Laymans take-Trying to look at Nokia and Microsoft move

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February 11, 2011 will be marked as one of the most remarkable day in history as finally against prediction of we all Nokia fans, bloggers and developers, Nokia actually announced a partnership with Microsoft.

Did it

This was being speculated since the day, ex-Microsoft Elop joined Nokia as CEO, but not many of us believed it considering the fact that Nokia just been in a partnership with Intel to develop MeeGo and was going big guns (at least in words) around Qt.

I was much tied up with my own arrangements and office works after a real long holiday just spent but there were still some readers, who wished to read my views on the whole scenario now, so I was push myself for “summarizing” that what’s Layman’s take on Nokia + Microsoft?

  1. Shocked community and outburst of emotions on “End” of Symbian journey
  2. What Nokia and Microsoft said officially on it?
  3. Should consumers bother if Symbian is no more a priority for Nokia now?
  4. What is this “War of Ecosystems” and why there were not much choices?
  5. What still seems to be risky for Nokia? What could go really wrong from here?
  6. Is this the end of Symbian era ?
  7. What about the promises made by Nokia to deliver the updates on symbian 3 platform?
  8. What about the much awaited symbian 3 overhaul?

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Layman take on Mobile Documents Vs Nokia Messaging – Good and bad

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Remember Mobile Documents by Visarc, whom Nokia invited to pilot their app on Nokia Beta Labs? The Cloud-boosted push mail and push documents to revolutionize the way, we see heavy attachments now days. Lots been said, lots been praised about it, while this is definitely a new approach, let’s see, if its really going to replace Nokia Messaging?


What Mobile Documents is?

Mobile Documents is the first and only to solve the #1 problem in email: handling of heavy attachments and documents. View and read heavy attachments instantly – without a download – via unconventional use of streaming technology. Save time, bandwidth and roaming cost. Traditional email offers download only but Mobile Documents offers an entire toolbox. On top of this we’re trying to create the best possible user experience to manage emails on your phone including attachments as well as sharing documents.

Let’s see the live demonstration of the app

The apps been here since a while though with arrival of their Symbian^3 version, they came up with two new features as well.

  1. Multi-Touch: Pinch zoom for viewing images, PDFs and Office Documents
  2. Notifications: Home Screen Widgets for all your email accounts plus optional sounds and/or alerts for news emails and/or documents

Installing Mobile Documents, some facts and troubleshooting issues

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Sixth Interview-Mukesh reckons that Windows Mobiles are the best

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When this idea of interviewing the various users about their phones started, then I wasn’t aware that it gonna be this much fruitful and has even potential of standing on its own in form of some blog dedicated to such question-answer sessions, but after five interviews, even I am feeling that may be we are not giving each platform its proper share of attention (may be diverted in opinions by other users/blogs). Many of the questions answered, some of the doubts cleared a little and now the journey reaching to one more side of the market, which mostly went not well promoted- Windows Mobiles.

Here is Mukesh Nigam, a computer professional from New Delhi talking about his Windows Phone and man! he is really such a strong supporter of his HTC and windows mobile. Some really long answers sometimes and some of the hard statements.

Leaving the show on him from here onward …


Mukesh, Can you tell us something about you ? like your field, profession,background etc..blogging\ social life or anything special. 
Hi All, myself Mukesh Nigam, a computer professional from delhi. I have done MSC (Computer Science), DNIIT from NIIT, Web Page Programming from NIIT, CIC from IGNOU and some other courses on HW and SW from local inst. As well.

You got me by Google buzz that’s pleasant and still quite strange to me as I am not getting enough people engaged on Google Buzz in comparison of twitter. Are you active on twitter too? What’s the handle?
I Do have an account on tweeter with the same handle mukeshnigam2010

Its true that with Windows Phone 7, Microsoft seems to coming back strong in Mobile world. But its also a fact that no one can deny that Microsoft didn’t well with Mobile market. But still you stays with Windows? Any reason? 
Yeah Dear! you are right, winmo 7 has got some more features but here let me clarify you that windows mobile were better from the beginning but people didn’t knew it before. The windows mobile 7 has got more easier to use than its previous versions. Like earlier versions (like 6.0 shows a menu bar just like the Windows of desktop and you can customize the 7 main items, where as windows 6.5 puts u directly into the all program icons just like iPhone & others.

The main reason till Microsoft’s failure was only because the apps factor. Even yahoo messenger was not working well from the yahoo’s own site, But now you can get thousands of apps for your windows mobile for free. Even it got the messenger which works much better than the traditional yahoo messenger as you can chat with multiple account at the same period of time such as yahoo/icq/aim/msn/google/jabber/facebook at a single point of time. You can also share pics while chatting by drag and drop or from cam with this. ( The Messanger name is ‘SLICK’ for windows mobile.

As per my view, the reasons for failure of Windows Mobile till now been –

Its marketing strategy (less margin for dealer & min. marketing) & the lack of apps (which has overcome now in a way as you can have thousands of apps from various site, even Microsoft marketplace is going better and strong, which comes along with the phone. Some of the sites for apps are- htcfreeware.com (with htc winmo), pocketfreeware.com, mobile9.com etc.)

My reasons to stay with Windows Mobiles

  1. The multi-tasking feature of windows is simple gr8, which you hardly find in any other cell because The basic funda of windows is multi-tasking itself.
  2. Windows mobile provide the widest range for apps, functions and portability than any other os available in the market.
  3. You may hardly finds a HTC windows mobile in a mobile store because of less margin, let me share an incident which took place a couple of months back I went to many store to get a new HTC winmo device named HTC HD2 mini (with win 7), but they denied. I went to a mobile shop for the cell, the owner said that “Why don’t u go for a blackberry” I said, ‘Dear, I don’t like the Dubba” he smiled in affirmative way and says to me “It means u have used a HTC mobile”. 

    Later in  our general talk, He confessed that the HTC has lesser profit margin than the blackberry and others so v usually don’t promote it but they got much value for money and that’s for sure & I may get it from a very few shops because of the same reason.

The list goes on & on. I have checked a lot of cells & then came to this conclusion that there’s mainly two types of people around, one who knows fully potential of a HTC winmo ( who knows it and using ) and others who are not aware of its greatness. (Or not using it, or need something else than the features). My friends & relative had it but now most of them are diverting towards HTC because of mine.

While I guess the list might be long, can you list out the phones you have used for last few years ?
Yeah I am using phones since more than a decade now, my earlier cells were Samsung 2400, SS R220, Panasonic d90/92, Samsung T100, Samsung True Eye, sony, Nokia 3200, Nokia 6600, Nokia 7610, Nokia 7210, Nokia N72, Nokia N73, Nokia N92, Nokia N95, HTC 3470, HTC touch 3G, HTC touch 2 (current).

HTC HD2 mini (with win7) or higher (in a near coming months)

When did you plan to go for your first Windows Phone (is it a plan or accident ?) Do you go by the OS, platform (Windows/ Android/ Symbian) or the vendor (Samsung\HTC\Nokia)?
I Got my first winmo abt 4 yr back & it got just happened by chance. My friend Puneet, who lives in U.K. came to India, and by him I came to know that HTC is the most appealing brand there. Things related to HTC got me fascinated about it soon.

I decided to lets have a change from Symbian to Windows mobile. I got a HTC 3470, it had GPS, EDGE, windows 6.0 professional, 200 mhz pro, 128 mb ram, I really got very excited with its speed on net (with edge) as It gave much more speed from my Nokia N95 and was able to open virtually any site with its MS explorer. The HTC freeware came along with, from which I downloaded some of the apps too, such as flash player & Google maps etc.

Whats your views on touch screens? Do you really feel that they are at par with Non-Touch ones about text entries? 
Yeah the Touch screen phone are really great if the makers are pioneer in Touch revolution like HTC or Apple, Nokia seems to be a fresher in this field, but considering the responses to Nokia N8, it seems they are also getting better.

All of these answer were written on my virtual keyboard of HTC Touch2 and its really nice and easy. What I found from my experience in touch phones is that, HTC user interface is much better than the rest with its added feature of ‘TouchFlow’ on its windows or android platforms.

For me, Windows phone didn’t catch up well for keeping a similar approach as they had on Desktop. Pricing vs Hardware ratio were also didn’t went par with the market at right moment. Is it really preferable for someone to buy a Windows phone, if at the same price Nokia etc might be offering much more capable phones?
SURE Buddy… I will recommend HTC more even it comes at much higher price than the rest.

People can do virtually all the thing on the HTC winmo because they provides a good HW quality and  performance than the rest.


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You use your phone for accomplishing which thing most… calls, browsing, navigation, movies, twitter.. which one? Do you use it as main phone or had used? 
I use it for ALL of ABOVE. I use it as my main phone too. But got an another supplement phone too.

When we talk about mobile OS, then things revolve around performance in limited resources, more and more accessibility in limit screen space, always connected smooth signals and finally the longest battery performance. Where HTC stands around it? 
Well. If you keep its LCD contrast a bit low, HTC Touch2 may last for the whole day with high usage such as internet, you tube, and emailing.

I admit that HTC Sense was a nice approach for the home screen, how much it has improved from the earlier versions HTC was trying. Have you used any of the old windows mobiles, if yes then how the things changed from there? 
In earlier versions, it was 2D only then it became 3D along with good animation, later it got more colors and easy to use interface with the exciting UI. Currently it has refined in areas to make it more user friendly with smooth & great animations. Windows mobile experience on a HTC mobile is Above from the Rest. Its like having an IBM computer (pioneer in H/w with quality product) with a Genuine Windows PC (pioneer in good quality s/w product).

When we go for Mobile OS other than Symbian, then often we find ourselves encountering serious limitations that we always took for granted on Symbian? Anything special with Microsoft which Symbian and most common Symbian phones around unable to do or do not that efficiently? 
AS I have told in my earlier answers, it does virtually all the things which are even impossible to do in rest. Can u tell me what the specials which are you talking about?

Battery is something which makes or breaks things for many. Where HTC stands about it?
Batter life is not a big deal in it, if you do simple e-mailing and maps ( w/o GPS) etc. Then it provides a very decent backup of around two days easily. I will give it 8 out of 10

Slim factor is something people talking much about now days. How was the form factor of HTC for you? Some of the models were not liked due to the fact 
Slim factor is also which matters the most for me too. Slim means more comfortable and easy to carry.

There is much of the talk around Camera, Gaming, HDMI etc. Where is HTC and Windows on this?
Camera quality is very good compared to others who got higher resolution it captures the nice quality pics. 3 D gaming is also works gr8 on my touch2 cell, I do play Price of Persia (HD) 3d and works gr8. I find it at par with rest of the market and even better.

Check out the pics given below, taken in day light

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Your phone is total touch only, right? So, Portrait or Landscape.. what you prefer about texting? Whats different about touch keypad here than other platforms you might have tried? I guess there was no swype, right? Have you heard about Swype?
The swype or slideIT is not available in htc touch2 ,but available in HD version of HTC. But you may download it from various site for free. Plz Check http://www.Bestwindowsmobileapps.com for some exciting games & apps

How is the IM, Video experience on it? You need app for that or its like Nokia N900 Maemo or something? SMS/ MMS experience?
Winodows msngr comes by default or may install Slick (described earlier) for free.

Well at some places, smart phone become a bit lesser attractive when loose internet connection. How is it about HTC and Windows? What can keep you engaged when offline?
SURE BUDDY.. you can still be engaged with its GPS apps such as ‘Sports Tracker’ – keeps us footprint records, your travel track, speed, max, min, avg, up(in meter), down (in meter) or ‘Cycle Computer’ or Smart Runner – Provides ur speed and calory burn, ‘Sporty Pal’- Provides & keeps track of all ur activities & calory burns such as driving, swimming, walking, running, flying, cycling etc. or you can play 3D games on it with a lot of cool stuffs, which you may download for free.

How is GPS there on HTC? Which Maps application Windows phones are generally using? How rich they are in comparison of Ovi Maps or Google Maps? Is there any things like free voice assisted navigation etc, which most of the Nokia phones come equipped with now days?
THE GPS of my HTC touch2 Works really gr8. shows the precise and exact location on map too.

Twitter, facebook … been the biggest buzz of town now days and sometimes become the deciding factor to define a mobile platform too for some people. How much you are into these two mediums and which app you used for these? Is there any shipped with the phone out of the box?
Yeah, I do both. The apps are provided in the phone . You may access directly by your phone browser too or can place a bookmark with the logged on on opera mobile 10. where you can always be online and can access at any time just by taping on the linked window.

Now on real things, is it loud on calls? What about the music performance?
FM works great, its decent on calls, music performance is quite fine, but superb in headphone rather than the speakers.

Bluetooth transfer, MicroSD cards etc. How it stands in a world where you find much lesser Windows phones users in comparison? How you work out if some of the friend asks you to transfer some song to his Nokia phones or if your phone ran out of battery and you need to find a charger which is sure not that easy job as easy it is to find a Nokia universal charger?
The Bluetooth transfer is supported and is really fast with it and also the microSD card. It can play virtually any format so no worry about it.

As about charging, then if you don’t have any charger it will still work in case of HTC mobile via USB charging, because you can charge it from virtually any device such as your Car’s Stereo, computer, FM Modular, Laptop, desktop, all you need is a USB cable.

Do you think Your HTC can act as a full time "phone" in your hands or you need some backup phone too .. considering touch screen and battery limitations in mind?
YES it can be used as a full time phone if you don’t watch you tube clips for hours or runs of map with GPS on for several hours, but that’s general situation for every brand.

Where HTC stands in camera battle with likes of Nokia N8, SGS and iPhone 4 with HD recording capabilities? 
Not particularly this model might be very big on video recording, but it does not provide HD recording but you may capture MPEG 4 with CIF (352*288 resolution) format.

How many apps are there in Microsoft Store for their Mobiles? Is HTC provide their own Store too? How many free apps are there and what are prices in general? 
Thousand of apps are available for Microsoft mobile, a good one is www.myphone.Microsoft.com 

What feature(s) are completely different and most attractive to you on Windows, which you find no where else ?
Literally many like …

Microsoft Office 2010, Stability and Performance, Transcriber, MyPhone, You Tube, HTC touchFLo, One Note2010, NET Speed of 384 kbps on Even at 2G (touch2 also supports 3G network), Full mail support as v do in Desktop computer, RSS Hub, Remote desktop Mobile, Qmenu, MSN Weather, Superb Multi-Tasking Environment, Support for Zip files, Quality of HTC

Me: I will say, most of them are available at  other platforms as well though native support for RDP is what always excited me.

What you dont like about Microsoft or HTC?
The Camera Flash is not available in most of the models such as mine (Touch 2), so cant shoot pics in dark, pics in daylight is wonderful.

What about cloud Services? Android betting on Google Cloud, Apple making their own, Nokia with Ovi? What Microsoft is betting on?
Google and other Cloud services could be accessed via Windows Mobiles in the same way, you might be doing with Desktops, so not an issue.

Let’s say, you got a SIM with no GPRS and you have to start a fresh piece of HTC without internet, is this really cut then?
As Described earlier, Can still worthy.

Will you recommend others to buy HTC Touch2? If not all, then any particular segment? Or which other handset?
ha ha!! Do you still need the answer for it, dear? Check out the video given below

Does Windows has a future as per your guessing, when even HTC exploring Android on big scales and it has boosted the number of handsets for them? 
YEAH sure. Because now windows mobile has got thousand of apps too which were lacking before, the future for winmo is bright. People looking for more will go for it.

Your score points to the HTC Touch 2 (rating if any..)
9/10 (1 point less because No cam flash or HD recording like Nokia N8 and others have)


Thanks Mukesh, its been a fun talking to you. You really seems to be a hardcore fan of HTC and Windows mobile. If any of the readers have any queries related to Windows then they sure can leave their comments here.

Please express your views that how much you agree with the points and keep on showing love for this current series of interviews going on.

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Call for Nokia-An ideal Smartphone for mass

Choosing to buy something always brings confusion due to lots of choices out there. Either it be simple T-Shirts, a Wrist Watch or be it a Flat or Car, we always find ourselves chewing our nails that “which one to choose?” Same with Cell phones, lots of choices there, but what we need and how much we are ready to pay is an equation that never seems to be settling down.

As numbers grew for mobile users all over the world, so the number of features offered by various cell phones. In the race of raising features, it really become hard to select one affordable to pocket if you wish to buy one for longer while as each one seems to be missing something, you would have loved if included.

Nokia, sure a deserving brand for the Number #1 spot due to nokia variety of the products it cater for each segment of the market. What fascinate me about Nokia is, its products compete more among themselves rather than struggling against rival companies. Only with Nokia, I find the motto of “stick with the core”; Best Signal Strength!!! Best Battery Life!!! Best Price packed with features!!! anything else come second. For sure, they must have a very active cell of persons to monitor the consumer needs and responding to them in a way, which suits more to users than the business needs. The same orientation to users and seemingly uncountable number of phones for each segment keep them steady on their spot.


Today, I decided to put my thoughts for a dream Smartphone, which would be affordable, feature packed and hopefully able to capture market in snaps of time. Sure, its inspired by their best cost effective Smartphone Nokia 5800 and so I would be mentioning things with its perspective that what could have made it much better. Hoping that I would be reasonable enough about cost and will not be that mean about asking costly features. Even then I would highly obliged if readers join the conversation to suggest me more.

Specification for Dream Phone: Call for Nokia

I can’t go for each and every details here, but I am talking about Nokia here, so some features will be like already standard. I am assuming to keep all of them in the phone, which would not be being mean I guess ;-D.


Price: Most of the technical specification sheets put it on bottom,money while I am putting it on the top. This is my main concern and so of most of the users out there (at least in Asian Continent).

My Price band is Rs. 13, 000/- to Rs. 15, 000/- ($280 – $325)
Note
: Nokia 5800 is standing on Rs. 13, 200/- or $290. Possible!!!


Battery: Again last thing first, but no one wants to starve with abattery discharged cell phone, when required most.

My choice Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J), same as Nokia 5800, don’t know why Nokia went with Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D) in Nokia N97 Mini. Again Possible!!!


Connectivity Options: The technology is all about connectionsconnectivity today and your mobile is the closest techy thing with you all the time. Office has some other means of connections, your home has something and cafe, restaurant might have something else, more of it, you want still to be connected if on some deserted Island. So, as Nokia says “Connecting People”, my choices are

2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G: HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 (not asking HSUPA)
Wi Fi (uPnP, DLNA whatever), Class 32 EDGE/ GPRS, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0 (should be able to charge phone) Possible!!! I am just asking about things, which are already available under the same price.


Build, Dimensions and Screen: Definitely in now days, no onescreen wishes (should not) anything lesser than a 3.2” resistive Touch Screen TFT with at least 360 x 640 pixels and at least 16M colors (more is better, but intelligent is to be better on battery and cost), so it does suits to Nokia’s aim for filling market with more touch screen devices by this year. Nokia 5800 had the same and no reason that they cant make another one within same cost.

Another thing is dimension and sure most of the people around the globe are loving the sleekness of Apple’s iPhone, so you know what people like. Nokia has made many sleek non-touch screen phones for sure, but don’t know I am not finding them sleeker in Touch screen department. Is resistive screen technology the reason? I know Capacitive ones are high on price, neither do they stand on my choice, but if they could give sleekness a bit more effort like they attempted in Nokia N97 Mini (I am not asking for a physical keypad here), then it would be huge plus.

Plastic is not what many would like to stand with, but definitely it doesn’t go deal breaker, if you manage to keep the price and features perfect. But even then if build material could be more robust (something like N97 mini or N900 and many of E-Series), then it will make many wishes come true.

And yes I am asking Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate as well. Should not be costly enough, I guess.

Isn’t it Possible!!! for Nokia? Sure it is.


A-GPS/ Navigation: I am not sure about the cost involved in a gps built-in Digital Compass, but I have seen it in Nokia N97 Mini and Nokia N900 and sure its a very intuitive thing. If could keep it then well.. if not then not insisting, but what’s important is same GPS capability Nokia 5800 or Nokia N97 Mini had and obviously the same free navigation. Possible!!!


Processor, RAM and Internal Memory: I am asking for ARM 11 434 MHz processor only, no snapdragon, no separate graphics, but please don’t throw another 80 MB internal memory. Okay!! you can’t give me 8 or 16 GB internal memory, but at least internal memory could be kept on 128 MB or 256 MB at least (anything below would be unacceptable). You can go with a 128 MB RAM, not asking 256 MB as I know that a company needs profit. But anything generous than it would be lovable and obviously, I am not leaving 8GB Card included. Possible!!!


Operating System: Yes, the world is changing for mobiles and techies are looking for some Maemo, iPhone OS or Android. Symbian might seems to be loosing it, but even then it has a largest base and most percentage users are familiar with it. I don’t mind being with a Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5 or more as Google Apps aren’t supported with Maemo yet and most of us can’t live without that.


Camera and FM: OK!!! I am not asking you for a 5MP Carl Zeiss optics, but really I want Xeon flash back as was with Nokia N82 and a better 3.2 MP camera than Nokia 5800 had. Don’t know why, but I don’t find Nokia 5800 one better than Nokia 73. Obviously, no one wants to carry SLRs or digital cameras in pocket all the time now days. Moreover, you don’t wanna miss a decent secondary camera in front for supporting video calling, if you have so many connectivity options.

And come on!!! why cant the video recording size could be improved than Nokia N82. Small video recording size might require some hardware inclusion, but could be given a try within the cost. Not impossible!!!

FM Receivers been a must for India at least and FM Transmitter is becoming something God. I understand that it costs (That’s why might have been removed from Nokia N97), so usual FM Receiver as in Nokia 5800 would do fine. Many people love FM Recordings as well and I don’t see its hard enough to incorporate the same feature (its a software thing, not costing bucks to manufacturer).

Same goes with Call recording. I think its time, when this feature should be incorporated in all the Smart phones by default with all the legal issues won. Would be great for corporate.

All of these things are Possible!!!


Video format support: Here I feel something sure going wrong for sure. There are many open source solutions for support all kind of videos on computers and still there is no Application like VLC Player or mplayer for Symbian?? I just loved the way, I was just able to copy paste my video files in Nokia N900 and they were ready to play, if not with default player installed then with mplayer at least.

May be its hard for providing the support out of the box, but why open source community or developers taking this much time to make such a player for symbian, its out of my understanding. Definitely, it becoming a core weakness of Symbian against other completive. Please do something about it. Its not a rocket science and sure Possible!!!


Browsing: Now days, smart phones have taken more responsibility and with receiving and dialing calls, browsing web has become of much more importance than ever. The same reason, people loved the way iPhone browser worked, the same reason, Nokia N900 spreading like a fire, the same reason Opera been so popular around all Smart Phone users.

I know its not easy to bring full web experience over phone, with more RAM, better processors and big screen sizes, it has became a reality on other mobile platforms like Maemo. Flash Lite support 3.0 is essential and if latest workaround Flash 10 could be fruitful, then it would be great for Smart Phone world.

Hoping that like Opera trying to revolutionize browsing over Desktop, will bring the same technology to Smart phones as well, even then Opera 10 for mobile isn’t bad either. Possible!!!


Messaging: Its an era, Nokia always been innovative. Either it be simple tricks with even less capable Series 40 devices or full fledge integration of message needs with Nokia N900. Its high time to bring the same thing to lower regions as well.

Push Mails, full HTML support for mailing and some kind of fantastic email client with support of HTML signature. All of these things are possible and will take the experience at a larger level.

Integrating always on IMs like Google Talk, Skype in your phone out of the box, will mark an era for sure and technically its not that bigger call as API are available for free. Possible!!!


There are many mobile sets out, who meets most of these thing, but miss one or two points. Unfortunately, I don’t find any of Nokia filling all of these above including price strictly. All of them miss the things by an inch or two, which is sure frustrating but understandable due to difference of opinions all over the world and in various classes of users. These were my requirements, someone else might have others, there is no end of it, but if Nokia 5800 became so strong that iPhone or anything else not getting any stand in India, then sure such a phone could win the battle for mass for sure.

I really wanna comments from all to know what other users might be wishing for. But note that what I mentioned here are not the best of the technologies, but best affordable one in the price band. Don’t be mean about asking for more. ;-D

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Now its 4G – Not in India but in Sweden :(

Fourth-generation, 4G, networks are based around the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and downlink data speeds can hit 100 megabits per second – about ten times quicker than the fastest 3G networks. The technology has been designed to overlay existing 3G networks and most operators have committed to upgrading to the faster system.

Sometimes, we really think that if we could have born in some other developed country… just for joke.. don’t mind.

Here is the news from techcrunch that caught my attention by this morning:

“ Dec 14, 2009, Teliasonera became the first company in the world to launch its 4G services (Currently limited to Stockholms and Oslo). Afterwards, the company is planning to extend the services to other areas (currently the license covers Sweden, Norway and also recently Finland) ”

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So, here poor we, still waiting for affordable and workable smooth enough 3G services (MTNL is sure not that cheap and competent enough) and some other part of world is going to get speed around 100 megabits per seconds.


Although interesting to note that despite the launch of the network, no handsets can yet use 4G. Initially customers will connect via a dongle and a laptop.

“ Fourth-generation, 4G, networks are based around the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and downlink data speeds can hit 100 megabits per second – about ten times quicker than the fastest 3G networks. The technology has been designed to overlay existing 3G networks and most operators have committed to upgrading to the faster system. ”

As per BBC News, the company has released no information about the cost of connecting to the high-speed network. The dongles for connecting to the LTE network are made by Samsung, while Phone equipment maker Ericsson has put together the network in Stockholm, Sweden and Chinese firm Huawei is behind the one in Oslo, Norway. Both networks cover the central regions of both cities.

At the end, Handsets that can use LTE are expected in mid-late 2010. 🙂