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Archive for May 2008

Check out my 16gb iPhone!

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I wasn’t planning on doing it, but I caught a deal for a refurbished 16gb iPhone for $349.99 and I couldn’t resist. Now that I’ve switched to AT&T, I thought I would give it another chance to see if the call quality and reception was at least bearable and if not, I can always turn around and sell it.

I ordered on Wednesday, had to call customer service three or four times to get my tracking number, and the package came today. Here’s what was inside.

A...plastic...bag...

I called AT&T and was told that the phones were back ordered and they should be shipped off within the next week.

This event coupled with the release of the N95-4 firmware strikes me as a sign. I’ll be selling this one as soon as I receive it also.

As a side note, who thought it was a good idea to send packages with plastic bags in them in the first place?!

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May 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm

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New N95-4 Firmware, 20.2.005!

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Updating right now. Will post more with an update on what’s changed. 🙂

Update: New firmware finished installing and I just got finished playing around with it. Some notes…

Updating the Firmware

Click through to see the full list of changes.

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May 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm

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Themes by Niimai

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Taking a look at my favorite themes that I use on a regular basis, I happened to notice that a majority of them were from one particular theme designer. After doing a bit more research, I found out that said theme designer has his own website. That theme designer’s name is Niimai, and he is my current favorite theme designer for S60 devices.

I’m a huge fan of themes that are more simplistic and ease on the eyes. Other theme designers like P@sco and more recently PiZero focus on customized icons, flashier backgrounds, and menu effects which really don’t do it for me. I like themes that make my phone look and feel like it’s easy to use and to reflect how easy S60 really is to use. Niimai’s themes do just that and they still manage to make the device look really good in the process.

Click on the image to be taken to Niimai’s website to see the excellent themes he’s been designing for over half a year now.

Written by Jonathan

May 27, 2008 at 5:20 am

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SymTorrent, Symella, and HSDPA-a wireless ménage à trois

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SymTorrentThere are a great many perks to using your mobile phone as your MP3 player, and my recent addition of an network that supports HSDPA has just brought the experience to the next level. I’ve been using Symella and SymTorrent off and on with various S60 devices since it was released a very long time ago, but using them on the $5.99 t-zones unlimited plan was not only painfully slow, but it also prevented me from using some of the features of each application. For those who don’t know, Symella is a peer-to-peer downloading client (much like Limewire, but without the viruses) and SymTorrent is torrent downloading application both developed to work specifically with S60 devices. With HSDPA (and Opera Mini to download the torrent files), I’ve effectively cut my computer out of the equation for getting music on my device altogether. I can now download, manage, and listen to music anywhere I am. I was able to download a full album in about 30 minutes over HSDPA with an average speed of 60 kbps.

SymTorrent in action

Follow these links to download Symella and SymTorrent for your S60 3rd Edition smartphone. They’re both free, and there’s no reason not to use them if you’re into torrents and P2P clients.

Written by Jonathan

May 23, 2008 at 4:26 am

Switching to AT&T, an experience

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AT&TI finally made the decision to switch my service from T-Mobile to AT&T. After being left with no signal from T-Mobile whatsoever and very slow EDGE speeds (roaming on AT&T) in Wisconsin for the wedding, I decided it was time to make use of my 3G-capable smartphone. I was hesitant for a long time because A) nobody wants to pay $400 in ETF’s and B) something about the company as a whole makes me feel like I’m assimilating into the collective.

I spoke with my guy who works for AT&T and after an ordeal (not an unpleasant ordeal, but an ordeal nonetheless), I was signed up for a family plan with 0-month commitment
and a new number with 20% off my bill.

Click through for my thoughts on the change of coverage and the reason why T-Mobile is still number one in my book.

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May 23, 2008 at 3:52 am

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