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September 19, 2005

Sprint Launches First Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone

Posted by David Hunter at 10:46 AM ET.


Sprint has announced what it claims is the first Pocket PC phone in the US to run Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile 5.0 software platform. The Sprint PPC-6700 is a CDMA handset with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard plus a 1.3 Mpixel camera and EV-DO, WiFi, and Bluetooth capabilities.

From the Sprint press release:

The PPC-6700 reproduces the Windows-based PC experience and utilizes a new suite of Microsoft Office software, including the addition of PowerPoint® Mobile™ for viewing presentations on the go and Excel® Mobile™ with enhanced attachment-viewing capabilities. Managing documents, email, appointments, contacts and tasks is easier than ever with a 416 MHz Intel® PXA270 processor and a sliding QWERTY keyboard that opens from the side and automatically changes orientation from portrait to landscape viewing mode.

“We believe the PPC-6700 really is the next-generation mobile device,” said Philip Christopher, president of UT Starcom Personal Communications. “Built with business applications in mind, the sliding keyboard and advanced data capabilities are just two of the many features, which when paired with Sprint’s advanced wireless service, are designed to enable professionals to virtually carry office capabilities in their pocket.”

Sounds like everything but the kitchen sink, but there is a downside as Tim Hibbard points out:

Sprint finally gives us a phone with Bluetooth, SD and Wi-Fi plus the bonus EV-DO and Mobile 5.0, but only a 3.7 hours battery life?? Are people really going to pay over $600 for a phone that will not make it through a work day on light usage, and not even make it to lunch on heavy usage. I wouldn’t.

Update: Jason Langridge observes that the European iMate JasJar Windows Mobile 5.0 phone was out first. The JasJar was also involved in an odd occurrence at last week’s PDC05.

Filed under Conferences, PDC05, Windows Mobile

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