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    Here is a Draft of a FAQ (Sticky please)

    Draft FAQ of PPC-6601/PPC-6600/XV6600/XDA-III/SX66

    If people reply suggestions or corrections I can try to keep up with editing for bit. Can't commit how long.

    What speed should I expect?

    -- Note: Depends on Network congestion and signal strength.

    -- GSM GPRS (T-Mobile/Cingular) 40-80Kb
    -- GSM GPRS w/ EDGE Not Supported.
    -- GSM UMTS Not Supported
    -- CDMA 1xRTT (Sprint) 80Kb-200Kb
    -- CDMA EVDO (Verizon in 13 test Market areas only) 200Kb-500Kb

    How much is Data Unlimited?

    -- Sprint $10-$30 depending on what you need and who you talk to
    -- Verizon $45 (Trial Testing $15 plan on a different phone)
    -- Cingular $20
    -- T-Mobile $20

    Who carries the phone and what models are there?

    -- Sprint PPC-6601 CDMA no WIFI no camera
    -- Sprint PPC-6600 CDMA no WIFI with camera
    -- Verizon XV6600woc CDMA no WIFI no camera
    -- Cingular SX66 GSM WIFI with Camera
    -- T-Mobile XDA-III (Europe) GSM WIFI with Camera
    -- Unlocked GSM i-mate PDA2K (most seem to use T-Mobile) WiFi with Camera
    -- Unlocked CDMA i-mate PDA2K with Camera no WiFi
    ---- Available from http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/mob...hones_id=31528

    How do I set up Dialup Networking of Laptop over USB?

    -- PPC-6601 See Laptop Networking Success !!!
    -- XV6600 See Finally Got 6600 Working as USB Modem

    How do I set up Dialup Networking of Laptop over Bluetooth?

    -- See Links under Dialup Networking for USB too, some info applies.
    -- PPC-6601: You must apply a one of the patches first.
    -- VZ6600: No Patches needed
    -- For MAC See Mac Bluetooth Tethering: Breakthrough

    -- 1) Establish a bluetooth link with your PC for ActiveSync
    -- 2) Once that happens the PC should detect a bluetooth Modem
    -- 3) Goto to NetWork Connections.
    -- 4) Create New Connection
    -- 5) Choose the Bluetooth Modem
    -- 6) Skip User Name and Password
    -- 7) Use phone #777
    -- 8) Connect
    -- 9) Phone (by default) should prompt for permission
    -- 10) Choose Accept.

    How do I reestablish ActiveSync over Bluetooth (Assuming XP w/SP2) ?

    -- 1) Go into ActiveSync and Delete all Partnerships (with everything disconnected)
    -- 2) Sometimes it's easier to Establish a new PartnerShip over USB first (but not required).
    -- 3) Delete all PDA Devices in Bluetooth Manager on PC
    -- 4) Delete all Bluetooth COM Ports and Modems in Device Manager and Reboot PC (View Hidden Devices too see them) [this step not always required]
    -- 5) Make sure PPC can be discovered
    ---- i) Click BT Manager Icon on PPC
    ---- ii) Choose Settings
    ---- iii) Choose Accessability Tab
    ---- iiii) Make sure all 3 CheckBoxes are Enabled
    -- 6) Add new Bluetooth Device on PC
    ---- i) Double Click Manager Icon
    ---- ii) Choose Devices Tab
    ---- iii) Click Add... button
    -- 7) On PC verify Bluetooth discovery is On.
    ---- i) Double Click Manager Icon
    ---- ii) Choose Options Tab
    ---- iii) Verify Turn on Discovery Check Box is enabled
    -- 8) It will prompt for Key, Enter a Key.
    -- 9) PPC will prompt for this Key, Enter the Key.
    -- 10) Note the incomming COM Port listed on PC (Nothing over COM9 is allowed for ActiveSync)
    -- 11) Set Active Sync to Listen on that COM port (in Connection Settings).
    -- 12) Now Shutdown PC (Off) and Reboot PPC [this step not always required]
    -- 13) Start PC (I found I had to do this a number of times bug somewhere)
    -- 14) Goto to Bluetooth Manager on PPC
    -- 15) Choose New -> ActiveSync Profile -> Next -> Next
    -- 16) Should Show PC
    -- 17) Click it to make it connect
    -- 18) Laptop should prompt for new PartnerShip (unless you did USB already)
    -- 19) Done

    What cases exist?

    -- See Cases for 660x...
    -- See I-Mate PDA2K Case

    -- EB case http://www.ebcases.com/Detail.bok?no...gory=i-mate+2K

    -- Krussell http://www.executivepda.com/s.nl/sc....t.A/id.1489/.f
    -- Krussell http://www.krusell.se/product.php?s=2&product=1816

    -- Krussell (Generic) Horizontal http://www.krusell.se/product.php?pr...=2&product=711

    -- Nutshell http://gallery.bcentral.com/GID12687...elt-Pouch.aspx

    -- Piel Frama http://www.executivepda.com/s.nl/cat...t.A/id.1445/.f

    -- eXpansys pouch http://www.expansys.com.cy/product.a...rce=I-MATE_III

    -- Covertec http://www.impactwireless.ca/accesso...s.aspx?id=1079

    -- Aluminum Book http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05...975&t_mode=des

    -- Aluminum Flip http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05...978&t_mode=des

    -- "Brando" case - plastic "brando like" case

    -- Note on Aluminum cases: even ones with clear opening for screen, cause signal falloff of about 6 dBm
    ---- which is a reduction to about 25% of ambient signal (each 3 dBm is 50% loss)

    XV6600 How can I see more detailed signal strength?

    -- In the Windows directory you will find a listing for 'fieldtrial.exe'
    -- open it when the phone is on, and you will see field strength of your provider's signal and other data instantly updated.
    -- Note: 'fieldtrial.exe' may be hidden and require a tool like resco file explorer to view it

    XV6600 How can I use the buttons to toggle phone on and off?

    -- The only way to turn the phone on and off is by pressing the icon for the signal strength (the bars) and then selecting "Flight Mode".
    -- This will work for on or off. If you want this to be toggled by the Phone Off button, see: Easy toggle for Phone Flight Mode (to turn phone on and off)
    -- VC 1.5 can toggle flight mode with a voice command

    Is an XDA-II Accessory safe to use?

    -- See Expansys PDA2k cables not the same
    -- See Accessories below.

    What is the "Dreaded Sound/Modem Beep" during a voice call all about?

    -- New ROM for PPC-6601 appears to solve this problem.

    What kind of battery life should I expect?

    -- It varies a lot. It seems to improve over time. Most people get by. Expect to full charge every night.
    -- Tips:
    -- 1) Cut back screen brightness on battery. The default setting is pretty bright and chews up battery.
    -- 2) Keep bluetooth off if not needed. It has been known to turn device on randomly. Don't know if Verizon patch fixes this.
    -- 3) Shut off IR is not used.
    -- 4) Keep minimal timeout.
    -- 5) Watch out for data applications (e.g. IM, email) that pole frequently.

    Can I get an Extended Battery?

    -- HTC (Manufacturer) says no plans.
    -- For 3rd Party See Just Released - 2000mAh Mugen Power Battery
    -- Note as of Feb 27 2005 the 3rd Party Extended battery had issues (poor fit) for some users, which caused problems.

    Where is best source of accessories?

    -- Many venders are are not selling the correct accessories for this phone, a good source is your carrier.
    -- Or even better get the right stuff for the right price and support this site
    ---- See pdaphonehome shop http://www.pdaphone.com/shop/index.p...id=49&subid=42

    How can I shut the Data Connection down?

    -- See Turning Off Vision Connection
    -- See Instructions for installing the "DISCONNECT Button" for PCS Vision DATA!!
    -- By default holding the End call button on VX6600 with terminate data connection. To get this behavior on other phones:
    ---- i) You must have a registry editor like RESCO
    ---- ii) Search for flightmodeswitchbypnhendkey
    ---- iii) 1 means the end button puts you in flight mode. 0 means it shuts off the data connection. (credit to Ehud).

    Which Bluetooth headsets work?

    -- See first page of this thread Which head sets work with ROM 3500

    Why is my screen keep turning on by itself?

    -- Most agree the most common cause is Bluetooth being on (and likely a bug that will get fixed).
    -- Next most common reason is an application waking up doing its thing.
    -- Patches fix the Bluetooth issue.

    Can USB Charge the phone?

    -- Yes !!
    -- In a pinch you can split your kit up and use the Cradle at work to Charge and Sync.
    -- Then keep the A/C Adapter with Dongle at home. And use Bluetooth to Sync at Home. Or some other combo.
    -- The power-plug is however used to charge a second battery in the cradle if you have one.
    -- Be aware some USB ports are weak on current and you might overload it.

    Which patch do I use?

    -- See first page of this thread Summary of ROMs and patches

    Why no WIFI on the CDMA models?

    -- It is believed CDMA radio is larger and uses more power.
    -- Wifi sucks battery down real fast too.
    -- CDMA (EVDO) also can run at 500mb over cellular airwaves without the Wifi HotSpot charges.
    -- So there is less need for WIFI in the CDMA phone.
    -- Some believe it's to sell more Cellular based Data Minutes.

    Why no Camera on some models?

    -- It is believed that there is a class of business customers that prefer not have the camera based phone due to policies involved with their work.
    -- Companies that involve Government, Military, Classified, Intellectual Property etc. ban cameras and therefore take their phone and PDA away.

    How do I enable the Speaker Phone?

    -- To enable or disable hold green Talk button for 5 seconds or so during the call.

    Why is my phone slowing down and acting weird?

    -- You may have excessive Duplicate Event Notifications built up
    -- For a fix see http://scarybearsoftware.com/ppc_cn_overview.html
    -- For discussion see Please run Check Notifications on your 2003SE device and post here.

    What are the special programming codes?

    -- You Dial these codes in the phone application
    -- See PPC6601 Programming Codes

    How can I dial phone numbers that prompt for more touch tones automatically from my Conact?

    -- See Pasting Conference Bridge Numbers Into The Dialer

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    Re: Here is a Draft of a FAQ (Sticky please)

    Originally posted by mswlogo

    Verizon XV6600 CDMA no WIFI no camera
    Should that read "XV6600woc"? Being that we don't know what Verizon will call the camera verion?

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    Originally posted by mswlogo
    Comments?
    It is looking great.

    It doesn't look like there are any plans for a VZN with camera.

    Also, What are you talking about with the BT headsets when you say with w/o VZN patch? What is the VZN patch? Do I need to get it somewhere? What does it do?

    It looks like no BT headset really works with these phones.

    Just my thoughts from reading the FAQ. I could be way off, so please clarify for me.

    Thanks.

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    I talk about the the "Verizon Patch" earlier in the FAQ.

    "How do I apply the Verizon Bluetooth patch (hack) to the Sprint (or other earlier released phone) and what does it fix?"

    The HBH-300 and 600 are the only headsets I see claims of working with no claims of problems.

    One person said the patch fixed his headset issues but I don't think he mentioned which one he had.

    I'm optimistic that the patch will help the headsets with mixed results.

    For a headset to be claimed as working it should not get static or disconnect in the middle of call.

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    I am thinking about it... I'm concerned that you lump all of the XDA III products (including the GSM versions) into one FAQ when there are some differences to take into account.
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    I am pretty sure the Cingular version is without a camera.
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    "lumping" it all together and organizing it is one of major reasons I did it. A lot of new folks are confused. Like I want wifi, but they don't realize they have to drop evdo. Let's see how it goes. I think there is more in common than there is not.

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    Originally posted by mswlogo
    Posted via 1xRtt. at 75mph with wife driving Something H6315 could never do
    Of course not... the h6315 uses GPRS, not 1xRTT!
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    Originally posted by mswlogo
    2nd plea for Sticky.
    OK, done! I edited the title to reflect the current status and make you the (un)official updater of FAQs that come along. Enjoy!
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    I still don't understand the VZN patch. Is this already on the XV6600? Is it for Sprint phones only? Are these FAQs for Sprint PCS phones only?

    It seems many of the issues addressed are geared to the Sprint line.

    Bottom line. If I have the VZN phone, do I need to find the VZN Patch to install, or is it already on the phone?

    Thank you.

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    If you have the Verizon phone you do not need the patch. The patch was derived from a Verizon phone and applied to any ealier CDMA released phone (namely the Sprint PPC-6601).

    The FAQ does lean towards Sprint at the moment. Because the phone has been around longer and more quirks have been learned about it and discussed.

    However, there is a newer patch that I just posted. That could apply to all current CDMA phones (including Verizon). But it is not tested much yet and we don't know if it is any improvement over what Verizion or Sprint phones patched with Verizon gives.

    Also note, this is all unofficial hackery.

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    where is the newer patch mentioned above? What kind of patch is it? What does it do? Is it for BT only? BT headsets? Does it fix any other issues with the phones? Thank you.

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    How can I get the Verizon phone?

    I am one of those people who are just about ready to switch to Sprint, but I have 5 lines and can't change them all at once. The one thing that would keep me with Verizon is being able to buy a decent Blue Tooth phone (that is DECENT, not the V710), now. But none of the stores have even heard of the XV6600. I can't find anything on the Verizon web site either.
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    If you want a Verizon phone check this thread Can get you a 6600 on Verizon Today!

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    GadgetLuvR,

    I think the FAQ has some summary details. It's complicated and the jury is still out on many patches.

    Depends on which phone you have.

    The ZIP patch that copies XV6600 Bluettoth stack to PPC-6601 has had the most success.

    The rest I'm not sure about yet.

    You need to be pepared for hard resets (without complaints) if you want to experiment with patches.

    No risk no reward though

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    Re: Re: Here is a Draft of a FAQ (Sticky please)

    Originally posted by cougargt
    Should that read "XV6600woc"? Being that we don't know what Verizon will call the camera verion?
    It stands to reason that Verizon will call the "with camera version" the XV6600wc.
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    Is there any idea as to when the Sprint 6600 will release?

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    See the Long thread on this. jan 25 - Feb 05 is the latest word.

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    the sprint store guy told me that sprints version thats out right now is the naked business version...no surprise there.however,he also said they would be mass producing in late january.that version would be equipped with a camera and MAYBE wi-fi.i heard this from 3 different sprint people.Has anybody heard anything like this

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    Camera yes. Wifi no.

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