Mobile Phones

Handago Free App Friday

Handango is giving away one (1) high quality, fully-functioning mobile software application for FREE on Fridays. The free app is available from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST on Friday only. Just visit for details. You do have to complete a short survey, but it’s not too painful. Handango will then send you an email with a link so you can download your free app.

The first “free app” is mundu IM for Smartphone, which lets you use MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ, AOL, Jabber, and Google Talk all in the same window (like Adium for OS X or Trillian for Windows).

Windows Mobile 6 upgrade available for Rogers HTC S621 owners

Thanks very much to Simplehelp reader Albert Karp for letting me know that Rogers has recently (last week?) provided a free upgrade from Windows Mobile 5 to Windows Mobile 6 via The upgrade is only for the HTC S621. It would have been nice to hear about this from Rogers – there was certainly no mention of it in my last bill.

Upgrade instructions are provided along with all of the required files. I’ll let you know how my update goes after I’m done charging the phone.

How to app unlock your HTC S621 Windows Mobile Smartphone

This tutorial will guide you in “app unlocking” your HTC S621. I was hoping to create something like ‘how to app unlock a windows mobile smartphone’, but after spending hours and hours trying to unlock my phone, I’ve discovered there are possibly hundreds of different ways – no two are the same, and not all will work for all phones. I can only confirm that the following method works for Rogers (a Canadian mobile provider) customers using the HTC S621. It may work for other Smartphones as well.

App unlocking will allow you to install “unsigned” 3rd party software. If you’ve ever received the error “Installation was unsuccessful. The program or setting cannot be installed because it is not digitally signed with a trusted certificate”, this tutorial is for you.

installation was unsuccessful the program or setting cannot be installed because it is not digitally signed with a trusted certificate

The Ultimate Guide to Google Services using Windows Mobile

This overview will explain your options when it comes to using Google services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Search, Google Maps and even YouTube – with your Windows Mobile device. Though the screenshots are specific to Windows Mobile 5.0 on a Smartphone, they will be similar for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile 6.0 devices as well.

It’s also worth noting that all of the services were downloaded and/or accessed without using ActiveSync once – so Mac/Linux users who own Windows Mobile devices aren’t left out.

  1. Google Calendar
  1. Web based
  2. GCalendarSync
  3. Using SMS
  • Gmail
    1. Web based
    2. Google for Mobile
    3. Built in POP client – “Messaging”
    4. Other POP mail clients (Flexmail)
  • Google Reader
  • Google Search
    1. Web based
    2. Using SMS
  • Google Maps
    1. Web based
    2. Google Maps for Mobile application
  • Google SMS
  • YouTube
    1. Web based
    2. Using Avot mV

    How to sync your Google Calendar with your Windows Mobile 5 smartphone

    This tutorial will guide you though installing and setting up GCalendarSync, which allows you to sync Google Calendar with your Windows Mobile 5 smartphone. GCalendarSync is free (it’s released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License) and absolutely genius. GCalendarSync doesn’t require that you dock your smartphone or use Outlook in order to sync your Google Calendar with your smartphone. …

    Another category, look out Windows Mobile users

    Living in Canada, I didn’t get into the iPhone hype as much as my US buddies (iPhones aren’t sold here, yet, and there’s no set-in-stone date as to when they will be). As an avid OS X/Apple (and Linux) user, I actually had to put quite a bit of thought into my latest purchase. It came down to two choices – a BlackBerry or the HTC S621 (“Excalibur”). Well, I’m not sure what BlackBerry plans are like in the US, but I would have ended out with a huge, huge monthly bill if I had gone the BB route. So, I’m now the proud(ish) new owner of the HTC S621.

    Which runs Windows Mobile 5.0.

    So now you’re wondering – why is an OS X/Linux person buying a Microsoft Windows phone? One simple answer: 802.11b/g. This is the only Wi-Fi phone sold by the two major west-coast wireless providers (though I guess technically there’s really only one – since Rogers bought Fido). So in the coming days and weeks you can expect a fairly large number of Windows Mobile related tutorials, downloads etc. Including “how to sync your Windows Mobile phone with OS X applications” and “a step by step guide on using Skype with your 802.11b/g enabled phone”. Since those are two of the first things I’ll be doing with this thing.

    htc s621 excalibur

    ps. even though I’ve read that a headset is required in order to use Skype (with this phone), you will never, ever, see me walking down the street with a bluetooth headset stuck in my ear. If you do, you have my permission to punch me right then and there.