Phone functions in the communicator

Writing mobile software reviews tacitly assumes that the author owns at least one device on each platform. Since it is rather difficult to simultaneously use several devices at once, they are involuntarily divided into the main (usual, more convenient), the one that is in the hands every day, and the rest, which have to be resorted to only when necessary. For me, the model of convenience in terms of phone functions is the Symbian platform, and to be even more precise, the S60 variant. And right away, these were smartphones based on the second, and then the third edition. I will make a reservation that the Palm platform passed me by, leaving almost no trace. I'm not used to UIQ-based devices either, and there is still a catastrophic lack of interesting (useful) software for UIQ 3. So the second most frequently used device during the day is a Windows Mobile-based communicator. That is, a SIM-card of the main operator is inserted into the Symbian smartphone, which accounts for 70-80 percent of incoming and outgoing calls, and the communicator on WM is used situationally as needed to answer a call or read a book on the road. This distribution of roles is due to the already mentioned convenience of using a mobile terminal as a conventional cell phone. After all, the main purpose of a mobile phone is to answer calls and make calls yourself, and other "advanced" functions are not used so often, although sometimes it is quite difficult to do without them.

Having inherited a large screen and touch control from PDAs, Windows Mobile-based communicators, however, until recently could not boast of the convenience of managing standard telephone functions. The software of a standard mobile phone (let's call it basic) allows you to make calls, send messages, change your profile, and so on. Moreover, the main input method is using the keyboard. The presence of a touch screen involves the use of a stylus, which can also act as an index finger. At the same time, the touch screen of the device involves the use of both hands when working with the phone, which is not always possible and convenient.

Separately it is necessary to say about the software. The stock Windows Mobile software provides only the most basic management functions. If you have ever had to change the profile using standard tools, then you can easily estimate the number of clicks that need to be done. And many advanced features in standard software are not available at all. At least in most models. For example, black and white lists, various filters, quick mode switching, and more.

Fortunately, the situation with telephone functions in WM communicators is gradually getting better. As an example, today's review will consider applications that expand the basic capabilities. As it turned out, there are not so many of them, so we will talk about the phoneAlarm program from pocketMax and Spb Phone Suite.

Both programs are implemented as plug-ins for the Today screen, and by their example one can very well illustrate the progress in the field of controlling a WM-based communicator.

PhoneAlarm.

  • Developer - pocketMax
  • Developer website - www.pocketmax.net
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • Program price is $18.50

Phone Suite.

  • Developer - Spb Software House
  • Developer site - www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • The price of the program is 300 rubles

The main difference between the programs is evident immediately after they are installed. Spb Phone Suite allows you to display the icon of the subscriber on the desktop, by activating which you can immediately make a call. You can add icons to a contact using standard tools of the Windows Mobile 5.0 system. The program automatically indexes phone book entries with assigned images and displays them on the desktop.

In addition to photos and graphic files, specially created "avatars" can be used as icons, which are located in the \My Documents\My Pictures\Spb Avatars folder. The avatar is a 72x72 pixel image file in jpg format. You can add your own graphic files to the folder, they will also be available for use as a graphic icon. A unique phone number is set for each picture, so that for one subscriber, several pictures can be displayed on the screen, each with its own phone number. The developers removed the limit on the number of icons that was present in the Dial Tab module of the Spb Mobile Shell program. In Spb Phone Suite, their number is not limited.

The second significant difference between Phone Suite and pocketAlarm is the presence of call filters with the ability to fine-tune them. As far as I know, this is the first program for the Windows Mobile system that allows you to create black and white lists for calls. The filter has four options - accept all calls, ignore blacklisted calls, only accept whitelisted calls, and ignore all calls. You can add a contact to the black and white list, a separate phone number from any contact, the last call. When a call is received from a phone number included in the blacklist, a busy signal is sent to the subscriber and a notification of a missed call is displayed on the screen.

phoneAlarm also has options that are not available in Phone Suite. Firstly, these are reminders of missed calls and messages. The program implements fine-tuning of reminders, including the number of repetitions, the inclusion of a vibration signal, the activation of the screen backlight, etc. The second significant difference between the pocketAlarm program is the ability to fine-tune a GPRS session with disconnection after a specified time, billing settings that allow you to limit the session by cost, and a built-in call forwarding service.

The third difference between the program and Phone Suite is the fine-tuning of the phone profile with the ability to set its own ringtones for each profile, notification of incoming messages (you can choose your own ringtone for each type of message), etc. As a melody, the program allows you to use wma, mid, wav and mp3 files, a vibration signal or a system sound. In order for the melody to be used, it must be placed in the Windows folder or in the Ring subdirectory. Files from other folders (for example, from a memory card) are not recognized by the program.

Common Functions

Common features of both programs include:

- notification of incoming messages and calls

When you miss a call, pocketAlarm activates a reminder, Phone Suite prompts you to send an SMS in response to a missed call. It is enough to select one of the text types from the suggested set https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/highlander/2013 and click the "Send" button. At the same time, in both programs, a number corresponding to the number of missed calls appears on the handset icon. Similar icons exist for voice mail messages, SMS messages, MMS messages, and e-mail messages. PocketAlarm does not work very well with e-mail messages. Only Outlook messages are always displayed. The program does not see messages received from other mailboxes, while Phone Suite correctly displays the number of all unread messages.

Both programs allow you to quickly switch phone profiles when you activate the desktop icon. pocketAlarm has seven profile types, Phone Suite has nine, with the icon on the Today screen providing access to only five. Other profiles are available from the options menu. Profile settings in both programs can be changed over a wide range. The difference in the implementation of this function between these programs is that from pocketAlarm you can immediately set the duration of any profile and switch it. Phone Suite has a specially created "Time-based" profile for scheduled switching, in which you can set the time of its action. I note that in both programs this function is implemented perfectly and it greatly facilitates the use of the device. The disadvantages of Phone Suite include only the lack of fine-tuning of sound signals for each profile, which is present in pocketAlarm.

Wireless Management

The version of pocketAlarm I had lacked the Wi-Fi connection management profile that Phone Suite had. pocketAlarm can only activate the Bluetooth connection, while Phone Suite can also switch the Wi-Fi module. At the same time, there is no activation of the infrared port in any of the programs.

Additional chips pocketAlarms

The bar of indicators at the bottom of the pocketAlarm window allows you to get information about the strength of the base station signal, file system status, battery level and talk time. You cannot get this data directly from Phone Suite.

Impressions and conclusions

Both programs allow you to use hardware keys for control. In pocketAlarm, a cyclic transition between function icons is implemented using the navigation key, in Phone Suite, left-right navigation cycles only between contact icons. To move between lines, you need to use the up and down keys. In fact, these programs are a prime example of what an ideal application for managing phone functions and reminders can be. pocketAlarm loses due to the lack of icons for photo contacts, Phone Suite lacks options for setting ringtones and reminders. In fact, it turns out that the first program is mainly designed to control the telephone module, there is no “ringing” part in it. In the Phone Suite program, on the contrary, it is the ringing part that is perfectly implemented, with some limited sound settings in reminders. So, with a little refinement, this program can become a must-have application for any user of a Windows Mobile-based communicator.

Phone functions in the communicator

Writing mobile software reviews tacitly assumes that the author owns at least one device on each platform. Since it is rather difficult to simultaneously use several devices at once, they are involuntarily divided into the main (usual, more convenient), the one that is in the hands every day, and the rest, which have to be resorted to only when necessary. For me, the model of convenience in terms of phone functions is the Symbian platform, and to be even more precise, the S60 variant. And right away, these were smartphones based on the second, and then the third edition. I will make a reservation that the Palm platform passed me by, leaving almost no trace. I'm not used to UIQ-based devices either, and there is still a catastrophic lack of interesting (useful) software for UIQ 3. So the second most frequently used device during the day is a Windows Mobile-based communicator. That is, a SIM-card of the main operator is inserted into the Symbian smartphone, which accounts for 70-80 percent of incoming and outgoing calls, and the communicator on WM is used situationally as needed to answer a call or read a book on the road. This distribution of roles is due to the already mentioned convenience of using a mobile terminal as a conventional cell phone. After all, the main purpose of a mobile phone is to answer calls and make calls yourself, and other "advanced" functions are not used so often, although sometimes it is quite difficult to do without them.

Having inherited a large screen and touch control from PDAs, Windows Mobile-based communicators, however, until recently could not boast of the convenience of managing standard telephone functions. The software of a standard mobile phone (let's call it basic) allows you to make calls, send messages, change your profile, and so on. Moreover, the main input method is using the keyboard. The presence of a touch screen involves the use of a stylus, which can also act as an index finger. At the same time, the touch screen of the device involves the use of both hands when working with the phone, which is not always possible and convenient.

Separately it is necessary to say about the software. The stock Windows Mobile software provides only the most basic management functions. If you have ever had to change the profile using standard tools, then you can easily estimate the number of clicks that need to be done. And many advanced features in standard software are not available at all. At least in most models. For example, black and white lists, various filters, quick mode switching, and more.

Fortunately, the situation with telephone functions in WM communicators is gradually getting better. As an example, today's review will consider applications that expand the basic capabilities. As it turned out, there are not so many of them, so we will talk about the phoneAlarm program from pocketMax and Spb Phone Suite.

Both programs are implemented as plug-ins for the Today screen, and by their example one can very well illustrate the progress in the field of controlling a WM-based communicator.

PhoneAlarm.

  • Developer - pocketMax
  • Developer website - www.pocketmax.net
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • Program price is $18.50

Phone Suite.

  • Developer - Spb Software House
  • Developer site - www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • The price of the program is 300 rubles

The main difference between the programs is evident immediately after they are installed. Spb Phone Suite allows you to display the icon of the subscriber on the desktop, by activating which you can immediately make a call. You can add icons to a contact using standard tools of the Windows Mobile 5.0 system. The program automatically indexes phone book entries with assigned images and displays them on the desktop.

In addition to photos and graphic files, specially created "avatars" can be used as icons, which are located in the \My Documents\My Pictures\Spb Avatars folder. The avatar is a 72x72 pixel image file in jpg format. You can add your own graphic files to the folder, they will also be available for use as a graphic icon. A unique phone number is set for each picture, so that for one subscriber, several pictures can be displayed on the screen, each with its own phone number. The developers removed the limit on the number of icons that was present in the Dial Tab module of the Spb Mobile Shell program. In Spb Phone Suite, their number is not limited.

The second significant difference between Phone Suite and pocketAlarm is the presence of call filters with the ability to fine-tune them. As far as I know, this is the first program for the Windows Mobile system that allows you to create black and white lists for calls. The filter has four options - accept all calls, ignore blacklisted calls, only accept whitelisted calls, and ignore all calls. You can add a contact to the black and white list, a separate phone number from any contact, the last call. When a call is received from a phone number included in the blacklist, a busy signal is sent to the subscriber and a notification of a missed call is displayed on the screen.

phoneAlarm also has options that are not available in Phone Suite. Firstly, these are reminders of missed calls and messages. The program implements fine-tuning of reminders, including the number of repetitions, the inclusion of a vibration signal, the activation of the screen backlight, etc. The second significant difference between the pocketAlarm program is the ability to fine-tune a GPRS session with disconnection after a specified time, billing settings that allow you to limit the session by cost, and a built-in call forwarding service.

The third difference between the program and Phone Suite is the fine-tuning of the phone profile with the ability to set its own ringtones for each profile, notification of incoming messages (you can choose your own ringtone for each type of message), etc. As a melody, the program allows you to use wma, mid, wav and mp3 files, a vibration signal or a system sound. In order for the melody to be used, it must be placed in the Windows folder or in the Ring subdirectory. Files from other folders (for example, from a memory card) are not recognized by the program.

Common Functions

Common features of both programs include:

- notification of incoming messages and calls

When you miss a call, pocketAlarm activates a reminder, Phone Suite prompts you to send an SMS in response to a missed call. It is enough to select one of the text types from the suggested set https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/highlander/2013 and click the "Send" button. At the same time, in both programs, a number corresponding to the number of missed calls appears on the handset icon. Similar icons exist for voice mail messages, SMS messages, MMS messages, and e-mail messages. PocketAlarm does not work very well with e-mail messages. Only Outlook messages are always displayed. The program does not see messages received from other mailboxes, while Phone Suite correctly displays the number of all unread messages.

Both programs allow you to quickly switch phone profiles when you activate the desktop icon. pocketAlarm has seven profile types, Phone Suite has nine, with the icon on the Today screen providing access to only five. Other profiles are available from the options menu. Profile settings in both programs can be changed over a wide range. The difference in the implementation of this function between these programs is that from pocketAlarm you can immediately set the duration of any profile and switch it. Phone Suite has a specially created "Time-based" profile for scheduled switching, in which you can set the time of its action. I note that in both programs this function is implemented perfectly and it greatly facilitates the use of the device. The disadvantages of Phone Suite include only the lack of fine-tuning of sound signals for each profile, which is present in pocketAlarm.

Wireless Management

The version of pocketAlarm I had lacked the Wi-Fi connection management profile that Phone Suite had. pocketAlarm can only activate the Bluetooth connection, while Phone Suite can also switch the Wi-Fi module. At the same time, there is no activation of the infrared port in any of the programs.

Additional chips pocketAlarms

The bar of indicators at the bottom of the pocketAlarm window allows you to get information about the strength of the base station signal, file system status, battery level and talk time. You cannot get this data directly from Phone Suite.

Impressions and conclusions

Both programs allow you to use hardware keys for control. In pocketAlarm, a cyclic transition between function icons is implemented using the navigation key, in Phone Suite, left-right navigation cycles only between contact icons. To move between lines, you need to use the up and down keys. In fact, these programs are a prime example of what an ideal application for managing phone functions and reminders can be. pocketAlarm loses due to the lack of icons for photo contacts, Phone Suite lacks options for setting ringtones and reminders. In fact, it turns out that the first program is mainly designed to control the telephone module, there is no “ringing” part in it. In the Phone Suite program, on the contrary, it is the ringing part that is perfectly implemented, with some limited sound settings in reminders. So, with a little refinement, this program can become a must-have application for any user of a Windows Mobile-based communicator.

Phone functions in the communicator

Writing mobile software reviews tacitly assumes that the author owns at least one device on each platform. Since it is rather difficult to simultaneously use several devices at once, they are involuntarily divided into the main (usual, more convenient), the one that is in the hands every day, and the rest, which have to be resorted to only when necessary. For me, the model of convenience in terms of phone functions is the Symbian platform, and to be even more precise, the S60 variant. And right away, these were smartphones based on the second, and then the third edition. I will make a reservation that the Palm platform passed me by, leaving almost no trace. I am not used to UIQ-based devices either, and there is still catastrophically little interesting (useful) software for UIQ 3. So the second most used device during the day is a Windows Mobile-based communicator. That is, a SIM-card of the main operator is inserted into the Symbian smartphone, which accounts for 70-80 percent of incoming and outgoing calls, and the communicator on WM is used situationally as needed to answer a call or read a book on the road. This distribution of roles is due to the already mentioned convenience of using a mobile terminal as a conventional cell phone. After all, the main purpose of a mobile phone is to answer calls and make calls yourself, and other "advanced" functions are not used so often, although sometimes it is quite difficult to do without them.

Having inherited a large screen and touch control from PDAs, Windows Mobile-based communicators, however, until recently could not boast of the convenience of managing standard telephone functions. The software of a standard mobile phone (let's call it basic) allows you to make calls, send messages, change your profile, and so on. Moreover, the main input method is using the keyboard. The presence of a touch screen involves the use of a stylus, which can also act as an index finger. At the same time, the touch screen of the device involves the use of both hands when working with the phone, which is not always possible and convenient.

Separately it is necessary to say about the software. The stock Windows Mobile software provides only the most basic management functions. If you have ever had to change the profile using standard tools, then you can easily estimate the number of clicks that need to be done. And many advanced features in standard software are not available at all. At least in most models. For example, black and white lists, various filters, quick mode switching, and more.

Fortunately, the situation with telephone functions in WM communicators is gradually getting better. As an example, today's review will consider applications that expand the basic capabilities. As it turned out, there are not so many of them, so we will talk about the phoneAlarm program from pocketMax and Spb Phone Suite.

Both programs are implemented as plug-ins for the Today screen, and by their example one can very well illustrate the progress in the field of controlling a WM-based communicator.

PhoneAlarm.

  • Developer - pocketMax
  • Developer website - www.pocketmax.net
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • Program price is $18.50

Phone Suite.

  • Developer - Spb Software House
  • Developer site - www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • The price of the program is 300 rubles

The main difference between the programs is evident immediately after they are installed. Spb Phone Suite allows you to display the icon of the subscriber on the desktop, by activating which you can immediately make a call. You can add icons to a contact using standard tools of the Windows Mobile 5.0 system. The program automatically indexes phone book entries with assigned images and displays them on the desktop.

In addition to photos and graphic files, specially created "avatars" can be used as icons, which are located in the \My Documents\My Pictures\Spb Avatars folder. The avatar is a 72x72 pixel image file in jpg format. You can add your own graphic files to the folder, they will also be available for use as a graphic icon. A unique phone number is set for each picture, so that for one subscriber, several pictures can be displayed on the screen, each with its own phone number. The developers removed the limit on the number of icons that was present in the Dial Tab module of the Spb Mobile Shell program. In Spb Phone Suite, their number is not limited.

The second significant difference between Phone Suite and pocketAlarm is the presence of call filters with the ability to fine-tune them. As far as I know, this is the first program for the Windows Mobile system that allows you to create black and white lists for calls. The filter has four options - accept all calls, ignore blacklisted calls, only accept whitelisted calls, and ignore all calls. You can add a contact to the black and white list, a separate phone number from any contact, the last call. When a call is received from a phone number included in the blacklist, a busy signal is sent to the subscriber and a notification of a missed call is displayed on the screen.

phoneAlarm also has options that are not available in Phone Suite. Firstly, these are reminders of missed calls and messages. The program implements fine-tuning of reminders, including the number of repetitions, the inclusion of a vibration signal, the activation of the screen backlight, etc. The second significant difference between the pocketAlarm program is the ability to fine-tune a GPRS session with disconnection after a specified time, billing settings that allow you to limit the session by cost, and a built-in call forwarding service.

The third difference between the program and Phone Suite is the fine-tuning of the phone profile with the ability to set its own ringtones for each profile, notification of incoming messages (you can choose your own ringtone for each type of message), etc. As a melody, the program allows you to use wma, mid, wav and mp3 files, a vibration signal or a system sound. In order for the melody to be used, it must be placed in the Windows folder or in the Ring subdirectory. Files from other folders (for example, from a memory card) are not recognized by the program.

Common Functions

Common features of both programs include:

- notification of incoming messages and calls

When you miss a call, pocketAlarm activates a reminder, Phone Suite prompts you to send an SMS in response to a missed call. It is enough to choose one of the text types from the proposed set https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/highlander/2013 and click the "Send" button. At the same time, in both programs, a number corresponding to the number of missed calls appears on the handset icon. Similar icons exist for voice mail messages, SMS messages, MMS messages, and e-mail messages. PocketAlarm does not work very well with e-mail messages. Only Outlook messages are always shown. The program does not see messages received from other mailboxes, while Phone Suite correctly displays the number of all unread messages.

Both programs allow you to quickly switch phone profiles when you activate the desktop icon. pocketAlarm has seven profile types, Phone Suite has nine, with the icon on the Today screen providing access to only five. Other profiles are available from the options menu. Profile settings in both programs can be changed over a wide range. The difference in the implementation of this function between these programs is that from pocketAlarm you can immediately set the duration of any profile and switch it. Phone Suite has a specially created "Time-based" profile for scheduled switching, in which you can set the time of its action. I note that in both programs this function is implemented perfectly and it greatly facilitates the use of the device. The disadvantages of Phone Suite include only the lack of fine-tuning of sound signals for each profile, which is present in pocketAlarm.

Wireless Management

The version of pocketAlarm I had lacked the Wi-Fi connection management profile that Phone Suite had. pocketAlarm can only activate the Bluetooth connection, while Phone Suite can also switch the Wi-Fi module. At the same time, there is no activation of the infrared port in any of the programs.

Additional chips pocketAlarms

The bar of indicators at the bottom of the pocketAlarm window allows you to get information about the strength of the base station signal, file system status, battery level and talk time. You cannot get this data directly from Phone Suite.

Impressions and conclusions

Both programs allow you to use hardware keys for control. In pocketAlarm, a cyclic transition between function icons is implemented using the navigation key, in Phone Suite, left-right navigation cycles only between contact icons. To move between lines, you need to use the up and down keys. In fact, these programs are a prime example of what an ideal application for managing phone functions and reminders can be. pocketAlarm loses due to the lack of icons for photo contacts, Phone Suite lacks options for setting ringtones and reminders. In fact, it turns out that the first program is mainly designed to control the telephone module, there is no “ringing” part in it. In the Phone Suite program, on the contrary, it is the ringing part that is perfectly implemented, with some limited sound settings in reminders. So, with a little refinement, this program can become a must-have application for any user of a Windows Mobile-based communicator.

Phone functions in the communicator

Writing mobile software reviews tacitly assumes that the author owns at least one device on each platform. Since it is rather difficult to simultaneously use several devices at once, they are involuntarily divided into the main (usual, more convenient), the one that is in the hands every day, and the rest, which have to be resorted to only when necessary. For me, the model of convenience in terms of phone functions is the Symbian platform, and to be even more precise, the S60 variant. And right away, these were smartphones based on the second, and then the third edition. I will make a reservation that the Palm platform passed me by, leaving almost no trace. I am not used to UIQ-based devices either, and there is still catastrophically little interesting (useful) software for UIQ 3. So the second most used device during the day is a Windows Mobile-based communicator. That is, a SIM-card of the main operator is inserted into the Symbian smartphone, which accounts for 70-80 percent of incoming and outgoing calls, and the communicator on WM is used situationally as needed to answer a call or read a book on the road. This distribution of roles is due to the already mentioned convenience of using a mobile terminal as a conventional cell phone. After all, the main purpose of a mobile phone is to answer calls and make calls yourself, and other "advanced" functions are not used so often, although sometimes it is quite difficult to do without them.

Having inherited a large screen and touch control from PDAs, Windows Mobile-based communicators, however, until recently could not boast of the convenience of managing standard telephone functions. The software of a standard mobile phone (let's call it basic) allows you to make calls, send messages, change your profile, and so on. Moreover, the main input method is using the keyboard. The presence of a touch screen involves the use of a stylus, which can also act as an index finger. At the same time, the touch screen of the device involves the use of both hands when working with the phone, which is not always possible and convenient.

Separately it is necessary to say about the software. The stock Windows Mobile software provides only the most basic management functions. If you have ever had to change the profile using standard tools, then you can easily estimate the number of clicks that need to be done. And many advanced features in standard software are not available at all. At least in most models. For example, black and white lists, various filters, quick mode switching, and more.

Fortunately, the situation with telephone functions in WM communicators is gradually getting better. As an example, today's review will consider applications that expand the basic capabilities. As it turned out, there are not so many of them, so we will talk about the phoneAlarm program from pocketMax and Spb Phone Suite.

Both programs are implemented as plug-ins for the Today screen, and by their example one can very well illustrate the progress in the field of controlling a WM-based communicator.

PhoneAlarm.

  • Developer - pocketMax
  • Developer website - www.pocketmax.net
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • Program price is $18.50

Phone Suite.

  • Developer - Spb Software House
  • Developer site - www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • The price of the program is 300 rubles

The main difference between the programs is evident immediately after they are installed. Spb Phone Suite allows you to display the icon of the subscriber on the desktop, by activating which you can immediately make a call. You can add icons to a contact using standard tools of the Windows Mobile 5.0 system. The program automatically indexes phonebook entries with assigned images and displays them on the desktop.

In addition to photos and graphic files, specially created "avatars" can be used as icons, which are located in the \My Documents\My Pictures\Spb Avatars folder. The avatar is a 72x72 pixel image file in jpg format. You can add your own graphic files to the folder, they will also be available for use as a graphic icon. A unique phone number is set for each picture, so that for one subscriber, several pictures can be displayed on the screen, each with its own phone number. The developers removed the limit on the number of icons that was present in the Dial Tab module of the Spb Mobile Shell program. In Spb Phone Suite, their number is not limited.

The second significant difference between Phone Suite and pocketAlarm is the presence of call filters with the ability to fine-tune them. As far as I know, this is the first program for the Windows Mobile system that allows you to create black and white lists for calls. The filter has four options - accept all calls, ignore blacklisted calls, only accept whitelisted calls, and ignore all calls. You can add a contact to the black and white list, a separate phone number from any contact, the last call. When a call is received from a phone number included in the blacklist, a busy signal is sent to the subscriber and a notification of a missed call is displayed on the screen.

phoneAlarm also has options that are not available in Phone Suite. Firstly, these are reminders of missed calls and messages. The program implements fine-tuning of reminders, including the number of repetitions, the inclusion of a vibration signal, the activation of the screen backlight, etc. The second significant difference between the pocketAlarm program is the ability to fine-tune a GPRS session with disconnection after a specified time, billing settings that allow you to limit the session by cost, and a built-in call forwarding service.

The third difference between the program and Phone Suite is the fine-tuning of the phone profile with the ability to set its own ringtones for each profile, notification of incoming messages (you can choose your own ringtone for each type of message), etc. As a melody, the program allows you to use wma, mid, wav and mp3 files, a vibration signal or a system sound. In order for the melody to be used, it must be placed in the Windows folder or in the Ring subdirectory. Files from other folders (for example, from a memory card) are not recognized by the program.

Common Functions

Common features of both programs include:

- notification of incoming messages and calls

When you miss a call, pocketAlarm activates a reminder, Phone Suite prompts you to send an SMS in response to a missed call. It is enough to select one of the text types from the proposed set https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/highlander/2013 and click the "Send" button. At the same time, in both programs, a number corresponding to the number of missed calls appears on the handset icon. Similar icons exist for voice mail messages, SMS messages, MMS messages, and e-mail messages. PocketAlarm does not work very well with e-mail messages. Only Outlook messages are always displayed. The program does not see messages received from other mailboxes, while Phone Suite correctly displays the number of all unread messages.

When you miss a call, pocketAlarm activates a reminder, Phone Suite prompts you to send an SMS in response to a missed call. It is enough to choose from the proposed set https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/highlander/2013 https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/highlander/2013 one of the text types and click the "Send" button. At the same time, in both programs, a number corresponding to the number of missed calls appears on the handset icon. Similar icons exist for voice mail messages, SMS messages, MMS messages, and e-mail messages. PocketAlarm does not work very well with e-mail messages. Only Outlook messages are always displayed. The program does not see messages received from other mailboxes, while Phone Suite correctly displays the number of all unread messages.

Both programs allow you to quickly switch phone profiles when you activate the desktop icon. pocketAlarm has seven profile types, Phone Suite has nine, with the icon on the Today screen providing access to only five. Other profiles are available from the options menu. Profile settings in both programs can be changed over a wide range. The difference in the implementation of this function between these programs is that from pocketAlarm you can immediately set the duration of any profile and switch it. Phone Suite has a specially created "Time-based" profile for scheduled switching, in which you can set the time of its action. I note that in both programs this function is implemented perfectly and it greatly facilitates the use of the device. The disadvantages of Phone Suite include only the lack of fine-tuning of sound signals for each profile, which is present in pocketAlarm.

Wireless Management

The version of pocketAlarm I had lacked the Wi-Fi connection management profile that Phone Suite had. pocketAlarm can only activate the Bluetooth connection, while Phone Suite can also switch the Wi-Fi module. At the same time, there is no activation of the infrared port in any of the programs.

Additional chips pocketAlarms

The bar of indicators at the bottom of the pocketAlarm window allows you to get information about the strength of the base station signal, file system status, battery level and talk time. You cannot get this data directly from Phone Suite.

Impressions and conclusions

Both programs allow you to use hardware keys for control. In pocketAlarm, a cyclic transition between function icons is implemented using the navigation key, in Phone Suite, left-right navigation cycles only between contact icons. To move between lines, you need to use the up and down keys. In fact, these programs are a prime example of what an ideal application for managing phone functions and reminders can be. pocketAlarm loses due to the lack of icons for photo contacts, Phone Suite lacks options for setting ringtones and reminders. In fact, it turns out that the first program is mainly designed to control the telephone module, there is no “ringing” part in it. In the Phone Suite program, on the contrary, it is the ringing part that is perfectly implemented, with some limited sound settings in reminders. So, with a little refinement, this program can become a must-have application for any user of a Windows Mobile-based communicator.