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« on: October 23, 2011, 09:01:37 PM »

Just curious, who has a Windows Phone?  What do you think of it? Another question, why doesn't this forum just turn into a Windows phone forum? It can still have Zune just more about the phone side of it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011, 10:04:18 AM »

I don't have one... yet. But I was just thinking the same thing about this forum. I guess it's up to Harvey. There are at least 3 or 4 very promising-looking forums dedicated to Windows Phone 7 that are not Microsoft-driven. Once I get my phone I'll probably join one of them.

Has anyone here who already has the phone (Charms55?) joined a phone forum?
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2011, 10:30:52 AM »

I've had a Windows phone since they came out, not joined any forums yet...they are a bit too technical for me,  Grin
but I check out WP Central to see what's new.

I would like to carry on here really, as the phone still has the marketplace; and you use it with the Pass
to me, and I know I don't speak for everybody, it's just an evolution of the device
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011, 12:45:47 PM »

My wife has a WP7 and really likes it.  I'm pretty impressed with it too even though I've been pretty dedicated to my Blackberry's for years.  With a few more tweaks WP will be something I'll consider when my current contract is up.  In fact I know the Mango update is out now, which might make it even more appealing to me.  I've been putting off updating my wifes phone because she doesn't like change as much as I do. (She still has a pink 30G Zune)  Although I hope to do the update really soon to see how it's improved.

BTW, www.WPcentral.com is a great site...sort of sister site to www.crackberry.com which I'm always on. Smiley  I hate to see this site disappear, even though I've not been here in a good long time, although I don't see it getting the traffic to justify it being around.  Hopefully I'm wrong.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2011, 02:32:02 PM »

Hi Dwain,

You're right about the lack of traffic, most of the time there are 5 at the most on here, sometimes only one member,
although about 300 or more 'guests' (?)
I wouldn't be surprised to see it being wrapped up, but with the subject of this thread, I guess it tempted you back,
 so maybe with the phone being included on these boards that will make it more interesting Undecided



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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2011, 03:40:42 PM »

Dwaine,

You should definitely update your wifes phone. It doesn't change anything, it just adds tothe phone, such as tweaks, and new bells and whistles. I love the Mango update! Your wife's phone will also have more access to more apps that will work with mango. And her browser will run full html5! Trust me, your missing out----
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2011, 07:46:08 AM »

Sure why not. Don't have one yet but probably will at some point it time. As was pointed out by Brandythecat its just an evolution of the device. Also I don't know squat about the phone so some info and talk about it would help me out a lot.
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2011, 07:12:31 PM »

Quote from: Brandythecat on October 24, 2011, 02:32:02 PM
Hi Dwain,
You're right about the lack of traffic, most of the time there are 5 at the most on here, sometimes only one member,
although about 300 or more 'guests' (?)
I wouldn't be surprised to see it being wrapped up, but with the subject of this thread, I guess it tempted you back,
so maybe with the phone being included on these boards that will make it more interesting Undecided

by the way Dwain, what's the bike on your Zune Card? a flat tracker?
I guess this thread did interest me enough to actually post again, instead of just lurking through.  It was just by chance that I came back to the site though.  My poor Zune has been spending most of it's time just sitting in my bag...I decided it was time for it to become part of my daily routine again.  Because of that I thought I'd come by and see what the latest news was now that the stand alone player isn't being made any longer.

The motorcycle is just a bobber style bike I saw at a show and liked.  I suppose the builder may have meant for it to be a flat tracker....or at least look like one.

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Dwaine,

You should definitely update your wifes phone. It doesn't change anything, it just adds tothe phone, such as tweaks, and new bells and whistles. I love the Mango update! Your wife's phone will also have more access to more apps that will work with mango. And her browser will run full html5! Trust me, your missing out----
Well in all fairness I'm not missing out, my wife is.  Wink  I'm an update freak typically, so I'd have been on Mango for some time now if it was my phone.  I'm looking forward to seeing the changes though.  I had read into the updates a little at some point, but don't remember seeing the update to html5...that's pretty exciting.  I guess I'll swipe it from her soon to update it.  
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2011, 05:00:15 AM »

I am still waiting for a device to hit my carrier here in Japan.

Shame you leave your Zune in your bag. I carry my HD every day and use it almost every day. I watch video podcasts on there and listen to Stitcher on my iPhone. That way I don't have to download all three hours of my favorite Podcasts there.

Brandy and Mockers know I am dedicated not only to my Zune, but am on XBox Live and am waiting for the WP7 to round out my interconnectivity. I can stream videos and have the old style Zune pass and download several albums a month. Easily pays for itself.

As for Mango. My understanding is there is little to argue for NOT updating and getting it. The mutlitasking, new apps that are more deeply integrated...It is really a whole new OS. I am just biding my time here, hoping that something develops soon...the Fujitsu is a great little phone, especially with a great camera and 32GB, but it is not my carrier and I do not want to jump ship. I was quite discouraged last night when I hit the local Softbank store to find out if I got another phone if it could be used on their system and was basically told if it weren7t manufactured in Japan, no. Now I know SB has added a cheap Chinese Android and obviously sells iPhone, not made in Japan. I was in particularly interested in either the HTC Titan or the Lumia 800 from Nokia. Very disheartening. I see the brand going no where in Japan right now.  Sad  
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2011, 08:46:20 AM »

Charms, is it out of the question to import the phone you want, say the Lumia 800; have it unlocked, and use your sim card?
I did that with the Mozart phone, well I didn't import it, but I did unlock it as it was on Orange and I am on 02.

mind you, I did buy it from someone who upgraded and had it listed on Ebay...

*edit I just checked out the prices of the Lumia, but it will be tied to other carriers with contracts, but where there's a will........



I'm not very technically minded as you have probably guessed Wink
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2011, 04:44:50 PM »

Yeah Brandy, there are unlocked phones sold here presently, usually called International versions or Whitesocket? (saw the term but not sure that is exactly how it is said). My concern there might be the SIM I have in the iPhone. I am not sure if it is prprietary. I do know it is Micro SIM which means the Nokia 800 is in reach, but the Titan would not be.

I'm a little spooked on that and whether the whole thing would work or not. Any info on that from sources is certainly welcome.

On that note, if there are folks here looking but unsure about information, I have a geeky little blog, unvisisted so untouched by human hands that pulls together some info from various sites. http://charms55.blogspot.com/ so if you want to see sites that regularly carry news about the phones, videos and apps, check it out.
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2011, 12:43:20 PM »

Quote from: charms55 on October 29, 2011, 04:44:50 PM
I do know it is Micro SIM which means the Nokia 800 is in reach, but the Titan would not be.



Now that's not good news for me, I was hoping to buy a sim free version of the 800 and put my sim card in, but if it is a micro sim, then mine wouldn't fit.
I can't really jump ship to another carrier, as the one I have has 1gb of data download per month and is 10 cheaper (the carriers for this phone are only offering 500mb data.

I think there is a way for you though,(for the Titan) as there is an adapter for micro sim to standard sim....  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2011, 02:01:19 PM »

Everything I read points to no. The SIM for the iPhone will not work in other phones. Another "Think Different" idea from the folk at Apple to keep everyone on board.
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2011, 02:20:25 PM »

Oh.......botheration Angry


but I want need this phone Sad

pass me a life jacket, I may be jumping ship Cheesy

or.....cut my sim card to the micro sim size

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/05/sim-trim-cutting-card-down-to-microsim-size/
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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2011, 01:17:28 PM »

First of all, thanks to the Mod for removing the spam.

Now, for those few people who are interested, the micro sim card or std sim card, will  not an issue (apparently)
The contacts are in the same place on both cards, it's just an excess of plastic on the standard sim.

(no doubt this is common knowledge to all, and I am the only one on the planet who didn't know this Tongue)

 I have now got a purpose made cutter form Ebay for only 2.99, in which the standard card fits, and will punch
the micro sim card out, ready to be used; either in an adapter, or straight in the phone

Charms - my work colleague is using a micro sim in an adapter in his HTC Mozart, (the same as my present phone)

He used to have an iphone, and when he swapped his phone,  was able to use the micro sim.

These Lumia 800 phones are due to be released here in the UK (carriers - Three and T Mobile)
but I intend to wait a bit, at least after Christmas, until maybe unlocked, or sim free versions are available at a more reasonable prices
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2011, 07:57:24 AM »

Hey, brandy. Could be older information I found on the web. That would be encouraging if in fact I could use the iPhone sim in the new phone. Now Softbank still claims they can't put a sim in a phone "not made in Japan." However, that seems a little out there. My one worry is it seems the cards do not completely match for plans that people have and that data transfer or use on other carriers when roaming wind up with horrendous bills. All this seems like quite a racket. Phone carriers and airlines. Go figure LOL

On that note, I was leaning towards the Titan, which sounds like you could use an adapter to get to work. But good lord the Lumia 800 is a beautiful phone. i can live without the front facing camera...I have been living with a 16gb iPhone with tons of room to spare. I picked up a used HD 32 on ebay to back up and double my storage....I would be all set with my Zune as my primary music box, the 2nd Zune for some great videos, and the phone dedicated to my podcasts, a few choice tunes and apps.

Of course, I might be panicking as maybe the devices for Japan are just around the corner, but still, I have gone into a deep funk for a few days as I see Bangladesh getting phones before Japan? What's up with that??? LOL nothing against Bangladesh, but the Fujitsu/Toshiba is being treated like an iPhone on one carrier...it ain't no iPhone, even though it is a better device in many ways. Seems MS is just toying with this market and afraid to get wet. Or a little roughed up! They don't seem serious.
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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2011, 11:32:33 AM »

great reply,

yes, you should be careful messing with sims and phones, and not rely on anecdotal evidence, Japan throws an anomaly into the mix, I'm sure.

I hope that, like you say, Nokia will be just around the corner for you too.
regarding roaming, I certainly have to turn that off when I'm in Europe, waaaay too expensive.

and India has long been using Nokia, so maybe that's why it's been released there Huh

have you heard WPCentral latest podcast 128? they were just reviewing the Nokia world show(?) the  US guy reckons that he's not too impressed with the Lumia, it being not the 'high end' phone that he was expecting, but it would be ok for Europe as we (Europeans) don't really want top technology, but look for reliability!

well, thanks a bunch for that! methinks that he is peeved that it wasn't released in the States first, but what do I know, I'm from little old England Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2011, 04:34:58 PM »

I get worn out by some of the conjecture and people passing their personal preference or biases as "news" or review. These are the kinds of statements on blogs I see every day:

If it doesn't have FF camera, it is worthless
16Gb is too small
Huge screen=great phone Smaller screen=worthless

This is why I want choice here in Japan. When I finally DO make a decision, I want it based not just on availability but on being able to hold the darned thing, test the features, compare the loaded software (I am a little wary of the Nokia due to Nokia Music....NOT Zune, and while I am sure Zune must be include....wait....is it?). The HTC Hub and camera feature like burst and panorama are great. But other phones have other features....I just want it on my carrier and some choice!

And I laugh at one blog, speaking of you unwashed masses in the Old World, where they constanly argue about oragnise vs. organize and the purity of the English language. Colour me unimpressed buy such blather! LOL I truly appreciate your insight and help.

The other issue is it is great to hear how everyone else can pop a sim into a phone and go for it, but plopping down anywhere from $500-$1000US in the hopes it will work makes my blood pressure rise!
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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2011, 03:28:03 AM »

Well, seems I was mistaken. Seems the 3GS has a full sized SIM, which may be good news or bad news depending on which phone I might like to get (nokia lumia 800  Cry ) But that wuld place the Titan and Radar in reach. I have seen Radars phone sale for $49 tied to a carrier, but unlocked maybe not so expensive that using to experiment wouln't be out of the question.

The other is to be adventurous and slice a sim card....if disaster strikes, how to you explain to the carrier what in the world happened? Mice? LOL
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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2011, 07:17:04 AM »

Quote from: charms55 on November 03, 2011, 03:28:03 AM
The other is to be adventurous and slice a sim card....if disaster strikes, how to you explain to the carrier what in the world happened? Mice? LOL

Is there any way to obtain a sim card for experimental purposes? Such as from eBay or something?
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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2011, 11:07:39 AM »

Mockers,
I tried an old standard sim card in this cutter I have, and it stamped a micro sim out with no problem.
I took it to work and compared it with the micro sim from a friend's phone, and the size is identical, so I have no worries if I have to do this in the future.

like I said, the actual brass contacts on both the cards are in the same place.
But however much I covet this new phone, it's way back on the list, I have Christmas and a couple of Birthdays coming up and I'm stretched as it is.

sometimes my eyes are bigger than my bank balance!

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« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2011, 11:14:03 AM »

Charms,

Zune music is included in the new Nokia's and runs along side Nokia music....so far it is anyways
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« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2011, 12:29:31 PM »

I see I've been missing lots of posts here...I thought I subscribed.  Oh well, I didn't realize you could cut a SIM down like that.  Honestly I've never had a phone with a microSIM, so it's never been a concern I suppose.  Of topic, but I have a Blackberry Torch...big touch screen/vertical slide down keyboard (best of both worlds), no front camera (who cares)...LOVE IT.

Good news and bad news:
Good - I updated my wifes phone with Mango and it seems great.  I've honestly not played with it enough before and after to know what all the differences are.  Although my wife hasn't complained about any changes, and the things she has noticed have been an improvement.

Bad - My wife dropped her LG Quantum and it hit a concrete step just right...or just wrong I suppose.  So the glass screen is 'spider-webbed' pretty bad.  Fortunately it didn't damage the LCD and all touch functions still work.  So I have to order a new digitizer, gut the phone and replace the glass.  blah...
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« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2011, 10:05:44 PM »

Brandy, thanks for the update on the Zune music. I figured being Windows Phone, that Zune must be there, but with Nokia, was unsure if there was a side agreement that perhaps changed that. I would count on it being there.

Terrible news on your wife's phone, Dwain. Ouch! I have been so lucky on those accounts. I once skittered my Zune 30 across the train platform with no damage and my Zune HD32 fell just days after I got it and hit soundly on one corner. Created a tiny little burr on it, but no damage beyond that. Hope you get that all taken care of.

Like I said, this phone deal is a racket in some respects. Carriers hold out and limit the kinds and numbers of phones they will carry. I understand a part of that and I know that selling phones can be lucrative as well. However, then they give them away or discount them markedly to attract new customers and entice upgrades from old (I have heard that Softbank is offering a deal on iPad if people upgrade to the 4S) you realize that phones themselves are disposable loss-leaders to entice people to sign huge contracts, which ultimately is where the money is to be made. Allowing me to bring in a phone of my choice and use my existing SIM card seems out of the question (if you ask) Softbank. It was just this year the government "allowed" them to unlock their own phones to be used with other SIMS when people travel abroad. Protectionist, predatory practices.

Let me use the phone of my choice, Softbank and provide me with the proper SIM to do it, even with a charge! That is really all I need....Why should I hack away plastic or wait for them to get off the dime and take on the WP7 line?

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« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2011, 06:59:33 AM »

I ran into a gal who had the magenta IS12T . She said she loved it and the UI was "cute." I showed her my Zune HD  and she took a photo since she had never seen one in Japan.
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« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2011, 09:07:53 AM »

That IS1T phone does look good, and a nice 32gb capacity too,

regarding the micro sim, I had a word with 02 (my carrier) and they said they would swap my std sim for a micro sim, no problem and no charge!


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« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2011, 09:38:05 PM »

That's great news. AS I wold my wife this morning, I would gladly pay a nominal fee to get a new SIM card if that is what it takes. I have seen a figure of around 1990yen, which is about $20US, completely understandable if they would go that route.

I left the rates and package listings for AU KDDI on the table, as well as the specs list for the Titan. I could completely live with the Toshiba/Fujitsu if she lets me swap carriers. If I can go with Softbank, the Titan is the best of the unlocked phones so far. I love the look of the Lumina 800, but there are a lot of things missing there that the Titan includes such as front facing camera, better camera software, etc. Can't argue that many things would be easier on the large screen as well. Typing on the Fujitsu can be a challenge for my fat fingers, so the larger screen has some appeal, as well as for Internet and video.
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« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2011, 12:16:42 PM »

Hey Charms,
 I believe you liked the look and idea of the Titan right from the start, so maybe you should go with your instincts,
it has some great reviews, and is a reasonable price too. I could certainly live with one!

Can you get your hands on one, to give it the once over?



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« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2011, 04:17:52 AM »

That's a big problem. They are sold online but I am not aware if anyone or place that would have one to try out. Talking a huge leap of faith to just take the leap. I'm a little put out by some of the choices. Seems some real trade offs. If I want a smaller screen I end up with 8 gb except the 800 and the Fujitsu. Those have decent memory and no compass or front facing camera. The larger phones have cameras faster processors and better sensors. Makes the Fujitsu stand out. But then I have to switch carriers. #%%&

But so far, no real choice here.
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« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2011, 03:43:39 AM »

Ok. I have waited a year. Then the first ever Mango phone hit Japan in July.

Now the longest wait of all! I just ordered the HTC Titan unlocked. Will likely have to buy a new SIM card through Softbank.

My wife went in yesterday to ask them my question about using the phone. Of course a tremendous song and dance...they couldn't guarantee it would work. Then that they couldn't guarantee the connection fee would remain the same in our plan. Then stated they couldn't support a phone not sold through them.

Well, I certainly can see the last point. I can't expect them to support the device. They did replace my iPhone when it failed this summer, but I would not expect that here.

so....now a 2-3 day wait, if the site is to be believed, then a visit to Softbank with both phones. Like I said, the longest wait....
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« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2011, 09:10:38 AM »

I hope you are not disappointed when you do finally get it,

when I got my HTC Mozart it was on a different carrier (Orange) I had it unlocked and my SIM (O2) worked straight away.
(my original phone on O2 was an old Nokia 5800, not a WP7 phone at all)

and if you currently have a micro SIM in your iphone, with one of those adapters previously mentioned, it should work Smiley

something like this one:
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« Reply #31 on: December 08, 2011, 02:15:43 PM »

They tried to deliver my phone 2 times while I was away yesterday, so today it will come to my office....Full report later!
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« Reply #32 on: December 09, 2011, 08:59:21 AM »

How exciting! Take your time... check out all the bells and whistles first. Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: December 10, 2011, 02:00:27 PM »

Well, true to form, SoftBank has everything shut down. The iPhone SIM card works for phone, but I can't access my data network. A visit to Softbank I was informed they could not support a phone not certified for Japan (special symbol) and basically blamed the fact that I am on iPhone for the fact I can't just switch. I had a Toshiba Windows Mobile 6.x prior to the last phone I had before going with the iphone. But apparently that doesn't matter. They would not sell me a new SIM card. Boils down to they would like to sell me another phone. My guess is if I had another smartphone besides an iPhone, the card would work completely.

Looking for a work around on the wireless now...probably cost me to do something else. We'll see.
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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2011, 03:48:19 PM »

That's a bummer Charms, I just looked on WP Central prior to reading your post,
 it's probably academic now, but I'll paste this in anyway, it's part of an article by Harry McCracken at CNET, regarding the SIM in the iphone being transferred to the Nokia Lumia 800:

"Recently, I popped the SIM card out of my iPhone 4S, put it in a Lumia 800 handset loaned to me by Nokia, and lived with Windows Phone 7.5 for over a week. I not only lived to tell the tale, but enjoyed doing so. In most respects that matter, Microsoft's mobile software is terrific..."

please bear with me, so Softbank is your carrier, right? how does it know that you are using another phone?

hope you sort something out though...

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Charms, have you tried the HTC free app 'connection set up' ?
Assuming you can download it, or it might be pre installed on your phone, that worked for me

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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #35 on: December 15, 2011, 09:33:49 PM »

No go on anything so far. Got some interesting advice on the WPCentral site, but not getting anywhere fast.

I did try the Configuration app, but as someone there pointed out, that takes precedence over any apn I add separately, so I uninstalled the Configuration app and the phone stated "Add apn" instead of edit. Did that, still found the SoftBank network, but won't connect for data. Grrrrr

All I want is for Softbank to replace the iPhone sim card, which is what is at the heart of this, with a card that will work. No go.
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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #36 on: December 16, 2011, 05:00:54 AM »

Charms,
just to be clear, it is the HTC app called 'Connection Set' up that you are using?

I opened the app and clicked 'share' and sent the link to my email address, this:
http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=5edbdbbc-2ab2-df11-8a2f-00237de2db9e

however ....when clicked, it said 'app couldn't be found in Marketplace'  Huh maybe because it's an HTC app?.

so here is a screen shot of my phone:


my mate at work (who knows more than I do) says it shouldn't conflict, after all, this app has been on my phone from the start;
and like I said before he used the SIM from his iphone4, and like you it didn't work until he used the above app. (it definitely is in the HTC app search)

There is a 'manual set up' (in the 3 dots menu) and we searched and entered Japan, and the only carrier was Softbank , but you can manually enter some settings.

I really hope you can sort this soon, it must be a ball ache
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« Reply #37 on: December 16, 2011, 06:59:16 PM »

Hi Brandy. Yep, that was what I was using. It is an HTC app and it appears in my marketplace under "HTC apps" so even though I have deleted it, I can reinstall it if I need to.

When I run it, it finds the country and carrier fine. Then it clears everything from the APN settings if I have added anything. And still no go on the data network.

I think this is gonna boil down to Sofbank caving and letting me get a new card. I have even toyed with buying the cheapest phone there (not iPhone) so they will change the carrd out and trying with a different SIM. They are just being obstinent. Of course, this leads to tremendous arguing between my wife and I regarding Japan and "following the rules." Real mine field there!  Cheesy Would that Japan would follow the lead of the rest of the world on many fronts. But I digress! Roll Eyes
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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #38 on: December 17, 2011, 03:23:58 AM »

Oh, ok, so looks like it is the SIM then, have you tried the card in another phone? (not i phone)

there's got to be an answer to this....but I'm sure you will get it sorted...soon I hope

and hey - no point arguing with the Wife, you will never win Grin
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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2011, 05:08:03 AM »

Hey!!!!! As I write this, I think I might have it. I will move forward quite cautiously and wait to see there is not a scream from the wife when the bill arrives.

Here is how today passed: I was resigned to trying to unlock the iPhone again so I plopped the SIM back in there. Got nowhere with that and plunked it back into the Titan. Now it found the network, but no 3G connection. Tried the setting from Softbank and nothing. Then, went back later to discover it again said "Add APN" not edit. So, one last time I looked up the settings for the Black Softbank SIM. But this time, I turned off the 3G. When it finished whirling and churning, I flipped off the WiFi and hit Bing. All 'appears" to be working as it should. Toggled in and out if WiFi and worked. Wandered down the street and had 3G.

Like I said ....a little worried, but I just might have it. Can I take my phone with me to prison if not? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2011, 07:03:28 AM »

I hope so Charms!

bet there was a spring in your step as you wandered down the street!

Have you a Data allowance with Softbank? mine is 1gb, and I get a warning text if I get too close.

Hey now you can really play with the phone now, have you checked marketplace out yet?

you are welcome to any hints and tips  Wink
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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #41 on: December 17, 2011, 09:46:32 AM »

We have what is called the White Plan which includes  a flat fee unlimited packet plan. This is one reason. I didn't want to leave Softbank. I make very few calls but the wife calls her mother a lot.

I will definitely pick your brain for ideas in the Marketplace. Japan is missing lots of apps, most notably for me the Kindle. Also, no Xbox companion yet.
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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #42 on: December 30, 2011, 01:26:51 PM »

Man. You should have go with the cousin of the N9. The N9 is a marvel. Puts my Vibrant to shame. hehe.
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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #43 on: January 05, 2012, 10:07:55 PM »

Hey Brandycat. Now that I have had a few weeks to look at this, I love the WP7. And the Titan is super fast, bright screen, big but not too big.

But, of course, there are things I am missing. For example, as I only have a Japanese credit card now, I registered the phone with the Japanese site, though I have my region and language set for the US. (Funny though...as this was obviously a UK/destined device, it insists on adding the "extraneous" 'u' to words like colour, favourites, etc). This means I can't download and install apps that are allowed on the US site, but not in Japan. It apparently also references apps available in the UK, but again, I can't get a few of those, either. No real complaints, just waiting to see if some show up eventually.

Second, because I am registered to my Japanese Live ID, my plays no longer show up from this device. I also get no artist artwork on the lock screen or background for Zune. No biggie, but that is one nice thing is seeing images on the photos page and while it is easy to see the artist name during playback in Lock, the image would just be sweet to see. I calk that up to the fact that according to the Fujitsu/Microsoft guy I spoke to, there is no plan to bring the music marketplace to Japan. Sad. Even so, I should be able to get it to work on the tunes, including my Zune Pass stuff that is ported to the device.

For the device, so far the only thing I have noted that I think right now may be HTC related is it does not handle gapless playback as it should. To be honest, the Zunes didn't as well for a while, but this one is a little unnerving as I almost always play albums and many rely upon it (Chicago V, Abby Road, etc.)

Any changes/upgrades to the Marketplace there to give me hope?
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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #44 on: January 06, 2012, 05:06:06 AM »

Hi Charms,

glad to hear you are liking your WP, according to my friends' who use the UK Marketplace, it is pretty much the same as it was. So the one you use sounds the same as ours here. (lacking all the good stuff), although are you saying that you have no music Marketplace at all??
I don't have those issues you have, as I use the US live id for the HD and the phone, so I get the whole caboodle.

re: gap-less playback; I've always had that 'problem', even on the player, I don't know if it's because I use wma files mostly, especially when I rip cd's to the device, not sure if this would happen with Mp3 files Huh

I like it when you say the 'extraneous' use of 'u's, because as you know, it is the King's English and it is the U.S. who have got lazy and dropped them!  Wink Smiley

oh yes, an app I can recommend is 'tunein radio'... I can stream stations that are not available on FM and DAB, especially the live sport ones Cool



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Re: Windows Phone.
« Reply #45 on: January 06, 2012, 08:30:37 PM »

Here's my question related to the two marketplaces. Is there a way for me to change the Livev ID I use for the phone now? I have two Windows Live emails: Windows Live and Windows Live 2 (one is the Japanese linked account, the other the American) Obviously, when I started my phone, I logged in with the one and the Zune Software defaulted to the Japanese version on my work PC.

At home, I use Winodws 7 Ultimate, and my log in turns the OS into English, and the wife's account sets Japanese. While I can see the content on the phone on either, I can't add apps from the Charms ID, but can from the markr1955 ID (Japan). Without resetting the phone, is there a way to force it to use the American ID now?
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« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2012, 05:26:35 AM »

Hey Charms, not sure you can without a reset, seems like there's a bunch of folks with the same problem, I'm sure you found the same forum as this:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/forum/wp7-wptips/how-do-i-change-the-windows-live-id-that-i-signed/56f83660-6ea7-4c4b-979b-ebdaa3b24a8c?page=3

Microsoft 'answers' haha, that's a laugh I don't think Roll Eyes

weigh up the plus's with a reset and linking your U.S. live id though

one example:

Whilst waiting for my wife to finish shopping (again) in the car today listening to a radio show; Nick Lowe* was playing live in the studio promoting his new album,
 I liked what I heard so I got my phone out and looked it up in Marketplace and read the bio and review (can't do this in UK marketplace)
and downloaded the album,
 then hooked the phone up to the aux in, and listened to it on our way home.

when at home, plugged the phone in to the laptop, Zune software opened and added it to my collection, and upping the play count......

......well it keeps me amused Smiley

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