Symbian users and WiFi clients

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Nokia N95 8Gb Music

After mentioning WeFi now being available for Android, we thought we’d recap the situation for Symbian devices, where there are a fair few solutions available:

  • WeFi is also available for Symbian, which provices easy access to Free WiFi Hotspots, although you could use fring which now includes a WeFi plugin which we covered here).
  • Devicescape provide a Symbian client, although this concentrates more on easy logging it to paid WiFi Hotspots, as opposed to the free WiFi of WeFi.
  • Of course, another option we’ve covered before is HandyWi, which has just been updated to v2.0.  This new version adds a number of new features, including a fallback to 3G option (when no WiFi is available), and includes support for the new S60 5th Edition devices, and also adds support for entering WEP and WPA/PSK encryption keys.  Other handy features include a Logoff function (very handy if you are connected to FON or BT OpenZone hotspots to help minimise the charges when you paying for the service), and you can now also upload your Landmarks to the HandyWi server (for backup  restore purposes, plus you can then view them using Google Maps or Google Earth).

HandyWi v2

If you are an existing user of HandyWi, at some point in the next week or so you’ll be asked to upgrade to this new version.  For use, allowing you to backup and restore your Landmarks (which are additionally used by Google Maps, Nokia Maps, and Route66) is a nice feature, and may make this a worthwhile app to install and run every now and then if you don’t want the benefits of it’s main functionality.

In terms of other options; if you have a Nokia E71, you may find you can download BirdStep’s SmartConnect from the Nokia Download! area for free, and Psiloc’s Connect is another option to consider.


HandyWi and FON issues fixed!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


We recently mentioned that there was a problem connecting to FON Hotspots via HandyWi, but we can report that a fix has been developed (it seems the fault lay with FON, who had to roll out a fix, not HandyWi), and should now work again.


HandyWi having FON problems

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


We’ve covered HandyWi before here and here, but apparently there are currently experiencing problems, such that you can’t login into FON hotspots from their application at the moment.  They say they are working on a solution, and hope to have it working again soon.


Step by Step guide on Gmail on S60

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

GMail on S60

Here’s a useful guide – it’s a step by step guide on how to configure the built in email client to use Google Mail on your Series 60 handset. It covers every step of the way, and although it’s only useful once, it makes getting the settings right a breeze.

Step by Step GMail on S60 [Via HandyWi, which also includes a video]


HandyWi updated

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008


HandyWi, the S60 WiFi client app we covered here, has been updated to v1.2. This adds supports for more specific WiFi accounts, with coverage of 100 WiFi networks, most notably BT OpenZone and The Cloud Hotspots. It also includes support for JoikuSpot Light, which we covered here.

Best of all, simply using HandyWi to access a WiFi Hotspot should cause the application to spot and download the update automatically, a nice touch.


Symbian FON connection client

Thursday, December 6th, 2007


HandyWi has just launched a beta of it’s Symbian WiFi connection client. This client can manage your various user accounts to access WiFi hotspots, but also includes support for the FON hotspots (whether FON, BTFON or others).

It adds a “HandyWi APN” internet access point into the device, allowing you an easy method of connecting all your apps, such as your mail and web browser. Additionally, on certain WLAN providers, HandyWi can also provide some location specific information (map of the area, discounts for local shops, museum exhibition details).