Sprint and Microsoft have announced the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device PPC-6601. Based on the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software, the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device PPC-6601 phone supports portrait and landscape displays, an integrated QWERTY keyboard, and multiple options for connectivity including CDMA 1xRTT and Bluetooth.
The device also incorporates the recently announced Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, which allows users to buy digital content from a variety of on-line sources, and play this content directly on this mobile device. The device comes with 128MB RAM, 64MB ROM, Intel XScale 400 MHz processor. It has a 65K color TFT 240 x 320 touchscreen display.
The new Pocket PC is also known as HTC Harrier (read our review), the code-name used during the development of this CDMA 1xRTT/EV-DO version, and announced in the Australian/New Zealand market as i-mate PDA2k EVDO. GSM operators have a similar device, released as T-Mobile MDA III, O2 XDA IIi or i-mate PDA2k (read our review).
"Sprint is committed to providing the tools business professionals need to stay connected to critical information and contacts while away from the office," said Harry Campbell, president of Emerging and Mid Markets, Sprint Business Solutions. "With Windows Mobile-based devices like the PPC-6601 and SP-i600, Sprint is able to greatly expand our portfolio of services to meet the specialized needs of the mobile workforce."
Windows Mobile continues to attract independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers that capitalize on the familiar tools and consistent development environment in the Windows Mobile platform to create unique applications and services that add value to device users. There are now more than 840 certified Windows Mobile-based applications. This year alone there has been a 31 percent increase in new applications and a 35 percent growth rate of developers writing specialized solutions for enterprises, vertical industries and consumers. Through the integration of Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework into Windows Mobile, Microsoft is enabling 2.5 million professional desktop developers to easily develop mobile applications and take advantage of a new, huge opportunity.
The Pocket PC Phone Edition will come in two models, the PPC 6600 will have a built-in VGA digital camera, and the PPC 6601 will not include the digital camera. Sprint customers using this device can also take advantage of a special offer from Citrix GoToMyPC.