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I am currently having the same problem with my E71. Have you by any chance found a way to fix it? If you have, please let me know, it's killing me having to unlock my phone with a password after every 20 minutes.
No, I picked a shorter password and learned to live with it.
Also I'll buy another phone as soon as possible. While the E71-hardware is fine the software is so incredibly lame. Don't get me started about topics like Nokias 'world-leading' E-Mail client, the funny lags after you disconnected a phone call, the absolutely brain damaged multi-tasking which makes my music player stuble when I'm surfing, the not-being-connected-to-packet-network while I see frickhen 10 Bars in the antenna status---for minutes!
No, no, no.. never ever again.
encrypting the phone memory and autolock are both security features - maybe one doesn´t work without the other? Have you tried disabling AutoLock before encrypting the phone memory? Maybe settings can´t be changed when it is encrypted?
Anyway, allow me a question - what exactly is the point of encrypting your phone memory? Isn´t an automatic Hardware-lock on the phone enough? Wouldn´t it be better to be able to wipe your phone memory clean in case of theft or loss? Then you wouldn´t need any encryption. I only have my memory card encrypted, nothing on the phone memory. Remote wipe is possible via Exchange (admin), "vufone" or "Kaspersky Mobile Security". If you do want encryption, you might want to try using a third-party-software for that - there is Freeware for that task, there are various websites for Symbian software (specifically for phones).
From all I have read up to now, I am very happy to own an E61 instead of a 71.
Yep, you´re right. Your phone waking you up to tell you it´s charged is annoying. Mine does beep, but it doesn´t turn the display on - at least I don´t think so... I never charge it beside my bed.
I still think remote wipe is more secure than any encryption - one would have to test both methods to really know which one is stronger. I just think, if a random thief looks at my phone and he sees nothing, he probably won´t bother trying to retrieve any data. If someone steals the phone with a very focused intention of stealing data, he will try to retrieve it and he might succeed - but in that case, the thief would also break any encryption...all it takes it time.