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5 years ago

AT&T's WinMo roadmap for the rest of the year

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AT&T's WinMo roadmap for the rest of the year

Lookie, lookie. Someone's got their hands on the roadmap of upcoming devices for AT&T.

What you can expect later this year, in the fourth quarter:

New Pantech Duo:

  • Windows Mobile SP 6.1
  • Tri-band HSDPA (3.6)/Quad-band EDGE
  • 528 MHz Processor
  • 128MB RAM
  • 256MB ROM
  • USB, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Micro SD
  • 2 MP Camera
  • GPS

The current Pantech Duo will get a WinMo 6.1 upgrade in October.

Samsung Blackjack 2: Upgrade to 6.1 sometime this month.

Motorola Q9H: Upgrade to 6.1 sometime this month.

Samsung Blackjack 3 (the i788):

  • Windows Mobile SP 6.1
  • Tri-band HSDPA (3.6); Quad-band EDGE
  • 528 MHz processor
  • 128MB RAM/ 256MB ROM
  • Camera 3 MP
  • AGPS
  • VSC
  • WiFi

AT&T Tilt: Upgrade to 6.1 sometime this month.

AT&T Tilt 2:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition
  • Tri-band HSDPA (3.6); Quad-band EDGE
  • Qualcomm 528 MHz processor
  • 256MB ROM/ 128MB RAM
  • 3.0 MP camera
  • WiFi; Bluetooth 2.0
  • PTT; AGPS
  • VSC (at launch)

Also: Another Samsung device in the fourth quarter, possibly the Omnia.

Bad news for Palm fans: The Treo 750 is specifically mentioned as NOT getting an upgrade to WinMo 6.1. No mention yet of the upcoming Treo 850, but that's not too big of a surprise.

Via Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Rumor: Sprint PDA Data plans increasing July 13th...for everyone?

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So the big rumor floating around the 'nets these days is that Sprint is set to increase the cost of PDA plans for all smartphones. More specifically, they will require you to sign up for one of their "Simply Everything" plans.

What does that mean? Currently, Sprint users can opt to pay a very reasonable $15 for basic "Power Vision" + Voice plan, which gives them just unlimited data over 3g ($20 and $25 plans include extras).

The "Simply Everything" plan starts at $69 but includes 450 minutes voice, data, text, e-mail, Web-surfing, Sprint TV, Sprint Music, GPS Navigation, Direct Connect and Group Connect (it goes up to $99 for unlimited voice). That's actually a very cool package and very competitive.

The rumor, however, is that anyone buying a new smartphone starting July 13th (that date sound familiar?) will be forced to activate the phone with the minimum $69 plan--even existing customers in contract. And SERO plans may be included as well (Read: What is SERO?).

Yikes.

Unfortunately, there is precedent for this: the much hyped Samsung Instinct requires exactly such a plan, even under SERO.

For "new" customers to Sprint (we've heard they have a couple), these plans are actually quite attractive, but for current subscribers who have a better details...it's flat out scary (e.g. my cost after taxes would nearly triple).

What to do? Well, we'll just have to wait and see we suppose. It's still not clear if doing and ESN swap online will be affected, though it may just be, in which case signing that contract now and buying a new PDA full price won't even save you.

Stay tuned.

Via Sprintusers

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Diamond Caught in the “Wild”

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Well looky here - the Sprint Diamond has been caught in the “wild” by ksemt7781 of PPCGeeks. We know it's legit because it comes from Mr. Blurrycam (alright, technically it comes from a Mogul, a distant cousin to Mr. Blurrycam). It looks pretty much identical to the original Touch Diamond we showed you in video and images -- we say “pretty much” because the Sprint Diamond looks to have a bit more of a curve at the top and the bottom and a slightly different skin to TouchFLO 3D -- looks like Sprint's tradition of putting their junk into HTC's custom interface (and HTC's tradition of letting them) has a good chance of continuing.

We put the “wild” in scare quotes because technically it's in testing at Sprint now, we can't wait until it's in testing at WMExperts HQ.

Thanks to Jon for the tip!

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5 years ago

Kinoma Coming to Windows Mobile (Obligatory Question Mark)

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Those of you who have come up from the PalmOS to Windows Mobile have probably heard of Kinoma's Player, which combines a comprehensive mobile media guide with a player that supports a wide range of codecs -- think of it as SprintTV plus Podcacher plus YouTube plus flickr streamer plus music player ...minus stupid extra fees. Even if you haven't used Kinoma, you should know that Kinoma powers what little video power your Centro has these days.

Well take a look at the newly redesigned Kinoma homepage. They're talking about a mystery product called (for now) “Kinoma ???” Alright, we'll bite: we think it's a Windows Mobile version of Kinoma. Why would we say that? Could it be the gigantic Motorola Q9c at the top of the page?

We like Kinoma. We hope what they bring will make us love them, because Kinoma was one of those great pieces of software on the PalmOS that gives us teeny tiny second thoughts about Windows Mobile. ...from time to time.

thanks to Doc31 for the tip!

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5 years ago

Sprint's AIRAVE going nationwide July 15?

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Sprint's AIRAVE going nationwide July 15?

 

Man, oh man, July is getting to be a wee ... bit ... busy ...

After a successful test this spring, Sprint's AIRAVE service is rumored to be going nationwide on July 15, and possibly turning America into one giant cell tower.

AIRAVE hooks into your existing home broadband service and effectively becomes a miniature cell tower, boosting your signal in otherwise poor areas. And unlike T-Mobile's Hotspot @ Home service, Sprint's AIRAVE will work with any Sprint phone (up to three at once) and not just a specialized UMA device.

Dial *99 from your Sprint phone to see if AIRAVE is available in your neck of the woods yet. You'll also need decent line of sight for GPS (for E911) and a free Ethernet port.

But the question remains: Are you willing to spend another $15 a month to increase your own cell signal?

Get the full lowdown at SprintEnterprise.com.

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5 years ago

30 Days of .Net Concludes

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30 Days of .Net Concludes

Chris Craft has finished his “30 Days of .Net” marathon of development, wherein he developed a .Net app every day for 30 days. We told you about this epic task just under a month ago and since then Craft has come up with some pretty great stuff, including everything from a simple flashlight app to an app that repeats alerts in case you missed them to a Death Calculator to (get this) a framework for sending commands to a WM smartphone via SMS.

You can check out the roundups of each week, too:

Congrats to Craft for finishing this epic task and congrats to .Net too, for being an easy-to-develop-for development platform!

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5 years ago

Verizon to Get Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, 800w

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Verizon to Get Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, 800w

SQUEEEE! We have a confirmed report that our hunch was right, the HTC Touch Diamond (see our video review here) and the HTC Touch Pro are coming to the US in CDMA flavors; What's more, they won't be stuck in purgatory Sprint-land either. The evidence comes courtesy of a Verizon Roadmap leaked to PhoneArena (by way of TreoCentral). As usual, they'll be showing up on Verizon under the UTStarcom moniker, which means there's a greater than 50/50 chance they'll drop the cool names for something like XV720957298 or whatever.

Oh, the roadmap also reveals that big V will get the Treo 800w.

ETAs, prices, ...pretty much every other detail you want are still unknown.

Update: It's doesn't hurt that the Touch Pro in CDMA flavor was just approved by the FCC, either.

Thanks to Jennifer for the tip!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Hikes SMS Rate, Alltel Drops It.

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T-Mobile Hikes SMS Rate, Alltel Drops It.

T-Mobile is hiking their per-SMS rate up to 20 cents per (for those not on unlimited plans) starting August 29th. This brings them in line with most of the other carriers' costs. SMS rates have climbed steadily over the past couple of years, which makes it clear to us that the technology is just plain untenable and needs to be abandoned. Clearly, each character in these 160 character messages needs to be wrapped in plastic and driven by truck between cell towers. This explains the rate hikes -- the rapidly increasing price of gasoline is taking its toll on cell phone companies. See, it's the gas....

Oh, wait, that's not how it works. As carriers build out their network and their infrastructure it actually costs them less to deliver a text message now than it used to and the per-message infrastructure cost to them is likely still decreasing. We know that you're corporations in it to make money, guys, but raising per-SMS costs is starting to feel egregious. Why not follow Alltel's example? They've made SMS's within your “fave 5” free.

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5 years ago

The savior of Windows Mobile?

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The savior of Windows Mobile?

We've reported that Microsoft is taking mobile music more seriously, and that even Steve Ballmer thinks mobile Web browsing needs some improvement.

Enter J Allard, who has been promoted to "Chief Experience Officer" and "Chief Technology Officer" (and who has one of the coolest bio mugs out there).

You may know Allard from his previous work with Microsoft on the Xbox, the Zune, Windows NT and, everybody's favorite, TCP/IP (among another 30 or so products).

Windows Mobile is now under his auspices, which should lead to some promising developments for our beloved, but oft maligned, operating system.

From his updated executive bio:

J Allard is responsible for the technical architecture and user experiences related to products and services of the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) division. Allard works closely with technical leaders across the company to align E&D product teams with Microsoft's overall services strategy and product architecture, and drives the technical and design agenda to deliver Connected Entertainment experiences for consumers.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Knows When You Lie

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Windows Mobile Knows When You Lie

Next time you see a friendly officer with a Windows Mobile device you might want to think twice before you tell him about how you had to speed because you're on the way to the hospital.

Only because they could be using their device to see if you are lying! Starting this month, the Pentagon will be working on a device that will be issued to soldiers in Afghanistan to assist in lie detecting. Being such an advanced technology, it only makes sense that they use Windows Mobile to get the job done. They are hoping the new technology aids in narrowing suspects. In the screen shot you can see the interface in action sporting the good old fashioned Start button. Eat your heart out, polygraph.

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5 years ago

AT&T to Move their HQ to Dallas, TX

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AT&T to Move their HQ to Dallas, TX

Like cell phone companies? Consider moving to Dallas, TX, then. AT&T is moving their headquarters there for “easier access to customers and operations around the world.” For those worried about jobs in San Antionio, it does look like the big beast is leaving quite a few of their employees behind... and it's not like AT&T is getting any smaller anyway. The whole move should take about a year.

That's business-speak for “The drive from the Dallas Airport to San Antonio sucks.”

It's also business-speak for “Nokia, Nortel, and RIM also have all kinds of crazy big offices there, so we'll be able to pretend we're going out to business lunches with other hotshots more often while instead we're trying to catch the practice sessions of the fabulous Dallas Cheerleaders.” And so on.

...It might also be business-speak for “Dallas is much closer to Texas' Eastern Court District, home of the world famous rocket docket, which will allow us to pursue all kinds of crazy fun patent litigation more easily.” Heck, RIM and Motorola are doing it, why shouldn't AT&T get in on the action?

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5 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Backbone Case

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 7

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 7

Welcome to this week's Software Wrangle! Get ready to lasso this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows and MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 Updated software includes PhatNotes 5.3 and 1Touch Contacts. Freeware this week is Skype for Smartphone v2.2.0.44.

WM Professional new software is EasyHelper Information Hide v1.0 and PRPWallet - Digital Password Manager for Windows Mobile Pocket PC v1.0. Updated software includes IM+ All-in-One Messenger: AIM/ iChat, MSN/ Live Messenger, Yahoo!, ICQ, Jabber, GTalk and MySpace v5.3 and HandyMenu v3.7. Freeware is JB Piano v1.7.

Time to circle the wagons and dig in to the software!

WM Standard: New

First up is Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows for WM 5 / 6 Smartphone or Standard v1.03 by QoreFunctions. Don't miss anything with the help of PopUps!

It's like Caller-ID for New Email, SMS, Missed Call, & Voice Mail Messages! Actual Contact Name & Photo of sender appears in PopUp window.

Instantly know who sent new Email or SMS messages, tried calling your phone, or left Voice Mail messages.

Save time & keystrokes - Read & Reply to Messages, Return Calls, Dial Voice Mail directly from PopUp Window!

Never miss another unattended event- each PopUp remains visible until dismissed or action taken

Features: - PocketPC-style PopUp Event Notifications for WM Smartphone/Standard devices - Caller-ID for Email, SMS, Missed Calls, Voice Mail - PopUps for New Email Messages - PopUps for New SMS/Text Messages - PopUps for Missed Calls - PopUps for New VoiceMail Messages - Displays Contact Name & Photo in PopUp - Displays SMS message & Email subject in PopUp - No need to launch Messaging - VoiceMail ID - Displays Name & Photo of caller who left message (no need to dial voice mail) - Save time- Read & Reply to Messages, Return Calls, Dial Voice Mail directly from PopUp Window - Customize PopUps with different colors or Themes!

Get Smartphone PopUps Notification Windows for WM 5 / 6 Smartphone or Standard v1.03 for $12.95 here.


Next up is MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 by eMobiStudio Inc.

Is your cell phone running slow? Do your programs crash after the smartphone has been running awhile? Then you need a boost, a Memory Boost! MemoryUp Standard Edition recovers memory leaks, and prevents cell phone crashes. Read on to boost your smartphone memory.

MemoryUp is a powerful mobile RAM boosting tool and Java virtual machine (JVM) management application specially designed for Windows Mobile smartphone users. It is a handy memory optimizer tool that will keep your smartphone running faster and efficiently. It increases your cell phone performance by making more memory available for both your applications and the mobile system.

MemoryUp is optimized for all series of Windows Mobile smartphones, which can monitor your mobile system in the background, freeing resources when needed. It uses many advanced features to keep your smartphone running at optimum speed. But more importantly, it's designed with all users in mind; whether you're a power-user or a novice, MemoryUp will give you the features you want without confusing or limiting you.

Get MemoryUp-Mobile RAM Booster v2.5 for $13.99/year here.

WM Standard: Updated


PhatNotes 5.3 by Phatware is our first updated software for WM Standard this week.

PhatNotes is an award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows based Pocket PC, Microsoft Windows Mobile based Smartphone, and Desktop PC. You can create notes providing them with category, subject, creation and modification date, which helps to find required information quickly and easily.

With PhatNotes you can search for specific text in a specific field and sort notes by category, date, or subject. You can protect notes from unauthorized access with a password and send e-mail messages directly from the Note Editor. Interface to the Contacts Database enables you to pick an e-mail address instead of typing it in.

PhatNotes uses a compressed database, saving limited storage space. The intuitive, easy user interface lets you start using the program within minutes. PhatNotes Professional Edition allows synchronizing multiple notes databases between the desktop PC and mobile device.

Get PhatNotes 5.3 for $39.95 here.

1Touch Contacts v3.0 by 1TouchMobile is the next updated application this week.

1Touch Contacts has been designed to give the user easy and efficient ways to accomplish frequently used tasks and to provide new features that will make managing contacts a more enjoyable experience. It uses the same contacts database as the built-in contacts and can be syncronized with Outlook using ActiveSync.

Users can now manage their contact groups using a Group Manager. Sending SMS to multiple users can be accomplished with 1Touch Contacts.

Business cards (vCard) can be transferred using bluetooth just like the built-in contacts, the only difference being - you can transfer multiple business cards in one operation.

Selecting contacts for sending SMS or business card or for deleting contacts is done using a smart selection list. 1Touch Contacts allows deleting of multiple contacts from a single selection list.

Get 1Touch Contacts v3.0 for $14.95 here.

WM Standard: Freeware


Skype for Smartphone v2.2.0.44 by Skype is the WM Standard freeware app featured today in our Wrangle.

Skype for Windows Mobile Smartphone v2.2.0.44 provides you with: - Free calls to friends and family from your mobile phone. - Save on mobile calls

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5 years ago

Treo 800w Training Materials Leaked, Reveals Local Search, Tethering Support

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Engadget has scored some leaked spec sheets and training materials on the Treo 800w. There's nothing new here, as the Treo 800w has basically already reached overexposed status on the internet. We're still expecting it on July 13th (slightly earlier for corporate customers) for $249.99 with contract. It still sports some very decent specs: Windows Mobile 6.1, threaded SMS (by Palm, not the WinMo version), 320x320 touch screen, WiFi, ugly debatable looks, and a size that's Centro-esque but with a more usable keyboard.

Engadget notes the lack of MMS, an aspect of WinMo on Sprint we've often bemoaned in the past. Sprint has promised to rectify the situation, but that was before they started hemorrhaging subscribers and before they began their Samsung Instinct Blitz. In other words, we wouldn't be entirely surprised if Sprit has taken their eyes off the MMS on Windows Mobile Ball.

Update: We lie. There is something new here. Check out the screenshot of the Treo 800w today screen at right. In addition to the standard Windows Live Search field, it appears that Palm has replaced their first-to-market, on-the-Today Screen search field with something new, an on-the-Today Screen local search field. There's a field for what you want and a 2nd field for “nearby,” which you could perhaps change to something else. The icon on the left of the area appears to be a Windows Icon, which means that this smells a lot like it uses the Live Search app. Also notable, we suppose, is the tethering status icon in the upper right, so that will also be fully supported. Nice touches, Palm.

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