Telecom New Zealand has revealed its new brand dedicated to mobile handsets by introducing three new Windows Mobile devices.
The Okta Touch is the first device in the country with a finger activated user interface. In addition to the usual tapping on screen many are used to when interacting with PDAs, the Okta Touch responds to gestures thanks to a technology called TouchFLO. It connects to Telecom New Zealand CDMA EV-DO network provinding fast 3G cellular data connections.
TouchFLO was developed by HTC, a Taiwanese company that specialises in manufacturing smartphones.
The Okta Touch combines a mobile phone, camera, MP3 player, e-mail and Internet connection in a single device and allows users to manage all aspects by simply moving their finger across the screen.
Telecom's GM of Consumer Marketing, David Craig points out that Okta Touch is first smart device in New Zealand to
launch with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.
This device also provides multimedia capabilities with a 2 megapixel camera, video capability, MP3 music player, stereo Bluetooth and external memory card capability. The device comes with built-in 128 MB for storage, which can be expanded with microSD cards.
Having a Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system means the Okta Touch brings the functions normally associated only with a PC to a mobile, including e-mail, automatic synchronisation with an Outlook calendar or Microsoft Exchange Server, and the ability to edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and open attachments at the tap of a finger.
The Okta Boss runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard and does not have a touch screen. It does have a sliding QWERTY keyboard that makes it easier to type text messages or e-mails. It connects to CDMA EV-DO and supports Bluetooth including wireless stereo headsets.
The Okta Boss supports wireless e-mail (POP, IMAP, Exchange Server), memory expansion through MicroSD cards, and comes with Windows Mobile Media Player 10 for multimedia.
The third device in the line-up is the Okta Agent, which has been in stores for a couple of weeks already. This is a Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone in a clamshell form factor.
Both the Okta Touch and Okta Boss will be in stores from 8 November.