Crash of a Windows Mobile Smartphone

Well I have been using the Samsung Omnia ( SGH i900 ) for a year now and have grown to love it.

Indeed I have come to rely heavily on its additional features, my email and the handy little Route 66 Sat Nav.

It all came crashing down last week, though when the phone appeared to be maxing out its RAM – you see unlike the quite locked down Symbian Phones or the Apple OS which keeps itself removed from its applications in essence, Windows is more feminine about its associations, it takes every piece of software personally and creates registry entries for them all, cute but not without issues.

I am at fault, of course, I had started installing 3rd party apps with little care or thought and one of these must have got itself into the start up registry entry and then managed to loop through some memory intensive and insensitive routine.

A long labour of turning on, sudden realisation that hard reset was only option, spine tingling fear as I entered 1,2,3,4 and allowed the Omnia to erase ALL data on its 16gigs…..

Then, a joy, I loved turning it back on, it was like an old friend, I had forgotten just how fast it had been in its youth, even with SPB Mobile shell it leapt and danced in time with my finger taps – the baby is back and whirring.

I am even due an upgrade from Orange, who now will be offering the 3G iPhone and am completely ambivalent, sing my sweet Samsung

Traffic TV on My Nokia 6500

I have had the Nokia 6500 slide for a while now and it is as I would have expected.
But this has quite annoyed me.
For a start, when I synchronise it with Nokia PC Suite it gives me the option to install Nokia Maps. i would like to, even though the mobile has no GPS functionality it would still be nice to search and look at the maps. Any way that is that really, you cant install them on this.

More annoying is the preinstalled TrafficTV app in the phone. on initial boot it looks like a maps app sort of thing and I played with it for a while, but was worried lest I rack up any data costs. I tried deleting it from the phone in case I started playing with it after a few beers, it wouldn’t let me.
Worse was to come, I called Orange Customer Services yesterday on a separate matter and they told me that I had been signed up for a £4 a month contract to TrafficTv, I had made doubly sure that I had not accepted any terms or conditions to that affect. I am super wary of such things these days.
happily they cancelled this dubious obligation on my part and we parted on good terms. I even took up a free 2 month evenings and weekends data offer so felt quite pleased.
To summarise, watch tgose prebundled applications installed on your new mobile phone. They are throwing a lot of money in development of these devices and need to claw it back by increasing average revenue per user……… Sneaky bunch they are.