Last year I blogged about the Samsung Instinct, a CDMA touch screen feature phone that superficially resembles the iPhone, and the problems that users where having running Opera Mini and other third party Java applications on it.
The issue was that the JVM on the Instinct was missing the Java ME LCDUI package which is the way that Java applications create user interface components like textboxes. This meant that was no way to enter text into any text fields in generic java apps like Opera Mini, Google Maps and Mail, or IM apps like eBuddy, making these applications essentially useless.
The Canadian operators Bell, Telus and SaskTel, who also sell the Instinct have never made the LCDUI upgrade available to their users so Canadians still need to use Proceemo. Late last week the Proceemo.com site went down and is still down leaving Canadian Sprint users once again unable to enter text in Opera Mini.
So how do you get to the keyboard page on the Instinct in Opera Mini if you can't enter URLs? Here's the trick.
- On Opera Mini's home screen click the "Opera Community" link. When the page loads, click "Forums" and then click the "Opera Mini" forum link.
- Scroll down a couple of pages and click the Proceemo doesn't work anymore? link. Scroll down to the third post and click the zx81.zx81.free.fr/public/psp/keyboard/qwerty/ link. When the page loads bookmark it. Now you can input any URL or do a Google search using the on screen keyboard.
The "Proceemo doesn't work..." thread will eventually drop off the front page of the forum, xaznxplaya has asked the forum moderators to "sticky" the thread to keep it on the front page although that hasn't happened yet.
I'm not in Canada and I don't have an Instinct so I can't actually test this workaround. If you are a Canadian Samsung Instinct user please leave a comment and let us know if it works for you.
Instinct users should also check out Instinct-Samsung.com, which seems to be the best online forum and help site for Instinct users. There's even a dedicated Canadian board on Instinct-Samsung.com which is loaded with tips and discussions about using the Instinct on Canadian operators.
I really don't understand why the operators and Samsung aren't making the update available to their users. The JVM on these phones as shipped is clearly broken. A fix exists for this broken product, you would think that they would be eager to deploy it to protect their reputation for quality and to keep their users happy. If you are a Canadian Instinct user, please sign the petitions that have been started requesting that the patch be deployed. There are separate petitions for Bell and Telus. I couldn't find a SaskTel petition, someone want to create one?