• Securing Your Device
  • Getting Connected
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    Making Telephone Calls

    Many Pocket PCs are also phones. If your device is phone-capable and you have service, you can initiate calls from your device in several ways:

    Hardware button. Most phone-capable Pocket PCs have two buttons to use in making calls. The button embossed with a small green phone will open the phone dialer when pressed or initiate a call once you have selected the number you want to dial. The button embossed with a small red phone will terminate a current phone call when pressed. When hit again, it will exit you out of the dialer and back to your home screen or the application used before the dialer.

      Phone dialer application. Select Start > Phone. Simply dial the phone number of the person you want to call using the soft keypad, and press the on-screen Talk button or the hardware Call button to initiate the call.

    Dial by Call History. Your Windows Mobile-based device stores information about all voice calls made to and from the device in the call history. You can access the Call History button to the right of the soft keypad in your phone dialer. From there, you can choose a recently dialed number and call it by pushing Call at the bottom of the screen.

      Dial from Contacts. Dial from Contacts allows your call to be initiated by simply selecting the phone number of the person you’d like to call from the Contacts application. Select Start > Contacts. Choose a Contact, then select a Call option. The number is dialed automatically.

      Dial from E-mail. If you receive e-mail from someone who’s already listed in your contacts section and decide to call that person, you can select or highlight his or her name listed in the e-mail header and select your Call hardware button.

      Voice Command. If your device is phone-capable and has service, you can use Microsoft Voice Command to dial numbers with the touch of only one button. Device manufacturers will decide on an individual basis whether to include Voice Command in their Windows Mobile 5.0-based devices, so not every device will include it.

      See the section “Navigating Your Device” for more details on Voice Command and device setup.

      To dial by Voice Command, press your Voice Command activation key (assigned during Voice Command setup). Listen for a short beep, then say “Call XX” (where “XX” is the name of the contact you want to dial). Contacts must be included in your Outlook Contacts and have valid phone numbers entered for Voice Command to work properly. Your device will ask if you’d like to contact the individual at work, home or mobile. Reply, and the device will attempt to call the individual at the location you requested.

      You may also dial by speaking numbers. Press your activation button, wait for the tone, then say “Dial,” followed by the number you wish dialed. Example: Dial 1-425-8800-3900. The device will read back to you the number it heard and ask if this is correct. Say “Correct,” and the device will proceed with the call. Saying “No” will cancel the operation and allow you to give instructions again.

    Securing Your Device

    The first line of defense in protecting your device and data is to set a password. Once it is set, you’ll be prompted to provide your password when powering on your device or using the device after it has been left idle for a predetermined amount of time.

    Select Start > Settings. Select the Password icon.

    Check the box “Prompt if device unused for.” Select a number of minutes. Next to “Password type,” choose “Simple 4 digit” or “Strong alphanumeric” from the drop-down menu.

    In addition to the ability to password-protect your device, Windows Mobile 5.0 supports several standards for wireless security, including Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), a security protocol for wireless local area networks, and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).

    Getting Connected

    Connection Manager

    The Connection Manager centralizes and automates the establishment and management of various kinds of network connections. It can also configure proxy server settings in applications that are capable of using them. Once it has been properly configured, Connection Manager will always use the most suitable connectivity path for any given connection request.

    To get to Connection Manager, select Start > Settings, select the Connections tab, and then select the Connections icon.

    For Connection Manager to make the right choices about how to connect, you must make sure that your location information is correct.

    Select the Advanced tab from the main Connection Manager screen. Select the Dialing Rules button and check the Use dialing rules box. A dialog box will emerge with directions about verifying the correct country/region codes; read it and select OK. Then select the Home, Location, Mobile or Work radio button. Select New, then name the location, set the correct country and area code for this entry, and select OK to save them.

    To enter the correct country/region codes manually, select Edit.

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