Archive for September 18th, 2008

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Vodafone to Offer Dell’s Mini 9 with Built-In Mobile Broadband

image Vodafone UK will be the first European network operator to offer Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 ultra-mobile device with built-in mobile broadband connectivity through its stores.  Available from mid October, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 will be sold at, Vodafone retail stores and through corporate account managers. Interested customers can pre-register at

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 global media launch

This evening we’re off to another Sony Ericsson event in London. This time we’re attending the ‘Global Media Launch’ of the Xperia X1 being held at Tent London.

I’m not sure what the format of the event will be but I’ll definitely be reporting back to you with any news that I can get my hands on. Hopefully there will be a few video ops. too!

If there is anything specific you would like me to find out about the Xperia X1 or anything else to do with Sony Ericsson, drop me a line and I’ll try and get some answers!

EDIT: Just on my way back from the event now. It was a good evening and we had some excellent oportunities to talk to Magnus Andersson as well as a number of other people from SE. I’ll have a post with some news and video for you tomorrow.


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Mobility Today Podcast 125

image The latest episode of the Mobility Today podcast is available to download. This week I took the time out to catch up on some much needed sleep but Dave Steve and Mike discuss the latest HTC devices, Google Android, iPhone 2.1 highs and lows and many other topics. You can download the show directly here, subscribe through iTunes or RSS. Show notes after the break.

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HTC Touch HD video look

image Just had a tip off from Superetrader of a video that has just hit Youtube of the HTC Touch HD. The video is all in French unfortunately. The Touch HD is impressive, its screen quality is amazing. Enjoy the 12 minutes of video after the break. The software on the device is not finished yet.

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Google Android hits the US at $199

The first “GooglePhone” will hit the streets of the US for $199 next week.  It’s a T-Mobile exclusive (For now) and will require a service agreement with T-Mobile.  In simple UK speak: its on contract, not PAYG.

Despite that, it does appear the phone is going to cost a lot less than the iPhone – but that’s dependant on what sort of contract you will be pushed into.

Oh and the HTC Dream / GooglePhone has now got a proper name – maybe.  Rumours suggest ‘T-Mobile G1’ is the rather unoriginal name.

Posted by: Mark

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Windows Mobile 6.1 SMTP issues

Do you have a Windows Mobile 6.1 powered device and use either POP3 or IMAP4 with SMTP? Have you encountered problems sending email or seen the error message below?


If the answer to either of the questions above is yes then read on as what you are seeing is actually a bug that affects all WM 6.1 powered handsets!


I first discovered this problem a few months ago while using my HTC TyTN II. I have access to two Exchange servers but, as you’ll probably know, you can only set up one Exchange activesync partnership per device. So for the other account I have to use IMAP4 and send over SMTP.

I’ve been using the setup for about 18 months and it works perfectly well for me, well until HTC released the WM 6.1 update for the TyTN II it did.

I installed the 6.1 update on the TyTN II and set up my Exchange and IMAP4 accounts. Was able to receive email with both accounts, no problem. All was well until I tried to send an email from my IMAP4 account (through SMTP). Upon trying to send mail I simply got presented with the error message above. I checked the account settings, they were all correct, but still unable to send mail.

I then restored the original WM 6.0 ROM to the TyTN II and the problem went away! This lead me to think that there was a problem with HTC’s implementation of the 6.1 ROM. However later test revealed this to not be the case.

I set up my IMAP4 email on my new HTC Touch Diamond and was able to send one email, but subsequent emails then failed with the same error message. Deleting and recreating the account allowed me to send one or two more emails before it then failed again. One sending failed the account never works again!

So I contacted one of our friends at Microsoft to try and work through the problem.

Having worked with the guys at Microsoft for the past 6 weeks or so (including the top Outlook Mobile chap in the US) and having sent them my TyTN II to test we have discovered the following bug affecting ALL Windows Mobile 6.1 devices.

You can see more in the email excerpt from Microsoft below:

We are done with it and just checked in a bug fix last week to address what turned out to be a severe product bug that will affect all WM 6.1.x devices until they receive a fix or upgrade to WM 6.1.4. Your help both made us aware of the issue before it bubbled up through the forums and your device actually did help us debug the issue.
We are driving the issue with our response team and pushing to make a fix more broadly available independent of a device update.
More details on this bug:
At some point sending e-mail stops working for a given e-mail account.
This will happen if the there is *any* failure to connect to the SMTP server – ever. After that point the user cannot send mail with that account again.
The user must delete their e-mail account and recreate it each time this happens.
There is no way to prevent this from reoccurring.

So as you can see, the problem is pretty severe and affects all devices with WM 6.1. The work around, if you can call it that, is to delete the affected account and recreate it.

I also suspect that this bug is related to the problem that many people report with GMail on their mobile and the reason why you must delete and recreate an email account if any of the account credentials change.

Microsoft are working on the problem at the moment and are hoping to make an independent update available. Let’s hope that it will be available in that format rather than part of a full ROM update as I suspect that it will take time to filter through the manufacturers and the operator supply channels.

If you are affected by this issue then do drop me a line and I’ll endeavour to keep you updated with the progress of the fix.

EDIT: Please see this post for a potential fix to the problem!


Posted by: Matt

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HTC Touch HD review by French site

image French site Geek Inc have managed to get a hold of the HTC Touch HD and have posted some great pictures and comparisons with the iPhone 3G. These are the first real life images we have seen of the device and it is looking rather nice.  We have some of the pictures after the break and if you speak French check out their site for their mini review.

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The unveiling of the worlds first Google based Android handset

With Google showing off an HTC Dream like handset at the recent Google Developer Day in London it now looks set to be officially released.


Google Developer Day

OK so it not such a secret now as it was a few months ago but it does look like the official release and press day will be this coming Tuesday at a press event in New York City. Just what this device is we can only assume (HTC Dream)?


Anyone Seeing the Resemblance?

It will be the usual day out at the press release with Google & T-Mobile being there since it was decided that T-Mobile should be the first network to get their hands on the Android based handset.

Old BBC Review in Video

Unfortunately I have no passport or an invite to the press event but I do promise to keep you updated through the wee hours of the UK morning with updates on the 23rd.

As for the hands on treatment I am going to try working my Scottish charm on the guys over at HTC to see what they can offer us in way of a shot of this device. I will be sure to keep you all updated.

Posted by: John

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