Please remember to add a category to the bottom of each page that you create.
See categories help for further details, but most will probably be [[Category:HTC ModelName]].

HTC Excalibur

From XDA-Developers
Jump to: navigation, search
HTC Excalibur
HTC Excalibur.jpg
Model Number: See Page
Device Type: Phone
Manufacturer: HTC HTC-icon.png
Release Date: October 2006
Operating System: Windows Mobile Windows Mobile-icon.jpg
Dimensions: 62.5 x 111.5 x 12.8 mm
Weight: 130 grams (battery included)
Display: color transflective TFT , 65536 scales 2.4", 320 x 240
Chipset: 201 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 850
RAM: Not Known
Internal Memory: RAM 64 MiB ROM 128 MiB
Memory Card: microSD
Networks: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, CSD, GPRS, EDGE
Wi-fi: Not Known
USB: Not Known
Bluetooth: 2.0
NFC: Not Known
GPS: none
Video out: Not Known
Camera: 1.3 MP
Secondary Camera: none
Battery: 970 mAh
Other features
Additional Features: Built-in QWERTY-type keyboard

HTC Excalibur

HTC S620 / HTC S621 / Rogers & HTC S621 / Dopod C720W / Dopod C720 / T-Mobile Dash / T-Mobile MDA Mail / O2 Xda Cosmo / Orange SPV E600


  • Quad-band EDGE/GPRS
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone
    • Supported upgrades to WM6.0 from HTC, T-Mobile, and others. Unsupported upgrades to WM6.5 here on xda-developers
    • Newer "DASH" models from T-Mobile-USA come with a new color scheme and WM6.1 installed. Still no official upgrade path for older phones.
  • 2.4-inch QVGA display, fixed landscape mode, 320x240px
  • JOGGR control pad for scrolling, browser-back, and browser-launch...remappable via the registry or other tools
  • Integrated keyboard
  • MS Office and PDF viewers included
  • Microsoft Outlook Mobile for e-mail:supports POP3 and IMAP mail accounts, as well as Direct Push to deliver mail as it comes in
  • ROM 128MB, RAM 64MB
  • Supports up to 2GB SD (transflash) cards
    • WM6.1 supports higher-capacity SD cards
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • ~WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity with wireless stereo
  • PC connection via ~MiniUSB
  • Overall dimensions 111.5mm(L) x 62.5mm(W) x 12.8mm(T)
    • 4.4 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.51 inches
  • Advertised talk time of 5 hours, standby time of 9 days
    • Higher-capacity batteries (with larger covers) are available through third-party vendors

Also Known As

ROMs & Updates

FAQs and Bibles

These resources apply to WM5-6, and may also apply to WM6.1

  • FAQ that is, frequently asked questions about the Excalibur. From the HTC wiki.
  • Browser Bible Just about everything you ever wanted to know about browsing on a smartphone. Includes info on viewing embedded flash videos.
  • Java MIDlet Bible A complete guide to using java apps on your smartphone.
  • Button remapping Bible Explains methods and applications for remapping keys on your smartphone, as well as adding application shortcuts.
  • Internationalization Bible Help with changing eT9/xT9 languages.
  • The YouTube Bible or how Alice learned to believe seven impossible things before breakfast.


Hard Reset Procedures

  • Press Start -> Accessories -> Clear Storage, press enter to launch, you will be prompted to type "1234" and to press Enter. If you do this you will lose all contents and the Dash will be restored to its original configuration. It takes about 5 minutes for it do this and reboot.
  • If you are locked up and can't get to the Clear Storage utility, turn the phone off; hold down the two softkey menu select buttons (above the home and <- buttons); press power on while still holding the buttons down and follow the prompts on the screen. Timing is critical on the latter option, so if you miss it once, try again.

Helpful Applications and Add-ons

From the xda-developers team

  • NRG Weather plugin (WM6.1) A weather plugin for sliding panels. Feature rich, but no longer in development.
  • NRG ~MiniWeather plugin (WM6.1) NRG's newest weather project. It's smaller, but has fewer options. It's also in current development.
  • ODSHOWeather plugin (WM6.1) is an alternative weather script that places the weather information in your clock panel at the top of the screen. It's an improvement of the above apps by outerdepth and showaco and claims to be trouble-free as well as providing weather radar display.
  • Feather Weather by showaco manages to give a lot of information into a small space. Its the smallest at 950 kb but has tons of weather data provided in a clean interface.
  • Screenshots of the above four weather plugins CHome_Weather
  • CHome Configurator (WM6.1) is a tool to help tweak the display of the CHome panels to individual preference.
  • Instructions with pics on how to use the configurator.
  • Alphanuma (WM6.0+) skins your dialing and call-progress screens and adds a bar with the correlations between the number keys and which letters they represent. (See below for another option).
  • Carousel (WM6.0+)your homescreen if you're tired of sliding panels.
  • Pocket Sports Center Plugin (WM6.1) adds sports scores to your homescreen.

From elsewhere

  • Original (WM5+) t-zones WAP browser for the Dash.
  • Original OZ Messenger from T-Mobile ROMs. Uses text messages instead of GPRS.
  • SmartToolkit (WM5+) gives a skinnable Vista-like taskbar and a pop-up start menu and task manager. May cause instability in some situations; don't install on the SD card!
  • Skins for ~SmartToolkit
  • Smartphone Freeware (WM2003+) Good download site for free software for all smartphones. Be sure and check that you're downloading the latest version of what you want, as organization sucks. This is the "dotcom" address. Try using "dot net", "dot org", and "dot mobi" as well.
  • Gmail on the Excalibur (Any?) Instructions for "a temporary but working solution to the full screen issue in gmail mobile 2.0".
  • The Mobile Stream Center (Any) Nice site for quick streaming radio from stations across the US.
  • (Any) allows custom voice mail greetings. You can have a greeting for your boss, one for your insignificant other, etc. NB: Changing the default voice mail number might not "stick" with some carriers. You can set another speed-dial, however. Also, depending on a carrier's regional variations, ~YouMail service might not be satisfactory. If it works in your region, it's amazing. If it doesn't, you'll hate it with a passion.
  • Free service provides SMS or email updates with voice mail attachments, custom greetings, desktop real time application with caller ID and voice mail announcements, mobile and traditional websites and best of all mobile call screening, which allows you to hear a callers message before deciding to interrupt and answer.
  • Devicescape Automates logging in to ~WiFi hotspots, and easy setup and sharing of your home ~WiFi.
  • DASHwire (WM6+) Makes an online backup of your phone's contacts, videos, pics, tones, etc. Especially good for those who don't/can't use ~ActiveSync; however the small app may have trouble with some cooked (unofficial) ROMs.
  • tZedge (Any) is arguably THE place to get (or make) ringtones and wallpapers for any phone.
  • Alphadial (WM6.1) is a small application that fixes the inability to dial with letters in WM6.1
  • Palringo is a nice Instant Messenger supporting most major protocols. Uses GPRS instead of text messages.
  • Also one of very few IM programs that work with t-zones $5.99 plan. Registry tweaks from the Kaiser guys are necessary to enable this.
  • AE Button Plus (WM2003+) is a button re-mapper that adds great flexibility and control over what keypresses do. Discussion here.

Software Notes

  • The Excalibur runs Windows Mobile Standard. This is the version made specifically for smartphones (non-touchscreen phones).
  • Windows Mobile is not Windows. It will not run applications made for desktop Windows.
  • Although some software developers have versions that work on both smartphones and pocket pc's (touchscreen phones), most ~PocketPC software will not run on a smartphone.
  • Keep this in mind when finding software at the above sites to trick out your phone.
  • For a phone, the Excalibur is a powerful device; however, check the specs above. Don't expect a phone or its software to do more than it's capable of.
  • As an example, a mobile processor at less than 200MHz with a 320x240 screen cannot give you the same quality as a 1080p blu-ray player with a compatible monitor.


Back to Main Page