PDA News – Treo 650 on Verizon, Cingular’s Blue Angel, Smartphone WiFi

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Using a Sprint Treo 650 on Verizon

It’s not quite a full Verizon release, but it’s the next best thing. A Treo 650 user known as ‘mines’ has discovered how to activate a Sprint branded CDMA Treo 650 on the Verizon network. The technique, which requires a custom-hacked serial cable for the 650, allows full functionality including data service, email, SMS, and use of the Treo 650 as a wireless modem in conjunction with the Dial-up Networking fix.



HTC Blue Angel variant SX66 showing up on Cingular site

It can’t be too long until Cingular releases their version of the HTC Blue Angel PocketPC Phone. The device, branded as the Siemens SX66, is intermittently showing up on the Cingular website under various ZIP codes. Unfortunately, since there is no static page, the listing cannot be linked to.


SyChip plans WiFi for MS Smartphones

SyChip, the manufacturer of most existing SDIO WiFi cards, is working on creating an SDIO WiFi card for Microsoft Smartphones, with release set for some time early next year.

As with existing SDIO WiFi cards, however, there are a few problems. For one thing, according to SyChip the card will only work on unlocked smartphones, since network locks usually prevent the installation of third-party drivers. Also, the card won’t work in existing phones unless they get a firmware update first, which each individual manufacturer may or may not offer. And even if those things go perfectly, MS Smartphones with SDIO slots are a very small group. In other words, it sounds like we’ve got a boondoggle in the making.



iPaq 1945 patch

HP has posted a RAM patch for the iPaq 1940 and 1945 models. The only listed improvement is “Increases read-time performance for some SD cards.”




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