Archive for February, 2008
I finally had some time to sit down and update my Shadow. I documented the process so if you haven’t already done it, here is a handy little guide to help walk you through it. Read the entire article before beginning.
I have been lucky enough to be included in the closed beta of the new Skyfire Browser. Before I opened the newly installed browser on my windows mobile standard smartphone, I honestly didn’t think it would be as cool as it turns out to be. Watch the video below to learn more:
EDIT note: This video is also available on YouTube
If you are a Boingo Hotspot Subscriber you will be pleased to know that they have finally added support for Windows Mobile 6 devices. Boingo provides unlimited PDA Wifi subscriptions for around $7.95 a month and has thousands of access points worldwide with over 5700 in the US. The Shadow is listed as a supported device and all Windows Mobile 6 devices do require a client application download to access the service.
It might be helpful to check the access points in your area. If the T-Mobile Hotspot plan seems pricey for the number of points you now have more options. If you don’t frequent Starbucks that often then Boingo might be the way to go for you.
Torch Mobile recently announced the Iris Browser for Windows Mobile 6. Which means it will work on the Shadow. I haven’t had a chance to go through all the features and to see exactly how compatible it is with the Smartphone platform. The .cab file download is about 2MB and the install size is about 5MB.
It promises full web page like viewing on mobile devices. A quick look at the specs didn’t sow mention of Flash support but it supposedly gives more customisation including tabs and a mouse cursor. I wanted to let you all know as soon as possible but in the last few minutes I have had to play with this it does seem to deliver on the full web page rendering.
If you do download and install this, you might not want to select ‘Full Screen’ as the soft keys disappear and don’t seem to want to work anymore.
More to come later as the situation unfolds…
If you haven’t seen the big brown square to the right then you might like to know that AllShadow.com has a store that is tailored specifically to the T-Mobile Shadow. With all kinds of smartphone software built specifically for the Windows Mobile Standard platform for you to choose from everyone will be able to find something that fills their needs.
When the store opened we gave a discount code for 20% off software. This code is good for five more days so take advantage of it while you can! If you need some recommendations see this post outlining some hardware and software you might be interested in.
Sales go towards helping AllShadow.com stay open and available as a valuable community resource and forum.
Thank you all for your patronage!
An insider tip says that T-Mobile is finally saying the next gen network they have been working on forever will be going live in the third quarter. Specific details are scarce but one can speculate that major metro areas will more than likely be the release point for this network. Of course all the current handsets will still work so you won’t have to buy a new phone to use the network.
On the other hand, the ability for current handsets to take advantage of the higher speed data rate remains to be seen.
T-Mobile has issued an update for the Shadow. Many of you have already taken the plunge and updated your Shadows. We’d like to hear from those that have the new update and know how things are going. Of interest to many is the ‘enhanced text entry’, faster performance and better battery life. So hit that Comments link and let others know if you think it’s worth it.