5 years ago
AT&T Disallows Peer to Peer on Your Smartphone
You already (should) know that your 'unlimited data' isn't actually unlimited in terms of sheer bandwidth -- every carrier has either official or unofficial data caps. Transfer more than, say, 5 gigs of data and you might be looking at a nasty call and an unceremoniously cancelled account. Add another limitation on to that there 'unlimited' plan: the type of data you're allowed to send or receive:
[AT&T] told the FCC on Friday that if they catch you using their mobile broadband network for P2P, they'll nuke your account. Specifically, senior VP of dealing with the government Robert Quinn said that “AT&T's terms of service for mobile wireless broadband customers prohibit all uses that may cause extreme network capacity issues, and explicitly identify P2P file sharing applications as such a use.” - Gizmodo
Exactly what qualifies as “P2P” is sadly (and expectedly) vague -- just apps on the phone, P2P on your laptop via a tethered connection, all are likely up for grabs. We're guessing that AT&T is feeling the pain of a 3G network that doesn't have the capacity for serious, heavy use by a large population, especially on the upload side of things. Yes, we probably have the iPhone to blame thank for AT&T sudden vulnerable feelings.
Thanks to Rene for the tip!
5 years ago
Skype for Windows Mobile Now Compatible with 6.1
Skype's mobile client for Windows Mobile has been updated to 2.2, it now is compatible with Windows Mobile 6.1. GSM Arena put it through its paces and found it to work well over WiFi, over 3G not so much. Otherwise you're looking at a pretty full-featured client, with support for calls, Skype-out for calling regular numbers, Skype's text-chat, etc.
One downside that GSM Arena notes is that, unlike when making normal calls, the screen stays on during a call and is therefore likely to get “cheek taps” that might accidentally end your call. 'Course, that's not a problem for WMExperts' readers, because y'all know about the clever software that just turns your screen off with the push of an assigned button.
Download Skype 2.2 for Windows Mobile [via Gear Diary]
5 years ago
NuevaSync: Exchange Conduit for Google Calendar and Contacts
I've long been looking for a personal holy grail: using Windows Mobile's built-in support for Exchange Active Sync Push to access my information on Google. I had hoped that it would be MailShadowG, but it turns out that service is a desktop-only client that talks only to Exchange. Forwarding gmail to a 3rd party Exchange server is an option, but it's a hassle and doesn't usually provide a very good sync'ed up experience.
Enter NuevaSync [via], a free service that offers an Exchange server that is automatically synced up to Google Calendar and Contacts (Plaxo too, but let's leave Plaxo aside, eh?). They don't have email support yet, but they're working on it and it looks like they're going to do it right -- which is to say they'll be doing it via an IMAP gateway for proper folder sync.
Anyhow, once you've set up your NuevaSync account and connected it up to your Google account, the last step is to set up Exchange on your Windows Mobile phone, you can find those instructions here. Syncing Google's PIM to your device is well and good, but you'll need to also get that info synced from your desktop to Google -- we'll leave that as an exercise to the reader.
5 years ago
Verizon faces Labor Strike -- Updated: Not wireless
Update: WME-a-culpa: the below story is about Verizon Telecom, not Verizon Wireless. Bob writes in to let us know that Verizon Wireless is actually almost completely non-union and thus not involved with Verizon's labor problems. In fact, the two companies don't actually have all that much to do with each other. So Verizon Wireless customers: move along, nothing to see here. Verizon Telecom customers, read on.
The question “Can you hear me know?” may have a different answer for Verizon customers in the coming days. A strike by 65,000 union workers for the communications provider is looming if a labor contract is not agreed upon by midnight Saturday.
According to various news sources including the Syracuse.com and the Boston Globe major unresolved issue between the unions and Verizon is the preservation of jobs and health care. According to reports, Verizon has been outsourcing jobs to other countries. Adding 1.5 million subscribers is all well and good, but it's not too helpful if there aren't employees around to support them.
The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers have members who are involved in installation and maintenance of the Verizon Network. Verizon, one the country's largest providers of communications services, earned $5.52 billion last year, down from $6.2 billion in 2006. A company spokesperson informed Syracuse.com that a contingency plan is in place should a strike occurs but would not go into detail what those plans are.
A similar strike occurred in 2000 resulting in a backlog of phone repairs and installations nationwide.
5 years ago
Samsung Omnia - Hardware Hands-On
Samsung Omnia: HERE. Sure, sure, we've mocked the 'me-too' nature of the form factor, the somewhat strange 240x400 screen resolution, and the fact that we don't actually know when it's going to hit AT&T (we're still holding out hope for September). Here's what we haven't put enough emphasis on: the sucker is armed to the teeth with features:
- 3G, WiFi, FM Radio, GPS
- 5 Megapixel camera with Flash
- 16gig of onboard storage
- Speedy 624 MHz processor
- Respectable 1440 mAH battery
- DIVX video supprt
- Yes, that higher screen resolution
- Opera 9.5 on-board
- Surprising good software enhancements
We'll get to those 'surprisingly good software enhancements' in our next piece. For now, just know that our mantra of “don't throw features at a phone and assume it will be good” still holds and it looks like the Omnia has a decent chance of passing that test.
So check out the video above, check out the photo gallery after the break for more images and head-to-head comparisons with other Windows Mobile devices, and check back again very soon for a more in-depth look at the Omnia.
Omnia and Sprint Touch
Omnia and HTC Diamond
Omnia and AT&T Tilt
Omnia and Samsung BlackJack II
5 years ago
Microsoft misses 20-million-license goal
The good news: Microsoft sold more than 18 million Windows Mobile licenses in the last fiscal year, which ended June 30.
The bad news: That's 2 million short of its 20-million-unit target.
Of course, it's all a matter of perspective. Worldwide, only Nokia and its Symbian OS is outselling Windows Mobile. Senior VP Andy Lees noted that Redmond's market share rose nearly 2 percentage points, to nearly 13 percent of the world smartphone market.
And Lees dumps some of the shortfall blame on device manufacturers, saying that some devices went to market later than expected. But he was mum on who the slowpokes were.
"The OEMs give us predictions as to when they'll ship the devices, and I don't want to put them in the dunk tank, if that's a phrase, by implying that they didn't stay on time. That's confidential conversations that we have."
Being as this is the sort of thing investors worry about, Microsoft stock (MSFT) was down just a tick at 11 a.m. EDT, at 26.20 a share.
5 years ago
Google Maps for WM Hits 2.2, Gets Transit Info
The arms race between Google Maps and Live Search continues. The latest salvo comes from Google, who have finally given Windows Mobile a feature they released awhile ago on BlackBerry: directions for mass transit. Check the video above to get a feel for it (yes, sadly, demoed on a BlackBerry). They have around 50ish metro areas covered (see a list here), limited currently to the cities that are “forward thinking” enough to bother getting their data to Google in the right format. In other words, the list is California-heavy and has some startling omissions like New York City(!) and some strange bits like including Duluth, MN but not the Twin Cities. Fortunately, more cities are coming.
[via Pocket PC Thoughts]
5 years ago
Review: High Seas: Guns and Gold
5 years ago
T-Mobile - let's do (3G) launch
It was rumored a few weeks ago that T-Mobile would be expanding its 3G service on Oct. 1, and now TmoNews has the leaked poster to go along with it.
New York City has been enjoying T-Mo's brand of high-speed for a little while now, and if you're in the following cities, start licking your chops and be sure to snag a 3G-capable device.
Possibly getting a speed boost are: Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New England, NJ and Long Island, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.
(Is it just me, or are those lunchroom salt shakers in the corner? Should we be taking this with a big grain of it, then? Or tossing it over our shoulders?)
5 years ago
Tip of the
Week Month Whenever: Turn off the screen duing calls!
Ah...the Tip of the Week, that little column that fell down that busy hole of life. Hopefully we'll be able to bring back this gem on a semi-regular basis. To make up for it, here is a nice little tip that is easy and free.
What we're gonna do is give you a way to turn off the screen (not just dim the back light) during your phone calls.
Why you ask? Simple: one of the top killers of your precious phone battery is the powering the LCD screen.
Click the link to read for the deets!....
When on a 40 minute phone call, the LCD screen is on the entire time, even if the back light isn't. That's wasted power! Your cheek doesn't need to read your email, so let's turn it off, eh?
(BTW, you should have your screen auto-dim to 30 seconds or less under your Settings).
To do this, first download the freeware app "BlackMe" (click here for mobi download). Install as usual.
Next you can just leave it under your "Programs" area and navigate there when on a phone call (boo) or just assign it to a spare key (assuming you have one; if not try AE Button Plus).
For myself, I've assigned it to my "Option + Calendar" button combo on my Treo 800w. Now when a call comes in and I know it may take awhile, I'll quickly hit that key combo and kill my screen. This will not only save some battery life, but will slightly reduce some of that device hotness as well.
But how to turn it back on? Simple. Just hit the "Action key" on your dpad and the screen comes back on and you're facing "BlackMe's" dialogue which allows you to re-enable or Exit. This app is also great for all sorts of intesive activities that you do on your WM device but don't need the screen on (GPS caching, music, remote hacking of Pentagon compu
5 years ago
Treo 800w: Selling a lot or Not enough to sell?
Palm, Inc. has been having a decent week so far, hitting 2 million Centro sales and getting out that BT voice-dial patch.
On top of that JP Morgan has some interesting things to say regarding the Treo 800w:
Bad news: Sprint and Best Buy stores are woefully short
...nearly all of them complained of a lack of inventory. Four of ten Best Buys...in the NY tri-state area complained of zero inventory, and weekly deliveries of just 5 units... We heard similar complaints at Sprint stores, where inventory levels ranged from zero to just 5 units, typically.
Good news: Demand appears to be high for the device
The stores reported strong demand for the recently-introduced 800W...
...and weekly deliveries of just 5 units, which sell out nearly immediately.
So why the constraint? According to Palm, they were not expecting anymore supply problems for the Centro (like they had earlier) and it seems odd, though perhaps plausible that the 800w would.
Another angle would be that production is just not up to par yet and in addition newer devices will have to be re-flashed with a the new updated ROM (which would include BT voice-dialing). According to our esteemed forum member (and software wiz) Hannip, the new BT voice-dial patch was not something Palm whipped up overnight:
Wow, I just peeked inside the cab and this was no small feat by Palm. No way this was done in a few weeks. It's a major overhaul of the wav driver, bluetooth audio gateway and volume service.
Of particular notice is a huge audio settings xml file in \Windows\AudioSettings.pm. It defines every aspect of audio on the device.
This lends credence to the idea that BT voice-dialing was always planned but just not ready for launch, as opposed to sheer oversight. Indeed if that is the case, it would make sense to constrain supply until it was ready, while still maintaining their soft launch with Sprint.
If we see increased supply and devices with updated ROMs in the next few weeks, that just might be reason.
5 years ago
Windows Mobile 6.1 for Moto Q9h Leaks onto the Web
Head on over to the UK site MOTOMODDING and take a peek, the expected Windows Mobile 6.1 update for the Motorola Q9h has leaked out, as we see from this post from mexiken:
Finally !!!! A very very special thank you to the Verms, aka The Verminator, for without him, none of this would be possible. Thanks dude !!!! Please give all credit to him for actually getting the file. I just downloaded, verified, and let everyone know
It looks pretty legit, too,
SHIP_NORMAN_AP_U_01.09.28R_MODEM4_U_40.11.40R_04_U : This is the official, AT&T branded 6.1 update !!!! Enjoy !!!! (70.58 MB).
“Norman” was (/is) the codename for the Q9h. Installing ROMs on the Q9h is a little more complicated than with HTC's devices, requiring that you use RSD Lite (which is itself a little nefarious). Read through the whole MotoModding thread to get a feel for it.
For those of us who aren't as daring, this is at least a good sign that the official update is coming soon. :D
Big thanks to Mike and Paul for the tip!
5 years ago
Touch Diamond in GSM 3G Flavor hits the FCC
Phone Scoop [via Mobility Site] caught the Touch Diamond over at the FCC yesterday. Ordinarily, this wouldn't bother us much, as we have long figured that it would show up in CDMA flavor here first. Oh ho, but wait, this Diamond is GSM: “This new version seen on the FCC site includes WCDMA 850/1900, and also confirms Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and Wi-Fi.”
Those WCDMA 850/1900 bands are the bands that AT&T uses for 3G here in the states. That means, of course, that the Diamond isn't going to be stuck as an EDGE-only device here. What we don't know is whether or not AT&T is going to officially pick it up. They gave the original Touch a pass and we haven't heard any rumblings yet about them picking it up, so the outlook isn't great on getting this thing at a subsidized price.
As usual, HTC has asked the the rest of the details they sent to the FCC be kept confidential, this time “indefinitely.” Ouch.
5 years ago
Video goodness of the HTC Touch Pro
The HTC Touch Pro (aka Raphael) recently made its way through the FCC. And to celebrate, The Unwired brings us a pair of review videos, giving you get a pretty good idea of what's in store once it hits the U.S. The first video focuses on software, while the second takes a look at the hardware.
The HTC Touch Pro is the slider keyboard version of the Touch Diamond. A quick rundown of what we can expect when it finally hits the states:
- Windows Mobile 6.1.
- 512 megs ROM/288 megs RAM.
- 528 MHz Qualcomm processor.
- TouchFLO 3D (presumably with the updated ROM).
- Bluetooth 2.0 w/EDR.
- Built-in GPS.
- 3-2MP camera.
- Slide-out keyboard.
- 1340 mAh battery.
And without further ado, we bring you The Unwired's:
Hands-on software review
Hands-on hardware video review
5 years ago
Update: Sprint AIRAVE confirmed for Aug. 17
Update: OK, Sprint made it official this morning.
Starting August 17, Sprint customers will be able to purchase the AIRAVE at Sprint stores across the country for $99.99 (taxes excluded). Customers are required to subscribe to the AIRAVE enhanced coverage plan, which is priced at just $4.99** per month in addition to the customer's regular wireless voice plan. Customers who do not have one of Sprint's unlimited voice plans, such as Simply Everything, can get unlimited in-home calling by subscribing to the optional AIRAVE Unlimited Voice plan for an additional $10 per month** for individuals or $20 per month for families.** For more information, customers can visit www.sprint.com/airave.
Get the full lowdown here.
The Internets were slightly abuzz Tuesday with word that Sprint's AIRAVE signal booster has gone on sale nationwide.
As you undoubtedly remember from our previous coverage, AIRAVE - for an additional $99 for the base station, $4.99 per month per base station and $10 per month for single-line use ($20 for multi-line) - borrows your broadband Internet connection and spits out a CDMA signal where you otherwise might not have one.
However, at least one poster over at PhoneScoop seems to have gotten the runaround from Sprint, and another says the service won't actually be available until Aug. 17. BetaNews updated its site Tuesday evening clarifying that AIRAVE is not yet available.
There's been no official announcement yet, and Sprint's Web site still says you must contact your nearest Sprint store.
So if you're up for spending more money for cell service that you're, er, already spending money for, give it a shot, and let us know if you're able to track one down yet. We're not holding our breath.
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