We reported earlier that Verizon was considering buying up #5 US carrier Alltel. Apparently that's not going as well as hoped, as Reuters is reporting that Alltel is, in fact, shopping itself around to its big brothers. More specifically, they're talking to AT&T. However, this article points out that it's probably just as likely that it's some sort of negotiation move with their real sweetheart, Verizon. It doesn't make much sense for GSM-using AT&T to pick up (primarily) CDMA-using Alltel anyway, it would be much easier to Verizon to swallow them up.
Alltel Corp. (AT.N: Quote, Profile , Research) has stepped up efforts to sell itself to carriers such as AT&T Inc. (T.N: Quote, Profile , Research), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ.N: Quote, Profile , Research) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S.N: Quote, Profile , Research), said people familiar with the matter,
Over at TreoCentral, there's a new podcast wherein I forced myself to list my "Top 5" Windows Mobile apps (Yes, I'm shameless in my interlinking). I'll cross-post them here after the jump. It's likely, though, that yours are different. It's even more likely that you may disagree with my top 5. So to enter in today's contest, comment on this post with your top 5 apps for Windows Mobile, or criticize mine, or ask our readers if "there's an app that does X" ...pretty much anything Windows Mobile app-related works for me.
Today's contest will be open until noon EST tomorrow, March 6th. In addition to today's cool prize, every entry doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes - A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.
In the past Hawkins has dropped hints that Palm has an ace up their sleeve, a secret "3rd Category" of mobile devices. Will the mystery gadget compete with Windows Mobile (or the iPhone) or is it genuinely new? Nobody knows but Palm, but the interview is an interesting read, if only for this little tidbit:
One of the main reasons we did a Windows-based product is because we were worried we wouldn’t have access to the Palm OS. Palm is in complete control of its destiny again.
PhoneNews points out that T-Zones should be back and provides a few more details about why it went down. Lots of folks experienced problems with the cut-rate internet service lately. Given that the Dash has a T-Zones button on it, closing down ports on the thing was a bone-headed move by T-Mobile. Here's to hoping they don't do it again.
Late last month however, T-Mobile opted to reconsider their port offerings, and closed all ports on T-Zones. This shut down Google Maps and Opera Mini on phones, as well as forced Dash users to get a PDA Plan. WIthin hours, T-Mobile was flooded with support calls, and re-re-considered their position. T-Mobile has now restored the old settings.
Looks like the development kit for Windows Mobile 6 is a nice one - it appears to be robust enough that most folks won't actually need to purchase the devices they're writing apps for. This page has a few more details - most of which are mysterious and arcane to a non-developer like myself. Of course, some of you may have already grabbed it when it was accidentally released early in February.
The Windows Mobile® 6 developer platform release focuses on a few core goals: simplify line of business (LOB) application development and deployment, make the task of building a single application that runs successfully across the many different devices in the Windows Mobile family easier, and provide an enhanced user experience
In our first WM6 Mega-Roundup (there's also Mega-Roundup 2), I noted that Windows Mobile 6 supports 320x320 resolution (gee, who would want that?). Over at the WM Team Blog, Mike Calligaro goes into a little more detail on the whys and hows. I'm glad to see it, I'll be even gladder when Windows Mobile is fully resolution-independent, by which I mean fully scalable to any resolution without so much effort on the part of developers. Photon, I'm looking at you.
This is why that previous entry didn’t tell you what we were planning to do in the future. It’s also why the comments are full of me saying things like, “This is something we can do, it’ll just take a lot of work.” (Incidentally, that “a lot of work” bit was definitely true. We barely finished 320x320 support in time for WM6 to ship.)
As with Day 4, head on over to the WMExperts Store and review any product between now and noon EST on Monday, March 5th. Be sure to enter a full review, including your email address. We'll pick a winner randomly from all the reviews.
Most of you know the drill by now: Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.
Engadget is running a contest for their 3rd birthday, one of the prizes is a Wii + 10,000 Wii Points. Why are we posting about that on a Windows Mobile site? Well, our very own WMExperts Store is sponsoring that particular prize. So head on over to Engadget and start making that screensaver they're asking for!
We'll pick the five best Engadget screensavers as judged by the editors of Engadget and award out prizes in order of merit. Oh, and we'll be adding all the winning screensavers to the Engadget software page, too.Also, big ups to the WMExperts store for providing the Wii and 10,000 Wii points to the grand prize winner!
Smartphone in the snow? What are you doing, man?! Oh, you're doing a comparative review of devices I'd like to see here in the US: The HTC Cavalier (successor to the T-Mobile Dash) and the Samsug i600 (AKA: The Blackjack with WiFi and a 2nd camera). If you can get past the utter insanity of burying these devices in the snow (you know, that stuff can turn into water), it's a very full-featured review with lotsa pretty close-up pictures.
today’s review is dedicated to the face-off of two smartphones: HTC S650 (codenamed Cavalier) and Samsung i600. The company’s apply totally different approach to the development of QWERTY-equipped smartphones and we are eager to figure out how these vendors see the ways of this segment’s expansion.
Here's a neat little app: MobileJustice. If your WM Phone has GPS on it, this little app can run in the background and listen for a certain SMS message - the one you send it asking where the heck it is - to which it auto replies with GPS coordinates. They recommend using it for lost or stolen phones, but I have a much better idea: Strap your phone on the back of a stray dog, wait two days, then go looking: extreme geocaching!
MobileJustice is a freeware anti theft application for Windows Mobile 5.0 based devices that allows you to monitor and search your mobile phone via GPS coordinates.
The application consists of four modules:
1. SimMon (sim card monitor, started at windows startup) 2. RemoteMonitor(parses incoming SMS messages and sending replies) 3. GpsReport (get GPS position and send it to phones listed in command line) 4. MJConfig (configuration utility)
Lucky number 13, eh? Lucky numbers in general, I've decided, are a bad idea, as are unlucky ones: last night I lost a full two hours of my life that I will never, never get back, I felt compelled to go see The Number 23 as 23 is my childhood "favorite number."
So the only numbers I care about anymore are my "secret numbers," Credit card numbers, passwords (ok, these are numbers and letters, but still), and so on. In honor of these numbers that actually matter we're giving away a copy of FlexWallet today, a great and secure way to store all them numbers.
How to Win
Comment on this post: what sort of data do you store on your smartphone? Are you strictly a PIM and email type, or do you put it all on there? As usual, today's contest will be open until noon EST tomorrow, March 2nd (3/2, 23 backwards, OMG!).
Remember: Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.
Say it ain't so. I have a soft spot for Alltel, though that might just be that they're basically the only wireless carrier I haven't tried so I'm assuming they're better. In any case, I'm tired of phone monopolies and their evil ways.
Rumors are flying that the largest rural cell phone provider, Alltel, is being stalked by Verizon like an alley cat on a delicious plump mouse. Is it true? Maybe, but probably not.