AT&T Takes iPAQ Users to the EDGE

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Starting today, AT&T Wireless has begun offering a bundled device and service package that allows HP iPAQ Pocket PCs to access AT&T’s high-speed EDGE Wireless Data network in North America. This is accomplished by using a Bluetooth-enabled Nokia 6820 phone as a portable modem.

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) is a wireless networking standard that can provide average speeds of 100 kbps to 130 kbps, significantly faster than regular GSM/GPRS networks.

What Does it Cost?

Enterprise customers who already own a Bluetooth-enabled iPAQ can receive the Nokia 6820 and HP Bluetooth connectivity software for $74.99 when they sign-up for a monthly Wireless Data plan at $49.99 and any voice calling plan of $39.99 or above.

It isn’t clear if there’s any reason why this setup will work only with iPAQs. It’s possible anyone who has a Bluetooth-enabled handheld could take this offer and access AT&T’s EDGE network in the same way.

Business customers can also get a bundle that includes a Nokia 6820 handset, a choice from among three iPAQ models — the h2210, h4150 and h4350 — and HP Bluetooth connectivity software all for a discounted rate.

Those who select the iPAQ h4350 can receive the bundle for $423.99 when they sign-up for a monthly Wireless Data plan at $49.99 and any voice calling plan of $39.99 or above. Those selecting an iPAQ h4150 can receive the same bundle for $374.98, and those choosing an iPAQ h2210 can receive it for $404.98.

An Overview of the Nokia 6820

This mobile phone has an unusual form factor. It starts out looking like a traditional “candy bar” phone, but it opens up into a clamshell that offers a QWERTY keyboard.

With its built-in keyboard, this phone is focused on messaging. It offers BlackBerry Connect for email, as well as SMS and MMS software.

The 6820 uses Nokia’s Series 40. It has built-in PIM applications but can only run 64 KB Java applets.

As mentioned earlier it has Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. It also includes a low-resolution camera.

More information on the 6820 is available on Nokia’s web site.



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