Troubles texting pictures and other media on your phone?

Most modern cell phones provide a way to send and receive short text messages via SMS (Short Message Service) and to send and receive short text messages with attached photos, videos and music via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service). 

  • SMS (Short Message Service) is used to send text only messages
  • MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is used to send text messages that include attached files (music, pictures, videos).

If the phone’s MMS APN (access point network) settings are not correctly configured for your cellular provider, you might still be able to send and receive SMS messages (text only) on the phone, but you won’t be able to send or receive) MMS messages on the phone. 

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OneReader by PompolutZ Lets you Share PDF files

OneReader by PompolutZ is a free PDF Reader app that can be installed on any Windows Phone 8.  One of its unique features is that, unlike the Adobe PDF Reader or Microsoft’s PDF Reader apps, PompolutZ’s OneReader allows you to share the actual PDF files that are stored within its file system (also referred to as its “sandbox”) as email attachments sent from the phone or by transferring the file to another device via Bluetooth connection. Continue reading

Pairing & Unpairing Bluetooth Devices with Windows Phone

Pairing a Windows Phone to another Bluetooth enabled device is pretty easy to do, but you might be disappointed when you do it.  When I got my first Windows Phone – a Samsung Focus (WP7) – one of the first things I tried to do was pair it with my Bluetooth keyboard.  The phone paired just fine, but nothing I typed on my keyboard showed up on my phone. After researching the problem I realized that the phone was missing the HID profile, which it needed to know what to do with the keyboard after the pairing was achieved! 

Bluetooth profiles possess the “capabilities” that enable a Bluetooth connected device to interpret and act on the commands received from another Bluetooth connected device.  In order for the Bluetooth radio in a receiving device to translate and act on the commands sent from another Bluetooth device, it must possess a compatible profile as the sending device.

The Samsung Focus does not include the Bluetooth HID profile (Human Interface Device) that would enable it to connect to and use external devices like mice or keyboards…..and unfortunately even today the latest Windows Phone 8.1 devices do not include this profile so I still can’t use my bluetooth keyboard with my phone.

(Click this link to review a wikipedia article for a more comprehensive description of bluetooth profiles and their related capabilities).

In this article I’ve provided a list of the Bluetooth Profiles that are supported on Windows Phone, and I’ve demonstrated how to pair and unpair a Windows Phone with another Bluetooth enabled device.

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Receiving & Saving Bluetooth Shared Files on Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 uses Hubs and application sandboxes to store and access user files. You can browse and access the files that are stored on the phone by accessing the hub or app that is used to view and work with the file.  Files that are stored on a phone must be associated with a Windows Phone app (native or third party) and files are stored in the associated [opening] app’s hub or “sand box.”

Windows Phone 8 can receive and store files that are shared with it from another Bluetooth connected device. Bluetooth shared files are stored in one of the hubs on the phone or in a compatible app’s sandbox.

Receiving Shared Files via Bluetooth

When a Bluetooth-enabled device shares a file with your Windows Phone, you’ll be prompted to “accept” or “ignore” it (in this example, my laptop which is named AVALON48 is sharing a file with my Nokia Lumia 920).

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The Files App Finally Gives Windows Phone 8.1 a File Explorer

Microsoft published a “Files” app to the Marketplace around the end of May that is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 only.  The Files app enhances the phone’s functionality by providing the phone with File Explorer type access to user files.

I finally got some time to spend exploring all the goodness that the Files app brings to the phone. As you can see from the screenshot below, we can now access the various types of files we store on a phone in a way that is similar to a File Explorer. Instead of opening up the Office Hub to browse and share the Excel, PowerPoint, Word and other files that are stored there, we can find them via the Files app in the Documents folder; Music and audio files are stored in the Music folder, Photos and Videos are stored in the Pictures folder, etc. The Files app also gives us access to a Downloads folder and a Ringtones folder.

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You Can Assign Custom Ringtones to Text Messages

The Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3 brings the ability to assign custom ringtones to text messages, and you can assign a unique text message ringtone to individual contacts

After you install this update, you’ll know who’s texting you without even looking at your phone! You can also use custom ringtones for more things— instant messages, emails, voicemail, and reminders.

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