Details of Official Samsung Blackjack i607 Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade

Details of Official Samsung Blackjack i607 Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade

Time to stop holding your breath.

 

It’s finally here! Samsung Blackjack users now can officially upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 on their Samsung i607 handsets!

 

If you have no clue why you should be upgrading if at all, check out this handy comparison chart of Windows Mobile 5 vs. Windows Mobile 6.

 

Here’s the “official” highlights of WM6:

 

On February 12, 2007, Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6, a major upgrade of Microsoft’s mobile operating system that provides significant improvements for both consumers and business customers. The following improvements are available with Windows Mobile 6:

Improved messaging and collaboration, including ability to read HTML email, calendar ribbon, keyboard shortcuts, integrated Windows Live experience and more.

For example:

Shortcut keys to mimic desktop experience Mobile Office for Word, Excel, PowerPoint OMA DM support

The following improvements all require Exchange 2007:

> Exchange search for email
> HTML support in email
> Fetch mail i.e. download an email without doing a full send/receive Improved GAL search

WM6 has a few improvements and better integration with dialer, scheduling, etc.
> View status of all attendees for a meeting

> Meeting Request Improvements

> Out of Office Assistant Reply and

> Forward Meeting Appointments

Increased integration with current infrastructure: For example, seamless connectivity to SharePoint server for access to intranet documents.  Windows Mobile 6 will take advantage of new features in Exchange Server 2007.

Improved security and device management: Windows Mobile 6 allows information on a storage card to be encrypted and is to be wiped remotely, provides enhanced policies, Information Rights Management and more.

More powerful development platform: The new, more powerful .NET Compact Framework 2.0 is now included in all Windows Mobile 6 devices as well as the new SQL Server Compact Edition which provides a full SQL database engine including file-level encryption and merge replication.
Windows Mobile 6 includes new naming conventions:

Windows Mobile 6 Standard (formerly Smartphone) is a non-touch platform designed for handheld use  

Windows Mobile 6 Professional (formerly Pocket PC Phone Edition) is designed for touch screen for flexible input

Windows Mobile 6 Classic (formerly Pocket PC) designed for devices with no cellular radio 

 

 

Basically, you get HTML email support, better Office apps to open and edit documents in Powerpoint, Excel, Word and Outlook. There’s internet sharing which should be available, but I haven’t tested to see if that’s been throttled by AT&T. (As you may be aware, AT&T recently killed the ability to use the Blackjack as a modem with the MediaMax data plans – you have to pay the full $50/month for the unlimited PDA data plan for that). There’s a bunch of other neat features, that are yet to be discovered…

 

Here’s the requirements before you attempt to begin any of this stuff . . .

 

YOUR COMPUTER

  • Desktop/Laptop Computer Running Windows XP or Windows 2000
  • ActiveSync v4.2 (Or Higher) Installed and Functioning Properly
  • All Firewall & Anti-Virus Programs Should Be Disabled
  • Direct connection of the USB cable to the computer’s USB port is strongly advised. The use of a USB hub or docking station is NOT recommended.

THE BLACKJACK HANDSET

  • Fully Charged Battery (Standard or Extended)
  • The SIM Card Should Be Removed From the phone

OTHER

  • USB Data Cable (Included In Original Retail Box – P/N: PCB200BBE)
  • BlackJack Companion CD
         

     

    Here’s a quick FAQ rundown:

  • Is The Upgrade For My SGH-i607 (BlackJack) From Windows Mobile 5 To Windows Mobile 6 Free Of Charge?
    • YES – At this time, the update is FREE for BlackJack end users.
  • How Long Will The Upgrade Be Available For My SGH-i607?
    • Currently, there is no plan to remove the upgrade after this initial release.
  • If I Purchase A New SGH-i607, Will It Come With Windows Mobile 6?
    • There are currently no plans to roll out Windows Mobile 6 from the factory. It can be found online on Samsung’s website.
  • Does This Upgrade Contain Fixes Mentioned With The GB4 For My SGH-i607 That Was Released Last Year?
    • The HA1 S/W does incorporate fixes made in the prior release.

 

 

HERE IS THE LINKS TO SAMSUNG’S

WINDOWS MOBILE 6 UPGRADE

or 

ALTERNATE DIRECT FILE DOWNLOAD LINK

 

 

 

OK, I’ve upgraded 2 different Blackjack’s at this point, and now familiar with the WM6 upgrade process.  Here’s some details to help you get through it — it’s quite easy actually.  The instructions and screenshots on the upgrade page (link above) are quite useful.  The instructions might look intimidating, but it’s basically broken down into: 1) back-up your phone, 2) set-up the phone and pc to upgrade by checking for modem driver and putting the phone into download mode, 3) run the upgrade program.

 

Here’s a little more details of the process broken down into 10 steps for you:

 

1) BACK UP THE DATA ON YOUR PHONE. You have to back-up your data on your phone if you care through ActiveSync and your USB cable.  Even if you don’t need the data, you should sync once to make sure your connection is working and the software can talk to your phone.

 

 

2) MAKE SURE YOUR BLACKJACK MODEM DRIVER IS INSTALLED. You need to make sure the Blackjack modem driver is installed (which it should if you’ve installed ActiveSync through the installation CD that came with your phone.  On your Blackjack, go to START > SETTINGS > CONNECTIONS > USB > Select MODEM.    Then you connect your phone to the PC with the USB cable.  The upgrade page gives you details on how to go into you device manager to check to see if it sees the modem and if there: Basically, on your PC go to: START > RUN > devmgmt.msc (Click OK) > in the Device Manager window, click on the + sign next to MODEMS and you should see the Blackjack Mobile Modem Driver.  If not, the upgrade page has a download link to the Modem Driver installation software.  Next, you go down to PORTS and click the + sign and you should also see the SAMSUNG MOBILE MODEM DIAGNOSTIC SERIAL PORT.  If so, close the window and you’re all set to upgrade.

 

 

3) GET YOUR PHONE READY TO UPGRADE.  DISCONNECT your phone and TURN IT OFF.  Take out you SIM CARD (under the battery)

3) BLOCK ACTIVESYNC FROM INTERFERING.  Open ActiveSync, go to FILE > Connection Settings > and UNCLICK “Allow USB Connections”

 

 

4) START THE UPGRADE PROGRAM.  Now double click on the WM6 Upgrade file you downloaded and you’ll have to input 2 passwords – 2649 & 4954

 

 

5) SET YOUR BLACKJACK TO RECEIVE THE UPGRADE.  Now, you have to switch your phone into DOWNLOADER MODE:  Press BOTH the RIGHT SOFT KEY (the right “…” button) and the bottom button on the side of the phone under the jog dial.  WHILE HOLDING BOTH DOWN, turn on the phone at the top edge of the phone.  You can let go of the 2 buttons when you see the DOWNLOADER SCREEN show up.

 

 

6) CONNECT & UPGRADE.  At this point, connect the USB cable again and then click OK on the dialog box on the PC to start the process.

 

 

7) WAIT. WAIT. WAIT. You’ll wait a couple of minutes while it goes through 3 phases. 

 

When it’s all done, your phone will auto shut-down and re-boot with WM6 installed. 

 

 

You’ll see the AT&T logo and the new WM6 Window start-up screen and then finally the new “desktop”

 

 

 

8) DOUBLE CHECK.  AT&T recommends that you check to make sure the version of the software is correct – instructions are again available on the upgrade page.  Just click *#1234# from the home screen

 

 

9) COMPLETELY WIPE OUT THE PHONE.  It also recommends that you do a complete sytem reset to ensure all legacy memory is cleaned out.

 

 

10) SMILE.  You’ll all set!  You can sync your phone again to restore all your contacts, email, calendar, etc.  And of course you’ll then go to download GoogleMaps, LiveSearch, Yahoo!Go 2.0, AlphaDialer, set-up your email accounts in MobileOutlook and . . . .

Here’s a video explaining the upgrade process as well. . .

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video 

Enjoy!

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20 Comments

  1. got to pint where update v 1.6.4 screen is, used the alternate link, and when start option comes up it asks me for select an image to download.

    the phone is still on the boot_ok_ping

    heeeeeeelp

  2. Alex,

    Try powering down the phone completely again. Then restart the upgrade program on the pc, enter the passkeys. Turn on the phone in downloader mode. Connect USB cable and continue the process. It should work…good luck!

    Kenny

  3. I had the same problem with my desktop. I tried it on my laptop and it worked no problem. The one thing I noticed was that on the desktop it never asked my for the keys and it did on the laptop. I have no idea what the problem was. Crazy.

  4. Another issue might be anti-virus and firewall. Make sure that you turn both off before doing the upgrade.

  5. I could not get the Samsung Modem Driver to download on my computer, but i went ahead with downloading WM6. Everything goes smoothly until phase 3 (updating the phone). I just stopped the downloading and my phone works fine with WM6! But when i check to see if the version is updated (by typing “*#1234#”), the PDA code is updated but not the phone’s code

    but so far it still works like normal!

  6. I do not get the Screen for the Passwords.. It goes srtaight to the Start downloading screen and then I try and DL and I get “Select an Image to Download”.
    There is no way this can be that dang hard to do!
    I have been on the phone with Tech Support and Level 3 and they just Pi** me off because I can not understand them..
    Someone help me with this PLEASEEEEEEE

  7. I have done the reboot on my pc and blackjack, when I try to update with the WM6 it ask for to select an image?

    I have downloaded all the modem drivers and everything. Still not able to get WM6???

    Any real help out there?

  8. I had issues as well and found it to be the firewall I was using. The install went smooth, but have noticed that the phone seems to freeze or lock up if it looses signal and you try to send a text message. Basically you have to restart the phone to get signal back. Kinda strange, and not happy about that. Any ideas? Anyone else having an issue like this?

  9. Yes, turn off the firewall software, then it allows me to enter the ID and KEY, otherwise, it didn’t prompt me.

    If you have McAfee SecurityCenter, just select the “Configure” tab, then the “Internet & Network” link, and in the “Internet & Network Configuration” panel, select the radio button to turn Firewall protection Off.

    After that is done, you can run the Upgrade program just fine and it should prompt you for the ID and the KEY.

  10. I can see the AT&T logo and the new WM6 Window start-up screen but after this, “goodbye” and off.

  11. every thing runs smoothly until it gets to phase 2 and the the rom pauses and then says time out. can’t access device and on the phone the usb downloader goes from phase 2 start to usb cable power off and all of my antivirus software is turned off including windows firewall i am running win xp pro someone please help cause samsung was no help they jus told me to send in my phone

  12. I’ve bought an unlocked blackjack.will it be relocked after the wm6 upgrade?

  13. @Olsi: Personally, I had an unlocked Blackjack before I upgraded too. When I performed the self-upgrade as described above, it did not lock it again.

    But on a separate, but related note, the way I had my Blackjack unlocked was by calling AT&T Wireless and telling them that I was traveling internationally to Mexico and needed my phone unlocked. They provided the code/instructions immediately without question.

  14. A fantastic read….very literate and informative. Many thanks….what theme is this you are using and also, where is your RSS button ?

  15. I had the problem where I never saw the prompt to enter the pass codes. I disabled all anti-virus & firewalls (McAfee) and it worked perfectly.

  16. I’m stuck. I tried the upgrade (every last detail), and all is well up until actually doing the upgrade. When I power on the phone in download mode, windows xp found new hardware comes up. It will not install drivers automatically, or when specified from the drivers I previously downloaded and installed successfully.

    I turned off AV and firewall and had the same results. Have uninstalled/reinstalled the drivers, also no help.

    I also tried it on my wife’s Vis*a computer. I could not even get the modem drivers to install at all, there, so I gave up.

    All help appreciated!

  17. why is that my own PDA/Phone version reads i607UCGB4 while those in upgrading tutorial reads i607UCHA1

  18. Just wondering if anyone has been able to get to the download page for actually downloading the WM6 update file? I have not been able to get there at all. Also the alternate link is asking me for a password. I am guessing that the file no longer resides there. Does anyone have the file or a location that I can actually get it from currently?

  19. Also looking for the WM6 update file. The link on the Samsung support site is still down, and the alternate link still password protected. I just bought a brand new SGH-I607 and want to upgrade it.

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