Alltel is introducing its first Windows Mobile-based device, the PPC6700 (a.k.a. HTC Apache), from UTStarcom Personal Communications.
The PPC6700 is expected to be available starting 23 November at Alltel retail stores for US$479.99 after a US$50 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement.
The PPC6700 is Alltel's first wireless device to feature Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software. With its EVDO and WiFi capabilities, the PPC6700 is intended to enable users to stay online and in touch. The PPC6700 features a sliding QWERTY keyboard designed to open from the side and automatically change screen orientation from portrait to landscape viewing mode. The display is a 2.8" TFT 65K transflective LCD.
The product is equipped with Microsoft Office programs for Windows Mobile including Outlook Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile and Word Mobile.
With Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, the PPC6700 allows viewing of several image and video formats including JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, JPG, MPEG4, H.263, WMV and ASF. It can also be used as a personal digital audio player since the device is designed to play several audio formats including MP3, WAV, WMA, MIDI and QCP. With a built-in mini USB port and mini-SD expansion card for additional memory, users are able to transfer music, photos and video from the desktop as well as load additional games and applications.
The Windows Mobile-based device supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for over-the-air synchronization of email and calendar information with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. With the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, users can connect with other Bluetooth devices or to a PC for synchronisation.
The PPC6700 is powered by a 416 MHz Intel PXA270 processor.
The CDMA Pocket PC device weighs 6.6 oz. with dimensions of 4.25" (h) x 2.32" (w) x 0.93" (d). In addition, it has a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera with flash and digital zoom and camcorder capabilities. Included accessories are: Lithium Ion Battery 1350 mAh, AC charger, USB cable, device cradle, 2 styli pens, carrying case and stereo headset.