Installing ShoZu on a T-Mobile Dash with Windows Mobile 6
If you have a smart phone and like to use Flickr to share your photos look into ShoZu. ShoZu is a great way to move the pictures taken on your phone to the Flickr. You take a picture and it asks, Send To Flickr? If you have a data plan or the next time you are online the image is uploaded directly to Flickr. Very cool.
What happens when you assume?
I ran into problems using ShoZu with my T-Mobile Dash that has been upgraded to Windows Mobile 6. It was crashing and causing all kinds of stability issues with my phone. This morning I decided to reinstall ShoZu and figured out a simple fix and had to share.
When you install ShoZu they ask for your phone number and what model phone you have. A text message is sent to your phone with a hyperlink that sends you to the ShoZu application installer for your phone. Here is the text that was sent to my phone.
To Install ShoZu click on http://www.shozu.com/d/wm5/shozu.cab
It seems that they assume my Dash has Windows Mobile 5 on it and that install completes and kinda, sort of, appears to work but doesn’t actually upload photos to Flickr and then randomly crashes.
I opened up Mobile IE and edited the url replacing wm5 with wm6 hoping that they followed a convention for their download URLs.
This URL works and better yet installed a working version of the software. Once again I am uploading images to Flickr with aplomb.
I hope this post saves someone else the pain I went through. Should ShoZu avoid assuming that their users will never upgrade a phone’s OS? It caused me pain but I don’t know what percentage of their customers would do what I did.