For the sake of all you T-Mobile fans out there, we hope and pray what looks to be an early prototype poster is on the level. TMoNews just posted the leak of all leaks, and it looks like the HTC HD2, its 4.3-inch capacitive screen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor are headed for T-Mobile.
No word on when, or just how much it's gonna cost, or when T-Mobile will get even more of its 3G network rolled out, though it's certainly making progress.
By now you've undoubtedly heard about the rather catastrophic data loss involving the Sidekick. If not, the short, short version: All of the data on the Sidekick is stored on the device or on servers run by Danger (which, of course, was purchased by Microsoft). During a recent upgrade, the Storage Area Network, or SAN, wasn't backed up before being upgraded. Basically, standard operating procedure was ignored. (This is, for the same reason, why we repeat over and over to backup your data before upgrading your Windows phone.)
Today, Microsoft issued the following:
REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 13, 2009 — We are thankful for the continued patience as Microsoft-Danger works to preserve platform stability and restore all services for our Sidekick customers. We have made significant progress this past weekend, restoring services to virtually every customer. Microsoft-Danger has teams of experts in place that are working around the clock to ensure this stability is maintained.
T-Mobile and Microsoft-Danger continue to do all we can to recover and return customers’ lost personal content. Recent efforts indicate that recovering some lost content may now be possible. We will continue to keep you updated on this front; we know how important this is to you.
T-Mobile will send a $100 customer appreciation card to those who have experienced a significant and permanent loss of personal content. This appreciation card will be in addition to the free month of data service customers have already been given. The card can be used toward T-Mobile products and services or a customer’s T-Mobile bill. Details will be sent in the next 14 days to customers who fit this category — there is no action needed on their part. We, however, remain hopeful that personal content can be recovered for the majority of our customers.
Sidekick customers can visit T-Mobile Forums regularly to access the latest updates as well as FAQs regarding this service disruption.
Nothing too revealing although the camera has dropped from 8MP to a reported 5MP, matching the Imagio, making the differences between them even fewer. WM6.1 is still there, too.
Probably the most interesting aspect is reported by InfoSyncWorld, which mentions seeing the "Samsung Widget store" on board. Evidently Samsung has opened development of the Widgets to outside developers (smart idea) and users will be able to easily grab these through Samsung's own distribution system.
Now can they just release it already? Seems done to us.
For those of you with HTC devices who either imported them or got them through other means — we're talking non-U.S. carrier-branded phones here — official Windows Mobile 6.5 updates are being released.
Here's what we've got:
Windows Mobile 6.5 for Finnish version fo the Touch Pro 2. [download]
Windows Mobile 6.5 for WWE versions of the Touch Pro 2. [download]
Windows Mobile 6.5 for WWE versions of the Snap. [download]
Again, if you're using a Touch Pro 2 with Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint in the United States, this isn't for you. Consider yourself warned.
Who wants a free Verizon Touch Pro? Yeah, it's the original, but it's an HTC Touch Pro, on Verizon, and it's free. And did we mention it's free?
All you have to do is this: Leave a post in our forums. (And for that, make sure you're registered.) And you know the drill: "First!" won't get it done. Your post needs to be halfway intelligent. Contest ends at 5 p.m. EST Oct. 18, so get a'postin'!
In Phase 2 (planned for late November / early December) Marketplace will also launch a PC environment. Then the user from other countries will be able to choose applications from other countries because of the so-called geo selector for the catalog eg U.S. users will be able to choose from and English-language apps released in other countries for downloaded. Then there will also be hundreds of apps, paid and free. Also nice is that in Phase 2 Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 devices will be made available. Then the users of these devices will be able to download applications.
So, more apps, desktop access to the Marketplace (presumably the Web access we've been expecting), and users can download apps from any country they darn well please. Bring it on, Microsoft.
We’ve all experienced phone calls that we didn’t enjoy. Whether it’s a telemarketer, a boss on a weekend, a buddy during an important business meeting, or someone else that you just really didn’t want to talk to; unwanted phone calls can be cause for major frustration. Fortunately, there is a way to filter out some of these unwanted calls (and even text messages) to minimize frustration and time wasted trying to get off the phone.
MagiCall by Mobiion Software allows you to specify what calls you do or do not want to take. MagiCall can be thought of as a Spam filter for your phone. Complex, intricate rules can be applied to fine-tune the configuration to your specific needs.
If you have a problem with unwanted callers, or if you just need the ability to micro-manage the way your calls are handled; jump on through.
While the HTC HD2 appears to be headed to the U.S. Market, it's already making waves in the European and Asian markets. Mobile-Review has published a review on the HD2 and found it to be an impressive Windows phone. You can find the Google-translated review here.
In reading the translated page, the HD2 it appears Mobile-Review is impressed with the latest Windows phone from HTC but gives the Windows phone low marks for size and for lacking enough hardware keys.
Follow the break for more pictures of the HD2 and our observations on Mobile-Review's article.
Goosync has announced that it will discontinue its free service effective October 19, 2009.
Goosync is an application that facilitates over-the-air synchronization between your Google calendar and contacts and your Windows phone. Goosync offers a premium service for an annual fee that allowed for multiple calendar syncs, contact backups, and tasks. The free version, which was basically limited to contacts and calendar sync, will be replaced with a lower cost service, Goosync Lite that will have the same functionality.
Goosync Premium will run $32 annually, $48 for a two year commitment or $64 for a lifetime subscription. Goosync Lit will run $10 annually and will have a seven day trial period. No word if lifetime pricing will be available for Goosync Lite.
We're a little on the fence here. On one had, it's good to see a marketing push behind Windows phones (and by proxy, Windows Mobile 6.5). What good is the rebranding and operating system upgrade if you don't tell anybody about it?
On the other hand, we're not sure that having your "Windows stuff" following you around is the most effective way of getting the point across. Not necessarily as fun as we'd like to see, or sophisticated, for that matter. It's kinda straddling the two, and not in a good way. But, to each his own, and we doubt this will be the last advert we see regarding Windows phones. gcdtech via Engadget Mobile
One of the best things about writing for this website is when I write up a review, and post it; only to have a whole bunch of people post comments about another product that is unquestionably a more complete package. The review that I’m referring to was the one that I posted on Documents to Go Premium, which is an upgraded Office package over what is included in Windows Mobile. You guys, who are obviously Windows Mobile Experts yourselves, pointed us in the direction of SoftMaker Office 2008; which I’ve heard good things about from a number of different sources since that little nudge.