Nokia E61 Coming Soon?

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 22:07
Category: Mobile Phone

nokia_e61.jpgFrom MobileTracker: Nokia E61 shipping in mid February? – MobileTracker
The ‘Berry-esque Nokia E61 is slated for arrival in a matter of days! Its fast EDGE and 3G data connections will make a lot of people happy, and this is the first S60 device to deviate from the one-handed smartphone design of previous S60 handsets.
It is unlikely that iSync will work with this device when it gets released; most of the new SyncML devices require more than a little hacking to get them syncing up against a Mac, but I’ll probably be keeping my eyes closely glued to the E61 and the iSync supported devices page.
Not that I’m unhappy with my P910 or anything, but I’m getting tired of waiting for the P990. The E61 is coming up on MobileBee for a bargain price of USD$500 unlocked and unbranded. If a US operator like Cingular or T-Mobile carries it, expect a discount to around $300 with a new contract.
Thanks, MobileTracker, you made my day!


Krusell 's top 10 Selling Smartphones for January 2006

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 10:38
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700w.jpgKrusell ‘s top 10 selling PDAs/Smart phones in January 2006.
1. (1) Palm Treo 600/650/700
2. (3) Qtek 9100/ I-mate K-Jam
3. (-) HP hx2100/24×0/27×0
4. (2) Qtek 9000/SPV M5000/MDA PRO
5. (4) HP iPAQ HW 65xx/6700
6. (10) Blackberry RIM 62X0/72X0
7. (5) HP iPAQ hx4700/4705
8. (6) Qtek S100/I-mate JAM
9. (7) Qtek 9090/IMate PDA 2k
10. (8) Blackberry 7100i
( ) = last month’s position.
Click through to see Krusell’s top 10-selling phones in January 2006…


Blackcherry, StrawBerry Workarounds Revealed

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2006, 00:11
Category: Mobile Phone

blackberry-8700f.jpg“Enterprise Spy” has posted an excellent article on the BlackBerry workaround for those of you haven’t already sold yours on eBay.
Some background: In 2001, Virginia-based NTP filed a lawsuit alleging that Research In Motion’s BlackBerry wireless e-mail service infringed upon its patents. Judge James Spencer of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is about to rule on whether to enforce an injunction shutting down BlackBerry sales and service in the U.S.

There are a few dozen companies that have seen the RIM work-around and the specification under an NDA, I included. I won’t elaborate on when, where or details that might give away my ID but I will attempt to give you enough information to set your heart at ease that the BlackBerry work-around isn’t such a big deal at all – IMO.
There are (as far as I have seen) two versions. One is indistinguishable from the current service (The StealthBerry) and the other is far more interesting and introduces more features (dubbed “The Blackcherry or The StrawBerry”) that will be integrated into future models if a settlement is not reached with NTP. I’ll attempt to describe the latter product first.

Read more here.
(Via: Emory Lundberg).


Mossberg on PalmOne Treo 700w

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 11:55
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700w.jpgThe WSJ’s Walt Mossberg weighs in on the new Windows Mobile-powered Treo 700w from PalmOne.
The Good:
- EVDO (10x faster)
- Better keyboard
- Better camera (1.3MP v. 0.3MP)
- Twice usable memory
- Better (claimed) battery life
The Bad:
- Smaller screen (240*240, 44% less than 320*320)
- Email bugs/weaker
- Twice as expensive
- Poor one-handed phone operation
I won’t buy any WinMo-powered phone right now because their lack of native Mac compatibility. I have to admit to being (briefly) tempted by the fast EVDO service, until I found out that they don’t have coverage in my area. I will considering getting a Treo 700p (running Palm OS) once the exclusive period with Microsoft expires.
Click through to read Mossberg’s whole review.


RIM Picks up PocketMac for Mac -> BlackBerry Sync

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2006, 17:32
Category: Mobile Phone

Phone Scoop is reporting that RIM has licensed PocketMac for BlackBerry from the good people at PocketMac for all BlackBerry users to enjoy.
RIM is reportedly going to start offering the syncronization suite free to all BlackBerry users using Macs, which is great news for Mac users and especially good for those Mac users using the BlackBerry.
Congratulations for the team working hard over there, they make a swell product. One that is, as of today, the standard. Keep up the great work! This is also the first time in history that RIM has acknowledged that they even want to support Mac users with their devices, so with any luck this is just the beginning of the end of RIM treating Mac users as if they had the plague.
Is this a sign of the Mac getting a wider footprint in Enterprise environments?

REVIEW: Motorola ROKR E1 iTunes Mobile Phone

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2006, 09:53
Category: Mobile Phone

Motorola ROKR iTunes PhoneThere was a point in time where I carried around three plus electronic devices at a time and loved it – and that was before the invention of the portable MP3 player. Sure, I could be described as a geek, but at times it was part of my job.
Like may people, I have greatly simplified what I like to carry around and an MP3 player has quickly zoomed to the top of that list. Carrying a mobile phone has become a necessity. Carrying around a Palm organizer/PDA has slipped down the list, but staying organized with my calendar and contacts is still a priority. Am I really supposed to carry around three devices in my bag? Arguably, I am a good candidate for one of these devices that combines phone, music, and organization, in that order.
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Mac OS Tones for Your Phone

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2006, 08:16
Category: Mobile Phone

Mac OS has collected over 100 original Mac OS sounds and lovingly turned them into MP3 files for your mobile phone. OS X, System 7, eWorld, Newton and more. It’s basically every Mac sound ever plus 70+ custom Mac style ringers ready for your mobile phone. Downloads are free to transfer by Bluetooth. They’re also providing Over The Air (OTA) downloads by WAP Push for compatibility with most phones. They’re charging US$9.95 per month for the ‘over the air’ service.


Missing from the Treo: Instant Messaging Client

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 22:50
Category: Mobile Phone

verichat.jpgOne of the most surprising software omissions from my new Verizon Treo 650 is an IM client. If there was ever a perfect device to stay connected via IM, it’s the Treo. Shortly after noticing the omissions I embarked upon a hunt to find the best IM client for Palm OS devices. That hunt wasn’t exactly easy because there are literally dozens of IM clients out there.
PDA Apps’ VeriChat is pretty much the ultimate Instant Message client for the Treo 650 smartphone. VeriChat is an always-on, unified IM client for Palm OS that works great with the Treo 650. VeriChat works with a persistent wireless data connection (GPRS, CDMA 1xRTT, or CSD) to give you an always-on IM presence on the Yahoo!, ICQ, MSN and AOL chat networks.
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Flying Business Class with Nokia

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

DSCN0130For Mac users who want to make the jump into what is currently available for business-class mobile devices, there are the usual options such as the Treo and the BlackBerry, and then there are the glitzy handsets from Nokia and Sony Ericsson.
The BlackBerry and the Treo are staples in the enterprise market. You can’t swing a fist in a conference center and not knock one out of the sweaty hands of another attendee. These devices do what they do very well, but there are other options available that you may find more interesting.
In particular, the BlackBerry really has no media capabilities to speak of, and the Treo is still showing its age, like a has-been supermodel who can’t stop telling you how hot they are. I’m not about about to start using Windows Mobile on my mobile devices, so this brings us right to the doorstep of Symbian.
There are a lot of different flavors of Symbian. There are the Nokia Series 60 devices, which are the one-handed smartphones you see plenty of. Then there are the UIQ devices from Sony Ericsson, Motorola, and others, which offer a touch-driven display. And there are also the Series 80 devices from Nokia, such as the Communicator line.
Nokia and SE are both renovating their flagship smartphone lineup. Sony Ericsson as recently demonstrated the Sony Ericsson P990 smartphone at the big show two weeks ago, and a lot of people are very interested in it. They should be. Its a great device.
And Nokia is making some changes as well – their two newest Communicators, the 9300 and 9500, are getting some changes as they position them in the US market. The 9300 is now getting WiFi added to it, for example, so that Cingular can more effectively market it in the US, and this incarnation of the 9300 is the 9300i .
All have push email capability, from BlackBerry via BlackBerry Connect, or other solutions from a variety of vendors. I am more interested in solid IMAP compatibility, though many corporate users may already have a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) which means a BlackBerry Connect option for these devices is the prefered method of getting email.
So how well do you fly when you fly business class? You may be surprised.
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K750i Grabber Stops Mac Kernel Panics

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Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2005, 11:26
Category: Mobile Phone

Rather than wait for Apple and Sony to get their act together on this, best to download the excellent K750i Grabber patch which stops the kernel panic crashes covered previously. Didn’t I see the Sony chairman with Steve Jobs at a Macworld Expo keynote just a while ago, pledging how closely they work together? Yeah, right!