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Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - Expansys just started shipping the i-mate JASJAR - Expansys just started shipping the i-mate JASJARExpansys just started shipping the i-mate JASJAR
September 07, 2005 [Pocket PC phone]
The I-mate JASJAR is now shipping from Expansys - they have over 800 phones in stock. Interestingly this phone is not SIM locked, so no need to buy SIM unlock:

This phone is available handset only (SIM free) and unlocked, you can use your existing SIM from any of the UK or European GSM networks (Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 etc.). If you require a connection with this phone, add the phone and one of the connection plans below to the shopping basket.

To learn more click here (UK version of this online shop, to get German, French or other version of this shop, just click on the proper link in top right corner).

Please note that this phone is shipping with operating system in international English, with Qwerty keyboard, and without SIM lock. So contrary to T-Mobile MDA Pro that is sold in Germany with operating system in German, Qwertz (not Qwerty) keyboard, and with SIM lock (additional SIM unlock costs 100 Euro).

Credit: Kim Nyberg.

Monday, September 05, 2005

BBC NEWS | Business | Microsoft-Google battle heats up

BBC NEWS | Business | Microsoft-Google battle heats up Microsoft-Google battle heats up
Microsoft's chief executive vowed to "kill Google" in an expletive-laden tirade against the firm, according to US court documents filed by Google.

The claim was made in a sworn statement by Mark Lucovsky, a former Microsoft employee who quit for Google in 2004.

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer has denied the claims, saying they are a "gross exaggeration of what actually took place".

The statement is the latest salvo in a bitter legal battle between the firms.

In his sworn statement, Mr Lucovsky - a key Windows architect - alleged that Mr Ballmer hurled a chair across the room when he informed him he was moving to Google, before launching into an abusive tirade against Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt.

However, Mr Ballmer has dismissed the claims.

"Mark's decision to leave was disappointing and I urged him strongly to change his mind. But his characterisation of that meeting is not accurate," he said in a statement.

Bitter row

The row between the two firms was triggered when one of Microsoft's vice presidents, Dr Kai-Fu Lee, was hired by Google to set up a research centre in China.

Microsoft claimed the move was a violation of a one-year non-compete clause in his contract and began legal action against the search engine giant.

However, Google has retaliated by claiming that Microsoft's action is a form of intimidation designed to eliminate the threat of a fast-growing rival.

The group has been moving further into the software arena - most recently with the launch of Talk, a service which lets e-mail account holders talk to each other via a PC, microphone and speakers.

The system is a direct threat to online voice and instant messaging service providers such as Skype, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Microsoft won the first round of the increasingly bitter battle between the two firms in July, when a King County Superior Court judge issued a temporary order barring Mr Lee from carrying out the duties he had been hired to do for Google.

The two sides will face each other in court again on Tuesday when Microsoft will ask a court to extend that order until the matter comes to trial in January.

Story from BBC NEWS

Sunday, September 04, 2005

T-Mobile USA offers EDGE across 90% of GRPS network @ Dave's iPAQ

T-Mobile USA offers EDGE across 90% of GRPS network @ Dave's iPAQ
T-Mobile USA offers EDGE across 90% of GRPS network

By David Ciccone, posted Thursday, Sep. 1st, 2005
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T-Mobile USA Inc. said it has launched EDGE services across 90 percent of its GPRS-enabled network and that the higher-speed wireless data service now is commercially available to customers with EDGE-enabled devices. The carrier was expected to launch EDGE earlier this year, but delayed the service due to a lack of compelling devices.

T-Mobile USA currently offers a pair of EDGE-enabled handsets from Motorola Inc. and Nokia Corp. A company spokesman said customers can continue to access the EDGE services for the same price as their current GRPS rate plans, but that the carrier would begin looking at possible EDGE-specific pricing plans sometime in the future.

Cingular Wireless L.L.C. currently offers EDGE services across most of its network and plans to offer higher-speed UMTS/HSDPA services in at least 15 markets by the end of the year. T-Mobile USA's parent company Deutsche Telekom AG said it was waiting on additional spectrum before announcing additional network upgrades.

DT also announced that its T-Mobile International operations signed Wi-Fi roaming agreements with Swisscom Mobile and Telecom Italia covering 1,000 hot-spot locations in Switzerland and 800 locations in Italy. The agreement is available to T-Mobile wireless customers in Austria, The Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

DT noted it was the leading transatlantic Wi-Fi provider with more than 13,000 locations in Europe and the United States, and it offers Wi-Fi at more than 35,000 locations around the world through roaming agreements.

Mobile Services Restored in Areas Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Mobile Services Restored in Areas Affected by Hurricane KatrinaMobile Services Restored in Areas Affected by Hurricane Katrina
News : Mobile, posted 4-SEP-2005 21:24

T-Mobile USA, Inc. has restored its wireless service to a significant level Saturday in the hardest-hit areas of New Orleans. The company says its engineers successfully repaired, and are operating, several sites in the area including a high-capacity cell site now running on generator power on top of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Astor on Canal Street.

The wireless service is now accessible from many areas across downtown New Orleans, including the French Quarter, Convention Center and the Superdome, as well as Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. T-Mobile is also enabling virtually all users of GSM/GPRS phones, whether or not they are T-Mobile subscribers, roaming access to the network in the area.

T-Mobile expects heavy call volumes and some call congestion in the area due to the anticipated high demand for service; and many parts of Louisiana still remain without wireless coverage. As conditions on the ground continue to be uncertain, T-Mobile engineers are working to maintain the highest level of service possible, and further enhance service levels in the area and the north Gulf Coast.

Sprint Nextel has also restored parts of its wireless services along the Gulf Coast. Sprint has assembled a command center and restoration team near Baton Rouge to effect repairs where it is safe to do so.

Sprint Nextel's Emergency Response Team has made available more than 3,000 phones to local, state and federal emergency personnel in the affected areas. Those phones have added communications capabilities that allow users to use their walkie-talkie service to keep in touch even when beyond wireless coverage or when regular phone lines are unavailable. Sprint Nextel will continue to provide communications support to assist in restoration efforts.

Sprint Nextel has approximately 350 employees in the four-state region directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Since the hurricane made landfall on Monday morning, the company has made contact with all employees via phone, email or text message to assess their physical safety and immediate needs.

Sprint Nextel customers also can use either their Sprint PCS or Nextel phones to text message (SMS) the word "give" to short code 24357 to make a $5 donation to the American Red Cross. The donation will be billed on the customer's wireless phone bill. Standard text-messaging rates will apply.

Boost Mobile is also adding a tool to its Pay-As-You-Go wireless service aimed at helping provide aid to the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort. Boost customers may donate up to $25 from their prepaid account to the American Red Cross to help provide immediate relief and emergency supplies to the estimated 400,000 people in New Orleans who have lost their homes and are in critical need of basic care and support. Boost Mobile will match its customers' contributions up to $50,000.

Meanwhile, Compusa is giving free access to e-mail, and local and long-distance phone service for Hurricane Katrina evacuees at all CompUSA stores in Little Rock (AR), Baton Rouge (LA), Oklahoma City (OK), Tulsa (OK), Dallas/Ft. Worth (TX), Austin (TX), Lubbock (TX), Houston (TX), San Antonio (TX), Corpus Christi (TX) and McAllen (TX).

Additionally, cash donations are being accepted for the American Red Cross relief effort in CompUSA stores across the USA.

Alltel wireless customers can support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by text messaging donations to the American Red Cross. Customers can make a $5 donation by sending the text message (SMS) "give" to the number "24357" (2HELP). Text donations can be made through 31 October 2005. All donations are tax deductible and will appear on customers' monthly bills.

Verizon Wireless continues the urgent work of maintaining and restoring wireless service in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast regions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The company has dispatched teams of network technicians who are making progress in strengthening communications in many of the affected areas.

Service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Pensacola, Florida; and Jackson, Mississippi has returned to normal, while service improvements continue in Mobile, Alabama, along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including Biloxi, and in New Orleans and surrounding areas, including Mandeville, Lacombe, Hammond and Covington, where technicians have been able to move in and begin restoring the network. Service has also been restored at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport where helicopters are transporting those that have been rescued from roof tops.