SBSTransit 51 + HP IPaq510+Nokia WIFI

HP Ipaq 510On my way back from Jurong East, my wife and I decided to take the SBS transit bus #51 on the way back home. One thing I like about the SBSTransit is that on some of their buses, like Bus 51, 72 and 147, they have free WIFI!

So since the trip will take about 1 to 2 hours to get to my destination, I decided to take out my HP IPaq 510 PDA phone. This phone has windows mobile OS. This also means that it has both Windows Media player, and Windows LIVE (Messenger).

*Catching!* Hmm.. so I decided to enable the Internet Wifi on the PDA phone and connected to the free Wifi on the bus. Once connnected, I started the Windows Media Player and listened to RMN news (Philippines) at this URL: mms://mirrors.martin.bitstop.ph/rmnnews.

Even at 4kbps bit rate, I was able to hear the newscast about the rally in the Philippines that was happening today. Furthermore, as the bus travelled along the route, there were no buffering, and no dropped signals!

Next, I turned to testing the windows LIVE (Messenger). I logged on to my account and used it to chat with my team back in the Philippines. It so happened that I needed to give some instructions to Edmund who was currently doing the report for one of our clients in Philippine Call Center.

I was able to chat with him! Next I chatted up Martin G of martin.bitstop.ph PARSEBGP project who was in Shanghai, and Benz C who was at St Benilde! I actually found myself chatting with 3 parties at the same time. All while the bus was moving! I love Singapore!! I love SBSTransit!!

Finally, when my fingers tired of having to type on the itsybitsy phonepad, I decided to use the voice clip feature of HP Ipaq 510. I only had to record my voice, and then send it as a “Play” file to my chat-mates.

They were able to get the “Play” file and listen to it!

Now my only other wish list is to be able to use the HP IPaq 510 to act as a SIP phone and connect to my SIP gateway. And then if I can do that, the next project would be to use the VPN feature of the phone and remotely log in to my servers!!!

Has anyone done this? Please share your experience here!

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