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5 years ago

Redfly with Windows Mobile Standard

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5 years ago

Sprints Airave Reviewed, Ready for Purchase

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Sprints Airave was Sprint's way of saying sorry for the sucky service but we have a plan. That plan: drop $99 initially and then another $4.99 per month for current minutes or $10 a month for unlimited minues on your own personal little cell tower connected to your broadband connection. That's the good news. Bad news: Sprint includes a GPS unit that you have to place by a window to verify you're only using it in the U.S. Bummer, because this would be a perfect travel companion, no?

All in all, a little pricey and not as good as we'd hoped, but hey: Sprint just lost $34 million, how did you think they were going to get that back?

Anyhow, Engadget Mobile gave it a review and the thing works just fine -- for bars and calls. If you're hoping this thing will also beef up your EVDO connection, keep hoping. Word is that it just works on the 1xRTT Vision connection, capped at 153 kbps. Lame.

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5 years ago

Review: Jabra BT3030 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

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5 years ago

Sprint Phone-As-Modem now $15 a month

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Sprint Phone-As-Modem now $15 a month

We'd already heard rumblings that Sprint would be cutting its Phone-as-Modem tethering plan from $40 a month to $15 month, and we're now getting confirmation that it's true.

The Solid Wolf, proud owner of a Sprint account and one of the greatest handles since the Bandit, confirms that the $15-a-month PAM pricing is in effect, and that the aforementioned 5-gigabyte cap is still hanging overhead, just as if you were using a Broadband Connect card.

After a quick chat with a customer-service robot representative, it looks like this is a done deal:

Phil: Wanted to check on phone-as-modem pricing. I'd heard that it's down to $15 a month, but that you must already have an account. Is that correct?

Estella S: Your Sprint Power Vision phone can be used as a high-speed Internet connection for your laptop computer anywhere on the Sprint network. Connect your Power Vision phone using a USB cable or the built-in connection on Bluetooth-enabled phones all for just $15 per month with a qualified data plan.

Phil: Is that available with a new plan? Or just plans that are already active?

Estalla S: It is available with a new plan or an existing plan.

Score another point for Sprint, and let's hope the other carriers follow suit. You hear that, AT&T/T-Mobile/Verizon?

And a big howl to The Solid Wolf for the tip!

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5 years ago

REDFLY Price Drop: Now $399.95

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REDFLY Price Drop: Now $399.95

One of the things that bummed us out about the Redfly was the price, as we mentioned in our review. Looks like Celio has helped out with that little issue: starting now the Redfly is $399.95. The price drop is reflected on the Redfly at the WMExperts Store -- the folks who run it tell me that they'll be issuing credits to the folks who bought it after we first announced retail availability last week (sound familiar?).

Meanwhile, we're still giving away a Redfly to one lucky user who comments in our new Redfly Developer's Forum -- get the full details here.

Last but not least, the Redfly now supports an expanded list of devices (see them here) and there is a small firmware update for the Redfly. One small piece of cool: you actually install the firmware onto the Redfly from your Windows Mobile device. Installation of both the Windows Mobile driver and the Redfly firmware update is simple and available OTA, at http://celiocorp.com/install/.

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5 years ago

TouchXperience is Finger Flicking Good

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TouchXperience is Finger Flicking Good

If touch flow was the only thing keeping you from getting the Diamond, then you might want to take a look at TouchXperience. It brings a sort of infinite scrolling to your Diamond and gives you the option to scroll through via 'flicking' the device itself. With the ability to customize your own menu -- adding contacts, calendar, or any shortcuts makes this a robust app. It even takes advantage of the built in GPS by acting depending on your location. So when you

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 13

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 13

Howdy, partners. Welcome back for the Weekly Software Wrangle, lucky #13! This week the featured new software for WM Standard is Mobiola Remote Phone Control and Insaniquarium Deluxe for Smartphone. Updated software includes Pocket Tunes Deluxe for Windows Mobile and Mobiola Screen Capture. Free software is EdgeWay SmartPhone Utils.

WM Professional new software is Hinavigator - Touch To Go and VirtuaMouse One-Hand. Updated software includes EasyHelper SMS Security and Sniffi. Freeware is Phonetracker4Free v2.0.33.

It's time to dig in your spurs for Weekly Software Wrangle 13!

WM Standard: New

The first new WM Standard app is Mobiola Remote Phone Control v1.0.8 by SHAPE Services.

Get control of your smartphone from your PC. This app shows your phone screen on your PC so you can zoom in/out, take a snapshot, video recording, works via WiFi (NEW!), Bluetooth or USB, and demo your phone through Skype Video and record YouTube video presentations directly to YouTube using webcam driver functionality.

Note: Trial version limits single connections to 5 minutes and has 7 days evaluation period.

Features: * Shows your phone screen on your PC * zoom in/out * full screen regime * snapshot * video recording * Works via WiFi(NEW!), Bluetooth or USB * Demo your phone through Skype Video and record YouTube video presentations directly to YouTube using webcam driver functionality

Get Mobiola Remote Phone Control v1.0.8 for $34.95 here.

The next new WM Standard app is Insaniquarium Deluxe for Smartphone v1.00 by Astraware.

Insaniquarium Deluxe

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5 years ago

Friend Finder Round up

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Friend Finder Round up

Thanks to cool apps like Twitter and Friend Feed we no longer need to start conversations with "What are you doing?" A simple look at their updates and you can start the conversation with

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5 years ago

Blackjack II vs. Motorola Q9h, Redux

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5 years ago

Motorola 'Atila' Revealed

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Motorola 'Atila' Revealed

It's not just the Alexander that Motorola is cooking up, we're also getting the 'Atila.' BGR (natch) just dropped the news, it should be a WM 6.1 Pro/Touchscreen device sans physical keyboard. Other goodness includes full Quad Band Edge / Tri-band 3G, WiFi, GPS, 1130 mAh battery, Qualcomm 7201a chipset, and a size of 80mm x 109 mm x 13.75mm. That last, friends, makes it comparable to the HTC Touch.

It's not all goodness, sadly: we're looking at a 240x320 screen resolution. Offset that with what looks like a geniune trackball (yeah, we're a little jealous of the BlackBerry's trackball lately, sue us) and maybe it's not so bad.

The Atila isn't going to revolutionize anything, but it should be a cute little phone. Release it, Motorola, and release it soon.

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5 years ago

Sprint shutting down @sprintpcs.com e-mail

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Sprint shutting down @sprintpcs.com e-mail

In a move that's expected to affect tens of people, Sprint has announced it will no longer offer PCS Mail after Dec. 31. As such, any @sprintpcs.com e-mail accounts will no longer work.

The shutdown isn't all that surprising - does anyone actually use their carrier account? - and should be an obvious savings for Sprint, which lost $344 million last quarter.

If you do actually have an @sprintpcs.com account, there are instructions to help you set up and transfer to a new account, such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail - which is a downright nice thing to do and is a positive move for a company with notoriously bad customer service.

Edit: Updated to note that the shutdown only includes @sprintpcs.com e-mail, and that Sprint Mobile Email is still available.

Via PhoneNews

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5 years ago

Fun Trick: Browse DeviceIDs using Resco Explorer

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In the forums some users have found a neat little exploit to see other devices on the Sprint network. But is it something to worry about?

Probably not.

The trick is to use Resco Explorer --> Menu --> File --> Network --> Map Drive

After waiting a few moments if you hit the [+] sign to expand the list, you may see a bunch of device IDs. Interestingly, these appear to be all Sprint devices as WiFi is not enabled at the time and my Treo 800w is on Sprint.

So what is going on here?

Click to read an explanation plus some more screenies...

Basically this appears to be info broadcasting from our devices (and laptops with connect cards) to the carrier towers. Snce a WM device is basically a PC, you can see who's on the network. There are two important caveats here though:

  • None of the devices in the list are user accessible
  • This is not exclusive to Sprint's network

The former is important for those concerned with security. But this appears to be equivalent to turning your Bluetooth on in "Discovery" (Visible) mode in a crowded area. You too will see the screen populate with devices. In fact, using a freeware tool like BT Spammer could allow even more malicious use than browsing your carrier network.

Lesson learned? Don't leave your BT on in "Visible" mode--not only does it zap your battery, but it is a security risk! Thank you though to all the commuters at Penn Station NYC for giving me hours of amusement.

The latter caveat is also relevant. This doesn't seem to be a Sprint network thing as forum member alcedes says he can do the same thing on AT&T (and suspects T-mobile won't be much different).

So, is there any real concern here?

Doubtful. We don't see any thing serious, alarming or unique and at this point it seems more of a novelty. The only real danger here is you'll kill your battery if you leave it on "Map Network Drive" for an extended duration. Most WM devices are not acting like file hosts, so they should not be accessible and we don't see any open ports.

But hey, we'll keep you posted if t3h 1337 h4x0|2z find some ZOMG! cheats with this knowledge ;-)

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5 years ago

Canada's Bell gets the HTC Touch Dual

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Canada's Bell gets the HTC Touch Dual

Sprint customers who have been waiting patiently for a CDMA version of the HTC Touch Dual to be released (hopefully still in early September) will have to look longingly at their Canadian friends for a few more weeks.

Bell Mobility has the the Touch Dual for just $99 with a three-year contract, including "fun bundle" discount (!). A two-year deal runs $249, and no contract takes the phone up to $399.

Now if we could just hurry up with the U.S. launch of the Touch Diamond ...

(And for a video review of the Touch Dual - albeit the GSM  version - check out Dieter's hands on.)

Via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

US Version of the Touch Pro (GSM) Spotted

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US Version of the Touch Pro (GSM) Spotted

A brave chap named Black93300ZX over at xda-developers has dropped $900 on what is almost surely a Touch Pro bound for AT&T. How do we know it's AT&T-bound? Well, note the lack of a front-facing camera, the slightly different keyboard layout, and also that it's working on the US' 850 band for 3G data.

No word on when this will actually arrive, of course, and we're still expecting the CDMA version to land on Sprint first. Still: fans of the slider and owners of the Tilt now have a pretty clear upload path.

Thanks to wmpoweruser for the tip!

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5 years ago

iPhone like browsing for Windows Mobile

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