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Convergence 2004 Wellington - report
Posted on 4-May-2004 17:53 | Filed under: News

At least 30 organisations were present at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa showcasing their products and solutions in the Convergence 2004 Wellington exhibition. Promoted by the NZ Wireless Forum, the annual event brings together mobile operators and vendors, mobility developers and other companies and give a glimpse of some of the things to come.

You can read here a quick report on what I saw there, and what we can expect for the next few months in the mobility market in New Zealand (and perhaps in other parts of the world, as you'll see later on this article).

I had a chat with the folks from SimWorks, who developed the fonetango service (read our review). We talked about the framework offered by the company, and how fonetango was implemented using this framework. I also asked about having a fonetango client for Windows Mobile devices, and it seems to be in the pipeline - not soon, but in the plans.

I then stopped by Pocket Solutions, and I found out that they're selling the Psion Teklogix Netbook Pro here in New Zealand! This Windows CE .Net based device is aimed at the CRM market, uses an Intel Xscale PXA255 400MHz, comes with 32MB Flash, 128MB SDRAM and a nice SVGA (800x600) TFT transmissive touch screen display and 58-key touch-type keyboard. One of the units was actually connected to the Vodafone GPRS network using the MCC GPRS PC card. I'm very keen on having one for review here on Geekzone.


Psion Teklogix Netbook Pro

I had a coffee on the Vodafone stand, where I had the opportunity to check the upcoming Blackberry 7230. Vodafone will launch the Research In Motion (RIM) device in the New Zealand market around June this year. The aangel service (read our review) was also present on the same stand.


RIM Blackberry 7230

Visiting Telecom New Zealand we found out that the Palm OS based palmOne Treo 600 is undergoing CDMA certification now, and should be released by the carrier sometime soon.


Treo 600

I think the highlight was the HP presentation. The topic was "Smart Wireless Devices". One of the slides shown had a series of concentric circles showing how different wireless technologies interact and relate to use profiles, from RFID, Bluetooth (personal networks), Wi-Fi (local networks), Wi-max (metropolitan networks) and GPRS (wide area networks). In one of the slides the presenter introduced us to the concept of a device that could span through the personal networks through GPRS. Apparently this device will be available in New Zealand from the second half of this year, and would run on Vodafone's GSM/GPRS network.

He then proceeded to show to the audience a device, which looks very much like the image below which was commented about earlier on this article.


New iPAQ model according to image from Mtekk

Update: information disclosed in this article is not restricted because of it being presented in an event open to the public.

Update: Edited a small part on this article, to make it more NDA friendly, although at the time of this article I'm not under a NDA with some of the companies cited.


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