Pocket TELNET with MUD2.COM

Pocket TELNET is a telnet client program for Windows CE-based handheld PCs. It is similar in functionality to the telnet client program found in Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000, with one important difference: it provides better support for advanced character attributes, including color text.

This page is for the version of Pocket TELNET that runs on handheld PCs (these are typically Windows CE devices with a full keyboard and a landscape-style screen.) A version for Pocket PCs is also available.

Pocket TELNET has the following features:

  • Near complete VT100 emulation
  • ANSI color attribute support
  • Adjustable screen buffer size (up to 99 lines)
  • Adjustable font, text size, and default color for improved readability
  • File logging capability
  • Windows clipboard (copy and paste) support
  • Full screen mode
  • Optimized screen updates for fast, responsive operation
  • Can be started from the command line
  • Integration with Internet Explorer: enables telnet links (telnet: URLs) in Web pages (full installer only)

Installation Instructions

Pocket TELNET was written originally for the HP Jornada 720 and compatible Windows CE handheld computers. A full installer is provided for these systems. This installer runs on the host PC and installs the program via ActiveSync. For convenience, individual CAB files are also provided for users who do not have ActiveSync installed: these can be downloaded directly to the device and installed there. Additionally, specially compiled versions for Windows CE 1.0 (tested on the HP-320LX) and for Windows CE 4.0 and later are provided.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The unregistered version can only connect to mud2.com. This should be sufficient for testing. You must change the port number from the default (telnet) to the numeric value (27723), due to a recent change at mud2.com.


Pocket TELNET is a commercial application. The unregistered version can be used only to access mud2.com, the Internet's best multi-user text game. Registration costs USD 14.95. Once you register Pocket TELNET, you'll receive an unlock key in e-mail that will enable full functionality of the application. The registration key is valid for all versions.

Registration fees are accepted via PAYPAL. Click on the PAYPAL logo below to send payment:



Once a license key is issued, the registration fee is not refundable.


Please note that a keyboard or equivalent device is required in order to enter the registration code. Alternatively, if you can edit the Registry on the target device, please refer to the instructions at the bottom of this page.


If you'd like to purchase a registration key for Pocket TELNET but are unable or unwilling to use PAYPAL, or if you'd like to inquire about site or volume licensing options, please send an e-mail to vttoth@vttoth.com for assistance.


Pocket TELNET is a Windows CE application that has been tested for compatibility with the HP Jornada 720 and the Phenom LG. One user reported successful installation on an HP Jornada 680.

Pocket TELNET does not currently support the following obscure TELNET and VT100 features:

  • TELNET linemode option (all user input is sent immediately to the remote server)
  • Hidden and blinking text attributes
  • VT100 line wrap option (always on in Pocket TELNET)
  • Set/clear custom tab stops
  • Screen scroll command
  • Print command
  • Define key command

A keyboard or equivalent device is required in order to enter the license key. Alternatively, it is possible to enter a license key if your device lacks a keyboard but you have the ability to edit its Registry or execute a file containing Registry entries. After you receive your license key, add the following Registry entries on the device:

"ProductKey"=dword:1234abcd      <--- REPLACE WITH YOUR REGISTRATION KEY (8 hexadecimal digits)
"Registrant"="your@email.com"    <--- REPLACE WITH YOUR REGISTRATION E-MAIL

To emphasize, these are registry entries on the target Windows CE device, not on any host (desktop, laptop) computer to which the device may be connected.

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