Windows Mobile 2003 to Windows Mobile 5 anyone?

I’m a serious stickler for upgrading things.

12 months ago I purchased a Motorola V300. Not content with the phone I had seen as everyone was buying them up last summer I decided to take a bit of action and so tore apart my V300.

By tearing apart my V300 I mean buying new casing, transferring the internal workings of the phone to a V525 body, replacing the antenna and upgrading the camera, fitting new lights and flashing the firmware on the phone to upgrade the software end of the phone to a V600, thus unlocking more memory, a video camera and the rest. Yes folks, the V300 is the bastard offspring of the V600 – cut down in price, cut down in size but secretly – secretly – they’re the same phone.

I’m doing the same with the XBOX. Not content with something standard, I’ve ordered a ModChip, borrowed some soldering gear and I’m going to transform the innocent XBOX into a sweet multimedia console as opposed to games console.

Now its in me to get a way to upgrade from Windows Mobile 2003SE to Windows Mobile 5.

Let me draw your attention to the Windows Mobile Team Blog which makes for some interesting reading.

Then there was this….

The h6300 and hw6500 product lines are significantly more complex products that function on mobile operator networks. Mobile operator networks require stable product performance in order to maximize quality of service for their end-users. In some cases in order to maximize service performance with the new operating system, hardware changes are required. Hardware modifications to on the h6300 and hw6500 are not planned; therefore HP will not provide MS Windows Mobile 5.0 on the iPAQ h6300 and hw6500 models

Followed by this dated September 26th….

In conjunction with the unveiling of its first Windows Mobile 5.0-enabled handhelds today, Hewlett-Packard today confirmed that the company does not have an upgrade to Windows Mobile 5.0 scheduled for its iPAQ hw6515 communicator. Citing minimum hardware requirements for Windows Moile 5.0, the company also said that it had not scheduled upgrades to the latest version of Windows Mobile for any products beyond its hx2000 and hx4700 ranges of iPAQ handhelds

And finally this little ditty from engadget which might well suggest there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I don’t like waiting. I don’t like making people wait. I sure don’t like people keeping me waiting. But I’m a patient guy.


  1. keith bohanna October 31, 2005 at 12:15 pm

    As it turns out the hard disk Samsung phone that I mentioned to you running on Mobile 5 – isn’t!!


  2. Ken October 31, 2005 at 12:27 pm


    ah well! there goes another one. Seemingly HP are considering launching the HW6500 series with WM5 in January, but its simply “considering”, and since they’re not providing any concrete way to upgrade the phone’s OS to WM5, it would mean sticking with WM2K3 or hacking the firmware – something which as much as it is fun would possibly be a little more dangerous considering the value of the handset and the OS its running…

  3. Sean November 12, 2005 at 8:00 pm

    Did you mod your Xbox? I would love to do it..

  4. Ken November 13, 2005 at 6:39 pm

    well, i made that start by getting the xbox first off!

    then the aladin xt pro chip arrived…

    haven’t gotten around to soldering the chip onto the motherboard yet, i’ll do it some evening pretty soon and i’ll post the results!

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