Archive for category Phones

Ex-phones 2014 update

Phones I have had previously (2 more added meanwhile since 2009):

(could be that 1 to 3 phones are missing, but are considered to not important since don’t change the overall picture, ericsson->siemens->windows mobile->android)

Exporting SMS from Windows phone

Maybe someone finds this useful (word of advice, don’t use Windows phone in the first place to avoid trouble like this)

  • to be able to export sms’es without rooting etc., you first need to upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 since the feature only appeared in this version
  • then you need to insert an sd card
  • go to settings, transfer my data
  • click the “…” button
  • export to sd option, select sms’s / contacts to export
  • a file like sms.vmsg will be created. it is a format for which there is no support outside Windows Phone it seems (there was a tool from Lenovo that could import them in Android 4.2 but it stopped working. And, vmsg is not vmg either.
  • the sms’s are in the file, what I did was to convert it to a Titanium Backup Android XML schema by lots of text manipulations. Another advice with Titanium, try to make thread that are less than 500 messages or it will hang. Also, take care of the unicode characters in the texts.

Merry exXmas and happy 2015 :)

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Android next version codenames

I have 2 suggestions:

  • Apple strudel
  • Blackberry pie


I am looking forward to see payment options appear worldwide if it picks up in the US.

a use case for mobile e-mail

Never thought this day would come. Was under my home working desk, had to look-up a serial number of my wireless router. The number I had to type on my pc to get support for the router. What I chose as the solution was to pick up my HTC hero and send myself an e-mal :)
Hip-hip-hurray for MobileVikings always-on-connection!

P.S. yes, im a geek, there is no doubt.
P.P.S. just thought that i could have taken a photo as well. but the light conditions are not too excellent.

I officially hate Mobistar

Yes – from now on an official Mobistar hater. Have been using their services for a while, and some things were annoying me time to time, especially the attitude towards clients (which is quite common in Belgian telecom companies). But this beats it all.

Bought a new phone, HTC Hero (btw really happy with it, report still to come). It has data access turned on by default which regularly (hourly) checks for new email/location info – that’s something I know for sure now. Was assuming that on Mobistar the GPRS costs 0.50 Eur / MB, as that was the amount usually used in the bills with some quantifier.
Well, that wouldn’t be a big problem. Actually is 0.50 Eur / session (limited to 1 hour and probably limited to some amount of data). So, since bought the Hero was online each hour because of the default features of the phone. My bill included 235 eur for the data services, which is 10.7 eur / MB. And there is an amount ready for this month (October), at 120 eur.

Note – I am not saying that it’s not entirely my fault. There is an option to view the current invoice amount online by a code #123#, which I only discovered while browsing Mobistars website after the bill.

The representative of Mobistar I called said – we could not have done anything better. Well I think they could have

* made the website for the tariff plan state something about the GPRS tariffs My15
* sent a warning SMS if my bill goes over 3 times the average invoice of last 3 months
* charged a price for a megabyte like the most do, at least from a point where a certain number of sessions is exceeded
* sent a warning SMS if I am online for 24 hours – that’s not very likely a wanted action

Our nice chat with the representative ended with me asking what do I have to do to leave the provider. And then I found out even more interesting news – as there is some kind of loyalty period, and if I exit during that period, there is a charge of 150Eur. And I have not taken a phone with my plan or anything like that (then it would be understandable).

Anyway, I have now switched to Mobile Vikings and so far very satisfied. They offer 1GB of data access on rate of 15eur per month.

My ex-phone list

HTC Hero Brown
As I have just ordered a new gadget – HTC Hero (a Linux based smartphone for the gadget-ignorant), finally realized a very old task of listing the phones that were owned previously:

(could be that 1 to 3 phones are missing, but are considered to not important since don’t change the overall picture, ericsson->siemens->windows mobile->android)
Over all have to say, that the Windows Mobile has been quite satisfactory for the longest period (using the smartphone for calls and organizer mostly), but seemed more and more abandoned by Microsoft recently.
So, based on reviews of HTC Hero doing a switch, will write about impressions when I get it.
Very afraid, that I won’t have at least one program anymore that should get an analogue for Linux ASAP – Roboform on the Android platform. This is one program I can not imagine my virtual life without.
A review by GizModo @
(edit1 – changed to brown edition instead of the white one, as soon as found out it is available in the same internet shop)
(edit2 – some more phones when looked at the Siemens full list. How could I forget you, my precious SL45 😉 )