Toshiba: Window Mobile 6.5 will make TG01 a 'new' phone
Existing owners to get free ugrade
IFA Toshiba is revamping its TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone. Well, sort of. The hardware's staying the same so far as we can judge - it's just getting a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade.
Still, that's enough for Toshiba to claim the update as a "new" model: the TG01 Windows Phone.
Toshiba's TG01: will get Windows Mobile 6.5
Converting one to the other is easy: Toshiba said it will offer existing TG01 owners the 6.5 refresh free of charge here.
Boxed versions of the phone will go on sale on 6 October, the day of Windows Mobile 6.5's official launch. The download will be available on the same date. ®
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I've had the WinMo 6.5 for a while. It's a Zune like GUI, with really not much added functionality, at least on the version I got.
Excellent work. That should help the hackers get downloadable WM6.5 ROMs out for anybody to upgrade from WM6.
Of course, Microsoft could then sue for copyright infringement but they'd be muppets so to do. If they want to keep people on Windows Mobile they'd be well advised to let people maintain their interest.
It wouldn't make sense to distribute it free, naturally, since consumers would delay buying sparkly new phones, but stemming the flow to AN Other mobile OS has to be the top priority, even if it costs a bit in the short-term.