Saturday, April 28, 2007

i wireless Launches More New Phones

I know I'm a bit behind, but i wireless has added a number of new handsets in the last month or so:
  • The Nokia 2610 is the successor to the Nokia 6030 (which is the successor to the Nokia 6010). All three phones support data, but their smaller screens make navigation a bit arduous and the lack of Bluetooth, infrared or a data cable port means that you have no way to connect your phone to your computer. If you want to use data services, I recommend skipping the low-end phones and going for a model that is a little fuller-featured.
  • The Nokia 6126 is a thinnish phone with a push-button flip (Anyone out there remember the Ericsson T28 World phone?). This is a great choice if you are going to do any browsing of the internet or viewing images on your phone. The size, color, resolution and brightness of the screen is incredible! It's been a while since I tried it out, but I believe it also has some auto-complete features that remember websites that you have visited in the past, so you don't have to repeatedly type in those long URLs again and again.
  • The Sony Ericsson W710i Walkman is a great choice for anyone that is active, loves music and does not want to be weighted down with multiple devices when you go on your morning run. Even if you haven't side-loaded your entire CD collection to the phone, you can still listen to music, as it has an FM radio that will even autoseek the strongest stations in your area. Any the W710i comes jam-packed with extras included in the box: A USB cable, an arm-strap and holster, even a removeable memory card! From a data standpoint, I am a huge fan of Sony Ericsson. Sony's success in gaming (PlayStation), imaging (CyberShot), audio (Walkman), and video (Wega) has really started to show through in SonyEricsson's entire mid-to-high-end handset lineup. Navigating the web is almost a joy on a Sony Ericsson, ranking right up there with the Motorola RAZR.
  • The Sony Ericsson W300i has many of the features that make the W710i great, but is more of an "everyday" music phone at a more affordable price point.

We have also added new colors of some existing models are anticipating a few more new phones in the coming weeks. Hopefully I will have some time to tell you about those later. If not, keep your eyes on for any new arrivals.

HTC's Model Naming Convention

I haven't been able to confirm this independently, but I think I have figured out HTC's new model names. If you have an HTC device with a model number that starts with an "S," it runs on the Smartphone Edition of Windows Mobile. If you have an HTC device with a model number that starts with an "P," it runs on the Pocket PC Phone Edition of Windows Mobile.

"Well, that's all fine and dandy"you say, "But what happens now that Microsoft has changed all the names with Windows Mobile 6.0?" Conveniently enough, this still works out: The Smartphone Edition becomes Windows Mobile Standard and the Pocket PC Phone Edition Windows Mobile Professional.

Again, this is just a theory, but it makes sense, doesn't it? HTC (with U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, WA) has pretty close ties with Microsoft (with HQ in Redmond, WA).

I'm Back!

Regarding recent comments...

No need to get nasty, loyal readers. I didn't realize that I had so many people waiting with bated breath for my next post. :) I have tons of great things to share with everyone, but I simply have not had time (or made time) to blog about them. I maintain (poorly, apparently) this blog in my own personal time. Unfortunately, much of my personal time has been taken up lately by work and other priorities and projects I have going on at home. Right now I am sitting in a waiting room which happens to have a computer connected to the internet in it, which is why I am able to write this post.

And as for EDGE...
As I have said before, as an i wireless employee, I am not going to make public any non-public information. That includes timelines for upcoming product/service launches. If you want to know when you will have EDGE in your area, I would suggest keeping your eyes and ears open for an official announcement from i wireless. You might also want to keep an eye on your phone's display. When the little "G" changes to an "E" - voila! You have EDGE.