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THOUGHT: Back to the roots - Pocket PC (Phone Edition) plus 3G/UMTS mobile phone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 03.03.04 - 21:22:44 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 8565x
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Today, when I've tested some parts of my current 3G project, I thought about how convenient and handy it would be to use my PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition with the speed of the current pre-launch 3G/UMTS networks and hey, why not back to the roots and using WAN via my mobile phone?
So I've installed Bluetooth Tools because it adds a Bluetooth modem port to the Phone Edition, bonded my i-Mate Phone Edition with my Nokia 7600 UMTS terminal and created a new dial-up connection:

The result might be the fastest, currently available WAN connected Pocket PC (Phone Edition):

Up to 63 Kbit/s while you surf the web and around 100 Kbit/s for a FTP download isn't that bad! :-) Okay, it's far away from promised 1 Mbit/s or more realistic 384 Kbit/s but hey, with my Pocket PCs I never surfed that fast before in WAN environments! :-) Is the future bright and UMTS?

Best of all - all the dial-up strings you use to connect to GPRS today will also work with UMTS! So all you need is to dial *99# and adding the appropriate +cgdcont extra dial-string and you are ready to go!

So while we've learned today, that we have to wait another year for a UMTS enabled Windows Smartphone I a) hope that it won't take that long to get a 3G enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition and b) it seems we have to buy UMTS phones to use our Pocket PCs via 3G as we did before the introduction of Pocket PC Phone Edition to access GPRS through mobile phones.

Cheers ~ Arne