The great folks at Comunicano previously sent me some press information on GrandCentral and I finally had a chance to setup an account last weekend. GrandCentral is a service that lets you obtain a single phone number and then tie that phone number to you for life. You can have your home, mobile, and office phone numbers all ring when your new GrandCentral number is dialed and answer it wherever you desire. You will never have to change phone numbers again and more importantly to me is the advanced features and control the service gives you. And just this week, GrandCentral added the ability to tie your Gizmo VoIP number to your account and I already added my Gizmo number.
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Verizon Wireless and Palm announced the availability of the Treo 700wx Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition device. Verizon Wireless was the first carrier to have the Treo 700w last year, which was actually the first Windows Mobile Treo ever released. Then Sprint released the upgraded 700wx a few months ago and many with the 700w were saying that the 700wx is what the first device really should have been. The 700wx has one major improvement over the 700w and that is double the RAM, from 32MB to 64MB. 32MB of RAM, even in a Windows Mobile 5 device that uses RAM more efficiently than previous Windows Mobile/Pocket PC operating systems is still too low to adequately run more than a couple applications. I understand the 700wx also has integrated DUN support, but that was available via a third party application too. There has been no official statement from Palm on the upgradeability to Windows Mobile 6 for these latest Treo devices, but now that the new OS has been announced I imagine there will be an upgrade option as long as Verizon buys off on it. You can pick up the Treo 700wx on Verizon Wireless now for US$399.99 after US$100 rebate and a two-year activation.
I think quite a few people enjoyed my i-mate JAQ3 first impressions article and I personally found the device to be pretty decent. However, I am smitten with my T-Mobile Dash and just can't give up it's slim size and speedy response so I am giving away the JAQ3 to one lucky Mobile Gadgeteer reader. BTW, the i-mate JAQ3 currently runs Windows Mobile 5, but an update to Windows Mobile 6 should be available for JAQ3 owners in the next few months so you can get this and upgrade to WM 6 soon. Simply visit the i-mate JAQ3 giveaway gallery, check out the photos of the 12 device keyboards, and then email me your answers to what devices those keyboards are found on.
Lots of devices and the new Windows Mobile 6 operating system were announced at 3GSM this year, but there was also plenty to talk about in regards to software and services. ALK Technologies announced that CoPilot Live 7 would be coming this spring for Windows Mobile 6, Nokia announced that YouTube videos would be coming to Nseries devices, and Microsoft took off the beta tag and released three new Windows Live products for mobile devices.
HTC issued a press release announcing the HTC Advantage (X7500), the HTC S710, and the HTC P3350. The Advantage has long been rumored as the HTC Athena/T-Mobile Ameo and the device has now been officially announced. Look for these three new Windows Mobile devices in the first or second quarter of 2007, with launches most likely in Europe first.
I was able to test out the new Office Mobile suite on a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device and while Office Mobile may satisfy many users who just want to view documents on their Standard device (formerly known as Smartphone) I need more functionality than this since I use my device as a full PDA replacement. Yesterday DataViz announced that the full version of >Documents To Go for Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone Edition is now available for download and purchase for US$29.99. The application is OUTSTANDING and with their InTact Technology keeping documents from getting stripped and warped this is a must have application for those who use a Windows Mobile Smartphone as their primary device. This application allows me to replace a slower Phone Edition with a snappier and more compact Smartphone device.
The news this week is Windows Mobile 6 and in MobileTechRoundup show #90 and we spent a few minutes talking about this latest update that was officially announced today. James, Kevin, and I have also been loading up Vista on our devices and there may be noticeable battery drain on notebook batteries with Vista installed. James has some theories as to why this may be happening and we will continue to look into it. Nokia also made some great announcements at 3GSM today and I talked a bit about some mapping freeware for Nokia and Windows Mobile devices. TabletKiosk announced a couple of new Sahara slate Tablet PCs with both passive and active digitizers in one high end model. We record our show using Skype and last week twenty-five tips and tricks for Skype were posted so give them a try.
I said there would be a ton of announcements from 3GSM this week and if your head isn't already spinning with the speed and number of device announcements then get ready for another one. Research in Motion announced the BlackBerry 8800. The BlackBerry 8800 is the thinnest BlackBerry device and yet features their famous QWERTY keyboard and the trackball navigation system similar to the Pearl. Integrated GPS and a microSD expansion slot are also packed into this slim device. The BlackBerry 8800 comes with BlackBerry Maps that work with the integrated GPS radio to provide driving directions to your desired destination. The device sports a 320x240 landscape color display.The quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE smartphone will be available worldwide starting this month.
There will be lots of news coming out of the 3GSM World Congress event being held in Spain this week and we've already posted lots of Windows Mobile 6 news. Nokia also made some major device announcements that include model updates and a new Communicator for the enterprise user. The Nokia E90, E65, and E61i are three new devices for the enterprise market. The Nokia N77 adds DVB-H TV to a high end multimedia devices. The Nokia 6110 Navigator allows you to get GPS navigation and location based services on a small form factor S60 device.
A couple of new Windows Mobile 6 devices were announced earlier today, but the bulk of the announcements were just made from ASUS, BenQ Siemens, Gigabyte, HTC, Lenovo, Motorola, and Palm. All these companies announced Windows Mobile 6 devices that would be launched in 2007. The device that has me most interested is the HTC Vox that is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device with a standard looking phone keypad, but with a side slide-out QWERTY keyboard to use when you really need to enter some text. I am also interested in the GSM Motorola Q that runs Windows Mobile 6. While it is nice that Palm will be updating the Treo line with Windows Mobile 6, the more interesting part of Microsoft's announcement is that 320x320 resolution is now supported so Windows Mobile Palm Treo devices can have the same hardware as the Palm OS models. The lower 240x240 resolution has been an area where people have been disappointed with Windows Mobile Treo devices.