BlackBerry News: BlackBerry Bold 9700 launching on domestic and European GSM carriers in November

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has finally been announced. Details have been leaking in about the “Onyx” for months and most of the seem to be true in hindsight. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 successor rocks a Tour-like keyboard but ditches the trackball in favor of a little trackpad like in the Curve 8520. The camera has been upped to 3.2MP and the screen is now a 480 x 320 display. Just like the Storm 2, the 9700 runs BlackBerry OS 5.0 and all the goodies are included like threaded messaging, updated BB Messenger, and BlackBerry Maps.

Best of all RIM is launching the phone to nearly every GSM carrier in North America and Europe in November although International carrier-specific pricing is hard to come by right now. That will probably change in a day or two though.

AT&T has announced that it will sell the phone for $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and T-Mobile is expected to follow suit although it’s press release doesn’t mention a price. What it does mention however is that the phone will be able to make unlimited calls off of WiFi for $10 per month, which is something AT&T is slowly accepting too although it seems that AT&T’s flavor will lack that ability.

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Nokia Codes – Nokia Mobile Code – Nokia Secret Code

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Nokia Universal Codes
Code Description :
These Nokia codes will work on most Nokia Mobile Phones

(1) *3370# Activate Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) – Your phone uses the best sound quality but talk time is reduced my approx. 5%

(2) #3370# Deactivate Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) OR *3370#

(3) *#4720# Activate Half Rate Codec – Your phone uses a lower quality sound but you should gain approx 30% more Talk Time.

(4) *#4720# Deactivate Half Rate Codec.

(5) *#0000# Displays your phones software version, 1st Line : Software Version, 2nd Line : Software Release Date, 3rd Line : Compression Type.

(6) *#9999# Phones software version if *#0000# does not work.

(7) *#06# For checking the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI Number).

(8) #pw+1234567890+1# Provider Lock Status. (use the “*” button to obtain the “p,w”and “+” symbols).

(9) #pw+1234567890+2# Network Lock Status. (use the “*” button to obtain the “p,w”and “+” symbols).

(10) #pw+1234567890+3# Country Lock Status. (use the “*” button to obtain the “p,w”and “+” symbols).

(11) #pw+1234567890+4# SIM Card Lock Status. (use the “*” button to obtain the “p,w” Go to Topand “+” symbols).

(12) *#147# (vodafone) this lets you know who called you last.

(13) *#1471# Last call (Only vodofone).

(14) *#21# Allows you to check the number that “All Calls” are diverted to

(15) *#2640# Displays security code in use.

(16) *#30# Lets you see the private number.

(17) *#43# Allows you to check the “Call Waiting” status of your phone.

(18) *#61# Allows you to check the number that “On No Reply” calls are diverted to.

(19) *#62# Allows you to check the number that “Divert If Unreachable (no service)” calls are diverted to.

(20) *#67# Allows you to check the number that “On Busy Calls” are diverted to.

(21) *#67705646# Removes operator logo on 3310 & 3330.

(22) *#73# Reset phone timers and game scores.

(23) *#746025625# Displays the SIM Clock status, if your phone supports this power saving feature “SIM Clock Stop

Allowed”, it means you will get the best standby time possible.

(24) *#7760# Manufactures code.

(25) *#7780# Restore factory settings.

(26) *#8110# Software version for the nokia 8110.

(27) *#92702689# Displays – 1.Serial Number, 2.Date Made, 3.Purchase Date, 4.Date of last repair (0000 for no repairs), 5.Transfer User Data. To exit this mode you need to switch your phone off then on again. ( Favourite )

(28) *#94870345123456789# Deactivate the PWM-Mem.

(29) **21*number# Turn on “All Calls” diverting to the phone number entered.

(30) **61*number# Turn on “No Reply” diverting to the phone number entered.

(31) **67*number# Turn on “On Busy” diverting to the phone number entered.

(32) 12345 This is the default security code.

press and hold # Lets you switch between lines

NOKIA5110/5120/5130/5190

IMEI number: * # 0 6 #
Software version: * # 0 0 0 0 #
Simlock info: * # 9 2 7 0 2 6 8 9 #
Enhanced Full Rate: * 3 3 7 0 # [ # 3 3 7 0 # off]
Half Rate: * 4 7 2 0 #
Provider lock status: #pw+1234567890+1
Network lock status #pw+1234567890+2
Provider lock status: #pw+1234567890+3
SimCard lock status: #pw+1234567890+4
NOKIA 6110/6120/6130/6150/6190
IMEI number: * # 0 6 #
Software version: * # 0 0 0 0 #
Simlock info: * # 9 2 7 0 2 6 8 9 #
Enhanced Full Rate: * 3 3 7 0 # [ # 3 3 7 0 # off]
Half Rate: * 4 7 2 0 #

NOKIA3110

IMEI number: * # 0 6 #
Software version: * # 0 0 0 0 # or * # 9 9 9 9 # or * # 3 1 1 0 #
Simlock info: * # 9 2 7 0 2 6 8 9 #

NOKIA 3330

*#06#
This will show your warranty details *#92702689#

*3370#
Basically increases the quality of calling sound, but decreases battery length.

#3370#
Deactivates the above

*#0000#
Shows your software version

*#746025625#

This shows if your phone will allow sim clock stoppage

*4370#
Half Rate Codec activation. It will automatically restart

#4370#
Half Rate Codec deactivation. It will automatically restart

Restore Factory Settings
To do this simply use this code *#7780#

Manufacturer Info
Date of Manufacturing *#3283#
*3001#12345# (TDMA phones only)

This will put your phone into programming mode, and you’ll be presented with the programming menu.
2) Select “NAM1″
3) Select “PSID/RSID”
4) Select “P/RSID 1″

Note: Any of the P/RSIDs will work
5) Select “System Type” and set it to Private
6) Select “PSID/RSID” and set it to 1
7) Select “Connected System ID”

Note: Enter your System ID for Cantel, which is 16401 or 16423. If you don’t know yours, ask your local dealer for it.
 Select “Alpha Tag”
9) Enter a new tag, then press OK
10) Select “Operator Code (SOC)” and set it to 2050
11) Select “Country Code” and set it to 302 for Canada, and 310 for the US.
12) Power down the phone and power it back on again

ISDN Code
To check the ISDN number on your Nokia use this code *#92772689#

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BlackBerry Mobile Secret Codes – Explore your BlackBerry with secret codes

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Decibel meter.
Displays your signal strength in decibels, instead of bars.
Hold “Alt” and press “N”, “M”, “L”, “L” (repeat to reverse the effect).

Address Book file verification.
Checks the data in your Address Book for inconsistencies.
In the Address Book, hold “Alt” and press “V”, “A”, “L”, “D”.

Address Book data structure rebuild.
Forces a data structure re-build in the Address Book…
In the Address Book, hold “Alt” and press “R”, “B”, “L”, “D”.

View source code.
Displays the source code of a Web page.
In the Browser, hold “Alt” and press “R”, “B”, “V”, “S”.

Help Me! menu.
Provides crucial technical information about your device, for when seeking technical support or help in forums…
Hold “Alt” and (left) “shift”, then press “H”.

IMEI display.
Displays your device’s international mobile equipment identity (IMEI – your serial number) on-screen… Also works from all other GSM handsets.
Type “*”, “#”, “0″, “6″, “#” on the Home screen.

“Soft” reset.
Performs a “soft” reset of your device; the equivalent of doing a “battery pull” (ie. Removing the battery for a few seconds).
Press-and-hold “Alt”, then press-and-hold (left) “shift”, then press-and-hold “Del”.

Event Log.
Displays event logs of all the system-level events that occur on your device…
Hold “Alt” and press “L”, “G”, “L”, “G”.

All of these secrets have been tested on the BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry Curve 8300; .

In some cases, you will need to be on the Home screen when you enter these codes…
Key shortcuts:
A or C = phonebook
S = search
F = phone profiles
W or B = browser
H = help
K = locks the keys
L = calendar
V = messages
M = messages folder
R = alarm
T = tasks
U = calculator
I = applications
O = options
P = phone

Some new additions thanks to the contributions in this thread:

T – Top of page (in browser)
B – Bottom of page (in browser)
Space – Page down (in browser)
ALT + Right Shift + Del = hard reset
D – Memo pad
U – Switch between hide/unhide in title bar (in browser)
ALT + NMLL = numbers instead of bars for signal strength

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Windows Phone Ad

Microsoft just launched Windows Mobile 6.5, but the TV ad campaign doesn’t distract the viewer with version numbers: instead, Microsoft is encouraging customers to buy a “Windows phone”. Apps like Word, Outlook and even Twitter are seen hopping into a car as their owner leaves the house.

Seattle blog TechFlash says the ad is a flop, calling it “downright strange” and lacking the impact of the successful Laptop Hunter series:

Am I missing something here? I’ve watched it three times now, and still don’t think it resonates. We’ve actually been impressed with Microsoft’s “Laptop Hunters” ad campaign — which appears to be making inroads against Apple — as well as some of the more recent Windows 7 ads. But this one is just downright strange.

I disagree: taking your apps with you is the perfect message for those already invested in the Windows desktop environment. The downside: those fun little app icons are somewhat reminiscent of iPhone apps, are they not?

What do you think: are the new Windows phone ads a hit or a miss?

Volkswagen Masters the Viral Video

Great viral videos are hard to come by, but Volkswagen (or rather ad agency DDB Stockholm) appears to have hit the bullseye. Their new campaign “The Fun Theory” is a series of experiments, captured on video, to find out if making the world more fun can improve people’s behavior. The top video, Piano Stairs, has achieved over 1 million views on YouTube – I can’t count how many times friends have shared it this week.

Among the experiments: does turning a set of subway stairs into a real-life piano encourage people to use them (answer: yes, 66% more). Another experiment asks whether making a trash can sound like a 50ft-deep well will make people pick up their trash. An upcoming experiment, meanwhile, will turn a bottle recycling center into an arcade game.

The brand placement is as subtle as it could possibly be: a simple VW logo dropped in at the end. And yet the content carries that logo all around the web, as tens of thousands of people pass around the video, along with their positive associations for the VW brand. Isn’t that the definition of a perfect brand campaign?

T-Mobile Puts Sidekick Sales On Hold

Following the massive Sidekick data disaster, T-Mobile has halted all sales of the mobile device on its web site and reportedly also in retail stores.

Danger, the company that makes and operates the Sidekick data service, experienced intermittent data problems last week that appear to be the result of a faulty-systems upgrade.

On Saturday, T-Mobile and Microsoft (which owns Danger) issued a statement informing customers that all data not on the local device is almost certainly lost. This includes contacts, calendars and pictures.

The data-disaster has also raised lots of questions about the data security of cloud computing. After all, if a company as large as Microsoft could lose so much important data, what does that say about smaller firms and solutions? T-Mobile says it will release a more concrete statement later today on the causes and potential options for Sidekick customers.

In the meantime, if you have a Sidekick with data that is not backed up elsewhere, be sure not to reset your device or run-down the battery until a new solution for saving your data is implemented.

Should T-Mobile permanently stop selling the Sidekick or is this sort of disaster not worth killing an entire product? Let us know!

Hands-on with the Zune HD

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Can Microsoft’s latest Zune, the Zune HD, take down the king? It depends on which king you’re talking about. As it stands, the iPod Touch is a whole different beast because of the App Store. What Microsoft has done with the Zune HD is nothing short of spectacular, but who is it really competing with? My BlackBerry can play videos and show me pictures taken on a recent trip. The HTC Hero and/or myTouch 3G can stream music from the likes of last.fm or Slacker. I can download MP3s from my iPhone. Everything the Zune HD does, I’ve been able to do with a slew of different devices that I already own.

You see, the features that the Zune team has been touting don’t interest me much. I don’t really care to see an artist’s bio, their pictures or anything of that nature. Sure, the modified IE browser is nice and works great, but I want to know how deeply integrated the Zune HD is going to be with other Microsoft devices like the Xbox 360. I don’t need to fork over extra cash for an HD dock to stream 720p content onto my TV. I can already do that through my Xbox 360, FiOS and whatever content is stored on my NAS. Tell me what the plans are for the next six months. Tell me when the damn thing is actually going to launch.

With that being said, please enjoy the short video that I took of the Zune HD in action. One thing I failed to capture was the on-screen keyboard. MS has taken a different twist, which may or may not be unique to the Zune HD, but it’s different than most other on-screen keyboards that I’ve seen. Unlike the iPhone (or any other device that lacks a physical keyboard) when you’re tapping away at the Zune HD’s on-screen keyboard; characters don’t pop up by themselves. Tap a character and its neighboring chums to the right and left will create a small arch with the center character popping up just a little more than the rest. It seemed to work well, but the firmware isn’t final so I’m unable to fully comment.

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The only other misstep I noticed was with the home button and Internet browser. When you’re navigating through every other feature of the Zune HD, a single tap of the home button brings you back to the main page, but when tapping the home button from within the browser it chorks hard. It takes two or three taps to get back to the home screen. But, again, the Zune HD I took a look at was definitely not final in any way. Also, the Wi-Fi at our meeting location was spotty.

Things are looking good for Microsoft and the Zune team with the HD, but I’m still waiting to hear what they have in store for the device because everything else is old hat.