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Jerry Raia
02-27-2006, 11:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1160063,00.html' target='_blank'>http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1160063,00.html</a><br /><br /></div><i>"While mobile e-mail fanatics are discussing the BlackBerry-killer software introduced by Microsoft at the 3GSM mobile-phone conference in Barcelona, I want to talk about an e-mail-ready phone that's just hitting the market T-Mobile's SDA. The carrier launched it this week, along with a big brother, the MDA Pocket PC. Both phones run versions of Windows Mobile 5.0, though the SDA is no larger than a typical candy-bar phone."</i><br /><br /><img src="http://www.smartphonethoughts.com/images/jerry-T-Mobile.jpg" alt="User submitted image" title="User submitted image"/><br /><br />I always enjoy reading the "non-geek" perspectives on our toys. It almost always seems like they have no idea what type of device they are looking at. This one isn't as bad as most. See what you think. The bottom line for us "fanatics" is the more of these that are sold to the "non-fanatics", the better. :)

Kris Kumar
02-28-2006, 02:44 AM
"The SDA does, however, have some software idiosyncrasies. When I plug it into my laptop, for example, it crashes the computer's Wi-Fi connection."

The new ActiveSync installs the 5.0 based devices as network adapters, it may confuse some wireless and network configuration applications. Check the Network Connection Managers section in this article, (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/help/activesync/default.mspx) the problem is fixed in ActiveSync 4.1.

"Even when it can't connect to the Internet, because for instance it's in Flight Mode (no radio, for use on airplanes), it tries anyway, and then gives you error messages, rather than alerting you to switch modes."

I am surprised that Microsoft has not fixed this yet. :roll:

"Incidentally, during my test I put the phone in Flight Mode, then couldn't figure out how to get it back to a normal calling state."


Jerry Raia
02-28-2006, 02:54 AM
Hmm maybe the non-fanatics aren't ready for this yet. :lol:

02-28-2006, 06:36 PM
When the plane lands, the phone switches back to normal mode... :wink: