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Tuesday, 29.07.08
CONFIRMATION: FCC approves North American HTC Touch Diamond with UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While neither today's available HTC Touch Diamond nor the upcoming HTC Touch Pro support North American UMTS/HSDPA frequencies, the HTC Touch Diamond got at least a 2G ROM update which enabled the missing fourth GSM-band while the HTC Touch Pro will be quadband out-of-the-box. However, if EDGE isn't fast enough for you, the FCC just unveiled that it approved a North American version of the HTC Touch Diamond, supporting UMTS, HSDPA and even HSUPA at 850 and 1900 MHz. For new and upcoming customers, it's definitely good news but please keep in mind that today's available HTC Touch Diamonds will not get a tri- or even quadband 3G upgrade to make them working in the U.S. or Canada.

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UPDATE: Opera releases minor update of Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 1 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Opera Software has just announced the availability of a minor update of its recently released Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 1. According to the Opera Blog, this bugfix solves a bug that turned off the notification sounds. The notification bugfix was relatively trivial and had a low risk. While Opera is aware of the other bugs and issues, these aren't addressed in this update.
Furthermore Opera Mobile posted a statement to an available workaround to fix the "Out of Memory" problems on some devices as suggested by It's possible to change the location of the folder where Opera stores the cache files which gives more memory to run Opera Mobile.

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Friday, 25.07.08
AVAILABLE: TomTom releases TomTom 7.20 Maps for the O2 Xda diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany was far ahead of TomTom, when it launched its O2 Xda diamond last month which contains TomTom Navigator 7, a so far not officially announced TomTom version for Windows Mobile Professional devices. And while O2 gave one free city download with its TomTom Navigator 7, it was impossible to purchase any further maps from TomTom. The only way to expand the maps was a workaround.
Now, TomTom finally released maps which are compatible to O2's used TomTom Navigator 7 and at the moment, TomTom offers two kind of map packs: TomTom Map of Western Europe v7.20 and TomTom Map of Eastern Europe v7.20

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Thursday, 24.07.08
FIX: HTC releases official 850 MHz ROM update for the HTC Touch Diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following an unofficial ROM patch which appeared last week, HTC has now released a ROM update in Hong Kong which officially adds GSM 850 MHz to the HTC Touch Diamond making it a quadband GSM smartphone know which can be used virtually anywhere in the GSM world. In addition to adding GSM 850 MHz support, ROM v1.93.831.1 WWE also fixes some bugs HTC Touch Diamond users have seen already, like a no signal issue, no action while touching navigator control in camera mode as well as SMS sound alert notification delay issue. Furthermore it's said to increase the overall device performance including improved audio quality after audio booster is enabled, improved TouchFLO 3D tab switching and movement speed or improved home page loading speed.

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UNVEILED: Asus to launch another 3G Windows Mobile Smartphone called P522
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The GFC (Global Certification Forum) just unveiled another Asus - most likely - Windows Mobile smartphone which will be available in two flavors: as the Asus P552 and as the Asus P552w.
Most likely a Windows Mobile smartphone since so far, all Asus P-Series smartphones were based on Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen). Othen then that, not too much is known except that the GCF confirmed that it will be a triband GSM (900/1800/1900) MHz and singleband UMTS (2100 MHz) mobile phone supporting MMS and browsing. The supported frequencies speaks for a launch in Europe and Asia only:

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UTILITY: Change HTC's Touch Diamond TouchFLO 3D Themes with Diamond TF3D Config
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I wrote about Diamond TF3D Config for HTC's Touch Diamond two weeks ago already but now it received a major update to its previous functions of letting you rearrange the TouchFLO 3D tabs and this problem resolves another problem I mentioned before also - getting back the original black HTC TouchFLO 3D to OEM devices. Version 0.6.5 allows you to change the theme of TouchFLO 3D as well as it now supports new theme files which also includes Windows Mobile themes. Preinstalled are the themes from HTC, O2, Orange and Vodafone. Further themes, original and modified, are available for download:

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Tuesday, 22.07.08
REFRESH: AT&T launches two new Samsung BlackJack II colors
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following AT&T's and Samsung's last year's launch of the BlackJack II in black and red wine, AT&T just added two more colors to its line of BlackJack Windows Mobile smartphones: Romantic Pink and Ocean Blue. Both color schemes features a white front with white keyboards but on the backside, they are either pink or blue with decorative designs.
Technical features like Windows Mobile 6 Standard (even if it's announced that the BlackJack II will get a Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade), quadband GSM/EDGE/GPRS, triband 3G UMTS/HSDPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and the inbuilt GPS receiver and 2.0 megapixel camera stays unchanged.

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APPROVAL: Samsung's i900/i900V and i908 receives GCF certification [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We already know who the Samsung SGH-i900 and SGH-i900V are (both are also known as the Samsung Omnia) but so far we haven't received any confirmation what the SGH-i908 is about. Nevertheless, all three mobile phones (the two i900's are confirmed Windows Mobile Professional smartphones) just received the GCF (Global Certification Forum) approval which means they are network and GSM/3GPP standard compliant which again leads us to the speculation that the SGH-i908 is indeed the North American version of the Samsung Omnia. According to the GCF, all three handsets support quadband GSM, UTRA FDDI (UMTS at 2100 MHz), MMS and CS (Circuit Switched) 3GPP/VT (Video Telephony). However, there is no indication which UMTS bands are supported:

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Monday, 21.07.08
UPDATE: Sprint releases Windows Mobile 6.1 and Wireless updates for HTC Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sprint today announced two ROM updates/upgrades for its current line of Windows Mobile smartphones which includes key enhancements, including support for EV-DO Rev. A data speeds as well as Opera Mobile 9.5 for the Touch by HTC; which was introduced in October 2007.
Sprint's Mogul by HTC software upgrade, which was introduced in June 2007, will now support Windows Mobile 6.1. The Mogul is a premium Windows Mobile device and was the first EVDO Rev. A-capable Windows Mobile handset.

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FIX: Unofficial Firmware unlocks the GSM 850 MHz band of the HTC Touch Diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As you might remember, HTC's Touch Diamond Windows Mobile smartphone is supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz only which makes it a smartphone with a strong focus on the European/Asian markets. While inbound roamers can use the 1900 MHz network during its visit of the U.S and Canada, the HTC Touch Diamond, as available today, isn't a real option for Americans since the important 850 MHz band, as used by AT&T wireless. Now some clever developers at found a way to enable the missing 850 MHz band on the HTC Touch Diamond to make it a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE device.

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Thursday, 17.07.08
AVAILABLE: Opera Software releases Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 1 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Opera Software today released the much-anticipated, first public version of Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta. A powerful foreshadowing of what is to come, this Beta takes mobile browsing speed and features to a new level, complete with visual effects and a new look. Opera has changed the face of its mobile browser in this Beta release. As with the latest version of Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta now defaults to page overview mode, allowing the user to view the entire Web page and instantly recognize the Web site. With panning and zooming options, the user is able to focus on specific page content. Opera also introduces a sleek, new user interface for easier navigation.

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Monday, 14.07.08
CONFIRMED: Samsung announces German i900 Omnia availability for August [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Samsung's earlier announcement to launch the SGH-i900 Omnia Windows Mobile Professional this summer, Samsung Germany just unveiled the German release date and price for Germany. In Germany, the i900 Omnia will be available from 6th August and without a contract, the 8 GB version will be available for 649 Euro. Furthermore, Samsung confirmed that the i900 Omnia will be available from all four German carriers (T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and O2); while so far only O2 Germany was confirmed. The SGH-i900 Omnia runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps. Furthermore, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are on board as well as a an FM radio and a GPS receiver.

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OFFICIAL: Palm and Sprint announce the Treo 800w Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After Sprint offered Palm's new Treo 800w online already, and some outlets started selling Palm's latest Windows Mobile smartphone last week already, Palm, Inc. and Sprint finally announced the Palm Treo 800w today, Sprint's newest smartphone with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Designed for business users who depend on their smartphones for high-speed productivity on the go, the Palm Treo 800w operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and comes out of the box with support for EV-DO Rev. A data speeds, WiFi for data and GPS capabilities.

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AVAILABLE: Sprint unveils the Palm Treo 800w Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet official announced by Sprint or Palm, Sprint already started to sell Palm's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the Treo 800w through its web site.
The Palm Treo 800w, which leaked earlier already, is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS and supports Sprint's CDMA 800 and 1900 networks as well as EVDO Rev A and 1XRTT. Furthermore, and this makes the Treo 800w quite unique, it's Palm's first smartphone with inbuilt WiFi (802.11b/g) support. Last but not least even IrDA as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and GPS are onboard. Furthermore, the Treo 800w includes a 2.0 megapixel camera with 2x zoom and sports 256 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM which can be extended using microSD cards.

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Thursday, 10.07.08
UTILITY: Free the HTC Touch Diamond's accelerometer with SKKV GSEN [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC Touch Diamond's accelerometer is a quite useful hardware-component if only used. However, by default, HTC enabled the G-Sensor for given applications only, like Opera Mobile, the HTC Photo Album or Teeter. Other applications don't take a benefit from the accelerometer while at the same time, HTC also disabled the manual screen rotation as normally available in Windows Mobile. As a matter of fact, you can only run a small amount of predefined applications in landscape mode. Some applications, like E-Mail Inbox or calendar cannot be used in landscape but portrait mode only. However, SKKV's free GSEN solves this problem since it enables to use the accelerometer in all applications and enables to auto-rotate the HTC Diamond screen:

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Monday, 07.07.08
UNCONFIRMED: TomTom Navigator 7 seems to work with latest TomTom Navigator 6 Maps [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Absolutely unconfirmed, I've just received an E-Mail from a fellow the::unwired reader that he recently tried out is recently purchased TomTom Navigator 6 maps v6.75 with his new O2 Xda diamond which runs the - yet to be announced - TomTom Navigator 7.
While TomTom Navigator 7 features minor enhancements like Map corrections, it's basically an update to the officially available TomTom Navigator 6 only. However, unlike for TomTom Navigator 6, TomTom isn't offering any purchasable maps for TomTom Navigator 7 yet but users of a German O2 Xda diamond can download one city map only - at least free of charge.

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UTILITY: Customize HTC's Touch Diamond TouchFLO 3D with Diamond TF3D Config [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

TouchFLO 3D, HTC's new Today screen replacement for the HTC Touch Diamond (and the upcoming HTC Touch Pro) is quite handy and useful for most users. However, everybody has different needs and therefore a customization is always appreciated. Unfortunately, HTC has left all customization options except that you can change the background image of the main screen (only). However, a member of the German Windows Mobile Forum "PPC-Welt Community" has now released a free utility called "Diamond TF3D Config" which adds some more customization options to the HTC Touch Diamond by allowing a user to rearrange the TouchFLO 3D tabs.

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Friday, 04.07.08
AVAILABLE: Samsung releases the SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone for Open Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled back in February already, Samsung today announced the open market availability of the SGH-i200 Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone.
Featuring triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz (up to 3.6 Mbps) as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (including A2DP), the i200 unfortunately lacks WiFi and GPS. On the back the i200 sports a  2.0 megapixel camera with face detection technology and smile-shot functionality; while on the front it has an additional VGA camera for UMTS video telephony. The non-touchscreen measures 2.3", supports QVGA resolution and includes a light-sensor.

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UNVEILED: Telus Mobility first to carry the HTC Touch Diamond in North America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Canadian Telus Mobility is the first North American carrier which confirmed to release the HTC Touch Diamond later this summer. While neither Verizon nor Sprint have confirmed an upcoming launch yet, a Canadian carrier is again the first to launch another Windows Mobile smartphone first. Since Telus Mobility is a CDMA carrier, Telus Mobility's Touch Diamond is for sure the CDMA version, featuring EVDO Rev. A high-speed Internet access. Other confirmed features are Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, TouchFLO 3D, inbuilt GPS, the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera on the back, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi and inbuilt 4 GB memory. However, the FM radio, which the WCDMA version also includes, isn't mentioned by Telus Mobility.

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Tuesday, 01.07.08
TWEAK: Get back the original black HTC TouchFLO 3D to any ODM Touch Diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No question, with the HTC Touch Diamond, HTC released a winner smartphone and it looks like that HTC's recently announced and now accros Europe and Asia available smartphone also caught the interest from many mobile network operators. For instance it's confirmed that all major carriers in the UK and Germany will carry the HTC Touch Diamond, either in HTC's original design and configuration or with a different hardware design and adopted TouchFLO 3D color-sets. And while most of you might prefer the original black TouchFLO 3D user interface as well, most carriers have changed the TouchFLO 3D design to its corporate color and might even changed or reordered some TouchFLO 3D tabs.

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WIDGETS: Access Co. launches NetFront Browser Widgets community site (Beta)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Access Co., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced the launch of a beta version of its NetFront Browser Widgets Community site, where users can download and try free widgets for mobile devices. Widgets provided on this site can be used after users download and install a free beta version of NetFront Browser Widgets Player, which initially is Compatible with Windows Mobile versions 5.0 and 6.0. NetFront Browser Widgets is based on Access' acclaimed NetFront Browser engine, one of the most widely-used browsers on the market today, with over 590 million deployments worldwide.

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AVAILABILITY: HTC debuts the HTC Touch Dual in Korea in alliance with SK Telecom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet HTC's latest Windows Mobile smartphone but already unveiled last year, HTC Corporation just announced its first entry into the advanced Korean market with the introduction of the HTC Touch Dual. Launched in exclusive alliance with the local carrier, SK Telecom, the HTC Touch Dual integrates HTC’s advanced intuitive TouchFLO technology and slide-out keypad in a compact design. Offering one touch access to E-Mail, messages, contacts, pictures and more, the Touch Dual provides an uncompromising touch and keypad experience for easy and convenient dialing and messaging.

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