T-Mobile has launched the first 3G phone that works on the Windows Mobile platform.
At this week’s 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, T-Mobile showcased MDA IV, a smartphone that delivers 3G data connection speeds and supports slower 2.5G data access when 3G is not in range.
The MDA IV also integrates with Wi-Fi networks and includes Bluetooth short-range wireless connectivity to link with other devices. The phone comes with a keyboard and an integrated camera.
T-Mobile said the phone would be available commercially sometime this year. Its appearance will be a much needed boost for Microsoft, which has seen its Windows Mobile platform struggle against rival Symbian in commercial 2.5G and 3G handsets.
Microsoft is keen to get phone manufacturers behind its mobile platform and at the 3GSM conference announced that manufacturer Flextronics had launched its Peabody mobile operating system, built around Windows Mobile and supporting various mobile applications.
In addition, Microsoft has launched its Microsoft Connected Services Framework, which enables operators to deliver services across multiple networks and a range of device types.
BT is one of the operators that will use the platform for some of its services.