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MobileBoard for Motorola
Copyright © 2003, Genovation, Inc.
Manual Last Updated January 8, 2003
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The Genovation Mobileboard is a QWERTY-style keyboard for Motorola GSM
family phones. The Mobileboard provides full alphanumeric text entry and menu
navigation that is superior to text entry using the 0-9 keypad on the phone itself.
Text messaging, phonebook editing and web browsing are only a few of the
operations made easier by the Mobileboard.
Motorola GSM phone (such as models v60g, v70, etc. or equivalent).
There are two ways to attach the keyboard to the phone, hot-attach and cold-
With your phone turned on, plug the Mobileboard male 17-pin connector into
the bottom of the phone. The driver is automatically activated after about 2
With your phone turned off, plug the Mobileboard male 17-pin connector into
the bottom of the phone. Power-up the phone. After the phone initializes the
driver is automatically activated.
PLEASE NOTE: Not all phone models support all of the possible keys. Some
of the characters or navigation buttons may not be functional for your phone.
For example, the number characters 0-9 are functional when composing text
or email messages, but do not work for simple phone-dialing. For best
results, you should disable text-prediction features such as T9 and
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Operation – Text Entry
1. Normal Text Entry
Keys printed in white (e.g. numbers 0 to 9 and the lowercase alphabet) are
entered simply by pressing the desired keys. Uppercase alphabetic
characters and characters printed in blue can be entered by using the Shift
key. The Shift key is a “sticky” key that operates in two ways. The first is
exactly like a PC keyboard. Holding Shift down causes the keyboard to
generate uppercase characters for those keys pressed while Shift is down.
The second method is to press and release Shift once – the following key
(only) will be an uppercase key and then the Shift state is automatically
2. The Fn Key
Keys printed in
are entered using the Fn key. The Fn key is also a
“sticky” key. If you wish to enter a series of red keys, press and hold the Fn
key, press the keys you want and release the Fn key. If you only need one
red character, press and release Fn followed by the key you want. The Fn
state is automatically cleared.
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Operation - Navigation
The following keys are used in conjunction with Fn to navigate the menus and
features in the phone:
Arrow keys – Down (v), up (g), left (c) and right (b). Hint: The letter “v” looks
like a down arrow.
Menu and soft keys – Menu (m), left soft key (n) and right soft key (/). Hint:
“M” as in menu. Also the left and right soft keys are arranged to the left and
right of the menu button, just like on the phone.
Call End – K. Hint: “K” as in kill the call.
Call Answer – L. Hint: “L” as in lift the phone receiver.
Back – The backspace (
) key presses the Soft1 button for 1.5 seconds
which emulates a CLEAR operation.
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Q. What other phone models/brands or PDAs can the Mobileboard be used with?
A. Check the Genovation website at
for the latest
information and operating manuals regarding the Mobileboard product.
Q. Some of the red keys on the Mobileboard do not work (for instance, NET).
A. Not all keys work on all phones. If a key does not work, use the menu and
navigation keys instead OR use the keys on the phone itself.
Q. How do I determine the firmware version of my MobileBoard.
A. Turn the phone off. Press and hold the ‘v’ key on the MobileBoard. While
holding the ‘v’ key down, power-up the phone. Continue holding the ‘v’ key for
about 10 seconds, then release it. The display should indicate two numbers
followed by a ‘*’ and then another two numbers. This is the version number. The
star indicates the decimal point in the version number. Example: 01*00 would
be version 1.00 (one point zero zero).