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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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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: Transferring files to your device with live mesh

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With all the wireless capabilities I wonder why we still mess with all these cables in order to sync to our computer. There has to be an easier way to get our info from the web to our devices. Recently Dieter detailed a great way for contacts and calendar from gmail, but what about cab files? More often then not we can simply navigate to the web site that has a .cab file we want and download it there. Then again if it

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond Hits Telus on August 14th

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We'd already heard the CDMA version of the Diamond would land on Telus in Canada “later this summer” and we also already knew the prices and specs of said Diamond. What we didn't know was the exact date. Well, now we do: August 14th, according to mobilesyrup [via engadget mobile].

Those prices and specs, by the way, are $149.99 with a three year contract scoring you EVDO Rev A, WiFi, GPS, 4 gigs of internal memory (sans expansion), a 528 MHz processor, and a larger 1340 mAh battery.

We wish we had more than sketchy rumors for the Sprint and Verizon versions, so for now we'll be just be adding to our list of things we're jealous of Canada for. ...and you thought that “Canadian Dollar” was the weirdest thing on that list.

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5 years ago

Another Quarter, Another 900k Subscriber Drop for Sprint (Updated)

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Nearly eight months after we first asked whether or not it was time to start the Sprint Deathwatch, we have another quarterly “earnings” report from the company. Results: Bad.

  • Loss of $344 Million / 12 cents a share
  • Loss of 901,000 subscribers.

That brings Sprint's total down to around 51.9 million subscribers, compared to 68.7 for Verizon and 72.9 for AT&T. Sprint's results are better than last quarters' results, when they lost over a million of 'em. CEO Dan Hesse is optimistic, of course:

“We are seeing signs of progress from our efforts to improve the customer experience, rebuild the Sprint brand and increase our profitability”

Sprint also hung on to their Average Revenue Per User (the evil god of ARPU) -- dropping SERO for Everything Plus likely had a hand in that. They kept their churn rate relatively stable. So that's something. Our advised next steps for Sprint:

Read [via]

Update: Hesse has just finished leading the call - some of that after the break.

Transcript from cellular-news:

The focus on retention is taking its toll on gross subscriber additions, or the number of new customers it is adding. Hesse is willing to tolerate the lower additions if they represent higher quality customers.
“We're working to improve the quality of the customer base,” Hesse told analysts Wednesday during a conference call.

Yeah, you read that right: Sprint is trying to make you a better customer. There's the uncharitable way to read that, which we think is fairly straightforward, and the charitable way. Charitable way: Sprint's getting more customers on their unlimited plans which guarantee them a higher per-month income for each customer (ARPU) because of added data and SMS on top of voice -- services we are willing to bet that most of Sprint's unlimited customers aren't using to their full potential.

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia i900 Appears in White

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Samsung Omnia i900 Appears in White

We already showed you the Samsung Omnia hardware (full review coming soon), with its nice, brushed-metal battery cover. Here we see it again in with a white battery cover. Samsung also reports that they'll be continuing to improve the software end with more Today screen improvements. Here's to hoping they get that done quickly and that AT&T really and truly does pick it up, as rumored.

We like the brushed metal better ourselves, but options is options.

Read: CNET Asia [via]

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5 years ago

Verizon-Rural Cellular deal nearly done

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We dived into the convoluted Verizon-Rural Cellular acquisition earlier this summer, and it looks like the deal is finally going through, with a few conditions.

The FCC gave the OK for Verizon (now with more Alltel!) to buy RCC in a $2.7 billion deal, but one of the companies must sell off licenses and network assets in Burlington, Franklin and Addison, Vermont; Ferry and Okanogan, Wash.; and in Franklin, N.Y.

That was not unexpected, and it goes along with Verizon's plans to unload 15 percent of the Alltel customers it's acquiring, in order to satisfy that deal.

Via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: Create a 1-click shortcut to a new Email or SMS

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Some people in our forums aren't too happy with the seemingly extra step to launch an Email in WM6 i.e. where that "Delete" left key is now, there used to reside the "New" key.

While I'm not sure how to actually change that key to something different, there is another alternate solution (actually dozens! but we'll just do one): create a shortcut link to a New Email/Sms.

Read on to find out how!

To do this, you just create a link to "tmail.exe" found in \Windows. I use Resco Explorer.

  • Find the "tmail.exe"
  • Select "Properties" (Menu --> File --> Properties)
  • Shortcut Tab
  • Edit Target
  • Add "mailto:" (no quotes) to the command line

It should look like this: "Windows\tmail.exe" mailto:

Creating such a link will bring you to an Account selector, where you can choose your new message.

Want to get more sophisticated, like creating a new email from your Outlook account with the subject "Hey there" automatically addressed to Bob? Here are those parameters which should work:

Other optional parameters that can be added (leave out the "mailto:" part though and go in this order):

  • -to "personx@theiremail.com"
  • -subject "Insert subject here"
  • -service "Name of Account" (

Then throw the link to your Start Menu or use your favorite launcher. I've attached a pre-made link in this post here, for those less inclined.

Not sure if this works on every WM device out there, so post some feedback or your solutions!

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5 years ago

Review: iGrip Universal Fit Sturdy Swivel Mount

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5 years ago

Gaming Software Roundup

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Gaming Software Roundup

Once the first game was installed on a cell phone, it was only a matter of time before gaming applications became a staple feature. Gaming applications for the phone have come a long way since we played Snake on the old Nokia candy bar phones. There have been hits and misses along the way as developers try to offer entertaining and addictive games.

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5 years ago

Motorola's 'Last Stand' Alexander Phone is Windows Mobile

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What a strange, strange confluence of events. Not long ago, Malatesta and I were pondering during the podcast whether or not we'd ever see a Windows Mobile vertical slider again. We've also been wondering whether Motorola would be able to dig themselves out of the hole they're in (and whether their new Co-CEO could help). One thing that had been on our radar was this rumored “Moto-saver” the Boy Genius referenced awhile back, dubbed 'Alexander.' It was is to be an 8-megapixel wunderphone, but we figured it would run some variant of the OS found on the Ming or, as BGR guessed, UIQ.

We figured wrong, it turns out, as BGR comes through again with the details:

  • Yes, it runs Windows Mobile and we're going to guess it's 6.1. The screenshot at right looks to be 6.1 Standard with the modified sliding panels interface we first saw on the Napoleon.
  • the camera has switched from 8 to “5-8” megapixels
  • It'll have aGPS and NVIDIA for enhanced graphics
  • it should land Q4
  • It looks ...bad. That keyboard needs to have buttons thin enough to slide underneath the screen and it appears that Motorola's solution for that particular design issue is to make the keyboard stink.

We're more excited for the Napoleon than we are for this here Alexander, truth be told, but we're also willing to be proven wrong.

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 12

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 12

Better late than never (hopefully), it's time once again to rustle up some apps for this week's Software Wrangle. This week the featured new software for WM Standard is Mobiola Screen Capture and Diccionario Ingles - Spanish to English Dictionary and Phrasebook. Updated software includes Softick Card Export and Bejeweled. Free software is DashWire.

WM Professional new software is Cliquick and ppcStopwatch. Updated software includes SpoonAlarm and Spb Mobile Shell. Freeware is Pocket Lemmings.

Let's jump in to this week's Wrangle!

WM Standard: New

The first new WM Standard app is Mobiola Screen Capture v1.0.7 by SHAPE Services.

Mobiola Screen Capture allows you to show your device screen on your PC real-time; do snapshots, record videos, share it on Skype. Connects via WiFi, Bluetooth or USB.

Try it now!

Note: Trial version limits single connections to 5 minutes and has 7 days evaluation period.

Compatible with Windows Vista.

Features: - Shows SCREEN CAPTURE from your phone on PC screen real-time - Connects via WiFi(NEW!), Bluetooth or USB - Snapshot functionality - Record video with MS MovieMaker or other video recording apps using webcam driver component of the application - SHARE your SCREEN on SKYPE, IM and other video conference applications. Just select "Mobiola Video Source" as web camera in this applications

Get Mobiola Screen Capture v1.0.7 for $19.95 here.

The next new WM Standard app is Diccionario Ingles - Spanish to English Dictionary & Phrasebook v1.0 by Mobifusion Inc.

Diccionario Ingles is a very helpful reference guide for Spanish speakers who are learning English. The English word is described completely in English as well as in Spanish. For each word, find the English definition followed by the Spanish. It is perfect for those who want to learn both these global languages. English and Spanish definitions are presented in a very simple format. The definitions are given together so that a user need not look for the Spanish translation in another section. It includes hundreds of sample sentences and number of commonly used idioms and phrases. It can be particularly helpful for translations. The content of the dictionary includes:

Features: - Staff - Preface - How to Use this Dictionary - Pronunciation Guide - Spelling Table - A

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5 years ago

HTC on pace to move 1 million Touch Diamonds by mid month

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PC World reports this morning that everyone's favorite device manufacturer HTC is on pace to have sold 1 million Touch Diamonds by the middle of this month, and that it "is definitely able to reach its goal of shipping 2 million Touch Diamond handsets by the end of 2008."

And as if that weren't enough:

However, sources at the Taiwan handset industry speculated that HTC will eventually revise upward its shipping target for this year, and that HTC is likely to ship 2.5 to 3 million Touch Diamond handsets before the end of the year.

That said, as Dieter and Mal pointed out in their latest podcast, saying you've sold a million or so "units" doesn't necessarily mean that there are a million people walking around with Touch Diamonds. But, the Diamond's numbers are hardly anything to sneeze at, and we still have a little while longer before it's even released in the U.S

By comparison, Palm recently announced it had shipped 2 million Centros, and the iPhone 3G sold 1 million units in its first three days.

Via MoDaCo

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