Locating SIM Applications in Windows Phone 8

Earlier this week, I bought myself the HTC 8X as a replacement for my Samsung Omnia 7. Being a Microsoft adept, I need to be up to date with my equipement eh. 😎

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As soon as I got my HTC, I realized that I also need a new SIM card. The Omnia 7 uses a normal format and the HTC uses a micro SIM. Damned! Had to wait until today to find a store open to get a new one.

So, at last… I can use it. Really not cool if you have laying around a shiny new WP8 and you can’t use it and you still have to use your old WP7.5.

But anyway… I never gave it much attention on my Omnia but I stumbled onto the SIM Applications while checking out the WP8 features. You know, the applications on your SIM card to check your bank account, top up your account and so on. Since these are not between the normal apps, you have to dig into the settings to find them.

So here’s how…

Go to Settings => System => Mobile Network and browse to the bottom. There you will find “sim applications”.

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Use a Custom ringtone on WP7 Mango

With Windows Phone 7 Mango, it’s now possible to use a custom ringtone.
However, you have to know how to do this because simply transfering any mp3 to your phone is not going to work. There are some constraints….
Your ringtone has to be:

  • a .WMA or .MP3
  • max 1Mb in size
  • about 30 sec. long (don’t know the correct length, but if you keep it below 30sec, it will definitely work)
  1. Connect your phone to your PC
  2. Load the ringtone to the folder where it’s picked up by Zune.
  3. In Zune, right-click the ringtone and select Edit.
  4. In the Genre field, type “Ringtone”.
  5. Transfer the ringtone to your phone

On your phone, go to Settings => Ringtones + Sounds en there you will find your custom ringtone.