Ever since HP first began talking about the iPAQ hw6500 series, it’s been widely assumed — but not known for sure — that these cellular-wireless Pocket PCs will be offered in the U.S. by Cingular.
This is because HP is heavily touting the hw6500 series’ support for EDGE high-speed wireless networks, and Cingular is the only U.S. company with a significant EDGE wireless network.
Although this wireless carrier has not yet officially confirmed that it intends to offer these models, it recently made it clear that it will begin doing so in the near future.
Cingular is now offering rebates on many of its mobile phones and smartphones. Listed on the rebate form are both the iPAQ hw6510 and the iPAQ hw6515.
The prices for these aren’t listed, but Cingular is expected to charge at least $500 for it.
More About the iPAQ hw6500 Series
Initially, there will be two models in this series. These will be essentially identical, except for the fact that one of them, the hw6515, will have a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, while the hw6510 will not.
These will be the first Pocket PCs from any company with a square (240 by 240 pixel) screen. This is 2.2 inches on each side.
Below the screen is a backlit QWERTY keyboard, making this device strongly resemble a Treo or a BlackBerry.
The hw6500 series will run on GSM/GPRS networks, and include support for EDGE.
These models also have Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, plus one slot for SD cards and a second for miniSD cards.
They include a built-in GPS receiver and TomTom Navigator software. Users will be able to download one city map for free. Additional maps will cost extra.
The hw6500 series models will be 4.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (118 mm by 71 mm by 21 mm). They will weigh 5.8 ounces (165 g).
Thanks to Dave’s iPAQ for the tip.