Earlier this month, HP officially announced that there would be no Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition upgrades for any current iPAQ model. Since then, users of these handhelds who are unhappy about this decision have found several ways to express their displeasure.
Sunday Anya, perhaps better known to users of the Brighthand forums as Sofene, has started a petition on PetitionOnline.com. After having just debuted last Friday, this has already garnered close to 4,000 signatures.
This petition is addressed to Carly Fiorina, chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard. It states, in part, “Since these iPAQ Models are still used by a large portion of the PDA community (see Brighthand Forums and other PDA Forums), we users of iPAQ H19xx, H22xx, H38xx, H39xx, H41xx, H5xxx series computing devices are requesting that Hewlett Packard offer a reasonable commercial Windows Mobile 2003 Second edition for Pocket PC upgrade service or software package for these iPAQ series handheld computers.”
This isn’t the only way for iPAQ users to express their thoughts on this decision. There is a thread in HP’s official support forum where many people have posted their opinions. Not surprisingly, these are overwhelmingly negative.
Axim Users, too
HP isn’t the only company that has decided to forgo releasing Windows Mobile SE upgrades. There will also be no upgrades for Axim X5 or Axim X3 models from Dell.
Many Axim users are doing their part to make sure Dell is aware that there is demand for an update. An online petition has been going for several months and, so far, close to 3,000 people have signed it.