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How to Install and Fix Stumbler Plus Crashes on an iPhone (Jailbroken)

Google seems to have a lot of older forum discussions about how to get Stumbler Plus to work on the iPhone. Most of these discussions revolve around an old upgrade that resulted in a crashing state for this app. However, I have found that new installations of Stumbler Plus from Cydia also crash, and the fixes described in a lot of the Google results don’t solve the problem.

Before you can do this, your phone must be jailbroken, and you need to have OpenSSH up and running. If you are using Windows, you will need a command line SSH client like Putty and pscp.exe. Remember to turn off OpenSSH on your iPhone after this is done (there is no need to leave the service running. Anyone can scan your phone and find the service running on your phone).

To install Stumbler Plus on a jailbroken iPhone, first install it from Cydia. The app will crash as soon as it is launched. Follow these instructions to get it working properly. If you are using Windows and have downloaded pscp.exe, use pscp.exe where these instructions say to use “scp” to copy the Stumbler package to your phone. Use putty to ssh into your phone to complete the rest of the steps from the Stumbler website. If you are not comfortable using putty, you can also use the MobileTerminal application from Cydia directly on your phone.

Google Voice on the iPhone

You can currently get an invite for Google Voice. The invitation came right away for me. The only problem is Apple rejected the Google Voice app for iPhones. Of course, this isn’t a big deal for people who have jailbroken phones. With Cydia installed, you can download GV Mobile, and make phone calls through your Google Voice account.

So what is Google Voice, and why would you want one? Let me tell you right now that this thing is cool once you grasp how it works and see it in real time! GV works like this: Google gives you an account and a phone number. In your Google Voice account, you enter your cell phone number, home number, and/or work number. When someone calls your Google voice number, it forwards the phone call to all of your listed phone numbers! You can even specify which numbers ring based on who the caller is. If you have more than one phone, this really allows you to consolidate your phone numbers into one number. I am sure that if you spend any time thinking about the possibilities for this application, you can realize that the uses for this could be huge! For example, you can give your home or cell number to agencies or businesses, while keeping your Google Voice phone number private for friends and family. The main concept to remember here is that your Google Voice number isn’t tied to a phone or device, it is tied to you.

GV also has a lot of neat features, particularly related to voicemail. You can have different greetings for different callers or groups of callers based on your Google Contacts. You can listen to voicemail on the Google Voice webpage. Voicemail is transcribed into text, both when you receive it on your phone (at least for the iPhone), and when you check it on the web. You can forward voicemail recordings to email, or even embed them on websites. GV can record phone call conversations, and listen to a voicemail message as it is being recorded. If you decide to take the call, you can do that too (provided the caller doesn’t hang up of course). Here is the list of things GV can do with links to short videos on how they work.

The one last thing that impressed me, and really sold me on Google Voice, is the international rates. This alone is a good reason to have Google Voice. I occasionally have the need to call Australia, which is only $0.03 a minute. Compare that to my cell phone provider’s international rate, which is $3.50 per minute for the same phone call. I just couldn’t pass that up.

Unfortunately, Google Voice is only available in the USA. There are plans to add it in other countries though. I highly advise folks to go to the GV website and apply for an invitation. If you have a Google or Gmail account, use that if you can. I don’t know if it makes a difference, but I signed up using my Gmail account which I have had for a few years now, and got my invitation instantly. Good luck!

iPhone with Exchange and Google Calendar

I finally broke down and got myself an iPhone. I must say that my initial reaction to the phone was partial excitement, and partial disappointment. You see, I’ve never owned a Smart Phone before. I had high expectations for these devices. I knew there were limitations, such as only being able to run one app at a time on iPhones, and no Flash Player. However, I was still willing to give this device a try.

One of the things that aggravated me was the lack of information on how to set up two separate Calendars on the iPhone. Apparently, the iPhone can only recently do this. I finally found the technical information I was looking for on how the iPhone Calendar/Mail apps actually work on Stephen Foskett’s Blog.

You see, I, like many, use Exchange Server 2008 for work, but I also needed a separate personal Calendar, particularly for reminding me about personal appointments. I had a Google account that would be perfect for this if I could get it to sync onto my iPhone. Google now has an ActiveSync application, which will sync your Google email, Contacts, and Calendar. However, there was one problem. If you read Foskett’s blog, you’ll learn that you can only have one ActiveSync (Exchange) account on your iPhone at a time. Now, the iPhone can easily add multiple Mailboxes without a problem. I added my Gmail account as a new email account on my iPhone, along with my existing Exchange account, and both accounts were kept separate. However, this only added my Google email, and not my Google Calendar.

As of now, I am still left without a solution to this.

Well, there is a solution, but it involves jailbreaking your iPhone using “redsn0w” for 3G and 3GS iPhones. After this is accomplished, an application called NemusSync can be installed using Cydia that will create a second, separate Calendar on your iPhone. You then launch the NemusSync app, and manually sync your Google Calendar. Too bad this isn’t built into the iPhone!