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4 years ago

Area code tweak: improve number lookup on HTC devices

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Back in the day, we had an app on Windows Mobile called CityID (Flashback: 2006!). It recently reared its dormant head on the Verizon Imagio (see full review). The app was basically an area code database that compared that was compared to an incoming phone call, resulting in a City, State caller ID.

Very useful stuff.

Turns out that many HTC devices, likewise, have a database that stores states, but not necessarily anything else. Saumaun, who is quite well known in various Windows Mobile communities, managed to whip up a detailed registry change to give us back that function. He basically included all the major metropolitan areas and referenced them via area codes, giving a pretty decent shot at city accuracy.

The best part of his "hack" is that there is no running programs or increased resources--it simply uses the device's registry to enhance caller ID. ROM chefs are encouraged to incorporate it into their builds and end-users can just download and install the simple and tiny .cab file, found in this thread.

Brilliant!

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4 years ago

Deal Alert: Save 35% off a T-Mobile HD2 using Bing cashback; $99 with WireFly

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So you want a T-Mobile HD2 but not sure about the price? (Even though we feel $449 is pretty good with no contract already).

Fret not as Microsoft's Bing is offering a whopping 35% off of the full $449 price which brings down the total cost to a nice comfy $292, give or take a few cents.

To take advantage, simply follow these directions:

  • Open web browser to www.bing.com
  • Type in "T-mobile HD2"
  • Select the "Sponsored Links" at the top with the 35% off info

Now to be clear, you won't get the 35% savings right away. Bing cashback works by refunding the difference after 60 days (read 'How it works' here, their FAQ here). The refund is either by check or, if you have Paypal, they will automatically deposit the money after the alloted time.

Still, for customers who want this baby for a fair price without committing to a two year contract, is $292 your number?

And for those who don't mind a two-year commitment, WireFly is offering the HD2 for a low $99, which ain't too shabby either.

Edit: As noted in comments, if you do both Bing cashback + Wirefly, you can have a spankin' new HD2 for $50 + 2 year contract.

[Thanks, JB6464, for originally noticing this deal!]

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4 years ago

AT&T Moves Ahead with 3G Microcells

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AT&T Moves Ahead with 3G Microcells

AT&T today announced plans to roll out their 3G Microcells nationwide starting in mid-April. The Microcell (otherwise known as a femtocell) is designed to function in the same way as a cell tower, but utilizes a home broadband connection as the back-haul to the cellular provider. AT&T is pushing the 3G Microcell as a solution for those who get little or no cellular signal while at home.

In addition to the Microcell hardware, AT&T is announcing a companion rate option for $19.99 per month that will give Microcell owners unlimited calls through the 3G Microcell without cutting into their monthly minute allotment.

The 3G Microcell will cost a one-time fee of $149.99. Customers who choose the calling plan at the same time they purchase a Microcell are eligible for a $100 rebate, cutting the net cost to $49.99. An additional $50 rebate is available for those who sign up for an AT&T Broadband connection at the same time.

For more information on the AT&T 3G Microcell, visit www.att.com/3gmicrocell.

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4 years ago

CTIA 2010 Special Edition Podcast

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CTIA 2010 Special Edition Podcast


Phil is joined by Dieter and Kevin as we talk about the news at CTIA 2010. There was just a smidgen of Windows Mobile (the HD2 on T-Mobile), but plenty of Android. Listen in!

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4 years ago

Slacker Radio for Windows Mobile 6.5 is Official

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After teasing us with a leaked .cab in February, Slacker Radio has been officially launched for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. The Slacker Mobile application is "optimized" specifically for the HTC HD2 and is launched in conjunction with the release of the HD2 on T-Mobile. Slacker should work on other 6.5 phones with WVGA (800x480) screens; those specifically listed are the HTC Imagio, HTC Pure, HTC Tilt 2, LG eXpo and the Samsung Omnia II.

Slacker Radio for Windows Mobile provides access to your Slacker Radio account (Free or Premium), over 100 stations, the ability to create your own stations, and various information about the current track and artist. To give it a try point your mobile browser to m.slacker.com. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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4 years ago

Standalone Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator

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Standalone Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator

If you're interested in exploring the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator but don't really want to bother with the entire development environment, we've found a way to do that. 

The emulator .exe file will need a few changes to the command line parameters to run independent of Visual Studio.  You will still need to download the Developer's Tools for Windows Phone 7 Series but Redmond Pie lays out the three step process to add this string, xde.exe C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\WindowsPhone\v7.0\Emulation\Images\WM70C1.bin, to the command prompt for the the XDE.exe file.  This will allow the Emulator to launch without the need to go through Visual Studio.

Nervous about tinkering with the command parameters? Redmond Pie also provides a shortcut for your desktop that will take care of it for you which you can find here.

I did experience one quirk in using the desktop shortcut.  I kept receiving an error message that the .bin file couldn't be found.  We discovered (or should I say Tim discovered) that the target properties of the shortcut needed a slight modification.  If you get a similar error, simply right click on the desktop icon, open up the properties and replace the existing target field with the following (including the quotations) to get the emulator to launch: 

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0\XDE.exe" "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\WindowsPhone\v7.0\Emulation\Images\WM70C1.bin"

Once launched, you will see the Windows Phone appear with a tool bar to the upper right of the phone.  I'm sure the load times will vary depending on your computer but don't be surprised if it takes a few seconds for the WP7S ROM to load.  Keep in mind that this is a work in progress and it's entirely possible that you'll run into a few bugs and glitches along the way.

Also, if you want to tinker with the unlocked WP7S ROM, you can find it here, courtesy of XDA Developers. Simply follow the directions to replace the development ROM .bin file and you can explore the unlocked world of WP7S.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HD2 available today; we go hands-on at CTIA

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The T-Mobile HD2 is finally available today for $199 on contract, and we got our hands on it Tuesday at CTIA. Obviously the star of the show is the hardware, but you've already seen that from our hands-on and full review of the European version.

T-Mobile has loaded its version with a major video partner -- namely with the Blockbuster app. You can download or stream movies at will. And speaking of movies, Transformers 1 and 2 come preloaded on the HD2. And, really, watching Megan Fox on an HD2 is a small price to pay for a two-year contact, don'tcha think?

Check out our video hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

Microsoft releases update to Mobile Outlook for WM6.1

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As yet another sign that Microsoft is hardly giving up on WM6.x devices, they have just announced the ability to update Mobile Outlook on WM6.1 devices.

Such an update is key for the hundreds of thousands of Windows phone users who are still using "legacy" devices such as the Treo line (750, 800w, Treo Pro; HTC Diamond, Mogul, etc.). While these devices are considered old by today's standards, no doubt many in enterprise still rely on them for daily use.

The update is mostly to make said devices compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, which is a major update to the popular infrastructure solution.

Threaded email with Exchange is supported (but not the cool, universal type found in some WM6.5.3 builds) Other enhancements include the ability to sync SMS messages, calendar lookup and enhanced voicemail (via Exchange).

Unfortunately, it is not obvious how regular customers can just upgrade via a .cab file, though we'll keep a lookout and keep you posted.

Update: In comments, Kareljack gives us this link for the .cab file update. But it is also noted that these new features only work with an Exchange 2010 account (either at your work or hosted).

[via ZDNet]

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4 years ago

LG VS750 headed to Verizon?

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LG VS750 headed to Verizon?

LG's VS750 may be headed to Verizon Wireless, becoming the wireless carrier's first LG Windows Phone. The VS750 sports a 3.2" WVGA resistive touchscreen, side sliding QWERTY keyboard, wifi, 3.5mm headphone jack, 512mb ROM/256mb RAM and a 3.2mp camera.

The VS750 may be available as early as April and should be running Windows Mobile 6.5. Some are speculating that with the VS750 only having three buttons, it may be a candidate for upgrade to Windows Phone 7 Series.

The VS750 does vaguely resemble the LG Windows Phone 7 Series that we saw last month.  There's no indication on what type processor the VS750 will have but the resistive screen will need to go capacitive before any of this speculation gains speed. 

[read: phonearena.com]

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4 years ago

Mozilla puts hold on Firefox development for Windows Mobile 6.5/Windows Phone 7. Open source fails again.

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Color us surprised (not really).

The Mozilla team, who have been talking about a mobile browser for Windows Mobile since January 2008, have at least temporarily pulled the plug on Mobile Firefox aka Fennec for Windows Mobile 6.5 and any future iterations e.g. Phone 7 Series.

They cite the obvious changing landscape between the two platforms and the "closed" nature of WP7s as reasons for the "hold" on development. They forgot to mention the slow-as-molasses part.

While we here at WMExperts have always been fond of the promise of a Mobile Firefox, we've been more impressed with the delivery of such a product from Opera Mobile, who have routinely developed and improved upon the browsing experience without fanfare, hype, "milestones" or the chaos that often results from an open source attempt.

Sure, Mobile Firefox could have been a good thing, but it's been 2 years since Mozilla committed themselves to a serious mobile browser. Two years! To which we reply with, "Sorry we don't have time to wait, we're moving on." Microsoft built a whole mobile OS within the last year whereas Mozilla can't get us decent milestones for their browser. 

Sorry fellas, we would have missed you a year ago had you succeeded. But now, it's hard to miss vaporware.

[via Techie Buzz]

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4 years ago

Samsung and Swype helps to set World Record

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For texting that is...

Franklin Page, a 24 year old Seattle, Wa. resident recently set the Guinness World Record for the fastest text message on touch screen. Page did so with the help of Swype running on a Samsung Omnia II.

It took Page 35.54 seconds to text the phrase, "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world." to set the record.

Samsung will feature the World Record texting in a national ad campaign focusing on Swype. Follow the break for the thirty-second spot featuring the record setting text and the full presser from Samsung.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 93

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4 years ago

Mini-Review: Flix (dedicated movie-showtimes)

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4 years ago

ROM Updates from HTC

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ROM Updates from HTC

Sporting a Euro Touch Diamond 2?  If you are, HTC has released a "official" ROM update for the Windows Phone. The update includes Sense 2.5 and can be found on HTC's UK Support site.  While the Touch Diamond 2 isn't available in the U.S. Market, we do have the AT&T Pure.  Could it be next?

In addition to the update for the Touch Diamond 2, HTC has also released an "official" ROM update for the Euro Touch Pro 2.  However, unlike with the update for the Touch Diamond 2, it doesn't look like HTC is ready to officially put Sense 2.5 on the Touch Pro 2.

[read: pocketnow.com]

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