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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 'launch' at TechEd 2009

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Windows Mobile 6.5 has been "announced," and apparently we're getting closer to "launch." The Windows Mobile Team Blog [via ZDNet] notes that there will be a "kickoff launch presentation" on May 11 at the start of TechEd 09.

Stephanie Ferguson, GM of Business Experiences at Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business is going to deliver the kick off launch presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 on Monday, May 11th at 1:00PM – 2:15PM. This Tech Ed 2009 session focuses on one of the biggest launches in the history of Windows Mobile – Windows Mobile 6.5. It is targeted at both IT Professionals and Developers, with a cool demo and an outline of great stuff to come.

What's this mean for you, the consumer? Probably not much (though it'll certainly give us something to write about). There are launches, and then there are launches. Windows Mobile 6.5 still has to officially make it to the manufacturers (not everyone can use a leaked ROM, you hackers), and so we're still not expecting and devices to get sanctioned upgrades until the fall.

But chugging forward at any speed is better than spinning our wheels.

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5 years ago

Review: Freedom Slim Bluetooth Keypad

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Review: Freedom Slim Bluetooth Keypad

Typing is one of the first and hardest things to get used to when you are getting started on a mobile platform. One of the biggest decisions when seeking a new device is what style of keyboard fits your personal preference. Many people find the tactile feedback of a hardware keyboard indispensable; while others would prefer a slimmer device, relying on the software keyboard for their text based needs.

Freedom’s Slim Keypad ($69.95) attempts to bridge the gap between these realms. Traditionally, portable Bluetooth keyboards have been designed to fold up into a compact package. Freedom attacks the problem from a different angle by offering a thumb keypad that is about the height and width of a credit card.

To find out how much punch this keypad packs, stick around after the break.

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5 years ago

Head to Head: Palm vs. Jabra

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Head to Head: Palm vs. Jabra

 

Bluetooth headsets are becoming a staple commodity in the mobile phone industry. We've mentioned the increasing number of state laws requiring hands-free operation of phones while driving and even without the laws, hands-free phone operation while driving makes sense. We're also a more mobile society, and a Bluetooth headset can be very accommodating for the mobile user.

We decided to take a look at two Bluetooth headsets, priced in the "under $50" range: the Jabra BT2070 and the Palm Bluetooth Headset. Both have comparable features but in a cost-conscious time, which is the best bang for you buck? Follow the break to see how these headsets measure up against one another.

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5 years ago

Hows about a $269 unlocked Treo Pro? (Update: It's back at $359)

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Hey, a $400 unlocked Palm Treo Pro is nothing to sneeze at. But what if we told you it can be had for less than $300, and doing so won't land you in jail?

Dell's got it for a mere $269 (after an instant savings of $130). [Update: Eagle-eyed commenter Davidoff noticed that it's back up to $359. So much for that, but still not a bad deal.] Looks like So if you've been holding off, waiting for the price to drop, do you really have an excuse anymore?

Via Twitter

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5 years ago

Touch Pro 2 pricing trickles out

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Touch Pro 2 pricing trickles out

When it comes to buying a phone, you've got a few options. There's the official, carrier-subsidized route, which generally is the cheapest option. You get a discount on the phone in exchange for signing a contract with the carrier, usually for two years. There's the third-party route, such as eBay and Craigslist, which sometimes can help you find a deal, though generally not as good as with a carrier subsidy.

The most expensive way to buy a phone normally is "unlocked," meaning that it's not tied to a carrier. If the phone radio has the correct frequencies, you can use it on T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, whatever.

We've already seen pricing for the HTC Touch Diamond 2, which unlocked will run between $500 and $600. Now we're starting to see pricing for the Touch Pro 2. And you're going to have to dig deeper for this one. In Singapore, an unlocked TP2 is gonna cost you a decent laptop, or about $880. Ouch.

So, either start saving those pennies now, or be prepared to wait for the carriers to release it later this year.

HTC via Unwired View

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5 years ago

T-Mobile again charging $18 to upgrade

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Look, T-Mobile, you're about to get a cool new Windows phone, so we're not gonna go all fire and brimstone on ya. But bringing back an $18 fee when we upgrade our phone just won't fly. The idea is to keep customers on your network. Your recent rate changes are a bit of a start. And certainly another $18 shouldn't keep that from happening, but it's kind of trite. Like airlines charging to check a bag. What we're saying is, you're better than that.

So we join our Android Central brethren in saying "Boo to the upgrade fee." And then we start scrounging for loose change as we await T-Mobile's successor to the venereable Dash.

Via TmoNews

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5 years ago

Qik updated for WinMo Standard phones

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Qik updated for WinMo Standard phones

Qik, everybody's favorite live video streaming app, has been updated for Windows Mobile Standard.

Version 0.2.44 brings:

  • Send video messages to contacts from within the contacts app.
  • Share the link to your video via SMS, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
  • Upload existing videos from your phone to Qik.
  • Additional language support.
  • Quality and bug fixes.

Head over to d.quik.com to download the update, or do it from within your exisiting Qik application.

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5 years ago

More Mobile Shell Themes: Actualitemobile.com

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More Mobile Shell Themes: Actualitemobile.com

I've always been a fan of themes for Windows Mobile and quickly becoming a fan SPB Mobile Shell themes.  Themes give you the ability to have your Windows Mobile phone become more reflective of your personality, moods, and likes.

Fuzemobility.com is reporting on a French website that has a forum section dedicated to SPB Mobile Shell themes that has caught my attention.  Actualitemobile.com has nineteen pages of home-grown QVGA, SQVGA, VGA and WQVGA themes for Mobile Shell v2.x ranging from goofy smiley faces to Star Wars themes.

The site does require registration to download the themes and is written in french.  Should you not be able to read french, you'll need something along the lines of Google Translate to navigate around the website. 

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond 2 manual in the wild

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Touch Diamond 2 manual in the wild

Take it from us, we're chomping at the bit to get our hands on an HTC Touch Diamond 2. In the meantime, we'll have to make do with the North American model manual, found on the Internets by a member of XDA Developers. There should be a few goodies scattered throughout; TM already has found ISO settings for the camera. Whet your appetite a little more and pore through the thing, and let us know what really piques your interest.

Touch Diamond 2 manual (pdf link) via Tilt Mobility

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5 years ago

AT&T FamilyMap hunts 'em down

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AT&T FamilyMap hunts 'em down

AT&T has launched FamilyMap, a fee-based service that will locate any number on your AT&T account. The service will locate and track the number from your wireless phone or PC. The service will not only use cell tower triangulation but also can activate the phone's GPS chip.

AT&T is offering a free 30-day trial period for FamilyMap and after the trial period, it will cost you $9.99 per month to locate up to two phones and $14.99 per month to locate up to five phones. Standard text message rates will also apply to any messages generate when locating a phone. But before you sign up, follow the break to see if this new service is worth the cost, and if it's really as creepy as others have found it  to be.

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5 years ago

HTC Maple passes FCC with T-Mo 3G

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5 years ago

Hong Kong gets Touch Diamond 2 in May, now in stock in the U.K.

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We're gluttons for punishment around here, so we figure the rest of you are, too, right? And with that in mind, the HTC Touch Diamond 2 just got some additional official love on the other side of the planet.

Our readers in Hong Kong (we know you're out there somewhere) can pick up the TD2 early next month on CSL Limited for about $578US. It also looks like April 22 has been nailed down as the launch date in Taiwan.

And now Mobile Tech Addicts brings word that U.K. dealer Clove has it in stock and ready for next day shipping for about $513US. Just remember that if you import a TD2, you won't have the U.S. 3G bands.

As for the rest of us here in the states? We'll just keep tapping our fingers patiently.

Update: After the break, an unboxing video from Tracy & Matt.

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5 years ago

Sprint warranty changes, for the better

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Sprint warranty changes, for the better

Here's an interesting tidbit for all you Sprint users out there.  As some of you may know, if you have insurance through Asurion your deductible went up to $100 (previously $50) this month for all Windows Mobile and PDA devices.  The good news is Sprint has greatly simplified and expanded its insurance policy for its customers.

Starting this past Sunday (April 12th), you can now walk into any Sprint store and if your device is within the 1-year manufacture warranty, you can have it serviced usually for free. Here at the requirements:

Within first year = No Charge for:

  • Phone Book Swaps
  • Software Updates
  • Mechanical failure
  • Electrical failure
  • No DAMAGE evident

If outside the first year or damage is below, Charge = $99/$119

  • Missing components
  • Failure w/cosmetic damage
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Broken hinge/lenses/port
  • Cracked housing/LCD

In the past, you had to play back-and-forth between the manufacture and Sprint, each passing you off for the warranty coverage.  Now, you just walk into a Sprint center and deal with them directly.  We find this a much welcomed change on paper at least, we'll see how it is executed in reality. Join us after the break to see the full "official" Sprint .pdf screen shots of this policy change.

[via ppcgeeks]

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5 years ago

DiamondTV

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DiamondTV

If you have ever been sitting an a doctor's waiting room for an hour or hanging around an airport terminal for 3 hours waiting for your delayed plane, I bet you would have loved to have a small portable TV in your pocket to help pass the time.  Many carriers offer TV services, like SprintTV.  The problem with these services is they usually cost around $10 a month for the basic service and then an extra $5 to $10 for each add-on package of channels.  If you have kids who like cartoons, a sports fan, and then want to watch a movie channel, you can then be looking at an extra $40 to $60 a month to have access to these channels.  Another option is to Sling it to your phone, but it can cost over $250 to get set up. 

Now if you want to watch TV on your phone, you can with no monthly fee and a minimal cost for the program.  DiamondTV ver 2.2 will stream online TV channel feeds directly to your phone.  There are 358 predefined channels from 37 countries.  If you have children that have access to this program is it important to note that there are also 125 adult channels included, which are protected by a password that you can set.

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5 years ago

Review: Samsung OEM Leather Top Pouch

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Review: Samsung OEM Leather Top Pouch

Sometimes it seems like the search for the perfect case for my phone never ends. In some ways that is true, partially because of the variety involved in life. In some situations I want one type of case, and in other situations a different form factor may serve me better.

Typically cases fall into one of two categories; either designed for one specific device, or designed to fit a wide range of sizes and shapes. Samsung’s OEM Leather Top Pouch is somewhere in the middle. This case is designed for Samsungs stable of front facing Qwerty keyboard phones. These include some of the more popular Windows Mobile devices around in the Blackjack, Blackjack II and the Epix. Priced at a relatively competitive $17.95, it’s worth a look for anyone who has one of these quality devices permanently affixed to their person.

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