Friday, October 17, 2008

Take Screenshots on your symbian phone

Screenshot is a simple symbian application which allows you to take screenshots of your mobile screen. You can take screenshots of games, menu, standby etc and almost anything that appears on the screen Screen shot allows you to save the image file in jpg, bmp ,mbm amd png formats
It also has provisions to save in any image quality

You can also set shortcut key and memory location

Here are some sample screen shots

download screen shot for version 2 symbian( N70,6600, sony ericsson etc) here
download screenshot for version 3 symbain ( N73, N95,N78 etc) here
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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Buying Second Hand Mobile Phones

Buying Second Hand Mobile Phones is the most cheapest way to adapt to the technology of the yesteryear. It allows people with a lower cash budget, especially college students, to buy phones which usually costs a fortune. It also facilitates easier method to change phone models. Second hand phone market has been booming equally as the mobile market and hence there are high chances that you could end up buying a faulty phone. Follow these simple guidlines and make sure you dont get fooled.

  • Buy well established models of trusted brands ( like Sony Ericcson,Nokia, Samsung, Motorola etc) only. Check out with friends having these models you shortlisted
  • Never buy outdated models( eg. VGA cams, low pixel screen etc)
  • Prefer not to buy phones over 3 years old as they have greater chances of a higher radiation level (SAR),slower interface or duplicate battery replacements
  • Look for phones with genuine Accesories ( charger , datacable etc) or package box. If no box or accessories ask for a bill. The phone may be a stolen piece and may later cause you problems.
  • Preferably buy phones under warranty. They might cost extra, but are worth it
  • Check all external buttons like keypad, side function buttons, camera keys, shutter, memory card slot etc
  • Check all basic functionalities of the phone like call, sms, gprs. Buy if only satisfied.
  • Lastly ask dealer to remove the phones casing. If you can see any wires or fresh soldering the phone is surely an adjustment and is repaired.

If you are satisfied with the phone after following the above guidelines, be sure you have struck a good deal

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Virus affected phone?? cleanse in simple steps

Newer generation mobile phones especially symbian phones have been recently targeted by several viruses like comwarrior. Viruses usually spread through unsecure bluetooth or mms connections. They also spread when an infected memory card is inserted on a phone.A Typical phone virus usually sends sms from your phone or switches on Bluetooth even when it is OFF in menu or drains up Battery charge quickly by running some background applications. Here are some of the basic guidelines to virus free your phone (includes formatting)

  • Back up all your phone contacts, messages etc using default methods to a system.
  • Remove memory card/stick
  • Format the memory card using a card reader saperately. This prevents the virus from reentering the memory card after format
  • Restore factory settings of phone or format phone memory. Use code *#7730 for Nokia Read more
  • Secure the Bluetooth of your phone to avoid further infection Read more
  • Insert memory card back and avoid using phones in mass storage mode when connected to unverified systems
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Proxy settings for Nokia Java Phones

In Nokia Java Phones Series40 OS (v2 & v3), Nokia has removed the ability to specify a proxy server associated with an access point. Therefore, those with WAP network plans (such as Airtel live users) are unable to use JAVA programs that require internet access (such as Opera Mini, Google Maps,Teashark etc).However, Nokia does allow users to create a provisioning document which allows users to make their Java phones compatible with such network. This document, created in wbxml, specifies an access point along with a proxy. The S40 phone recognizes the configuration settings in the document and allows the JAVA midlet to use those instead, thereby allowing the midlet to access the proxy.
Here are some provisioning(.prov) settings for different networks
To install these provisional settings

  • Download the file from below link of corresponding network
  • Recognize the required proxy for your region
  • Send the corresponding .prov file as a message. The file must come in inbox to be recognised. You can send over bluetooth or use bluesoleil send files option. copy pasting will not work
  • Save the configuration settings received
  • Go to Configuration settings menu
  • Make the recieved settings as default for all applications
  • Now you can use 3rd party Java applets like Teashark or Opera Mini to acess the internet

for Airtel india users download here

for CellOne india users download here

for non indian users download here

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Securing a Bluetooth Phone

Bluetooth is a short ranged, wireless connectivity method over which one can transfer files,audio etc. But recently bluetooth is being used for malicious purposes like data and image theft.Unsecured Bluetooth can also pave way for easier virus attacks especially comwarrior. Here are some guidelines to secure the Bluetooth functionality of your phone

  • Never keep the Bluetooth ON. This could make you easily vulnerable to bluetooth hacks and virus attacks. It would also drain your battery away
  • If you want to keep your bluetooth ON for some reason (eg. bluetooth headset), Keep it in hidden mode. ( disable 'shown to all' feature).Pair your headset, It will show up even if hidden
  • Never Pair with unknown devices.
  • Never allow authorised access to any of the paired devices.(Disable authorised acess feature)

To check your Bluetooth device address type *#2820# in standby screen.

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Enabling Auto keypad lock for symbian phones

Auto keypad lock is a feature in almost all mobile phones in which the phone keypad gets locked automatically after a pre defined time period.Auto lock is a handy feature as it prevents unneccessary calls by mistake. But unfortunately Nokia's Symbian Series phones like N70,N73etc lack this feature. Here are some steps to enable this feature on your symbian phone

Auto lock can be enabled by using an addon called autolock.sis
This add on facilitates the autolock feature in a predefined time interval
Even though there are several autolock addons like Jlock, Psiloc lock, M lock etc. I prefer autolock as it is free, small and does not appear as a background application

Download autolock from here
Install it to your phone via pc
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Hiding files on your mobile phone using F Explorer in Symbian Phones

F Explorer is a disc explorer utility for symbian phones(Similar to Windows explorer on a computer). In Symbian phones with dynamic gallery, all gallery files are listed under the class or type reardless of wherever you store the file. Hence all image files come under Images, Video files under video etcSo even hidden images like album art etc are shown and you cannot hide any of the images stored in the normal folders
F Explorer provides a unique way for hiding files of your choice.
Unlike default phone explorers F Explorer displays the system folder. You will find many system files and folders here. Create a folder under this folder. Store all files you want hidden in this folder.The gallery cannot index these files and as a result they are not shown in gallery.

NOTE:files hidden can be viewed by programs like real player, divx player, image browser etc. So clear recent files after viewing.
NOTE2: Never alter any system files as this may affect the proper functioning of your phone

Download FExplorer 1.17 here
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Checking Functions ( Test Menu) in a Sony Ericsson Mobile Phone

It is a tedious process to check all functions in a phone, especially when buying one from a second hand market.Sony Ericsson has implemented an application in all its mobiles having Joystick navigation to check all the features under a single menuThis feature can be accessed by typing the below code in stand by menu

Code: RJ,*,LJ,LJ,*,LJ,*

RJ is Right Joystick key
LJ is Left Joystick key

You can check several functions like vibration,call, camera(if present),display etc.
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