SMTP Problems on Windows Mobile

Had been having a few issues with my Samsung Omnia of late, particularly with the SMTP settings and somehow not allowing me to send emails. The mobile runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and, though familiar with the Windows configuration of POP and SMTP and IMAP and all the lovely protocols I could not get email to send.

I called Orange who suggested that smtp.orange.net would work, it didn’t. Next they talked me into downloading, installing and paying for a subscription to Blackberry Connect ©. 24 hours later I had an answer – Blackberry Connect © is not compatible with the Samsung Omnia.

This was getting rather more and more annoying, it is great being able to receive your emails 24/7 but extremely frustrating to find that you can’t reply to them.

Next the helpful operators suggested I add port numbers :995 and :465 to my incoming and outgoing mailservers respectivley. However there are no fields to allow this setting in the Windows Mobile Device.

Orange’s final suggestion was for me to have a look around to try to solve the problem myself.

Then I hit on the result…Windows Mobile 6.1 Hot Fix for Sending POP and IMAP E-mail – worked a treat.
The dialogue above may be short but the total time taken was 2 weeks and many phone calls and much swearing.

Getting more turned on by the lovely touch Omnia I managed to grab the only piece of iphone that is really missing from the Windows Mobile experience. – the sliding touch unlock bit.

My first installation of a 3rd party GUI tweak ( Port Splitter was still working ) was masterful.

If anyone is looking for a slide to unlock function for a Windows Mobile Device the lookee here : S2 applications for Windows Mobile. – it is superb.

Samsung Omnia Turned On

It was never going to be easy choosing between the Samsung Omnia and the HTC Touch Diamond to replace my Nokia N95 but in the end I was swayed by the Omnia’s larger screen, higher onboard memory ( 16gig ) and DivX playback facility. I kind of knew at the time of ordering that I preferred the Touch Diamond, it looked more sturdy and compact, more professional. My sister Jessie had though had a recent Samsung model which had impressed me at its build and usabilty pushing me towards this brand for the first time ever.

I received it and was pretty pleased with its initial appearance and functionality, I had used windows mobiles before and hadn’t really likes the operating systems, but Windows Mobile 6.1 seemed pretty featured.

With 16gig I was naturally going to fill it with a decent bit of music and it was playable via Windows Media for Mobile or Touch Player – neither was really that quick to use without stylus though.

my main gripe, though, is based upon connectivity. The Nokia N95 had a standard 3.5mm audio jack plug, a standard usb port and a simple power socket for charging. This made it easy to use, easy to charge and easy to synch. The samsung Omnia has decided to use the single port for all interfacing. This means that you HAVE to have the correct leads upon you always and also that you are unable to charge the phone and acces the audio output simultaneously.

I was saddened to discover that the mobile phone had no inbuilt satellite navigation system nor mapping software – unlike the Nokia N95 – and spent a long while trying to find a suitable GPS Mappping software for it. In the end ) after relying on Google maps with GPS for a while I managed to install Route 66 but had to go about strange methods (Port Splitter ) to allow the Navigational Software to run from an internal GPS.

My first Omnia stopped working after 6 hours and the second ( current ) one does seem to go into some sort of deep sleep occasionally which means that only a battery removal and reinsertion will allow a reboot.

I see the recently released Nokia N96 and do lust after it a bit, they are so well made, so easy to use and so compatible with ganes and software. I am amazed that I have not yet managed to find any interesting software for Windows Mobile 6.1 nor games for the Samsung Omnia. With the N95 or even the Palm OS Treo I found an abundance of plugins and software to keep my relationship fresh.

Locking the phone is a c*nt as well. Which makes me jealous of the apple mobile telephone which has that nifty lock thing.

Everyone these days seems to be buying the iPhone, I wont ever, they all look stupidly smug, like somehow they have caught “cool” off their phones.