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Friday, 28.12.07
COMPATIBILITY: Ikanos Consulting's Go Gadgets brings Vista SideShow to Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:09 CET under 01 - General News

Late last month, I wrote about the possibility that Microsoft's Windows Vista SideShow might be supported soon on Windows Mobile devices as well and at that time, Matt from Ikanos Consulting shared with us the information, that Ikanos Consulting is currently working on a framework which enables SideShow on Windows Mobile devices as well as support for other devices is planned.
Now you can register for another Beta of Ikanos Connectivity Framework to test it out on your device as well, as well as you can use it to develop some cool new SideShow gadgets (if you are a developer) to enhance the gallery of available SideShow gadgets.

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Thursday, 27.12.07
THOUGHT: How Windows Mobile, Internet Sharing and UMTS saved me time
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, I admit that I was quite "frustrated" and "irritated" when Microsoft replaced the dial-up modem functionality on Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU2 with Internet Sharing. Maybe it was out of my own Windows Mobile history but dial-up connection is why I started my own Windows Mobile related homepage back in 1998, when I published a tweak which allowed you  to use a P/PC or H/PC with infrared data-enabled GSM phones. Anyway, using a Windows Mobile smartphone as a modem always required some setup to make it working. While it also has its benefits (you can initiate a connection from the PC by leaving the Windows Mobile device in the pocket or bag) all these Hayes AT command strings you had to enter weren't consumer friendly at all. That's why Microsoft decided to switch from dial-up modem connection to Internet Sharing.

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UNVEILED: Asus M930W Windows Mobile Communicator look-alike shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

French website GPSAndCo.com has informed us that they got information about a new, so far unknown Asus smartphone called M930W. This Windows Mobile 6 Nokia E90 look-alike smartphone seems to run, according to the screenshots (which could be marketing fakes anyway), Windows Mobile 6 Standard (non-touchscreen) instead of Windows Mobile 6 Professional (touchscreen) while GPSAndCo.com speaks about Windows Mobile 6 Professional anyway. Other features, according to GPSAndCo.com, are a Marvel PXA270M CPU at 520 MHz, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz, singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz up 3.6 Mbps, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR:

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Monday, 24.12.07
SEASON GREETINGS: Merry Christmas from the::unwired
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:19 CET under 06 - Site News

Dear readers of the::unwired, On behalf of the::unwired team, I want to wish you a very merry Christmas. Not sure how many of you read this lines since it's a good time to let the PC switched off already. At least I will go offline now since it's afternoon in Germany already and I've read my E-Mails for today. Anyway, I want to say thank you, dear loyal readers for visiting the::unwired another year and making the site a great community. Thanks for all your input, thoughts, feedback, postings and E-Mails - it's a pleasure to work for you. Also I want to thank all contributing editors for their work as well as I want to thank all supporting companies and advertisers for their support.

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Saturday, 22.12.07
POLL: Which kind of Mobile Phone use should be allowed on Flights? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:49 CET under 10 - Polls

Ok, Air France is the first airline which allows mobile phone use on some specially equipped aircrafts and while Air France allows the use of mobile phones now for SMS, MMS, E-Mail only, within the next months, the airline will also allow phone calls during flights.
I've seen some interesting comments about this topic from "no way, don't even think about allowing it" to "many U.S. carriers have on-seat phones for years and it's rarely used only anyway". So the question is what do you think?
I can tell you that I've used VoIP with Lufthansa's Connexion by Boeing once and well, my seat neighbor wasn't avid at all.

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Friday, 21.12.07
ANNOUNCED: Samsung SGH-i640v to hit Vodafone UK soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Vodafone canceled the 920 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, it seems Europe's #1 carrier sticks on the Samsung SGH-i640 which Vodafone announced as a Christmas device before as well. The i640, which appeared now on Vodafone UK's coming soon section of devices, is the same Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone as the SGH-i620, except it's sporting a silver, Vodafone exclusive design. Other features are triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR but no WiFi. Last but not least it features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel main camera and a second front facing camera for UMTS video telephony:

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BLACKOUT: Windows Live Messenger Mobile seems to be partly down
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:41 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like the Windows Live Mobile service is partly in season holidays too. Since yesterday evening I'm not able to connect to the Windows Live Service or Windows Live Messenger on my Windows Mobile phones (and I got some feedback from other users with the same problem) while other users reported that it works for them. Seems Windows Live is running on several servers and depending on which server your account is hosted, you can either log-in or not. However, even if your account is hosted on a faulty server, it's possible to setup the account on the device and getting the buddy list synchronized, but after Windows Live Messenger cannot connect to the service:

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RELEASE: GIGA-BYTE announces Italian launch of the GSmart i350 GPS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following its earlier release in Russia, GIGA-BYTE Communications today announced the launch of the GSmart i350 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone in Italy. The i350 provides SiRF III GPS Navigation in a compact and sleek design, featuring a VGA screen.
Powered by a Marvell PXA270 CPU at 520 MHz, the i350 supports quadband GSM/GPRS, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. Other features includes a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, 64 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM which can be extended with miniSD memory cards. The VGA touchscreen measures 2.6".

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UTILITY: JGUI releases Pre-paid Balance Status for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:29 CET under 01 - General News

If you use a pay-as-you-go/prepaid contract with your Windows Mobile phone and you want to check your balance, JGUI has released a handy Home- and Today screen utility which checks and shows you your account balance. Most GSM operators around the world are using a special USSD code to request and send the account balance and Pre-paid card status does all the work for you and shows the received information on the Home screen (Windows Mobile Standard smartphone or Today screen (Windows Mobile Professional smartphone).

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Thursday, 20.12.07
FIRST: Air France and OnAir launch 2.5G in-flight Mobile Phone Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:19 CET under 01 - General News

After Boeing switched off Connexion by Boeing, Air France has become the first airline in the world to offer an in-flight mobile phone service on international flights.  Using the Mobile OnAir system, passengers travelling on board of one of the Airbus A318 aircraft operating European routes can now send and receive SMS and MMS messages as well as send and receive E-Mails via all phones with Internet access. During the second half of the six month trial, passengers will also be able to make and receive phone calls, with the service being regulated to maintain passengers' comfort and well-being.

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Wednesday, 19.12.07
CONVERGENCE: Ateksoft releases WebCamera Plus 2.0 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 01 - General News

Ateksoft has announced the availability of a major update (Version 2.0) of WebCamera Plus, a handy application which turns your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone into a webcam for your Notebook which now also allows to use the mobile device microphone.
WebCamera Plus 2.0 transforms your PDA or Smartphone into a high-resolution webcam and microphone which can be used as a web-camera and microphone in many applications like Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and many others. Simply connect your device through USB ActiveSync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G or LAN and your Notebook got a working webcam you have in your pocket anyway.

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APPROVAL: Bluetooth SIG approves the HTC Neon 200 - an indication for a UMTS Touch?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC Neon was recently unveiled by the FCC, which is most likely a Windows Mobile Professional smartphone with touchscreen and now the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) lists the HTC Neon too. However unlike the FCC, which approved the Neon 100, the Bluetooth SIG got the Neon 200 for testing - which is a clear indication that at least 2 different designs exists. As always, the Bluetooth SIG isn't unveiling too much about the device features except that it is supporting Bluetooth 2.0+EDR but if you have a closer look on the FCC label, you might notice that the device seems to feature a front facing camera, right from the speaker as the HTC Touch Dual does too.

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CANCELED: Vodafone (Germany) has no further plans to release the Vodafone 920
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not that we ever met the Vodafone 920, Vodafone's self-branded Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, developed and manufactured by HTC, which was announced back in September as a Christmas device. And if you wonder now where the Vodafone 920 is - so close to Christmas - the answer is easy: Vodafone canceled it (for now). Vodafone Germany confirmed this today in an E-Mail to us.
That's too bad since I had the hope (and according to the only photo we've ever seen there were real chances) that the Vodafone 920 might be a kind of UMTS version of the T-Mobile Shadow.

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Tuesday, 18.12.07
LEAKED: First Google Android Smartphone shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:29 CET under 04 - Android News

Not a Windows Mobile device, the Android prototype photo Gizmodo just received looks quite similar to a Windows Mobile device (mostly like the HTC S620) which is no wonder since HTC is part of Google's recently announced Open Handset Alliance.
According to Gizmodo's anonymous tipster, the OS (and device) - in its early form - is light and fast, much faster than the desktop emulator at times. And as a longtime programmer, he thinks it's a lot more put together than Window Mobile on the back side of things.

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UTILITY: Ilium Software releases eWallet 6.0 for Windows Mobile and Windows PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:53 CET under 01 - General News

Ilium Software yesterday announced the release of eWallet 6.0, the latest version of their award-winning password manager program. eWallet is available for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones, Palm OS handhelds, Windows PCs, U3 Smart Drives and UMPCs.
With this release, Ilium Software is also unveiling the eWallet Web Companion. This innovative web-based application allows eWallet users to view their information on the iPhone, iPod touch, Blackberry devices, Symbian phones, or any other device with a web browser and an internet connection.

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Monday, 17.12.07
MULTIMEDIA: Smith Micro's Revue combines Videos, Music and Photos in one Application
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:50 CET under 01 - General News

While Windows Mobile devices includes nearly everything to let you watch, listen of view your favorite videos, music or photos, the inbuilt multimedia solutions are quite fragmented since there is not a all-in-one media player for all your multimedia files. Maybe that's what Smith Micro Software, Inc. thought as well when they developed its Revue, an intuitive, all-in-one multimedia application that enables you to take your music, photos and videos with you.
Revue meets the needs of any user who would like an easy-to-use and graphically appealing multimedia solution to quickly access all media on their Windows Mobile device.

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UNVEILED: LG KS20 Windows Mobile Smartphone to hit the USA as LG MS25
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

LG's KS20 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone (see our previous review here) caught some attraction since it is a stylish Prada phone look-alike Windows Mobile Pocket PC phone, featuring GSM/HSDPA, Bluetooth and Wifi.
And wow, as the FCC recently unveiled, it looks like LG is cooking a U.S. version with adopted support for North American frequencies as well. According to the FCC, GSM/EDGE at 850/1900 MHz is confirmed as well as Bluetooth and the user manual also mentions WiFi. However, neither tested/certified nor confirmed is UMTS or HSDPA, even if this is one of the highlights of the European version.

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UNVEILED: Toshiba working on the Portégé G910/G920 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Toshiba's HTC Hermes competitor, the Toshiba Portégé G900 (see our review here), Toshiba is now preparing for a HTC Universal follower, HTC itself never released, Toshiba calls the Portégé G910 and G920. Recently popped-up at the FCC, this clamshell Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone could become a best-seller since HTC never released a follower of its Universal.
Featuring triband GSM/GPRS/UMTS and UMTS/HSDPA, the G9x0 seems to be designed for EMEA and APAC markets only. Furthermore the device is expected to feature Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and a WVGA screen (as we've heard from trustworthy sources):

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Friday, 14.12.07
POSTPONED: DigiTimes confirms HTC Shift UMPC delay
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:44 CET under 01 - General News

Following my earlier posting where I wrote about a delay of HTC's much anticipated Shift UMPC, DigiTimes Taiwan today reports that HTC is delaying volume shipments of the Shift UMPC to January 2008, instead of the third quarter 2007 as originally planned (which was postponed to fourth quarter later anway).
Market sources indicated, that HTC has faced problems with both - hardware and software - which causes the delay. That's definitely the worst case if a brand new device (and keep in mind, so far HTC was manufacturing PDAs and smartphones only but not PCs) faces problems with soft- and hardware.

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PUBLIC: Zumobi releases public Beta of Zumobi UI for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:12 CET under 01 - General News

Earlier this year, a Microsoft back-up'd start-up showed its new ZenZui interface for smartphones which was renamed to Zumobi later and as promised, Zumobi finally released a public Beta of its award-winning Zooming User Interface and mobile widget platform. Zumobi can now be downloaded free after you've registered at the company's Web site and as long as you are living in North America because the download link will be send via SMS. Content will be available from more than 75 mobile widgets or Tiles, including many from Zumobi launch partners such as Amazon.com, MTV Networks, The Associated Press, AccuWeather.com, Traffic.com, FlightStats.com and OTOlabs, who developed Tiles for Vail Resorts and Fox Television's "Family Guy".

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Thursday, 13.12.07
SERVICE: Send yourself SMS reminders with kwiry
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:40 CET under 01 - General News

Some days ago, a new start-up informed me about a new service which opened the doors today: kwiry (yup, like query), which allows you to send yourself SMS text messages to remember things online. kwiry, a San Francisco-based startup, opened the door of its mobile/web service this morning which lets you use your cell phone to text personal reminders to your online account and E-Mail. People often watch TV, read a magazine, talk to friends or see a billboard and think, 'I should check that out' or 'I should E-Mail that to a friend.' kwiry gives you a way to remember those things easily, with the thing you always have with you - your mobile phone.

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REPORT: Motorola to outsource Windows Mobile development and manufacturing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 01 - General News

According to Taiwanese DigiTimes, Motorola is committed to continue its Windows Mobile handsets while cuttings costs the same time. To do so, Motorola recently contacted Taiwanese OEMs to restart the outsourcing for its 3.5G smartphones to reach a retail price of US$ 350. According to DigiTimes, contacted OEMs includes Compal Communication, Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS) (which developed and manufactured the Motorola MPx220 Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone before) and Arima Communications, while the earliest shipments are expected to be out in the second quarter of next year, DigiTimes' sources added.

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Wednesday, 12.12.07
LINK: CNet Asia got its hands on a E-Ten Glofiish X650 Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First we've heard about E-Ten latest Glofiish Pocket PC Phone, the X650, late last month and it seemed to be a slightly updated version of the X600. Now, the guys from CNet Asia got their hands on a working unit and unveiled what the FM radio is good for. Instead of being used as a TMC receiver for GPS navigation, it can be used to transmit your music from the device to a radio close to you (similar to the Apple iPod docks). Now that's a good idea a FM transmitter can be used for and quite unique so far for Windows Mobile devices. Furthermore it's now confirmed that the Glofiish X650 will also sports a 2 megapixel autofocus camera. Other features, like Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the VGA screen, quadband GSM/GPRS, WiFi and Bluetooth stays unchanged to the X600:

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UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Wallet 1.5 for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:59 CET under 01 - General News

Released back in summer for Pocket PCs (aka Windows Mobile Classic and Professional), Spb Software House updated Spb Wallet to version 1.5 which now supports Windows Mobile Standard smartphones as well.
With Spb Wallet, Pocket PC and Smartphone users can keep passport and account numbers, access and PIN codes, logins and passwords in a secure place. Access the data from desktop PCs, and have it synchronized among multiple mobile devices. Spb Wallet puts an end to keeping the most sensitive information exposed on SIM-cards, in address books and in text files.

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Tuesday, 11.12.07
UTILITY: Sprite Software releases Sprite Archie Beta 2 SMS and Call History backup utility
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 01 - General News

And there is another cool new program available from Sprite Software. Not yet finally done but available in Beta 2, Sprite Archie is an archiving utility that allows users to archive the SMS and Phone events of Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 smartphones. Many of use would love to archive received and sent SMS messages (including me) and that's exactly what Sprite Archie is designed for my monitoring the traffic of your SMS messages and call history. While monitoring your phone traffic Sprite Archie creates reports and send them to an specified E-Mail account for archiving purposes, for instance on your PC.

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UTILITY: Sprite Software Sprite Migrator helps to upgrade your Palm Treo 750 to WM6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week, AT&T and Palm finally released the long awaited Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade but as with all ROM updates and upgrades, you will loose all your existing data on your device. While some can be back-up'd (like Outlook data and files), others will be lost forever. That's where Sprite Migrator for Treo 750 comes into the game. Sprite Migrator assists migrating settings and data from the Windows Mobile 5.0 Treo 750 to the Windows Mobile 6 upgraded Treo 750. The tool will restore all SMS, MMS, Call History, Favorites*/Bookmarks*, Power Settings, Alarms, My Documents folder*, Speed Dial entries, Contacts*, Appointments*, Tasks*, etc.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Touch Dual 12-Keys Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 08 - Reviews

While O2 Germany's version of the HTC Nike, the O2 Xda star, follows the design of the Xda nova, HTC's Touch Dual follows the design of the HTC Touch. With a slightly different D-Pad and smaller call keys, HTC has released the HTC Touch Dual in two different keyboard versions: a kind of traditional 12-keys phone pad and a 20-keys SureType-like QWERTY keyboard.
Thanks to HTC I recently received a 12-keys phone pad HTC Touch Dual which is - other than the keypad layout - the same as O2's Xda star, the Orange's HTC Touch or T-Mobile's upcoming MDA Touch Plus, featuring Windows Mobile 6 Professional and a Qucalcomm CPU at 400 MHz and supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps:

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Monday, 10.12.07
LINK: Windows Mobile 6.1 Video Walkthrough by The Boy Genius Report
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 01 - General News

Following the Boy Genius Report's earlier photo walkthrough of Windows Mobile 6.1 (which The Boy Genius Report got preinstalled on a so far unknown and not yet announced Motorola MOTO Q9 with WiFi), The Boy Genius Report now published a 5 minutes video which shows all the new Windows Mobile 6.1 features (including Copy/Paste, new Home screen (pan left and right to check out missed calls, notifications like E-Mail, SMS, etc.), Most Recently Used (MRU) Programs when pressing Start menu, Threaded SMS, Internet Explorer Mobile zoom, and more).

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POSTPONED: Another delay for the HTC Shift UMPC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:32 CET under 01 - General News

Engadget Mobile reported on Friday, that the HTC Shift gets another delay in the U.S. but it's on track for Europe: "they [HTC] say the UMPC should be shipping in Europe and Asia in about a week". Now I got an E-Mail from Amazon Germany where the HTC Shift was shifted again.
Initially planned for a release in late November, Amazon shifted the shipping later to early December, followed by December 11 but now Amazon gives an estimated shipping date of 08.02.2008 (which is still estimated and still not confirmed):

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Friday, 07.12.07
PHOTOVIEW: T-Mobile MDA Vario III Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:57 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to T-Mobile Germany I recently got my hands on a T-Mobile MDA Vario III, T-Mobile's version of the HTC TyTN II.
Not yet brand new anymore, it's still a quite fascinating device since it might be the most powerful Windows Mobile smartphone, featuring Windows Mobile 6 Professional, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and A-GPS. Furthermore, since it's a MDA Vario device, for sure it features a slide-out thumb-keyboard and a, for Windows Mobile devices unique, swiveling display. Backed-up by 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM, the memory can be expanded using microSD memory cards.

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Thursday, 06.12.07
REVIEW: Vodafone LG KS20 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the past 14 days I had the chance to test LG's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the LG KS20, a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone which is currently on sale from Vodafone.
The LG KS20 is a typical rep of a new kind of Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions, featuring latest state-of-the-art specs but unlike most previous Windows Mobile phones, the LG KS20 looks stylish which definitely also addresses non techies and attracting non-geeks as well as tech-savvies.
While the LG KS20 is designed for the EMEA and APAC markets only. While it's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU, the device supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps only.

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UNVEILED: Sprint to launch the Samsung SPH-i325 CDMA Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It looks like last year's released Samsung SGH-i320, Samsung's first GSM messaging smartphone but it's not another GSM version of the i320 (read our review here) but the CDMA version which is expected to be released by Sprint early next year.
The Samsung Ace (SPH-i325) is a thin and lightweight Windows Mobile smartphone featuring Windows Mobile 6 Standard, a QWERTY thumb-keyboard and a slim design by supporting CDMA 800/1900:

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Wednesday, 05.12.07
AVAILABILITY: Palm releases SIM-lock free Palm Treo 750 in the U.S.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And while we are talking about the Palm Treo 750: Beside the AT&T Windows Mobile 6 upgrade, Palm yesterday also announced that the Palm Treo 750, previously available in the United States only on AT&T's 3G network, is now available in an unlocked version via Palm's retail and online stores. The unlocked GSM/UMTS Treo 750 smartphone comes preloaded with the Windows Mobile 6 already, allowing an even broader customer base to enjoy the benefits of increased functionality and HSDPA (High-speed Download Packet Access) capability out of the box.

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UPGRADE: AT&T and Palm releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for the Palm Treo 750
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's here, finally! After it was previewed at the 3GSM World Congress already and after Europeans and Asians got their hands on the Palm Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 upgrade, AT&T and Palm announced the update to Windows Mobile 6 for Palm Treo 750 smartphone customers in the United States. Beside the polished user interface, Windows Mobile 6 brings increased functionality, enhanced user interface and strengthened security and performance  as well as the ROM upgrade enables HSDPA for the Treo 750 smartphone which is offered exclusively in the United States by AT&T.

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Tuesday, 04.12.07
PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the Samsung AT&T BlackJack II Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:29 CET under 08 - Reviews

Also not new for American readers but quite interesting for Europeans is the Samsung AT&T BlackJack II to what I got my hands on during last week's Möbius meeting. I'm still a big fan of the Samsung SGH-i600, the worldwide version of the original BlackJack (which is - for me - one of the best Windows Mobile Standard smartphones so far) and therefore I was really looking forward to get my 5 minutes with a BlackJack II. While it's still not confirmed if it will also be released outside the U.S., the SGH-i617 shows how an international version could possibly look.

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AVAILABILITY: Orange France and Switzerland lists HTC Touch Dual as available [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Orange UK, also Orange France and Orange Switzerland lists the 12-keys HTC Touch as available now. Orange's HTC Touch Dual version is identical to the original HTC Touch Dual and features HTC's unique TouchFLO interface, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz plus Bluetooth 2.0+EDR but neither WiFi nor GPS or a FM radio. The slide-out keyboard sports a traditional 12-keys mobile phone keypad layout and Orange added its own style of Today screen:

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the AT&T Pantech Duo C810 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:31 CET under 08 - Reviews

Nothing new for North American readers here but during last week's Möbius 2007 conference I got my hands on a recently released AT&T Pantech Duo C810 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which I was quite fascinated about when I saw it the first time.
This feature-rich smartphone supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA as well as Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel camera and a unique dual-slide keyboard design which unveils a standard phone pad as well as a QWERTY thumb-keyboard:

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Monday, 03.12.07
LEAK: An unknown new Motorola Q9 features WiFi and shows Windows Mobile 6.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not only that the Boy Genius Report just received a brand new, not yet known WiFi enabled Motorola MOTO Q9h Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, no as it turned out on the second sight, it's also preloaded with a Windows Mobile version the Boy Genius Report calls "Windows Mobile 6.1". And, according to the Boy Genius Report, this Windows Mobile 6.1 sports some new features including Copy/Paste, new Home screen (pan left and right to check out missed calls, notifications like E-Mail, SMS, etc.), Most Recently Used (MRU) Programs when pressing Start menu, Threaded SMS and more which is backed-up with a couple of screenshots.

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VERSIONS: No 20-Keys SureType HTC Touch Dual for the UK?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Paul O'Brien from MoDaCo got the information that HTC's 20-keys SureType-like Touch Dual will not be launched in the UK but the UK (maybe the rest of Europe as well?) will get the 10-keys phone pad-like version only. While it was already known that Orange UK as well as T-Mobile UK decided to launch the 10-keys version in the UK only, it's new to us now that also HTC decided to launch the 10-keys version only; not giving customers the chance to chose between the 10-keys version (pictured bellow right) and the 20-keys version (pictured bellow left):

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THOUGHT: Möbius 2007 Conference Amsterdam, Netherlands [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:49 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This year's annual Möbius event is over now and I came back late yesterday evening from Amsterdam (where I staid an extra night on my own bill). So how was Möbius 2007? It was great, as every year. Not only because of the presentations we got from Microsoft, HTC, Qualcomm and Forester Research but also because of the discussion we had during these presentations and between the sessions. Möbius isn't a one-way conference where you listen the presenter but the presenter asks for feedback and is giving a topic which the attendees are discussing with each other as well as with the presenter.

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UNVEILED: HTC Touch Dual is coming to T-Mobile UK as MDA Touch Plus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As a manual - available for download - unveiled, T-Mobile UK is preparing the HTC Touch Dual launch which T-Mobile UK will call MDA Touch Plus.
Unlike O2 Germany (which selected the 20 keys SureType-like QWERTZ keyboard version) but like Orange UK, T-Mobile's version will also sports the 10-keys phone pad. While the call-button layout is adopted to T-Mobile's original MDA Touch design, all other specs stays original - including Windows Mobile 6 Professional, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

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