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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tether Easier With WMWifiRouter

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Utility Software
Manufacturer: Morose Media
Where to Buy: Company Website
Price: $29.99
System Requirements: Windows Mobile 5 AKU 3.3 or newer or Windows Mobile 6, Both a WiFi and a cellular data connection, an installed and working version of Internet Sharing, 15 MB of free device memory


  • Easy to use;
  • Exceptional setup wizard;
  • Multiple connection options.


  • A bit pricey;
  • Would love it to actively try to restore dropped data connection.

Summary: Tethering your handheld to your computer has come a long way from the days of strange connection strings, special cables, and slower than turtle speeds. WMWifiRouter provides a 1-click method for getting connected, but is it worth the price? Read on to find out! Read more...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Engadget Reviews MiFi 2200 Wireless Router

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 12:00 PM

"Put simply, our hats go off to Novatel and Verizon on this one. The MiFi is drop-dead awesome in basically every meaningful way, and we'd be shocked if every top-tier carrier in the world wasn't actively looking into adding it -- or a device very similar to it -- into their lineup. Unless you have a very specific, compelling reason that you require an ExpressCard or a USB stick style modem, the MiFi's simplicity, flexibility, tethering capability, and no-compromise performance make it the way to go for your mobile data needs."

Engadget has reviewed the new MiFi 2200 wireless router for use on the Verizon network. This little credit card sized device may be the perfect companion for some of you when you need WiFi access and there isn't a Starbucks to be found.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Yet Another Motorola Q9h (YAQ9h) Coming to Verizon

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 03:44 PM

"Man, Motorola just can’t keep a lid on anything anymore can they? We’ve got a hold of a phone codenamed the “Napolean” and it’s a CDMA EV-DO Rev. A Q9 with full GSM world roaming capabilities. This even includes the U.S. 850MHz/1900MHz bands! Even though it’s Verizon branded and will launch on Verizon, we loaded in our AT&T SIM and away we went. We’ve found the following specs on the phone so far: fingerprint scanner (seriously, on the back), Windows Mobile 6.1, EV-DO Rev. A, quad-band EDGE, 2 megapixel camera with flash, stereo speakers, 320×240 resolution screen, Wi-Fi, and a 1500mAh battery. The keyboard isn’t as good as the first Q9 or Q9m, and the d-pad is incredibly stiff and difficult to use. Sound sounded good though, and the screen seems to be the same as the original Q9s. We’ll keep diggin’, but in the meantime, take a look at a gallery, ok?"

Motorola is set to release an interesting new Q9h variant on Verizon's CDMA network. As you read above this new handset will come equipped with a finger print scanner, which is cool no matter which gadget it is placed in! While it is always great to see a new Windows Mobile Standard device on the market I am severally disappointed to see yet another Q9h clone from Motorola! I mean seriously, how many different models of the same device do we need?!

Would it really be that much more difficult or expensive to just place the insides in a brand spanking new shell to at least give us the impression that they put some effort into this new handset? Maybe I'm just over reacting but it is a bit frustrating to see Motorola pulling the same yawn worthy stunt with their model Q handsets as they did the RAZR. Someone should seriously sit the board of directors of Motorola down and force them to watch Multiplicity so they can finally understand that popping out sub-par clones of the same product, while amusing, isn't always a good thing.

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  • Source: Mobility Site

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

iPass Provides Wi-Fi Connectivity for Windows Mobile 6 Devices

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 03:30 PM


"REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., BUSINESS WIRE -- iPass, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a long-time leader in providing mobility services to some of the world's largest companies, today announced service availability for Windows Mobile 6 devices. Users of the iPass Mobile Office service for enterprises and iPassConnect(TM) mobility service for individuals can now connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi using their Windows Mobile 6 smartphone and handheld devices. With more than 100,000 business-class hotspots worldwide, (also announced today), iPass Wi-Fi connectivity gives smart phone users a high performance, inexpensive alternative to 2.5G and 3G access provided by cellular providers. For international business travelers, the cost savings can be especially significant when they use Wi-Fi to avoid the high roaming fees mobile operators charge for out-of-country usage."

You know at first I thought this was a good idea and then I decided to take a walk with my girlfriends T-Mobile SDA and ran across exactly 8 open Wi-Fi hotspots that I was able to connect to within an hour’s timeframe. Is a service like this even necessary nowadays? If you do need this service, you can subscribe to one iPass's monthly plans which start out at $9.95 and can get as high as $14.95 for their Global Wi-Fi connect plan. You can view their site and sign up for their services here.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Coming Soon: Turn Your Windows Mobile Handset Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 06:00 AM

"New software from TapRoot Systems can make a 3G smartphone become a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you to connect a laptop or other Wi-Fi-equipped hardware to the internet. The software, called WalkingHotSpot, is compatible with Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile smartphones. It will work with both HSDPA and EV-DO, but will allow voice calls to come through while using the data connection only on HSDPA phones. A free beta demonstration will be available for consumers to test soon, but TapRoot intends to sell the software directly to carriers, allowing them to provide it as a service. It doesn't intend to sell the software directly to end users."

The first thing that should be pointed out is that your HSDPA or EVDO Windows Mobile handset will need Wi-Fi capabilities in it for this service to work. The demo version of WalkingHotSpot, which will be available through TapRoot's website, will only support one Wi-Fi connection at a time… which I feel is pretty lame. If I wanted to connect just one laptop or computer to the Internet through my phone, I would much rather follow the steps in Ed Hansberry's Internet Connection Sharing story which was posted yesterday. At least with Internet Connection Sharing, I would not be limited to a Wi-Fi enabled handset and would be able to utilize my aging but high-speed enabled Samsung Blackjack.

The real magic however lies in the full version of the WalkingHotSpot, which will only be marketed to carriers in the hopes that they will in turn sell it to us consumers as a subscription based service. Carrier supplied versions of TapRoot Systems' software should support simultaneous Wireless Fidelity connections from a single handset and would even allow you to receive voice calls while using your data connection through AT&T's HSDPA network! While I hate subscription services like TeleNav, this program would be way to cool to just pass up.

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  • Source: Phone Scoop

Monday, December 31, 2007

Tracy and Matt's Review of The HTC S730

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 11:48 AM

"This is another BIG device for HTC. Perhaps not to the same scale as the TyTN II or the Touch series – but it’s got to be number 3 in line. It sounds too good to be true really – a candybar phone, a large QWERTY keyboard and the still new Windows Mobile 6, with decent connectivity via 3G."

The crew over at Tracy and Matt's Blog has brought us another review. This time we get a quick run down of one of HTC's newest handsets, the HTC S730. While the handset does look incredibly sleek and stylish it is a little big for my taste. Not sure if you should grab this handset as a New Years present for yourself? Well head on down to Tracy and Matt's and read the full review to find out!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 05:00 PM

Product Category: UMPC / Internet Tablet
Manufacturer: Nokia
Where to Buy: Pricegrabber Low Price Search
Price: $134.99 to $199 USD
System Requirements: None, it is it's own system!
Specifications: Linux Operating System with built in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. 4.3-inch 800x480 pixel screen, 128MB Flash memory, expandable RS-MMC memory slot, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone adapter and built in microphone for VoIP

  • Light-weight, all-in-one, portable computer
  • Plays music and video
  • Desktop-like Internet browsing experience (2 years before the iPhone!)
  • Can be unstable at times
  • Cannot upgrade to newest operating system
  • Doesn't run Windows Mobile ;)
The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a non-phone device designed for those who would like to check emails, surf the web and perhaps listen to some music or watch a movie without the need for a laptop. Does it fill a needed void or does it miss its intended mark? Read on to find out.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Ed Rants About the Lack of WiFi Sync

Posted by Mike Temporale in "THOUGHT" @ 06:00 AM

"ActiveSync doesn't encrypt data with the desktop like it does with Exchange Server, so someone could steal your data as it was being transmitted, and you simply cannot be trusted to make a decision on that. You can turn off your firewall in Windows. You can choose not to install antivirus software and antispyware software. You can turn off Automatic Updates. You can disable the antiphishing filter in your browser. You can run around your house nekkid with scissors, but the one thing you absolutely, positively cannot do is sync with your PC in your kitchen from the bedroom because someone might be in your basement lurking stealing your data, or if you are in a small office, you can't sync with your PC in your office from the conference room because one of the five people you work with might be listening in on that transmission, and heaven forbid you are at Starbucks and initiate an encrypted VPN connection to your home PC and sync through that secure connection."

Ed Hansberry lets loose his true feelings and thoughts about Mike Calligaro's latest blog post. I felt it was better to link to Ed's post than Mike's attempt at explaining things. You see, Mike's whole argument for this feature not being fixed is that it's not a high enough priority. Wasn't that the same excuse we heard for the lack of a true close option? Makes you wonder if we'll ever see these missing features? I've all but given up on ever seeing a File Sync conduit for Smartphones in Active Sync like the Pocket PC has. After all, who would ever want to put a file on a phone. :roll: Anyway, Ed makes a really good point. Head over and give his rant a read and let us know what you think of the whole situation.

Tags: wifi, sync, about, lack, rants

Friday, June 23, 2006

Motorola Q with HSDPA and WiFi by Christmas?

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "NEWS" @ 11:00 AM

"QWERTY smartphone fans on GSM carriers, cautiously rejoice: our Italian is admittedly a little rusty, but Italy's Cellulare Magazine seems to be reporting some unconfirmed, wildly speculative deets regarding the forthcoming GSM Q. Not only might it drop in time for Christmas (in Europe, anyway), but when it does, it might be bearing gifts of WiFi and HSDPA for its patient buyers -- up from the previously reported plain-vanilla UMTS -- while maintaining the same lovely form factor. They're also reporting the device will rock quad-band GSM, meaning anxious North Americans should have little trouble jumping the gun if it launches in Europe first. Of course, if the HSDPA support doesn't come in all the right bands, the US will get left out of the 3G fun and we might just end up with another E61 / E62 debacle, but let's not get ahead of ourselves"

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This is just a rumor and I for one hope there is a little bit of truth to it. From all of the reviews I have read, this appears to be a solid device. The main two things that everyone can agree this device lacks happens to be WiFi and a GSM/UTMS version for the rest of the world. So the good news is we might see one as early as Christmas. The bad news Christmas is so far away ;)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Motorola, Cisco Cancel Dual-Mode Cellular and WiFi phone

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 06:45 AM

"Motorola and Cisco Systems have stopped development of a dual-mode cellular and Wi-Fi phone in favor of allowing multiple devices to work with any vendor's enterprise IP (Internet Protocol) phone switch, a Motorola executive said Wednesday. Last July, the companies announced a partnership and plans to develop a device and release early this year. The aim of the project was to let enterprise employees use one phone both outside and inside the office, with calls smoothly shifting over to a wireless LAN in the office and to the cell network when a user went outside. Typical office phone features, such as dialing by extension within the enterprise, would be built in. Dual-mode phones are a key component of fixed-mobile convergence, which could benefit both enterprises and consumers with lower cellular bills and better indoor coverage."

Sounds like a smart move to me. The VoIP market is changing and growing so fast that it would only make sense that a dual-mode phone should be able to work on any WiFi network and not locked into a specific environment.

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  • Source: Edgar

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Off Damn WiFi, Off I Say!

Posted by Mike Temporale in "THOUGHT" @ 05:30 AM

One of the main features I wanted in my next Smartphone was WiFi. So when the i-mate SP5m became available last October, I jumped at the chance to own a Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone with WiFi. I mean, what could be cooler than super fast internet access using WiFi when I'm at home or in the office combined with the latest version of Windows Mobile? Nothing (or so I thought).

The problem is that the OS doesn't seem to understand remember that I've turned the WiFi off and it's getting to be extremely frustrating. Lately I've bee playing with stream some content over WiFi to my device. When I'm done, I go and kill the WiFi via the Comm Manager. I always wait for the antenna to turn grey and show the "x" before I exit and lock my phone. Next time I pick the phone up and press the joystick to wake up the device, I see the WiFi symbol pop up in the status bar and start to acquire a signal. I turned it off right? I didn't ask for it to take a 5 minute recess or anything! Now I'm forced to return to the Comm Manager and turn off WiFi once again.

This is a horribly broken experience. If I've turned it off, it should stay off. There's no logical reason it should be attempting to connect yet again. Imagine turning your phone off, physically. However, 5 minutes later you notice that the phone is back on and looking for a cell tower. I really love having WiFi, but this is driving me crazy. :evil:

Tags: wifi, , damn, say

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Toronto Hydro Expected to Announce Citywide WiFi Network

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 07:15 AM

"Toronto Hydro Corp. will announce Tuesday that it plans to turn Canada's largest city into one giant wireless hotspot, directly challenging the country's major mobile phone carriers for a chunk of the $8 billion a year wireless market. With the deployment, which sources say could be available in the downtown core as early as this fall, Toronto joins a growing list of North American cities, including Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco, that have announced plans to bring low-cost, broadband wireless access to their citizens and businesses. Mayor David Miller will join Toronto Hydro executives on Tuesday to officially announce the initiative, which will be the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Canada and could undermine commercial product offerings from Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility."

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Blanketing Toronto with WiFi is a great idea and I'm not just saying that because I have a WiFi enabled Smartphone. ;) It will be interesting to see exactly what the city has planned for this. Add a good Smartphone VOiP client and you could be really hurt some of the carriers.

Monday, February 27, 2006

New Chipsets Support Cellular & WiFi

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 06:00 AM

"Chipmakers Atheros Communications and Qualcomm announced on Friday that they are collaborating to develop fast, low-power chipsets supporting cellular and Wi-Fi technologies that will work in mobile phones and other types of handsets. The new devices will support cellular technologies CDMA and WCDMA, in addition to Wi-Fi standards 802.11g or 802.11a/g. Demand for combined cellular and Wi-Fi handsets has increased, as more mobile phones start to deliver voice, voice over Internet Protocol, data, music and even television."

It looks like the appeal of WiFi on your device is growing despite the carriers desires to shut it down. This latest chip from Atheros aims to bring WiFi (a/b/g) to CDMA based devices. With any luck, Verizon won't cripple these devices too. ;)

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Small, Sleek, and WiFi Enabled: The iMate SP5m Smartphone Reviewed

Posted by Mike Temporale in "HARDWARE" @ 09:00 AM

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Product Category: Hardware
Manufacturer: i-mate
Where to Buy: Expansys
Price: $494.95 USD
Specifications: Windows Mobile 5.0, Quad-Band Smartphone Featuring QVGA, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

  • Beautiful QVGA Screen;
  • Fast Data Access Over GPRS & WiFi;
  • Dedicated music buttons.
  • EU power cable requires North American adapter;
  • Poorly designed belt case.
Summary: The i-mate SP5m is the first of its kind to hit the street; a Windows Mobile Smartphone with WiFi built-in! Don't be fooled by its innocent looks, the SP5m is more than just a Typhoon with a new shell and WiFi slapped on it. It also sports a beautiful QVGA screen and runs the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Mobile for Smartphone devices, 5.0. The wildly successful Typhoon set the record as the smallest Smartphone on the market. It was a breakthrough device, providing users with the power of Windows Mobile, and a battery that wouldn't quit after a couple hours of use, all in an ultra slim package. Can the SP5m successfully build on the Typhoon foundation? You will have to read on for the full review and find out! Read more...

Friday, September 16, 2005

Wait a Second, the HTC Faraday Now Has WiFi?

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 05:45 PM

"onto the smartphone front´┐Ż It looks like many of us have been wrong the last few weeks, or that someone was confused and everyone else took it at value. Judging from the specs the HTC Faraday will have WiFi, more specifically, 2.2 QVGA Display, 1.3MPxl Camera, Edge, and WiFi. We should also be expecting to see these hit the shelf about the same time as the other aforementioned devices. It looks like October is going to be a great month for Cingular and the Windows Mobile world."

The word on the street keeps changing. One minute the Faraday doesn't have WiFi and the next minute it does. I get the feeling this will never be settled until Cingular ships the Faraday. Thankfully, there are third party OEMs like i-mate who will be offering the device with WiFi. And judging by the amount of ROM updates Cingular released in comparison to i-mate, I think I would rather have an i-mate this time around. Even if the ROM updates are minor, it's still better than nothing.

Tags: wifi, second, , wait, faraday

Thursday, September 1, 2005

T-Mobile Offers Free WiFi to Hurricane Effected Regions

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 07:00 AM,1759,1854453,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03129TX1K0000605

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, T-Mobile USA Inc. said it will offer its Wi-Fi services without charge to the general public of the tri-state area, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. T-Mobile said that the services will be free until the end of the week, and possibly beyond that if the situation warrants it. Mobile service locations include Borders, FedEx/Kinko's, Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, Red Roof Inn motels, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways. According to the company there are 66 locations in the affected area, some of which may have intermittent hours due to storm damage inflicted during the hurricane and the subsequent flooding."

While I feel for those dealing with effects of hurricane Katrina, I don't think that free WiFi service is what these people really need right now. With 80% of New Orleans being under water, I think free WiFi access would be the last thing they are looking for. Hey T-Mobile, you want to help? How about free unlimited local calling in the effected region! I think that would be far more useful at this time.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Testing the Spectec MiniSD Wifi Card

Posted by Mike Temporale in "HARDWARE" @ 12:00 PM

Does anyone remember that miniSD WiFi card we told you about a while back? Well, a lucky reader over at Dave's iPAQ was able to get his hands on one, and test it on the new HP hw6500 Pocket PC Phone Edition device. The card appears to work great, without any problems. It is currently not available for purchase, although it should not be too much longer. I guess I'll need to upgrade my Smartphone or start cutting away at the inside so that this card can fit. Why, oh why, does it have to be just a little longer? :cry:

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Friday, July 1, 2005

the::unwired Looks at the WiFi Implementation on WM5.0

Posted by Mike Temporale in "ARTICLE" @ 11:00 AM

"I had the chance today, to play with a Windows Mobile 5.0 development Smartphone which already includes W-LAN hardware. Since I'm under several NDAs, I can not talk about the hardware yet but for sure I can share my impressions in terms of the software and how it works."

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Our friend Arne Hess over at the::unwired has posted his thoughts and impressions of how wireless has been implemented in Windows Mobile 5. If WiFi access is on your list of must haves, then Arne's comments are well worth the read. ;)

Monday, February 21, 2005

QVGA, WiFi, and 128MB - All Packed Into NewGen D2000

Posted by Mike Temporale in "HARDWARE" @ 09:45 AM

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This new phone from Newgen is listed as having "MS Smart-phone 2003 OS", 128MB User Memory, 1.3M Camera, WiFi (802.11b), JAVA(MIDP2.0), External memory - Mini SD Card, Intel 400Mhz CPU for MS2003, and a 260K TFT display (320x240). That is a pretty nice list of features and a pretty attractive looking phone. However, it seems to be missing Bluetooth from the list. :? They can pack all that other stuff in here, but they are not able to fit Bluetooth in?

For the record, Newgen appears to be a manufacturer like HTC. Which means, we'll need a vendor to pickup this phone, and then a carrier to offer it. We may never see it hit the street. :(

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Smartphone With Quad-Band GSM, EDGE And 802.11g WiFi - Presenting Chi Mei UCP-100

Posted by Kris Kumar in "HARDWARE" @ 06:15 AM

"Chi Mei is the same company that created the MPx220 for Motorola, and the UCP-100 is clearly based on the same platform. The features are mostly the same as the MPx220, including quad-band GSM, an internal antenna, dual color displays, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a miniSD card slot. But key upgrades over the MPx220 include class 10 EDGE, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and of course the Kineto UMA software. It was not announced which version of Windows Mobile for Smartphones the UCP-100 will use. The current 2003 version does not include native Wi-Fi support, so the UCP-100 may use the upcoming "Magneto" version."

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Quad-band GSM + EDGE + 802.11g WiFi 8O All that in the MPx220 form factor! I want this Smartphone. :drool: Kineto Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology over 802.11g, it's "g" not "b", sounds cool. Since T-Mobile has pretty good WiFi network, I am guessing that this device will be a perfect addition to their model lineup. Check out Phone Scoop's 3GSM day 3 report to learn more about this cool Smartphone.

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