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Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 52

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Our latest podcast, Episode 52, is now available for download. This week we hit upon the Acer A1 Liquid, overseas calling, WebOS 1.3.5, the Google Phone and ducks. We also answer a couple of listener questions.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X2: DELAYED

Those of you looking to get your hands on the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 will now need to wait until somewhere around the first week in January 2010 according to the official Sony Ericsson Xperia blog.

sony ericsson xperia x2 
Xperia X2 Delayed Release

The Xperia X2 is the company’s second Windows Mobile smartphone and although not directly the reason for the delay they have said that there were some issues when they started to integrate it with some of the network specific apps. According to the blog posting the changes are all minor and include things like extending the battery life and speeding up aspects of the software.

If you cast your mind way back to the X1 release it also faced massive delays before hitting the market so who knows where the future of Windows Mobile and Sony Ericsson lies.

Posted by: John McKenzie

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TeliaSonera launches the first 4G network in Scandinavia

For a lot of people in a lot of countries 3G is still the most amazing thing since.. well, sliced bread but now if you live in either the Sweden or Norwegian capital cities (Stockholm and Oslo) you can get yourself this new spangled 4G 100mbps network.

OK, I hear you ask when we are getting it but don’t get too excited because there aint even a phone on the market yet that can make use of this new network, although I’m more than positive that they will come very soon (maybe not at the top speed though). Although the handsets aren’t there yet they do offer the connection to laptop users through Ericsson in Sweden and Huawei in Norway.

So what’s next? Well Finland will have their 4G network up and running in Q1 of 2010, and O2 is already testing theirs in the UK, with the disappointment there being that they aint allowing me to test it for them.

Only time will tell and I for one can’t wait for the time when we can have a mobile network 10 times faster than that of HSPA enabled 3G networks of today.

Posted by: John

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Google’s Mystery Clock

Not sure if anyone has seen it yet but when you go to and leave the search field blank then click I’m feeling lucky you get hit with a countdown clock.


With basic mathematics it looks like this is the countdown to New Year in seconds however there are some weirder theories out there like the countdown to Nexus One or even the Countdown to the End of the World.

I’m sure you will have your own theory on it and we would like to hear them.

Posted by: John McKenzie

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SPB Weather 2.0 blows in for Symbian


SPB Software, a leading maker of mobile applications, announces the release of SPB Weather 2.0 for Symbian, an important addition to its quickly expanding line-up of software for the world’s most popular smartphone platform – Symbian. SPB Weather is the most powerful Symbian weather forecast program. It combines the detailed everyday forecasts for more than 10,000 cities worldwide with the beauty and friendliness of up-to-date satellite images on a 3D Globe. With all these and many other attractive features, the Windows Mobile version of SPB Weather currently holds the status of WM’s best-selling weather app.
SPB Weather 2.0 has been mainly designed with the latest touchscreen-enabled S60 smartphones in mind as those are rapidly gaining customer attention. However, it is compatible with any non-touchscreen Symbian smartphone based on S60 3rd edition FP1 and later. To support the touchscreen trend, SPB Weather for Symbian offers users a striking finger-friendly interface, as well as a home screen widgets for Nokia Symbian-based smartphones.

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HTC releases official Messaging update for HD2

HTC have just released another official update for their new flagship HD2 handset, this time addressing SMS related issues.

This update comes immediately on the back of a camera/imaging related update that was made available last week.

It has been reported elsewhere that this messaging update addresses some issues (complaints?) from customers saying that they could not hear or see when they received an incoming text message. However, we wonder if this update may also have something to do with some SMS issues that were reported just after the launch of the HD2 where many complained that text messages sent from their new HD2’s were being delayed and and some cases not being delivered until 24 hours later despite the handset reporting a successful send.

We’d love to hear from any of you that actually apply this update!

So you can grab a download of this messaging update from the HTC site.


This update for HTC HD2 messaging lets you reach out to your friends and family with instant notifications. Keeping in touch has always been very important, and this update delivers just that: fast and reliable SMS messaging.
Installation Instructions:

Note: This update is only applicable to ROM version is equal to 1.49.XX.X, or lower.


Now this update looks to be a pretty straightforward hot-fix but may be worth backing up your important files before applying!


Posted by: Matt

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Vodafone simplifying overseas charges


From 14 January 2010 Vodafone UK is simplifying country call zones and standardising zone pricing, making it easy for business customers to understand call costs when they are overseas.

Business customers who are not on one of Vodafone’s specific roaming price plans will soon benefit from a simpler regional structure of just three zones instead of the current six, and a standard price per minute rate on calls which is not dependent on the network on which they are roaming. The new zones are now Europe, USA/Canada and Rest of World.

“Our business customers tell us that when working overseas, staying in touch with colleagues and customers is essential. But if they do not travel often enough to justify a roaming package on their price plan, the current zone structure can be confusing”, says Peter Kelly, Enterprise Director, Vodafone UK. “With these changes, businesses without a roaming package will be able to budget for voice calls more effectively.”

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HD2 gets ROM update


Today the UK HTC website has added a new ROM (1.48.405.2). It adds several improvements – Opera now switches easily from portrait to landscape mode, flipping back and forth through songs on the HTCmedia player is now easier plus there’s enhanced audio quality in calls.
This is a generic update, so we’ve got the usual wait for owners of network-supplied HD2’s, but hopefully we’ll be seeing the appropriate update online soon.

Source Coolsmartphone

Link – HTC HD2 ROM Update

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Clove Technology Special Offers

Clove Technology have a few handsets on offer at the moment. You may want to check them out?


The Samsung OmniaPro B7610 is a slide out QWERTY Windows phone which is a great alternative to the HTC Touch Pro2. My review of this device will be on the site this week.


Samsung B7610


The Samsung Omnia II got a great review from me and is a fantastic bit of kit. 

Omnia II

Samsung Omnia II


The Nokia E72 is also in my pile of phones to review shortly. A fine alternative to a Blackberry?


Nokia E72


The Acer Liquid was unboxed by Matt the other day. Watch the video here.


Acer Liquid


The HTC HD2 has been the talking point for the past couple of months. Read my review here.

HD2 2



Back in stock and now with a price drop is the HTC Hero. You can read Steve’s review on the device here.


HTC Hero



Posted by: James

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Nokia N900 coming soon to Vodafone UK

Vodafone has today announced the Nokia N900 is coming soon to its UK customers. The highly-anticipated Smartphone delivers a computer-grade experience in a sleek device, with the embedded Maemo software enabling powerful multi-tasking.


Nokia N900


The Nokia N900 enables you to customise your homescreen with four personalisable views for easy access to all your favourites, whether that’s email, music, web browsing or your most-used apps. View all this on the impressive 3.5 inch high-resolution touch-screen with 3D accelerated graphics, virtual on-screen keyboard and full side-slide QWERTY keyboard.

The Smartphone boasts a solid 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optic lens. The 32 GB expandable memory allows users to store all their favourite snaps, music and files.

For more information on the Nokia N900 handset today, visit


This one has been on the cards for a while and I’m certainly looking forward to giving it a test drive. There has been a little surge in the amount of devices with slide out QWERTY keyboards recently so its going to be interesting to see if the Nokia N900 can give those other handsets a run for there money. I suspect the answer will be Yes!


Posted by: James

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