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5 years ago

Verizon XV6900, The Touch, Now Available

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We told you that the Verizon XV6900, aka the Touch, would be available on April 16th. Lo and Behold, the Verizon Wireless XV6900 Product Page is indeed up and ready to accept your order. You're looking at dropping $299 US on the sucker after rebates and contracts and whatnot.

We all know the Touch very well by now, but it's unclear as of yet what version of TouchFLO we're looking at. It could be crippled, crap-app-filled version that Sprint gave unto us. It could also be the un-crippled, points-directly-to-Windows-Apps properly, and also has a real fourth side to the TouchFLO Cube that Alltel dropped.

Either way, Verizon's version comes in Arctic white and rocks the standard EVDO, Bluetooth, Windows Mobile 6, 128RAM / 256 ROM, and 2 megapixel camera. If you grab one, do please let us know about the TouchFLO on it: is it good times or bad?

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5 years ago

Sprint's Ensemble Billing: 2 Parts Awesome, 1 Part Lame

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Co-Podcaster and all-around-Windows-Mobile-Expert Malatesta is reporting to us via SMS that his Sprint data isn't working. He's in New York City and started losing data yesterday at 4pm Eastern. Reprovision, reprovision... 5 times and no dice. He called up Sprint Tech Support (brave man) and they claimed: “We are experiencing a nation outage.”

We're very confident that Sprint is not actually experiencing a nationwide data outage. What's more likely is that Mal just switched over to Sprint's Ensemble Biling. Switching over to Ensemble has caused some problems for some of our forum users as well, which is a bummer because the new billing system (which everybody, slowly, is going to be migrated to eventually) is great. What's so great about Ensemble Billing?

  • It's not outsourced like their previous billing system, presumably meaning that once they're all-Ensemble their customer service should improve by dint of their solution being in-house and better known
  • You can add a “Pick 3” plan similar to T-Mobile's MyFave's or Alltel's Circle
  • It will move the merger of Sprint and Nextel just a little closer to completion
  • You can switch phones online!

That last one is really cool - just punch in your phone's data and your number can migrate to that Sprint phone you got as a hand-me-down from that rich uncle of yours, no more waiting to talk to a Sprint rep on the phone.

Still and all, who's on and who's not on the Ensemble system is still a bit of a crap shoot. Add in the crap shoot of whether or not moving to the new system will kill your ability to provision your data or keep calls from dropping and you have a lot of craps your shooting. Guess it's not just RIM that has these sorts of problems, eh?

How about you? Got Data?

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5 years ago

Bluetooth Headsets: To Hook or Not to Hook?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Phones Running on GSM and CDMA

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Looks like a little company named HKC (sounds familiar) is upping the anti when it comes to designing new Windows Mobile devices. I just caught wind that they are launching new Windows Mobile Pro handsets that work on the trusty GSM as well as the beloved CDMA. That would be the W1000, which covers GSM on 900 / 1800 / 1900 as well as CDMA. Note: that means no US GSM support. Or sales, likely.

They even whipped up what they claim is the first dual-SIM GSM handset. To me it sounds like a good investment if you

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5 years ago

Samsung i900 Spotted

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Samsung i900 Spotted

Take a gander above at the Samsung i900, spotted by Unwired View at at Dutch convention. We're talking Windows Mobile 6.1, Bluetooth, WiFi, 240x400 Touchscreen, gigantic 1500mAh battery, FM Radio, and TV-Out. Probably one of a gazillion keyboard-less Windows Mobile phones we can expect to see in the coming months.

Oh, did we mention that it is to sport a Five Megapixel Camera? We didn't. Well now we did and now you suddenly are more interested. Sorry, though, because we probably won't see it in the states since it's a Triband phone. Then again, that's what we said about the Samsung SGH-i780, but then Samsung decided to make the SGH-i788 just for us stateside folks.

Speaking of the i788, it looks like this i900 shares its ridiculous “optical mouse but no standard dpad” format. Stop that right now, Samsung.

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5 years ago

The Shadow II: Little. Glossy. Better.

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The Shadow II: Little. Glossy. Better.

New kid on the block tmonews [via] has the scoop: the T-Mobile Shadow II in the black, glossy flesh. We had heard from a little bird at CES that the next version of the Shadow would support Hotspot@Home, which lets you use your WiFi connection for calls and seamlessly transfers them to the cell network. That little bird appears to have been correct. What else do we see: it may or may not be Windows Mobile 6.1, but regardless it sports the Shadow's classic 6.1-esque sliding home screen.

What else do we know? Not much, except we'll admit that we think the original Shadow looks a whole lot better and a whole lot less finger-print-prone.

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5 years ago

Review: SPE Top Pouch Case for BlackJack, BlackJack II

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5 years ago

Review: TomTom Navigator 6 Software

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5 years ago

Microsoft Completes Danger Acquisition: Consumer Services En Route

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A perusal of the Microsoft Press Release announcing they've completed the Danger acquisition tells us a few things. First, we were right as rain when we told you it was all about the services, baby:

Danger’s expertise in building great, intuitive client software for mobile handsets connected to powerful hosted back-end services fosters rich consumer experiences in communication, media sharing, entertainment and personalization.

It doesn't stop there, though. Microsoft is starting up a whole new consumer-focused division within their mobile group called “Premium Mobile Experiences” (PMX) to be headed up by Roz Ho, who formerly headed up the Mac Business Unit. The MacBU was highly regarded as a small, nimble, and highly successful group within Microsoft, churning out Mac Office updates that were often better than what could be found on the Windows Desktop. Hopefully we'll see more of the same in the PMX.

Ho's quote from the press release, “We want people to smile every time they look at their phone” gives us the grins, too, truth be told. Microsoft is fighting a two-front war with Windows Mobile right now and they look heavily armed for both battles: MSCMDM to help them fight the BlackBerry in the enterprise space and Danger's services to help them fight, er, everybody else in the consumer space. That probably makes RIM's Mike Lazaridis the desert fox and makes the iPhone Microsoft's Pearl Harbor. Or something -- we don't want to take this metaphor too far lest we fall afoul of Godwin's Law.

That's right, we just called Steve Jobs Hitler.

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5 years ago

WinMo Watch: NerdSplosion

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WinMo Watch: NerdSplosion

Take a gander at what CrunchGear has dug up: A Windows Mobile-based watch with specs that are actually halfway decent:

  • Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHZ
  • CPU: AM403 DGT ARM926 @ 266MHZ CPU+533MHZ
  • 1.45 inch Touchscreen
  • 1.3 MP Camera
  • Support T-flash memory expansion up to 1GB ( includes free 512MB Card)
  • Bluetooth (headset necessary for calls) and Wifi(!)

WiFi, seriously? The little guy is set to go on sale on April 25th for $629, though the fact that it was originally slated to be released today and the fact that a device only 10 days out still has “tentative specifications” is keeping us from plunking down our hard-earned cash. Also, that touchscreen might be a little small to be composing emails on via WinMo's built-in handwriting recognition, dontcha think?

On the other hand (er, on the other wrist), compared to other nerdwatches I've owned, this fares pretty well. I place it above the calculator watch but below the one that broke out and transformed into a robot. You know the one, stop pretending you didn't wear it then and don't miss it now.

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5 years ago

YouTube Mobile Not Working? Try Vtap

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YouTube Mobile Not Working? Try Vtap

So we all know and love the mobile version of YouTube, although as folks noted in the comments it doesn't necessarily work on every WinMo phone. Still, if it works for you, there are great features like the ability to log into your account and see your videos or favorites.

If it's not working and you don't feel like installing the classic Windows Mobile YouTube hack, fear not, there are other options: Blueapple.mobi and vtap.

Blueapple.mobil is another great way to get videos streamed to your device. You simply got to www.blueapple.mobi from your web browser, enter the name of a video you want to watch and enjoy the streams. The great thing about this is that there are tons of videos to choose from. The bad thing is that it tends to download the movies either on the phone or the storage card which sucks up memory. This is a great substitute if my vtap doesn

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5 years ago

Samsungh SGH-i780 Coming to the US as SGH-i788?

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Samsungh SGH-i780 Coming to the US as SGH-i788?

While we're still technically right that the SGH-i780 won't be coming to the US, it does appear that a variant of it will, the SGH-i788, according to the::unwired. Their sleuthing through some FCC docs revealed that some of the drawings for it, it looks pretty much identical to the SGH-i780. Likely the only real difference will be added support for the US radio bands.

We had a hands-on with the SGH-i780 in January, hoping for awesome things. This device is a Windows Mobile 6 Pro device (6 at the time, though maybe we'll get 6.1?), with a 320x320 flush touchscreen and a front-facing keyboard and WiFi and 3G and GPS and ...well, you get the picture.

We were really hoping the SGH-i780 would be a Treo-killer and it nearly was, except for this:

That is a little optical mouse that the i780 (and probably the i788) uses instead of a standard 5-way. All well and good, but trying it in either “mouse” or “swipe” mode is an exercise in pain and frustration. Didn't we tell you that Desktop Metaphors Don't Belong On Mobile? Hopefully Samsung will follow Sony Ericsson's lead and add a standard D-pad next to this silly little mouse.

[via]

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5 years ago

HTC To Reveal ...Something... on May 6th

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HTC To Reveal ...Something... on May 6th

Here's what we know: HTC has something up its sleeve and intends to show its cards on May 6th in London. We also know that Android (despite the fact that it runs on top on Windows Mobile already) will almost surely not be ready. Engadget Mobile speculates that we might see an update to the original GSM Touch, which is woefully underpowered compared to its CDMA brethren. That's certainly a distinct possibility, but we're also betting that the next-gen TouchFLO will also get unveiled. It's code-named Manilla and it looks pretty nice.

HTC: TouchFLO is good stuff, but we'd love to see some sort of UI magick on Standard Edition, too. Get on that, will ya? Thanks.

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5 years ago

Best of WMExperts Week 4-11-08

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Best of WMExperts Week 4-11-08

It's been multimedia mayhem this week at WMExperts. Check it out:

Also, you may have noticed a couple of changes up top: we cleaned up the header a bit and moved that search field to a better spot, plus we added the ability to get WMExperts pushed out to you in a myriad of ways. Heck, as long as we're opening up the firehose, check out all the ways you can get your WME Fix:

And as long as we're talking to you, we want you to talk to us, hey?

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5 years ago

Load up Android on your Tilt

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Load up Android on your Tilt

Those wild and crazy hackers at XDA-Developers have managed to get a working build of Android running on a TyTN II (basically the same thing as your Tilt). Click the video above for the living proof of Android running on top of a cooked Windows Mobile 6.1 build by the powerhouse of TyTN ROM Cookery: Dutty. The more interesting part is that this isn't some Windows Mobile replacement, you can just load the sucker onto your main memory. Basically you load up linux “like an app” and it loads up Android.

This, folks, is going to be a trend. Expect Android to be made semi-available on pretty much every Windows Mobile platform powerful enough to run it. Now being able to do so with anything resembling stability or safety for the average user, that's probably a way's off, so handle with care, folks.

[via tilt site]

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