Using Mobile for Internet Access on Your Notebook Computer

Here is exactly how to go about getting set up on EDGE (EGPRS) or regular GPRS data connection with a Nokia phone and AIS or DTAC mobile providers in Thailand. Prior to my 2nd attempt here of using ADSL I used EDGE for over 3 years with both DTAC and AIS as my primary means of connecting online. It’s fast enough that you won’t be throwing stuff across the room – but, it’s a serious drop from anything resembling broadband speeds.


These steps will enable you to connect your mobile phone to your computer – desktop or notebook computer and access the internet using your AIS or DTAC data connection at a cost of about 50 baht per day, or you could sign up for one of the longer-term data plans at a few hundred baht per month. These are unlimited data plans – no cap on uploads or downloads.

Steps to setting up your EDGE / GPRS connection:

1. Purchase a Nokia mobile phone with a Class 32 data modem. You may need to look online to find them but here are some phones that have them: Nokia e71, Nokia 5800 music express, Nokia N90… Most of the high end Nokias have the class 32 modems inside. Some have Class 10 – which also works, but you’ll get slower speeds. I STRONGLY recommend don’t waste your time with Class 10 and just get a Class 32. You can find a phone for about 7-8,000 Thai Baht with a Class 32. Doesn’t the Nokia e70 have Class 32? I think so.

Keep in mind that someday Thailand might have 3G access. So, you might buy a phone with 3G inside also because it’s going to make EDGE obsolete entirely when it finally arrives maybe sometime in 2010.

List of Nokias that have Class 32 modems: e65, e70, e71, e72, e75, n76, n82, n86, 5130, 5530, 5310, 6555, 6720 Classic, 6700 Classic, 5800 and 5130 Express Music. There are many more – this list is just to give you a sample.

I don’t know which of those phones have 3G – so check.

2. Wherever you buy your phone should have SIM cards for sale. These go into your phone and you can use plastic cards from 7-11 to top them up with Thai Baht so you can make phone calls and use the internet.

Choose a SIM card that allows you to call other people with voice, and data connections to the internet. There are specific SIMS that are just for data – but, I don’t see the point – just get one you can do both with.

Also add some Thai Baht to your phone at the phone store or at the 7-11. For AIS just ask for AIS – 1-2 Call, 150 baht or 300 baht – whatever you want. For DTAC network ask for Dee-TAC Happy 150 or 300 baht.

100 baht = ‘roy baht or loy baht’ depending what dialect they feel like using.

150 baht = ‘roy hah sip baht’ or ‘loy hah sip baht

300 baht = ‘sam roy baht’ or ‘sam loy baht”

Install SIM and use the instructions on the back of the phone card you bought to add the credit in baht.

3. For AIS call 1175 to set up your phone for internet use. For DTAC it’s 1678. They need to do some magic on their end to make things work. You can get an English speaker at either of those phone numbers.

4. Now you need to buy an internet data plan. Actually both companies let you just start using the internet immediately without a plan if that’s what you choose to do. There’s no need to get a plan, but they’ll charge you 1 baht per minute.

Instead, you could sign up for a whole day of unlimited internet for 50 baht (12/09). Or, you can get even cheaper rates by getting a monthly plan for a few hundred baht – unlimited too.

If your phone has a web browser or email functions you can set that up immediately just to check if it’s working. Remember you’re at the 1 baht per minute until you choose an internet plan.

5. Choosing an internet plan.

AIS

There are two ways to do this – dealing with the computer where you punch buttons. Or, you can just call the numbers I gave you above and tell them you want to sign up for an internet data package. There are two types of billing. One time, and recurring – so be sure which you have.

For AIS just do this if you want to use the computer to sign up for 1 day of service at 50 baht for 24 hours:

To get internet for 1 day on your phone (unlimited for 49 baht) enter:

*138*0349# and wait for the confirmation SMS. Now, be careful because you will get 2 confirmation SMS’s. The first one says – you WILL get it. Doesn’t mean you have it. The next one says – it’s activated. Meaning – you have it. Be careful with this because after the first message if you connect online you’ll STILL be paying 1 baht per minute. Even if you get the 2nd message after you connect. You must connect to internet after the 2nd message to get the good rate.

DTAC

To get 1 day of unlimited internet enter *1004 and listen for the Thai prompts. Every time you hear “got noong” enter a number -> Enter 1, 3, 1, 1. If you want internet for a week or month ask a Thai to help you with it or dial 1678 and talk to the English operator and ask for it. Note – the menu could change anytime, but it’s been the same for over a year now.

5. Find a computer with fast internet access and download the latest version of Nokia PC Suite 7.1 (or latest) Software to your USB thumb drive. It’s free. It enables you to connect. It’s essential as far as I know. Get it at:

http://europe.nokia.com/support/download-software/pc-suites/compatibility-and-download

You may need to tell them which phone you have first – so, know your model.

6. Install Nokia PC Suite. Follow the instructions because it will tell you when to plug in your USB cable to the phone. Don’t do so before they tell you. When you plug the USB cable into your phone be very careful it’s going the right way and that you’re exceptionally gentle with it. I’ve met more people that broke their small USB connectors on their phone than I can count.

7. After your phone is connected you’ll get this message – on your PHONE, not your computer, “Select USB mode:” and you choose one of the selections.

PC Suite, Mass Storage, Image transfer, Media transfer

Choose PC Suite

It will give you a confirmation that PC Suite mode was selected (on your phone).

8. You should now see on the left side of your PC Suite software on your computer, an image of your phone. That means it’s connected. You can now use any of the functions PC Suite gives you like transferring files, music, videos from your phone to your computer and vice-versa.

You may get a message from Windows saying you need to update your software for the phone or the PC Suite. DON’T do this because it’s a 40MB download and it will take hours and hours on a slow EDGE connection. Not to mention – if your connection dies for even 1 second during those hours – your phone could be hosed.

Better to go download the updated PC Suite at another broad-band enabled computer on USB drive and bring it back home to install the update. For phone updates – they are always a bit of a crap-shoot. You might lose access to your phone operating system – meaning, it bricks – and you need to send your phone to Nokia. If the update isn’t revolutionary – and you can see on Nokia’s site what updates are available for your phone – forget it. Leave well enough alone I say when it comes to phone updates.

Here are the rest of the instructions in the screencapture video below if you have internet now and can watch it at YouTube:

Make sure you choose the HQ in the lower right side of the YouTube video player to get the best quality video.

Here it is on site here – super clear and easy to see but maybe a little larger file size and more download time:  Walk through video Thailand EDGE >

If not and you need to download the file and watch later from your computer you’re setting up and you won’t have internet at the time here is the video to download. Right click and choose “Save file as…” or “Save target as…” or “Save link as…” depending which browser you’re using. It’s an MP4 file – about 9MB. You can use Apple’s QuickTime program (for PC computers) to open and watch it.

Instructions for connecting with PC SUITE software > FILE

Internet access being what it is here in Thailand it’s good to have a backup plan. My ADSL goes out routinely in 12-20 hour chunks. Hard to take, but, that’s the price we pay for living in paradise – right?

I didn’t go through this for Mac because I don’t have one.

I didn’t go through this for Motorola because it didn’t work well for me at all.

I didn’t go through this for iPhone because I don’t have one – yet. Possibly coming soon. Apparently iPhone didn’t come with functionality to let buyers connect to the internet on the phone and share the iPhone modem with a computer. Once your phone is jailbroken you can do it, I’ve seen the tutorials.

Good Luck…

Thailand Tips #18: AIS Mobile Phone SIM Special Promotions

When you get to Thailand you’ll probably get a SIM card for your mobile phone. You won’t know what rate you’re getting, but it’s probably, almost definitely less than ideal.

You’re probably paying 5 Thai Baht per minute for phone calls and per SMS.

Here’s a way to save a lot of money and get 1.5 baht per minute and 2 baht per SMS to any other mobile phone in Thailand, AIS, DTAC, TRUE, etc.

The coolest part of it is if you call between 2300 hours and 1700 hours you get an HOUR for 1.5 baht if you’re calling another AIS customer.

Here’s the link you’ll need:

AIS Promotions (English) >

Here’s the step by step screencapture video to walk you through it – because the AIS site changes from English to Thai when you try to sign up for a promotion. Don’t ask why – many of the Thai websites revert to Thai even though you choose English…

1-2call AIS Thailand special mobile phone rates

AIS Special Promotion Video – how to get 1.5 Baht per hour rate.

Which Mobile Phone to use in Thailand? Nokia 3110 Classic.

 

Recently traded in my old phones for cash and bought a new phone. I’ve had some nice phones here in Thailand – a Motorola with touchscreen – can’t remember the model… duh. A Nokia e61 and e70. By far the e70 was the tops, but I really didn’t need that much phone when I decided to stop blogging here so much. Didn’t need the video and photo, or WIFI capability.


I’ve used a Motorola L7 for over a year now and it’s been ok. It doesn’t have EDGE – high speed GPRS capability so I thought I’d get another phone – a Nokia, that does. I bought at Tesco – this being where I buy most electronics. Really I just want to avoid the hassle of buying at a mobile phone shop where they could have parcelled out the good parts of my new phone and replaced them with garbage parts.

I looked at all their phones and decided on the Nokia 3110 Classic. It was about 3,500 baht. It has the specs below. It didn’t say on the box or the display ad whether it had EDGE – and this was a necessity. A quick check through 3 mobile phone magazines they had showed that the Nokia 3110 Classic has EDGE. This one at Tesco was named a 3110c. Hmm. I’ve been fooled before – but finally decided I’d get it and try my luck. I’m glad I did.

When I got home and fired it up – It DID have EDGE and it was working immediately. That was unexpected because when I used my e70 from my home last year – there was no EDGE service. Apparently DTAC increased their coverage to include me now. Nice. I registered downloads in the 28-32kBps range which reminded me what I’d been missing with EDGE service. The Moto L7 gave me consistently about 4kBps.

I ran to the internet shop and connected to their wifi with my notebook and downloaded the Nokia PC SUITE software which included an update to the one I had from over a year ago. I then went to the Nokia europe site and installed some functionality for the email, mms, and other things that apparently don’t come standard in Thailand phones sold here. I plugged in my phone number and the site called my phone 6 different times to push the software to it – so I could install it. That all went very smoothly.

I fired up the browser on the phone and went to gmail.com/app

This told me that I needed a specific Gmail software for the phone and it was available. I grabbed it and installed it in about 2 minutes. Then I had a nice interface for my Gmail on the phone that allows archiving messages, deleting, composing, replying, etc. – rather easy to use. It shows up in my “APPS” icon in the menu – i just click it open and I am looking at my gmail within about 9 seconds.

I went back home and opened PC SUITE and set up a USB cable connection to the computer and phone -and was online with Firefox 3 browser in about 5 minutes of configuration. Speeds were nice… bearable anyway. I can live with anything over 15kBps I’ve decided over almost 4 years in Thailand. That’s a couple hundred less than I thought I could live with in the USA.

I went to 7-11 and picked up a 300b DTAC card. Called 1678 and spoke to cust. service about plans for GPRS minutes (Internet minutes). There was a 15 hour/month plan for 107b. I took it. It’s pay as you use – and it auto renews at end of month I believe. I’m usually surprised at the end of the month with the auto- fee. This woman didn’t say it was monthy auto-renew but I assume it is.

The phone has video (176×150 or something microscopic), it has a 1.2MP camera which does OK – won’t win any awards. 8x zoom which did ok. The coolest thing for me was the voice recorder that records for up to an hour – which I missed on the Moto L7. I like to record podcasts for some of my other sites – and this will work well. Nokias PC SUITE does a good job of converting videos into different formats- Nokia’s proprietary one – or M4a – which QT (Quicktime) opens.

There’s a memory slot for up to 2GB extra mem. The phone has FLASH and RAM memory totaling around 72MB if I remember correctly – I don’t think I do… should be in specs below.

Anyway – a basic phone that does everything you’ll probably need. Oh – it has Bluetooth, Infrared, and a standard mini-USB connector. FM radio… uhm, some other stuff. Overall I like it a lot – you won’t go wrong if you get one for basic Thailand living if you can live with a Tri-band phone. It was clear enough for me over the last couple days.

********** specs below *********
Nokia 3110 Specifications & Features

ScreenTFT 262k Colour Screen (128 x 160 Pixels)
Imaging
1.3 Megapixel Camera
8 x Digital Zoom
Video Recorder
Video Player
Video Streaming (3GPP)
Screensavers
Wallpapers
Themed Display
MessagingSMS (Text Messaging)
MMS (Multimedia Messaging)
MMS Audio Messaging
Email
SoundMedia Player (MP3, MP4, AAC, AAC+, enhanced AAC+. H263, H264 & WMA)
FM RadioMP3 & MIDI Ringtones

Entertainment
Embedded Javaâ„¢ Games
Downloadable Javaâ„¢ Games
Organiser
Phone Book
Alarm Clock
Clock
Organiser with Calendar
To Do List
Notes
Calculator
Count Down Timer
Push to Talk
Voice Dialing
Voice Commands
Voice Recording
Handsfree Speaker Connectivity
Bluetooth®
Infra Red
USB
GPRS
EDGE Network
Tri Band (GSM 900, GSM 1800 & GSM 1900)
Internet
XHTML
Memory & Talk Time
32 Mbytes Flash Memory & 16 Mbytes RAM plus MicroSDâ„¢ Memory Card Option
4 Hours Talk Time
370 Hours Standby
Weight & Size87 g108.5 x 45.7 x 15.6 mm

Do we NEED Computers Anymore? Mobile Phones are Doing it All.

Do we need computers anymore?

I’ve been wondering this for a while now…

But, I’d been effectively technology disabled with my 2005 Motorola e680i phone and no personal computer or internet access except at work. This phone might appear to be something pretty advanced, and maybe it was in 2005… it has quite a few bells and whistles but the whistle has been overshadowed by fog horns on the newer mobiles.

I’d taken a year and something off from the technology world that was my life back in the USA. When I came to Thailand I did NOTHING in technology. I didn’t read about it or use it, save for my motorola phone which I could reach the internet with – but that was the extent of my internet savvy in Thailand.

I’d missed a LOT in a year. Recently I started blogging at this ThaiPulse! blog and I’ve been reading about new technology everyday, trying to catch up on what I’d missed. This blog seems to be coming along now, I’ve got an average of 100+ people coming daily to read what I’m writing about. I think I really want to make 2007 the YEAR OF THE VERN like I predicted in my 2007 Resolution statement on the blog. It was a joke then, but I think I’m up to it… bold prediction eh?

It’s just that blogging on ThaiPulse is a lot of fun. I have some ideas to take it to the next level and I’ll start those as soon as I leave this school and get more free time to blog.

I like the idea of mobile blogging. It’s SUCH a pain in the azz to shoot photos with a 4.1 mp camera, edit them down to 350 pixels in width, optimizing for size considerations because internet users are still needing smaller sized files to see in their browsers. After I shrink the dimensions and file sizes, optimize colors, contrast, and brightness I fire up the notebook, log into blogger.com and create a new post. I upload the picture and create the blog in their next to worthless text editor and then re-format it a few times before it’s perfect and then hit “publish” and pray.

Publishing VIDEO is WORSE. More steps and more considerations – one of which being – people that will steal the videos for their own websites and call them their own – unless I create titles and credits on my videos that show my website as the original source. It’s a big pain.

I want to be mobile in the sense that – if I could shoot photos and videos and upload them to the blog automatically that would be the best. If I could blog from ANYWHERE and not be tied down to logging into my notebook computer – which must have an internet connection that is stable (a rarity here in Thailand), I’d be so much happier and more free to create articles on the fly.

Well, I think the time has come… or, it’s coming. I have been researching phones for QUITE a while now. 3 months of intensive research and trying to identify what it is I need to do with the phone to become as mobile as possible and yet as comfortable as possible in the field churning out blog posts here and at my other blogs.

There are SO MANY THINGS to consider.

Connection speed for GPRS or other internet service: EDGE, 3G, etc. Unfortunately in Thailand we are relegated to EDGE right now as our high speed connection for mobile data service. This sucks, as it’s only about 4 times as fast as a regular GPRS connection to the internet from your phone.

It sucks 7 times harder that EDGE is available only in major cities in Thailand, though the list IS growing and quite dramatically even. Bangkok and Pattaya used to be the sole places to find EDGE speeds for internet access in Thailand. Now there are other cities – and I was blown away to learn that I am IN one of those cities presently!

Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, Koh Samui, and Surat Thani have been recently verified as having EDGE service of some sort – either DTAC or AIS flavors.

Here in Surat over the last 24 hours since I bought this new mobile phone with EDGE support, I have had data download speeds of 10KB per second. Yes, CAPITAL B. That’s 80 kbps. Not bad really. The service has been remarkably stable too. I’ve uploaded (at 7-8) KBps by FTP to my http://www.thaipulse.com site over 25 megabytes of video this morning and not had ONE timeout. The whole batch went through with no disconnections. The efficiency of the EDGE mobile connection I have with AIS Thailand is BETTER than TOT’s ADSL 1mb service that I was paying 1000 baht per month for!

I bought 100 hours of internet GPRS service (which includes EDGE) for 350 baht. I’ve already used 20 hours in 2 days so I think I need the next plan – but still, it’s very reasonable cost-wise to use the EDGE mobile internet service instead of ADSL at TOT. I had such an inconsistent connection with TOT that I griped and moaned and finally got out of paying for ANY service for October through February. I did pay for the installation and the monthly maintenance on the phone line of 160 b or something like that. About 10 days in those 4 months I received the data rate I was paying for – the rest of the time it was drastically worse. Fairly, part of that was due to the earthquake in Taiwan’s waters, but I still wasn’t going to pay for that.

I wasn’t sure what to do – get an EDGE PCMCIA card for my notebook computer – but then I was still tied to the notebook computer and lugging that around anywhere I wanted to post to the blog. The goal was to get RID of the computer sometimes and not be carrying it around in my hot padded backpack all day in the heat. I was also considering going to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia for a time and definitely didn’t want to be dragging this Compaq lugnut around.

I found phones that had EDGE compatibility built in. Great stuff… but, how long did their battery last with that running? I figured battery life was something I’d be fighting with every option. Carrying the plug for the laptop is no joy either – considering it’s heavier than ANY mobile phone on the market just by it’s self. But, I’ve done it – because what else could I do?

So I agonized over what phone to get that could replace the laptop for certain functions.

Specifically I wanted a cell phone that:

Has a QWERTY keypad so I could respond instantly to email and approve comments at my blog, leave comments for others and write blog posts of short length. My fingers are medium sized, I don’t have monkey fingers or anything, but most QWERTY pads I tried in the stores just weren’t cutting it. The Samsung i320 and i600 and the Treo series just were way too small. In Hawaii I was lucky enough to try a friend’s sidekick II which was NICE. Very smooth and easy to type on, however, the sidekick III that’s currently in the states doesn’t have nearly the features that I need.

Has a touchscreen for easy internet browsing since I’d become used to my Motorola e680i’s touchscreen web browsing with Opera’s browser – it is really STILL the standard for easy web browsing.

Allows push mail of some sort so I could get into Google mail and also be notified whenever I received new mail.

Has a voice recorder. I am still playing with the idea of changing my long e-book into a podcast type thing. I’ve done the first two pages – 50 minutes of recording my voice. But I have YET to upload the 8mb file because I’ve been focusing on video at the moment, not mp3 files.

Has a 1.3 or 2mp resolution camera (as a maximum), but not as small as the .3mp that I had in my Motorola. It had to be good enough to take quality photos for the web, but adjustable enough to change the resolution so the file wasn’t TOO big to upload quickly to the blogs.

Has a video recorder that could specify the size of the video as I couldn’t use 640×480 for the blog – it’d be WAY too big physically on the page, and the file size would be too large to upload or for visitors to download. Ideally it would create video in mp4 or wmv format which is accepted by youtube AND converted quickly into their format which I think is MP4.

Has speakers to listen to music – I LOVE my moto for the stereo 3-d speakers it has.

It has to have EDGE of course since regular GPRS wasn’t cutting it. With my moto connected as a modem to the notebook and using the AIS GPRS package internet plan I was getting about 2KB per second throughput which really crawled. (See photo, taken during an especially slow period)

Has WLAN access (wireless LAN) so I could connect to wireless networks that I sometimes come across in office buildings, hotels, and friends’ homes.

Has bluetooth for a wireless connection which is fast to share files between phones or computers.

It should NOT have a large screen that was touchscreen since I think battery life suffers too much to make it sensible to use one. I’d love it while the battery worked, unfortunately the battery drains QUICKLY with internet use.

Hmm, that was about it. There weren’t many phones that fit the bill. There were some that were soon to be released like the MOTO Q q9 and the Moto Q gsm, but when they’d materialize was anyone’s guess. They’d likely be over 25,000 baht too. I was hoping to stay under 20,000 baht, but, if I found the right phone I’d have gone 35000b as it was VERY important.

When I said that to myself I started to wonder about just getting another very small laptop with an EDGE card 35,000 baht buys a decent computer… but unfortunately not a very light one with a great battery and a 10,000b EDGE card. Hmmm….

So – I agonized for a while. I read everything on the phones that almost fit the bill perfectly and those that were promised in the coming months and quarters.

I decided I needed one NOW.

I went to Telewiz and told them what I wanted. They had some new e series phones there by Nokia. I spent an hour going over features of the phone with the tech guy there and finally bought one. This phone has NO QWERTY pad.

How in the world am I going to type long blog posts? (like this one!)

Well, before I decided that TODAY IS THE DAY I realized something. There are bluetooth keypads that let one connect to many of the newer phones on the market. A KEYPAD! HEY, that’s exactly what I need. Who thehell can type a 1000 word blog post on a handheld phone anyway without carpal tunnel?

That’s when I knew the answer – buy something that does everything else but that. It was fairly easy then because there are lots of phones that are not QWERTY but that had all the other advanced features. The internet version of the Nokia 80 seemed pretty decent too, though quite thick – almost as thick as the old e680i and that was just too thick.
If that was the only one that fit the bill I’d have got it – it was 16,500 baht at the Tesco mobile phone hawker stand.

When I saw the phone I bought I thought, wow, that’s THIN for having everything I want, but the tech guy at Telewiz insisted it had EVERYTHING. I tried it out and yeah, it did. The only concern I really had was whether the video would be good enough quality online after I uploaded it to youtube and they converted it. But, there’s no way to know what it’ll be like until it’s done. So now, it’s done and the quality is quite acceptable for mobile blogging.

I have not purchased the bluetooth keyboard yet, I’m letting my pocket cool off from yanking 16,300 baht out of it yesterday. I am not sure how much the keyboards are either, but whatever the cost – it’s worth it to have a full sized keyboard to type on!

I figure they are lightweight and easy to take with me.

I took some mobile phone video last night at Makha Bucha Buddhist Holiday at the temple close by and it turned out great. I also tested Gmail – works great – I get a beep everytime a new Gmail message comes into the inbox. I tried mobile picture posting at blogger – it worked great. I uploaded over 20 megabytes of video today both to my website and to youtube, and it didn’t even DISCONNECT ONCE!

I’m all smiles so far, just hope it lasts.

In the coming weeks I’ll post more from the road, as that’s where stuff is usually happening that’s interesting and I only had the video camcorder with me 1/4th of the time I needed it. This way, I have the camera with me ALL THE TIME and the posts might be more timely because I don’t necessarily have to wait to return home to the notebook and ADSL connection to upload and publish to the blog.

So – we’ll see.

Do we really need computers anymore?

It won’t be long – and I think we’ll have something small enough and yet able to do EVERYTHING we want…

Now, if I could just get a little bigger screen….

hahahha

If you have any questions about how to get started mobile blogging ask and I’ll try to help or point you in the right direction…

Vern

iPod Killer! Apple creates the iPhone… Will Thailand get it?


iPhone in Thailand? That’s one of the questions I have about Apple’s new iPhone. If we can’t get it here in Thailand then I’m not going to get all worked up over it.

I’ve been wondering what the latest announcements were going to be from Apple – there was some speculation that they would announce an iphone sometime this year – but, it’s HERE now… officially. Yet, on the apple web site it says they cannot sell them yet! Somethng about an FAA license or something… hmmm

The photo on their site says the iphone will be with Cingular wireless – but, will it come to Thailand? Surat Thani? Singapore?

See the iPhone at the apple site >

I’ve been wondering about which phone to get that would keep me in touch with everything I need to be in touch with. I’m writing like 8 blogs that I need to stay in touch with. If this iphone comes with a keyboard then I could update by iphone by sending email to update my blogs.

Right now I have a Motorola e680i – which is awesome… and yet I really want something with a longer battery life. This one needs charged daily and I’d like to get away from that hassle. However, the new iPhone has a 3 1/2 inch display – widescreen for video like the iPod- and I can’t imagine that it’s going to get much out of the battery. BUT, if by chance it DOES – I’ll get one. That’s the only factor I can see that makes it iffy.

This is a quad band phone with wireless, and wifi enabled for high speed internet AND EDGE technology which we have here in Thailand – only in Bangkok, but we have it!

It has 4gb or 8gb of memory internal. It has a 2 megapixel camera. It of course has all video ipod features. It has mac 0s10 or 11. It has a safari web browser and pop email capabilities. AND a bunch of other stuff.

But, the big thing is – how long does the battery last? Ok, I found the detailed specs… pasted below:

Technical SpecificationsScreen size 3.5 inches
Screen resolution 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Input method Multi-touch
Operating system OS X
Storage 4GB or 8GB
GSM Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
Camera 2.0 megapixels
Battery Up to 5 hours
Talk / Video / Browsing
Up to 16 hours
Audio playback
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

Hmmm… up to 5 hours – means – if you’re using the wifi and the browser you’re a gonna get about a 1/5th of that. My phone too says an inflated time… and I can use it for about 1.4 hours online before it dies… or I can use the blue tooth connection in it to connect my laptop wirelessly to the internet – but it will only last a short while – about an hour. :(

It is a very lightweight iphone – I wonder if they’ll make a heavy duty battery. I wonder lots of stuff – let’s see what happens.

Skeptical, but hopeful…

The iPhone is Coming, the iPhone is Coming! (Relax, not until 2008!)


Yeah, the iPhone IS coming to Thailand!

In 2008.

That is how long the FCC license is going to take to get approved for Asia! Is that nuts!???

Will the new iphones show up on eBay before this date? I’m not familiar with the usual timeline for this stuff. I’m thinking that when they do come out in the USA this year sometime then at that point the unlocked iphones will be on eBay and selling. Do these things have a space for a sim card for us in Asia?

The FCC license will be OK for Europe in the last part of 2007 as well, so – Europe uses SIM cards too – so maybe sometime soon.

In the meantime, as a coincidence I saw that NOKIA just released a cool phone -the n900 or n800 or something. It has a large screen, wifi enabled, LINUX operating system -which is very fast and stable – and it has a QWERTY keyboard, TOUCHSCREEN, built in speakers, and a host of other stuff – all of it brilliant… and the phone is supposed to be available in the USA – NOW.

Here is a pic…

Youtube Video for n800 phone >

Wow, I just watched that video… this phone has the Opera 8 browser running on Linux… it’s fast. The thing that’s great -and what my Motorola e680i phone does not have is – this n800 can see video and multimedia in the browser! NICE!.

Here are the N800 specs:

Photos of the device has previously been released, but now the specs are available for the device. The N800 has a 4.1 inch, 800×480 touch screen, 380MHz processor, dual SD memory card slots, 802.11b/g WiFi, 256 MB of Flash ROM, 128 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.0, and a built-in camera.

A further update…

After looking online for a bit there are two new MOTO Q’s coming out – a Moto Q gsm model and a q9 model, both of which have nearly everything the iPhone has, and MORE. And they’ll be available this year… one of them in the 2nd quarter and the other in the 2nd half of 2007. Both of which give them a lead on the iPhone.

I think that NOKIA’s E61i, these two Motorolas, the Samsung phones that are coming out – i600 and i760 I believe, as well as the Toshiba and the DOPODS and new Blackberries… all of these will be better options that Apple’s video focused iPhone which adults don’t really care that much about anyway.

A couple days ago I bought a Nokia e65 that has EVERY connectivity option that I can think of. The screen dims itself too. It has transflash cards – very small – and can hold – 2gb at present. That WILL be upgraded by the time 2008 rolls around. I’m betting on it.

EDGE service is making these smartphones a smartbuy since one no longer needs to buy a wireless PCMCIA AIRCARD to access EDGE services. Your phone doubles as the modem for your notebook computer now.

Life is getting good!

Steve Jobs Announces iPhone Accelerometer (ThaiPulse!)

Steve Jobs iPhone Accelerometer announcement at ThaiPulse!
Here’s a quote from Jobs about the sensors it’s outfitted with: “We’ve also got some stuff you can’t see–3 advanced sensors. It’s got a proximity sensor, bring the iPhone to your ear and your display shuts off and touchscreen shuts down. Ambient light sensor–adjusts brightness, saves power. Third thing is an accelerometer, it can tell whether you’re in landscape and portrait.” Also, if you’re rawking out and you start blowing up (you know, if, like, someone calls you), the iPod function automatically fades out the music to take the phone call.

iPhone, the IPOD KILLER… (Apple Kills it)

iPhone > the iPod KILLER!

Leave it to Apple to instigate their own demise!
The new iPhone does everything the iPod video player does, and 9 times more.

Now, assuming this is going to be available here in Thailand – I’m going to get excited at some point this year. It looks like they have an agreement with Cingular – but, who knows? Maybe that only covers the contract in the USA for 2 years exclusively and doesn’t apply to overseas markets. Maybe the iphone is easily hacked and we’ll start seeing them on eBay shortly after they show up in retail stores.

Sure they’ll start at 40,000 Thai Baht ($1000 USD) on eBay for an unlocked iphone, but what the heck… if it really has all the bells and toots they’re saying it does – people will be lining up to buy them. I’m likely going to buy one if microsoft doesn’t turn it’s ZUNE into an iPhone killer! lol… joking of course.

See – this gives a preview of what’s online for this year – 2007. This might be the year of wifi, bluetooth 2.0, widescreen touchscreen phone devices with EDGE and everydamnthingelse. I’m excited for what the next announcements might be from Sony, Nokia, Motorola and the rest of them too. Sure, the iPhone appears to be supercool right now. And, if there’s nothing challenging it – it will be scooped up like lollipops. But, if someone else has something… and it’s maybe CHEAPER than this iphone beast is going to be… well then.

We’ll have to see that – won’t we?

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