M744 Community Telephone
C3.310 Software Release Information
The latest M744 Community Telephone software has been released. The software,
version C3.310, introduces a number of new features. In order to use these features,
Dealers should upgrade their M744 software suite to the following versions:
Management System Version 1.5XX
M744Config Version 1.500
M744Downloader Version 3.0.0.X
The telephone software and M744Downloader have been attached to this email. A CD
with the entire M744 software suite will be mailed to you next week.
New features in C3.310 phone software
Country Code Locking: The Country Code controls in which country the
telephone can be used. This will protect the Dealers assigned territory from the
threat of parallel imports. Version C3.XXX and later software all require a valid
country code. This is loaded during configuration using M744Config version 1.500.
In operation, if a telephone running C3.XXX software cannot find a country code
or the correct country code it will display "No Countries" or "Wrong Countries"
respectively and go into a locked state. Dealers will be issued with a Dealer Code
and the agreed upon country code files, which are generated by Tellumat. Every
Country Code File contains the Mobile Country Code (MCC) for a particular
country and is identified by the name of the country and the file extension ".key".
Once the telephone has been configured it will on start up compare the loaded
country code with the country code presented by the GSM network. If there are
no country codes loaded or the country code is incorrect, the telephone will
display a warning on the LCD and go into a locked non-operating state.
Disable Purse: This feature is aimed at Dealers operating telephones with pre-
paid SIM cards and who use the GSM network to limit airtime-spend on the
telephone and not the purse feature. Instead of setting the purse to a very high
value it can be turned off, allowing the telephone to still operate as a payphone,
but not using a purse value in the billing calculations. The Purse menu entry is
replaced with the new “Airtime Balance” menu that allows the operator of the
telephone to request the remaining pre-paid airtime balance from the network,
which is then displayed on the telephone LCD. The “Airtime Balance” command is
dependent on the GSM network providing for SMS triggered balance inquiry. As
the airtime balance code is unique to each GSM network, the * # code is specified
in the configuration file as the parameter AirBalanceCode. If the GSM network
does not support a code (i.e. only a voice call can be used to request the
balance), the voice call must be dialled as per normal telephone operation. Note
that the purse should never be set to off when using Post-paid (Contract) SIM
cards, as there is then no mechanism to control the airtime-spend on the
telephone. If a Controller is being used, the latest version of Controller software,
version 3.02, is required when operating with the purse off.
International “+” number barring: The M744 software will automatically bar
calls made to numbers prefixed with +. This alleviates the requirement to place
the + in the barred numbers table.
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Remote Configuration: This feature is available when the telephone is
managed from the Version 1.5XX Management Application (MA). The feature
allows the Dealer to remotely download the complete configuration file to a
selected list of M744 telephones using a GSM data call. This method is far more
reliable, less time consuming and more cost effective than using multiple SMS
commands to update the telephone configuration. The download can be
scheduled to start at a certain time, such as after office hours. In operation, an
SMS is sent to the telephone and this triggers the telephone to initiate a data call
connection to a specified GSM modem number. Once connected the configuration
file is automatically downloaded to the telephone in about 30 seconds. “Remote
Update” is displayed on the telephone's LCD while the data call is in progress.
The data downloaded is stored in memory on the telephone until the data call has
been successfully completed. The telephone then disconnects and re-configures
itself with the data received. On completion of the re-configuration, the telephone
will operate as normal. The MA operator can review the data call schedule and
check which calls have been completed. Failure to contact the telephone results in
the MA automatically re-scheduling another attempt. After three attempts, the
MA will abandon that download, which must be manually rescheduled.
Call duration display: The time in the time/date display is replaced with the call
duration, indicated in mm:ss (minutes: seconds) format when busy on a call. This
reverts to time/date format within one minute of the completion of the call.
Subtract from purse command: A new purse management command allows an
amount to be deducted from the purse.
Support for 4 Management System numbers: A maximum of four
management system numbers can be specified in the configuration file. The
telephone will only accept commands originating from these numbers. Version
1.500 of the Management System supports this feature.
Post-paid billing option: This option allows the telephone to be configured so
that billing starts at zero at the start of the call and then counts the cost of the
call as time elapses. The customer then pays the amount displayed at the end of
Removal of Feature Phone mode: The Hands-Free Feature Phone functionality
has been removed from the C3.XXX software stream. This software is now
available as F1.100 and will allow for greater development of the feature phone
M744Config Version 1.500
Support country code locking: Version 1.500 requires that country code files
be selected before selecting the configuration file for download.
Improved workflow: The order in which selections have to be made has been
improved by disabling any buttons that are not necessary to complete the task.
Improved download reliability: A number of minor enhancements have been
made to improve the reliability of the download to the telephones.
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M744Downloader Version 188.8.131.52
M744 software download: The Downloader will connect to the telephone at the
correct baud rate and automatically stop the application and clear memory
configuration prior to loading the software. The M744 software is now named
using the software version, such as C3310.dwl, to prevent incorrect software
from being mistakenly loaded. The Downloader automatically prevents software
from being loaded onto a telephone with incompatible firmware.
M744 firmware download: The Downloader can be used to load firmware to
the M744 telephone.
M744 Controller software download: The Downloader can be used to load
Controller software onto the M744 Controller. Note that this requires the use of
the Controller-to-PC download cable 660-03667.
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