The Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition branded as i-mate is to be released in Australia through Telstra and Vodafone. The same model is not officially released in New Zealand, where I know it's being tested with the Vodafone network, although I've seen it listed in channel distributors.
Based on the Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003 Phone Edition, the i-mate Pocket PC is a PDA and mobile phone (GSM/GPRS) in one.
"We're very pleased about the enthusiasm and excitement already generated amongst global internet news groups & our local partner channels in anticipation of this launch" said Michael Cavey, Vice President Business Development, Carrier Devices Asia Pacific. "With this new product barely out the door, it's already set to become our most successful yet", he added.
Following on the success of the Qtek 1010, the new i-mate Pocket PC delivers a huge range of improvements such as world wide/tri-band connectivity, twice as much processing power, twice as much memory, a 64K colour Transflective touchscreen, full MMS support, integrated Bluetooth, removable battery, advanced cradle with second battery slot and microphone for
hands free speaking, internal antenna for a sleeker look and a built in digital camera.
The i-mate is also branded in Europe as the XDAII.