Reset Windows Mobile 5.0 EDGE connection

January 22, 2006

Anyone know of a way to 'reset' an EDGE connection in Windows Mobile 5.0 without rebooting? EDGE connectivity on my i-mate SP5 has been a little flaky and I'm fairly certain it has nothing to do with Cingular, which leaves me with either the phone or the OS to blame, and experience obviously wants to point the finger at Windows.

In a nutshell, the problem usually goes something like this: use EDGE for something; don't use it for a while (let's say an hour); try to use it again for anything. When I say anything I mean POP, SSH, FTP, WWW, etc. IE will simply tell you that the page can't be found, Opera Mini (which is great by the way) will tell you that a communication error has occurred, and an FTP attempt through Total Commander will say that it can't resolve the address (probably the most correct and informative error message of the three).

The only workaround I've found is to reset the device, which never fails to make my blood boil and always seems to cause me to scream obscenities about how MS sucks and blah blah blah. If you've got a better solution please let me know about it before I completely lose my voice.

UPDATE: Quite a few people have e-mailed me about this and the solution seems to be to hit (or, in some cases, hold down for a few seconds) the phone "hangup" key, which immediately drops the connection. This has worked pretty well for me and so I now make it a habit to hit the hangup key each time I stop actively using the connection.

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