T68 MMS upgrade is finally here
31 May 2002
The long waited MMS upgrade for the Ericsson T68 is finally here. Owners of the T68 model can upgrade their phone with the new software, which converts the inside of the phone to a T68i
The net has been flooding with questions, rumours but very few answers about the software that will convert the T68(m) model to a T68i. The new software includes MMS, My Pictures, support for CommuniCam, WAP 2.0, XHTML, WAP downloadable themes, ring tone composer and better memory management. To be able to fit all these new features in the T68, SonyEricsson have removed the four secret games.
Members of the Esato discussion forum have talked about the upgrade for months. Threads typically started with questions like: “is it possible to update the T68 to a i-model without any hardware modification”. It turned out to be the same hardware in both models (except the cover). Further, the discussion continued on with the marketing of the T68. Was the phone marketed as a MMS phone? If so, some owners said they would demand a replacement MMS phone (T68i) or get the upgrade for free. The reason for the frustration around the upgrade was probably because the information from SonyEricsson not has been satisfactory. Different answers from Sony Ericsson support was given depending on the person you talked to. It is obvious that information from SonyEricsson headquarters to their country departments and Sony Ericsson support was insufficient. If you contacted SonyEricsson support in February, you would get the answer that the upgrade should be available in the end of March, then it was week 16, week 20 and finally week 21. The upgrade arrived in week 22.
But the upgrade is here now and it was worth the waiting. In addition to the list below of added nice features, you’ll get an overall faster phone. The speed of the T9 (predictive text) has been a reason for many potential customers to avoid earlier Ericsson models. Opening the SMS inbox and typing long SMS messages used to be a pain. But with the new software, the T68 is as fast as the T66 or any other non-Ericsson branded phone.
According to SonyEricsson, the upgrade is free of charge. But some owners have reported that some Service Centres do charge for the upgrade. Our advice to you, is to contact another Service Centre.
In the time of writing Service Centres and Flashpoints in the following countries are able to upgrade the phone: Denmark, Belgium, Norway, UK, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, Canada, Malaysia, Portugal, Finland, Sweden and probably other countries. US citizens have to wait until middle of June before they can upgrade their T68. Contact SonyEricsson support for a list of Service Centres in your country.
The easiest way to backup your data before delivering the phone to your local SonyEricsson Service Centre is to synchronize the calendar using XTND-connect synchronization software from http://wap.sonyericsson.com/ and PhoneBackup from Christersson.org.