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Locks on Vodafone 1210 Windows Mobile Smartphone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Mar-2007 10:14

There we go again... I just got hold of a Vodafone 1210 Windows Mobile Smartphone to test, and the device is application locked, like most Windows Mobile Smartphones.

It means I can't install my self-issued Root Certificate, which I need to synchronise the device to my Exchange server.

I know i-mate will supply a signed certificate loader program for their Smartphones. I've asked Vodafone for something similar.


In the meantime, I have successfully used the hack that unlocks the Windows Mobile SDA and installed my certificate. The hack is a signed registry editor (so that I can change some security policies), and a PC tools that "unlocks" the device. Google it and you will find more information.

It's a shame manufacturers and operators can't get this right. It's a great security feature, but why is it possible to install a Root Certificate on Windows Mobile Pocket PC, but Windows Mobile Smartphone is so locked down? I know a few organisations that actually issue their own Root Certificates. I hope Vodafone comes back to me with a proper signed certificate loader program.

Ooops. Better stop complaining, or Pocket PCs will be locked down too.




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