Smarter Wrap Cord Manager

!<http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/images/er4-88.jpg! Etymotic has these really useful cord wrappers. This is just a small piece of rubber that you can wrap your cords around. They cost $5 each plus shipping, so a little bit of a rip off.

A little google shows that “Amazon”:http://www.amazon.com/SmarterWrap-Manager-Earphone-Headphone-Black/dp/tech-data/B000ENL6MY/ref=de_a_smtd/103-1802632-5118214?ie=UTF8&m=A1NOY9EOR8TXD6 has these same little things, but you get 3 for $11 including shipping so a little better deal. This is actually from some reseller call IGgFactory Handhelditems.

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Motorola H5 Miniblue almost here

!<http://img.shopping.com/cctool/PrdImg/images/pr/177X150/00/02/12/76/5b/34764379.JPG!:http://www.cnet.com/Motorola_H5_MiniBlue/4660-11405_1-6415241.html?tag=vid. Here is the coolest headset ever. The aren’t in stock yet, but folks are now adding them to their lists, it is the smallest and uses in-bone conductance. Prices range from $130-160.

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Motorola KRZR K1

!>http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/motokrzr/images/thumb_motokrzr_k1.jpg!:http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/motokrzr/They are here the next generation RAZR is now available from OEM sites. They are expensive at $400 or so, but they are
coming. They are basically slightly slimmer and smaller, but the main technical features are a 2 megapixel camera, EDGE for faster data services, a MicroSD memory card so you can listen to music as well as AAC+ support, stereo bluetooth.

To buy one, see “Mpire”:http://www.mpire.com/buyer/results.page?query=motorola+krzr&pagerOffset=0&pagerSize=100&pagerSortBy=timeLeft&pagerSortOrder=asc

China Mobile WAP, MMS, SMTP/POP and GPRS Settings

OK, here are the detailed configuration you’ll need for a phone you want to make work with a China Mobile SIM thanks to “kuldaen”:http://www.shanghaiexpat.com/index.php?name=MDForum&file=viewtopic&p=449343

For WAP, the official site is on “Monternet.com”:http://www.monternet.com/moneditor/cs/wap/wapguide/

WAP home: http://wap.monternet.com
Gateway IP: 10.0.0.172
Port: 9201
GPRS APN: cmwap
Username and Password don’t matter

BTW with Sony Ericsson phones, they have a “site”:http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc=cn&lc=zh&ver=4000&template=ps3& zone=ps which has all the settings and will sms you the configuration for you.

And here are setting for Cingular for WAP over GPRS

Home Page http://device:home or http://device.home
Session Mode Permanent
Connection Security On
APN wap.cingular (lowercase)
PDP_Type IP
7/12/2002 Version 1.0 8
Gateway IP Address 66.209.11.61
Authentication Type Secure
Login Type Automatic
User Name WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM
(All upper case)
Password CINGULAR1
(All upper case)

Engadget Mobile

Engadget realy does have a good set of mobile tidbit from around the world including some interesting trends:

h2. Innovations

The big ones appear to be making things slimmer and slimmer and also having a real music phone plus an onslaught of Windows Mobile devices:

!http://www.engadgetmobile.com/media/2006/06/canary14.jpg!
“Motorola Canary”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/06/14/motorola-canary-razr-2-hands-on/, this is the RAZR follow-on codenamed the Canary basically thinner. Technically it will be called teh “KRZR”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/07/14/fcc-comes-clean-on-motorola-krzr-canary/ and comes out this fall with EDGE.

!http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadgetmobile.com/media/2006/07/vzw-chocolate-web.jpg!
“LG KG800 Chocolate”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/07/16/verizons-chocolate-site-goes-live/. These things are being advertised everywhere in China which folks love because of the size and the way that it works as a iPod and then slides up to be a phone, it will be the “VX8500”:http://www.verizonwireless.com/chocolate/ over here. LG has another “KG99”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/07/10/lg-preparing-another-chocolate-like-phone/ which is a candy bar version with the checkerboard keys as well. !>http://www.engadgetmobile.com/media/2006/07/kg99.jpg!

!http://www.engadget.com/media/2006/07/voda_hermes.jpg!
And HTC is running away with lots of wins for Windows Mobile 5 devices including the “Hermes”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/07/11/up-close-and-personal-with-the-qtek-9600-hermes/, a Danger like opener, Star Trek, a smart phone that Vodafone Germany, Orange and Cingular will all carry, while “Palm”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/07/05/palm-lennon-and-nitro-in-the-flesh/ tries to stay ahead with the Lennon and Nitro and “RIM”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/06/29/blackberrys-to-get-wifi-this-year-too/ looks to finally offer consumer services like Wifi, MP3 and Cameras (yeah!) to compete with Windows Mobile.

h2. Segmenting

!http://www.engadgetmobile.com/media/2006/06/2400collection.jpg!
“SCP-2400”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/06/30/sanyos-kid-safe-scp-2400-for-sprint/ for kids features like parental controls on the who they call and restrictions on usage.

!http://www.engadgetmobile.com/media/2006/07/588.jpg!
“Philips 588”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/07/12/philips-588-music-phone-drops-in-taiwan/ is a nice ladies phone that is small as another segment.

h2. Cloning
!http://www.engadgetmobile.com/media/2006/06/tosh-ts30.jpg!
As another SLVR clone example, we have the Toshiba “TS30”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/06/30/smartone-vodafone-launches-thin-toshiba-ts30/ from Vodafone .

Sanyo “Katana”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/07/07/sanyo-katana-reviewed/ is one of zillions of RAZR knockoffs and Samsung “D830”:http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2006/06/20/possible-details-emerge-on-samsung-d830/ is just 9.9mm thick but has EDGE, QVGA, MicroSD and 2mp camera. !>http://www.engadget.com/media/2006/06/samsung_d830.jpg!

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HTC Star Trek is the RAZR Killer

!The Boy Genius Report: HTC Hermes & StarTrek, and iPAQ hw6920 coming to US – Engadget Mobile. The rumble is the HTC Star Trek is a flip phone that has Windows Mobile 2005 and is supposed to be nicer than the RAZR. Cingular is to ship it this fall as the 3125 according to “Howards Forums”:http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=945070. There is also something called the Hermes to be called the Cingular 6500 that looks like a Danger.

Setting up WAP and GPRS

Every phone has a whole series of WAP and GPRS settings to get data to work. The SIM card lets voice traffic work, but for some strange reason, the WAP and GPRS settings are completely separate, so for each phone you own, you have to go to the Internet and figure out both how to enter the settings in and what the exact settings are for your phone. Here’s a quick list for phones I own:

h2. The Phones

For the Nokia 6600 and related models (6620), “Filesaveas”:http://www.filesaveas.com/6600wap.html has detailed instructions. You basically go to the Services application and select Options/Setting/Default Access Point/Options/Change then Options/New Access Point/Use Default Settings and then you need to find the specific operator settings. Also, “WDSGlobal”:https://nokiags.wdsglobal.com/globalJumpPage.html provides over the air configuration for all Nokia models

For Motorola V3, you need to go to Menu/Settings/WEB ACCESS/Web Sessions to get to the various settings. Different ones are required for Web and MMS as “Mobiledia”:http://forums.mobiledia.com/topic29700-0-asc-40.html points out.

h2. The carriers

For Cingular, “Mobiledia”:http://forums.mobiledia.com/topic29700-0-asc-40.html has the settings in details, they are separate for MMS and for WAP. For MMS, the Homepage is mmsc.cingular.com, Service Type 1 is WAP, Gateway IP is 066.209.011.61, Port 1 is 9201

For T-mobile USA, “Mobiledia”:http://forums.mobiledia.com/topic25108.html notes that there is an over-the-air configurator at “http://tmobileus.wdsglobal.com/phonefirst”:http://tmobileus.wdsglobal.com/phonefirst that will send the configuration over the air, it differes for WAP and the MMS as well. You do need to pay $5/month for unlimited WAP access though

O2. “Filesaveas”:http://www.filesaveas.com/wap.html#settings has a good list for o2, Orance, Vodafone and T-Mobile in the UK.. Think this is reasonably up to date. They also have setting for “email/web”:http://www.filesaveas.com/gprs.html which is different from wap.

China Mobile. “China-mobile-phones.com”:http://www.china-mobile-phones.com/China-gprs-enabled-sim-card.html shows that they have a bunch of GPRS plans with the being $29/month 800MB free download. That’s not a bad rate for my Sony laptop. “Taniwha”:http://www.taniwha.org.uk/gprs.html has the connection list that is very useful which says that the settings for China Mobile are APN name is cmnet, user name is guest and password is guest, this doesn’t quite agree with “voq.com”:http://www.voq.com/site/downloads/GPRSSettings.htm#USA which says the access point name is cmnet, but that there is no user name or password. “GPRS Easy Connect’:http://www.gprsec.hu/ is a linux project that has as a side effect a very long list of carrier “settings”:http://www.gprsec.hu/modules/providers/ they have information for which says for “China Mobile”:http://www.gprsec.hu/modules/providers/view.php?id=20 that the APN is cmnet and the username and password can be anything. Also says the DNS is 211.136.20.203.

Motorola RAZR V3 Mods

Wow, “Mark”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/ has a great tutorial on how to modify and make the razor really yours. Here’s a quick summary of what I did based on his excellent site.

h2. Getting Started with the right bootloader

* “Software”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/page1.html. First off, he tells you about all the software you need. A key piece is going looking for various Motorola service programs that you have to find in various torrents somewhere like PST (Product Support Tool) which has the Multi Flash Flex (MFF) program you use to download new firmware. As well as the newer RSD Lite which replaces MFF.
* To find out what version of the bootloader you have, you have to hold the * and the # key down and then press the power button. Its the equivalent of the ctrl-alt-del on a PC. This gives you the boot loader the software version number. The main issue here is that if you have bootloader 08.26 or higher, then Motorola put RSA encryption on, so you have to downgrade the bootloader to 07.d0. In my case, our late model Cingular phone had Boot Loader 08.26 and Software Version R374_G_0E.41.C3R_B (how is that for obscure!)
** Download the “P2K Drivers”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/zip/P2KDrivers2.9.zip drivers. Internally, the RAZR V3 and many other phones are on the P2K platform or if you have RSD Lite or MFF, they have their own \drivers directories where p2k.sys lives
** Turn off the phone and turn it on in its normal mode, plug it into the USB port of your computer, the USB Modem will install, then unplug and replug it and the Accessory, Data Logging MCU Interface, Test Command will install. You will have to keep telling it where the drivers are
** Download the “Scotty’s Downrev Loader”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/zip/scotty2_8.26_downgrader_v2.zip for use just with 08.26. When it start you will see the phones Bootloader mode, click OK on the phone to start. Windows will then as for the Flash Interface driver and it will you get it from the P2K drivers location you downloaded above. This DOS program will then open an interface to the phone and start downdating it to the more friendly 07.D0 bootloader
** After you downgrade the V3 bootloader to 07.D0 the phone may not display the bootloader screen in flash mode correctly, it may be just a black screen. Don’t panic, this is normal and will not cause any problems in the operation of the phone.

h2. Unlocking the phone

If you phone is unlocked, try to give Cingular or your service provider a call. Otherwise, there is a program you can try that “Mark”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/page7.html covers. It is an unlocker that need the 07.0D bootloader. You start the program and click yes and it seems to unlock the phone. Give it a try if you dare :_)

h2. Backing things up

Scotty has some really great directions on what to do next. In short, you install a bunch of programs and make sure that it works:

* Install the RSD Lite and see if you can see the phone. You just want to see if it connects. You use this to download news Flashes (.SHA files) for new firmware and for new flexes which are language packs. In my case, I want to download the simplified chinese and english packs which is the whole goal of the exercise.
* Install the P2K Phone File Manager to see if that works. This is the program you use to edit all the files. The file system in the V3 has all kinds of magical places for everything from the startup screens to the settings for GPRS, so you do need this as a way to navigate.
* If you have the Motorola Phone Tools (you can buy this) see if that works. As a note, this is a really nice program, let’s you copy your selected contacts as well as your calendar to your phone from Outlook.

As a note, the P2K.sys driver can definitely have problems. In my case, it stopped working and when I tried to reboot Windows, the shutdown hung on the driver. Forcing the shutdown fixed everything.

Then you need “Randoms”:http://random.motofan.ru/en/ Flash Backup and other utilities and then you run FlashBackup/Full Backup and select PHone memory size 32MB and disable compression since the program is buggy with compression. This thing actually hangs on my machines, but “BigDaddy5”:http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?threadid=544325 says that you don’t really need to backup, if you can get to the bootloader with the *, # and Power button combination then you can just reload with RSD Lite or MFF a Monster flash that includes flash and flex from “Motox”:http://www.planetmotox.net. For me, I can’t figure out why it hangs, maybe I’ll try a different machine?

h2. Installing Flash, Flex and Language Packs

Ok, the Motorola terminology is very confusing on “Flashing”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/page3.html. The lowest level is the bootloader that does the basic connection (much like the BIOS in PCs), the Flash is the firmware that controls the hardware, Flex controls the applications and the software while language packs get added on top. There is something called a “Monster”:http://www.planetmotox.net/monster_packs.php pack which is flash, flex and a set of language packs. Motox has some he has made himself so right now the latest US version has the brilliant name R374_G_OE.42.09R_MOTOX.shx (.shx is the filename of a flash file). The main number here seems to the “42” with Flex Version, hold your breath!, GSMV3MXCINO1NA0F5 which seems to say GSM, Motorola V3, Cingular and finally the language pack is MXLP0001 US English. You use download the file, unpack it and point the RSD Lite to the file, plug in the phone in “flash mode” (that is turn the phone on while holding the # and * key down) and it does it.

Normally you don’t have “flex”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/page4.html a phone unless you want to get rid of the carrier branding. For instance my Cingular phone has all kinds of logos on startup ,etc. So for instance, after you use the Monster pack to get the latest, you can use “Flexlash”:http://www.planetmotox.net/flexlash.php files which are flex files in .shx format so that you can easily upgrade just the flex (or application part), in my case for instance right now, I could use the previous monster pack with Cingular to get the latest Flash and then use R374_G_03.42.09R_GSMV3MXTMB01NA106_flexlash_MOTOX.shx to get T-mobile branding.

There are also “Reflash”:http://www.planetmotox.net/reflash.php files that download the flash but don’t change any system settings. The latesst version of these mainly seem to allow multiple letter search on phonebooks and also video recording.

For “Language Packs”:http://www.planetmotox.net/language_packs.php, once you have the file, flash it onto the phone. Don’t be alarmed if the flash fails and your phone screen continues to display “SW Upgrade in progress..”, just shut the phone off and turn it on again. Mine did the same thing when I tried a new language pack, but the new language was installed. When you do this, all the previous languages installed on your phone will be erased before the new language pack is installed.

h2. SEEM Editing, Startup, Shutdown and Screensavers and other Mods

SEEM is Motorolas name for its registry where all kinds of thinks can be changed. You use XVI32 to edit these files and the P2K Phone File Manager to transfer them. There are zillions of very nerdy flags you can edit. “http://xlr8.us/hofo/”:http://xlr8.us/hofo/ keeps a list of everything you can edit.

In addition to SEEMs, there are various magic files in magic locations that you can use for customization. “Mods”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/page8.html include being able to change the startup

Most of the time you don’t need to create your own files. As “Mark”:http://www.mark-world.tv/motorola/page10.html points out there are zillions of enthusiasts who have created everything for you. For instance Motox has lots of “cl.gif”:http://www.motox.info/showthread.php?t=435 files. You add them with PK2 Menu Commander jsince it is just a file replacement.

For doing startup and shutdown, Mark’s method is very complicated. There is another tool called “Motokit”:http://www.planetmotox.net/motox101/flex_create.htm that does it much more simply according to “Motomodders.net”:http://www.motomodders.net/Default.aspx?tabid=55&forumid=43&postid=172557&view=topic where you just edit and add. The main problem is out of the box, I get a _vsnetmenu.ocx_ not found so there is something missing from the standard setup at “Motox”:http://www.planetmotox.net/motox101/flex_create.htm and “Exmotocd”:http://ezmotocd.tripod.com/id1.html

h2. Ringtones and Wallpapers and Skins

There are many ways to get these, but the easiest way by “Samsung”:http://www.motox.info/showpost.php?p=584&postcount=6 is to take the MP3 cut it to 30 seconds and less than 300KB in MP3Cutter and go to “Mobstorage”:http://mobstorage.com and upload, then with your item code, go to “wap.mobstorage.com”:http://wap.mobstorage.com and enter the cod and save it.

For skinning the various graphical parts, “Lazy202”:http://www.motox.info/showpost.php?p=584&postcount=6 says download Skin Manager and then find the .ski file on Motox “Skins”:http://www.motox.info/forumdisplay.php?f=6 somewhere and then it will download onto the phone for you. Sweet!

h2. Short guide to it all via unbranding

And finally there is a good guide for removing “Cingular”:http://www.planetmotox.net/motox101/v3_unbranding_guide.htm customizations. This unbrands the phone and gets rid of all the animations and the like. This guide by the way seems much simpler than the others I’ve found. It uses P2KMan to access files and the SEEM on your phone and XVI32 to edit the SEEM files as noted in the “Motox SEEM Editing”:http://www.planetmotox.net/motox101/seem_editing.htm guide.

# External screen. Replace /a/mobile/system/cl.gif with a 96×80 GIF with P2KMan
# WAP Shopping links. Delete /a/DL_DB_INET-RECORDS with P2KMan
# WAP Browser startup animation. Delete /a/mib_op_greet and create your animated 176×220 GIF and put it in own /a/mib_op_great (note there is no .GIF at the end)
# Startup and Shutdown animations. Create /a/custwakeup.gif and /a/custgoodbye.gif
## Deactivate standard startup animation with SEEM 00032_0001 > offset 1D > bit 3 uncheck
## Deactivate standard shutdown with SEEM 0032_0001 > offset 31 > bit 0 uncheck
## Activate custom startup with SEEM 0004a_0001 offset 23 [Set 01]
## Activate custom shutdown with SEEM 00032_0001 > offset 46 > bit 0 check
# Create custom startup in /a/mobile/audio/Cust_Start~up.mp3 and powerdown in /a/mobile/audio/Power~down.mp3
## Activate startup wtih SEEM 0004a_0001 > offset 22 [set 01] and SEEM 0032_0001 > offset 24 > bit 3 [check]
## Activate shutdown with SEEM 0004a_0001 > offset 24 [Set 01]

Motorola V3 RAZR Modding

OK, now that we have a Motorola V3, its fun to see what the internet world has been doing to customize it. It’s kind of amazing the tools that are now available and the amount of hacking people have done:

* “Motox”:http://motox.us. This is a big modding site with lots of firmware. The essentials are that Flash is the core operating system while Flex are the various ringtones and other files plus you need a language pack. In MOtox a Monster Pack includes all three.
* “Motox MXLP”:http://www.motox.info/showthread.php?t=21&page=3. He’s been hacking away and now you can use both English and Chinese on your V3 Razr. Wow that’s very cool with somethi8ng called the 014D language pack that has US, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.
* “Unimoto”:http://www.motounlocker.com/unimotoplus.php. This seemsl ike the most popular unlocker on the Motox forum.
* “Cell-Unlock”:http://www.cell-unlock.com/motorola-v3-razr-unlock.htm. Another software solution for unlocking.
* “GSM Liberty”:http://www.gsmliberty.net/shop/unlock-motorola-v3-razr-unlock-p-69.html. Don’t know if this works, but for $25, you can take the V3 and use it in China or where ever else you are going. I often need to swap a SIM there. T-mobile lets you unlock but other carriers are less enlightened.

Switching to Qwest and T-mobile

Well, if you are concerned at all about the government looking over your phone records, it looks like T-mobile and “Qwest”:http://www.qwest.com/LongDistance/index.html are giving record voluntarily. It was a good chance to see what those folks are up to. I was amazed at how prices have come down:

* “Domestic Long Distance”:http://www.qwest.com/LongDistance/index.html. If you are a Qwest customers, for $15, you get unlimited long distance anywhere in the US. For an additional $5/month, they throw in Canada. Their lowest rate plan is basically $5/month plus $0.05/minute, so the flat rate pays back at 200 minutes per month. There are other third parties that do this for $0.02 per minute, but it ain’t a bad deal.
* “International”:http://pcat.qwest.com/pcat/productDetail.do?salesChannel=Residential&offerId=6651. They have something called Quest choice. For $4/month, it is only $0.12/minute to call China or $0.19/minute to call a Chinese mobile phone. Pretty amazinlyg low.
* “International Cellular”:http://pcat.qwest.com/pcat/productDetail.do?salesChannel=Residential&offerId=6651. Teaming up with IDT, they have a $0.19/minute plan from any cell phone to call China. There aren’t any PINs either which is great. You dial 1-800-493-6206 and then dial the phone number and you can recharge online.
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