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Skype Unveils Unlimited Calling (multiple plans for multiple countries)

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Crank up the wi-fi on your windows mobile devices because has Skype got a deal for you:

$2.95/month
- Unlimited calls* to landlines and cell phones in the US and Canada.
details: http://skype.com/allfeatures/subscriptions/uscanada/

$5.95/month
- Unlimited calls to landlines* in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
details: http://skype.com/allfeatures/subscriptions/mexico/

$9.95/month
- Unlimited calls to landlines* in 34 countries worldwide.
details: http://skype.com/allfeatur


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Is That a T-Mobile Shadow I See You With? (U$149.99)

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Engadget has a post about the new Shadow, a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device, which will be available from T-Mobile on October 31st for the low cost of U$149.99 with a two-year contract. The Shadow "features a rotating jog dial front and center, 2 megapixel camera, and WiFi".


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Is That an iPod Touch in your Pocket, or Are You Just Glad to See Me?

I have a 3rd generation iPod. I bought it 2004 after one of our summer interns, a rabid apple fanboy assured me that it would work with windows. Nice of Apple to have not made that clear before, but oh well. Off I was to the local electronics superstore. It and I have been happily mated (except for the crappy headphones, but that's what after market headset purchase are for) ever since.

There have been many generations, and several new models since I got my 3G, but I have not fallen for the siren lure. Even with my passion for pocket pcs, I have skipped generations.


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Getting a deal with Skype

The free calls via Skype to any phone in Canada/USA is ending, but you can get a deal, 50% off, if you go with their unlimited calling plan before January 31st, 2007. This means you pay U$14.95 for unlimited calling to any regular phone (aka landline, cellular) in Canada or the States, so long as you call from within Canada or the States. computer to computer calls remain free. That's an outstanding bargain! There's software for windows, macs, linux and a variety of mobile devices.

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Is there a new version of mobile Skype available, and does it support Smartphones?

I was browsing the Skype for Windows Mobile forums and learned that they've launched Skype 2.2 Beta for Windows Mobile devices. And further more, not only does it offer enhanced support for Pocket PCs, but it now supports Smartphones as well, and as in previous versions, there is support for lower-power processors.


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News on Digital TV receiver SDIO cards

In the comment section of this blog post, I elaborated on the (then) available digital TV receiver cards compatible with Pocket PC’s (in addition to, of course, the analogue cards – check the link for a discussion of them).


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Additional Windows Mobile Infrared Inter/Intra-Platform Communication Issues; What Conduits' PeaceMaker Pro Is For?

Here follows a quick follow-up to my previous, big, Pocket PC Thoughts-frontpaged article on Windows Mobile vs. other platforms communication. In here, I elaborate a bit more on Palm OS vs Windows Mobile and intra-WindowsCE communication issues. I also explain what PeaceMaker Pro can be used for.

You should definitely read this article if you want to know how you can exchange data with the oldest Pocket PC brands. This information may prove VERY handy (and even life/business-saving!) if you meet people that (still) use these kinds of Pocket PC’s.

Also, it contains some additional, Palm OS-related tips and tricks that may prove REALLY useful if you need to do any kind of data / file transfer with Palm users - for example, easily transferring Pocket Word / Word Mobile or Notes files.


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What about the new Windows-powered Treo 700wx Smartphone from Palm?

Today, I spent quite a bit of time on a number of tech sites including Engadget, PhoneLaunch, SprintUsers, Gadgets on the Go and TreoCentral looking up information on Palm's new Windows-powered Treo 700wx Smartphone.

According to Palm's site, Sprint Nextel will be offering it for "as low as $499 USD/ESP", while it will be available from Verizon for "as low as $299 USD/ESP".


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Any Compact Flash / SDIO radio cards to support WM5?

Upon a blog reader's question, I've investigated whether there are WM5-compliant Compact Flash / SDIO radio cards.

Fortunately, there are. Please see this (the Comments section) for more information.


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Can We Expect New Windows-powered Devices in 2006?

BengalBoy.com is reporting that they have found the HTC 2006 Roadmap just lying somewhere around the internet. And an interesting roadmap it is.

Now, I don't usually spend my time reading articles on sites which promote themselves as a "wireless gentlemen's club" and which are definitely NSFW (not safe for viewing while at work) because it is just what its slogan implies it is and that's not to my taste, but interesting information can come from anywhere.


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Does anyone have a list of free WiFi spots?

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JiWire's WiFi Hotspot Finder
http://www.jiwire.com/search-hotspot-locations.htm
"With 119,759 free and paid WiFi hotspots in 128 countries, JiWire's WiFi Hotspot Finder makes it easy to locate wireless Internet access around the globe. Use our search tools to find hotspots near a specific address or take a shortcut to our most popular WiFi locations with our Quick Links.


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Can I use SKYPE to make free international calls?

The answer to the post's title question is 'sort of'.

Skype previously announced that Canadian and American customers could make free calls to regular phones anywhere within Canada and the United States until the end of the year. While computer to computer calls have always been free, one previously had to use the low-cost SkypeOut service to call landlines and cellphones.


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Can I get a device-specific version of Skype for my Pocket PC?

In mid-February, Skype started allowing people to download versions specific to their Pocket PC and Windows Mobile devices. I am not sure of the actual differences, as I haven't had a chance to do any tests, but at the site, one is guided to download by company logo.

Previously, one only had a choice of downloading by processor speed, -/+ 312MHz, if I recall correctly, and before that, one could only download one file to fit all pocket pcs running WM2003 or better.


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How do I use PayPal to get Skype Deals?

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Using Skype device-to-device (desktops, laptops, pocket pcs) VOIP software, one can call other Skype users for free. Other Skype services - calls to landlines and mobiles - are available for a nominal cost.


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Internet telephony pioneer Skype is going wireless

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This spring, Santa Clara, California-based Netgear Inc is planning to introduce a wi-fi phone which will be able to handle Skype calls from any wireless hotspot, be it at a home, an office, an internet cafe, or perhaps strolling down the street in those locations which have city-wide coverage.

Last year, eBay acquired Skype which is located in Luxembourg. Skype's programmers are developing a version of their software which will work on regular cellphones. In February at an event in Barcelona, the company demonstrated the software on a Nokia phone.


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Digging for gold on the FCC site: Inventec's 'Mercury' Smartphone

Someone has been poking around the FCC site again, and has discovered that Taiwanese manufacturer Inventec aka Palm's previous 'gal pal' has sent in a full rack of specs (letters, photos, pdfs, etc) for some sort of smartphone - codenamed Mercury - that seems as if it will run Windows Mobile 5 (link).

From the blurry pictures available, it's hard to tell what size the final device will be, but it seems pretty small. This GSM phone with 850 and 1900 Mhz support has a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and miniSD for memory expansion. connection options include IrDA, Bluetooth, USB, and Wi-Fi. since GPS is noted in the documentation, there is even the possiblity of GPS navigation.

And just like other Windows Mobile OS devices, the Mercury will have mobile versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, along with Pocket Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger.

While this looks intereting, all I can say is that I hope this is just a mock up, because visually, it's sad and ugly, and these days, pretty phones rule. If a phone is not a supermodel, it's not going to get much action. And almond - as in a colour for anything, especially computing devices - has long fallen from favour. Just like a cocktail dress or a nice suit, you can't go wrong with basic black.

Some standard accessories (Plastic Stylus, AC Adapter, Stereo Headset, USB Cable):


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Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 (Beta)

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Excellent news: On January 26th, Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 was been released.


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Can I share the Internet connection on my Pocket PC through Bluetooth/Wi-Fi? That is, can I make my Internet-connected Pocket PC

http://smartphonemag.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=20351

Q: Can I share the Internet connection on my Pocket PC through Bluetooth/peer-to-peer (P2P) Wi-Fi? That is, can I make my Internet-connected Pocket PC into some kind of a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Access Point? A: This is a very common question (see for example this, this, this and this threads) and, therefore, worth dedicating a blog entry to it - particularly because, as to now, noone has ever presented a really working proxy solution for sharing the network connection on a Pocket PC (before this tutorial, that is). What's the point in all this, you may ask. Well, it's pretty simple. Let's assume you have two Pocket PC's. One of them is connected to the Internet via, say, Wi-Fi, the ActiveSync Internet pass-through or Bluetooth (say, via GPRS) and, say, your wife/husband/kids/friend is chatting via MSN Messenger or some IRC application on it. You would, however, like to connect to the Internet via the other Pocket PC('s) to browse the Web, using the same Internet connection. You can certainly do this! (Incidentally, this is a very common case in my family. My wife likes chatting via MSN Messenger and, at home, we only have Pocket PC's and GPRS connection (no external Wi-Fi access points, no cable/ADSL connections, nothing) via my mobile phone. The Pocket PC, an iPAQ 2210, she uses for MSN Messenger chat, connects directly to the Net (via BT GPRS) and also shares its HTTP Internet connection by running a HTTP proxy server. This is the HTTP proxy server that I connect to from the other Pocket PC, a VGA Pocket Loox 720, via a Bluetooth Personal Area Network built up between the two Pocket PC's. This way, we can access the Internet using the same GPRS connection at the same time, from the two Pocket PC's, without using any kind of external PC's or other tricks. That is, this solution works beatifully for Internet sharing in my practice.) To share an Internet connection, you'd need operating system-level support for connection sharing as is present in, say, the desktop Windows. It's what is really missing from the Windows Mobile operating system. Fortunately, there're some tricks you can do to be able to access at least the Web from the client machines if you use a HTTP proxy run on the Pocket PC that shares its Internet connection. Note that you won't be able to access anything else: no MSN Messenger, no POP3/SMTP/IMAP e-mail, no multiplayer, TCP/IP and GPRS-friendly games etc. on the "client" Pocket PC's (on the "server" Pocket PC, of course, you can run any Internet client application.). Still, being able to access the Web on the "clients" is a great thing.

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One Laptop Per Child

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I have previously blogged AND posted (scroll down) on MIT's $100 laptop initiative. I find it to be an incredible project. Basically, the idea is to provide a fully-functional mobile device to every child in a number of developing nations**.

Many people are talking about how they want one for themselves and will keep an eye on eBay, and that chatter is not all tongue-in-cheek.


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