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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 14

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 14

Well if the WMExperts Store is going to sponsor a contest at Engadget in addition to sponsoring our own Prize-A-Day contest, we should give them some love--in the form of helping them out with more Customer Reviews in the store itself.

Today's prize is a screen protector pack of your choice plus a pack of those neat 3M cleaning cloths to help make sure you get your plastic protector on just right.

How to win

As with Day 4, head on over to the WMExperts Store and review any product between now and noon EST on Monday, March 5th. Be sure to enter a full review, including your email address. We'll pick a winner randomly from all the reviews.

Most of you know the drill by now: Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

Engadget Giving Away a Wii

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Engadget Giving Away a Wii

Engadget is running a contest for their 3rd birthday, one of the prizes is a Wii + 10,000 Wii Points. Why are we posting about that on a Windows Mobile site? Well, our very own WMExperts Store is sponsoring that particular prize. So head on over to Engadget and start making that screensaver they're asking for!

We'll pick the five best Engadget screensavers as judged by the editors of Engadget and award out prizes in order of merit. Oh, and we'll be adding all the winning screensavers to the Engadget software page, too.Also, big ups to the WMExperts store for providing the Wii and 10,000 Wii points to the grand prize winner!

Read: Engadget

(Our own Prize-A-Day contest is going strong, a new one for today will be up in just a bit)

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5 years ago

HTC Cavalier vs. Samsung i600

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HTC Cavalier vs. Samsung i600

Smartphone in the snow? What are you doing, man?! Oh, you're doing a comparative review of devices I'd like to see here in the US: The HTC Cavalier (successor to the T-Mobile Dash) and the Samsug i600 (AKA: The Blackjack with WiFi and a 2nd camera). If you can get past the utter insanity of burying these devices in the snow (you know, that stuff can turn into water), it's a very full-featured review with lotsa pretty close-up pictures.

today’s review is dedicated to the face-off of two smartphones: HTC S650 (codenamed Cavalier) and Samsung i600. The company’s apply totally different approach to the development of QWERTY-equipped smartphones and we are eager to figure out how these vendors see the ways of this segment’s expansion.

Read: Mobile-review.com Comparative review of QWERTY-smartphones Samsung i600 and HTC S650 (via Smartphone thoughts )

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5 years ago

Mobile Justice: SMS your phone for its GPS Location

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Here's a neat little app: MobileJustice. If your WM Phone has GPS on it, this little app can run in the background and listen for a certain SMS message - the one you send it asking where the heck it is - to which it auto replies with GPS coordinates. They recommend using it for lost or stolen phones, but I have a much better idea: Strap your phone on the back of a stray dog, wait two days, then go looking: extreme geocaching!

MobileJustice is a freeware anti theft application for Windows Mobile 5.0 based devices that allows you to monitor and search your mobile phone via GPS coordinates.

The application consists of four modules:

1. SimMon (sim card monitor, started at windows startup)
2. RemoteMonitor(parses incoming SMS messages and sending replies)
3. GpsReport (get GPS position and send it to phones listed in command line)
4. MJConfig (configuration utility)

Read: Tech[dot]Blog » MobileJustice anti theft for Windows Mobile PPC- Track and Monitor SIM card changes via GPS coordinates

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 13

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 13

Lucky number 13, eh? Lucky numbers in general, I've decided, are a bad idea, as are unlucky ones: last night I lost a full two hours of my life that I will never, never get back, I felt compelled to go see The Number 23 as 23 is my childhood "favorite number."

So the only numbers I care about anymore are my "secret numbers," Credit card numbers, passwords (ok, these are numbers and letters, but still), and so on. In honor of these numbers that actually matter we're giving away a copy of FlexWallet today, a great and secure way to store all them numbers.

How to Win

Comment on this post: what sort of data do you store on your smartphone? Are you strictly a PIM and email type, or do you put it all on there? As usual, today's contest will be open until noon EST tomorrow, March 2nd (3/2, 23 backwards, OMG!).

Remember: Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

Verizon Looking to Buy Alltel?

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Verizon Looking to Buy Alltel?

Say it ain't so. I have a soft spot for Alltel, though that might just be that they're basically the only wireless carrier I haven't tried so I'm assuming they're better. In any case, I'm tired of phone monopolies and their evil ways.

Rumors are flying that the largest rural cell phone provider, Alltel, is being stalked by Verizon like an alley cat on a delicious plump mouse. Is it true? Maybe, but probably not.

Read: Verizon Wireless To Buy Alltel? - Consumerist

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5 years ago

Remove Control your Desktop Via Bluetooth

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Remove Control your Desktop Via Bluetooth

Jason Langridge points out a free little app for Windows Mobile that allows you to use your smartphone as a remote control for certain software on your desktop (like, WinAmp or Powerpoint). Looks like a neat (and free) alternative to the already popular Salling Clicker

This is home page of Bluetooth Remote Control for Windows Mobile, a Remote Control software using Native Bluetooth Transport without ActiveSync.

Read: Bluetooth Remote Control for Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Shutting Down the "T-Zones Loophole"?

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jkOnTheRun notes that lots of people are experiencing data connection problems with T-Mobile and theorizes that the possible reason is that T-Mobile has finally gotten wise to the "T-Zones Loophole", which allows you to get access to the full internet while only paying for the supposedly WAP-ony T-Zones service. A photo of an internal T-Mobile document backs this up.

It's intermittent (I haven't experienced it yet) and not limited to T-Zones users. Have you had any hassles lately with data plans?

Some folks are offering the theory that T-Mobile finally caught on to users who have been using the web services by exploiting a hole in T-Mobile’s setup and that the carrier has blocked all the various ports to shut that down.  That is backed up by this internal T-Mobile Customer Service screen (posted on Howard Forums) to help reps deal with calls about this issue:

Read: jkOnTheRun: T-Mobile data plans suddenly stop working

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5 years ago

WM iPhone - more than a skin

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WM iPhone - more than a skin

tzywen (whose site is down at the moment) has put up a great little video on YouTube - an E-Ten m600 running some custom software that's awfully close to an iPhone experience, complete with slider-unlock and flick-scrolling. It's not a complete overhaul, but it's still very impressive. Nice job tzywen for programming all this!

Video embedded after the jump.

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5 years ago

Sprint PPC 6800 in May?

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Sprint PPC 6800 in May?

Phonenews has a little posting about Sprint's upcoming roadmap - notable in there is the venerable PPC-6700 looks to be put out of its misery soon, to be replaced by the CDMA version of the Titan. Earlier rumors have pegged the release sometime in May of this year. Engadget Mobile also scored an early photo from some marketing materials last September, if you want to see what a Sprint Pocket-PC phone without an antenna looks like (that's the source of the thumb at right).

Read: New Phones/EOL's and Dates 02/25/07 - PhoneNews.com Forums

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 12

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 12

In honor of my metal-intensive review, let's make it just a little easier to rock out with your WM phone by giving away a copy of CorePlayer - the commercial successor to TCPMP and a great player that supports multiple audio and video formats. It's my favorite media software on WM by far.

How to Win

Do you listen to music on your smartphone, or do you use a different device (or do you not listen to music at all)? I switch back and forth myself - sometimes I can't believe how convenient and awesome it is to have a bunch of music on my phone, other times I just want my iPod. Head on over to the forums and chat a bit about music on the WM5 platform. Any post in this thread between now and noon EST tomorrow, March 1st, qualifies.

..I say this every day - but every day I mean it: Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 11

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 11

A touch late today with the prize contest because I'm rocking out with the Aliph Jawbone - er, I'm actually rocking out to Mastadon while testing the Jawbone, expect a video review up tomorrow morning.

In any case, today's prize is the Smartphone Experts Mini-USB Sync n Charge Retractable Cable (or, for you sad folks without a mini-usb connector on your smartphone, a wall charger).

How to Win

Comment here on this post about battery life on your mobile device. Is it good? Is it terrible? Do you try to keep it topped off all the time, or do you let it run down often?

Today's contest will be open until noon EST tomorrow (Feb 28th). Don't forget - Every entry in a daily contest doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes! Namely: A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros.

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

Vista Gadgets on WM

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Vista Gadgets on WM

on10 has a neat little video of a PocketPC device successfully running Vista Gadgets. Microsoft is working on enabling it so it can show up on your Today screen. For now, though, they have it working with a simple drag and drop onto the phone. It's just a proof-of-concept, but it's pretty darn slick.

Windows Vista has so many great features and I know a favorite at the top of everybody's list are the gadgets. "But Laura..." you say..."I love my gadgets so MUCH that I wish I could take them with me everywhere!" Well, stop you're whining I say and check out this application that Mel Sampat is creating.

Read: Vista Gadgets running on Windows Mobile | Laura Foy | Channel 10

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5 years ago

WME Prize-A-Day, Second Batch-O-Winners

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WME Prize-A-Day, Second Batch-O-Winners

If you're not in the list below, fret not: your entries still count towards our grand prize and second prize, so keep 'em coming. Yesterday's contest will be running for another few hours (till noon EST today) and I really appreciate the input about what you'd like to see reviewed. Basically you can expect any category of product in that thread to get moved to the top of my queue.

  • Day 5: Lespaulist wins Pocket Express.
    The highlight of Day 5, for me: rezaf_2000 sneaks a dig in about how a smartphone makes one presidential. "Life of a president is not all about work after all, even a president needs some entertainment once in a while - ask Bill Clinton about it!"
  • Day 6: Curt wins a spare battery of his choice.
    That day was about teasing the PalmOS. It was maybe too easy. My favorite entry came from Jimmy, who broke out the industry insider joke, "Your Palm is so useless, it'll be Nokia in less than a year."
  • Day 7: smthng wins Spb Insight.
    smthng hasn't yet "found a decent Smartphone RSS client", here's hoping that Insight is the one!
  • Day 8: oguime wins the Jabra BT620 bluetooth stereo headset.
    oguime asked about SIP options and how to speed the darn selection dialog up on the TyTn. Ravipkumar had a good suggestion there in the thread. There were a ton of hacks posted and I'll try to get to a "hack roundup" later this week.
  • Day 9: Kathy wins Texas Hold'em.
    ...and oh my, this Minnesota boy also happened to think her entry about slackers was hilarious: "Randy Moss has admitted to taking plays off. That would be a considered a slacker."

Remember, you can check for the latest Prize-A-Day every day, here, full contest rules are here. I can't wait to give away that Smartphone and those Slingboxes!

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5 years ago

Microsoft Mans up: Free WM6 License for Manufacturers

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Smartphone Thoughts has a mini-bombshell: Microsoft is giving away Windows Mobile 6 to its vendors (ex. HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Palm, etc) in case they're interested in making it available for upgrades. HTC has already stepped up and said they'll offer upgrades to QWERTY devices. Whether or not these upgrades will make their way through the morass of carrier testing and approval is another story, but I have my fingers crossed. Twice. I wish I could say I was hopeful that everybody would follow T-Mobile's lead - they've already announced future upgrades for the Dash.

We've just learned that Microsoft has given a free license to vendors who will upgrade their devices.

Read: Smartphone Thoughts - Daily news, views, rants and raves

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