PDA News – False Treo unlock codes, HP CEO ousted, MDA IV Quad-Band?

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False unlock codes for Treo 650 circulating

A rumor circulating at incredible speed claims that entering a certain code into your Treo 650 smartphone will remove the SIM card lock and allow the use of the Treo on other GSM networks. The user is instructed to enter *#*#1234# on the Treo’s phone console, then press the Call button. The Treo then displays a message saying ‘SIM Unlocked’. This procedure, however, does not actually unlock the Treo to use SIM cards from another provider. It is simply the default code for the SIM password lock, and has no effect on the Treo’s ability to use networks other than Cingular, or anything else.


Carly Fiorina removed as HP CEO

Hewlett Packard’s Carly Fiorina has stepped down from her position as chairman and CEO of the company, apparently following disagreements with the board of directors over implementation of HP’s strategy. From Fiorina’s statement:

“While I regret the board and I have differences about how to execute HP’s strategy, I respect their decision. HP is a great company and I wish all the people of HP much success in the future.”

(I assume she’s not including in that the 17,000 people that she terminated during her tenure.)

Company CFO Robert P. Wayman was named as interim chief executive. Patricia C. Dunn, a director, was chosen as chairman. As of this writing, HPQ stock had risen $1.12, or about 5.56%, on the day’s trading.



MDA IV may be quad-band

There was much surprise following the news about the new T-Mobile MDA IV PocketPC phone, centering around the phone’s tri-band nature. Traditionally, high-end phones support all four of the GSM frequencies, or bands, so that the phone can be used all around the world. The specs of the MDA IV listed only three bands, leaving out the 850 MHz band used heavily here in North America. This would have confined an imported MDA IV to running on T-Mobile, or suffering from significantly reduced coverage on other carriers. However, speculation has recently been opened up on whether the unbranded device, the HTC Universal, actually supports 850 MHz in spite of T-Mobile’s listed specs. T-Mobile USA has a history of ignoring, disabling, and deliberately supressing the 850 MHz band, since they insist on maintaining an all 1900 MHz network. It’s possible that their European parent has done the same as a favor to T-Mo USA.


WiFi enabled Blackberry, sans cellular

RIM is releasing their first Blackberry with WiFi. The Blackberry 7270 will also come bundled with a Voice over IP client to compensate for the face that–brace for it–it has no cellular wireless capabilities.

I can’t see this going over well. Ninty percent of the value of a Blackberry is the mobility. By keeping it under WiFi coverage, you’ve got what–a marginal personal organizer, with dubious VOIP capability?




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