Jan 25, 2006

Repaired and upgraded

A little more than a month has passed after I repaired and upgraded my A1000. I wanted the set to be in a nice condition, since I plan to sell it soon. The only real damage was the lost joypad button. The first fix, the store just put a new button in place, worked for less than a day. Then the button was gone again. In the 3 store (Stureplan, Stockholm) the customer service guy said the set had to be handled over to their repair shop. It would take about 24 hours. Well, it took three (3 :-) days. Then the button stayed for about four days until it popped off again. Actually, I find it easier to navigate without the button. The phone just does not look as nice when it is off. One bonus is that I got a new front shell - so the phone shines!

At the time for the repair I asked them to upgrade the software if there was a new version out. Of course I first used the Motorola Desktop Suite (MDS) to make a backup. Took about five minutes to Bluetooth it over to my laptop in the store cafeteria. After the upgrade I was nervous when I restored the backup. First I made sure to select the same language in the phone as in the backup (English). Then I downloaded and installed the most recent version of MDS.

To my pleasure the backup-restore process went rather fine. In sum:

  1. The ringtunes, Phone skin and lock settings were lost (but the tunes was in the phone). I was a rather simple thing to redo the settings.
  2. Now Guru (positioning service) works with the in built GPS, pretty well actually. Tried many times before but never got it to work.
  3. All my installed applications (e.g. Tracker, Stacker) were automatically restored and worked just fine. The Tracker "Web shortcut" function does still not work. The same goes for my attempt to modify the default browser settings on the Home screen. Although the the icons I made are displayed, but the links are to 3:s portal, not where I want to go.
  4. All data (contacts, calendar, mp3-files, downloaded songs, etc) came back and the first sync with Outlooked went smoothly.

Now the phone is as good as new. Well, maybe the battery is loosing its condition a little bit. I am not sure, but it seems that way.

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3 offers Skype

Yesterday 3 Sweden announced a new subscription that includes Skype. On the technical side that means two plans (1Gb or unlimited) data per month (bound for 18 months) and a "Skype kit". The latter includes a traditional phone number, software, headset with a mike and a sum to call for. It seems that you are not supposed to use Skype software in your phone, actually there are to my best knowledge no such 3G models available. Instead you connect through a 3G data card in your computer.

The big point here is that the cell phone operators start realising that WiFi and VOIP affects their business. It will be interesting to see how this affect their business models and market value. My bet is that the former will not drop, but warp down. Mainly because content, the supposed future revenue source, is freely available on the Web. Voice will be a marginal business...

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Trainsurfing

Sjiombord_map_1My sincere apologies for the long time since my last posting. Been extremely busy with a number of projects, mainly concerning podcasting. A1000blog just had to be on hold. But now I am back - and from the train!

Sitting on the speed train X2000 between Stockholm and Växjö. The map on the image (captured from the trains portal www.sjinternetombord.se) shows where I am (or was a few minutes ago). The connection is through WiFi and the cost is included in my ticket (1:st class, for other charges apply). But the last-minute price for a 1:st class ticket was cheaper than the regular 2:nd class ticket. Pricing is an interesting thing :-)

Tried Skype a few minutes ago. Worked OK, which means not perfect. But at least as good as 2G/3G calls on my A1000. The coverage for Swedish trains is lousy, especially in tunnels...

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Dec 19, 2005

I´ll hold onto the A1000

A couple of postings ago I shared my thoughts about switching to a Qtek 9100. But after som deeper thoughts, research, discussions with users, and the juicy comment from "Kartamen" I have decided to stay with the A1000 (and 3 Sweden) for a while.

The main reason is that Skype does not really work on the 9100, even though Skype has released beta versions for Mobile Windows 5 that in thery could run on slower PDA processors (see a post about that in The Unwired). I think I can survive without 3G, but only if WiFi/Skype is the trade-on. Furthermore, even though the camera is better on the 9100, it is not very good.

Meanwhile I will send my A1000 for guarantee repair. I got a new joypad button in a 3 store, but it fell off after a few hours. And the second game button is not really working well. I will also change the subscription plan because I do not call enough to use up the 600 minutes in my current plan.

Still, I am tempted to move because there are number of podcatchers (podcasting receiver) for Windows Mobile.

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Dec 07, 2005

Demo OPL

Demo OPL

This demo of moblogging is presented for the managers taking the OPL program at IFL (www.ifl.se).

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Nov 24, 2005

I might abandon the A1000

In less than I month my one year subscription with 3 Sweden ends. In other words I am looking around for alternatives, including the mobile itself.

I still want a touch screen pda model, but don´t feel that I need 3G. For the moment I feel inclined to get a Qtek S9100 (made by HTC and also sold under other brand names, like iJam). The S9100 is slightly thicker, but lighter than the A1000. But the best thing is that it uses a mini-SD card that can be replaced without turning oft the power. I also guess that Windows Mobile 5 is better when it comes to synching. Also, the camera seems better, but far from perfect for a mobile. Another great point is that the S9100 has built in WiFi and in theory can run Skype.

Future will tell how I proceed... In any case, the blog mobile.typepad.com will survive, but perhaps with something new after the /

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Extreme blog about a mobile

Last weekend when I met with Loïc (at the Swedish Bloggforum 3.0) he told us about Treonauts. If I got it right Andrew (who runs the venture) has made a big success with what started as a blog about a mobile phone/pda not even two years ago. Millions of visitors, a really good stream of advertising revenue and a full fledged (and profitable) Treo shop. All fuelled by Andrews passion for the Treo.

I´m just using the A1000 - for the moment.

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Nov 19, 2005

Loïc Le Meur and me

Loic and me

I challenged Loïc Le Meur (Executive VP & Managing Director of Europe, Six Apart, the Company behind Lifeblog.

Loïc's photo is here

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Nov 09, 2005

Deeemo

Deeemo

Today I meet with people mainly working in the FMCG business (sv. agligvaror). I am talking about blogging, podcasting & the branded life.

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Oct 19, 2005

Demomd

Demomd

Another early bird briefing. This brekfast seminar about blogging and podcasting is arranged by OMD (www.omd.se). Attending are their customers and partners. Nice people!

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