I've swapped my XT Network SIM card from my handset to the Sierra Wireless 885 USB Modem. No CD in the box - the software is automatically installed from the USB device, which can also be used as a media card reader. The software announced a firmware update was available and I let it do the update.
No problems at installing on Windows 7 RC 64 bit - so I guess it should work well with all other previous versions of Windows - and Mac OS X software is on the USB memory too...
After this I clocked the performance on this device. So here is the user interface and the speed test results:
I have now received an Acer F900 Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen), swapped the SIM card, and got 100% faster mobile data traffic:
The XT Network is shapping up to be a good thing...
Yes, I know what you will say: Daniel Boone never looked like that, an invention of TV. But it's all fun and games folks - I am joined by Kiwiblog's David Farrar, Public Address's Russell Brown and Scoop's Alastair Thompson as one of the "Powershop Pioneers", part of a promotional campaign.
I think I qualify as a Powershop Pioneer, since I've switched my electricity to Powershop even before they went public, as part of their beta test.
Anyway, the biggest part of this promotion is that consumers joining the Powershop Pioneers are in to win NZ$ 1,000 of electricity at the end of May 2009. We already had two prize draws, so now is your chance to join the revolution and become a pioneer yourself.
What to do with the old phones? Recycle them. Better still, send those old handsets to the Starship Childrens Hospital, where they will be sorted out, reused or recycled as required.
Not bad for a test with no preparation (programs running in background, VPN active, etc). Also note this is not the XT Network max speed but indeed the device's max speed.
More testing to come, but so far so good...
To be in to win just post a comment here about who you would nominate for I.T. Rockstar or who of the I.T. Rockstar nominees would get your vote and I will draw a few names from here and Twitter next Monday 11th May in the evening.
I have been running it for a while and here are some screenshots:
The application provides all the functionality you expect from a Facebook client, and the most interesting bit is the ability to upload videos directly from your Windows Mobile device.
Facebook client for Windows Mobile phones runs on Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen) and Windows Mobile Standard (non-touchscreen).
At the end the companies decided to settle and issued a press release about the topic. Telecom has agreed to extend the program to deploy filters on their network to prevent further interference, at the same time delaying the launch of XT Network to the end of May 2009.
Vodafone agreed to drop the case.
Looking at this it seems (at least until about April 2009) people searched more for "Telecom" than "Vodafone". Sign of popularity?
This document lists all the points Vodafone New Zealand makes on its case against Telecom New Zealand.
The hearing is set for this Wednesday 6th May 10am in the Auckland High Court.
Note this is what Vodafone claims. We still have to see what is Telecom's answer - and any findings by experts...