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I’m still busy, busy, but at least now you’ll all know one of the items I was working on this morning. We just got direct word that T-Mobile Dash customers can upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 tomorrow, May 4th, at this link. HTC was kind enough […]

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I’m still busy, busy, but at least now you’ll all know one of the items I was working on this morning. We just got direct word that T-Mobile Dash customers can upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 tomorrow, May 4th, at this link. HTC was kind enough for us to get the upgrade a day early and the install process worked flawlessly; it only took about 10 minutes. The ROM flash will wipe out all of your data, installed apps & contacts, so be forewarned. Once I had the upgrade completed, I set my Dash up for Exchange synching and had my mail, contacts, appointments and tasks in just a few minutes. Oh and it’s soooo nice to see Microsoft Voice Command in there. ;)

More observations to follow as we get more hands-on time with the upgrade on the Dash; the full press-release follows.

T-Mobile Dash First in U.S. to Offer Windows Mobile 6

Customers offered enhanced functionality and flexibility through a free download

BELLEVUE, Wash. – May 3, 2007 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that 
T-Mobile DashTM customers will be the first in the U.S. to download and experience the
benefits of the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software. Starting tomorrow, May 4, 
T-Mobile Dash customers can upgrade from Windows Mobile 5.0 to Windows Mobile 6
via a free desktop download available directly from T-Mobile.

Designed by HTC and available exclusively from T-Mobile, the T-Mobile Dash is the
first device in the U.S. to be powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6, offering faster
access to contacts; the ability to view and edit Microsoft Office documents; even richer
Web, e-mail and messaging experiences; and access to Microsoft Windows Live for
Windows Mobile — a set of Windows Live services — uniquely designed to work with
Windows Mobile-powered devices, such as the T-Mobile Dash. 
“T-Mobile is focused on finding new and richer ways to help our customers stay
connected to the people that matter most,” said Leslie Grandy, vice president, product
development, T-Mobile USA. “As the first company in the U.S. to offer the increased
functionality of Microsoft Windows Mobile 6, T-Mobile continues to build on the
already great communication experience for T-Mobile Dash customers and our promise
to help people ‘Stick Together.’”
“The T-Mobile Dash provides the perfect combination of a thin design, dynamic wireless
connectivity and, with Windows Mobile 6, the most powerful mobile software,” said
Todd Achilles, vice president of HTC America. “We are pleased to be offering customers
this upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.”
The T-Mobile Dash provides quick and convenient access to personal and professional 
e-mail, and all four major instant messaging providers — AOL®, Yahoo!®, Windows
Live Messenger and ICQ*. With the addition of Windows Mobile 6, customers now have
the ability to view e-mail messages in their original rich HTML format with live links to
Web sites, which means text and images are displayed as they would be on a PC, whether
from a Web-based account such as Windows Live Hotmail or from a myriad of other
popular service providers. 

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T-Mobile Dash First in U.S. to Offer Windows Mobile 6 /page 2

“People want a phone that not only makes it easy to call or message friends and
colleagues, but also provides fast access to the information they need,” said John
O’Rourke, general manager, Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft. “We’re proud
to work with T-Mobile to bring the first Windows Mobile 6 phone to the U.S. market,
helping customers communicate with friends and colleagues through Windows Live
services, e-mail with rich formatting, as well as support and editing for Microsoft Office
documents.”
T-Mobile is providing customers with the entire suite of rich Windows Live Services to
stay connected to those who matter most. Dash customers will enjoy Windows Live
Messenger to chat with more than one person at a time and to express themselves through
emoticons; Windows Live Hotmail that is up-to-date and pushed directly to the device;
all of their contacts in a unified, presence-enabled list; Live Search to quickly and
efficiently search the Web for news, local businesses and entertainment, directions, maps,
images, and more; as well as Windows Live Spaces to access links to friends’ spaces
within contact cards and send photos directly to their space from their mobile device. 
T-Mobile Dash offers the unique myFavesSM experience*, a fun and easy-to-use phone
interface which features images of the five people that matter most as well as unlimited
national calling to those five U.S. phone numbers (excluding toll-free and 900 numbers).
myFaves provides access to a straightforward communications menu for effortless 
e-mail, text and multimedia messaging with just one click. 

The free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade will be available online to T-Mobile Dash
customers beginning May 4 at http://www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade.   

The T-Mobile Dash with Windows Mobile 6 will also be available from T-Mobile retail
stores and online at http://www.t-mobile.com beginning in June. 

* Separate additional charges may apply.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is a member of the T-Mobile
International group, one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications,
and the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. At the end of
December 2006, more than 106 million mobile customers were served by companies of
the Deutsche Telekom group — 25 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common
technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most successful digital wireless
standard.  T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to
connect effortlessly to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies
continue to rank T-Mobile highest, in numerous regions throughout the U.S., in wireless
call quality and wireless customer care. For more information, please visit the company’s
Web site at http://www.t-mobile.com. T-Mobile® is a federally registered trademark of
Deutsche Telekom AG.  Stick together is a service mark of T-Mobile USA, Inc.

About HTC 
Founded in 1997, High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) designs, manufactures and markets
innovative, feature rich smartphone and PDA Phone devices.
Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many
new designs and product innovations, and launched state-of-the-art PDA Phones and
smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. These
machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized for
operator and device partners.

HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The company
is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about
HTC, please visit http://www.htc.com. ;

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

# # #
Contact:
T-Mobile USA Inc.
T-Mobile Media Relations
(425) 378-4002
mediarelations@t-mobile.com

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  1. Frank McPherson Thursday, May 3, 2007

    What was the operating system of the PC you used to perform the upgrade from?

  2. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, May 3, 2007

    Ubuntu…no just kidding. ;) I used the Windows XP partition of my Samsung Q1P to perform the upgrade via USB cable.

  3. Aaron Walker Thursday, May 3, 2007

    Kevin, don’t forget to post some of your thoughts and observations on Ubuntu for the readers who are curious if it is worth fooling around with.

  4. James Kendrick Thursday, May 3, 2007

    Frank, I installed it from Vista. Only one minor issue, I had to restart the upgrade from Vista once and it completed fine. I am loving WM6 on the Dash so far, it is definitely faster. Also upon first boot the Dash had 15 MB of program memory free, more than it ever had.

    eReader Pro for Smartphones runs fine under WM6, so does MS Deepfish.

  5. It is exciting to see WM6 on your new dash T-Mobile. However, when I read the good stuffs about WM6, WM5 already have all its features. Is there a point to upgrade? Or if it does, can you give us your persnal opinion to the new features?

  6. Kevin C. Tofel Friday, May 4, 2007

    Willy, we cover the Dash upgrade and its benefits / features in the MobileTechRoundup podcast that just went live. Long story short: yes, it’s worth the upgrade!

  7. That link sents me to a MDA upgrade. I can’t find the Dash upgrade on the t-mobile site.

  8. Kevin C. Tofel Friday, May 4, 2007

    That’s their main upgrade page; looks like they haven’t posted the upgrade link just yet.

  9. having the dash since may 2007.Probems receiving e-mail from company server finally solved. But I can’t send anything. Upgraded to 6.0. Spent at least 7 hours with t-mobile tech support doing all kinds of gyrations – the thing don’t work. t-mobile unwilling to provide support / help or another device. anyone having comments / can help, please? This was purchased for e-mail to not take laptop everywhere but so far a waste of time and money. Thanks for the help, Klaus

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