Many people wonder why WiFi is an important feature to include on a smartphone and Nokia is showing the true power of the mobile user with their S60 smartphones that support VoIP clients. Developers are also doing a great job in creating a number of VoIP clients for users to choose from and most are in beta stages at this time. In this article we take a look at Fring, Gizmo Project, and Truphone on three S60 3rd Edition devices. Fring supports Skype, Google Talk, and MSN Messenger so this single client may be just what you are looking for to unleash the power of WiFi on your mobile device.
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GrandCentral and TalkPlus are two Voice 2.0 services with different target markets, but you can use them together on mobile devices like the Nokia Nseries to have ultimate control over your incoming and outgoing phone calls. You no longer have to be restricted to your wireless carrier's basic voicemail and call management features, but you can have complete freedom and control of all your phones and your numbers with advanced voicemail capabilities.
MobileTechRoundup show #91 began with a bit more talk of Windows Mobile 6, including what devices will be seeing upgrades. Kevin then explained why he likes the Zune Marketplace and how most of us have been renting content for years so why not rent music and get more of it for your consumption? James let the readers know how they can get their own free Zune too. My contest for the i-mate JAQ3 was mentioned. Kevin, James, and I also discussed our favorite devices announced at 3GSM and I personally went for the Nokia E90 Communicator that I cannot wait to get my hands on. Other discussions covered the topics of Windows Vista Sideshow on devices, Opera pre-installed on Windows Mobile 6 devices, Nokia 3GSM announcements, and the freeware of the show from Microsoft.
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.
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.