New Siemens SK65 comes with Blackberry functionality and full QWERTY keypad
Posted on 3-Aug-2004 23:07
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Siemens Mobile announced the SK65. The first mobile phone to offer complete e-mail, calendar and corporate data access capabilities through the BlackBerry Built-In licensing program. The phone comes in a classic, but it also sports a full hidden QWERTY keyboard that is ready to use by turning the phone into a "cross".
The tri-band handset allows wireless communication with MS Outlook or Lotus Notes, with instant synchronization of e-mails.
The SK65 comes with 64MB memory, with up to 30MB free for storing personal information such as e-mails, ring tones and java applications. Additional features include: a 132 x 176 pixel TFT screen with 64k colors, a fully featured address book with room of up to 2000 entries and new Siemens Mobile Phone Manager PC software.
The SK65 has different variants to suit corporate business and small office/home office needs. The standard version will be available allowing manual transfer of e-mail messages from an e-mail account to the SK65.
For mobile professionals of small and medium offices without a corporate e-mail infrastructure, the SK65 will be available with BlackBerry Web Client services. This allows the automatic transfer of POP3 or IMAP4 e-mails straight to the SK65. For company executives working with a corporate e-mail server inbox, the SK65 with BlackBerry Enterprise Server support allows e-mails and information from MS exchange/ Lotus Domino systems to be accessed behind corporate firewalls. This variant will be available with fully secure Triple DES encrypted instant e-mail access and calendar entry transfer whilst using the SK65 on the move.
Additionally, the Siemens SK65 supports the Mobile Data Service (MDS) feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server allowing employees remote access to corporate data such as intranet web pages, specific programmes and databases. Siemens is also working closely with SAP to bring SAP Solutions for Mobile Business applications on SK65 to further increase business efficiency for joint customers.
The SK65 also offers Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC), which will be introduced in the fourth quarter of 2004 to the standard variant. PoC enables users to send a voice message to a number of recipients at the touch of a button, providing a convenient alternative to text-based messaging. It combines the flexibility of mobile messaging with the ease of use of voice, allowing users to set up meetings or make announcements to groups of contacts.
The existence of a GPRS based data communication infrastructure provides flexibility for business professionals to access the most advanced data services anytime, anywhere, from their wireless devices. The Push-to-Talk functionality of the SK65 handset allows walkie-talkie like communication or hands-free access between network phones - users can hear the caller's voice from a loudspeaker on the handset, just as if it were a walkie-talkie.
Weighing 144g, the SK65 has six hours talk time and up to 250 hours standby time. The phone also comes with Bluetooth.
The phone will be available in Europe, Middle East and Latin America from November 2004. Other regions will follow shortly afterwards.