+ includes an increased 256MB of flash memory (double the previous capacity) enabling users to store information such as contacts and files, additional applications or extra GPS maps directly on the device without the need for additional memory cards. The newly integrated FM radio supports advanced RDS functionality and boasts an intuitive interface which makes it easy to search for broadcasts in the area, providing useful access to local news and updates or for providing entertainment on long journeys.

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UPDATE: Fizz Software updated Fizz Weather 2.3 to better support the Motorola Q
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 01 - General News

Fizz Software recently announce the availability of Fizz Weather 2.3 for Pocket PC and Smartphone which is a free upgrade for all current 2.x users.
Fizz Weather is a fully featured application & home screen plug-in, supporting over 58,000 cities world wide it might be one of the best and most comprehensive weather reporting tools for your mobile device.

New features in this version includes animated satellite maps for short, medium and long range weather forecast, current conditions layout which is part of the Homescreen plug-in also now as well as and updated landscape QVGA Smartphone Homescreen layout for Motorola Q.

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