Monday, October 11, 2010

Top missing features in Tata DOCOMO OneTouch Net Phone

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Ok, ok, Tata DOCOMO OneTouch Net Phone is one hell great smart phone. But it had following missing features that makes it no smart in any way:


It can show your location with the help of GPS and Google Maps. It can even show you your way if you happen to live in some selected cities. I know my place’s position well. Can this piece of marvel tell you the position of the caller at the other end? Is it smart enough to tell me that the caller is calling either from his bathroom or is he actually on roming with his GF as he is NOT claiming?


It can tell you description about the caller – which a simple, basic phone can also do. But this smart phone can’t tell about the mood of the caller. For example, you are prepared to have a romantic chat with your fiancĂ© or want to have a lovely conversation with your boss in the morning, but eventually you ended up receiving endless nags & brags. And you say your phone is smart! Huh!


Can this smart phone – or any smart phone if that matters - tell you “Brother, you are going to misplace me right now, so be cautious” No! And it isn’t any smart either to tell its own location if you misplace it somewhere and desperately searchig for it.


OK, when it get lost, it can lock & encrypt sensitive data so that no one can use it. And it has mobile tracker. But if some one stole it for forensic analysis – e.g. your fiancĂ© – then can it destroy itself with all its sensitive data?


Agreed, Tata DOCOMO OneTouch Net Phone can do host of work that include entertaining you with audio-video, games, help you in your office work, can automatically order pizza… etc. But, is it smart enough to turn pages of news paper that you are reading right now? It can not prepare steaming hot coffee for you either.

Are you still going to buy Tata DOCOMO OneTouch Net Phone?
(picture courtesy - Gizmodo)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How to connect to Internet through Nokia CDMA phones in Windows 7?

For Net connections, Nokia PC / Nokia Ovi suit isn’t working in Windows 7 for CDMA phones. Nokia had stopped support/update for their CDMA phones.

So, how would you connect to Internet through your Nokia CDMA phones?

It is assumed that you have CDMA Phone with standard Bluetooth Modem - such as Nokia 6275i

Insure that your phone's bluetooth is on, and your computer has bluetooth support, enabled.

In Windows 7, Go to control panel, click on connect to internet, and then from there, create a new connection Say, Reliance (for Reliance India Network) with

standard settings - such as "username" and "password" as your "Mobile phone number" and Dialing Number #777.

 nokia cdma connection setting

1 - Right click on Bluetooth Devices.

2 - Go to modem settings

3 - In modem tabs, you will see many modems here. Click on standard modem over Bluetooth link.

4 - Click on properties.

5 - In  new window that appears, click on Change settings.

nokia cdma windows 7 connection setting

6 - Again a new window will appear, where you will find Extra initialization command - +CGDCONT=,,"#777". Delete

this, then click OK , Apply and you are done setting part. Now, to connect to internet through your mobile,

7 – On system tray’s Bluetooth Devices, right click on your mobile phone, then click on  Dial up networking > Reliance. It will

connect to internet instantly provided you accept this connection in your Phone.

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How to connect to Internet through BSNL EVDO card in Linux

BSNL EV-DO card provides broadband (144 Kbps – 2 Mbps – averaging about 500 Kbps) on the go, with limited roaming. It works well in Windows XP environment. There is Dialer application provided with EVDO for Windows.
What about Linux? Here is no nonsense guide to connect to internet in Linux through EVDO card. In Ubuntu 32/64 bit Linux machine, running this device is pretty much straight forward. Here is how you can install and run BSNL evdo card in your Linux machine:  (though you can do this with dozens of different methods with equal number of tools – classic Linux style!) 
1 – install kppp if you don't already have. Skip to section 2 if you already have kppp. Connect to Internet with some alternative method, and then use following command to install kppp in Ubuntu:
# apt-get install kppp
2 - Now, run kppp by giving command:
# kppp

On the kppp window that appears, click on Configure, then click on Accounts tab that appears. Click on New, and then provide connection name such as BSNL, and in telephone number, fill #777. Click OK. Further, click on Modem tab and then click on New. Give it a name such as evdo, then onModem Device dropdown menu, select /dev/ttyUSB0. Click OK twice to save setting. Finally, click on Connect button on KPPP main window. And, Bingo! Your evdo device connects to internet instantly.
Except KPPP installation, the method given above will work well in all  major latest Linux Distributions such as Fedora, Mandrive, SUSE etc.

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