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5 years ago

Treo Pro for $249 with AT&T contract - but only at Best Buy

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This one's had us scratching our heads all day upon reading about it. You can buy the Palm Treo Pro at Best Buy for $249 if you sign up for a "new 2-year activication" for AT&T service. Next stop: The nearest AT&T store. Nary a Treo Pro to be seen. What's up with that? Here's what AT&T had to say:

Treo Pro is a certified non-stock device. Our national retail partners are free to sell any of our certified devices, and set their own pricing. You would have to ask Best Buy if they are subsidizing or if Palm is discounting.

Odd, indeed. But we're not going to worry too much about it. The important thing is if you're looking for a Treo Pro on the cheap and don't mind digging in for two years, this might be the best way to do it.

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5 years ago

Dear Trent: Why do you bite the hand that feeds you?

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5 years ago

Even more evidence that Snap, Touch Pro 2 will hit T-Mobile

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Not that we really need more indication that the HTC Snap and Touch Pro 2 are headed to T-Mobile, but here you go. TmoNews snagged a couple of inventory screens that show the "Dash 3G" (aka the Snap), and the Touch Pro 2 (which may or may not still show up as the Wing II - we're hoping not).

And that's cool, and everything. More confirmation is good. But if anyone wants to shoot us some launch dates (July has been rumored) and prices, that'd be even better.

Via TmoNews (parts 1 and 2)

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5 years ago

Mobile Device Center automatically installs with Windows 7 (hooray!)

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Back in April we whined complained about how syncing your Windows phone with Windows (the desktop operating system) took a few steps too many. You had to manually go out and find the software (ActiveSync for you XP users, Mobile Device Center for Vista and Windows 7).

Our cries have been heard.

With the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 (that's Build 7100, for those keeping track at home), everything's taken care of for you. We'd heard as much from PocketNow but just had to try it ourselves. Here's my experience:

  1. Phil plugged in his trusty ol' Moto Q9h.
  2. Windows 7 downloaded and installed some drivers.
  3. Mobile Device Center was automatically downloaded and installed.
  4. Phil thrust his arms in the air in celebration, sounded a barbaric yawp and immediately began a post praising Microsoft's foresight.

OK, it's not perfect. There really are no dialog boxes telling you what's going on, and the process isn't as quick as I'd like. It took a couple of minutes to install the drivers and software, which in and of itself was fine. But there basically were no dialog boxes (other than the one saying drivers were being installed) to let the user know what was going on. But we're not going to let that rain on our parade.

And for those of you wanting to try out the Release Candidate, it'll be available to the public on Tuesday.

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5 years ago

Ported Facebook app updated

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Ported Facebook app updated

We're still expecting an official Facebook application come the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile, but we've been using the version, er, purloined from a Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM for a while now. It's good stuff.

Noir over at PPCGeeks points out that there's a new version available (0.16 - up from the 0.14 I was using) that for whatever reason is definitely a little more snappy. There's also a version at XDA Developers [via], but I had trouble with that one.

That said, this is highly unofficial and unsupported stuff (hell, the name of the app has changed from Microsoft Facebook to ppcgeeks Facebook - and that's more than a little shady), so be sure to back up your phone first, or just lurk in the thread and see how everyone else is doing.

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5 years ago

LG 810HT rumored to be U.S.-bound

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LG 810HT rumored to be U.S.-bound

Along with the announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5, one of the other big news stories at Mobile World Congress earlier this year was the announcement of LG's partnership with Microsoft – and that it planned 26 new Windows Phones in 2012.

Might this be one of them? Mobile-Review (the same site that brought us the excellent Touch Pro 2 review) brings news the LG GT810H. And here are the deets to go with it: (translated here)

  • 3-inch, 240-by-400-pixel touchscreen
  • 256 megs of storage, and up to 8 gigs external
  • HSDPA
  • 106.95x55x13.9 millimeters
  • 3-megapixel camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • FM radio
  • Weighs 105 grams

Mobile-Review says the GT810H would be destined for the U.S., though no date is mentioned. And is it just us, or does the big black dot on the top bezel look like a possible 3.5mm headphone jack?

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5 years ago

Microsoft Mobile Device Center still not a part of Windows by default

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Allow us to get up on our soapbox for a minute. We're well aware that in 2009, it's entirely possible to go the entire lifespan of a phone without connecting it to a computer.

But, Microsoft, occasionally we do need to plug in our phones, and it'd be a big help if your Mobile Device Center (the successor to ActiveSync) were actually built in to an operating system. It's not even a part of the Windows 7 beta (at least as of build 7068, which we're very much enjoying). Sure, my phone plays quite nicely with the cloud and will work over Bluetooth. But if I want to plug in the darn thing and transfer a bunch of files (which is quicker than doing so over Bluetooth, and easier than remembering where I left my microSD card adapter), then I have to hunt down and download Mobile Device Center.

If Microsoft's serious about connecting its three major platforms – desktop, mobile and gaming/entertainment – it needs to get serious about making things easier on the user, and it can start by including Mobile Device Center with Windows 7. Maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised and find it in the upcoming Release Candidate version or final build. But we're not holding our breath

/rant

(And so that we're not just whining, here are the 32-bit and 64-bit download locations for Mobile Device Center.)

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5 years ago

ActiveSync Going Away with Windows 7? (Again)

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So ActiveSync, which has already sort of been replaced by Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) in Vista, may be getting its walking papers. Again.

Make room for Device Stage in Windows 7, evidently due when...well, when it's ready, according to Microsoft (lets say 2010).

But this isn't just some re-brand. Nope, Device Stage is going to be a sort of "universal sync" tool that any device manufacturer could abide by, allowing everything from regular flip phones to cameras to any periph you can think name. Programming is done via XML.

Evidently, Julie Larson-Green, vice president of program management for the Windows Experience (that's a mouthful) demonstrated it last week.

The real benefit here of course is that you may now be able to avoid installing proprietary syncing software for all those cameras, phones, printers, MP3 players, etc. Plus, it'll handle your future WM7 device to boot.

Not bad MS, not bad.

Ars Technica via Solsie

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5 years ago

Marketplace for Mobile: What's prohibited

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One of the bigger beefs with Apple's App Store is the seemingly indiscriminate nature in which some updated apps are rejected, even after they've already been approved. (See: Tweetie and more recently, the Nine Inch Nails app.)

We now have a hard list of what'll get your app banned (pdf link) from Windows Marketplace for Mobile. For us, here are the biggies, though questions remain:

  • No VOIP apps using a carrier's data. (Will WiFi be OK?)
  • No apps that replace or modify the default dialer, SMS or MMS apps.
  • No apps with an OTA download of over 10MB. (Not sure if that's the app itself, or downloading within the app for, say, a podcatcher or the dreaded torrent downloader.)
  • No apps that change the default browser, search client, or media player on the device. (Does that mean no Opera or Skyfire, which let you choose to set them as the default browser? No Kinoma Play, Core Player or the like for multimedia?)

That said, we have absolutely no indication that Windows Mobile 6.5 would bar you from installing apps from outside the Marketplace. None. The following list is just what will keep an app out of the Marketplace. Interestingly, the list doesn't include any mention of prohibiting any "objectionable content," except for in advertising within apps, which must follow standard Microsoft practices (pdf). Does that mean anything goes with regards to content? We're likely to see some clarification in the weeks ahead.

Check out the fine print after the break.

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 3 May 2009

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Best of SPE, 3 May 2009

Each week we break down the best of the Smartphone Experts Network for your reading pleasure. It's possible you caught every single one of the 191 posts we published across our network this week, but we won't hold everybody to that. Device leaks, device announcements, and site contests all await you here - so read on!

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5 years ago

WinMo 6.5 will work on non-touchscreen phones

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There's been some discussion about Windows Mobile 6.5 and non-touchscreen phones, namely that everything we've seen has been on touchscreen devices. And as of right now, the only phones we know are getting an upgrade to 6.5 are Professional devices like the HTC Touch Pro 2 and Diamond 2. That's not to say that Standard phones won't launch with 6.5 already on board or get upgraded – we just don't officially know of any yet.

But fret not. Windows Mobile 6.5 will at least run on on Standard devices, according to the Marketplace Application Standard Guidelines (pdf):

It is highly recommended that applications should have the ability to run on two or more Windows Mobile 6.5 device platforms, for example, multiple Standard and/or Professional devices. Writing to multiple Windows Mobile devices helps extend the market opportunity for developers and gives end-users greater choice when making purchase decisions concerning both applications and Windows Mobile devices. This requirement is waived for ruggedized devices, which also referred to as Vertical market devices.

That should kill off any fears. The question remains: Which Standard phones will it run on?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile theme on a BlackBerry Storm (now that's more like it!)

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We gotta say, that's the best looking BlackBerry we've seen thus far. OK, so it's only a theme. And it costs $6.99. But is that really too high a price to pay for Storm owners who already are paying the price for not using Windows Mobile?

We're not sayin', we're just sayin.

Berry Review via IntoMobile

Update: Or, you can turn a Storm into a Palm Pre!

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5 years ago

Marketplace now open to developers

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A couple of days ago we mentioned that the Windows Marketplace for Mobile made a brief appearance to at least one user of an early Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM. Over the weekend, the Marketplace opened up to developers and laid out guidelines for submitting apps.

We've already talked to devs about Marketplace and gotten a look at the money side of things. Devs keep 70 percent of sales, it'll cost $99 to submit the first five apps, and every app after that is another $99. Updates will be free.

Most of what you'll read in the Application Submission Guidelines (pdf link) is pretty technical and not all that exciting to anyone other than developers, though it is, at least, interesting to see what goes on on that side of the Windows Mobile world. And we'll follow up on some of it shortly. But do note that the guidelines we're linking to here are a draft, and Microsoft says they will change.

That said, it also means we're chuggling closer to the launch of the Marketplace, and with it, the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5.

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5 years ago

HTC Snap, Touch Pro 2 possibly headed to Canada as 'world editions'

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We knew HTC would be pulling out some big guns this year, and it looks like they're going to be firing both barrels. The Boy Genius Report got some inventory shots from Canada's Telus that shows the Touch Pro 2 and Snap being launched as "world editions." That, for those of you more used to vanilla devices, means CDMA and GSM radios, for use, well, all over the world.

If this all pans out, it is a good sign that HTC is pushing even harder for the enterprise market. World phones are pretty much aimed at serious business travelers, after all. No word on pricing or availability, but stay tuned.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Touch Dual

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Review: HTC Touch Dual

With new devices heading our way like the HTC Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2, the Garmin M20 and possibly the Toshiba TG01, we thought we'd take a step back and look at an older Windows Mobile Phone that has enjoyed its fair share of popularity. The HTC Touch Dual was announced back in October 2007 and was released in European and U.S. versions. The phone briefly went Hollywood with its starring role in the short-lived television series "My Own Worst Enemy". The Touch dual is still in production and can be found at various retail outlets at a modest price. To see what all the HTC Touch Dual has to offer, follow the break.

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