New Nokia phones: Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual Sim

Nokia is back! The first new phones from the former number 1 mobile manufacturer now built by HMD, are out. These are not smart phones though, rather new feature phones that gives a glimpse of what HMD can do.

Meet the Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual Sim:



Nokia 150 and 150 Dual SIM specs:
2.4-inch QVGA TFT display (240 x 320 pixels)
Expandable storage via microSD card, up to 32GB
VGA rear camera w/ LED flash
GPRS, EDGE
Bluetooth 3.0
FM radio
MP3 player
1020mAh removable Li-Ion battery (BL-5C)
Nokia Series 30+
118.0 x 50.2 x 13.5 mm
81 g

It has an MP3 player, built-in radio, Bluetooth and a VGA camera. The best part, it has a battery life of 22 hours!
Priced at $26 USD or roughly Php1,300 before taxes, the new phones will be available early next year.

Soon though, we’ll see the new smart phones from Nokia, I don’t know about you but I’m feeling a bit of excitement myself. Check out HMD’s website for more info about these new feature phones.

My mobile phone history

Call it an internet meme or not, this little exercise is a lot of fun to do mainly because you get to go down memory lane again and look back at all the previous mobile phones you have owned or used in the past.

It may reveal how old you are, but it will show you how far mobile phone technology has gone and it can offer as to what the future may hold.

For me, it all started in 1999 just before I graduated from elementary school when my grandfather gave me my first mobile phone as a gift. From then on it was ride from Siemens, to Nokia, to SonyEricsson to LG to BlackBerry and to the present, an HTC device.

So without further adieu, here’s the list of all of the mobile phones I’ve ever owned and used:

  • Siemens C25
  • Nokia 3210
  • Nokia 3310
  • Nokia 3595
  • Sony Ericsson K800i
  • LG Optimus One
  • BlackBerry Curve 8520
  • BlackBerry Bold 9700
  • HTC One V

On average, I used a phone for two years. The longest one I’ve used was the SonyEricsson K800i which I bought using my own money. The K800i was more than a phone, it was a point-and-shoot camera and a personal organizer rolled in one sleek and sexy design.

All of my Nokia phones were either handed down to me by my relatives or given to me as a gift. Though I forgot what happened to my Siemens C25, I distinctly remember the pain in the eyes whenever I checked my Nokia 3210 in the middle of the night because of its two signature white backlights. It was brighter than an ordinary flashlight!

The LG Optimus One was my very first touch-screen phone running on Android. Instantly, I became an Android fan. Though in between my first and current Android phone, I spent a few years using BlackBerry phones which I loved because of its physical keyboard and how it never failed in handling my office email. However, with RIM struggling to keep its devices on the same pace as the iPhone and Android phones, it was only logical that I switch back to Android upon leaving BlackBerry behind.

So at present, I have an HTC One V running on Ice Cream Sandwich. I wished it was running on the stock version but the HTC Sense 4.0 UI remains the best skin for Android up to date. As to what would be my next phone? Definitely it’s still going to run on Android but it would be Jelly Bean, as for the model and make, the jury is still out on this one.

A Microsoft Coup inside Nokia

Was it any wonder why former Microsoft executives were moving to Nokia and taking up high positions?

Now that tech pundits and analysts are speculating that Nokia is about to dump Symbian and switch to either Windows Phone 7 or Google’s Android OS, the picture is getting clearer.

Nokia 5800

Though Windows Phone 7 debuted with good reviews and feedback, analysts have said that Microsoft still has a long way to go before it can go head to head with Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and RIM’s BlackBerry OS in the growing smart phone market.

With Nokia’s poor performance in this market which is attributed to its non-competitive Symbian platform which in turn has been aptly described by no less than its CEO Stephen Elop as a “burning platform” it only makes sense that company would switch to Windows Phone 7.

It would be a win-win solution for both Nokia and Microsoft. Windows Phone 7 with its steep hardware requirements would be perfect for Nokia’s hi-end handsets. Though one must not discount the fact that Nokia could mix in Android for its mid-range models, it’s most likely that Nokia’s upcoming hi-end models would be optimized to run WP 7.

It’s a tough call for Nokia, but it has to be done for the company to survive and regain its leadership in the smart phone market. Either way, there’s something to look out for on February 11th.

Image by nechbi, under Creative Commons License

Globe WAP/MMS/Streaming settings for Nokia N95

A couple of days ago, my aunt once more asked me to help configure her Nokia N95’s WAP/MMS/Streaming settings for Globe.

Like clock work, I called Globe’s Customer Service, gave them the handset unit, my aunt’s mobile number and requested that they send the settings via SMS message which was the easiest way. The other options would be to ask for the settings one-by-one and configure the phone manually, which is very troublesome when done over the phone. The least viable option would be to personally take the phone to a Globe Business Center and have their agents configure it there.

We expected to receive the settings immediately after the call ended, as this is what happened before when we asked for the settings of our earlier phones. Oddly enough, the settings never arrived via SMS, the obligatory 24-48 hours of waiting passed and still no settings have been received.

On the third day of waiting, I decided to call Customer Services again. But the Christmas season may have already caused high traffic on Globe’s networks as my call was dropped three times.

Growing frustrated, but decided not to let loose on the hapless CS agent, I just gave them my email address and requested that they send the settings there instead, so that I could configure the phone manually.

WAP Settings
1. Go to Menu>Tools>Settings>Connection>Access points>Options>New Access point>Use default setting. Enter details for the following parameters.

  • Connection name: myGlobe CONNECT
  • Data Bearer: Pocket data
  • Access point name: www.globe.com.ph
  • User name:
  • Prompt password: No
  • Password:
  • Authentication: Normal
  • Homepage: http://www.globe.com.ph/globe.asp

Press Options then select Advance settings. Enter details for the following parameters:

  • Network type: Ipv4
  • Proxy serv. address: 203.177.42.214
  • Proxy Port number: 8080

2. Go back to the main menu, select Web, press Options then Settings. Choose myGlobe CONNECT as the default access point.

MMS Settings
1. Go to Menu>Messaging>Options>Settings>Multimedia message>Access point in use>Options>New access point>Use default settings. Enter details for the following parameters

  • Connection name: myGlobe MMS
  • Data Bearer: GPRS
  • Access point name: mms.globe.com.ph
  • User name:
  • Prompt password: No
  • Password:
  • Authentication: Normal
  • Homepage: http://192.40.100.22:10021/mmsc

Press Option then select Advance settings. Enter details for the following parameters:

  • Proxy serv. address: 203.177.042.214
  • Proxy Port Number: 8080

Stream Settings
2. Go to Menu>Tools>Settings>Connection>Access points>Options>New Access point>Use default setting. Enter details for the following parameters.

  • Connection name: myGlobe stream
  • Data Bearer: Packet data
  • Access point name: real.globe.com.ph
  • User name:
  • Prompt password: No
  • Password:
  • Authentication: Normal

Press Options then select Advance settings. Enter details for the following parameters:

  • Network type: Ipv4
  • Proxy serv. address: None
  • Proxy Port number: None

3. Go back to the main menu, Find Real Player Application, press Options then Settings. Choose myGlobe Stream as the default access point.

After tinkering around with the Nokia N95, I finally got it working, this is confirmed by sending a test MMS message to my aunt’s number. I even had the spare time to configure the phone to connect to my home Wi-Fi network, so that my aunt could do some web surfing is she so pleases.

I think the same settings would for the Nokia N9x series because the PDF file Globe sent me indicated that it’s the same settings for the Nokia N91.

For others who would like to have their WAP/MMS/Streaming settings configured, simply call Globe’s Customer Service Number 211, and if you can do it manually, simply give them your email address for them to send the configuration settings in PDF format.

Double-check your Nokia phone battery

You’ve probably heard of it by now, Nokia orders a recall of some 46 Million batteries for its mobile phones.

Is it a cyclical phenomena? The same thing happened to Apple with its defective batteries for the MacBook, Sony too had the same problem with their laptop PC batteries and both incidents have been costly to this corporate giants.

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia warned consumers that 46 million batteries used in its mobile phones could overheat and offered to replace them for free while it negotiates with battery maker Matsushita over who would bear the costs.

The world’s top cell phone maker said about 100 such incidents had been reported globally, but no serious injuries or property damage had been reported.

“Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries … could potentially experience overheating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge,” it said on Tuesday.

Nokia said it was working closely with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., which made the batteries in question between December 2005 and November 2006, to investigate the problem.

Replacing the batteries would have some financial impact, but Matsushita would pay part of the costs, Nokia said.

Analyst Richard Windsor of Nomura estimated the cost to Nokia at a maximum of 100 million euros ($137 million).

Nokia batteryThen again it’s Nokia and they’re still the top mobile phone manufacturer in the world. The greatest concern would, of course fall on the customers, the millions of Nokia phone users around the world. Here in the Philippines, the dubbed ‘texting (SMS) capital of the world’, Nokia is the number one phone used by Filipinos. In just one jeepney ride, you could find at least 5 Nokia-made mobile phones ranging from the older models to their latest N-series phones. Talk about market saturation right? Or consumer choice and preference?

Either way, if you’re Nokia phone is using the BL-5C battery such as the low-end 1100 series phones and multimedia handsets N70 and N91, you better visit your Nokia dealer and get that battery checked, and even replaced. We had laptops burst into fire before, but imagine your mobile phone just bursting into flames or burning holes in your pockets.

Sounds easy right? Not quite, as again here in the Philippines, getting your Nokia battery replaced would not be as easy as one would think. You see, a great majority of Nokia phones sold here are refurbished (aka second-hand, third-hand etc) units sold mostly on street stalls that are not even accredited dealers of Nokia phones. Warranties are very limited, even availing of them from those local trade-in shops can be quite tricky and would require lots of bargaining skills.

So if you got your Nokia phone from one of those local shops and its powered by the BL-5C battery, good heavens the best of luck to you.

Times like this I smile bigger because I switched to a Sony Ericsson phone instead of upgrading to the newest handset from Nokia. 😉 Even my dinosaur Nokia 3530 is safe because it uses the BCL-1 battery.

UPDATE:

Here are the Nokia phones affected by the deffective Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries:

Nokia 1100, Nokia 1100c, Nokia 1101, Nokia 1108, Nokia 1110, Nokia 1112, Nokia 1255, Nokia 1315, Nokia 1600, Nokia 2112, Nokia 2118, Nokia 2255, Nokia 2272, Nokia 2275, Nokia 2300, Nokia 2300c, Nokia 2310, Nokia 2355, Nokia 2600, Nokia 2610, Nokia 2610b, Nokia 2626, Nokia 3100, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3120, Nokia 3125, Nokia 6030, Nokia 6085, Nokia 6086, Nokia 6108, Nokia 6175i, Nokia 6178i, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6270, Nokia 6600, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6631, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6682, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6822, Nokia 7610, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia N72, Nokia N91, Nokia E50, Nokia E60

Hat tip to TechSpot where a link could found that will facilitate the free replacement of your battery if it’s verified to be deffective.

So any Nokia user out there who had their battery replaced just recently?

Top 5 reasons I switched to Sony Ericsson

A few days ago, I wrote about where the heck I’ve been and that I’m back with a new blogging tool, a sweet and savvy Sony Ericsson K800i mobile phone.

In this post, I’ll share the Top 5 reasons I spent my money to switch from a Nokia mobile phone to one that is made by Sony Ericsson. In turn, this post is also my entry to the latest group writing project by ProBlogger Darren Rowse themed, what else, ‘Top 5′

In this group writing project, any blogger can join in by following the directions given by Darren and of course writing about anything that revolves around the theme of ‘Top 5’ whether be it the top 5 reasons why you blog, top 5 movies you’ve ever seen, top 5 reasons you’d go help in protecting the environment, top 5 plugins a blogger uses, top 5 gadgets you own, anything.

This group writing project has always been a fun and rewarding exercise because it helps bloggers get to know more bloggers, learn from them and get some awesome link love from most of them. This time around, the reward is even sweeter because a prize of $1001 USD courtesy of Chitika awaits the one lucky blogger who joins this group writing project.

It’s just awesome, and so with out further delays, here’s my Top 5 reasons why I switched to Sony Ericsson phone instead of just getting another Nokia mobile phone.

K800iI’m tired of Nokia phones – it’s not that I hate Nokia, they make really good phones but I’ve been using a Nokia phone since ever. My first phone was Nokia 3210 which I loved very much because of its usability and durability. It was followed by a Nokia 3530 which I also enjoyed very much because of the colored screen, solid usability and sturdy construction. Also, here in the Philippines, almost 8 out of every 10 who owns a mobile phone got theirs from Nokia. So to once again break from the norm and be the few and unique, I decided to get a phone by Sony Ericsson. Not just any ordinary Sony Ericsson phone, it’s a K800i. Sweet!

It’s keeps me connected – Bluetooth, Infrared and 3G are the standards of today’s mobile phone connectivity. All 3 of these wonderful technologies are built-in to almost every Sony Ericsson phone from the entry-level models like the K510i up to the higher end models like the W880i. This is unlike with Nokia phones wherein you have to get the more expensive higher end models to have both Bluetooth and Infra-red ports on the same phone. I keep on hearing my friends and schoolmates complaining about their Nokia phone having only either a Bluetooth capability or the IR port as connectivity options. Not like me though, the K800i comes with both technologies that keeps me connected in more ways than one.

It’s a portable hard drive – yes, the K800i can also serve as my own portable USB mass storage device that I could connect to any computer for file storage and transfer. I just plug it in and select the ‘File Transfer’ mode and the computer sees the phone as another removable storage drives. The neatest thing about this is, it doesn’t require specific software to be installed for it to be detected by the computer you’re using. All I need is the USB cable, the phone and and USB port. Talk about plug ‘n play right?

It charges up super fast – One of the best features I love about the K800i is that it takes less than an hour to fully charge its battery. This is so much better than waiting for more than an hour or more for a Nokia phone to be fully charged. Fast charging, it minimizes my phone’s downtime and giving me more productive time instead.

It’s a Cyber-shot! – 3.2 megapixels may be a far cry from today’s dedicated digi-cam devices but compared to other phones of its class, the K800i’s camera is among the best in its class.

There you go, my top 5 reasons I switched to Sony Ericsson phone. I could give more reasons but I think this should be enough for now. For more Top 5 posts, I suggest you stop by at Problogger because the first batch of posts are already up and it’s quite a goldmine of good content.

Something to consider

Nokia and samsung mobile phones have launched special cell phones for sportsmen. These phones can be customized with football and cricket ringtones and wallpapers. In addition there are some advanced features like camera, cell phone gps and maps to facilitate sportsmen. Cell phones with built-in camera allow beginners to take photos with luxury to attach a canon photo printer with their phone for direct printing. However, professional photographers still prefer to buy digital camera .

Gadgets and Filipino students

gadget freakHere’s an interesting article from the BBC website: Students ‘own hi-tech gadgets’

It partly reads;

Students increasingly own an expensive range of personal items such as MP3 players, iPods, laptops and widescreen televisions, a survey suggests.

A study for Direct Line home insurance shows the average value of students’ goods rose 50% over the past 10 years.

In 1996, students had possessions worth £1,900, compared with £2,900 now, the poll of 587 students indicated.

Well, that’s in the United Kingdom, where gadgets are more affordable per capita and that people-students in particular can afford such gadgets and tools that would otherwise seem extravagant and flamboyant to the cash-strapped individual. This is clearly evident and experienced here in the Philippines where the craze for the latest gadgets like mobile phones, digi-cams, mp3 players, game consoles, PCs, etc are dampened and stopped dead cold by one great factor: the contents of the average Pinoy’s wallet.

gadgetsStill, despite the harsh economic realities, you’d still find a great number of young Filipinos, students especially, running around with the latest gadget technology can offer. The most visible representation would be the mobile phone; Nokia, SonyEricsson, Motorolla are just among the top brands whose latest models graze the hands, necks, bags and belt pouches of today’s students and young professionals. Add to this, the mp3 players from Creative, Sony and the much coveted iPod accompanying the newest models of mobile phones owned by the Filipino students today, one could easily assume that things are not so bad here in the Philippines. Or the Philippines is truly modernizing into the future or something else similar.

Nah! I’m just day-dreaming again. Or maybe it’s because I’m studying in a university that belongs to the so-called “Ivy League” schools that I was able to make such assumptions.

If only there is a similar or Philippine version of the UK study then questions would be answered and assumptions corrected (if they are wrong of course) about the state of Filipino students and their relationship to the gadgets like. Such questions could be: How many Filipino students does own a gadget? How much does it all cost? Are the gadgets cutting-edge and the newest models? and many more.

Citizen journalism get recognized in UK

Found this via the BBC News website:

Citizen journalists get rewarded

A picture taken moments after a bomb exploded on a number 30 bus in London’s Tavistock Square on 7 July 2005 has won the first citizen journalism award.

Second prize went to a shot of the Buncefield oil terminal fire taken by a passenger in a plane.

The awards, set up by Nokia and the UK Press Gazette, aim to highlight images shot by citizens witnessing events.

The popularity of camera phones means more images of significant events are reaching news organisations. (Full story)

Citizen journalistsPhotos of real-life events that made headlines like natural calamaties, terror attacks and such have been around ever since the ordinary consumer could buy his or her own video camera recorder, photo cameras, and now modern digital cameras for still and moving pictures and especially mobile phones with built-in cameras. They were first given attention in popular tv shows that labeled the said photos, amateur home footages as “amazing home videos”, this soon started the ‘reality-based’ shows genre that is so popular nowadays.

In combination with the internet and blogging, stories, accounts, photos and videos taken by ordinary citizens who happen to be at the right place at the right time when these incidents and events took place soon gave rise to the trend called ‘citizen journalism.’

The Philippines has had its own share of citizen journalism courtesy of bloggers. Remember when the ‘Wowowee Stampede at ULTRA‘ were covered and liveblogged by not just my self but by other Pinoy bloggers as well like Vespinoy , Piercing Pens among others. There’s even the flurry of blog posts covering and pondering the President suffering from diarrhea by RG Cruz and Chickenmafia and again there’s more.

The award given by Nokia and the UK News Gazette to ‘citizen journalists’ is a clear sign that this new phenomenon can no longer be ingnored and passed off as unreliable or insignificant content of news and current events by the traditional media and will soon become the norm as more and more people are now creating their own blogs and actually watch out and cover significant events in their vicinity.

Question now is, who will be the first Filipino citizen journalist to be honored or given such similar recognition and who will give such recognition?