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4 years ago

Retailer lists Xperia X2 release as early January

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Expansys, everybody's favorite UK importer/exporter, has the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 listed on its site for the low, low price of 604 British pounds, or right about $1,000 U.S. That's only hundred more than the original X1 initially went for when it trickled out in its U.S. release, so you could do worse, we guess. Also listed is an "expected release date" of Jan. 11, 2010. This is an Xperia, after all, so we'll believe it when we see it.

Via Pocketnow

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4 years ago

Friday fun: Fuzzy bunnies, kittens and rainbow ponies

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So, strictly speaking, this doesn't really have anything to do with Windows Mobile. But after the cerebral attacks we've seen our poor Palm-loving brethren undergo from the creepy Pre ads, we just wanted to help balance the universe a little bit. (And, see, it's not all fire and brimstone coming out of Redmond ...)

And, hey, Microsoft, remember us when you do the commercial for Windows Mobile 7, m'kay?

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 67

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WMExperts Podcast Episode 67


Holy cow, that's a lot of news tucked into an hourlong podcast. Windows Mobile 6.5. Upcoming phone releases. New phones announced. Free copies of Kinoma Play given away. Join Malatesta and Phil (and Charles from Kinoma) as they sift through it all.

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4 years ago

Introducing OneDialer, a Google Voice app

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We're still working on our review, but the makers of Google Voice app OneDialer took to our forums to announce the latest version of the app. Currently for Windows Mobile 6 Professional (touchscreen devices) only, here's what you get:

  • SSL encrypted communications.
  • It's fast!
  • SMS and voicemail notifications.
  • Native dialer interception.
  • Use your own contacts for dialing and SMS. NOW VERY FAST!
  • Threaded SMS conversations.
  • Visual Voicemail with transcripts.
  • Audio voicemail streamed directly from Google.
  • Voicemail and SMS management: Archive, delete, mark as read, reply, and callback from the client.
  • Option for silent notifications.
  • Highly configurable.

OneDialer runs $7 for a single license, but there's a 15-day trial so you can get your bearings. Give it a shot at OneDialer.com.

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4 years ago

Microsoft confirims next-gen hardware 'chassis'

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It's long been rumored that Microsoft is trying to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to hardware on which Windows Mobile runs. In particular was the fabled "reference chassis," from which manufacturers would base future Windows phones. And that's apparently been confirmed. Speaking to ITPro, Microsoft business marketing manager James McCarthy said:

“In the future, we are looking to deepen our development work with a handful of key OEMs at the hardware design phase, with much more carefully defined hardware specifications to match software requirements, which in turn will deliver even more powerful mobile experiences for our customers.

“This has led to this chassis’ concept that is familiar to the work Microsoft does with hardware partners in the PC industry to create high quality products.”

There's plenty more in the ITPro piece, including a number of predictions that we've been making for some time — Zune-like multimedia and the like. As for exactly what the chassis comprises, well, we've got our theories ...

Via wmpoweruser

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4 years ago

Don't look him directly in the eye!

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Look, we're betting people are going to read all sorts of things into this wild-eyed photo of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, allegedly snapped by an iPhone-wielding Microsoftie at a big ol' event in Seattle. Some of it might even be true. According to Techflash:

As the story goes, it happened when Ballmer was making his big entrance -- slapping hands, running around, and generally whooping things up, as is his tradition at these events. That was when he spotted someone at field level, allegedly a member of the Windows group, using an iPhone to take his picture.

Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away.

Our take? Right on, man. This is the fire-breathing, monkey-dancing, eat-the-unicorn-and-spit-out-the-horn type of thing we want to see right now. We're expecting big things with Windows Mobile 7 and want to see Microsoft come out swinging, and not just back into "Oh, here's another mobile operating system. We hope you like it."

Via TechflashEngadget

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4 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2 available online

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4 years ago

GPS Weather Radar Gets Bumped to v2.1

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Back a few weeks ago our very own George wrote up a nice review for the freeware GPS Weather Radar, which has become quite popular as of late.

Well, it just got bumped recently to v2.1.01 from the previously reviewed v1.5. 

The biggest change is now in the maps, which look much nicer especially with the transparency effect, a new source and more location support ( USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Brazil, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean). 

It takes a bit to load and no doubt .NET 3.5 is not the fastest, but hey...it works and works well.

See full change-log here as well as .cab to download.
 

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4 years ago

SPB Software Giveaway

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SPB Software Giveaway

 

The WMExperts.com Summer Giveaways are slowly winding down and this week we've got SPB Software up for grabs. SPB has produced such Windows Mobile applications as SPB Mobile Shell, SPB TV, SPB Brain Evolution and many more. SPB is closely tied to Windows Mobile and wants to know what you think.

So here's how this week's give away will work. Head on over to the forums and post your thoughts on SPB in this discussion. Tell us what you like, dislike, or would like to see in SPB software. Do you like the old interface with SPB Mobile Shell or is the touch navigation more to your liking? Any channels missing from SPB TV? Does SPB Traveler cover all the bases for those who are on the road?

From the comments posted between now and 5:00pm CST on September 14, 2009 we'll randomly draw for three winners. The first place will receive a copy of SPB's Mobile Shell. The second and third place winners will receive a copy of SPB TV. Remember you have to be registered to post a comment and that can be done here.

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4 years ago

Video review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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For those of you drooling over the recent announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, here are five more minutes of pre-release review goodness, thanks to Phone Area.

While the screen is slightly bigger, a lot of the innards remain the same, including the processor. Is that going to be enough to get people to shell out several hundred dollars this time around?

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4 years ago

Review: SBSH GoNews Touch

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Review: SBSH GoNews Touch

One of the things that I like about technology is that it is often the simplest solution to the simplest of problems that affect our lives the most. A perfect example of this is RSS feeds. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a method of delivering or receiving a series of articles in a central location. For example, I read an odd assortment of computer, gadget and sports news every day. Instead of visiting each site multiple times throughout the day, I can make use of the provided RSS feeds and a feed aggregator (I personally use Google Reader) to read all of the news in a central location.

Because of its simplicity, RSS works extremely well with mobile devices. A quick search on this site will return reviews of several RSS readers that offer differing features for various prices (this is one reason why we love Windows Mobile as a platform). One product that has caught my attention recently is GoNews Touch by SBSH.

 

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4 years ago

Verizon officially announces the Touch Pro 2

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Hey, don't be so surprised. We already told you the HTC Touch Pro 2 would be out on Verizon by the end of the week, and now it's really real, and you can pick one up starting Friday.

Also real is the $199 price (after $100 rebate and 2-year contract, of course). And as expected, the 3.5mm headphone jack is on board. Anything else you need to know that hasn't been out in the open for a long, long while now?

Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

It's true: Sprint shakes up its pricing plans; call any phone on any carrier for free

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Sure enough, folks, the major change in Sprint plans we just alluded to came through this morning. You now can call any mobile phone, on any carrier, without burning your minutes.

That gives Sprint some of the hottest phones around — starting with the Touch Pro 2, natch, and including the Palm Pre and Android-powered HTC Hero — paired with data plans that are tough to beat. Let's hope the other carriers feel the pressure and start moving their prices downward, as well.

Check out the full deal after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint Launching 'Any Mobile' Today: Unlimited calls to any mobile phone, on any carrier?

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We're getting late breaking news here at WMExperts that Sprint is poised to launch a "revolution" today (Thursday) for their Sprint Premier, Sprint Everything Data and select business plans.

So what is ‘Sprint Any Mobile’?

Reportedly, Sprint is going to allow you to call any domestic mobile number, regardless of carrier, any time for free.  Now most Sprint customers already have the free Sprint-to-Sprint mobile calls on their plans, but this will extend that to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.

Best part? Reportedly this is a free upgrade to those customers with the above mentioned qualifying plans.

You have to give it to Sprint: one of the fastest data networks, 4G Wimax, the Palm Pre, just announced Palm PixiHTC Hero, Touch Pro 2 and now this. That's change we like to see! 

But what say you--will you benefit from this feature and is it enough to save Sprint?

[via PreCentral.net]

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4 years ago

Celebrating 10 Years of Smartphone Communities

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Celebrating 10 Years of Smartphone Communities

Ten years ago today, 9/9/99, our fearless leader Marcus Adolfsson launched VisorCentral.com - a community providing news, reviews and forums focused on a single product: the Handspring Visor.  The Visor, you may recall, was the PDA that was destined to start the smartphone revolution with the VisorPhone.

Ten years later, we have grown from that single small site to a network of seven different communities, each focused on a core brand of smartphone and dedicated to providing everything a user could need or want to know about their smartphone - from news to chat, reviews to ringtones, podcasts to apps, accessories to wallpapers. The Smartphone Experts Network has over 1.8 million members in our forums; on any given day there are thousands of users logged in: finding help, talking about the latest news, reviewing products, and more. We still have plenty of active members that signed up literally within days of our 9/9/99 launch. Millions of visitors every month come to us to find out the latest information for their smartphone.

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