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5 years ago

Sprint shutting down @sprintpcs.com e-mail

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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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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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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia Software Hands On Review

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5 years ago

Review: SPE Leather Hardcase for the Treo 750

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5 years ago

Sprint to Cut Phone-as-Modem Prices?

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Sprint to Cut Phone-as-Modem Prices?

Looks like Sprint is well on it's way towards following our four step plan to success. Part 4 of that plan:

Don't ever forget: people love you because you have 3G in a lot of places and it's usually cheaper than the competition. Don't raise your prices on data.

Phone News is reporting that they've heard Sprint is planning on dropping their rate for their Phone-as-Modem tethering plan from $40 a month down to $15 per month. There's a caveat, though, it only applies on current plans, not older plans. Phone News speculates (and we agree), that it's a gambit to get more of their customers onto their current plans -- part of Sprint's campaign to “improve the quality of the customer base.”

Lots of folks tether their WinMo phones contrary to Sprint's Terms of Service -- you're supposed to have a PAM plan in order to do it. Would you 'legalize' your tethering now that the PAM plan is going to be much more reasonable?

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5 years ago

SyncMate for Mac Syncing Gets Updated, Plus Another Mac Sync Option

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I'm a Missing Sync man myself, but there's another piece of sync software out there that may be worth a look: SyncMate (We've covered it before). It comes in both free and a $39.95 paid version. Free will get you basic PIM sharing (and internet connection sharing!), while the paid version will add media and notes sync to the mix. The new update adds a 'Mail Plugin' which will apparently add in the ability to sync Mail account settings. SyncMate also supports WiFi Sync

Day-to-day, though, I'm not plugging in to sync most of my PIM stuff. Instead I'm syncing calendars and contacts to gmail via Address book's built in support and Spanning Sync for Calendars. Once it's all up on Google, I'm using the free (and excellent) Nuevasync service. It seems to work with everything but contact photos (gmail doesn't support them), but it keeps me in sync with at least 2 PIM categories.

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5 years ago

Android may be giving WinMo 7 even more time (Updated)

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Rut ro, Raggy. Looks like things in the Android camp are slowing down even further.

Barron's [via Giz] has it from a Global Equities Research analyst that there aren't enough developers working on Google's open-source mobile OS, and that an already rumored delay of the first Android handset may be pushed back till sometime in the first quarter of next year.

It seems there are too many people who want to work on established operating systems, including Windows Mobile.

Android, “is not able to attract enough developers because toolkits offered by Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Research in Motion (RIMM), and Nokia’s (NOK) Symbian software group, have sucked up software developers’ attention.

The Barron's blog also mentions that HTC is dragging its feet some on the hardware side, "demanding a guaranteed minimum revenue surety from Google."

A company not having unlimited resources to throw at a project? That must sound downright alien to Google.

Update: electronista reports that HTC denies the delay and says they're still on track for a Fall 2008 release.

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5 years ago

Canada's Rogers Network to Pick up HP 910C

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Canada's Rogers Network to Pick up HP 910C

Our pal Kevin over at sister site CrackBerry.com snagged a Rogers Quarter 3 Roadmap. They're interested in the Blackberrys, of course, but we're interested in this: it looks like Rogers will officially be picking up the HP 910c, which our dear reader Eric reviewed for us a few weeks ago. Pricing and exact availability dates are unknown, though you can pick one up yourself directly from HP for 500 clams.

Eric was a fan of the 910c and rightfully so, but the question of whether or not AT&T will officially pick it up the US is still up in the air. Nice to see Rogers step up to the plate, now if they'd only continue their trend of capitulating to user demand and reducing data prices.

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5 years ago

AT&T Expands International Offering

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AT&T Expands International Offering

AT&T announced its international coverage and services are expanding when it comes to international travel. Now you can roam without suffering from such high roaming charges. In addition, customers have the option to purchase 50MB of data while traveling in 67 countries.

This luxury will cost you $60 a month -- so you better be making money and not just partying when you

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5 years ago

REDFLY Giveaway and Celio Developer Forum

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In addition to the expanded compatibility and retail availability of the Redfly, we're also happy to announce that Celio is sponsoring a giveaway. Yes, folks, we're giving away a free Celio REDFLY. Heck, Celio also tossed in 10 T-Shirts as runner-up prizes as well.

One more piece of news: there's now an Official Celio REDFLY Developer Forum, where you can go and get questions about the Redfly answered by the WMExperts community and by the folks directly at Celio. Which apps work with Celio? Which ones dont? How long does the battery last? What graphics capabilities does the Redfly really have?

Contest details after the break!

How to win a Celio REDFLY

  1. Comment on this post or head to the associated thread new Redfly forums at WMExperts
  2. Answer the question at the top of the thread, namely “How will the Redfly help me or my business?
  3. While you wait patiently for September 1st (the date we'll announce the winner), read our review of the Redfly or check out the compatibility list.
  4. On Sept 1st, we'll pick the winner and 10 runners-up randomly from all the posts in the thread (one entry per person).

More Rules

  1. Not open to Smartphone Experts employees or contractors (Sorry, writers!)
  2. Only one entry per person from the thread will count towards the drawing, but you can enter as often as you'd like.
  3. Not really a rule, but remember that the Redfly has a limited (but growing) compatibility list, check it out here.

Thanks again to Celio for sponsoring the contest!

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5 years ago

Celio REDFLY Now Available in the WMExperts Store, Expanded Compatibility Friday

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The Celio Redfly, aka “the mobile companion” for your Windows Mobile phone, is now available for $499.95 in the WMExperts Store! Don't remember the Redfly? It has been a little while, but we did lay it out in our review:

What the Redfly does is connect to your Windows Mobile phone over USB or Bluetooth and “trick” it into believe it has a large, 800x480 screen and a near full-sized keyboard instead of a tiny 320x240 screen and a chicklet keyboard. So the Redfly itself stores no data and has no processing power, it all stays on the smartphone.

Basically, it takes your Windows Mobile phone and turns it into a NetBook, so you don't have to muck around with syncing your data since it's all on the smartphone already.

In addition to the retail availability, Celio has also let us know that they've expanded the compability list! Full list (drivers will be at http://celiocorp.com/install by Friday) after the break!

One more thing: Celio is also sponsoring a giveaway -- a free Redfly! Details are here.

Available Now:

  • HTC Mogul
  • AT&T Tilt
  • Verizon XV6800
  • Treo 700 w/wx
  • Treo 750
  • Samsung SCH-i760 on Verizon

Available Friday (or possibly even Thursday night):

  • Samsung Blackjack II
  • Motorola Q9c
  • Motorola Q9m
  • Motorola Q9h
  • T-Mobile Dash
  • Sprint Touch
  • HTC Touch (Original GSM)
  • Treo 500
  • Treo 800w

You can check out the WMExperts' full review and photo gallery of the Redfly here.

Redfly in the WMExperts Store ($499.95)

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5 years ago

Downloading Official HTC ROMs Now Much Easier

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Big ups to HTC, they've taken their ROM download section out of their e-Club and placed them directly in their support section! Just click on your device, click on “Software downloads,” and then go to town. PocketPC Thoughts notes (correctly) that you'll still need a serial number in order to get the download.

The e-Club isn't going away, though. HTC will be putting up all sorts of free downloads there for their registered members. Up now - a heapin' helpin' of ringtones.

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