Software House, a leading Pocket PC software developer, today announced a new
website called "Spb Club".
With Spb Club Spb Software House officially opens its support forums. Spb
customers can get 24x7 technical support through the support forums and get
answers from community members and Spb employees. More than 15,000 Pocket PC
users have already joined the community in just the few months the website was
in beta testing.
In addition, this website provides Pocket PC users with quality content they
can use to empower and personalize their Pocket PC including:
- Free ringtones
- Free Pocket PC themes
- Free SMS-tones
- Free skins
- Free UniThemes
- Free tips & tricks
- And information about Pocket PC accessories
All Spb beta programs have also been moved to Spb Club. Localized into 14
languages, Spb Club is free for both Spb customers and other Pocket PC users.
Spb Software House is known for providing a wide range of quality Pocket PC
programs, each of which is a best selling program in its corresponding category
(according to Handango January 2007 report). But besides programs Pocket PC
users need other content to customize their devices: ringtones, themes, skins,
SMS-tones, etc. The goal of Spb Club is to provide all such content as a
complete solution for Pocket PC users to find everything they need for their
- Ringtones and SMS-Tones: The currently existing teen-age-style ringtones
scattered up and down the Internet would hardly satisfy the needs of an
average Pocket PC user, who according to the last Pocket PC Survey, is a 33
year-old professional. What ringtone could be installed on a lawyer's or
doctors' or engineer's Pocket PC? These people do expect a certain level of
quality from ringtones, and most of the existing "fancy" ringtones are just
inappropriate for them. How has Spb managed to create a collection of
ringtones optimized for WM users? Five professional musicians and DJs
created 400 different ringtones, only 150 of which were selected by Spb's
professionals. And then there was a large vote among 500 real Pocket PC
users in several countries, which resulted in 40 ringtones approved by these
people. This distilled collection of ringtones is available at Spb Club
right now. In the same way, Spb created a collection of SMS-tones, which
resulted out of the same importance we give to our Pocket PC users.
- Themes: There are similar issues with the existing Pocket PC theme
collections. Almost all existing theme collections are submitted by regular
users and the usability of most of them is questionable. Creating a
professional Pocket PC theme that would not only be beautiful but would also
have good usability and support all kinds of devices needs a specific
skillset. Most users use their Windows Mobile devices primarily for
business, so the fact that a theme is beautiful is a bad reason to have
unreadable appointment text. The Spb Software House design team had the
challenging task of creating a collection of professional Pocket PC themes
in a way that every theme would provide good usability and support for all
devices and with all screen resolutions. All these themes are available as
free downloads to registered Spb Club members.
- Skins and UniThemes: Many Pocket PC programs are skinnable, including
Windows Media Player, Calculator and Dialer. And many Pocket PC users would
like to customize their devices by skinning these programs. Spb Club
provides a collection of skins for these standard and many of Spb programs.
Users can also download skin sets called UniThemes. UniThemes give a
consistent look-and-feel to all standard Pocket PC applications as well as
to the popular Spb programs. Each UniTheme includes skins for all of the
standard skinnable Pocket PC applications (the Today screen, Windows Media
Player, Dialer, and Calculator) as well as skins for all of Spb's skinnable
bestselling applications (Spb Pocket Plus, Spb Time, Spb Weather, Spb GPRS
Monitor, Spb Finance, and Spb Full Screen Keyboard).
- Tips & Tricks: Windows Mobile is a powerful operating system that
provides a ton of features. Many new Pocket PC users do not use all the
power of the built-in Pocket PC programs, and are completely unaware of the
many useful things their Pocket PC's can do for them. That's why Spb Club
includes more than 200 tips and tricks of how to use your Pocket PC, written
by 10 professional authors of books and websites about Pocket PCs.
- Localization: Spb Club website is localized into 14 languages.
Localization is an important part of a long-term Spb strategy. Providing
quality content is not possible without providing it in the native
languages. This is especially true when working together with OEMs and
mobile operators to provide quality content for new users who just bought
their first device.
Cheers ~ Arne