I was told one of the funniest Pocket PC related stories this week, while having a coffee at Astoria Cafe. Darryl Burling, another Microsoft MVP Mobile Devices here in Wellington was telling me how he received a phantom invitation to a meeting, created by someone’s Pocket PC. Apparently the Pocket PC came alive inside a bag, created the invitation (to four meeting attendees!) and being a Pocket PC Phone Edition, immediately connected to an e-mail server and sent it out. Read more on Darryl’s blog.
Another funny story: this week I’ve put my hands on a brand new Windows Mobile Smartphone, the Motorola MPx220. This Smartphone is really nice, and a review will come soon. The funny thing is that this phone arrived here in New Zealand almost three weeks ago. Soon after its arrival in Auckland, DHL called me to say there was a small problem: the NZ Customs Services would not release the phone until a new, correct invoice was presented, or a good explanation given. What happened is that the attached invoice was for 350 phones, with a total of US$122,500! No wonder The Crown wanted to charge import tax on this.
Last interesting bit: why so many website owners think they can publish old news as fresh stuff? This week I’ve noticed a website talking about a new Pocket PC Phone Edition (CDMA version), and soon after I saw a couple of other sites replicating the “news”. After a little investigation (which was no more than a couple of minutes), I found the “new” Pocket PC was actually announced by this Chinese company in late 2003, with expected shipping in March 2004. I guess most readers don’t follow the news that closely, and “anything for more page views” is the policy in some sites.