Cingular will begin selling the HP iPAQ hw6500 Mobile Messenger Pocket PC Phone Edition from 31 October.
The new devices series is the first generally available Cingular-enabled device to have an integrated global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver. Cingular will sell two versions of the Mobile Messenger, the hw6515 featuring a 1.3-megapixel camera and the hw6510, which will come without a camera.
The HP iPAQ hw6500 series also provides a combination of digital wireless voice and data capabilities, including access to Cingular’s nationwide EDGE network, built-in keyboard, and Bluetooth wireless technology.
The Quad-band Class 10 GSM/GPRS/EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) technology allows for voice and data communication around the world.
The device runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Software Phone Edition, based on an Intel PXA270 CPU at 312 MHz. Users have 64 MB ROM (12MB as a flash storage are) and 64 MB SDRAM with up to 56 MB available. Memory can be expanded through SD (SD/IO supported) and miniSD slots.
The OS includes Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Voice Recorder, Notes, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player 10, Inbox, Microsoft Reader, File Explorer.
To help simplify the implementation of wireless solutions, HP and Cingular have collaborated with 14 application providers to create the HP Mobility Solutions Evaluation Center, a one-stop shop for diverse mobility solutions and know-how for notebooks, tablet PC and handheld devices.
“The introduction of the HP iPAQ hw6510/hw6515 provides business customers with more than just a powerful new device but rather a complete wireless voice and data solution right out of the gate,” said Jeff Bradley, vice president, business data services, Cingular Wireless. “Cingular and HP have developed specifically for the iPAQ 6510/hw6515 an ecosystem of application providers whose services extend from broad-based email to those for specific industries. This, combined with the popular Pocket PC technology platform and the largest and fastest national wireless data network in the country, presents to a broad range of companies a one-stop approach through which they can give their mobile workforces wireless access to critical information and processes.”
Customers will have a choice of two push e-mail services: Good Technology’s GoodLink wireless messaging and data
access software and service and Cingular Xpress Mail.
GoodLink, which is targeted by Cingular to medium and large businesses, provides a two-way, wirelessly synchronized connection to Microsoft Outlook email, PIM and other corporate applications with more end-to-end security and robust IT management capabilities.
Cingular Xpress Mail, based on the popular email platform from SEVEN, gives individuals and small business access to work and personal email, calendar and contacts as well as the ability to view attachments. Extended Systems also provides mobile access to earlier versions of Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes.
Microsoft Pocket Streets will be available as a free download for HP iPAQ hw6500 customers in North America. For customers
looking for fuller featured, GPS-enabled turn-by-turn navigation, HP iPAQ Navigation Maps and Software, powered by NAVTEQ can be purchased. The GEOTAB mobile field force and fleet management solution represents just one of the GPS-based software solutions compatible with the HP iPAQ hw6500.
CREDANT Technologies delivers access controls to help protect sensitive data on the device. Bluefire Security Technologies provides wireless VPN clients for Cisco/Nortel infrastructures. iAnywhere offers mobile device management and security features. Ecutel enables a more secure mobile VPN. HP Open Roaming allows enterprises to implement mobility solutions that insulate users from the complexities of managing different networks on their wireless devices.
Offerings include customer relationship management and sales force automation software such as Siebel and Dovarri;
field force automation software from Countermind and WennSoft; and industry-specific applications such as healthcare data management from PatientKeeper.