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upgrading to MIDP 2.0

 
Dirk Schreckmann
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Is it possible that vendors will be providing MIDP 2.0 updates to any current MIDP 1.0 devices? Or is there something inherent about the MIDP implementation that would make such a thing impractical?
(I'm mostly curious about the Nokia 3650, which I think I'm finally going to go purchase today.)
 
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Firmware upgrade is unlikely for cell phone type devices. In fact, Nokia 3650 already has a newer "replacement" model (Nokia 6600) that runs MIDP 2. Dirk, you did get that 3650 free on Amazon, right?
Now, two types of devices might support JVM upgrade:
1. PDA devices. They require you to install software JVMs and can be upgraded at anytime.
2. J2ME-over-BREW cell phones. That is, to use BREW to dyanmically deploy the entire JVM and applications. Qualcomm talks about this a lot but I have yet to see devices in the US.
 
Dirk Schreckmann
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Thanks for the Amazon tip, I'd not considered them.
I wish I could purchase the phone on Amazon as their prices are a bit better, but they don't seem willing or able to accomodate my slightly irregular purchase. I'm actually purchasing three phones for a T-Mobile family talk plan. T-Mobile says no problem to qualify for rebates on all of the phones, as do my local stores, but Amazon doesn't seem to offer the right combination of links to accomplish this.
I've emailed them, and I'll soon learn how flexible the giant is.
 
Frank Manno
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Originally posted by Michael Yuan:
Firmware upgrade is unlikely for cell phone type devices. In fact, Nokia 3650 already has a newer "replacement" model (Nokia 6600) that runs MIDP 2. Dirk, you did get that 3650 free on Amazon, right?

Michael,
Has the 6600 already been released (either in Europe in or North America)? If not, do you know when it's slated for availability?
I'm looking to purchase a J2ME-enabled phone, but I'd prefer a MIDP 2.0 phone, and so far the 6600 seems like the only cell phone that supports 2.0 (or am I wrong?).

Thanks,
Frank
 
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The Nokia 6600 is not yet commercially available anywhere. The press release announcing it said that it was "expected to be commercially available during the fourth quarter of 2003 in Europe, Africa, and Asia-Pacific markets".
You won't be able to upgrade the Nokia 3650 to MIDP 2.0. As Michael says, in general this kind of upgrade has not been available for mobile phones.
I believe that some other companies have also announced MIDP 2.0 phones (e.g. Motorola), but to the best of my knowledge none are yet commercially available.
 
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