New Firmware v052.003 | Nokia E52

The Nokia E52 has received a new firmware taking it up to v052.003. The new firmware brings some minor bug fixes and reliability improvements. Check out the changelog after the break and to find out more on how to update your device. This update should be available for most of you, however it may take a few days for it to become available to everyone. Don’t forget to share your experiences in the comments.

Changelog

  • Performance improvements
  • Usability improvements

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Then select Options, Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

Hero Of Sparta HD For Symbian^3 Available Free For A Limited Time

Gameoloft has got into the Christmas spirit and made Hero of Sparta HD for the Nokia N8 and other Symbian^3 devices available free for a limited period. Check out the download links and gameplay demo after the break.

To grab your free copy of Hero of Sparta HD simply visit gameloft.com from your mobile device.

0800 Numbers Will Soon Become Free From Mobile Phones

When I read this article today I have to say I was quite pleased to see some action finally being taken regarding this issue. So far, Communication Service Providers such as T-Mobile, O2 and Orange have been charging customers for making calls to what would be free phone numbers if dialled from UK landlines. Moreover, cost of calls to non-geographical numbers are very vague to say the least. Well, this is all about to change. Hit the jump to find out more.

OfCom today finally forwarded a proposal that will see calls made from mobile phones to 0800 numbers become free of charge, as well as pressing for more transparency with regards to calling other non-geographical numbers from mobiles.

OfCom is also initiating a push to persuade businesses to begin taking advantage of numbers that begin with 03, as they offer a similar pricing structure to 01 and 02 numbers.

This is what Ed Richards, Chief Executive of OfCom had to say. “There is clear evidence of widespread uncertainty and confusion about the cost of calling these numbers. Consumers need to have far more transparency about the price they are going to pay for calls so that they can make more informed choices and so competition can work more effectively. Making 0800 numbers free from a mobile and giving people clarity about what they are paying for 118 directory enquiry services will improve transparency, improve competition and enhance trust in these important services.”

It’s nice to finally see some action being taken towards the cost of calling these numbers. Many companies such as AA Roadside Recovery require you to call an 0800 number when in need of assistance. However the fact that they offer a free phone number is irrelevant, as when you are most likely to be in need of assistance you will probably be in the middle of nowhere with only your mobile to make calls with.

Ovi Store Games News | Four New HD Games Incoming

The Ovi Blog today announced that the Ovi Store will be receiving some more HD games very soon (I’m guessing by the end of this week), courtesy of Gameloft. Firstly, Angry Birds Seasons will be showing up within the Ovi Store in the next few days, thereafter, four HD games are set to hit the store: Uno HDAssassins Creed HDReal Golf 2011 HD and Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD. Hit the jump to find out more.

UNO HD

The ever popular card game will make its debut on the Nokia N8. With a WiFi multiplayer mode this game will be perfect for playing with friends and families over the holidays.

Assassins Creed HD

Based on the amazing console game, this mobile version will have you playing as the master assassin Altair as you explore the majestic environments of the Crusade’s Middle East.

Real Golf 2011 HD

Depending on where you live you may not be able to get out on the links but fear not, it’s now coming to your Nokia N8! The Nokia version has exclusive content now found anywhere else – such as playing as world #1 Lee Westwood!

Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD

This web-slinging action title is making its way to the Nokia N8 just in time for the holidays. Battle so save New York city from a host of evil villains trying to disperse a deadly virus.