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Tuesday, 31.07.07
PILLORY: EU to name Operators not offering cheap International Roaming yet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:09 CET under 01 - General News

Wow, the European Commission takes all this international roaming stuff within the European Union serious (if only they would take international data roaming that serious as well) since the deadline for European cell phone carriers to offer a new mobile phone roaming tariff passed on Monday evening. The European Commission now said it's planning to name carriers on the web not offering customers the rates yet.
Monday's deadline is for people to be able to actively apply for the reduced tariffs, which must be activated within one month. Consumers who do nothing should be automatically given the new rates in September.

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BLUNDER: Yahoo! Go 2.0 lists the unannounced HTC S730 as supported Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's nothing new that HTC will (sooner or later) release a UMTS-enabled version of the HTC Vox (aka the HTC 710) and it's expected to be released as the HTC S730 aka HTC Wings, featuring Windows Mobile 6 Standard, GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA and as well as Bluetooth and WiFi. But it makes me a kind of wonder, that a device, which just leaked from the roadmap yet (but AFAIK doesn't leaked with a photo so far) made it to Yahoo!'s Yahoo! Go 2.0 list of supported devices already!? And even better - Yahoo!, which signed a strategic partnership with HTC earlier this year, links back to HTC as well and who knows, maybe Yahoo! knows more already - thanks to the strategic partnership with HTC:

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WORKAROUND: Give your Windows Mobile device the Bluetooth DUN feature back
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the introduction of AKU 3 for Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft replaced the Bluetooth Dial-up Networking (DUN) feature with Bluetooth PAN. Unfortunately Microsoft didn't opted to add Bluetooth PAN (on Windows Mobile devices seen as "Internet Sharing") in addition but it's the only way to use a Windows Mobile device as a "wireless modem" for Notebooks and PDAs.
While Internet Sharing has its advantages, in my humble opinion it also has is disadvantages, especially for power users. For instance, you cannot leave your device in your pocket and initiating the connection from your Notebook but you have to initiate the connection from the Windows Mobile device itself.

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EDITORIAL: Microsoft needs to reconsider its 3GPP support for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:11 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Just another thought I came across while I was in vacation last week. I think Microsoft definitely needs to rethink it's media file support. I understand that Microsoft wants to push WMx (WMA for audio and WMV for video) and MP3 is just supported because it's the defacto standard anyway. But we have another defacto standard (in the mobile industry) which is 3GP (a MPEG-4 based media format) from the 3GPP (the 3rd Generation Partner Project) which is the industry standard for video MMS but also the standard for UMTS video streaming. And no, I'm not just talking about YouTube here but watch the carrier portals, they all offer videos in 3GP format as well as we see more and more independent video content popping-up in 3GP since mostly every 3G phone (except Windows Mobiles) supports 3GP as the video streaming file format.

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Monday, 30.07.07
CONFIRMED: Samsung SGH-i620 to be released by Vodafone across Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay guys, if you don't live in the UK and a Windows Mobile 6 upgraded Samsung SGH-i600 isn't anything for you I got further good news for you today: Beside Vodafone UK, also other Vodafone subsidiaries across Europe plans to launch the recently unveiled Samsung SGH-i620 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone! It's not yet confirmed which one exactly but it's more then just Vodafone UK!
The SGH-i620 is a kind of upgraded Samsung SGH-600 Windows Mobile Smartphone, sporting Windows Mobile 6 Standard and a unique slide design while keeping the QWERTY keyboard:

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UTILITY: John Cody's SkweezeIt! makes Web surfing more efficient
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:48 CET under 01 - General News

I cannot tell you what a big fan I'm of such little helpers like John Cody's SkweezeIt! I'm. John created this app because he was tired of reading the brief summaries often found in RSS feeds. To read the full details of a story, you often have to click the "Read More Online..." link at the bottom of the RSS summary, but these links often point to a full-size webpage which can be very painful to load into Pocket Internet Explorer.
That's indeed a problem I've also facing many times; especially if sites either don't offer mobile versions or if they do, they don't use device recognition to redirect the reader to the optimized version (which the::unwired does for sure).

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STATEMENT: Gates sees no Google threat in mobile phone software
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft's Bill Gates does not see Google becoming a successful competitor in the market for software for mobile phones, the New York Times reported on its web site on Monday.
Gates told the Times it was unlikely that Google would be able to make inroads into Microsoft's share of the market for mobile phone software (namely Windows Mobile)..
Gates told the Times it was unlikely that Google would be able to make inroads into Microsoft's share of the market for mobile phone software (namely Windows Mobile).

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AVAILABLE: Samsung releases 1st free Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrades for the SGH-i600 [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This is the most interesting news for Samsung SGH-i600 owners and something historic for Samsung Windows Mobile devices! The Korean mobile phone manufacture just released the long awaited (and never officially announced) Windows Mobile 6 Standard ROM upgrade for its bestselling Samsung SGH-i600 and it's available for free for European i600 owners!
While it's actually available for certain countries only (Netherlands and Russia) other localized versions will follow soon (incl. France, Germany, Italy and the U.K.). Furthermore I got the word that all upcoming i600s will be sold with Windows Mobile 6 pre-installed!

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Thursday, 26.07.07
CONFIRMED: Asus P750 Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone shows its real face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the previous information of a new Asus Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC Phone Edition smartphone, I'm happy that I can provide you some more information today including a real photo of Asus' latest smartphone which is called P750.
Just as a reminder, the Asus P750 sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, a Marvell 520 MHz PXA27x CPU, 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM and GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSDPA at 3.6 Mbps as well as WiFi and Bluetooth are confirmed as well. Furthermore this devices features a SiRF III GPS receiver and an FM radio. Last but not least, it also includes a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera and will look like this:

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Wednesday, 25.07.07
COOPERATION: Access and Bytemobile partner to deliver fast full web Browsing on Mobiles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:39 CET under 01 - General News

Access CO., LTD. (well known in the Windows Mobile space for its NetFront web browser, beside Opera Mobile, one of the best Windows Mobile web browsers) and Bytemobile, Inc. today announced a global partnership to co-develop and market solutions, which will dramatically improve the web browsing experience for mobile devices. Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to integrate Bytemobile's embedded browser optimization (EBO) technology with the award-winning Access NetFront Browser and NetFront Mobile Client Suite (NMCS).

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TECHNOLOGY: Microvision signs agreement with Motorola to develop Pico Projector Display for Mobiles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 01 - General News

Microvision yesterday announced that it has signed an agreement with Motorola to develop pico projector display solutions for mobile applications leveraging Microvision's ultra-miniature laser based display engine, called PicoP.
Tiny laser-based projectors are expected to enable a "big screen" viewing experience from mobile devices. By projecting content displayed on the device screen onto a wall, object or even a curved surface, mobile users could easily share Websites or multimedia applications such as movies, personal videos, mobile TV, photographs and presentations with friends or business colleagues.

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SERVICE: NewsGator makes NewsGator Mobile a free add-on for NewsGator Online
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:41 CET under 01 - General News

So far, NewsGator Mobile was part of the NewsGator premium pack only, allowing you to read your NewsGator feeds on a mobile device browser. Now, with the launch of NewsGator Mobile for iPhone, NewsGator Technologies, Inc., the leading RSS company, today announced that NewsGator Mobile is available for free and not part of the premium pack anymore. For some years, NewsGator is my choice of RSS feed reader since it was the first which offered a nice Outlook integration (and I liked the idea to have all my messages in a single place).

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AVAILABLE: MobilePlanet lists the HTC S630 Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not even officially announced by HTC itself but by Dopod as the C730 only, MobilePlanet (but MobilePlanet only - it's not yet available from Expansys) lists the HTC S630 as available on their website. Based on the HTC Cavalier, the HTC S630 utilizes Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 6 Standard operating system. Equipped with a powerful 400 MHz processor, the S630 measures only 13.5 mm and has  built-in high speed 802.11 b/g WiFi connection as well as Bluetooth while supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA UMTS/HSDPA.

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Monday, 23.07.07
UNVEILED: Asus to release a new Windows Mobile Smartphone with HSDPA and GPS [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It looks like a Asus P-series smartphone but according to the information we've just received, this is a brand new Asus A-series smartphone sporting Windows Mobile 6 Professional, a Marvell 520 MHz PXA27x CPU, 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM.
Uncommon for Asus A-series devices are the WWAN functionality since A-series devices are normally PNA (Personal Navigation Assistant). But the information we've just received mentions, that this device features GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSDPA at 3.6 Mbps as well as WiFi and Bluetooth!

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Friday, 20.07.07
FIX: Toshiba released the expected Portégé G900 software patch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As mentioned before, Toshiba was expected to release a software patch for the Portégé G900's idle problem and here it is - just released in time: This patch is designed to resolve the issue of G900 devices failing to return to standby mode from deep sleep mode correctly, which some users have experienced and should only be installed by those who've encountered this specific problem.
This patch can be installed onto your G900 either from an SD card or from the phone's memory.

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DISCOUNT: Sprint Mogul special offer for Developers and IT Professionals
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just released a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft and Sprint teamed-up to give the Sprint Mogul away to US-based software developers and IT Pros for a "special developers" price. The Sprint Mogul is the newest Windows Mobile 6 device in the US market. With its EVDO 3G radio, the 400 MHz processor and the large memory capacity, it is a powerful platform for developing mobile applications using Visual Studio targeting the .NET Compact Framework and SQL Server Compact Edition, which come preinstalled in this phone. For US$ 299 only you can get the HTC/Sprint Mogul Windows smartphone, a free 512 MB microSD card if you purchase now with a new plan which you get 10 % off monthly in addition.

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Wednesday, 18.07.07
PATCH: Toshiba to release an idle bugfix for the G900 soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Expansys, Toshiba is expected to release a fix for the idle-mode bug of its latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the Toshiba Portégé G900, during this week.
In the past days, some problems popped-up but according to J. Richardson of Expansys, a software patch will be available this week for download from the Toshiba Mobile Communications web site that will address issues experienced by some users when attempting to transition from idle mode on the G900 device.

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AVAILABLE: O2 Germany releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for Xda trion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, after announcing plans to release the Windows Mobile 6 ROM Upgrade for the Xda trion (aka HTC Hermes) and releasing the first Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade for the Xda orbit, tonight O2 Germany released the long awaited ROM upgrade for the Xda trion.
Also interesting that it seems that O2 Germany has teamed with HTC to provide the download since the download is available from the HTC domain, not from the O2 domain anymore. And, unlike with previous ROM updates and ROM upgrades, you have to enter the device's serial number to get your hands on the bits.

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Tuesday, 17.07.07
DEVELOPMENT: NTT DoCoMo begins Super 3G experiment with up to 300 Mbps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 01 - General News

Sure, as good and fast UMTS and HSDPA are, it's still quite "limited" in downstream to 14.4 Mbps (even if this is already faster then my DSL line can offer). Nevertheless, NTT DoCoMo, Inc. is already heavily working on the development of the 4G standard and announced today that this month it began testing an experimental Super 3G system for mobile communications. With this experiment, DoCoMo will seek to achieve a downlink transmission rate of 300 Mbps over a high-speed wireless network (even if 100 Mbps is the current target for 4G networks).

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PHOTOVIEW: Toshiba Portégé G900 Windows Mobile 6 Professional Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:52 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Toshiba Portégé G900 is Toshiba's latest Windows Mobile device and after the 2002 Toshiba Thera 2002, it's Toshiba's second Phone Edition device while it's not called Phone Edition anymore since it's sporting Windows Mobile 6 Professional. Therefore it's Toshiba's first Windows Mobile 6 device featuring a slide-out keyboard and supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (no GSM 850 MHz support) and singleband UMTS/HSDPA (2100 MHz only) as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Pretty unique is the devices WVGA screen at 800 x 480 pixels. In addition it features two cameras - the main camera on the back which supports 2 megapixel and a front facing QVGA camera is used for UMTS video-telephony.

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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Toshiba Portégé G900 WM 6 Professional smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:51 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today I'm unboxing the Toshiba Portégé G900 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. The Portégé G900 features a semi-automatic slide-out keyboard and is therefore a direct competitor to HTC's Hermes and Kaiser UMTS/HSDPA Pocket PCs. Unlike the mentioned HTC devices, the Portégé G900 only features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA but also WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR which makes it a great wireless modem for Notebooks. In addition it has two cameras - the main camera on the back which supports 2 megapixel and a front facing QVGA camera which is used for UMTS video-telephony. Like the G500, the Portégé G900 also provides a unique and enhanced level of security through fingerprint recognition. The fingerprint sensor can also be used to navigate the phone's menu and to unlock the device:

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ANNOUNCED: Vodafone UK to carry the Samsung SGH-i620
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this summer, the Samsung SGH-i620 popped-up the first time and it looks like we are close a launch. As expected, Vodafone is carrying the i620 or in this case Vodafone UK.
Feature-wise, the i620 is a kind of updated i600. It's coming with Windows Mobile 6 Standard (Smartphone) preinstalled and features an updated 2 megapixel camera. Furthermore, it supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS (while HSDPA is expected also).
Like the i600, also the i620 features a QWERTY thumb-keyboard but this slides out which makes the device on one hand shorter, on the other hand a little bit thicker:

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Monday, 16.07.07
APPROVAL: i-mate Ultimate 6150 Windows Mobile Smartphone passed the FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First time I wrote about i-mate's new Ultimate range of Windows Mobile smartphones back in February and it looks like, as previously announced by i-mate, the first device is ready to ship soon. The i-mate Ultimate 6150 just got the FCC approval which is necessary to sell it in the U.S.
Featuring Windows Mobile 6 Professional, this smartphone is powered by an Marvell Bulverde CPU at 520 MHz, sporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz or 850/1700/2100 MHz. It even features WiFi b/g/e/i as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

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UPDATE: Palm releases Treo 700w and Treo 700wx Windows Mobile 5.0 updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not that these updates are Windows Mobile6 upgrades, Palm recently released two ROM updates for its Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition smartphones.
These updates are designed for both, the Palm Treo 700w and the Palm Treo 700wx running on the Verizon Wireless network. This will update the Pocket PC Phone Edition software to the latest release, version 1.22.
While the update adds some new features to the Treo 700w, it's just a bug-fix for the Treo 700wx and doesn't adds anything important:

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PHOTOVIEW: Toshiba Portégé G500 Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Toshiba Portégé G500 is Toshiba's first Windows Mobile Smartphone sporting Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone only (unfortunately) and features a slider design. The device features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (no GSM 850 MHz support) and singleband UMTS/HSDPA (2100 MHz only) as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 1.2. In addition it features two cameras - the main camera on the back which supports 2 megapixel and a front facing QVGA camera on the front which is used for UMTS video-telephony. The Portégé G500 provides a unique and enhanced level of security through fingerprint recognition. The fingerprint sensor can also be used to navigate the phone's menu and to lock the device. First of all, let us start with the traditional photo view of the device:

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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Toshiba Portégé G500 Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:48 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today I'm unboxing the Toshiba G500 Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone. The Toshiba Portégé G500 has a, for Windows Mobile Smartphones, still unique "slider" design. Based on Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, the device features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 1.2. In addition it features two cameras - the main camera on the back which supports 2 megapixel and a front facing QVGA camera which is used for UMTS video-telephony. The Portégé G500 provides a unique and enhanced level of security through fingerprint recognition. The fingerprint sensor can also be used to navigate the phone's menu and to unlock the device:

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Thursday, 12.07.07
PROJECT: WhoNeedsAniPhone.com wants to redesign the Windows Mobile GUI
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:05 CET under 01 - General News

No question, as great and powerful the Windows Mobile platform is, as sexy is the Apple iPhone graphical user interface (GUI). I mean, take the HTC Touch which has a great new touch screen technology but a kind of poor user interface if you want to use it with your thumbs only, since the Windows Mobile Professional and Classic GUI is still pretty stylus driven.
This is where the WhoNeedsAniPhone.com project jumps into the game which plans to develop a new interface which should be based on Adobe's Flash CS3:

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RUMOR: Motorola to put Windows Mobile on its Ming PDA phone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Boy Genius Report got the word that Motorola plans to upgrade its "Motorola Ming" A1200 to Windows Mobile. Should this be the return of the Pocket PC platform after Motorola hadn't had much luck with the MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition which was innovative but never (really) released? In a weird twist of fate, the new Ming won't run the JUIX operating system anymore, but will in fact run Windows Mobile. The reason for the change, as BGR has been told, is that JUIX can not support 3G right now. Motorola has barely even started development on it actually.

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Wednesday, 11.07.07
EXPANSION: HTC opens first HTC Care Customer Service Center in Taiwan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 01 - General News

HTC Corp. continues to open itself to the end-user and walking away from "just being" another Taiwanese ODM for mobile operators and PC brands. Therefore, HTC yesterday opened its world's first HTC Care Customer Service Center ( "HTC Care" ) in Taipei. The center will provide customers in Taiwan with a comprehensive range of services including personalized consultations on new and existing HTC products, fast and efficient warranty repairs, and other valuable after-sales support. A speedy turn-around time is guaranteed for all service repairs conducted at HTC Care and customers shall be provided with a temporary replacement phone free of charge during the repair period.

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SERVICE: T-Mobile to bring myFaves to Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:32 CET under 01 - General News

Launched late last year in the US already, it's nothing new of Americans anymore. However, today at a press event in Munich, T-Mobile Germany unveiled that it will launch myFaves in Germany as well. myFaves is a new wireless communications experience that brings to life a customizable, fun and easy-to-use phone interface on today's coolest phones, including Windows Mobile smartphones (and therefore most likely also support T-Mobile's MDA range like the new T-Mobile MDA Vario III bellow) and facilitates a specially tariff for up to 5 myFaves which wasn't unveiled today.

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on Photos of T-Mobile MDA Vario III aka HTC Kaiser
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not that I had my quality time today with T-Mobile's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the T-Mobile MDA Vario III (also known as HTC Kaiser) but today, during a press event here in Munich, I had the chance to get my hands on a pretty final looking device. So what's the T-Mobile MDA Vario III is about? Basically it will replaces T-Mobile's MDA Vario II later this year (planned launch is still September) and since it's based on HTC's Kaiser reference design, most features like Windows Mobile 6 Professional, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA are already known (T-Mobile again confirmed that the MDA Vario III doesn't includes HSUPA or HSDPA 7.2).
Therefore let us go with some hands-on shots, we've spoken about the device enough already:

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Tuesday, 10.07.07
AVAILABLE: HTC announces availability of Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade for Dopod
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally - HTC started to roll-out the long awaited Windows Mobile 6 upgrades. While it's not the expected European upgrades, HTC's Asian subsidiary (formerly known as Dopod) has launched a webpage with further information and timings. These ROM upgrades are HTC specific ROM upgrades which are made for previously released Dopod devices but it cannot take too long anymore that HTC Europe will follow with localized ROM upgrades as well. The first one, which is available since today, is the Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade for the Dopod D810 (aka HTC Trinity). Next scheduled upgrades are for the Dopod 838Pro (HTC Hermes), P800W (HTC Artemis) and U1000 (HTC Athena):

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Monday, 09.07.07
THOUGHT: Be careful if you are using Windows Mobile's Windows Live Messenger Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Long time ago, I've ranted about the MSN Mobile Messenger and how unhappy I was, that Microsoft's MSN Messenger was so yesterday because it didn't support emoticons, file transfer, etc - all the latest stuff MSN Messenger for the PC (which is now called Windows Live Messenger) supported.
Then the first Windows Live Messenger Mobile appeared in a closed Beta and I was pretty amazed about the features (in the first Beta) and looked forward the final version which is now available for Windows Mobile devices (as long as the carrier didn't opt-out).

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Friday, 06.07.07
SITE: Server and Code Upgrade Successfully Done [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:34 CET under 06 - Site News

As announced earlier today the server was down for some "maintenance" and in fact it was 'a little' bit more. If you can read this posting, what I hope you can, you read the::unwired on a brand new server! My trustworthy Windows 2003 Server from 2004 came into the years which made a server upgrade necessary. And if you do something like this, it's the right time to do some more backend maintenance in addition. Therefore we've also upgrade from PHP4 to PHP5 as well as we upgraded from MySQL4 to MySQL5. And if you do such an environment upgrade, you also have to upgrade the site code and therefore we've upgraded the CMS from v3.6 to v4.2 as well as we've upgraded the forum from v1.2 to 1.2.15 (whatever all these version numbers mean for you) and had some additional code cleanup.

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CONFIRMED: T-Mobile Germany announces the HTC Kaiser as T-Mobile MDA Vario III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Here we go - I was right when I said that T-Mobile's previously unveiled MDA Vario III will be most likely the HTC Kaiser. Today, T-Mobile Germany confirmed the launch of the MDA Vario III during the IFA late next month (as expected) and indeed it's the HTC Kaiser (what else).
Also, as expected, the T-Mobile MDA Vario III will supports HSDPA phase II at 3.6 Mbps (but not HSDPA phase III at 7.2 Mbps). Further highlights are Windows Mobile 6 Professional, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (sorry - still no UMTS support for T-Mobile USA).

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Thursday, 05.07.07
FOLLOW-UP: What happened to Sprint's July 4th announcement?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember my earlier posting from mid June where I asked "What is Sprint launching on July 4th?"
Well, Sprint had a shiny interactive Flash on a special site, counting down to July 4th and talking about "wireless evolution" for music, messaging, TV, search and navigation.
And now - if you visit the same site again all you get is a server error 403! Was this what Sprint wanted to announce? A dead site:

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MOBILITY: Proporta keeps your Notebook charged with the Portable Laptop Battery
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:14 CET under 01 - General News

Now this is handy. Even not Windows Mobile related, I know that most of you also use Notebooks as I do and one of the biggest problems I have with my Notebook is the fact that the battery is down after 3.5 hours or so. As you might know from previous Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger review, I appreciate to have a kind of spare battery for my Windows Mobile devices and now Proporta hs released a similar bettery but for Notebooks. You can now make sure that wherever you are you can always guarantee your laptop is fully charged with Proporta's Portable Laptop Battery. This product charges from your laptop's AC adapter and stores a remarkable 6000 mAh of power for when you need it.

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AUDIO: Resco releases Resco Audio Recorder 4.0 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco once again proves that there is always room for improvement and is now proud to announce the release of the new Resco Audio Recorder 4.0 for the Windows Mobile Pocket PC platform.
As Resco describes it, its Audio Recorder is a must have for all sorts of professionals and general users alike. Whether recording a business meeting, a song you are working on as a musician, interviews as a journalist or a reporter or simply any audio memos, Resco Audio Recorder comes in handy in all sorts of situations. Now it is even easier to use - just a single tap enables users to record audio tracks straight on to a mobile device.

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UTILITY: LandWare released Pocket Quicken v2.5 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not sure how many here are doing their financials with mobile devices but if you have a Windows Mobile Smartphone with a built-in hardware keyboard such as the Motorola Q, T-Mobile Dash or Cingular Blackjack, you can now run Pocket Quicken on these devices as well.
This menu and GUI driven version of Pocket Quicken gives you all the functionality found in the other Windows Mobile Pocket PC versions before and can run independently or sync seamlessly with desktop Quicken running in Windows XP or Vista.

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Wednesday, 04.07.07
THOUGHT: Where is Palm's announced Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Treo 750?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Following my earlier rant about HTC's Windows Mobile 6 upgrade availability I got a good amount of E-Mails where you guys asked where Palm's Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 upgrade is and to be honest - I have no clue. One thing is for sure - it exists and during the 3GSM World Congress it was announced by Microsoft as well as later by Palm to be available later this year.
Well, half of the year is gone already and still now word from Palm if it will be released and when. Sure, the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade would add some great value to the Treo 750 which is a great messaging device and since Windows Mobile 6 includes support for HTML mail as well as Windows Live Messenger - it could be the perfect combination:

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ANNOUNCED: Orange France unveils the SPV C200 Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Orange's earlier commitment to continue the SPV-sub brand, Orange France unveiled a new Windows Mobile Smartphone called SPV C200.
And as previously indicated, the SPV C200 seems not to be manufactured by HTC anymore but it looks like the Amoi E72 Windows Mobile Smartphone announced late last year.
Sure, the C indicates that the C200 is an entry level device but even entry level devices should better sport Windows Mobile 6 instead of Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone as the C200 does:

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RUMOR: HTC Omni specs and rendering leaked? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unwired View (no, not to be confused with your beloved the::unwired aka this site) received some information about the HTC Omni, the long time delayed follower of the HTC Universal (aka T-Mobile MDA Pro/O2 Xda Exec). According the leaked details and specs, which Unwired View got from a HTC 2007 roadmap presentation, the device looks indeed impressive and if the information turns out to be true, it's really the legitimate follower of the HTC Universal which came into its years now. According to the roadmap, the HTC Omni does not have a designated product number yet but the release date is planned for October already:

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Tuesday, 03.07.07
UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Wallet for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House is quite busy at the moment and just announced the release of Spb Wallet, a safe, secure and convenient storage for all your important information.
Windows Mobile is designed for working with E-Mails, PIM data and documents. But there is a need for working with the fourth type of information. Spb Wallet provides a structured secure storage for personal information like passwords, credit cards, serial numbers and accounts. Synchronization with the desktop companion provides a seamless user experience on both a PC and a Windows Mobile device.

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UTILITY: VITO Technology releases VITO Remote update for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While not too many Windows Mobile devices features IrDA anymore (not to talk about the even fewer used Consumer IR), VITO Technology just announced the release of a updated version of VITO Remote for Smartphone – a universal remote control for Windows Mobile-based Smartphones - which also supports Windows Mobile's more widely used 320 x 240 QVGA screen resolution. As long as your Windows Mobile Smartphone includes IR (or better Consumer IR), you can use it to remote control your TV, VCR and HiFi equipment.

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Monday, 02.07.07
UTILITY: My Mobiler remote displays your Windows Mobile screen on your PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 01 - General News

Sure, you can spend a "couple" of Dollars for a full featured remote viewer like available from Soti (and which I use for screenshots on the::unwired), or you use a free version instead.
If you don't need all the features Soti's Pocket Controller Professional offers, you might want to try MTUX My Mobiler instead which lets you view and control your Windows Mobile device by using desktop keyboard and mouse your desktop; copy & paste texts between you Windows Mobile device and and desktop PC as well as capture screenshots and even drag and drop files to your mobile.

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RUMOR: More LG Windows Mobile Smartphone information received [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok guys - I know you love to hear the latest rumors as much as I do too and today we've received some more reliable information about LG's new Windows Mobile smartphone which we haven't heard anything anymore since the 3GSM World Congress back in February. But today I got the word that we can expect a semi-exclusive cross-European launch in September already and I got confirmed that it is Windows Mobile 6 Professional (for sure) as well as UMTS. Maybe also HSDPA which isn't confirmed yet (by the way - the supported GSM and UMTS bands are also unknown yet).

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