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RELEASED: Spb's GPRS Monitor Version 2.0 is available
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 05.03.03 - 21:03:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 6944x
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Spb announced today the release of Spb GPRS Monitor 2.0, a significant update to the popular software for users with wireless Pocket PCs.

GPRS is a 2.5G wireless data technology that allows users to perform a variety of functions: check email, browse the Web, use instant messaging technologies, transfer files, and much more. However, in most parts of the world, GPRS solutions are quite expensive - users pay by the megabyte (MB) for the data transfer they use. Since there are no built-in tools on the Pocket PC to help track data use, it's very easy for users to quickly use up their data allotment without knowing, and have an expensive bill show up at the end of the month.

By allowing users to monitor and control their GPRS data usage, GPRS Monitor performs a valuable function - it has been described by customers as "indispensable" and "the first application I install on a new Pocket PC".

Driven largely by user requests, GPRS Monitor 2.0 is an evolutionary update that further enhances the strong feature-set introduced in version 1.0. Some of the top features added to this new version include:

  • Daily and monthly data limit pop-up warning notifications, keeping the user from expensive data overuse charges
  • Auto-changing profiles keeps the data accurate no matter where the user is
  • Rich user experience through skinable customization of pop-up windows
  • User-interface enhancements for even easier navigation and customizable taskbar icon
  • Improved tariff options with enhanced lists of over 200 different service plans from various countries
  • Increased options in the Today-screen plug-in including control over data speed refresh rates, traffic status for the day/month/week/session, traffic cost, current connection speed, and addition icons such as brightness control, battery panel, Pocket Internet Explorer, and Pocket Inbox.
  • Enhancements to battery run-time prediction and backlight support

In keeping with the wide range of international customers that Spb has, international support in multiple languages has been added and more languages will be available after launch.

Pricing and Availability
A free 15-day trial version of Spb GPRS Monitor 2.0 is available for download from PocketGear. A registered version is available for the price of US $9.95. Current customers who have purchased GPRS Monitor 1.x can upgrade to version 2.0 for free by simply installing 2.0 over their current installation.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Comments
Posted by lettman on 07.03.03 - 00:00:00

Hi Arne,

How are you?  Thanks for the review of this GPRS counter.  I am curious to know if you have used the All-locations GPRS software?  If so, any preference?

Thanks!
Lettman

Posted by Arne Hess on 07.03.03 - 00:00:00

@lettman: Hi lettman!

Well, what can I say? If you read the footnote on the GPRS Monitor page, you know what I think about Spb's GPRS monitor... ;-)

"We would like to thank Microsoft MVP in Mobile Devices Arne Hess for being a GPRS adviser and helping us a lot in creating this tool. Arne supports one of the best websites for wireless Pocket PC users - PPCW.Net. He is known as a wireless expert in Pocket PC community."

http://www.softspb.com/products/gprsmonitor/index.html

Posted by Lettman on 08.03.03 - 00:00:00

@Arne Hess: Hi Arne,

Thanks for the reply.  'Nuff said! lol ;-) 

In all seriousness, if you had a hand in creating this tool, that's good enough for me.  Consider me a new customer.  I'm off to PocketGear.com next!

Posted by mac on 12.03.03 - 00:00:00

thanks for the review - on the strength of it I downloaded the prog and it looks great.

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