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# 19405 15-Feb-2008 15:10
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Hi All

I have just had a quick look at the new OKTA Mondo and discovered (might be old news to some of you) that it is actually a AMOI V870 under the fancy OKTA badge. A quick search on this model brings up some overseas webpages indicating this handset features a sGPS receiver.

After installing the bundled CD my system now features a new NMEA COM port called "AMOI NMEA Device", however try as I might I cannot get any information out of this COM port. Does anyone know if this feature has been removed/cripled by Telecom or perhaps provide me with some suggestions on how I could further test this (I am relatively new to GPS)?.


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Wannabe Geek

  # 111567 19-Feb-2008 13:13
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Assuming you have XP installed on your machine?

Turns out it doesnt like Vista... Can't find the drivers for it... Getting very irritated...

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# 111573 19-Feb-2008 13:38
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Turns out it doesnt like Vista... Can't find the drivers for it... Getting very irritated...

Correct, Vista is not supported.



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Wannabe Geek

  # 111594 19-Feb-2008 14:31
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Really nice of Telecom to tell me, (on page 81 of the manual!) so the box is open, and the phone is charged...

Are they going to release support for this at any stage?

Man, are they gonna get an earful if I cant get it going, and then also cant return it...

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  # 111618 19-Feb-2008 15:59
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Does this thing even run Windows Mobile? I couldnt find any info on the operating system.

Regardless, I doubt whether the GPS is a real GPS device. Its most likley a network assisted GPS (aka aGPS) which means that only the operator can get the location. Pretty much all CDMA phones in the US have this kind of GPS in them nowadays (its sometimes called E911 emergency location).

They are not accessible by 3rd party software from my experiences.

FYI go look at the specs of the old HTC/Telecom Harrier which also sports a "GPS".


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Master Geek

  # 111621 19-Feb-2008 16:08
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I assumed also because it is in the "OKTA" range and it synced with Outlook it was also a Windows Mobile device like the rest of the OKTA range so far.

Look at the OKTA Agent, with the recent price drop to $399 it’s not a bad deal for a Win Mob device to sync with Outlook.
But if you need "WorldMode" the Samsung w531 is still a good option.

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# 111646 19-Feb-2008 18:21
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Amoi NMEA? I got an OKAT NMEA, yes that was O KAT, not OKTA, maybe you have different drivers?
It's just a basic worldmode capable phone from what I could figure out. I know nothing much more about it except we could not get the wireless modem function to work but I was probably playing around too much. (I'm out of the "loop" nowadays)
It seems to be a rather basic functionality phone.

The agent at $399 is a fantastic buy! Not something that is quite "me" but a great deal netherless..


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  # 112131 21-Feb-2008 20:01
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I heard the same information from a Telecom tech.  It is definitely an Amoi V870 in a different guise.

After having THREE Samsung A900 Blades die on me all within 6 months with weak/ broken TX, I have just swapped it for a Mondo.

The first Mondo I had failed to register.  Troubleshooting the issue led to the discovery that the ESN was not as per the stated code on the phone.  Rather, the ESN was all zero's and had not been programmed at the factory.  I got a new Mondo and this was one fine.

The main reason for me buying a Mondo is the ability to switch between CDMA and GSM.  It comes with a Telecom SIM, but I hope to unlock it at a later date and use a SIM of choice.

First impressions?  It looks quite robust and has a rubberised finish which will help reduces scratches.  It doesn't have the nice menu of a Nokia or the screen quality of my Blade, but it seems relatively easy to use if a bit clunky.  I don't buy phones for cameras, bluetooth, music playing ability, games etc.  I use them as telephones and for texting.  The vibrate function is a bit puny; I cannot feel it buzz easily in my trouser pocket, but what is not puny is the speakers which are very loud.  It come with some nifty PCsync software which works well.  Unfortunately, it refused to load on my work PC as the anti virus claimed that the bundled CD was infected with the W32/Fujacks trojan.  My home PC running the latest Trend AV did not complain and it loaded fine.  Be aware of that though.

So far so good; it does what it is meant to do.  My Blade was a nice looking and feeling phone, but the reliability was just woeful.  I hope the Mondo does better in this department.

I will keep you posted how it goes.  I am interested to hear from other Mondo users on their impressions.

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Master Geek

  # 112304 22-Feb-2008 14:54
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The device does support true GPS ( NMEA) hence the info on the web and the com port support , however the Telecom ones for sale have had the GPS chip removed ,   i suspect to reduce cost

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  # 112344 22-Feb-2008 18:04
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The OKTA MONDO doesn't have GPS installed, but this is definately for the better, as word is the GPS does not play nice with Qualcomm MSM6500 chipset...better to be safe than lost!

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