So, here's the deal. We're leaving it in AT&T-speak. Starting Sept. 14:
AT&T will provide most users access to nearly 20,000 AT&T Hot Spots across the US, including Starbucks.
Beginning this month, customers with Wi-Fi-enabled Windows Mobile smartphones and unlimited and other qualifying data plans will receive unlimited access to thousands of U.S. AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide.
Eligible Windows Mobile customers can access AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at over 20,000 nationwide locations – the majority of customers will be eligible as most have a qualifying data plan.
At no additional cost, AT&T customers with unlimited personal and enterprise rate plans on Wi-Fi enabled Windows Mobile smartphones can enjoy automatic, fast and secure access to the Internet at AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
AT&T Wi-Fi will be easy to use on Windows Phones because of auto-authentication – if you have Wi-Fi on, you’ll automatically connect
The service will launch on 9/14 with Samsung smartphones with other devices to follow in the coming weeks, and all 6.5 devices will be supported.
So, while we still don't know what AT&T has up its sleeve in terms of Windows Mobile 6.5 and current or future devices, we now know it's opening up WiFi to the masses. Hit up this link for a map of AT&T's free WiFi locations.
When Microsoft announced that Windows Mobile 6.5 would be available on phones starting Oct. 6 — and we're still trying to track down exactly how that's going to work — it name-dropped a bunch of carriers of manufacturers.
In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
Noticeably missing from that motley crew is T-Mobile. And it's even more apparently because ol' T-Mo is the only carrier to currently have a phone in the wild that we know officially supports Windows Mobile 6.5.
You’ll see new Windows phones designed for a variety of tastes, needs and price points - with or without keyboards, with or without touch screens, as well as your choice of GPS, accelerometer and high resolution camera. There are a lot of great options and we can’t wait to show them to you. Until then, keep an eye on our partners as they announce details on new Windows phones and where you can find them this fall.
The blog post all but says that Windows Mobile 6.5 and Marketplace launch on Oct. 6, but Microsoft PR confirms. That's the day for both, and it looks like My Phone will be taken out of beta for good measure.
Our big question involves reaction from the carriers and manufacturers, which Microsoft names in the post. Will Windows Mobile 6.5 be available for any phones on that date? Will we see new phones released with WinMo 6.5? CNet's Ina Fried notes that Microsoft's Robbie Bach is throwing a "consumer open house" on Oct. 6 in New York City, so there may well be something afoot.
To see Microsoft, carriers and manufacturers working in concert — now that would be a big deal. Stay tuned. Our fat fingers are sending out a flurry of inquiries.
Microsoft Recite, that über-neat app that allows you to search your recorded voice notes, got an update to 0.5.7.0 (previous version was 0.5.5.0). You may have noticed this if you received the above error screen in the last few days.
We’re quite spoiled you and I. Can you imagine if twenty years ago someone had shown you the very device you currently carry and use on a daily basis? Being able to instantly communicate using all manner of methods provided by the most mundane of Windows Mobile Phones is simply an amazing example of technology. As generations of Windows Mobile devices pass by there are new and improved hardware toys that become fairly standard in each generation. GPS receivers are an example of a feature that many of us take for granted that is one of the more amazing pieces of consumer technology.
All of this being true, GPS receivers are not included in all of the Windows Mobile devices that we carry around. Even if it is included, getting a radio signal to and from those satellites drains a battery like few other things can. For those of you facing these dilemmas, I present the GlobalSat BT-368i Bluetooth GPS receiver.
Is it safe to say that the HTC Touch Pro 2 is the most anticipated Windows Mobile phone of 2009? Maybe "one of the most" anticipated WM phones of 2009? Regardless, you have to tip your hat to T-Mobile for beating Sprint, AT&T and Verizon to the punch by bringing the Touch Pro 2 to the U.S. market first.
We played with the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 in the store, but that's hardly a proper review, is it? T-Mobile has done an impressive job at presenting the Touch Pro 2 to the U.S. market. To find out how good, you'll have to follow the break.
Hallelujah. The new start menu in Windows Mobile 6.5 has caused a bit of consternation since we got our first look at it. The honeycomb was ditched for a borderless (but still honeycomb-shaped) design. Probably our biggest sticking point was that icons couldn't be rearranged. They could be moved to the top, but one by one. And that's just no good.
What is good is Build 23037. The screen shots didn't show it, but the proof is in the video you see above. The menu has been fixed (yes, fixed), and icons can be moved wherever the heck we please. One more video after the break.
Oh, and a note to carriers: If you're thinking about releasing Windows Mobile 6.5 on a phone without this feature, think twice. It's that important.
While the Motorola's A3300 remains a bit of a mystery, we've picked up on reports that the A3300 has landed in China. We feel confident to say the A3300 is a Windows Mobile phone, is 3G, and is headed to China's Telecom network. Sina.com is circulating photos of the device that clearly has Microsoft's Windows flag button on the lower left corner.
Granted we haven't seen the phone turned on to see what OS the 3.2" WQVGA screen is displaying but everything still points to Motorola not giving up, entirely, on Windows Mobile.
Still not much information on the specs on the A3300 or if Motorola plans to release the phone outside of China. It does appear that it's fitted with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
A pretty big landmark for lovers of CDMA and LTE networks (that'd be Verizon, for sure) occurred recently. LG and Nortel completed the first data handoff between LTE and CDMA networks, and they did so in a way that is standards-compliant. That's kinda important for the obvious reasons.
In geek speak:
The test by LG and Nortel successfully demonstrated the feasibility of idle mode handover between CDMA and LTE and active mode handover from LTE to CDMA leveraging device assisted, network controlled functionality. The demonstration was conducted over 700MHz spectrum using Nortel CDMA Evolved High-Rate Packet Data (eHRPD) 1xEV-DO and Nortel LTE solution with LG’s dual-mode CDMA-LTE M13 terminal. The M13 terminal is a test device created with commercial grade components that will form the basis for a consumer device which is expected to be available in 2010.