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HAPPY NEW YEAR: 2008 will be another amazing mobile year
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 02.01.08 - 13:10:01 CET under 06 - Site News - Viewed 20767x
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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 "" (as well as it got a new domain). 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 (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!

In the past 10 years I've maintaining my Windows CE, GSM and Windows Mobile sites, I've seen many new technologies, names and designs: From Windows CE based H/PC (Handheld PC) and P/PC (Palm-sized PC) as well as GSM based CSD to (still Windows CE based) Windows Mobile Pocket PCs to Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions and GPRS to Windows Mobile Smartphones to UMTS to HSDPA.
When I started with mobile data on Windows CE, back in 1998 (with mobile GSM data in general (on Laptops) I started back in 1994), CSD (Circuit Switched Data) was used with amazing fast speeds of 9.6 Kbps and I was completely thrilled when GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) was launched later with an available speed of 30 - 50 Kbps. Later I was even more amazed when UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System) was launched with a theoretical speed of 384 Kbps, which is now being enhanced with HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) with downloads up to 7.2 Mbps.

Now, 10 years later we have nearly everything in placed I dreamed about 10 years ago: We have amazing fast data networks with mostly reliable plans, great and powerful hardware (with the same unreliable stand-by time) and an operating system which is still my first choice (even if it is still far away from being perfect but the day it becomes perfect I can lose my site since you wouldn't need it anymore). We have also new competitors: Was the PalmOS and Epoc the competing platforms in the beginning, today it's Symbian, the iPhone and soon Google's Android platform which Windows Mobile has to compete with. Was Windows CE the challenger of PalmOS and Epoc in the early days, the iPhone and Android is challenging Windows Mobile today.

I'm always a big friend of competition (maybe that's one reason why I started my career in the GSM industry back in 1993 at a "MVNO" (Mobile Virtual Network Operator which was called "Service Providers" these days)) and therefore I appreciate the entrance of Apple and Google into the mobile market. Competition is the best engine to drive innovation and while Apple's iPhone platform itself isn't a revolution at all, its UI changed revolutionized some things already. And while it's too early to predict what the GPhone will be, I'm sure it will revolutionize too which drives Microsoft to improve Windows Mobile too. That's what I want to see, an improved Windows Mobile experience! What we have today is good or better was good but now it's time for something new, better, different and I had the chance to see a little bit of Windows Mobile's future already and what I saw is why I have no fear that Windows Mobile will be able to easily compete with the next iPhone as well as with the upcoming GPhones.

Anyway, it will take some time until we will see the new stuff- until we will see it - back to the daily business: News, reviews, views and tips and tricks.

Again I wish you a happy new year and I wish the::unwired 10 more successful years. The past 10 years became successful thanks to you - the readers, the forum members, the tipsters, the advertisers and the supporters.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Mike Beseka on 02.01.08 - 17:33:46

I've been visiting the site since when it was "" almost daily for my
mobile PC news update! Keep up the good work.
Congratulations! Here's wishing you 10 more years of continued good service!

Posted by Ford Davidson on 03.01.08 - 08:03:18


Congratulations on 10 years! 9.6kbps - those were the days smile WinCE Compaq C120 ( was my first cool mobile gadget after Nintendo Game Boy.  I'm sure you have a collection of gadgets that are museum ready - what are favorite gadgets from the last 10 years?

Keep rocking!

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.01.08 - 13:21:00

Quite a good question. If I look back the past 10 years only, it was my Sharp Mobilon 4500 (my first Windows CE H/PC) followed by my first Casio Cassiopeia P/PC. The next milestone was definitely the Compaq iPAQ H3600. Not my first Windows Mobile Pocket PC but definitely the most impressing. After that, it’s the HTC Wallaby aka the O2 Xda since it was the first time, a GSM module for Pocket PC became useful (I had both Pocket PC Phones before – the Sagem and the Mitsubishi but both used GSM as an add-on only which made it a bad phone).
Next to the Wallaby, the HTC Canary aka the Orange SPV was a milestone since it was the first available and long awaited Stinger Smartphone (while I still like the original Stinger reference hardware). Last but not least the HTC Universal since it was the first UMTS Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition and the HTC Hermes since it sports quadband GSM, triband UMTS plus HSDPA, WiFi and Bluetooth.

As soon as I’m at home, I will make a photo of my 10 years history of Windows CE and Windows Mobile devices... Most of them are still running, for some the battery died and I never bought a spare – unfortunately...

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