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Thursday, 31.01.08
LEAK: Is this a new HTC TouchFLO GUI called Manila? [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I have zero information if these screenshots are legit or just a simple PhotoShop result but according to Swiss Windows Mobile fan-site "Mobile-Devices.ch", bellow you see some screenshots of HTC's upcoming/next TouchFLO GUI which is code-named "Manila".
No further information given so it's not clear if it is real (really from HTC), an HTC development environment or really HTC "TouchFLO 2.0"; also Mobile-Devices.ch hasn't mentioned where they got the information from but from what you can see from the screenshots, it could be real indeed:

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MOCKUP: Mozilla posted first Mozilla Mobile designs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:56 CET under 01 - General News

The Mozilla Mobile team has recently posted two mockup designs of its upcoming Mozilla Mobile browser, which is officially in work since late last year and they want to hear your opinion.
There are two vanilla prototype UI's available for you to play with. The first is for non-touch screen devices, like Windows Mobile Standard smartphones. The look is vanilla but the scrolling, zooming and panning feel is what it should look in the final version. The second UI prototype is all about being able to touch the screen without a stylus like used for Windows Mobile Classic and Professional devices:

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WITHDRAWAL: Lenovo retires from Mobile Phone and Windows Mobile business
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:25 CET under 01 - General News

Chinese PC maker Lenovo (you know - the one which bought IBM's ThinkPad business back in 2004) just announced that it has agreed to sell its loss-making handset and mobile phone business for US$ 100 million to a private equity firm controlled by its parent Legend Holdings.
Lenovo Mobile, which isn't well known for its Windows Mobile PDAs and smartphones since these devices are mainly on sale in Mainland China only, made losses of 134 million Yuan in the 2007 calendar year and its the last part of Lenovo's non-core business expansion started in 2001.

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LINK: TamsWMS had some quality time with the Asus M930 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The folks over at TamsWMS had the chance to got their hands on a working Asus M930 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone and they even managed to snap some photos.
From what I can see on the photos, the Asus M930 isn't my choice, even if the idea is pretty interesting (but not new at all) - having a dual-display Nokia Communicator-styled Windows Mobile smartphone.
For me, the inner display seems to be way too small to make any sense and I don't see a real benefit for it - compared to other thumb-keyboard devices like the Samsung SGH-i600 or the HTC S710. But have a look yourself:

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Wednesday, 30.01.08
RELAUNCH: Google Mobile now combines Web, Images, Local Business and News results
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:32 CET under 01 - General News

Google has revised its mobile portal for smartphones which now combines results from web, images, local business directories and news searches in one page.
Google believes that users searching on a mobile phone are more likely to be looking up snippets of information, such as football scores or directions, rather than conducting in-depth research and the search company has tailored its mobile results to suit this requirement.
This means that searching for specific terms now provides links to photos of the terms as well as web pages - as Google said today.

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AVAILABLE: Bell Mobility releases white HTC Touch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Bell Mobility's earlier launch of the HTC Touch, the Canadian carrier now introduced a white version of the same device and is therefore again faster than Verizon which is expected to introduce a white HTC Touch as the Verizon XV6900 as well.
The specs stays the same and the white HTC Touch also runs on the Windows Mobile 6 Professional supporting Bell's EV-DO high speed mobile network and featuring HTC TouchFLO, a 2 megapixel camera and camcorder, speakerphone and stereo Bluetooth compatibility. However, GPS support - as rumored for the XV6900 - isn't mentioned:

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CHARGING: MWg and Splashpower join forces to offer wirelessly powered Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:02 CET under 01 - General News

Mobile & Wireless Group (MWg - formerly known as O2 Asia) Splashpower Ltd., a Cambridge, U.K.-based developer of wireless power technology, yesterday announced that they have signed an agreement that will enable MWg devices to be powered wirelessly.
Under terms of the agreement, MWg devices (most likely MWg's upcoming Xda Windows Mobile smartphones) will be equipped by mid year with Splashpower's technology to enable inductive charging, where electrical batteries of a handset are charged wirelessly using electromagnetic induction.

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Tuesday, 29.01.08
SOLVED: Gmail's IMAP finally works proper with Windows Mobile [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:13 CET under 01 - General News

Following earlier user reports that the IMAP issue with Windows Mobile and Google's Gmail seems to be solved, Google has now confirmed it has fixed a problem that was causing Windows Mobile phone users to receive blank Gmail messages.
In October last year, Google began supporting IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) for Gmail. That means messages that mobile users send or receive from their phones are synched with their Gmail accounts, appearing the next time users access their accounts from the web or any other IMAP E-Mail client. But shortly after the announcement, Windows Mobile users began complaining in online forums about problems.

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UTILITY: DontForget 2.5 for Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, as powerful as Windows Mobile smartphones are, sometimes you might have an information overload as well. During a meeting you received a bunch of new E-Mails, SMS and MMS messages and even have missed calls, just to forget to read everything right after the meeting because you have something different in mind. Looks like DontForget - which was just released in v2.5 - could be the answer. It's an easy-to-use and highly customizable Windows Mobile Standard application that can repeatedly remind you of unread SMS text messages, unread MMS multimedia messages, unread E-Mails, missed calls and missed calendar events by sound, vibration, notification window or hardware LED.

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REMOTE: Try before Buy - remotely test your new Mobile Phone with TryPhone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 01 - General News

Launched late last month in North America, Mobile Complete - the world's leading provider of mobile application testing, monitoring and support solutions for mobile devices and applications - today launched its new interactive Web program dubbed "TryPhone" in Europe as well. TryPhone which contains fully-functional, virtual phones allows users to test-drive mobile devices online before purchasing. Through the TryPhone Web service, individuals have access to a variety of phones, including the not in Europe available T-Mobile Shadow Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, on which they can press buttons, run programs, and truly experience and compare different handsets.

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VERIFIED: E-Ten partly confirms V900 Windows Mobile Smartphone specs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-Ten chairman Hwang Shan-rong confirmed the existence of the previously unveiled E-Ten Glofiish V900 Windows Mobile Professional smartphone and also partly confirmed some of the specs we've heard about before. According to Hwang, the V900 indeed features Windows Mobile 6 Professional and is powered by a Samsung CPU at 667 MHz.
Furthermore it's now confirmed that the V900 supports the reception of DVB-H, DVB-T, T-DMB and DAB broadcasts as well as support for 3.5G (HSDPA) networks. Last but least the main camera supports 3.2 megapixel.

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MARKET: Motorola and Samsung now leading the Windows Mobile Standard market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:13 CET under 01 - General News

According to internal Microsoft statistics, Motorola and Samsung are the top Windows Mobile Standard (non-touchscreen) smartphone manufactures now, referring HTC (High Tech Computer) to rank 3 - as DigiTimes reports today.
This doesn't makes me wonder at all, especially in North America - where the Motorola Q and the Samsung BlackJack were bestsellers, while the HTC offer of Standard smartphones is quite limited at the moment. According to the sources, Motorola, Samsung and HTC have been competing fiercely in the non-touchscreen segment with each vendor accounting for a 20 - 30 % share globally, with Motorola now leading with a small margin.

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Monday, 28.01.08
AVAILABILITY: Samsung's SGH-i780 to hit Orange UK soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As expected, Orange (UK) is indeed carrying the Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile Professional smartphone. So it wasn't coincidence that it featured an Orange home screen when it was first unveiled during the Gitex last year.
The Samsung SGH-i780 (which we have previewed already) is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, featuring a touchscreen in addition to the QWERTY keyboard as well as a - what Samsung calls - "optical joystick", which should allow easy navigation. Furthermore, the device sports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz. However, Orange says it's supporting only WiFi b (not g) as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

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WEB: Skyfire unveils mobile browser that delivers the PC Web experience on phones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 01 - General News

Today at the DEMO 08 conference, Skyfire unveiled a new mobile browser that makes browsing on a smartphone just like browsing on a PC and to support Flash 9, Ajax, Quicktime, Java, Windows Media and many other web technologies.
For the first time ever, nobile device users will be able to visit sites utilizing Flash, Ajax and other Web 2.0 technologies like Facebook, Last.fm, and YouTube and have things work just like it does on their PC browser. Moreover, pages load up faster than on iPhone and video and audio stream like never before on a mobile browser. Before Skyfire, users painfully waited for these Flash and Ajax-heavy sites to render - often resulting in error messages or crashes.

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Friday, 25.01.08
LEAK: The mysterious Samsung SGH-i900 shows its beauty face with a new photo [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier, heavily watermarked Samsung SGH-i900 photo, another photo just appeared on the web and this time it shows much more than the photo before.
Samsung's new flagship Windows Mobile phone is expected to be announced next month in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress and first rumors said it's powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 featuring quadband GSM/UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps (while it's not clear if it means singleband UMTS/HSDPA plus triband GSM), WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The large 3.5" touchscreen is expected to support 240 x 400 pixel:

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Wednesday, 23.01.08
UPGRADE: Samsung to release its Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for the AT&T BlackJack today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took virtually forever but it seems the long awaited Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for AT&T's Samsung BlackJack is finally just around the corner. Samsung Telecommunications America announced today the upcoming availability of the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the BlackJack, which is available in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T. BlackJack users can update their devices from Windows Mobile 5.0 to the new Windows Mobile 6.0 operating platform with a free desktop download available directly from Samsung later today.

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ANNOUNCED: Vodafone Germany to release the Toshiba G710 as the VDA GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Toshiba yesterday officially announced the Portégé G710 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, Vodafone Germany recently unveiled it will launch Toshiba's new GPS smartphone under its own brand as the "Vodafone VDA GPS" (VDA is the acronym for Vodafone's touchscreen-less Windows Mobile smartphones).
Since the VDA GPS is based on the Portégé G710, it can be expected that it's also featuring Windows Mobile 6 Standard with support for quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Bluetooth 1.2 while WiFi is left. However, for sure GPS is part of the device (which makes sense if you call it VDA GPS) as well as a 2 megapixel camera:

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APPOINTED: Todd Peters is Microsoft's new Communications Vice President Marketing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 01 - General News

Does Microsoft in future also pays more attention to consumer and prosumers? Seems so, according to latest reports and Tuesday's announcement that Microsoft has hired Todd Peters, formerly an executive with Staples, to become Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Marketing for its mobile communications business. According to Yahoo! News, Peters is tasked with positioning Windows Mobile to appeal more to a consumer audience. He fills a position left vacant by Suzan DelBene, who recently left the company. The announcement reflect a recent push at Microsoft to attract more consumers:

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STATEMENT: HTC replies to the Community regarding video issues
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:44 CET under 01 - General News

In the recent days you might have read about a so called video issue of the latest Qualcomm chip-based HTC 3G devices which even includes a possible class action against HTC Corp. because - according to the initiators - HTC's affected devices aren't fulfilling what they are (theoretically) able to provide.
As a matter of fact, all the trouble is about the Qualcomm MSN7xxx chipset and the missing support of ATI's Imageon video acceleration hardware, which is physically part of the Qualcomm chip, a all-in-one chip solution which also takes care about WWAN, WLAN, Bluetooth GPS and camera functionalities (just to name a few). Now, since some websites picked-up the story and reported about it, HTC felt it's time to reply to the community to let them know more:

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Tuesday, 22.01.08
UNVEILED: Verizon Wireless' XV6900 Touch shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are with Verizon Wireless but interested in the HTC Touch, Engadget Mobile got an interesting about about the Verizon Wireless XV6900 Touch, Verizon Wireless' EV-DO version of the HTC Touch, featuring, like its Sprint cousin, Windows Mobile 6 and a 2 megapixel camera and - according Engadget Mobile - GPS!
All the rest stay pretty much the same - except the white housing which doesn't looks too bad, even if I'm not sure if white is still hip:

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OFFICIAL: Toshiba announces Toshiba Portégé G910 Windows Mobile 3.5G Smartphone with GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also official now is the Toshiba Portégé G910 Windows Mobile smartphone which Toshiba Information Systems unveiled today. The G910 is an advanced smart mobile device for the professional user. Built around Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the G910 offers the full suite of Microsoft Office Mobile, including PowerPoint Mobile, Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and Outlook push E-Mail. Moreover, the G910 features a biometric fingerprint security solution for instant, secure access to the phone, has built in GPS for real-time navigation and has a high resolution 3" Wide-VGA touch screen that is perfect for displaying web pages.

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OFFICIAL: Toshiba announces Toshiba Portégé G710 Windows Mobile 2.5G Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following our last week coverage of the new Toshiba Portégé G710, Toshiba today made its new slim-line Windows Mobile smartphone for easy-to-use mail and navigation official; a smartphone built for the demanding business user and prosumer that need fast and easy access to mobile E-Mail. Its slender, stylish design and built-in GPS function makes the G710 perfect for those who want reassurance of getting from A to B in time. The Portégé G710 has a full QWERTY keypad making responding to E-Mails quick, easy and efficient and being completely compatible with Microsoft Exchange server, the G710 offers push E-Mail access and the facility to open and edit attached documents sent.

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COOPERATION: HTC and Parrot announces strategic alliance
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 01 - General News

HTC Corp., the leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile based smart devices, and Parrot, leader in wireless peripherals around the mobile phone, today announced an alliance to develop improved compatibility and overall user experience between the companies' products. The alliance will see HTC working closely with Parrot to align product roadmaps, marketing efforts and channel development to provide an enhanced complimentary solution for customers.
Parrot manufactures a wide range of wireless mobile phone accessories for the car and home, from Bluetooth handsfree car kits to wireless digital picture frames and Hi-Fi speaker systems. Parrot's product range includes wireless peripherals to suit every environment for HTC devices - be it in the car, at home or in the office.

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COOPERATION: Zumobi announces closer partnership with Microsoft
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:22 CET under 01 - General News

Zumobi today announced a partnership deal with Microsoft. Under terms of the business agreement, Microsoft will distribute the award-winning Zooming User Interface and mobile widget platform with Windows Mobile. This distribution agreement builds on the content partnerships Zumobi announced in December.
Today, more than 140 devices in the marketplace worldwide are based on Windows Mobile. Windows Mobile-based phones are designed for people to be productive on-the-go, all while having the ability to stay in touch with colleagues and friends.

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Monday, 21.01.08
AVAILABLE: Rogers Wireless first to launch the Samsung BlackJack II in Canada
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung Electronics Canada and Rogers Wireless today announced the joint-launch of the, in Canada, so called "Samsung Jack"; in the U.S. better known as the Samsung BlackJack II or Samsung SGH-i616. The Samsung Jack, is available now exclusively from Rogers Wireless (and already sold out) and is packed full with power and functionality for all things business while laced with rich entertainment features for media junkies.
Running on Rogers Wireless HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) network and operating on the Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard Edition platform, the Samsung Jack provides quick and easy web access allowing users to browse websites and downlink files at broadband-like speeds.

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Friday, 18.01.08
UNVEILED: E-Ten Glofiish V900 Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its pretty face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After E-Ten unveiled plans to release another Glofiish smartphone during next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, first real Glofiish V900 photos found its way to the web. Running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the definitely highlight of E-Ten's latest Glofiish smartphone is the support of DVB-H, DVB-T, T-DMB and DAB. Furthermore, according to E-Ten Club Russia, which unveiled the latest photos, the V900 is expected to run with a Samsung CPU at 667 MHz. UMTS - and much likely HSDPA - seems to be confirmed, especially if you see the second front facing camera, which is typical for UMTS smartphones:

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UNVEILED: GIGA-BYTE to announce new GSmart HSDPA and GPS Windows Mobile Phones soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As GIGA-BYTE Communications informed us today, the Taiwanese Windows Mobile specialist will show at least two new Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphones next month in Barcelona.
Quite typical for GIGA-BYTE smartphones, also the two new devices will have its focus on mobile TV, supporting DVB-T, DVB-H, T-DMB but this time, GIGA-BYTE will show these features with the world's first and only HSDPA smartphone (so far, GSmart devices were 2.5G only).
Another new device has its focus on GPS, featuring GeoTag tracking feature:

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CONFIRMED: Toshiba unveils the Portégé G910 Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also somehow official now is the Toshiba Portégé G910 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition we've heard about before already and pocketpcitalia.com confirms most of the features we've already seen.
Running on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the G910 supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi and GPS. The WVGA touchscreen again features 800 x 480 pixel and the screen measures 3". The front facing UMTS video telephony camera supports VGA while the main camera supports 2 megapixel camera:

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UNVEILED: Toshiba to release the Portégé G710 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Wednesday, Toshiba Europe has given a sneak view of a new Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, the Japanese high-tech company plans to release later this year. The new Toshiba Portégé G710 follows the trend of BlackBerry-like devices, as successfully introduced by Motorola (with the Moto Q) and Samsung (with the BlackJack) before. According to pocketpcitialia.com, the G710 will feature a 2.4" QVGA screen and QWERTY thumb-keyboard. Running on Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the phone is expected to be a quadband 2.5G device only, supporting GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as Bluetooth 1.2 (only). While WiFi isn't mentioned, GPS seems to be confirmed:

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Thursday, 17.01.08
OFFICIAL: T-Mobile Germany introduces the T-Mobile MDA Touch Plus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not new anymore for the::unwired readers is T-Mobile Germany's official announcement of the T-Mobile MDA Touch Plus - T-Mobile's version of HTC's Touch Dual Windows Mobile 6 Professional HSDPA smartphone with a slide-out 12-keys phone-like keypad.
However, the MDA Touch Plus is T-Mobile Germany's first Windows Mobile smartphone which supports the earlier introduced MyFaves feature (T-Mobile U.S. introduced a MyFaves compatible Windows Mobile smartphone with the T-Mobile Shadow earlier already), which allows to get in contact with 5 preselected friends or colleagues.

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UNVEILED: T-Mobile Germany announces the T-Mobile MDA Ameo 16 GB
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile Germany today unveiled the T-Mobile MDA Ameo 16 GB, the follower of the earlier released MDA Ameo, T-Mobile's version of the HTC Athena.
While the device design stays the same - more or less (except some keyboard rearrangements as T-Mobile Germany said in its press release) - the Ameo 16 GB gets a doubled hard disk drive, featuring 16 GB, compared to the original MDA Ameo/HTC Athena and T-Mobile Germany accidentally confirmed that the new Ameo will run with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional:

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UNVEILED: The HTC Pharos is HTC's new entry-level 2.5G Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

pcdebolso.com got information about a new and so far completely unknown HTC Pocket PC Phone Edition - the HTC Pharos or HTC P3470. Following the good tradition of the HTC Magician, the HTC Pharos seems to be an interesting small entry-level Windows Mobile smartphone.
Running on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the HTC Pharos seems to be a 2.5G smartphone only, since it has a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz on board only. In addition, the Pharos is said to feature Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS, but no WiFi and is equipped with 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM:

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RUMOR: Is Samsung working on the SGH-i900 Windows Mobile Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Italian website KataWeb claims it received information of a so far unknown Samsung Windows Mobile smartphone expected to be called the Samsung SGH-i900. According to KataWeb, the i900 features Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi.
A real highlight could be the 5 megapixel autofocus camera. While Samsung has some experiences in this field, we haven't seen such a camera in Windows Mobile devices yet. Furthermore the i900 should includes GPS and a FM radio:

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Thursday, 10.01.08
OFFICIAL: E-TEN announces the Glofiish X650 Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First unveiled by the FCC late last year, today E-TEN Information Systems has officially announced the Glofiish X650, the company's latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional Pocket PC Phone to offer the benefits of all-in-one connectivity, VGA display and an ultra-compact form factor. E-TEN first introduced the option for a VGA display in May 2007 and since then has added several more models to its product lineup aimed at different customer needs. The latest X650 is designed to appeal to those seeking a compact, full-featured device that is also affordable.
Featuring Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the X650 is powered by a Samsung SC3 processor at 500 MHz and is backed-up by 256 MB ROM, 2 megapixel auto-focus camera, FM Tuner and a FM Transmitter (subject to region). Dimensions of the handset are an ultra-compact 107 x 58 x 14.7 mm with a weight of just 136 g.

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Wednesday, 09.01.08
SERVICE: NewsGator releases new free versions of its NewsGator RSS clients
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:18 CET under 01 - General News

NewsGator announced today the general availability of NetNewsWire 3.1 (for Apple Mac), FeedDemon 2.6 (for Microsoft Windows) and NewsGator Go! 2.0 (Microsoft Windows Mobile). In addition, the public beta of NewsGator Inbox 3.0 (for Microsoft Outlook) also began today. The award-winning RSS clients deliver a best-of-breed RSS reading experience that synchronizes through NewsGator's online platform. All of the new product versions deliver a better user experience with the inclusion of significant performance, usability, and relevance enhancements. NewsGator also announced that all of its client RSS reader products are now available free of charge and include free synchronization along with other services.

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SERVICE: Is Microsoft charging for Windows Live Mobile Messenger soon? [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:51 CET under 01 - General News

I'm not sure if this is the reason why Windows Live Mobile Messenger continues to fail working proper for some Windows Mobile users, as reported before Christmas, but over at MoDaCo, users reports of a new message they see if the use Windows Live Mobile Messenger from their Windows Mobile devices, noticing the following:

"Hello! Starting today, your 30 day trial period beings. By selecting OK you acknowledge that your use of Windows Live services continues to be subject to the Terms of Use and Privacy Statement. Data charges from your mobile operator, including roaming fees may apply for using the Windows Live services. At the conclusion of this trial, you will be given the option to purchase a 30 day pass.":

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INTERVIEW: Microsoft will not compete with Apple's iPhone but continues with Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:35 CET under 01 - General News

In an interview with German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates made clear that Microsoft will not (yet?) launch a product that directly competes with Apple's iPhone. This was speculated after the first Windows Mobile 7 screenshots unveiled earlier this week.
In the interview, Gates is quoted that Microsoft don't want to that (competing with the iPhone) but rather continue to concentrate on the Windows Mobile platform itself. At the end - if you read between the lines - it also means that "Zune Phone" cannot be expected anytime soon - as long as Zune isn't part of the Windows Mobile platform itself (think of an updated Windows Media Player experience):

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Tuesday, 08.01.08
UPDATE: Sling Media announces SlingPlayer 2.0 for PC - no new SlingPlayer Mobile yet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:46 CET under 01 - General News

Not yet available, Sling Media announced the upcoming release of its SlingPlayer 2.0 for PC which will includes last year's announced Clip+Sling functionality, allowing Slingbox customers to "grab" clips of their favorite television moments and instantly share them online. Additionally, SlingPlayer 2.0 incorporates an electronic program guide that displays a customer's television channel lineup and programming. Last, but not least, SlingPlayer 2.0 incorporates a 60 minute video buffer that allows local pause, rewind, and fast forward transport controls.

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RECHARGE: Proporta announces USB Mobile Device Charger Micro
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 01 - General News

Following Proportat's previous USB Mobile Device Charger (see our review here), the specialist in mobile device accessories just announced the the Mobile Device Charger Micro which packs an impressive 1700 mAh of power so you can charge it from any convenient USB port and in turn power your device up to 2.5 times longer. Measuring in at a mere 88 x 50 x 14.5 mm, the Mobile Survival Kit Micro is roughly 1/4 smaller than its bigger brother and comes complete with a USB to Mini USB cable as well as a retractable cable with adaptors enabling you to charge and recharge your Mini USB equipped Windows Mobile device or any fitting Nokia, PSP, Samsung, iPod or Sony Ericsson device anywhere. And because the Mobile Survival Kit Micro outputs to a standard USB port, it will virtually charge anything that can be charged from USB (you can use your normal cable).

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UNVEILED: Orange UK prepares for Orange SPV E610 Windows Mobile Smartphone launch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First time we have seen the Orange SPV E610 back in August, when AT&T planned to release this Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, manufactured by Chinese ODM Amoi, as the SMT5700. While the SMT5700 never hit AT&T stores, it looks like Orange UK is ready to launch this 2.5G Windows Mobile Standard smartphone soon (hopefully with Windows Mobile 6, not with Windows Mobile 5.0 as approved by the FCC back in March 2007).
While Orange UK hasn't unveiled too much information yet, it seems to be confirmed that the E610 is a 2.5G device only, sporting Bluetooth but not WiFi, a QWERTY thumb-keyboard and a 2 megapixel camera:

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ANNOUNCED: T-Mobile Germany to release the MDA Touch Plus in January too
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unlike we reported earlier, T-Mobile Germany is following T-Mobile UK and is also going to release the T-Mobile MDA Touch Plus later this month. The MDA Touch Plus now appeared in T-Mobile Germany's Business online shop.
Like UK's Touch Plus, the MDA Touch Plus is based on HTC's Touch Dual (aka the Nike 100) and also sports the 12 keys phone-pad rather than the 20 keys SureType-like keypad which is also available from HTC. And, like T-Mobile UK, also T-Mobile Germany slightly changed the design. While the overall design follows HTC's Touch Dual, the call send/end buttons are more rectangular, similar to T-Mobile's MDA Touch.

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MIRRORING: Quartics announces Mobile2Display technology for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 01 - General News

Quartics, a provider of video processing solutions enabling streaming media over wireless and wired networks, yesterday introduced its latest technology - Mobile2Display. Mobile2Display enables the wireless transmission of content from a mobile device, including Window's Mobile 5.0 or 6-based PDAs, smartphones, etc., to projectors, TVs and monitors as well as other displays.
Leveraging Quartics' award-winning PC2TV technology, Mobile2Display allows consumers to wirelessly send content from a mobile phone to a display of their choice. For example, a business professional could open a PowerPoint presentation on a PDA and wirelessly transmit the presentation to a projector or flat screen-without having to use a personal computer.

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PORTAL: Yahoo! redesigns Mobile Home Page
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:45 CET under 01 - General News

Yahoo! is going today to up the ante in consumer-centric mobile design by launching a new version of the company's mobile home page in early beta at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2008. Yesterday's announcement further extends Yahoo!'s mobile leadership by providing consumers with a visually-stunning and easy to navigate interface for the most visited mobile site in the U.S. (M:Metrics, October 2007). By visiting http://beta.m.yahoo.com from select mobile phone browsers, consumers will experience an open and customizable home page where users can personalize their mobile experience like never before, drawing content from the Yahoo! network and leading Web properties from around the Internet.

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AVAILABLE: Verizon Wireless releases the SMT5800 Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Verizon Wireless finally released the previous shown HTC Libra/HTC S720 and announced yesterday its Verizon Wireless SMT5800, which is available online and through Verizon Wireless business sales and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Jan. 21.
Part compact phone, part messaging device, the Verizon Wireless SMT5800 features a standard mobile phone keypad and navigation as well as slide-out QWERTY keyboard, plus Windows Mobile 6 Standard for access to the Internet, calendar and contacts, tasks, E-Mail and more. With the SMT5800, Verizon Wireless customers can easily view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel and view PowerPoint and PDF documents while on-the-go.

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Monday, 07.01.08
UNVEILED: Palm Treo Drucker aka Treo 800 shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the new Palm Treo Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, which will replace the Palm Treo 750 later this year, and codenamed "Drucker", was mentioned in Vodafone UK's earlier leaked roadmap, the roadmap didn't had a photo of the device but a placeholder only. Nevertheless, during Bill Gats' CES keynote, a Palm Treo Windows Mobile smartphone was briefly shown on a slide which is - most likely - the Palm Drucker, also expected to be released as Palm Treo 800 or Treo 850. The Treo shown at the presentation isn't anything of today's available or known smartphones and it clearly sports Windows Mobile Professional and the Start and OK button which is another indication that this must be the Drucker or at least a touchscreen devices.

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SHOWCASE: Samsung shows the SGH-i620 and SGH-i780 Windows Mobile Smartphones at the CES
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 01 - General News

Not really new anymore and surprisingly on stage in the U.S., Samsung shows its latest Windows Mobile smartphones at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show. These handsets made their U.S. debut at the show and exemplify cutting-edge technology and design innovation, including the Samsung SGH-i620 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone and the Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphones.
While both smartphones are great Windows Mobile 6 devices, both features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz only which means it supports one of two U.S. GSM bands only and no UMTS/HSDPA bands.

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UPDATE: Full Vodafone UK Windows Mobile Roadmap unveiled
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:10 CET under 01 - General News

Following yesterday's articles about Vodafone UK's planned 2008 Windows Mobile Professional and Standard smartphones, The Boy Genius Report has posted the full scope of the Windows Mobile roadmap which seems to include the missing HTC smartphones as well now.
While not too much is known yet, the slide indicates two new Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 Professional smartphones, one replacing the HTC Kaiser/Vodafone v1615 and featuring the HSDPA, GPS, WiFi and a slide-out keyboard and one Tablet device also featuring HSDPA, GPS and WiFi (could this be the HTC Shift?):

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COMPANION: Celio REDFLY Mobile Companion for Windows Mobile announced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:44 CET under 01 - General News

While Palm lost its believe into the Palm Folio Smartphone Companion it seems there is truly a market for Super-Subnotebooks which the Asus Eee PC surprisingly proved. Therefore Celio Corporation's REDFLY Mobile Companion might has some serious chances to become a winner too. Officially announced today in Las Vegas, Celio Corp's REDFLY Mobile Companion extends the smartphone platform to a larger display, keyboard and mouse using REDFLY's software and hardware technology. The REDFLY and a smartphone create a single mobile platform for easy access to E-Mail, attachments, web and business applications.

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UNCOVERED: Is Windows Mobile 7 showing its face here the first time?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like somebody at Microsoft couldn't await the formal launch of Windows Mobile 7 anymore, you know - the long awaited follower of what Windows Mobile is today, and has given out an internal and confidential document to the InsightMicrosoft blog, which explains the plans for Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7; containing well over a hundred pages of designs, ideas and changes to the way we might interact with the next major version of Windows Mobile.
The document appears to be from the past summer and I'm quite sure some of the details and first unveiled screenshots change before the product is announced:

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Sunday, 06.01.08
LEAK: Vodafone UK unveils 2008 Windows Mobile Professional Smartphones from Palm and HP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the leaked Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphones, The Boy Genius Report also published a list of Windows Mobile 6 Professional devices, Vodafone UK seems to plan to release during 2008. Like the list of Standard devices, also this list includes so far unknown and unannounced smartphones from Palm, HP and Vodafone. Therefore Palm plans to release a follower to its Palm Treo 750v, the Palm Drucker (Windows Mobile 6.1, again with QWERTY keyboard, GSM/UMTS/HSDPA but now also with WiFi and GPS) while HP has the HP Oak in work (a slide-out QWERTY keyboard Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone with WiFi and GPS) and Vodafone's own ODM project is the Vodafone v16xx (GPRS only devices with GPS and QWERTY thumb-keyboard):

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LEAK: Vodafone UK unveils 2008 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphones from Palm and HP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like somebody at Vodafone UK lost a CD ROM with its smartphone roadmap. At least that's what The Boy Genius Report got - the complete Vodafone UK Windows Mobile 6 Standard roadmap with many interesting and so far unknown devices from Palm and HP. Namely the Palm Wanda which will be the follower to the Palm Treo 500v (a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone with QWERTY keyboard) and the HP Silver (a Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone with SureType keyboard) - see full specs bellow (click to enlarge):

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Friday, 04.01.08
SYNCHRONIZATION: CommonTime releases mNotes5 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:28 CET under 01 - General News

CommonTime just announced the commercial availability of mNotes5 for Windows Mobile smartphones. It's CommonTime's latest innovation in mobilizing Lotus Notes software, offering an Enterprise strength solution for single users. It allows instant and secure access to your E-Mail and PIM applications including Calendar(s), Contacts, Journal, Tasks and SameTime messaging on your mobile device.
The CommonTime Switching Centre transfers your data directly to your device in real-time, ensuring you always have the most up-to-date information at your fingertips.

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PLACE-SHIFT: Sling Media to introduce the Slingbox PRO-HD later this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 01 - General News

Not that I'm aware of a single Windows Mobile smartphone which can playback high-definition 1080i videos (I mean Windows Mobile users are already happy to get VGA) but that's just too cool not to talk about it. Sling Media is going to add another Slingbox to its current line of "place-shifters", the Slingbox PRO-HD, a follower to the earlier released Slingbox PRO, which will, like the Slingbox PRO, includes multiple inputs and outputs, including digital audio and a digital (ATSC/QAM) tuner (so expect a North American release only).
Not only will the Slingbox PRO-HD stream up to 1080i content and 5.1 surround within the home to a computer, it can also be used to ship high-def material to another HDTV via Sling Media's forthcoming SlingCatcher.

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FOLLOW-UP: More Asus M930 Windows Mobile Smartphone information
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last weeks first information about the so far unannounced Asus M930 Windows Mobile smartphone, GPSAndCo got further information about Asus new Nokia Communicator-look alike smartphone. As expected, it's indeed running Windows Mobile 6 Standard (non-touchscreen) instead of Professional (touchscreen) but the screen resolution of the inner display is quite interesting, according to GPSAndCo it's 400 x 240 pixel. Now I wonder which 3rd party application is supporting this - out of the box.
Other specs stays pretty much unchanged, therefore the Asus M930 is supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The absence of GPS is also confirmed now.

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Thursday, 03.01.08
UNVEILED: Expansys reveals the MWG Xda Zinc II Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the MVG Xda Atom 4, Expansys Hong Kong also unveiled more details about the upcoming MWG Zinc II which is another brand new Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone from Mobile Wireless Group (MWG). Based on a Samsung ARM CPU at 500 MHz, the Zinc II also supports quadband GSM/GPRS and triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps as well as WiFi b/g,  Bluetooth 2.0, a SiRF Star III GPS receiver and an FM radio with RDS.
Since the Zinc II follows the original O2 Xda Zinc, also this device features a semi-automatic slide-out QWERTY keyboard:

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UNVEILED: Expansys reveals the MWG Xda Atom 4 Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in November, Telefónica and O2 Asia announced the management buyout of O2 Asia which is now known as MWG (Mobile and Wireless Group) and with the launch of the new site, MWG pre-announced three new Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phones: The Xda Atom 4, the Xda Flame 2 and the Xda Zinc 2. Now, Expansys Hong Kong unveiled what the Xda Atom 4 is about and even more important how it will look.
Featuring Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the Xda Atom 4 is powered by a Marvell PXA270 CPU at 520 MHz and  supports quadband GSM/GPRS as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. Furthermore the Xda Atom 4 features a 3 megapixel main camera, a SiRF Star III GPS receiver and an FM radio with RDS support:

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Wednesday, 02.01.08
SHELL: Pointui Home for Windows Mobile Professional Smartphones released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since the Apple iPhone was announced, we have heard of many tries to make the Windows Mobile GUI a more iPhone kind of nicer look and feel. Many of these tries never made it to the public but there is a brand new one which was just announced late last month: Pointui Home.
Pointui Home want to give you back control of your device, without the need to fumble for a stylus anymore as Pointui Home is designed with generously sized controls.
Pointui Home's intuitive controls and highly responsive user interface makes using your device a breeze and here are a few of the key features it has to offer:

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CONFIRMED: HTC Touch Dual to hit T-Mobile UK as T-Mobile Touch Plus in January
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled earlier last month, now it's official that T-Mobile UK will carry the HTC Touch Dual as T-Mobile Touch Plus in January. So far, Orange UK had the exclusive rights for the Touch Dual and therefore T-Mobile UK was unable to sell it in time for Christmas.
While the call-button layout is adopted to T-Mobile's original MDA Touch design, T-Mobile will also sell the 12 keys keypad-type version rather than the 20 keys SureType version but all other specs stays unchanged, including Windows Mobile 6 Professional, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

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SHARING: WMWifiRouter turns Windows Mobile Smartphones in GPRS/UMTS Routers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:32 CET under 01 - General News

While this topic isn't too new anymore (this functionality was uncovered before already), Internet Connection Sharing over WiFi gets a GUI. No more manually Registry hacks, etc but with WMWifiRouter you can your Windows Mobile 6 (possibly 5.0) smartphone as a WiFi <-> GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA router. It'll allow you to use WiFi capable devices to connect to the internet through your phone's data connection (similar to Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 inbuilt Internet Sharing functionality which however works via USB or Bluetooth PAN only).

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HAPPY NEW YEAR: 2008 will be another amazing mobile year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:10 CET under 06 - Site News

Hello, happy new year and welcome back at the::unwired. Hope you moved well into 2008 too? I was off the past days, spending the New Year's Eve with my girlfriend in Paris. Now I'm back on duty and looking forward an hopefully exciting year 2008. At least there is one reason why 2008 is exciting for me: Thanks to all its direct forerunner, the::unwired turns 10 this year!
Everything started with my first Windows CE site back in 1998 which was called "Arne's WindowsCE & GSM Page". Later (in 1999), Arne's WindowsCE & GSM Page was renamed to "MobileNET.de" (as well as it got a new domain). MobileNET.de became the place where I provided soft- and hardware reviews as well as tips and tricks as I did before at Arne's WindowsCE & GSM Page and as the::unwired provides today. Parallel to MobileNET.de (or better a little bit later, in 2000), I launched "Unwired-I.Net", my personal mobile data and Windows Mobile diary (at a time when blogging wasn't common at all) where I posted hard- and software news as well as I published my thoughts about a mobile data world. However, maintaining two sites with nearly the same focus wasn't useful at all which was the reason why I merged both sites into "Pocket PC Writer.Net" in 2001. Since Pocket PC Writer.Net was a way too long name (and URL to enter on mobile devices), the site was renamed later into "PPCW.Net" which was the direct forerunner to today's the::unwired which launched in 2005. And here we are - 10 years later. Happy birthday the::unwired!

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