Telecommunications firm T-Mobile claims to have launched the first new generation “super-fast” handheld device in Europe.
The MDA Vario II device based on HSDPA (High-Speed Data Packet Access) technology – also known as 3.5G, the next generation of 3G technology – is available in the UK and Germany.
Mobile phone operating companies upgraded their networks to support HSDPA last year, with the major players all planning to launch new high-speed services based on the technology either this year or in 2007.
The T-Mobile device supports HSPDA alongside WLan, GPRS, Edge and UMTS mobile broadband technologies. It is designed to offer voice and data communication and to support the standard e-mail clients used by businesses, along with the Blackberry E-mail Push client. E-mails can also be sent by E-mail Push via the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Data can be exchanged via WLan, Bluetooth, infrared or USB interface.
The Vario II includes a 400MHz Samsung processor with 128Mbytes memory capacity and is compatible with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. The device is supplied with Pocket Outlook, Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and Power Point Mobile.
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