Bell Mobility launches 1X handheld device

Bell Mobility launched its latest 1X handheld device, as it looks to tap deeper into the mobile professionals market.

Bell Mobility launched its latest 1X handheld device, as it looks to tap deeper into the mobile professionals market.

The 1X wireless network is Bell's latest platform, providing transmission speeds of up to 86Kbps, continuous connectivity, improved colour and graphics and streaming multimedia such as audio and video.

The offering, called the Thera, combines Microsoft Windows for Pocket PC 2002 with wireless data and voice features, including text messaging, Internet access, e-mail, a speaker phone, voice recorder and MP3 player.

For enterprises with a sales force that needs access to both their e-mail and mobile phone, the Thera would be useful, said Rebecca Mackinlay, associate director of wireless data business for Bell Mobility. The device will also appeal to the small and medium-sized business market, as well as the high-end consumer, because of the voice, data and entertainment combination, she added.

"I think the completely integrated voice is going to be one of the most adopted features of it," Mackinlay said. "The idea of not having to carry around multiple devices and have the 'tool-belt look' with a mobile phone and a data device will be appealing."

Another selling point will be the ability for customers to not only read their e-mail, but also open attachments and be able to change and manipulate them, she said.

The Thera, produced by Audiovox Communications, is equipped with Bell Mobility's Motivus Mobile Desktop Enterprise Edition, which allows the user to access Microsoft Outlook files.

The device has a dual-band design that provides access to both digital personal communications services (PCS) and 1X coverage areas.

The Thera is now available at outlets that sell Bell Mobility products for Cdn$1,249 (£505), Mackinlay said. Customers who sign a two-year contract will receive a $100 (£40) rebate, she added.

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