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Windows Mobile and Language Support

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I've been traveling quite a bit lately and the one question I've gotten a lot in Asia and in Europe is around Language Support in Windows Mobile so I thought I'd attempt to address it. 

Unlike Windows Vista, Windows Mobile doesn't have a MUI or Multilingual User Interface on a single image that supports double bit characters (Chinese/Japanese) unless you get a device in a region that uses that double bit language.

The question that I get most often is, assuming I use an English language version of the operating system.

  1. Can I input in a double bit based language like Chinese or Japanese?
  2. Can the system display and send and receive messages written in a double bit language?
  3. Can I change the regional settings to support another language?

Since the Standard and Professional versions of the OS differ I've covered their multi language support independency.

Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone (Non Touch Screen)

  1. Inputting in a double bit based language like Chinese or Japanese - Unfortunately you cannot without a 3rd party add-on like CEStar
  2. Reading double bit based language like Chinese or Japanese - Unfortunately you cannot without a 3rd party add-on like CEStar
  3. Changing the regional settings to support another language - Here we do have an answer, on Windows Mobile Standard devices you can go to Start -> Settings -> Regional Settings -> and Choose Language - The number of languages listed here will differ on different phones and won't include double bit character languages in general.

Windows Mobile Professional (Touch Screen)

  1. Inputting in a double bit based language like Chinese or Japanese - Unfortunately you cannot without a 3rd party add-on like CEStar
  2. Reading double bit based language like Chinese or Japanese - Unfortunately you cannot without a 3rd party add-on like CEStar
  3. Changing the regional settings to support another language - Windows Mobile Professional device do have a regional Setting menu that lets your choose the Region.  It is located under Start -> Settings -> System -> Regional Settings.  Here you can choose a supported language but you will find that Chinese and Japanese are not on the list. In addition, a few have a custom rom image prompt when you hard reset the device, that asks you for the location and then installs regional language packs.

Solutions:

If you are looking for a phone to support English and double bit characters you have 2 choices. 

  1. You can purchase a regionalized phone.  They will come with the local language and English.   This can be difficult if you aren't in the region however companies like Expansys can get you a regionalized device wherever you live.
  2. Purchase a 3rd party add ons like CEStar that will add the language support you need. 
Comments
  • My htc phone is in danish. I do not understand the language. I need help on how to change it to english language. My email is joyy201000@yahoo.com

  • My htc phone is in danish. I do not understand the language. I need help on how to change it to english language. My email is joyy201000@yahoo.com

  • my htc mobile is in French i do not understand the language i need help oh how to change to English language. my e-mail address is johnpaul_168@hotmail.com

  • I have a Garmin-Asus phone and the Windows Mobile OS 6.5.3 language is in German, but I need help on how to change the language to English. My e-mail address is as follows: ikitinov@yahoo.com

    Thanks in advance.

  • i have the same problem with my phone  mallagetulio@hotmail.com

  • my htc phone is danish please i need help ... no.signal.love@live.ca

  • I have a htc phone and the Windows Mobile language is in German, but I need help on how to change the language to English. My e-mail address is tanujay2002@yahoo.com

  • my htc phone language is written in german,pls how can i change it to english

  • Hy Emmanuel, i have the same problem like you. i have a HTC Touch Hd in german language and i want to change it into english. Can someone help me, please. my yahoo id is trunks_xxl

  • i have a htc phone and the Windows Mobile language is in english, but I need help on how to change the language to arabic. My e-mail address is eidha@alj.com

  • bought HTC TyTN11 touch screen phone programmed in Swedish, but cannot understand it. How can I change this langauge to English. Through trial and error only managed to change date currency, time

  • I have also a windows phone in German Language, But I want to change its language German to English. But I am unable to do this process from Regional Settings also. Please tell me that how I can change Language German to English.  E-Mail:  mhm092@hotmail.com

  • i have a htc tytn in dutch and i want to change the language  in english......please tell me how to do that at mymy_blonda1504@yahoo.com...thank you

  • I have also a windows phone in German Language, But I want to change its language German to English. But I am unable to do this process from Regional Settings also. Please tell me that how I can change Language German to English. I tried to flash it  by 1.33.110.2 software it didnt work since i have 1.33.111.2  version, can someone plz help?  E-Mail:  maniakto@hotmail.com

  • my htc phone language is written in german,pls how can i change it to english....E-Mail:rveera48@gmail.com

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