All about Motorola RAZR V3x


All about Motorola RAZR V3x
-- Information about hardware and software & problems.

Motorola today revealed details of the new Motorola RAZR V3x, a new slim flip phone with 2-way video calling. The V3x features SCREEN3 technology, this gives you instant access to news, sports, entertainment and other content subscribed to, directly from your mobile devices home screen. Operators will love SCREEN3, as it is also an “instant” source of revenue for their content offerings.

The slim, sleek handset also has dual cameras, one 2-megapixel for photography, and a VGA camera for 2-way video calling, it also has the capability to manipulate images then share them via MMS. Still sporting Bluetooth technology for all your extra peripherals and 512MB of memory via TransFlash.

Motorola V3x Features
- Sleek streamlined housing with large, vivid color external and internal displays
- 2 megapixel camera with 8x zoom, macro mode setting and , LED
- VGA camera for 2-way video calling-
- Bluetooth wireless technology- supports wireless stereo sound through Motorola’s Bluetooth Stereo Headset and other compatible Bluetooth enabled accessories for hands-free communication
- Up to 512 MB of removable optional TransFlash™ memory
- Motorola's SCREEN3 technology solution featuring zero-click access to news, sports, entertainment, and other premium content.-
- Progressive downloading to view media files on demand
- Support of AAC+, MPEG4, WMV, WMA, MP3 and Real Video/Audio files
- Advanced speaker-independent voice recognition: state a number/name and be connected without pre-recording
- Over the air synchronization with the PC via SyncML-
- WAP 2.0 browser-

Latest Nokia News (updated news)


Latest Nokia News (updated news)
-- Latest news

Nokia N82 now in black
The Finland giant Nokia has now released the speculated Nokia N82 in a black version. The phone was only seen in the USA Nokia online store with an “unlocked” status. The phone is now available for purchase at a price of $629 with free shipping for the US.

Nokia E51 now without a camera
Nokia has now introduced a new addition to its business family phones – the camera free Nokia E51.

Nokia E51 camera free variant has the same qualities as those of the old Nokia E51. The major difference here is that the 2 megapixel camera has been removed for ...

Nokia Releases 3120 Classic
Nokia has announced 3120 Classic which is a mid-end Nokia phone with modest features meant for customers seeking a price-to-features ratio.

Nokia 3120 Classic has a 2’’ QVGA display, with 16 M colors. It is supported by a Bluetooth v2.0, USB port and a 2.55 mm ...

Nokia announces US frequencies for N95 8GB
Nokia has officially announced and showcased Nokia N95 8GB which will now support US 3G frequencies of 850 and 1900 MHz instead of the European frequencies(2100 MHZ). The rumors for which has been in the air for quite sometime now.

The most cheapest PDA/Palms in markerts


The most cheapest PDA/Palms in markerts
-- Cheap PDA / Palms

$579.00 ASUS MyPal A639 (1 store)
$445.00 ASUS MyPal A696 (7 stores)
$695.00 ASUS P525 (1 store)

$728.75 CipherLab 8000 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$822.25 CipherLab 8001 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$1,105.50 CipherLab 8061 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$1,155.00 CipherLab 8071 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$1,251.25 CipherLab 8300 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$1,797.13 CipherLab 8360 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$1,740.75 CipherLab 8370C Mobile Computer (1 store)
$1,923.63 CipherLab 8370L Mobile Computer (1 store)
$1,544.13 CipherLab 8500 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$2,180.75 CipherLab 8570 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$2,437.88 CipherLab 8580 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$2,945.25 CipherLab 8590 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$2,875.13 CipherLab 9500 Mobile Computer (1 store)
$3,421.00 CipherLab 9570 Mobile Computer (1 store)

$1,470.00 Garmin iQue 3600a (1 store)

Handheld Products
$3,372.60 Handheld Products Dolphin 7900 (2 stores)
$2,942.94 Handheld Products Dolphin 9500 (2 stores)
$3,402.63 Handheld Products Dolphin 9501 (2 stores)
$3,051.51 Handheld Products Dolphin 9550 (2 stores)
$3,511.20 Handheld Products Dolphin 9551 (2 stores)

$344.00 HP iPAQ 112 Classic (21 stores)
$494.00 HP iPAQ 212 (27 stores)
$427.00 HP iPAQ hx2190 (7 stores)
$499.00 HP iPAQ hx2490 (19 stores)
$509.45 HP iPAQ hx2490c (8 stores)
$583.00 HP iPAQ hx2790 (24 stores)
$679.56 HP iPAQ hx2790c (4 stores)
$419.00 HP iPAQ rx4240 (1 store)
$489.00 HP iPAQ rx4540 (1 store)
$632.00 HP iPAQ rx5765 (3 stores)
$689.00 HP iPAQ rx5965 (2 stores)

$545.00 Mitac Mio 136 Plus (1 store)
$441.00 Mitac Mio P350 (10 stores)
$609.00 Mitac Mio P550 (2 stores)

$2,017.13 Opticon PHL 5100 (1 store)
$2,567.13 Opticon PHL 5200 (1 store)

$316.80 Palm Tungsten E2 (29 stores)
$395.00 Palm TX (27 stores)
$149.00 Palm Z22 (26 stores)

$2,351.25 PSC Falcon 335 (1 store)
$1,223.75 PSC Falcon 4220 (2 stores)
$2,471.70 PSC Falcon 4413 (2 stores)
$3,128.13 PSC Falcon 4423 (1 store)

$1,139.39 Socket SoMo 650-E (1 store)
$1,076.50 Socket SoMo 650-M (2 stores)

$831.89 Symbol MC1000 (2 stores)
$2,411.75 Symbol MC3000 (1 store)
$3,094.22 Symbol MC3090G (1 store)
$1,179.26 Symbol MC50 (3 stores)
$2,325.02 Symbol MC70 (2 stores)
$4,741.00 Symbol MC9094 (1 store)
$1,738.28 Symbol PPT8800 (3 stores)
$1,770.62 Symbol PPT8846 (3 stores)
$2,866.79 Symbol PPT8866 (1 store)
$664.13 Symbol SPT1550 (2 stores)
$1,299.38 Symbol SPT1800 (1 store)

$2,255.00 TDS Nomad 800L (1 store)
$2,090.00 TDS Recon 400X (1 store)

General problem: Palm software update ?


General problem: Palm software update?
-- Palm Desktop software

About Palm Desktop software
Using the latest Palm Desktop software (says its Vista capable), a Palm syncs
ok under Vista. Where the problem occur's is when you try to upload a file
to the Palm such as an ebook. It won't work.

My workaround is to directly install the ebook on the Palm's flash card using a card reader. But it would be nice if the correct functionality worked. Don't know if this is Palm's problem or Vista's problem but just thought I'd post to see if others have
experienced this.

Did you have the same problem ?

How a SIM card is made!? SIM card overview


-- About SIM cards

SIM card
In addition to the battery, most cellphones require a small microchip, called a Subscriber Identity Module or SIM Card, to function. Approximately the size of a small postage stamp, the SIM Card is usually placed underneath the battery in the rear of the unit, and (when properly activated) stores the phone's configuration data, and information about the phone itself, such as which calling plan the subscriber is using. When the subscriber removes the SIM Card, it can be re-inserted into another phone and used as normal.

Each SIM Card is activated by use of a unique numerical identifier; once activated, the identifier is locked down and the card is permanently locked in to the activating network. For this reason, most retailers refuse to accept the return of an activated SIM Card.

Those cell phones that do not use a SIM Card have the data programmed in to their memory. This data is accessed by using a special digit sequence to access the "NAM" as in "Name" or number programming menu. From here, one can add information such as a new number for your phone, new Service Provider numbers, new emergency numbers, change their Authentication Key or A-Key code, and update their Preferred Roaming List or PRL. However, to prevent the average Joe from totally disabling their phone or removing it from the network, the Service Provider puts a lock on this data called a Master Subsidiary Lock or MSL.

The MSL also ensures that the Service Provider gets payment for the phone that was purchased or "leased". For example, the Motorola Razr V9C costs upwards of CAD $500. You can get one from Bell Mobility for approximately $200. The difference is paid by the customer in the form of a monthly bill. If, in this case, Bell Mobility did not use a MSL, then they may lose the $300–$400 difference that is paid in the monthly bill, since some customers would cancel their service and take the phone to another carrier such as Telus, or Verizon. This would eventually put the carrier or in this case, Bell Mobility out of business.

Should I use the mobile phone when I'm driving ?!


Should I use the mobile phone when I'm driving ?!
-- Mobile cell versus driving! Mobile phones and driving safety

Use by drivers
The use of mobile phones by people who are driving has become increasingly common, either as part of their job, as in the case of delivery drivers who are calling a client, or by commuters who are chatting with a friend. While many drivers have embraced the convenience of using their cellphone while driving, some jurisdictions have made the practice against the law, such as the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the United Kingdom, consisting of a zero-tolerance system operated in Scotland and a warning system operated in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Officials from these jurisdictions argue that using a mobile phone while driving is an impediment to vehicle operation that can increase the risk of road traffic accidents.

Studies have found vastly different relative risks (RR). Two separate studies using case-crossover analysis each calculated RR while an epidemiological cohort study found RR, when adjusted for crash-risk exposure.

A simulation study from the University of Utah Professor David Strayer compared drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% to those conversing on a cell phone, and after controlling for driving difficulty and time on task, the study concluded that cell phone drivers exhibited greater impairment than intoxicated drivers. Meta-analysis by The Canadian Automobile Association and The University of Illinois[41] found that response time while using both hands-free and hand-held phones was approximately 0.5 standard deviations higher than normal driving (i.e., an average driver, while talking on a cell phone, has response times of a driver in roughly the 40th percentile).

Driving while using a hands-free device is not safer than driving while using a hand-held phone, as concluded by case-crossover studies. Even with this information, California recently passed a cell phone law that requires drivers who are 18 years of age or older to use a hands-free device while using the phone in the vehicle. Moreover, this law also restricts drivers under the age of 18 from using a mobile phone. This law goes into effect on July 1, 2008 with a $20 fine for the first offense and $50 fines for each subsequent conviction.

The consistency of increased crash risk between hands-free and hand-held phone use is at odds with legislation in over 30 countries that prohibit hand-held phone use but allow hands-free. Scientific literature is mixed on the dangers of talking on a phone versus those of talking with a passenger, with the Accident Research Unit at the University of Nottingham finding that the number of utterances was usually higher for mobile calls when compared to blindfolded and non-blindfolded passengers, but the University of Illinois meta-analysis concluding that passenger conversations were just as costly to driving performance as cell phone ones.

All Samsung Mobile phones available on the market


All Samsung Mobile phones available on the market
-- The 99% complet list

- Samsung SGH-A800
- Samsung SGH-C100
- Samsung SGH-D500
- Samsung SGH-D600
- Samsung SGH-D600E
- Samsung SGH-D840
- Samsung SGH-D900
- Samsung SGH-E250
- Samsung SGH-E700
- Samsung SGH-E730
- Samsung SGH-E800
- Samsung SGH-F300
- Samsung SGH-F330
- Samsung SGH-G600
- Samsung SGH-G800
- Samsung SGH-i320
- Samsung SGH-i600
- Samsung SGH-M300
- Samsung SGH-P730
- Samsung SGH-S100
- Samsung SGH-S300
- Samsung SGH-T100
- Samsung SGH-U600
- Samsung SGH-U700
- Samsung SGH-X100
- Samsung SGH-X450
- Samsung SGH-X640
- Samsung SGH-Z500
- Samsung U900 Soul
- Samsung F700
- Samsung i780
- Samsung Armani
- Samsung L760
- Samsung Solid
- Samsung i620
- Samsung F210
- Samsung M300
- Samsung G600
- Samsung i520
- Samsung U700
- Samsung G800
- Samsung J600
- Samsung Z300
- Samsung D900i
- Samsung E590
- Samsung U600
- Samsung U100
- Samsung E840
- Samsung Z720M
- Samsung X530
- Samsung C300
- Samsung E250
- Samsung E420
- Samsung E390
- Samsung D840
- Samsung E570
- Samsung Z720
- Samsung F300
- Samsung i600
- Samsung P200
- Samsung i320
- Samsung X830
- Samsung C130
- Samsung D830
- Samsung X820
- Samsung D900
- Samsung E900
- Samsung Z400
- Samsung D520
- Samsung S500i
- Samsung Z320i
- Samsung S400i
- Samsung E370
- Samsung E870
- Samsung Z540
- Samsung D800
- Samsung Z510
- Samsung X660
- Samsung P300
- Samsung E770
- Samsung i300
- Samsung E330N
- Samsung SERENE
- Samsung E760
- Samsung C120
- Samsung Z140
- Samsung X480
- Samsung D600
- Samsung E350
- Samsung E530
- Samsung Z130
- Samsung Z500
- Samsung X640
- Samsung E300
- Samsung E720
- Samsung Z107
- Samsung E630
- Samsung E330
- Samsung D500
- Samsung E310
- Samsung E810
- Samsung X460
- Samsung E820
- Samsung P510
- Samsung E600
- Samsung E800
- Samsung X450
- Samsung D410
- Samsung E710
- Samsung E400
- Samsung X600
- Samsung X100
- Samsung E700
- Samsung C140

I hope that I do not forget some models!

World's largest mobile network operators


world's largest mobile network operators
-- All mobile network operators

These are the world's largest mobile network operators by number of subscribers (and by proportionate subscribers, if the company has holdings in other operators) ...

Three, (Worldwide)
- Indonesia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italia, Osterreich, Sverige, United Kingdom, Danmark

China Mobile
- China (inc. Hong Kong) & Pakistan

Vodafone (United Kingdom)
- United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Romania, Greece, Portugal, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Albania, Malta, Northern Cyprus, Faroe Island, India, USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Egypt, Ghana, Fiji, Lesotho, Mozambique, Romania, Moldova

Telefónica / Movistar / O2 (Spain)
- Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Morocco, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia

China Unicom (China)
- China (inc. Macau) CdmaOne

América Móvil (Mexico)
- USA, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Jamaica, Peru, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and El Salvador

T-Mobile (Germany)
- Germany, USA, UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Puerto Rico GSM, GPRS, EDGE

Orange / France Télécom (France)
- France, UK, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Israel, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Cameroon, Botsawa, Madagascar, Mali, Senegal, Mauritius, Réunion, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Romania

Telenor (Norway)
- Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia

MTS (Russia)
- Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia

MTN Group (South Africa)
- Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Republic of Guinea, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia

AT&T Mobility (United States)
- United States, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands,

Bharti Airtel (India)
- India, Seychelles, Jersey, Guernsey, Sri Lanka

SingTel (Singapore)
- Singapore, Australia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Verizon Wireless (United States)
- United States, Mexico

Telecom Italia / TIM (Italy)
- Italy, Brazil, San Marino, Vatican City

VimpelCom (Russia)
- Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia

NTT docomo (Japan)
- Japan, Bangladesh

Orascom Telecom (Egypt)
- Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Tunisia, Zimbabwe

Sprint Nextel (United States)
- United States, Puerto Rico

Telkomsel (Indonesia)
- Indonesia

This is the list of the most common imporant network provider for cell mobiles.

Nokia N82: Problems and review, specifications

Nokia N82: Problems and review, specifications
-- Nokia N82 Mobile Phone Review

The camera has become an important feature in mobile phones these days. No wonder you find Nokia always trying to improve on its camera quality to give its users maximum photographic pleasure. A good camera coupled with a decent screen resolution can do wonders in the market for a particular model. Emphasizing on this particular aspect and a range of other special features the Nokia N82 was developed to exceed the public’s expectation. This phone was initially available in silver but now it has been released as a black beauty as well. It offers the consumers good looks as well as great features making it a great cell phone to own.

The N82 proudly presents its integrated 5.0 megapixel camera. This high quality camera also features a Xenon flash and Zeiss optics to help you balance out unfavorable natural light and increase your picture quality. It also comes aided with an auto focus function and a dedicated assist lamp to help you take pictures of a high standard. The reloading between different shots is also smooth and fast. The camera also produces DVD like quality videos which can be viewed on its high resolution screen. Another cool feature in the N82 is its ability to make you view the capture location on a map on the device. This function is performed through the AGPS technology which captures the metadata of the locations. Furthermore you can easily share your photography portfolio with your friends and family by uploading your pictures and videos from your mobile to services like Ovi, Flickr and YouTube.

You will be able to enjoy other added features of the phone by installing the Nokia Sports Tracker application. This will enable you to share your whereabouts and routes with other users of the application on the sports tracker web domain. The N82 sports a huge memory bank of 8GB which allows you to hold up to 3600 high resolution pictures without affecting its performance. Not only this, you can also store up to 5 hours of quality video capture and around 6000 audio files. Hence if you are looking for a phone that will keep you engaged then the Nokia N82 is a great buy for you.

Nokia N95 - Review and specifications

Nokia N95 - Review and specifications
-- Nokia N95 Mobile Phone

The Nokia N95 is a terrific product which encases a number of features within it. Its features include integrated GPS, 5 megapixel camera, 150MB of internal memory and also connectivity options in plenty. It is a smart phone and a slim and light one when compared to the earlier phones brought out by Nokia.

A push on the bottom of the phone moves the screen up to reveal the entire keypad. Speakers with quality stereo sound are fitted on both sides of the phone. It has advanced multi media capacity including a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It also has Bluetooth, wi-fi and a slider design which works both ways. Pushing it up reveals the alphanumeric keypad while sliding it down exposes the media control players.

The Nokia N95 has a 2.6inch QVGA TFT screen with a 16 million color output and 320×240 pixel resolutions. Text and images come out sharp and distinct with great color. The Nokia N95 phone is short and stout with 3.8 inches in length by 2.1 inches in width. It is 0.8 inch thick and weighs a comfortable 4.2 ounces. It also has a soft-touch finish at the back of the device which has a good feel about it. Not to mention the silver color of the phone that gives it a particularly classy look.

It can also record VGA-quality video and is a ‘symbian’ smartphone too. Its only disadvantage is that it has a poor battery life with pricing slightly on the higher side. Also the Nokia N95 is ineffective for web browsing and data transfer on the United States’ 3G network. The dual system is an innovative design but could be a little more secure. The cover moved around a bit as a result of which it opened easily when put in handbags or pockets.

The Nokia N95‘s navigation controls are easy to use though the toggle and the ring around the buttons could have been slightly bigger. The buttons of the numeric keypad are raised above the phone’s surface, which makes it easier to dial by feel. On the whole the Nokia N95 is a compact phone and an attractive one at that.

Apple iPod Nano

Apple iPod Nano
-- The fourth generation, 8GB, silver

Product summary
Apple iPod Nano

The good: The fourth-generation iPod Nano is more attractive and colorful than its predecessor and includes Apple's new Genius playlist tool, a tilt sensor, and accessibility features for the visually impaired.

The bad: To use the new Nano, you must upgrade to Apple's iTunes 8 software with its laundry list of hardware requirements; the rounded screen invites glare; sound quality is only average.

The bottom line: The fourth-generation iPod Nano is easy on the eyes and the wallet, and you can't beat its hardware and user interface design. Just be sure to give iTunes 8 a spin before committing.

Device type: Digital player; Flash memory installed: 8 GB; Digital player supported digital audio standards: WAV, AIFF, Audible, MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless;

Price range: $149.00 - $149.99

Specification, review, problems
The Nano 4G feels impossibly light and thin, with a seamless metal construction that prevents it from snapping like a twig. A slightly curved design gives the Nano 4G the essence of an airplane wing, repeating the rounded design themes of Apple's iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod Touch. Compared with the short, squarish design of last year's Nano, the long, tapered body of the fourth-generation Nano is more comfortable to grasp.

Curved glass now covers the iPod Nano's screen, giving it better resilience against scratches--in theory. The curve of the glass screen lies flush with the slight curve of the Nano's body, and although the glass is inherently glossy and reflective, we didn't notice a diminished viewing quality compared with last year's Nano.

The shape may have softened, but the dimensions of the fourth-generation Nano are nearly identical to the second-generation version, measuring 3.5 inches tall by 1.6 inches wide by 0.25 inch thick at its center--the thinnest iPod yet. The Nano's 2-inch screen size remains unchanged from the previous model, as well as its 1-inch wide scroll wheel control. Headphone and dock connections are located on the bottom of the 4G Nano, and a sliding hold switch makes a reappearance on top of the player (another throwback to the second-generation design).

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Phone news: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 event in september


Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 event in september
-- Phone news

Just got some info that Sony Ericsson is hosting a live Xperia™ webcast in september

The webcast will include a world premiere of Sony Ericsson’s alternative reality thriller and give the first live, in-depth, demonstration of the Xperia™ X1 prior to its global launch.

Sony Ericsson’s future depends a lot on this handset as it is competent in terms of features and looks with Apple iPhone 3G , Nokia N96 and other smartphones.

Im sure Xperia will not come cheap as its a fully loaded phone ..

I'm really looking forward to the webcast and we will share any information we get about the launch of this handset as we have got a lot of emails asking us about this handset.

Nokia E71 - Liam - Review, Specs, Problems


Nokia E71 Review, Specs, Problems
-- One of the best mobile phones available to the market

Nokia's E65 and Nokia E61i are set for updates
E61 replacement, called Nokia E71 will come equipped with 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and HSDPA. Nokia E66 will be the replacement of E65 and will also have similar specs - 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and HSDPA. Both devices will also have full support for device and memory card encryption.

Descriptions, Overview, problems and hints
Nokia E71 codenamed Liam might the next addition to the E Series range of Nokia phones.

This phone is a slimmed down version of the hugely popular E61i. The E71 is expected to be smaller than E61i in terms of size and might be just 10mm thick !!! That would make it a Slim and Sexy E Series phone.. It is expected to have Wi-Fi , HSDPA a 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera and integrated GPS .. Hope that this device does not cry for Memory .. Nokia showcased pictures of this device at an event in Sydney, when the world was busy watching the handset launches at Barcelona .. I have been an E series fan after using the E61i for a couple of months .. Battery life and Connectivity was never a problem .. Camera and Memory were the letdowns ..

I just cant wait to get more info about the E71!

It will have a 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi, HSDPA, weigh 120 grams and be only 57 x 112 x 10 mm; a hell of a lot less wide than the E61i at 70 mm.

These rumors are made by Mobile Review moderator Badger who has a consistent track record of having high quality sources. No pictures have leaked yet, but we’re waiting. In other news he says the E65 successor is called the E66, has the same specs (GPS, HSDPA, 3.2 MP) and is apparently “ugly.” We’ll have to wait and see for ourselves, taste is highly subjective.


LG Vu (Vx) for AT&T Mobile TV


LG Vu for AT&T Mobile TV
-- Review

-- picture: LG Vx 9400

About LG Vu
The LG Vu is a nice, polished phone that does a fine job handling AT&T's new Mobile TV network. The interface isn't perfect, far from it, but compared to other multimedia phones on AT&T's network, with one notable exception, it is the most fun of the bunch.

Best of all, AT&T's mobile TV network looks great on this phone, from the video playback to the onscreen program guide. Unfortunately, the Vu has some aggressive brethren in the touchscreen phone arena.

And here we're not thinking of the iPhone, or the recently released Samsung Instinct. Rather, we wonder why the Vu isn't the Viewty, LG's high-end video and multimedia phone available in Europe. With it's 2.0-megapixel autofocus camera, as well as its intuitive, though simple touch interface, there are some winning features. But there could have been a real champion in this device.
- Release: May 2008
- Price: $180.

AT&T's Mobile TV network looks great. Colorful, polished interface. Touch browsing on the Web.

Touch interface isn't as smooth and responsive as other devices we've seen. Could have been a feature powerhouse.


Panasonic VS3 - Review and problems


Panasonic VS3 - Review and problems

About Panasonic VS3
When electronics giants such as Panasonic come up with mobile phones that actually make a mark, the future bodes well for us mere mortal consumers. Featuring possibly the brightest display of a mobile phone yet, Sindre Lia examines Panasonic's new VS3 in hope of finding a handset worthy of a top rating.

The tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz Panasonic VS3 measures 96 x 46 x 18 mm and weighs 102 g, confirming its ultra-slim form factor despite being a clamshell handset. In fact, the VS3 is top-of-the shelf in terms of design, as it also sports a nifty one-push auto open button putting future fumbling attempts of opening the phone comfortably to rest.

In open mode, the VS3 offers a comfortable keypad providing good tactile feedback, as well as a 2.2" QVGA display with 16 million colours, 300-candela brightness and a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The specifications speak for themselves, of course, but what's pleasantly surprising is that despite its impressively bright and clear screen, the VS3 also delivers good battery life.

Furthermore, the Panasonic VS3 sports a user-friendly user interface with an intuitive icon based menu. Text input is a breeze, as is browsing the mobile internet with the internal WAP 2.0 browser. The VS3 also features a 32 MB internal memory, polyphonic and MP3 ringtones, as well as support for SMS, MMS and Java MIDP 2.0. Connectivity-wise, however, the VS3 only offer GPRS, Infrared and USB - unfortunately lacking Bluetooth and EDGE. Neither does it support calendar and phone book synchronization.

The VS3 does, on the other hand, come equipped with a 1.3 Megapixel camera which, courtesy of its high shutter speed, produces some of the best instant-capture shots we've seen in a handset. Controlled by means of a dedicated camera button on the right side of the handset, the camera also records video clips at a resolution of 176 x 144 pixels, with both stills and videos easily added to MMS messages from within the camera application.

The reception and voice quality of the Panasonic VS3 are average, while the phone offered approximately 3 hours of talk time and 5 days of standby time during our test period as opposed to Panasonic's claim of 4.5 hours and 9 days, respectively.

Availablity & Price and availability
The Panasonic VS3 will be available in August throughout Europe, selling in the €325 EUR without subscription.

Panasonic principal sponsor at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games


Panasonic at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
-- Principal sponsor

Panasonic, the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Video and Audio Equipment category, provided the largest ever delivery of equipment at all 37 venues in Beijing.

A total of 25 ASTROVISION large-screen display systems (total display area: 1,290.6 m2) have been installed in 18 venues. The large display system at Workers’ Stadium can rotate 270 degrees and will deliver live footage of the Games.

A total of 284 RAMSA (Research for Advanced Music Sound and Acoustics) professional audio systems were installed at 41 venues. Available video includes shots of the ASTROVISION in the National stadium, ASTROVISION rotating 270 degrees at Workers’ Stadium and RAMSA audio systems.

LG Chocolate KG800 phone: Java games, specs, apps downloaded via PC

LG Chocolate KG800 phone: Free Java Games and apps downloaded via PC
-- Overview, specs and problems (common problems)

Here's how to transfer Java games and apps from your PC to your LG Chocolate KG800 cellphone using LG's Contents Bank software over the USB cable, thanks to an anonymous commenter or two who kindly spelled it out, plus some extra research I did. I tried it, and it worked a treat, so here's a more basic fuller step by step.

This post is meant for the LG KG800 Chocolate phone but I gather that a lot of it applies to other LG phones too. The Contents Bank software (and manuals) for the main LG phone models in the UK, like the KG320, KG810, KG920 etc, can be downloaded from the site. Note that you must install the modem driver software too, see this post.

(You can supposedly download compatible Java apps to the phone via its Web browser, OTA (over the air), but that doesn't always work for me, plus you may get charged by your network/carrier for the data download. So I like this way better!)

Install the LG software
You must have already installed the LG software including modem driver (see this post on how, it's trickier than it should be). Contents Bank won't work without it. Sorry Mac owners, it's PC-only. That link was for the software for the UK model, I can't guarantee that it will work if you bought your Chocolate phone elsewhere so on your own head be it if you try it and it doesn't work for you.

It's vital that you install the software properly and take the correct steps as mentioned in this post, or else the phone won't talk properly to the Contents Bank program which is responsible for transferring Java and other files to the phone.

Where to get Java software for your Chocolate mobile phone
A good source of free Java games and other Java apps that should hopefully work on the LG Chocolate cell phone is this page on

What Java software will work on the Chocolate?
It's Java MIDP 2.0. Runs J2ME Java software only, and not all Java apps are compatible, according to the manual.

Also, Brad has reported that it will only compile files that are less than 512MB in size. For bigger files, it seems it's tough luck, they won't work on the Chocolate.

Download Java software
On your PC, using your file manager such as Windows Explorer or My Computer, in C:\Program Files/LGGSM/LGContentsBank/Contents create a new folder inside the Contents folder, and call it Java. (The Contents folder will then contain 3 folders called Java, Picture and RingTone.)

Download and save into that new Java folder the Java software you want for your Chocolate mobile. You must put the downloaded Java files in that folder, or it won't work.

Java software often comes as a duo - a .jar file and a corresponding .jad file. Both files need to be in that Java folder.

If, as with WidSets, there's only a .jad file available, then unfortunately the following steps will NOT work as it's the .jar file which is recognised by the LG software.

If you only downloaded a .jar file, you should be fine provided you make the corresponding JAD file first. Use Mango's excellent free JadMaker software which can even batch process multiple JAR files. Note that the JadMaker makes a jad file in the same folder as the original jad file, so don't be fazed if you drag and drop and can't seem to see anything happening - just check in the folder. Make sure both JAD and JAR files are copied to the C:\Program Files/LGGSM/LGContentsBank/Contents/Java folder.

Edit configuration and transfer to Chocolate phone

Then, follow these steps:

1. Making sure that the Contents Bank program is not open (close it first if it is), in a text editor like Notepad open the config.ini file (on my PC at least, that file is located in C:/Program Files/LGGSM/LGContentsBank). Save a backup first just in case, e.g. save it as backup.ini or config.bak, whatever you wish. Remember in the File Open window you may have to change "Files of type" to "All Files" to open the .ini file.

For more on that file, e.g. to see the typical full contents of that file and other possible configuration tweaks, see this post. (If your own config.ini file is missing a section like PROG_SETTING you could try copy/pasting into your own file, but do so at your own risk as there may be a good reason why in your country it's been deleted!)

2. Find the line in the PROG_SETTING section that reads "EXIST_JAVA=N" and change it to "EXIST_JAVA=Y" (without the quotation marks, but still uppercase).

3. Find the line that reads "MODEL_NAME=XXXX" (where XXXX is something, on my system it was L3100, yours may be different), and change it to "MODEL_NAME=KG800" (again without the quotes) or =whatever is the model number of your LG phone (though note my warning above that I don't know how well this works for other phones).

4. Now "File Save as" the edited file, remembering to change "Text Documents (*.txt)" in the "Save as type" line of the "Save as" box to "All Files" before you hit Save. (Or else it'll save it as "config.ini.txt" which will stop it from working).

5. In Notepad or other text editor again, open the downloaded .jad file (or the JAD file you made from the JAR with JadMaker, above) and at the end of that file in the last line paste the following line in:
MIDletX-LG-Contents: KG800

(or instead of KG800 whatever is the model number of your LG phone, though note my warning above that I don't know how well this works for other LG phones). Important: the model number here must match the model number in step 3, or it won't work.

6. "Save as" the edited file, again remembering to save it as "All Files" so it will save as a .jad file and not a .jad.txt file (as per step 4).
(To restore your backup later, just make sure you're disconnected, delete your edited config.ini file and rename your backup.ini or whatever you called it to config.ini.)

7. The order of the following is very important: if you change the order in which you do these things, it may not work. Do NOT launch LG Contents Bank yet, do NOT connect your Chocolate phone to your computer with the USB cable yet.

8. Instead first turn the phone on, and as mentioned in my previous post, keeping the phone slider open at all times, activate the modem (menu Settings, Connectivity, Modem, Activate modem, Yes, then the back button a few times to get back to the standard "home" screen on the phone, what it looks like when you first turn it on. UPDATED 8 Apr 2007: Alan reports that, on his phone anyway, backing up turns his modem off; in his case he connects to the PC straight after activating the modem and it works. Do whatever works for your phone, obviously, and if one way doesn't work try the other). Do NOT close the phone slider, always leave it open.

9. Now you can connect the phone to the PC via the USB cable.

10. Then, and only then, open LG Contents Bank on your PC. You'll see a new Java icon pic underneath the music and pic buttons

Using the downloaded Java software
Once the Java software has been copied to your phone, to access it go to menu My Stuff, Games & apps. There should now be a list of your downloaded apps, just select the one you want to open it, and there you go.

Verizon Wireless: Available phones and devices

Verizon Wireless: Available phones and devices
-- Phones and devices

Available phones and devices
Below is a list of all available phones and devices available for sale with the Verizon Wireless service.

- LG Chocolate in Black Cherry, Black, Blue Mint, and Blue Ice
- LG Voyager (VX10000) In Black And Titainum
- LG Venus in Black and Pink
- LG VX8350 in original and Red
- LG enV2 in Black and Maroon
- LG Decoy (VX8610), also available in Limited Edition
- LG VX5400
- LG VX9400
- LG Dare
- LG Chocolate 3 in Black & Light Blue

- Motorola Q9m
- Motorola Q9c
- Razr2 V9m
- Motorola W385
- Motorola MOTO W755 in Black Slate and Purple
- Motorola MOTORIZR Z6tv
- Motorola MOTO Z6c World Edition
- Motorola MOTO Z6cx World Edition (non camera)
- Motorola Adventure (V750)

- Samsung Juke in Teal, Red and Navy
- Samsung Alias in Silver
- Samsung Flipshot in Black and Red
- Samsung Glyde
- Samsung Gleam
- Samsung SCH-u340
- Samsung SCH-u410
- Samsung SCH-u550
- Samsung SCH-u620
- Samsung SCH-i760
- Samsung Knack

Verizon Wireless
- Verizon Wireless CDM 8905
- Verizon Wireless Coupe
- Verizon Wireless G'zOne Boulder in Black & Silver (with and without camera) and Orange
- Verizon Wireless G'zOne Type-S in Black & Silver and Burgundy & Gold
- Verizon Wireless PN-820 Smartphone
- Verizon Wireless SMT5800
- Verizon Wireless XV6900
- Verizon Wireless XV6800
- Verizon Wireless XV6700
- Verizon Wireless G'zOne Type-S Push to Talk
- Verizon Wireless UM150 USB Modem
- Verizon Wireless PC5750 PC Card
- Verizon Wireless KPC680 ExpressCard
- Verizon Wireless AirCard 595
- Verizon Wireless V740 ExpressCard
- Verizon Wireless USB727 Modem
- Verizon Wireless Blitz

- Nokia 6205 The Dark Knight Edition
- Nokia 6205

- Palm Centro Smartphone
- Palm Treo 700wx Smartphone

- BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Smartphone, original and Pink
- BlackBerry 8703e
- BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone
- BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone, original and Red

Upcoming and planned phones
- Nokia 7205
- Nokia 2605
- BlackBerry Niagara
- BlackBerry Thunder (first touchscreen phone from Research in Motion)
- Motorola VU30
- Motorola Blaze
- Palm Treo 800W
- Samsung U430
- Samsung U440
- Samsung U310
- Verizon Wireless Touch Diamond
- Verizon Wireless Touch Pro
- Motorola Q9 World GSM Edition "Napoleon"

These mentioned phones have not been officially announced by Verizon Wireless or their respective companies, however they are expected to be released in the future.

Verizon Wireless


Verizon Wireless
-- About Verizon company

The history
Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, owns and operates the second largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, based on a total of 68.7 million U.S. subscribers, behind AT&T Mobility's 72.9 million subscribers. Based on revenue, Verizon Wireless is the largest American wireless company and largest wireless data provider, with an annual revenue of $43.9 billion. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, the company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group, with 55 and 45 percent ownership respectively. Their joint network covers geographic regions which includes a population of approximately 260 million people within the United States.

On June 5, 2008, Verizon Wireless announced it will acquire rural provider Alltel Wireless in a deal valued at $28.1 Billion. With this merger, Verizon Wireless states that it will have approximately 80 million wireless subscribers and will cover a geographical region that contains approximately 290 million people!

About Verizon
Verizon Wireless traces its roots to Bell Atlantic Mobile, NYNEX Mobile Communications, AirTouch Communications, PrimeCo Communications, and GTE Mobilnet. Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile Communications merged in 1995 to create Bell Atlantic-NYNEX Mobile, and in 1997 their namesake Baby Bell parents followed suit to form the new Bell Atlantic and their wireless subsidiary was renamed Bell Atlantic Mobile. Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile Communications was created from Advanced Mobile Phone Service, Inc., which was a subsidiary of AT&T created in 1978 to provide cellular service nationwide. AMPS, Inc. was divided among the RBOCs as part of the Bell System Divestiture.

Meanwhile, in June 1999, AirTouch Communications of San Francisco, California merged with UK-based Vodafone Group Plc, forming Vodafone AirTouch Plc. In September 1999, Vodafone AirTouch announced a $90-billion joint venture with Bell Atlantic Corp. to be called Verizon Wireless, and which would be comprised of the two companies' U.S. wireless assets: Bell Atlantic Mobile and AirTouch Paging. This wireless joint venture received regulatory approval in six months, and began operations as Verizon Wireless on April 4, 2000. On June 30, 2000, the addition of GTE Wireless' assets, in connection with the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE to form Verizon Communications, made Verizon Wireless the nation's largest wireless communications provider (until Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless in 2004). For the joint venture, Verizon Communications owns 55% and UK-based Vodafone Group (formerly Vodafone AirTouch) owns 45%. The name "Verizon," a portmanteau, is derived by combining the word "veritas," a Latin term that means "truth," and the word "horizon." Together, they are supposed to conjure images of reliability, certainty, leadership, and limitless possibilities.

On February 19, 2008, Verizon Wireless became the first of the "big" cellular companies to offer unlimited minutes talk plans.

Please read more about Verion

Motorola V325


Motorola V325
-- Qucik Review

Tehnical details:- Screen 176x220 pixels, 65,000 colors
- Ringtone Polyphonic, 72 chords
- Networks CDMA 850 and 1900, AMPS 850
- Connectivity USB
- Physical size 3.6" x 1.9" x 0.9" (91mm x 49mm x 24mm)
- Weight 4.09 oz (116g)

Overview about mobile phone
The V325 is a basic clamshell cell phone for Verizon Wireless and US Cellular with a large display and an outer shell that lights up during incoming calls. The V325 is an upgrade of the V265/V276, and includes a universal USB charger rather than a proprietary Motorola charger.

Introduced to the market in Q1 2006, the Motorola V325 was the first cell phone compatible with Verizon Wireless' VZ Navigator application, which provides customers with turn-by-turn, written, and spoken directions to more than 14 million points of interest in the U.S. as well as maps of their current location. Recently, VZ Navigator compatibility has been extended across much of the company's cell phone lineup.


Motorola V60i


Motorola V60i
-- Quick review

The V60i expanded upon the hugely popular V60 model. However, the V60i was not as popular. A common problem with this model was the antenna snapping off for no particular reason. Instead of recalling the model, Motorola introduced the V60t Color, a large improvement from its predecessor (now discontinued).

Recently there have been Motorola V60i models that include a non-retractable antenna that does not tend to snap off like its predecessor.


BenQ-Siemens SF65 Review

Siemens SF65 Review
-- About my mobile phone

The BenQ-Siemens SF65 is a compact & stylish clamshell opening mobile phone which comes in a choice of colours which include polar white & onyx black. The phone has a very smooth coated finish which makes it highly desirable in looks. The handset is very solid & robust for a clamshell phone & weighs 97 grams which provides a quality feel. The size of the handset is 91 x 44 x 23 mm which provides a very usable & compact feel. The phone is similar in features to the Nokia 2652 & the Nokia V220 mobile phones but all the phones have a very unique & attractive look of their own.

The phone comes with a 65k colour screen (128 x 160 pixels) which will provide the user with a colourful display. The SF65 comes with a built in 1.3 megapixel camera with 4 x zoom & flash feature. The camera can be operated by the user opening the clamshell mechanism then twisting the screen 180 degrees & repositioning the screen in the opposite position. The phone looks like a small digital camera & all the operating camera keys can be used very easily when the screen is in this position.

The SF65 comes complete with a choice of ringtones so that the user can select a tone to suit their mood. The sound quality in the BenQ-Siemens SF65 is good & the user can use the volume control to increase the volume of their chosen ringtone. The phone comes with a vibrating alert feature which provides the user with not only a ringtone but the motion of the handset will let the user know when a call is coming in.

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With many thanks!

Toshiba Portege G500 Review

Toshiba Portege G500 Review
-- Mobile review of Toshiba

When you see that name it makes you think of laptops, TVs, DVD players and so on. It doesn’t usually make you think of mobile phones. So I was definitely interested to see how it would fair against the mighty HTC. Before meeting with the Portégé G500 I had never actually used a Toshiba mobile phone before in my life. It’s definitely not the first mobile phone they’ve brought out, but it is the first powered by any version of Windows Mobile.

The specifications
Dimensions (mm): 96 x 49 x 22.9
Weight (g): 135
Band: 2100 for HSPDA category 6 - 900/1800/1900 for GSM/EDGE
GRPS: Class 10
Main Display: 65K colours - TFT
Camera: 2 mega-pixel - Digital zoom - 2.3" - QVA sub camera for Video Telephony
Video: H.263/MPEG4. WMV
Sound: MP3, AAC, AAC+. eAAC+, WMA
Speakers: 1 earpiece - 1 speaker for ringer - Speaker Phone and Music
Brower: WAP2.0 - XHTML - HTML4.01 - ECMAScript/Opera 8.6
Memory: 64MB Internal - Support up to 2GB mini SD slot
Messaging: SMS - MMS - E-mail (Visto/Exchange) - MSN Messenger
Connectivity: Bluetooth 1.2 (HS,OPP, FTP, DUN) - USB1.1 Client (mini-USB connector)
Java: MIP2.0. JTWI, JSR 75/135
PIM/ DRM: Mobile Outlook - ActiveSync - OMA DRM 1.0/2.0
Fingerprint Authentication
VoIP: SIP over Wi-FI
PC Connectivity: Toshiba enhancement
Platform: Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Battery: Standby time up to - 240 hours (GSM/3G)- Talk time - up to 240 mins (GSM 180 mins (3G)

The pocket contains:
- Toshiba PORTÉGÉ G500 Smartphone
- AC adapter
- Battery
- Headset
- CD software and manual

About the mobile
Unfortunately, when you actually get down to using the phone, things go slightly downhill. When performing small tasks like navigating around the phone it seemed to take a while to do anything even when there wasn’t anything else running in the background, and when I started to use things like Internet Explorer it was noticeably slower than other phones I have used.

Sending text messages was also something that I had one or two issues with; to start with I had the T9 dictionary switched on, but when it couldn’t keep up with my lightening fast texting I gave up and changed to the standard text entry. Now, I’ve not used this way of texting for a long time and so was a bit rusty to start with, but it still couldn’t keep up and sending a text definitely became a bit of a chore.

Alcatel one touch 835 mobile phone - Phone Review


Alcatel one touch 835 mobile phone
-- Phone Review

Alcatel a mobile phone company has brought down a brand new mobile phone. This mobile phone which has been got to the new mobile phone market is a flip model. This mobile phone is named as the Alcatel one touch 835 Mobile Phone. This mobile phone has two displays; one display is inside the flip case and the other display outside the mobile phone, that is, it is designed on the top of the panel. The outer color display has got the ability to support 65000 colors.

The screen provided for this mobile phone is in the model of TFT display. This mobile phone is featured with a large screen inside the panel; this is the main screen display with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels. This mobile screen with the supporting feature of more pixels, it also has got the facility to support about 262000 colors. This Alcatel one touch 835 mobile phone has also got the facility of a VGA camera, this helps in possessing the video record in MJPEG format that too, this feature allows you to use this mobile phone in taking videos continuously to about 5 seconds. Then in the case if memory this mobile phone has got an internal memory of about 3 mega bytes, which of sharable in their type.

With this memory as a plus point this mobile phone has got the ability to store 300 names in the mobile phone’s phone book, not only this but also this mobile phone got an extra feature, that is the user’s group, personal call melodies, photos and videos. The images in the mobile phone can also be seen in the outer screen. Calendar memory is also a special feature in this mobile phone that can also store up to 500 notes that too the storage depends up on the length. Then next in the memory slot, there comes the call Register feature this feature allows the mobile phone to store the last 10 missed calls, 10 received calls, 10 dialled calls in its internal memory.

Thus at the first the 3 mega bytes internal memory will be fully used to utilise every thing including the internal soft ware. Call management and the ring tone services include vibrating alert, this vibrating alert helps in vibrating the mobile phone when ever you receive a message or an incoming call. As in the feature of ring tones this mobile phone has got he capability to access 40 types of poly phonic ring tones along with this, the mobile phone features an extra credit that is the mobile phone’s ring tone services includes MP3 melodies as all signals. In the feature of sending sms this mobile phone has got some more special features other than the mobile phones in the mobile phone’s market. This sms sending facility includes you a feature to select templates. This mobile phone allows you to send EMS and it can also receive messages in Russian language, along with all the messaging options this mobile phone allows you to send group messages.

Connectivity features of Alcatel one touch 835 mobile phone:

  1. WAP 1.2.1
  2. GPRS class 10
  3. MMS
  4. Synchronization with PC via cable(included in the set)

Extras features of Alcatel one touch 835 mobile phone:

  1. Games
  2. Time, date
  3. Alarm-clock (works even when the phone is turned off, but during a certain time period).
  4. Calculator
  5. Organizer, recurrent events, calendar - day, week and month view
  6. Weight: 88 g
  7. Dimensions: 88×46x20 mm
  8. Triple voice codes - HR, FR, EFR
  9. In built loud speaker
  10. Battery type Li-Ion 785 mAh
  11. Standby time up to 300 hours, talk time up to 7 hours.

Sony mobile's problems - Update problems

Sony mobile's problems - Update problems
-- Sony Ericsson problems

A real story about a Sony Ericsson user:
Q. I have a Sony Ericsson UIQ 3 smartphone and am having trouble updating its firmware. I've downloaded the required Sony Ericsson Update wizard but it doesn't want to talk to my smartphone. A support line advised me to 'disable my firewall' but I don't want to do that. Help!

A. You're absolutely right, in that keeping your PC online without a firewall is sheer madness and you'd be vulnerable within minutes to Internet-borne 'worms'. The only exception to this might be if you know your Internet router has a firewall built-in, in which case a software firewall is redundant anyway.

Try working through the following:
First of all, perform a factory reset (see 'Control panel' on your device) and then power it down completely, removing the battery for a couple of minutes. This makes sure that there's no extra software or electronic corruption that could be causing the problem.

If you're using a third party PC firewall, enable the built-in Windows one and then disable the former, which is probably restricting data traffic more severely.

Place your original Sony Ericsson CD into the CD/DVD drive, in case extra drivers are needed.

Fully charge your device and then disconnect the charger.

Plug your smartphone into a genuine USB port, not one on a USB hub or adapter.

Download the latest SEUS utility from, along with a newer version of Java, if needed.

Start SEUS and wait. Sony Ericsson's update service is fairly slow at the best of times and the Java-hosted utility is also slow. Step through the instructions, leaving plenty of time for each action and don't get impatient.

If you get any “Device not recognised” errors, just ignore them, it's only Windows being picky.

If you still have problems, it's worth trying later, at a less busy time of day, as the SEUS system can get overloaded.

Bad News For Motorola


Bad News For Motorola

Nokia and Qualcomm buried the hatchet this week, deciding to settle matters out of court and become friends. While the details of the settlement aren’t clear, The Wall Street Journal reports that as a result of this settlement, Nokia will pay less to Qualcomm. The deal ensures that Qualcomm continues to get money in the 4G era regardless of WiMAX and LTE technologies.

The deal also paves the way for Nokia to aggressively chase the U.S. CDMA opportunities. The company has been desperately trying to get a toehold in the U.S., but has failed to get carriers to cozy up to its handsets. AT&T will introduce five Nokia phones this year, but it is with the CDMA that Nokia can have an impact.

In order to get going, Nokia has been willing to make concessions to meet the needs of carriers. Verizon recently launched Nokia 6205. Thanks to the truce, it is not impossible to imagine Nokia phones with Qualcomm’s Brew OS.

Nokia, according to some of my sources, feels that a feeble Motorola is ready to be knocked over from its strong position with two CDMA carriers, Sprint and Verizon. Analysts estimate that Motorola sales are going to suffer mostly because the company doesn’t have the handsets to match the onslaught from Apple, RIM, Samsung, LG and even Nokia. And the fact that Motorola is spinning out its handset business…even carriers are starting to wonder if they can count on the beleaguered mobile phone maker. Nokia wants to step into the breach and become a bigger player in the U.S. Nokia’s current share of the U.S. mobile market is about 6 percent.

Thank you Jason for the email! I'm sorry about the source!

Verizon's Storm


Verizon's Storm Checklist and overview
-- Useful information

Verizon released a checklist on how consumers can prepare their home telecommunications for the hurricane and winter storm season, as well as the whirlwind of activities that autumn brings to family life. Verizon developed the checklist to showcase some of the ways Verizon can help families be prepared for any eventuality. Verizon's checklist includes:

Corded Phone:
- Purchase an inexpensive phone with a cord that plugs into a wall jack. It's hurricane season, and winter storms are not far behind. Verizon's network is self-powered, so service stays on even during a power failure, provided the phone line itself is not down. Cordless phones won't work when the lights are out and neither will Internet calling services because the hardware requires power. Having a traditional corded phone available or always hooked up to an extension helps consumers stay in touch.

Call Forwarding:
- Among the calling services Verizon offers is one that can be a lifesaver: Ultra Forward/Call Ability. The service, available in some areas, lets customers forward calls from their home line to any number, anyplace, and remotely change the destination. This service was a huge help for some Virginia customers when the state was pounded by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Since Verizon's central offices were self-powered, the switches and the forwarding worked fine, and customers could have their calls come to them, wherever they went. Standard Call Forwarding, more widely available, must be programmed from home; so storm evacuees would need to set up the forwarding number before leaving the house.

Good Calling Plan:
- Consumers sending someone off to college should be sure they have a good any-distance calling plan so they can communicate as often and as long as they like. Verizon Freedom Essentials provides unlimited domestic calling, including calls to Puerto Rico, and the top three calling features - Caller ID, Call Waiting and Home Voice Mail. Consider Verizon's Away From Home services as well; Personal Toll Free calling or calling cards can save money.

- Moving season is almost over, but for customers who are moving into a new home now, Verizon can work with them to stop service at their old address and set up new services at their new home. Customers can duplicate what they have now or explore new options for calling plans, high-speed Internet and all-digital TV and music entertainment. Customers can call the service number on their bill or go online to their My Account page to work both ends of the move at once. Ordering online is easy and accurate. Customers can also temporarily suspend service in their vacation homes if they won't be there for a while. All they need to do is to make one call to get service turned back on.

- Verizon's Home Voice Mail is built into the company's switching systems, which runs on multiple power supplies. As a result, the service works even when the lights go out, letting customers continue to send and receive messages during or after storms. Customers should get more than one password-protected mailbox to enable their families to easily sort messages. Home Voice Mail can be used to broadcast messages to lists of people, like pee wee football team parents. Customers can also use the service to communicate with family members in case of disaster by leaving and retrieving messages to each other. By activating wireless notification, customers can get a text message on their wireless phones each time a new message is left.

While some of these items only apply to consumers in Verizon's coverage area, the checklist does bring up several good points that consumers across the nation can check into to make sure they are prepared for the fall and winter.

Blackberry known problems - photo, talks, connection, address, overall


Blackberry known problems - photo, talks, connection, address, overall
-- Top Blackberry dislikes

If you have previously used PocketMac for BlackBerry you should perform one last sync using PocketMac so that your device and Mac are up to date. Then uninstall PocketMac before installing the Missing Sync. The Missing Sync installer will uninstall two PocketMac KEXT extensions, if found, to prevent conflicts. To use PocketMac again you would have to reinstall.

If you sync wirelessly with a BES BlackBerry Enterprise Wireless server, you must disable the wireless sync on the BlackBerry when syncing with the Mac. To disable wireless synchronization, go to the specific application (Address Book, Calendar, Tasks, or Memos), then click the wheel and choose Options > Wireless Synchronization, and set it to "No." You then have to "Save" the setting. If you plan to sync with the BES server later you need to follow the above steps and choose "Yes" for the Wireless Synchronization option for each application.

Some non-English character sets, like Greek, cause an error when used into handheld records, "An error occurred while updating the local database from the device."

BlackBerry 8130 Mounting Problems
- Users are reporting errors when trying to mount the BlackBerry 8130 as a USB mass storage device. The ability to mount on the Mac desktop as a Mass USB Storage device is functionality built into the BlackBerry 8130 and is not controlled by The Missing Sync software. But, if you can't mount the card on the Mac, you can't use The Missing Sync to synchronize photos, music or files to the card. We are actively investigating this issue, but recommend NOT mounting the card with the BlackBerry 8130 at this time.

Kernel Panic If You Plug In a BlackBerry That Is Rebooting - If you remove and replace the battery from your BlackBerry, let the device fully power up before plugging it into your Mac. Likewise, if the BlackBerry battery is completely dead, you should plug it into an AC adapter rather than into the Macintosh until the device has fully booted. This problem has been fixed by Research In Motion in recent system updates, so check for the latest operating system from your wireless carrier.
[Note: You will need a Windows PC or VMWare running Windows to install the update on the device].

iTunes & iPhoto
- iTunes and iPhoto syncing require a BlackBerry that supports an expansion card (e.g. Pearl 8100 or BlackBerry 8800).
- Early versions of the Pearl (BlackBerry 8100) did not support 2GB MicroSD cards. The most current BlackBerry software updates do support 2GB cards (check with your carrier or RIM about BlackBerry software updates)
- If the MicroSD card does not mount upon connection, check the BlackBerry Options > Advanced Options > Media Card, and set the "When Connected" option to Yes or Prompt. If you choose Prompt the device will prompt you whether to turn on Mass Storage Mode or not and you must choose Yes or No. If you have the preference to sync on connect you may not see this prompt until after the sync is complete and the card will not connect.

In order to play media files on the device while it is plugged into the Mac, you have to turn off mass storage mode. Ejecting the disk from the Finder or Missing Sync is not enough. The option is at Options/Advanced/Media Card/Mass Storage Mode. The mass storage mode must be on to sync iTunes and iPhoto and then off to play music or view photos on the device when connected.
Photos imported from the BlackBerry appear as an event in iPhoto 7 titled, "com.markspace.missingsync.blackberry-photos." You can easily edit this Event group name in iPhoto to something more relevant for your photos.

iCal does not support recurring tasks, but the BlackBerry device does. The Missing Sync will not sync a recurring device task. If such a task is encountered, the offending task is mentioned in the log. Before syncing again, you must edit the task to not repeat.
After a "reset sync history", any tasks that include a due date may generate a conflict. If you review the conflict you will notice that the Mac tasks have both a "due date" and "due date type", whereas the BlackBerry task only has a due date and the "due date type" is empty. Mark/Space recommends that you keep the BlackBerry version of the note to resolve the conflict.

Task priorities on the BlackBerry differ from ToDo priorities in iCal.
The Missing Sync maps them like this:

Tasks priority mapping:
- iCal ---> BlackBerry
- Very important ---> High
- Important ---> Normal
- Not Important ---> Low
- No Priority ---> Low

If "No priority" is set in iCal, then that priority is preserved on a round trip sync until the task is edited on the handheld.

Address Book
Duplicate phone numbers may result if you had the same contact on your BlackBerry and your Mac with slightly different formatted phone numbers. For example you had (408) 555-1212 on the device and 408.555.1212 on the Mac.

Phone numbers sync as follows:
- Mac <---> BlackBerry
- Work <---> Work
- Home <---> Home
- Mobile <---> Mobile
- Pager <----> Pager
- Fax <---> Fax
- Other <---> Other
- Main <---> Work 2
- N/A <---> Home 2
- Custom <---> Direct Connect (Nextel devices)
- User1 <---> User 1 (custom phone field)
- User2 <---> User 2 (custom phone field)
- User3 <---> User 3 (custom phone field)
- User4 <---> User 4 (custom phone field)
- PIN <---> PIN (custom phone field)

N/A = This field does NOT sync

General Nokia: Problems and useful information


General Nokia: Problems and useful information

Questions and Answers
Q: SD (Secure Digital) Cards are much cheaper than MMC cards, can I use them instead?
A: No, only MMCs are supports.

Q: What is the max. size of MMCs that can be used?
A: 512 MB should work for sure, 1GB maybe. But: It is not the size that matters. Some cards just won't work. Which can't be said. If you buy a card and it won't work: give it back!

Q: Where do I get the setting for MMS, WAP/GPRS, Internet and email?
A: The easiest way is Over-The-Air (OTA). Go to,8764,96,00.html (or the specific Nokia website of your country!). Choose you phone from the list. There you will find a link for your settings, follow the instructions. Nokia will be send to you OTA as SMS. You only have save the settings and maybe have to activate them. This service is free!
If your provider isn't listed, he might not support the phone at the moment (or its features like WAP 2.0 or else). Try the website of your provider. If there are no settings, the phone really isn't supported. Sometime the hotline of the provider can help, but it's quite a shot in the dark.

Q: Does this phone has this or that feature?
A: Before you ask here, look at the official Nokia site of the phone. Most questions are answered there (especially in the FAQ).

Q: How can I set an animated GIF as wallpaper so it will be animated?
A: You can't. If you set an animated GIF as wallpaper, it will only show the first frame.

Apple iPhone vs Blackberry


Apple iPhone vs Blackberry Curve

Apple iPhone VS BlackBerry Curve ( 8300 )
Research in Motion (RIM) introduced a sleeker and sexier version of its popular smartphone, the BlackBerry Curve. Its also the smallest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry to date. Since the BlackBerry has been one of the best smartphones available it is only appropriate to compare it with Apple's revolutionary iPhone.

Isn't it ironical that the title of my blog post says the new BlackBerry Curve (Update: Original title has been changed from "iPhone VS the new BlackBerry Curve" to "Apple iPhone VS BlackBerry Curve ( 8300 )" to keep the post timeless) when the iPhone will only be available in the stores in US in the month of June. I guess there has been so much buzz created about the iPhone that it probably makes me feel that the iPhone has been around for quite sometime now.

BlackBerry Curve ( 8300 ) advantages VS Apple iPhone:

  • The BlackBerry Curve is compatible with your company's BlackBerry Enterprise server with support for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, or Novell GroupWise to deliver corporate e-mail in real time. This is probably one of the key functionalities for a Corporate user.
  • An attachment viewer is also onboard to open popular file formats, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Corel WordPerfect, PDFs, JPEG, GIF, and more. Based on the information that is available currently it doesn't look like the iPhone will be able to support Office documents as attachments which is likely to hamper business users.
  • BlackBerry is open to independent developers, on the other hand Steve Jobs was quite categorical in an interview that "He ain't opening up the iPhone" for independent developers.
  • The BlackBerry Curve's full QWERTY keyboard should offer a better typing experience with its tactile feedback making typing emails, SMS or even dialing numbers a breeze.
  • The BlackBerry Curve will be a far cheaper option than the $499 and $599 iPhone.
  • You can upload and download large files by using the BlackBerry Curve as a wireless modem for your laptop, there is currently no information available to suggest this feature will be available in the iPhone.
  • User replaceable battery.
  • Above all, BlackBerry has been a proven smartphone with a large number of BlackBerry addicts, or should I say Crackberry, so RIM have definitely done many things right.

I hope that information was useful for you!

LG Chocolate (VX8500) Phone (Verizon Wireless) - Review and specifications

LG Chocolate (VX8500) Phone (Verizon Wireless) - Review and specifications

Released for Verizon Wireless, the LG Chocolate (VX8500) offers a minimalist-inspired style, silky-smooth slide design, and a glowing, touch-sensitive keypad. In addition to its multimedia capabilities and styling, Verizon Wireless has included the features such as VCAST Video and 3D Games, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth capabilities, a microSD memory expansion slot that supports the newest SanDisk 2 GB cards and access to VZ Navigator and turn-by-turn navigation with audible voice directions to most addresses in the U.S

LG Chocolate (VX8500) Features
- Innovative sliding design with red touch navigation keys and dedicated music key for easy access to playlists
- Built-in 1.3-megapixel camera, multi-step zoom, and video clip capture and playback capabilities
- Bluetooth compatible with devices that support the headset and handsfree profiles including A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution) profile for wireless music listening
- Speaker-independent voice recognition to call, send message, check status, lookup names, and access My Account
- Flash user interface themes for personalization
- Personal Tools including Calendar with Scheduler, Alarm Clock, Notepad, plus World Clock, - - Calculator and Ez Tip Calculator tools
- MicroSD external memory port to store pictures, videos, sounds and music
- WAP 2.0 compliant browser with EV-DO for high-speed data transmission including VCAST video and music on-demand

Nokia E51 review, specs and tehnical information


Nokia E51 review, specs and tehnical information

Nokia’s E series of smartphones is aimed squarely at the business community. It's a fairly recent series, but already includes a variety of designs including a slider (the E65), a QWERTY-keyboard device (the E61i) and a clamshell (the E90 Communicator). The E51 adds another format in the shape of a candybar phone.

The Nokia E51 is a slimline candybar handset measuring just 12mm thick — a dimension that any mobile phone manufacturer would be happy with, smartphone or not. It is 114.8mm tall and 46mm wide and weighs a very light 100g.

The chrome-and-black colour scheme is smart enough, but hardly distinctive. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking that the E51 is a run-of-the-mill mobile phone.

The keypad occupies a lot of space on this handset, due mainly to the bank of shortcut keys above the number pad. The number pad itself is large, with the keys spanning almost the full width of the device and measuring 6mm tall. This, plus a shaped design that helps tactile identification, makes it easy to dial numbers; heavy texters should also find this keypad to their liking.

The bank of keys above the number pad comprises the usual Call and End keys plus Nokia softmenu keys, the Nokia backspace key and a navigation key, as well as four additional shortcut keys.

The navigation button is well designed, with a raised silver ridge indented towards its centre; it's thin, but easy to tap with a finger or thumb. In its centre sits a big select button, which is also comfortable to use.

The four additional shortcut keys, collectively known as 'one-touch keys', help you navigate around the E51's applications. The four keys each have three modes: short press, long press and double short press. Fortunately the functions are related. For example, a short tap on the email key opens the default email inbox, while a long press of the same key puts you straight into writing a new email. And with a double tap the default email box opens and then returns you to the previous application — effectively allowing you to do a quick check of your incoming email.

Similar functions exist for the Contacts key (open contacts, create a new contact, return to the previous application), and the Calendar key (open the calendar, create a new meeting, return to the previous application). The fourth one-touch key is marked with the Home icon; here, a short press takes you to the applications menu, a second short press brings up the main 'active standby' screen and a long press delivers a list of currently running applications between which you can switch.

Lacking a touchscreen, the E51 relies entirely on button-based navigation, and Nokia clearly thinks that businesspeople will react positively to the one-touch keys. In our experience they certainly give quick and easy access to some of this smartphone's key features.

There are also side mounted buttons, with the right edge housing volume controls and, between them, a button that mutes the microphone during calls. On the left edge is a button that can be used for voice commands and to initiate a voice recording.

The screen is a 2in. unit with a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. Despite its small size, we found it remarkably easy to read — even when crammed with information.

The E51 is very well featured as far as communications capabilities are concerned. It's a quad-band GSM handset with 3G and HSDPA for high-speed data (up to 3.6Mbps), and has infrared, Bluetooth (2.0+EDR) and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) built in. The chink in the armour is that video calling capability is limited: you can make video calls, but there's no front-facing camera, so you are limited to showing callers what you can see through the rear-facing one.

The 2-megapixel camera at the back shoots stills at 640 by 480 and 1600 by 1200 pixels, and will shoot video too. It's a mid-range unit, but perfectly adequate for the average business user.

SIP-based Voice over IP via Wi-Fi is supported, so the E51 should work with a range of third-party VoIP clients and be suitable for integration with office-based IP PBX systems.

Wi-Fi can also be used for mobile email and web browsing, and in testing the latter we found the browser to be very good. The E51's small screen is not ideal, but you can push the screen into wide mode and zoom the text, which helps readability. If you scroll quickly through a page a thumbnail appears, with a red box showing the display area. You can use this to home in on an area of a long page for viewing. Alternatively, 'page overview' mode lets you scan a page and focus in on the desired area.

The E51 comes with 130MB of built-in memory and this can be expanded with microSD cards. The slot lies on the left edge and is protected by the battery cover.

The E51 based on the Symbian Series 60 edition 3.1 operating system. In addition to the applications already noted, there's a wide range of additional software. Readers for PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files are provided, along with a Zip manager for handling compressed email attachments. The E51 is compatible with a wide range of mobile email options.

Like other E-series handsets, the E51 incorporates Nokia Team Suite, a utility that helps facilitate group activities such as conference calls, emails and text messages.

Another application is what Nokia calls Active Notes: these contain not only text, but also images, sounds, URLs and other rich-media information.

Nokia Maps is included, and you can use this over the air to get location-based information, including route planning. The Nokia E51 lacks a built-in GPS receiver, though, so to take full advantage of Nokia Maps you'll need to link to one via Bluetooth.

Audio functionality comes in the shape of a music player and an FM radio. The stereo headset connects to the E51 via a 2.5mm jack and must be connected if you want to use the FM radio, as it contains the antenna. Other bundled applications include a unit converter, a calculator, an alarm clock and a video player (RealPlayer).

Performance & battery life
The Nokia E51 is a very comfortable handset to use. The buttons are nicely designed and the one-touch keys offer easy access to some of the device's key features.

Battery life is obviously important to mobile professionals. We tested the Nokia E51 by fully charging its battery and then setting it to play music non-stop for as long as possible. It managed 13.5 hours of music, which is one of the best results we've recorded. With heavy Wi-Fi usage — for Voice over IP, for example — you can expect much less longevity, and will probably need to recharge the phone on a daily basis.

If the Nokia E51 had a front-facing camera for two-way video calling, we would be hard pressed to find fault with it. We're not too concerned about the absence of a GPS receiver — Nokia Maps is handy, but anyone wanting serious navigation capability would be advised to get a device with a larger screen. The E51's nearest rival in the E series, the E65, impressed us when we reviewed it earlier this year. However, the E51 is an even better proposition, being much more pocket-friendly and packed with an impressive array of features.