In what is perhaps the worst PR for a new product ever, Audiovox has now made their integrated wireless Pocket PC, named Thera, available for $799.99 through Verizon.
Audiovox/Toshiba announced this device a while ago, but news has been very quiet since. I’m actually confused as to why theis release comes without the usual hype. Well…I’ll take care of that! The screen is on par with other PPC devices, the TFT 65,000+ color standard. For expansion the Thera has an SD slot that is SDIO compatable. It does fall a bit short in the memory department, 32MB of RAM and flash ROM. The battery in an internal Litiium Ion, although no word on the life. Total package weighs in at 7 ounces. Here are the full specs of the device, including pricing.
Again, this obscure launch truly vexes me. It also raises a few concerns, like availablity, service and support. While it appears the Thera is available in most Verizon markets, they do have a warning that Thera is subject to availability. Could the high product costs be keeping Audiovox from pumping more of these units out? Maybe they’ve spent so much in production that marketing/advertising is out of dough. These are only guesses, we’ll learn more as soon as possible.