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Sprint seems to have abandoned the PPC-6700 as far as upgrades go. The last official upgrade release from Sprint was AKU 2.2. (AKU's are like service packs)  Microsoft recommends that all Windows Mobile 5 users upgrade to at least AKU 2.3 because there are some serious performance issues with 2.2. I believe that Verizon customers have received that update, but nothing past that. The latest AKU I know of for Windows Mobile 5 is 3.5 (I've heard rumors of a 3.6, but I haven't seen one), so Sprint customers are being left behind.

That's unfortunate.

Now, at PPC Geeks, a number of resourceful people have found ways to get newer ROM versions (up to AKU 3.5) on various devices, including the PPC-6700.

If you're interested, you should check out this thread. The link to the ROM is here. Note that these ROMs are not supported by Sprint in any way shape or fashion.  Further note that installing them may void your warranty, so I am definitely not recommending that you do so.

John Naab has some additional advice and tweaks you may be interested in. I think that the smartdial color fix is an absolute necessity.

If you do decide to take this risks, you'll end up with a device that may or may not be more stable, may or may not be faster, may or may not have better battery life, may or may not have better support for MMS (there seems to be conflicting responses to these questions on the PPC Geeks thread), but definitely works better as a cellular modem. The update causes your PC to just see the device as another internet connection.  No more setting up dial-up entries and reconfiguring them every time you use them.

Also, you can't currently do the ROM flash from Vista, but it does work from a VMWare XP virtual machine.

Overall, I think you'll like what you get.  There's no doubt that AKU 3.5 is far superior to AKU 2.0.

Some of these same industrious people are working on porting WM 6 to the PPC-6700 and various devices.  That will take longer.

Finally, I'm going to quote myself from above:

Note that these ROMs are not supported by Sprint in any way shape or fashion.  Further note that installing them may void your warranty, so I am definitely not recommending that you do so.

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 6:28 PM General | Back to top


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