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5 years ago

MWg Zinc II gets a $200 price drop

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MWg Zinc II gets a $200 price drop

Here's one of those good news-bad news situations.

The good news: The price for the MWg Zinc II just dropped a couple of hundred dollars.

The bad news: It's still $499.

Hey, saving $200 is still saving $200. But despite the Zinc II's decent specs (albeit not nearly as impressive in the wake of the recent HTC onslaught) and lack of any carrier support, we're still not expecting anyone to be lining up for this on.

But if you in fact do have one, drop us a line and let us know what you think of it.

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5 years ago

Sprint's New Plan Optimizer May Help Your Bill

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5 years ago

HTC Touch 3G passes FCC

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HTC Touch 3G passes FCC

We are all awaiting the arrival of the Touch HD, Touch Viva, and Touch 3G from HTC to drop. Now that the FSS has just passed the Touch3G, aka Jade100, one would be forgiven for hoping it might see official release on these shores. The 3G bands on the device are not compatible with the US spectrum, however, so this is more in line with HTC/FCC interactions of yore: they're just making sure the European version of the Touch 3G is 'street legal.'

So will we see an official US release? The original announcement didn't really have any clues to suggest we might and really, given that HTC said the Touch HD would come here eventually, it would seem a little odd to also make another version of the 3G. Then again, we could (and have) say the very existence of the Touch 3G in a post-Touch-Diamond world is a little odd, so you never know.

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5 years ago

Touch HD, Touch Diamond and Touch Pro - Oh, My!

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Allow us to pick up where the latest WM Experts podcast left off with the HTC Touch HD and simply say the following:

Mmmmmmmmm. ... Pixels.

CNET Asia [via] brings us a quick snap of the Touch HD alongside its Diamond and Pro cousins. Remember: It's not that the HD, on the left, is that huge - it's the exact same size as the iPhone. It's just that the Diamond is that tiny.

They then follow up with some shots of the Opera browser in all of its 480x800 glory, the 3.5mm headphone jack, and a thickness comparison between the three.

Check it all out here. Then leave us some advice in the comments as to how we're possibly going to be able to wait for this guy to arrive.

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5 years ago

Review: Mogul Car Charger & Speakerphone: Seidio G4700X

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5 years ago

Tip of the week: WMWifiRouter

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Tip of the week: WMWifiRouter

Although this software has been around for a bit, we've somehow managed never to get around to talking about it and were happy to get a reminder from Jason Landridge's recent Top Ten: WMWifiRouter. It's a dead-simple way to turn your Windows Mobile phone into a WiFi router. One touch of the button and your 3G connection gets shared over your phone's WiFi to be shared with surrounding devices. Actually, it can do a bit more than that, sharing connections over Bluetooth and USB too.

Setup is dead simple, support on their site is pretty darn comprehensive, and more features appear to be on the way. Just be aware, though, your carrier probably would consider WMWifiRouter to be tethering, so if you're not on one of those plans they'll probably come after you if you use it a lot. Go on and download the trial or send 'em your 19.99 Euro.

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5 years ago

Yrgo - Fully Customizable, Gadgetized “desktops”

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There's no shortage of contenders out there for fixing up the Windows Mobile interface. Into this crowded space comes yrgo, which brings some unique functionality and it actually quite impressive. What's new? Well, yrgo basically gives you four 'desktops' to which you can add 'gadgets' like new message notifications, program links, calendar appointments, and so on. Not much new there, to be honest.

What is new (and pretty darn cool) is that these gadgets are customizable in the extreme. The customization interface is intuitive and chock-full of options. Take a gander at the above video to see exactly how it works.

If you want a Today Screen replacement (four of them, actually) that looks exactly how you like it and you don't mind spending some time making that happen, yrgo looks like a great option. It's $10 donation-ware (update:) shareware.

[via My Today Screen]

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5 years ago

Treo Pro WILL be Available on AT&T, Perhaps not until December (at best)

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Palm has just confirmed on the quarterly conference call that the Treo Pro will be released officially a US Carrier (Yeah, we're going with AT&T on that). Unfortunately, we don't have any idea yet about pricing or availability. The Treo Pro is just now beginning to ship in unlocked form to US customers who have pre-ordered the device.

If we were forced to guess, we'd say that we're looking at a December release at best. AT&T's leaked roadmap earlier today did not include the Treo Pro. Additionally, during the call Palm broke their policy of not talking about future results by suggesting that their November would be pretty thin on revenue due to extended carrier verification processes. Hopefully it will still make it onto the carrier this calendar year.

Treo Pro lovers: will you wait for the official AT&T release with it's concurrent subsidized price or are you jumping on the unlocked version?

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5 years ago

Alltel to Get the Touch Pro

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Alltel to Get the Touch Pro

It's not an especially big surprise, but it's good to hear: Alltel will be carrying the Touch Pro on their network, if the image leaked to Engadget is to be believed. No clear word on how long Sprint will have an exclusive on the Touch Pro. Heck, they need to release it first -- hurry up Oct 19!

Given how long it took for Verizon to finally pick up the 6800 device (our guess is the delay was due to how long it took UTStarcom to come up with the sweet XV6800 branding), we're guessing Alltel will beat them to the punch on this one. Heck, the fastest way to get a Touch Pro running on Verizon might just be to switch to Alltel, wait for the acquisition to go through, and then hope you're not one of the 15% of Alltel customers Verizon plans to jettison.

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5 years ago

Verizon Q9c Gets Bump to WM6.1

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5 years ago

Sprint Diamonds Arriving; Suffering from CD?

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Looks like people are finally getting their spanking new Sprint HTC Diamond's from TeleSales and while most reports have been positive, looks like there is one problem that quite a few are reporting:

Unable to connect to the sweet, sweet Internet i.e. Connectile Dysfunction (CD)

Some have tried a hard-reset, others the IOTA (update phone profile) while others (including mikec in our fourms) have to send it back. With supplies running low on initial sales, replacements may be hard to come by.

Wideawake of ppcgeeks has posted what appears to be a "fix" for some users:

1. Dial ##3282# 2. Click Edit and enter your MSL. (Call sprint for your MSL) 3. Tap & Highlight Active Profile. 4. Click Menu then Edit. 5. Change value to 1 then Ok, Ok again. 6. Click Yes to update the items then Ok to reset. and/or Try Start/Settings/System tab and click Update Profile.

So what say you new Diamond owner? Are you suffering from CD? Did the above help? Shout out in comments...

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5 years ago

AT&T's October launch sheet leaked

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AT&T's October launch sheet leaked

The wily Boy Genius has snagged himself a copy of AT&T's roadmap for the next month or so, and we learn a couple of things.

That's about it for Windows Mobile devices. Of note is that the BlackBerry Bold now has an estimated release date of November, and the original Samsung Blackjack has been placed on the End of Life list.

Update: (From Dieter): As I noted on this story at TreoCentral -- note what's still absent from AT&T's roadmap: The **Treo Pro**.

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5 years ago

Touch HD in moving pictures - and in French

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Early this morning we brought you news of a hands-on with the HTC Touch HD.

Now fellow Frenchmen Generation Phonehouse - which WM Experts reader Magnus_Z tells us us the French division of of the U.K.'s Carphone Warehouse, has tossed up some YouTube goodness [via].

So kick back, relax, and marvel at the 480x800 goodness put up next to a Samsung Omnia and iPhone 3G.

And if anyone wants to translate in the comments, we'd be much obliged.

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5 years ago

Review: Memory Map Weather Radar

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5 years ago

Review: Mr. Handsfree Bluevision II Bluetooth Speakerphone

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As many are finding out the hard way, using your cell phone while driving without some type of handsfree device is illegal and can cost you a spendy little ticket. I know that starting July 1st this year in my state it will be illegal to use your cell phone without being handsfree. So now is the time that many are looking into different options so that they can use their cell phone without having to touch it while driving. For this very reason, the **Mr Handsfree Bluevision II speakerphone** ($129.95) caught my eye. I have found great success with bluetooth speakerphones in the past. And with WMExperts review of the original model of the Mr Handsfree Bluevision receiving 4 out of 5 stars, I wanted to see if Mr Handsfree had listened to us and made the wanted improvements we were looking for.

What is unique about the Mr Handsfree Bluevision II speakerphone, is that it has a remote control for your phone as well! Talk about making your phone truly handsfree... bluetooth speakerphone... and a remote control to answer calls and dial phone numbers with. But none of this is any good if the sound quality makes the device unusable. So, after at least 4 long road trips, I have come to a verdict...

Design / Build Quality

First of all, my first impression of the actual device sitting in the box was positive. The device seemed to be solid. There is a an arm that swings up to point to where ever you are in relation to the speakerphone. I was initially concerned about this arm possibly breaking, but for the most part after using the Bluevision II on the road for over a month, I have not seen any concerns to support this initial worry.

There are 6 buttons on the actual device. On the face of the speakerphone is the volume up button, volume down button, pairing / bluetooth connection button, end call / reject call / answer call waiting button, and talk / voice activated dialing / switching between calls button. On the backside is the on/off button. Other than wishing the on/off button was towards the front of the speaker phone, the layout is nicely thought out and easy to use while driving.

On the bottom are two magnets that hold the device in place on the visor clip.

The remote control is a stroke of genius. With it, I can manage my calls, dial any phone number with ease, control the volume of the speakerphone, mute a call, and use anyone of the 10 speed dial numbers that I have programmed into the Bluevision II speakerphone.

Pairing / Bluetooth Compatibility

Pairing my WM phone to the Mr Handsfree Bluevision II speakerphone was very easy and flawless. Once paired with my WM phone, all I have to do is hit the connection button on the actual speakerphone and I am talking handsfree.

I did find a unique challenge with my paired connection between the Mr Handsfree Bluevision II speakerphone and my WM PPC-6800 (Sprint Mogul) phone. After having established a bluetooth connection, and I just walk away from the speakerphone, I lose all sound on my WM phone once I am out of range. I then have to do a soft reset to get my sound back. But if I turn off the Bluevision II speakerphone or turn off the bluetooth on my WM phone before I leave the car, everything is okay. It is annoying, but with all the other positives the Bluevision II speakerphone has to offer, I have learned to live with it.

I was impressed to discover that the Bluevision II supports dual pairing with multiple mobile devices.

Sound Quality

This is the moment of truth. As far as bluetooth speakerphones go, I am fairly impressed with the sound quality. Mr Handsfree Bluevision II speakerphone has DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology for echo cancellation and background noise reduction which actually seems to work pretty good. It does a decent job in reducing or totally eliminating road noise while driving. It is not perfect, as most people can tell I am on a cell phone, but many never guessed I was on speakerphone in the car.

The only exception is that there have been some occasions where the other side gets a feedback echo. If I call right back, it is gone. This is not a common occurrence, but has happened a few times out of a hundred or so calls.

Everyday Use

Overall I am happy with the **Mr Handsfree Bluevision II speakerphone** ($129.95). It is easy to move from car to car. Even though the other side experienced a feedback echo on rare occasions, overall the sound quality is better than would be expected from a bluetooth speakerphone. The only real annoyance I have found is that I have to kill the bluetooth connection before I walk away or it stops all sound on my WM device.

I am also very impressed with the battery life in the real world. It is rated with a 300 hour (that is 12 1/2 days) standby time and 24 hours talk time... and by all accounts, it has lived up to this claim with real world use.

Ratings (4 out of 5)

  • Design / Quality of Build: 5 stars
  • Pairing / Bluetooth Compatibility: 3 stars
  • Sound Quality: 4 stars
  • Every Day Use: 4 stars

Overall:

4 stars out of 5

Pros

  • Nice layout of the buttons on the face of the speakerphone
  • Includes a remote control to manage calls and dial numbers
  • Good background noise reduction
  • Great battery life with long 12.5 day standby time / 24 hour talk time.

Cons

  • Occasional feedback echo on other end of call
  • Must stop Bluetooth connection or it kills all sound on my WM device
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