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5 years ago

HTC Maple passes FCC with T-Mo 3G

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5 years ago

Hong Kong gets Touch Diamond 2 in May, now in stock in the U.K.

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We're gluttons for punishment around here, so we figure the rest of you are, too, right? And with that in mind, the HTC Touch Diamond 2 just got some additional official love on the other side of the planet.

Our readers in Hong Kong (we know you're out there somewhere) can pick up the TD2 early next month on CSL Limited for about $578US. It also looks like April 22 has been nailed down as the launch date in Taiwan.

And now Mobile Tech Addicts brings word that U.K. dealer Clove has it in stock and ready for next day shipping for about $513US. Just remember that if you import a TD2, you won't have the U.S. 3G bands.

As for the rest of us here in the states? We'll just keep tapping our fingers patiently.

Update: After the break, an unboxing video from Tracy & Matt.

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5 years ago

Sprint warranty changes, for the better

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Sprint warranty changes, for the better

Here's an interesting tidbit for all you Sprint users out there.  As some of you may know, if you have insurance through Asurion your deductible went up to $100 (previously $50) this month for all Windows Mobile and PDA devices.  The good news is Sprint has greatly simplified and expanded its insurance policy for its customers.

Starting this past Sunday (April 12th), you can now walk into any Sprint store and if your device is within the 1-year manufacture warranty, you can have it serviced usually for free. Here at the requirements:

Within first year = No Charge for:

  • Phone Book Swaps
  • Software Updates
  • Mechanical failure
  • Electrical failure
  • No DAMAGE evident

If outside the first year or damage is below, Charge = $99/$119

  • Missing components
  • Failure w/cosmetic damage
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Broken hinge/lenses/port
  • Cracked housing/LCD

In the past, you had to play back-and-forth between the manufacture and Sprint, each passing you off for the warranty coverage.  Now, you just walk into a Sprint center and deal with them directly.  We find this a much welcomed change on paper at least, we'll see how it is executed in reality. Join us after the break to see the full "official" Sprint .pdf screen shots of this policy change.

[via ppcgeeks]

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5 years ago

DiamondTV

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DiamondTV

If you have ever been sitting an a doctor's waiting room for an hour or hanging around an airport terminal for 3 hours waiting for your delayed plane, I bet you would have loved to have a small portable TV in your pocket to help pass the time.  Many carriers offer TV services, like SprintTV.  The problem with these services is they usually cost around $10 a month for the basic service and then an extra $5 to $10 for each add-on package of channels.  If you have kids who like cartoons, a sports fan, and then want to watch a movie channel, you can then be looking at an extra $40 to $60 a month to have access to these channels.  Another option is to Sling it to your phone, but it can cost over $250 to get set up. 

Now if you want to watch TV on your phone, you can with no monthly fee and a minimal cost for the program.  DiamondTV ver 2.2 will stream online TV channel feeds directly to your phone.  There are 358 predefined channels from 37 countries.  If you have children that have access to this program is it important to note that there are also 125 adult channels included, which are protected by a password that you can set.

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5 years ago

Review: Samsung OEM Leather Top Pouch

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Review: Samsung OEM Leather Top Pouch

Sometimes it seems like the search for the perfect case for my phone never ends. In some ways that is true, partially because of the variety involved in life. In some situations I want one type of case, and in other situations a different form factor may serve me better.

Typically cases fall into one of two categories; either designed for one specific device, or designed to fit a wide range of sizes and shapes. Samsung’s OEM Leather Top Pouch is somewhere in the middle. This case is designed for Samsungs stable of front facing Qwerty keyboard phones. These include some of the more popular Windows Mobile devices around in the Blackjack, Blackjack II and the Epix. Priced at a relatively competitive $17.95, it’s worth a look for anyone who has one of these quality devices permanently affixed to their person.

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5 years ago

Unlocked Treo Pro at Amazon.com

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Unlocked Treo Pro at Amazon.com

If you've been wanting a Treo Pro but the price made you pause, Amazon.com [via] may have the answer you've been looking for. The $399.99 price tag, with free shipping, is the lowest price we've seen for the unlocked Windows Mobile phone. We liked the Treo Pro when it was first released last year, we still like it now, and the lower price makes it even more attractive.

And speaking of the Treo Pro, there's a rumor floating around that it might finally get some carrier subsidy love from AT&T in the coming weeks. This is highly unsubstantiated (we couldn't get anything official from AT&T), so take it with a huge grain of salt. The post at HowardForums says $250 on contract. But we're not gonna bet the farm on that just yet.

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5 years ago

UCWEB: Yet another browser for WM - but it's actually really good

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Yes folks, yet another web browser has slowly crept out from some other company.  This one is called UCWEB. Never heard of it? Neither had we but according to its Wiki it claims it is "...now ranked #1 in the Chinese mobile web browser market, with over 60 million accumulated users and over 10 billion page views per month by November 2008". Gotta be worth a spin!

Lets cut to the chase: UCWEB is in the vein of Opera Mini: it uses servers to compress and reformat full websites to dramatically improve speed and appearance. But UCWEB has waaay more functionality than Opera Mini which is what makes it a fine alternative (plus you don't need finicky Java installed).

Wanna see it in action with a brief tour of its features?  Click the link to get the full scoop with some pics.

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5 years ago

Toshiba's got more plans for Windows Mobile, including capacitive touchscreen

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5 years ago

Review: Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for AT&T Fuze

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Review: Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for AT&T Fuze

Seidio historically is a strong player in the world of third-party accessories for Windows phones. One of the accessories that Seidio offers for several models is a spring clip holster. But each holster has to be perfectly molded and fitted to a specific phone. If it gets anything wrong, the result will more than likely be your phone falling out of the holster and hitting the sidewalk – a heartbreaking scenario to which I can relate. 

With this is mind, we here at WMExperts have been very happy with Seidio's spring clip holsters in the past. But did they pull through with the same level of success with the AT&T Fuze?  Come on in and check out our full review to find out.

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5 years ago

Samsung Propel Pro now on sale for $149

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5 years ago

New job post again points to over-the-air firmware updates

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Last month Microsoft posted a job for a Principal Development Manager to work with Windows Mobile 7. A key issue in the listing surrounded "updateability,"which re-enforced what Dieter had talked about in a podcast, namely that Microsoft was focusing on over-ther-air firmware updates.

Now comes a new job posting for a "Lead Software Development Engineer" that bolsters all of this:

Have you wished to see your Windows Mobile phone with new features “magically” show up without you buying a new one? Do you want to see greater and better quality and cool software delivered to your love ones’ Windows phones from just a click? If this is your dream, this is a place for you. Come join us to make this dream into reality! With the mobile industry’s strong growth and several competitors playing in the field, we are going to have a challenging but fun time to show customers what Windows phone can become in the next few years.

We are in Windows Mobile device update team. Our goal is to enable customers to anticipate and enjoy a predictable stream of new and improved capabilities for their Windows Phone via a Device Update service that is worry-free and easy-to-use. Broad scope and impact, deep technologies, engineering challenges, partner interfacing with OEMs and MS internal partners, and fast pace delivery are all part of our charter. In the agile development environment, you will be working with PM/architect/test and partner teams to deliver critical stack of the update solution. You will lead a team of smart developers to solve problems in mobile OS, PC applications, and interacting with web services.

It's too bad that we'll have to wait until Windows Mobile 7 for some FOTA goodness, but it will be interesting to see how application updates are rolled alongwide the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Ars Technica [via MTA]

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5 years ago

Soundz Cool

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Soundz Cool

A lot of people spend a lot of time customizing their phones to suit them perfectly. With a WM phone, we can customize the wallpaper, the colors, the fonts, the icons, the bars, the menus, etc. And there are a lot of programs and utilities to make this very easy and fun to do. But few of us ever stop to think about customizing the sound themes on our phone. Once your realize this, it can open up a whole new world to making your phone your own. With this in mind, I have reviewed Soundz Cool ver 1.1. This certainly is not the newest kid on the block, but certainly one that has been long overlooked. To find out what you have been missing read on.

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5 years ago

LG possibly prepping new Windows phone

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5 years ago

Microsoft looks for 'Halo' to go mobile

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For all you "Halo" fans out there, Microsoft's got something cooking. Exactly what, we're not quite sure, but a recent job listing drops hints at "large-scale testing of the out of game Live experience by gamers across the world."

From the Careerbuilder job listing:

We're looking to blend console, web, and mobile to create an immersive Halo world that follows the dedicated Halo fan wherever they go. We need engineers that can build connected technology while working in a startup environment.

Does that mean Master Chief will be coming to a Windows phone (or, gasp, some other platform) near you? That's not yet clear. But it has been tried in the past, and we know Microsoft's putting more emphasis on gaming with the upcoming Marketplace. We'll keep our heads on a swivel.

Via gamers.com

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5 years ago

Google Maps update fixes a number of bugs

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Google has released an updated version of Google Maps, version 3.0.1.4, which focuses on issues surrounding the Google Latitude feature. For those unfamiliar with Latitude, it is a feature that lets you keep track of your location and shares it with a social network of friends/colleagues.

The fixes include:

  • Background location updates: Problems associated with running Latitude in the background have been fixed to allow continuous updating of your location.
  • Auto-restart location updates: If for some reason you turn off your phone (battery dies, you hit the power button) Latitude will now automatically restart location updates, when running in the background, whenever power is restored to the phone.
  • Force location updates: Manually refreshing your Latitude friends list forces the update of your own location.
  • Backlight timing: The backlight behavior now runs according to your system settings. Previously if Latitude was running in the background it had a tendency to keep your backlight on regardless of systems settings.
  • Additionally, login errors and other internal errors that effected Latitudes performances were addressed by the update.

The updated version, 3.0.1, can be downloaded here.

Via WMPoweruser

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