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    Hi all,

    I just purcahsed this phone and I was ondering i anyone could tell me if you can have voice dialing? I can not figure how to set it up. I have Sprint as a service provider.

    Thank you
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    You have two main options.

    The first is to use Sprint's Voice Command which costs $5 a month extra and is web based. You have to import your contacts into it (or type them in yourself) and then press * talk to access it.

    The other option (which most of us here use) is microsoft's Voice Command. It costs about $30 (at some web retailers or at Circuit City) and works with the contacts that are all ready on your PDA. It works very well and can be used for other things besides dialing phone numbers. The big drawback is that you can't use it via a bluetooth headset.

    If you do a search here or at www.pdaphonehome.com you can find out more information. Also, www.pdaphonehome.com has a dedicated 660x forum which might help as well.
    Jeff
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    MS Voice Command is a great option and worth the upgrade. It works nearly flawlessly for me right out of the box. NO training needed. You can do everything from initiate a phone call, look up contact information, have it read you your schedule for the day, read the caller ID, announce your appointments, launch programs, etc...
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    This should answer most of your questions.


    PPC-6600/6601/XV6600 FAQ DRAFT
    For updates or corrections post in the FAQ Thread on PDAPHONEHOME.COM

    Table Of Contents
    What speed should I expect?
    How much is unlimited data?
    Who carries the phone and what models are there?
    USB Items
    Can the USB port be used to charge the phone?
    How do I set up Dialup Networking of Laptop over USB?
    BlueTooth Items
    How do I set up Dialup Networking of Laptop over BlueTooth
    How do I use Activesync over Bluetooth?
    Which bluetooth headsets work?
    What cases exist?
    How can I see more detailed signal strength?
    How can I use the buttons to toggle phone on and off?
    Is an XDA-II Accessory safe to use?
    What is the "Dreaded Sound/Modem Beep" during a voice call all about?
    How can I dial phone numbers that prompt for more touch tones automatically from my Contact?
    Battery Items
    What kind of battery life should I expect?
    Are there available extended batteries?
    What is the best source for accessories?
    How can I shut the data connection down?
    Why does my screen keep turning on by itself?
    Patches and Updates
    Which patches should I use?
    Hardware Questions
    Why no WiFi on some models?
    Why no camera on some models?
    How do I enable the speakerphone?
    What are ROMS, Extended ROMs, Flash, Storage, etc.?
    Advanced Topics
    Why is my phone slowing down and acting weird?
    What are the special programming codes?

    Faq Items

    What speed should I expect?

    -- Note: Depends on Network congestion and signal strength.

    -- GSM GPRS (T-Mobile/Cingular) 40-80Kb
    -- GSM GPRS w/ EDGE Not Supported.
    -- GSM UMTS Not Supported
    -- CDMA 1xRTT (Sprint) 80Kb-200Kb
    -- CDMA EVDO (Verizon in 13 test Market areas only) 200Kb-500Kb


    How much is Data Unlimited?

    -- Sprint $10-$30 depending on what you need and who you talk to
    -- Verizon $45 (Trial Testing $15 plan on a different phone)
    -- Cingular $20
    -- T-Mobile $20


    Who carries the phone and what models are there?

    -- Sprint PPC-6601 CDMA no WIFI no camera
    -- Sprint PPC-6600 CDMA no WIFI with camera
    -- Verizon XV6600woc CDMA no WIFI no camera
    -- Cingular SX66 GSM WIFI with Camera
    -- T-Mobile XDA-III (Europe) GSM WIFI with Camera
    -- Unlocked GSM i-mate PDA2K (most seem to use T-Mobile) WiFi with Camera
    -- Unlocked CDMA i-mate PDA2K with Camera no WiFi
    ---- Available from Telstra


    How do I set up Dialup Networking of Laptop over USB?

    -- PPC-6601 See This thread
    -- XV6600 See This thread


    How do I set up Dialup Networking of Laptop over Bluetooth?

    -- See Links under Dialup Networking for USB too, some info applies.
    -- PPC-6601: You must apply a one of the patches first.
    -- VZ6600: No Patches needed
    -- For Macintoshes See This thread

    -- 1) Establish a bluetooth link with your PC for ActiveSync
    -- 2) Once that happens the PC should detect a bluetooth Modem
    -- 3) Goto to NetWork Connections.
    -- 4) Create New Connection
    -- 5) Choose the Bluetooth Modem
    -- 6) Skip User Name and Password
    -- 7) Use phone #777
    -- 8) Connect
    -- 9) Phone (by default) should prompt for permission
    -- 10) Choose Accept.


    How do I reestablish ActiveSync over Bluetooth (Assuming XP w/SP2) ?

    -- 1) Go into ActiveSync and Delete all Partnerships (with everything disconnected)
    -- 2) Sometimes it's easier to Establish a new PartnerShip over USB first (but not required).
    -- 3) Delete all PDA Devices in Bluetooth Manager on PC
    -- 4) Delete all Bluetooth COM Ports and Modems in Device Manager and Reboot PC (View Hidden Devices too see them) [this step not always required]
    -- 5) Make sure PPC can be discovered
    ---- i) Click BT Manager Icon on PPC
    ---- ii) Choose Settings
    ---- iii) Choose Accessability Tab
    ---- iiii) Make sure all 3 CheckBoxes are Enabled
    -- 6) Add new Bluetooth Device on PC
    ---- i) Double Click Manager Icon
    ---- ii) Choose Devices Tab
    ---- iii) Click Add... button
    -- 7) On PC verify Bluetooth discovery is On.
    ---- i) Double Click Manager Icon
    ---- ii) Choose Options Tab
    ---- iii) Verify Turn on Discovery Check Box is enabled
    -- 8) It will prompt for Key, Enter a Key.
    -- 9) PPC will prompt for this Key, Enter the Key.
    -- 10) Note the incomming COM Port listed on PC (Nothing over COM9 is allowed for ActiveSync)
    -- 11) Set Active Sync to Listen on that COM port (in Connection Settings).
    -- 12) Now Shutdown PC (Off) and Reboot PPC [this step not always required]
    -- 13) Start PC (I found I had to do this a number of times bug somewhere)
    -- 14) Goto to Bluetooth Manager on PPC
    -- 15) Choose New -> ActiveSync Profile -> Next -> Next
    -- 16) Should Show PC
    -- 17) Click it to make it connect
    -- 18) Laptop should prompt for new PartnerShip (unless you did USB already)
    -- 19) Done


    What cases exist?

    -- See Click here
    -- See Click here

    -- EB Case

    -- Krusell
    -- Krusell

    -- Krusell (Generic) Horizontal

    -- Nutshell

    -- Piel Frama

    -- eXpansys pouch

    -- Covertec

    -- Aluminum Book

    -- Aluminum Flip

    -- "Brando" Case

    -- Note on Aluminum cases: even ones with clear opening for screen, cause signal falloff of about 6 dBm
    ---- which is a reduction to about 25% of ambient signal (each 3 dBm is 50% loss)


    XV6600 How can I see more detailed signal strength?

    -- In the Windows directory you will find a listing for 'fieldtrial.exe'
    -- open it when the phone is on, and you will see field strength of your provider's signal and other data instantly updated.
    -- Note: 'fieldtrial.exe' may be hidden and require a tool like resco file explorer to view it


    XV6600 How can I use the buttons to toggle phone on and off?

    -- The only way to turn the phone on and off is by pressing the icon for the signal strength (the bars) and then selecting "Flight Mode".
    -- This will work for on or off. If you want this to be toggled by the Phone Off button, see: Click here
    -- VC 1.5 can toggle flight mode with a voice command


    Is an XDA-II Accessory safe to use?

    -- See Click here
    -- See Accessories below.


    What is the "Dreaded Sound/Modem Beep" during a voice call all about?

    -- New ROM for PPC-6601 appears to solve this problem.


    What kind of battery life should I expect?

    -- It varies a lot. It seems to improve over time. Most people get by. Expect to full charge every night.
    -- Tips:
    -- 1) Cut back screen brightness on battery. The default setting is pretty bright and chews up battery.
    -- 2) Keep bluetooth off if not needed. It has been known to turn device on randomly. Don't know if Verizon patch fixes this.
    -- 3) Shut off IR is not used.
    -- 4) Keep minimal timeout.
    -- 5) Watch out for data applications (e.g. IM, email) that pole frequently.


    Can I get an Extended Battery?

    -- HTC (Manufacturer) says no plans.
    -- For 3rd Party See Click here
    -- Note as of Feb 27 2005 the 3rd Party Extended battery had issues (poor fit) for some users, which caused problems.


    Where is best source of accessories?

    -- Many venders are are not selling the correct accessories for this phone, a good source is your carrier.
    -- Or even better get the right stuff for the right price and support this site
    ---- See pdaphonehome shop Click here


    How can I shut the Data Connection down?

    -- See Click here
    -- See Click here
    -- By default holding the End call button on VX6600 with terminate data connection. To get this behavior on other phones:
    ---- i) You must have a registry editor like RESCO
    ---- ii) Search for flightmodeswitchbypnhendkey
    ---- iii) 1 means the end button puts you in flight mode. 0 means it shuts off the data connection. (credit to Ehud).


    Which Bluetooth headsets work?

    -- See first page of this thread Click here


    Why is my screen keep turning on by itself?

    -- Most agree the most common cause is Bluetooth being on (and likely a bug that will get fixed).
    -- Next most common reason is an application waking up doing its thing.
    -- Patches fix the Bluetooth issue.


    Can USB Charge the phone?

    -- Yes !!
    -- In a pinch you can split your kit up and use the Cradle at work to Charge and Sync.
    -- Then keep the A/C Adapter with Dongle at home. And use Bluetooth to Sync at Home. Or some other combo.
    -- The power-plug is however used to charge a second battery in the cradle if you have one.
    -- Be aware some USB ports are weak on current and you might overload it.


    Which patch do I use?

    -- See first page of this thread Click here


    Why no WIFI on the CDMA models?

    -- It is believed CDMA radio is larger and uses more power.
    -- Wifi sucks battery down real fast too.
    -- CDMA (EVDO) also can run at 500mb over cellular airwaves without the Wifi HotSpot charges.
    -- So there is less need for WIFI in the CDMA phone.
    -- Some believe it's to sell more Cellular based Data Minutes.


    Why no Camera on some models?

    -- It is believed that there is a class of business customers that prefer not have the camera based phone due to policies involved with their work.
    -- Companies that involve Government, Military, Classified, Intellectual Property etc. ban cameras and therefore take their phone and PDA away.


    How do I enable the Speaker Phone?

    -- To enable or disable hold green Talk button for 5 seconds or so during the call.


    Why is my phone slowing down and acting weird?

    -- You may have excessive Duplicate Event Notifications built up
    -- For a fix see Click here
    -- For discussion see Click here


    What are the special programming codes?

    -- You Dial these codes in the phone application
    -- See Click here


    How can I dial phone numbers that prompt for more touch tones automatically from my Conact?


    What are the ROMS or Extended Roms and Flash and stuff?
    -- There are three ROMs in these devices.
    1. Windows CE ROM. This includes the operating system. Provided by Microsoft.
    2. Radio stack ROM. This is the radio software.
    3. Extended ROM. This is a 16MByte partition filled with stuff from YOUR carrier.
    Version dependencies are on a per-carrier basis only. It can be unlocked and
    then becomes another filesystem called \Extended_ROM

    FLASH Storage
    There is a \Storage partition. This is a 16MByte partition that you can put
    things in that will survive a hard reset or battery loss.

    RAM
    There is 128MBytes of RAM that is used as both a filesystem and memory for
    programs. On a soft reset only the memory for programs is re-initialized.
    On a hard reset, the entire filesystem is lost, and is then rebuilt from
    ROM on reboot.

    -- See Click here

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