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  1. Hi all, I have a T-Mobile MDA Pro and would very much like to set it up to act as a wireless modem over Bluetooth; I've not had much luck so far and would appreciate a plain english guide as to how I might achieve this - thanks in advance!
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    HDSPA data rates

    Thanks guys - anything at around 128Kb/sec upstream is as good as most WiFi hotspots and thus very useable... if I get higher rates than that, I'd consider it a bonus :) I'll probably go down the route of the mobile data card for now since, at £29/month, it's more viable - and less costly - than trying to upgrade my handset mid contract. Thanks again for chipping in and letting me know what to expect in the real world.
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    HDSPA data rates

    Hi all, I'm a pro photographer, currently using a T-Mobile MDA Pro handset. Around every other day, I need to get images wired to a pair of London based agencies fairly rapidly - something that I normally do at a WiFi hotspot or from my home broadband connection (if possible). Occasionally I don't have that luxury and resort to wiring using my MDA Pro and, at best, I get around a 35Kb/sec upstream connection... painfully slow when transmitting 20 or so images at around 1MB a pop. So: I was wondering if you Hermes users out there can tell me how reliable your upstream data rates are; the folks at T-Mobile business support have quoted up to 384Kb/sec for HDSPA devices such as the Vario II or their wireless data card. I'm nearly six months into my contract and thus can't readily switch devices, so it's either £28.99/month for the data card, or buying out my contract for £370 and then using a Vario II in place of my MDA Pro. For the latter, I could recoup some of the cost by putting my MDA Pro on eBay :) Anyways, all advice and suggestions appreciated - thanks in advance.
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    O2 XDA IIs Update

    Unless someone out there with a non-O2 Blue Angel device can confirm otherwise, the assusmption is that this ROM update is for the XDA IIs only.
  5. AFAIK, this seems to work only on UK devices. Follow your usual pre-update proceedures (backup all your important data, charge your battery to 100%, update using USB cradle etc) and then run the program. Reports are of an average update time totalling 10 minutes after downloading and running. FYI, the download for me was going at roughly 38.5 kbps on a 4Mbit broadband connection. Enjoy! :lol: edit : link removed - see below
  6. I wasn't aware that the II mini had been released; at least not in the UK... If you're a "lucky sod' that got yours early, this might be why no-one else is replying yet! FWIW; the CD should have Outlook, ActiveSync and perhaps a few other programs to install, such as a voice dialler application and GPRS modem drivers that will allow you to use your Mini as a wireless modem for a laptop or PC. So if you've already got Outlook and aren't intersted in the rest (you can download ActiveSync after all) then there's no need for you to rip open that package. Hope this helps.
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    MPX220 Given O2 UK release date

    Quite: just for fun, I rang around a few more stores today - three different responses: 1. "Don't have it in, don't know when we're getting it" 2. "Don't have it in but we've been told around four more weeks" 3. "Oh, we've been having a lot of trouble with that handset in testing and we've been told we won't be selling it, it's been pulled..." I'm not sure what to believe now; I'm guessing this handset will never see the light of day here and it's a pity, because I truly believe there's a good market for clamshell form-factor SmartPhones.
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    MPX220 Given O2 UK release date

    Spoke to three separate O2 retail stores and was told that it would be around four to six weeks more before they'll have them in. O2 direct sales in Manchester said they don't have the handset on their systems and I'd have to go through a store when they get them. I'm guessing that O2 have requested all their MPX 220's be upgraded to the latest firmware before they'll take stock of them from Motorola, so I guess it's just a case of playing the waiting game till then...
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    SIM Unlock your XDA IIs

    If I were you, I'd wait a week or so and try again once all the hassle has died down; there's no point in giving up at the first hurdle. Your alternative is to telephone O2 customer services and have them provide you with the code - again stating a very plausible reason as to why you need your handset to be SIM unlocked - but this will cost you £15. That's the tack I pursued the back on 1st February and, after much persistence and determination on my part, I was promised a call from an adviser within three weeks whom would have my unlock code; I was told this was on account of them needing to request the code from the handset manufacturer - so how I got an email response from [email protected] within half an hour means either a) O2 customer support were b.s.'ing me, or :lol: the latchingcodes team have direct access to the codes that O2 support are unaware of So far I've heard nothing from O2 and I'm curious to see if they will actually call me by the 22nd... :|
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    SIM Unlock your XDA IIs

    Hrm, I guess with the address being posted so publicly - and then no doubt spread around other forums and messageboards - someone somewhere in O2 noticed all the SIM Unlatching activity and pulled the plug. Either that, or it's very dependant on whom deals with your request If I were a betting man, I'd say that the reason the activity was flagged up was owing to a lot of non-O2 customers (owners of M2000's, MDA III's etc) asking for SIM unlatch codes... if you look around you'll see several forums are full of that chatter. Whatever logic moved Orange customers to contact an O2 email address is beyond me :?: As it's now out in the open everywhere else, the email address is [email protected]
  11. You may recall in this thread that I detailed my tale of woe in getting O2 to SIM unlock my XDA IIs; to this date, I've had no contact from them regarding the promised solution. But today I solved my problem and got my XDA IIs SIM unlocked. Within 30 minutes. For free I happend across an official O2 email address that I sent an (abbreviated) SIM unlock request, briefly stating why I needed my XDA IIs to be SIM unlocked, and providing my O2 account number and the handset IMEI number. 30 minutes later and I was emailed back an unlock code. No ifs, no buts, no questions asked and no payment required. I placed my Orange SIM card in the IIs, waited for it to boot, entered the code and was greeted with "Unlock Code Accepted." Both dialling out and receiving calls on my Orange account no problemo. I should state that this email address appears not to be publicly available on any of the O2 websites and I happened across it quite by chance. I don't know the whys and the wherefores of all this, but it seems to me that if the email address was flooded with requests to SIM unlock, someone higher up the O2 chain might notice and put a stop to it all. I'd rather not have anyone - even someone I don't know - get a severe rap on the knuckles for being an anonymous benefactor to XDA users :lol: Bearing the above in mind, I'm not going to directly post the email address, but will gladly pass it on via PM. FYI: before I handed out my IMEI and contract number, I done a WHOIS search on the email address domain (you know, the bit after the @ symbol) and I verified it as legitimately belonging to O2. Lastly: I'm guessing that this process would apply to any other O2 device such as the XDA IIi and II mini... if you own an XDA II or earlier, there are already free SIM unlock tools out there on the web. Hope this helps, folks.
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    O2 XDA2s -> Orange

    I should caution you that getting an XDA IIs SIM Free and a unit that is SIM Unlocked are two completely different things: SIM Free means without an O2 sim card or contract; you pay the full unsubsidised price for the handset but it will still be SIM locked to the O2 network. You would still need to get the handset SIM Unlocked - I'm posting another thread regarding this soon. On the matter of ROM updates, or specifically changing from an XDA IIs ROM to an Orange ROM... your better heading over to http://www.xda-developers.com and looking in the Blue Angel Upgrading forum for help and advice. There are tools on that website that allow you to tinker with your ROM ("cooking", as they call it) but this requires a modicum of technical knowledge. The good news is that O2 have released the XDA IIs launch ROM for download if you completely bugger up your device, so at least you could restore it to full functionality in the event of something going drastically wrong. Personally speaking: I'd just manually switch the phone's entire settings over to Orange relevant ones and leave it at that. There's a ROM upgrade in the pipeline for the XDA IIs that should see the light of day in the next month or so, with bluetooth patches readily available now if you're having stability issues with accessories.
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    Is there any news on more stock?

    If fones4free want to discount the handset more than orange do, that's up to them: they still buy the handset from Orange for whatever price Orange sell it to them. I used to work as an administrator for an independent comms retailer and they would get get comission from networks based on the following: 1. A fixed comission for signing up a new customer 2. A variable comission based on the tariff they connect the customer to 3. Ocassionally comissions based on "value add" services such as bundes etc. You'd be surprised how high these comissions can be from time to time and, based on the overall "connection margin," that's how the independents decide what price to sell the handset for. So am I, and I also believe that customers should be given the same level of service whether they've been with you for five years or five days - although, being a photographer, my main revenue comes from new customers. I heard somewhere yesterday that the number of handsets in use in the UK now exceeds the population; an increacing number of people own more than one mobile. At this level of market saturation, pretty much the only way to get new business is via enticing people away from their existing network - but common sense would say that you don't gain anything in real terms from doing so.
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    T-Mobile Germany unveils MDA IV

    I'd say it has more of a Fischer Price styling than Mattell :D
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    Is there any news on more stock?

    I can see the (skewed) business logic here New customer Orange gets to sign up fresh meat who will pay the going rate for the handset on whatever tariff the customer chooses. Going by the Orange website, the lowest price you'll pay for an M2000 is £99.99 on a talk 400 (or equivalent) and above. The price for the handset goes for £249.99 on the more common tariffs. Versus Existing long-term customer If they're after the M2000, it's usually because they have had either a Smartphone or PPC device for a while; they're going to try to squeeze Orange to get their handset for as low a price as possible, threatening to disconnect and switch to other providers, arguing price-matches vs. other suppliers etc. in order to get their M2000 from them. If we knew what price Orange were buying in these devices for, we'd have a better handle on their business logic. I'm guessing that, with the cost of unconnected Blue Angel devices being around the £550 mark, HTC are selling them for about £300 - £400 a pop. Naturally providers like O2, T-Mobile and Orange negotiate their own prices for their own customised versions based on projected volume sales, but that would still probably mean a buy price of around £250. So if you're on a Talk 200 tariff with Orange and decide that you're don't want to pay for your M2000, 'cause you've been with then for a few years now, Orange would only be guaranteed to get £110 in revenue from you during the next twelve months - assuming you don't incur any out-of-bundle charges. A new customer connecting to the same tariff has to pay £249.99 for their M2000, plus the £30/month for the tariff itself, thus netting Orange £360 in guaranteed revenue... more than three times as much from their exsiting customer. I can't condone what Orange are doing with respect to their customer base, but taken purely as a business decision it makes perfect sense. The only part of their current strategy that irks me is their aparrent negligence to customers whom are awaiting replacement M2000's owing to faults etc.; were I in charge, those customers would be given the highest priority in the handset allocation queue.

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