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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 tip: Caller ID Settings

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Windows Phone 7 tip: Caller ID Settings

*67 has been widely used to block your Caller ID from being seen. But did you know that you can turn off your Caller ID with Windows Phone 7? That you can also limit who can see your Caller ID?

Simply go into the Settings Menu, swipe over to Applications and choose the Phone. The Caller ID settings are down below your Voice Mail number, maybe half way down this page.

You will see the setting, "Show my caller ID to:" with the options to:

  • Let everyone see your number
  • Let nobody see your number
  • Only allow your caller ID to be seen by your contacts.

It's a nice feature of Windows Phone 7 to help keep things private when need be.

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3 years ago

First Look: iHeartRadio [video]

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First Look: iHeartRadio [video]

So one of the "big" apps released today was iHeartRadio, which basically allows you to stream via internet radio stations from around the U.S. Perfect for you folks who travel and need your talk radio fix, or like to have some background radio while you work.

The app is free, though there is a premium area for some high-profile talk radio. Overall it feels pretty solid. The graphics have some banding, which could be easily fixed with a different background and the selection is decent, but not as great as internet radio. Well worth the download though if radio is your thing.

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3 years ago

Speed test: Samsung Focus vs HTC HD7 [video]

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The Samsung Focus comes with 8GB NAND memory whereas the HTC HD7 comes with 8GB NAND (presumably) and an 8GB microSD card. Of course the Focus can be upgraded by adding a microSD card, but it does not come with one. The theory has it that the HD7 will probably perform slower due to the memory card and indeed, in our tests, this is the case.

Overall, the Focus feels faster in everyday tasks, navigating the UI and of course loading Need for Speed Undercover, in comparison to the HD7. But, that may be due to the Focus not having an SD card. Either way, the difference is obvious in this video.

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3 years ago

If the Dell Venue Plus has a storage card, it's not easy to get to [Updated]

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Although just getting a Dell Venue Pro seems hard enough these days, getting to its storage card may even be harder. That's assuming it even has one.

In one of the first shots of the device without a battery cover, there's nary a SD card in sight. Granted, it could be buried below somewhere, requiring you to break out some mini-screwdrivers, but this is no Samsung Focus, which has the slot readily accessible. Of course, with that recent warning from Microsoft to AT&T, you may want to hold off anyways.

The device is reported to come in two varieties: 8GB and 16GB, so at least there's that option. Still, for those looking for a 40GB Venue Pro, you may be out of luck or have a lot of work ahead of you.

Update: Over at wmpoweruser, it was shown that indeed the Dell Venue Pro does have a microSD card, so upgrades are a go, if you want to risk it.

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Bing visual search for Windows Phone7 apps

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Microsoft's Bing today launched their visual search tool for WP& apps, allowing you to peruse the selection via any web browser. This kind of a cool thing if you're not at your home PC and want to look up some info about apps for Windows Phone 7or want to send a link to someone. about a particular program.

What we're hoping for next here at WPCentral: Send to phone. Android has this through the AppBrain system and hopefully Microsoft has taken note.

Check it out here.

via Reddit/@gcaughey

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3 years ago

AT&T: Do not upgrade your memory on Focus

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Looks like AT&T and Microsoft aren't reading from the same playbook, but are now.

While ample evidence suggests AT&T had no problem with the end user adding extra memory (see here and here), it looks like the giant is now back stepping a bit. In a post yesterday from Paul Thurrott and confirmed by one of our readers at an AT&T store, the employees are now telling customers do not upgrade the microSD card on the device.

In short, there appears to be a problem with reliability when using non-approved memory. Microsoft is fixing this and it will come out in some OTA update, presumably that one in January that is rumored. The good news is this whole use it/don't use it approach to memory may end once Microsoft sorts out the problem on their end.

For now, we say: take the risk if you know the implications. If your device starts crashing, or having performance issues, well...take out the card and start anew. You're adults, you can figure this out.

Source: Windows Phone Secrets, reader Gregory from MA

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3 years ago

Hawaii Five-O just Bings it: WP7 makes another TV appearance

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So last night on CBS, the new series (of an old series) Hawaii Five-O had a snazzy Windows Phone 7 placement. At about 18 minutes in to the show, two of the characters are in a museum. The male character suggests that the art piece was an original Clifton Bowles, the female doesn't believe him (they never do, amirite?), so he tells her to "Bing it!".

The female lead then pulls out an LG Optimus 7 and proceeds to Bing the gentleman's name. After this the show evidently went to commercial, where not one but reportedly two ads appeared. Not bad Microsoft, not bad.

Things I learned: Hawaii Five-O has a lot of pretty girls in it and I'm glad I'm vegetarian.

Thanks, Joe C & Tim O., for the tip!

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3 years ago

AT&T accepting Pre-orders on the LG Quantum

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As supplies on the Samsung Focus and HTC Surround were flying off AT&T's shelves today, it appears that the LG Quantum will soon be joining the action.

AT&T is now accepting pre-orders for the LG Quantum with a expected ship date of November 15th with all orders processed on a first come, first served basis. Pricing is consistent with the other Windows Phones, $199.99 with contractual discounts or $499.99 out of contract. Of course you could also just pre-order it from LetsTalk for $99 and save yourself a bundle.

So, if you're holding out for a Windows Phone 7 device that has a side-sliding keyboard... now's your chance.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HD7 now on backorder too. HTC Surround anyone?

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And now it looks like the HD7 is on "backorder" as well (see Samsung Focus).  According to TmoNews, when you try to place an order through Tmobile's website, you get the above message. A quick call to customer care results in the same message with the caveat that they don't know when it will be back in stock.

For now at least, you can still get it through Amazon Wireless, which being $50 less is a better deal anyways. Although funny thing, my HD7 order still hasn't shipped from Amazon, so who knows what's up.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Slingplayer now live in Marketplace, costs $29.99

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Guess this is a big day, as Slingplayer is now available too in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The app, first demoed a few weeks ago (see the video after the break, if you need to convince yourself), promised resolution "4 times that of previous Windows Mobile devices" which sounds impressive.

The downside is the price, which we all knew was coming: $29.99. That's not unusual for Sling but it's still a bit pricey for an app for TV. But hey, you need it, you now got it. Hit us up in comments and let us know how it works!

Thanks, @Avi_Franchise, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Halo Waypoint is now Live in the Marketplace

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Just in time for the U.S. launch, Halo Waypoint is finally released in the Marketplace. Though not even close to being a game (it's a game companion for you Halo nerds), it's a least a start. Plus we're sure there's a few of you wanting this little guy.

Head over to the Marketplace now!

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus "Out of Stock" on Amazon Wireless

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Well that was fast. For awhile, the Samsung Focus wasn't even listed on Amazon's Wireless site for actual purchase. Then it was. Briefly.

And at  7pm EST, the site is now listing the phone as "Out of Stock" even though the HTC Surround is still available (for $99 no less).

With reports of stores only have as many as 12 and as little as 2 devices on hand, we guess it's no surprise that they sold out so quick. Not to mention, 43% of you said the Focus was going to be your phone today, blowing away the the HD7 (16%) and the Venue Pro with a whopping 26%, not bad considering how hard it's to find that one.

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus: Installing the MicroSD Card

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We've known for sometime now that the Samsung Focus has an easily accessible microSD card slot. While Microsoft has been cautious, AT&T has voiced no opposition to using an expansion card and even Samsung points it out in the packaging material. But this expansion slot acts differently than what we are used to with Windows Phones.

Simply sliding in the microSD card into the expansion slot won't do the trick and apparently not all microSD cards will work.  If you are going to use microSD card, we highly recommend you install it early. The reason being is that in order for the Focus to recognize the extra memory, you have to perform a hard reset on the phone.

Read more after the break on changing your microSD card!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Focus

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Hands-on with the Samsung Focus

It was nothing short of an adventure this morning tracking down a Samsung Focus. Apparently a few of the AT&T retail stores in my area missed the memo and started selling them yesterday.  This made finding a Samsung Focus in stock a little bit of a challenge.  Regardless, I was able to track one down and after using it for a little over half the day, I have to say it is an impressive phone.

It's thinner and lighter than the HTC Surround and feels really good in the hand.  I'm looking forward to setting up the Windows Phone to see how it performs.  Stay tuned and we'll have a full review of the Focus up shortly.

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3 years ago

The WPCentral forums are open. Come discuss your new phone!

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Okay, now that hopefully some of you manged to get a phone today (or a few weeks ago, for our international readers), you may want a place to hang out and discuss it. So why not give our forums a crack?

In there we'll discuss your favorite games, apps, tips, device reviews and news ripped from today's headlines. Have a problem about your specific device? We have a sub-forum for help.

Also look for the writers of this site, including myself, to be posting and answering questions regarding Windows Phone 7. So grab a coffee and ask away!

Hop right in: http://forums.wpcentral.com/

-WPCentral Team

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