The new handset is based on Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition software. The model, distributed in the US by UTStarcom Personal Communications (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.), is actually a rebranded HTC Harrier, also available from Telecom New Zealand (read our review).
The Pocket PC-enabled XV6600 is based on Intel XScale technology with 128MB RAM and 64MB ROM. It works on a dual band network (800MHz/1900MHz). It comes with 3.5”QVGA 65K Color Transflective LCD and an integrated backlit keyboard that slides out. It also offers expansion through MMC and SD memory cards, being compatible with SDIO standard for other peripherals.
Verizon states that this model is Bluetooth capable. Although no detailed information is available on the release, the same model offered by other carriers allow use of Bluetooth headsets, LAN access over Bluetooth (LAP/PAN), and the use of this device as a Bluetooth modem to connect laptops to the fast CDMA EV-DO network.
Verizon is offering the XV6600 with support to BroadbandAccess, the commercial name for its CDMA EV-DO network available in the US. With the XV6600 and BroadbandAccess service users can expect typical download speeds of 300-500 Kbps. The Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) network is currently available in 20 major metropolitan areas in the US, and 24 airports from coast to coast and the company plans to continue to phase in BroadbandAccess to additional markets throughout 2005. Because it is backward compatible, customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess area with the XV6600 will seamlessly switch to Verizon Wireless’ existing NationalAccess network, based on 1xRTT technology.
The XV6600 is US$549.99 with a 2-year customer agreement. The XV6600 will be available through Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in January 2005.