SIGH. Following Cingular and Sprint, Verizon is raising their SMS pricing. It's unclear whether this will present the same opportunity for Verizon users that it did for Sprint and Cingular users: namely, free contract breakage for angry folks. In any case, this move just chaps my hide. Once you have the infrastructure built, shouldn't prices go down?
Effective March 1, Verizon will raise the current pricing of text messages from $.10 to $.15 per message for those that have chosen to not subscribe to a message plan.
Microsoft has promised that future versions of the Smartphone Edition of Windows Mobile would include full document editing (actually, IIRC, they promised to quit making two wholly different versions, but I digress). In the meantime, Smartphone edition users can stop being so jealous of the rest of us as DocsToGo is coming soon for you. You still will live in a strange netherworld where copy and paste is a complex and dangerously advanced function not available to you elsewhere, but c'est la vie. One oddity: the DocsToGo preview has only been tested on a few devices and is some sort of pre-release - but it's also shipping with the new for-Corporate MotoQ Pro.
Anyhow, as a long-time PalmOS user, I can vouch for DocsToGo, they know their stuff. If this is anywhere near as professional as the PalmOS version, then it's something to celebrate.
Coming Soon - But Preview Available Now!
Word, Excel, PowerPoint & PDF files on your Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack, T-Mobile Dash & Other Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones.
With all the mergers and name changes that AT&T has gone through in the past 10 years or so, it's a wonder that they (whoever "they" even is these days when it comes to AT&T) still think that the brand has enough legs to do better than "Cingular." I almost disagree. "AT&T Wireless" has always connoted "2nd-tier wireless carrier" to me, but then what do I know.
That whole "2nd Tier" rap, if it's there, certainly isn't going to be helped by plans to "begin selling ads on mobile phones." Thanks, no.
*-- It will begin selling AT&T-branded wireless services to its large pool of corporate phone and Internet customers, allowing it to offer discounts for bundles that were impossible when Cingular was a separate entity. Quadruple play, as they say in the lingo. -- AT&T also will begin selling ads on mobile phones, TV and its Internet-access service this year, allowing advertisers to reach consumers across multiple platforms with a single operator. -- AT&T plans to transition the Cingular and BellSouth brands to its own moniker this year. Ads will begin mid-January under the slogan “Cingular is now the new AT&T”; the BellSouth brand will begin to be phased out this week. *
Virtual Earth Mobile has been bumped up to 1.69, adding a feature or two and a bugfix or two.
Virtual Earth is a really impressive app, though I have to say that so far it doesn't quite live up to Google Maps on the PalmOS. It does help fill the gap, though. As long as I'm being honest, I'll say that the Windows Live Search Beta for WM is also very nice and has pretty much replaced Virtual Earth as my mapper of choice.
For those of you who asked to be able to drag the map with the stylus, I've finally gotten around to implementing it.
I also added the option of getting directions in text form, for those of you who prefer written directions.
And I fixed a bug in "Add to Contacts" that appeared because the server is no longer returning zip cod
MSMobileNews breaks down (and by "breaks down" I mean "provides translation") the big leak from hpc.ru - a whole slew of HTC Windows Mobile devices planned for 2007 release. There's a ton of great stuff in here - the Vox, the Cavalier, the Athena, the Elf, the Kaiser, the Love, the Wings, and the Erato. Now you just have to decide which one you're waiting for. Good luck with that, I'm waiting for them all.
HTC's road map for 2007 has been leaked on the Internet and features a range of Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PCs, some of which we've seen before, some we haven't. As with all pre-release information the specifics could change before release.
Earlier I complained that Cingular made you jump through too many hoops to find out if they have UMTS in your area. Boy Genius comes through with an honest-to-god list of cities. Being based in Minneapolis myself, I'm actually sort of glad that my hometown isn't listed (yet) -- makes me feel better about going with T-Mobile.
Aw, that's ...sweet? Or maybe horrible. Gadgets apparently make it easier and more appealing to lie. I'd have more to say about this phenomenon, but I'm feeling really sick lately. Seriously. Super ill. In the meantime, you look great in that shirt. Seriously.
More than four out of five people admit to telling little white lies at least once a day and the preferred way of being "economical with the truth" is to use technology such as cell phones, texts and e-mails, a survey on Thursday said.
The research by UK pollsters 72 Point found that "techno-treachery" was widespread with nearly 75 percent of people saying gadgets like Blackberrys made it easier to fib.
Just over half of respondents said using gadgets made them feel less guilty when telling a lie than doing it face to face, the study on behalf of financial services group Friends Provident found.
FCC approval doesn't necessarily mean we'll see the device coming to these American shores, but let's hope that it does, because this M700 looks to be the first high-end PPC phone to knock HTC off its high horse (not that I have anything against HTC). Thank god I switched to GSM, though I do miss 3G sorely, built-in WiFi and a SiRF III chipset would definitely help blunt that pain.
To recap, you get a plethora of features including Windows Mobile 5.0 (AKU 3.2), quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 802.11b/g WiFi and that awesome SiRFStar III GPS chipset. You can even avoid that bumper-to-bumper mess thanks to the Traffic Message Channel (TMC). Other goodies include a 2.0 megapixel camera, push email, FM radio, and a Samsung SC3 2442 (400MHz) processor. Too bad there isn't any 3G.
Well that's bad news: The Register is reporting that it's possible to send a malicious MMS to Windows Mobile phones (at least Pocket PC 2003 and Smartphone 2003 phones) that could possibly infect them with malicious code. More likely it would just crash the phone (thank god for small favors), though, as it's apparently wicked-tough to implement.
All in all, we've had a remarkably long honeymoon when it comes to security on mobile devices. Hopefully it's not over yet.
Security researchers have released proof-of-concept code that exploits vulnerabilities in MMS implementations in mobile phones running mobile versions of Windows. [...]Even in devices confirmed as vulnerable the attacker needs to know the correct memory slot where the MMS processing code is executing, so exploitation is far from easy. Malicious MMS message will most likely only crash a device rather than infecting it, reports anti-virus firm F-Secure.
Here's another leak from Engadget, another CDMA phone for Verizon, this time from Samsung. That little directional pad down in the lower-left looks interesting, seems like a good solution for reducing the overall height of the device. Add the sliding QWERTY keyboard (and the next-gen WM OS) and it looks like a winner. Samsung
[...] * taking on a decidedly different appearance from its GSM cousin by pushing the keypad to the right and the directional pad to the left. It looks like Verizon is all lined up to get this bad boy come Q2 of next year, packing a little next-gen Windows Mobile action in the process*
Engadget's cadre of elite leakers has come through again, this time with the US CDMA version of the HTC TyTn. Nice to see the upper-end CDMa smartphones finally dropping their antenna. Also nice to see the thumbwheel making a comeback on WM.
WM5 AKU 3 256MB flash / 96MB RAM Thumb wheel 802.11b/g Bluetooth 2.0 BBAC -- BroadbandAccess Connect, i.e. tetherable EV-DO microSD slot
I still haven't installed Opera yet. Silly me. But Opera seems to be doing quite a nice job getting their browser embedded here and there. They're also on the Wii, you know. Anyway, let's hope Microsoft plays nice. After their Netscapecapades, I'm sure they will.
Opera Software today announced Samsung Electronics has signed an agreement with Opera Software to deliver Opera Mobile on Samsung mobile handsets.
David Ciccone of Mobility Today posted a little video of Deepfish, what looks to be a nice little browser. It apparently makes it dead simple to zoom in and out of a webpage that's rendered in a standard way for a desktop, an implementation that is definitely compelling.
Now this has to be one of the most amazing browsers to hit Windows Mobile! Here is a little demo of a browser named Deepfish that is still in beta..This mobile viewer delivers a rich experience for viewing web content on Windows Mobile devices. It offers a quick and convenient way to browse the web that is closer to the desktop experience.” If I say anymore they will have to shoot me! Enjoy!
As Mobile Burn points out, you can go to Cingular's coverage map and zoom in close to see if you have 3G coverage. Alas, Minneapolis is not included. Next time, Cingular, just give us a list, hey?
Cingular has not posted a list of all of the covered markets, but you can use their online coverage map system to check whether or not your part of the country has 3G service. Once you are zoomed in on the map at the City level or closer you will be able to check the "Show 3G Coverage" checkbox to see if UMTS coverage is available near you.
From the "Go all out or go home" school of thought comes the rumored HTC Athena, an Ultra Mobile PC / UMTS phone that is somewhere between a full laptop and a ..phone? I don't know exactly where to place this device in the spectrum of Windows Mobile devices, I just know that this is one hot mother.
[...] that beefy Windows Mobile PPC Phone Edition device is now rumored to be running on a 624MHz Intel Bulverde processor pumping away beneath a 5-inch, 262k-color VGA (640x480) touch-sensitive display. It's overall thickness is in part explained by the fact that it spins either an 8 or 10GB disk drive while a 2100mAh Li-Poly battery provides up to 6 hours of talk, 300 hours of standby, or 8 hours of WMV video playback.