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Dual Sim Mobile Phone

by Mick 0 Comments

I always wanted to try out a dual sim phone and I'm not sure why this concept isn't more popular.

I'm interested in separating Business calls from Personal calls and when abroad possibly using a different Sim in addition to my usual one. This low cost, basic phone would appear to fit the bill for making calls, sending/receiving texts and the occasional email. Although, if you're looking for a smartphone with full internet capability you may need to look for something different.

The Samsung Ch@t 222 allows you to use 2 Sim cards at the same time. With both active, you only need to select which one to use when making a call or sending a text. You can set different ring tones for each Sim so so its easy to determine where your incoming call is comimg from. Another feature which I find useful is being able to read the occasional email.

Still early days, but I find it suits me well.

Full details and spec is available from the Samsung site at

Thanks Santa.

PS.  Although, I really like this phone can you ask Apple to produce a dual Sim iPhone next time please.

Kin - No More

by Mick 0 Comments

Back in April I said

The Kin is a new Windows phone from Microsoft designed to broadcast and navigate your social life and is aimed at the Social Generation who want to share their journey (through life) every day with their network of friends.
and now ?

Microsoft recently announced that the Kin will not be launched in Europe - effectively that the project has been cancelled - and the team have moved on to the Windows Phone 7 team.

The official line states:

Microsoft has made the decision to focus on the Windows Phone 7 launch and will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.

Some rumours suggest only a few thousand phones have been sold to date since it's release, although at a price plan of around $30 per month this wouldn't have helped sales.

Still, it may be that some features of the Kin could arise again in Windows Phone 7 time will tell

Outside In - iPhone 4

by Mick 0 Comments

Promised on June 24th and arrived on June 25th so not too bad the iPhone 4 is here.

Includes the iPhone 4, Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, Dock Connector to USB cable and USB Power Adapter.

Transfer from an existing iPhone 3G to the new one was straightforward.

Pop down to the O2 store, and pick up a micro-sim.

Transferring from the original sim to the new sim is all handled on-line at the O2 website - first, create a backup of your existing iPhone using iTunes, then follow the process outlined on the website for transferring between the old and new, restore from your backup and within minutes, in my case, the old phone was no more. (O2 indicate it could take up to 24 hours before the new iPhone/Sim becomes operational but this was all achieved easily within half an hour from start to end).

Problems ?

Installation was a breeze.

Lots of reports, however, related to people experiencing a loss of signal when using the phone. Classed by some as a Major flaw, the phone can lose signal depending on how you hold it !!

Here's a video demonstrating the problem

The official line from Apple has been quoted as:

Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

Any solutions? (apart from not holding it like that). Possibly, there's an accessory for that

Now we know why

It's possible that this could provide suitable insulation from the antennae and the iPhone 4 Bumper may resolve the issue ( for another £25!! )

Time will tell

iPhone 4

The new iPhone 4 was announced during the Apple WWDC 2010 Keynote Address

With more than 3 years of experience behind them, the designers were able to build on what they'd learned so far in creating the latest and greatest iPhone offering.

In brief, hardware features include:

  • size, 4.5in x 2.31in x 0.37in (115.2mm x 58.6mm 9.3mm)
  • weight, 4.8 ounces (137 grams)
  • capacity 16GB of 32GB
  • case designed from engineered ultra-durable scratch resistant glass with fingerprint resistant coating
  • backlit display providing  a resolution of 960×640  at a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch
  • Apple A4 processor
  • 3-axis gyroscope for advanced motion sensing
  • accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors
  • 5 megapixel camera, HD video recording and built-in LED flash
  • additional forward facing camera on the front
  • dual microphone system

Picture courtesy of Apple
Improved software (iOS 4.0) features include

  • multi-tasking
  • iBooks application
  • Folders for applications
  • built-in noise suppression when making calls
  • improved versions of Mail and Safari

Watch the video at

and read detailed information at

Availability is scheduled for 24th June


The Kin is a new Windows phone from Microsoft designed to broadcast and navigate your social life and is aimed at the Social Generation who want to share their journey (through life) every day with their network of friends.

An analysis of Facebook users determined that Social Connection and Self Expression defined the primary use of social networking sites. Facebook, in particular, handles 5,000,000,000 (that's 5 billion) pieces of content sharing every week and has 3,000,000,000 (that's 3 billion) photos posted every month. This constitutes high volume Life Casting items related to your life.

Users care and are passionate about technology and expect a multi-screen life. They expect things to work on their phone, PC and ultimately on their TV. They want it to work where they are, when they want it to work and how they want it to work.

The Kin (from Kindred Spirits perhaps) plugs one of those gaps - social networking on-the-go and is designed specifically for that purpose, combining the phone, online services and the PC.

Features include touch-based browsing with zoom, pan etc., web search tools, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Zune software, built-in FM radio

The Kin Studio is your Kin on the web where you can store and backup photos, video contacts and messages in your own private space.

The Kin will be available fromVerizon in the US in May and Vodaphone in Europe in the Autumn. Specific pricing and availability is currently not known.

Visit for more information .

How many Phone Chargers do you have?

by Mick 0 Comments

The days when you buy a new phone and get yet another phone charger may be numbered.

In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently submitted to the European Commission, 10 companies have signed up to providing a universal charger which can be used to charge any of their devices via a micro USB connection.

The companies have agreed to develop a common specification that allows for full compatibility between chargers and phones and covers data-enabled mobile phones supporting data exchange using USB.

Vice-President Günter Verheugen, responsible for enterprise and industrial policy, said: 'I am very pleased that industry has found an agreement, which will make life much simpler for consumers. They will be able to charge mobile phones anywhere from the new common charger. This also means considerably less electronic waste because people will no longer have to throw away chargers when buying new phones. He added: 'I am also very pleased that this solution was found on the basis of self-regulation. As a result, the Commission does not consider it necessary to introduce legislation.”

The first devices are expected from 2010 onwards. 

Companies who have signed up are:

  • Apple
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • NEC
  • Nokia
  • Qualcomm
  • Research in Motion
  • Samsung
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Texas Instruments

Although the MoU only covers the EU the concept could be extended worldwide in the future.


The noBounds Research Project

by Mick 0 Comments

noBounds is reportedly a research project from the Nokia Research Center in Germany that is looking to provide access from Nokia Smartphones and Internet Tablet devices to higher resolution external displays such as High Definition (HD) LCD panels, projectors and near-to-eye-displays using WiFi or USB connections.

noBounds is a Python-based application and can also be used to interface with available input devices such as a keyboard or a USB mouse.

noBounds! - blast Smartphones display bounds! from Bernd Steinke on Vimeo.

(Details of other Research work at Nokia can be found at