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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.

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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.

The Fix

I opened up Mobile IE and edited the url replacing wm5 with wm6 hoping that they followed a convention for their download URLs.

http://www.shozu.com/d/wm6/shozu.cab

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.

1 Comment

  • kmiller

    @Jambo:

    Glad to see ShoZu is keeping track. I just tried to use http://m.shozu.com from my phone. Once I got there. I was able to download the application and everything worked great. Thanks for the info. Not sure how I would have known about it by browsing your site using my PC.

    Did you know mobile windows live search wraps your mobile site in a proxy that does not let you download your application?

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