The British operator plans to release the XDA II Pocket PC Phone Edition on their network this 1st November, incorporating O2 Active, their lifestyle, information and entertainment mobile platform.
The integrated Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC and mobile handset is a mobile PDA for both consumer and business customers, offering a host of advancements over its predecessor - the highly acclaimed XDA. These include a high-quality, built-in digital camera, tri-band functionality and a tailored O2 Active menu that is intuitive and easy-to-use and guides customers to services such as full internet browsing, multimedia messaging (MMS), colour games, video, information, alerts and pictures.
It incorporates twice as much memory (128MB) and considerably faster performance due to its Intel PXA263 processor running at 400 MHz. The XDA II runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PC Phone Edition.
Ideal for consumers, the XDA II offers a built-in digital camera with a 65,000-colour display to ensure that photographs are sharp and clear, as well as full multimedia messaging capability. Customers can also set up personal email (for example O2 mail, Freemail or Yahoo) quickly and easily due to a new set-up Wizard.
The in-built Windows Media Player enables customers to view full colour videos with sound from the Internet; and access the forthcoming O2 video download service, including chart music, news, sports and comedy. The larger memory makes the XDA II an effective MP3 player, capable of storing up to 40 tracks. Optional memory cards can be used.
New features of the Xda II include:
an integrated 640x480 pixels digital camera and full multimedia messaging functionality
tri-band capability to enable seamless use worldwide
128MB RAM Memory (up from 64MB)
Bluetooth capability (including the headset profile)
a faster processor (Intel Xscale technology based processor at 400 MHz)
improved talk and standby time
stored picture caller identification - see who’s calling
a removable battery enables power users to swap the battery whilst on the move
the latest Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PC
customer focussed packages for ease of use and understanding
Sales of the XDA continue to show steady growth finding a firm following amongst technology-friendly adopters. More than 79,000 devices have been sold in the UK, Germany, Ireland and Asia. O2 has seen strong uptake from major corporations, which are offering bespoke software and services embedded in the Xda to their customers. Recent examples include Reuters and Cantor.
Also, data traffic increased amongst users of the XDA when compared with the second most data-oriented handset - the Nokia 6310i - and on average use up to 4.0MB per month. The average revenue per user (ARPU) of the XDA is around 35% higher then average post-pay ARPU across O2’s footprint.
The XDA II will cost £349 with a 12-month contract, incl. VAT.