Cingular Now Directly Offering Motorola MPx220

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When the Motorola MPx220 went on sale in October, it could only be purchased at Best Buy stores. Later, it could be ordered through

Now this Windows Mobile smartphone can be bought directly from Cingular Wireless, which is still the only wireless service provider offering it.

The price is $300 with a two-year wireless service plan.

For more information, or online ordering, visit the Cingular web site.

An Overview of the MPx220

Motorola MPx220 Like a lot of smartphones, this model has a clamshell design, with a screen on one side and a numberpad, buttons, and keypad on the other. On the outside is a small display for a clock and some phone-related information.

The MPx220 is among the very first devices to run Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphones Second Edition. The major change in the smartphone version of Windows Mobile SE is support for new screen resolutions. The MPx220, however, uses the standard 176-by-220-pixel resolution.

Unlike the handheld version of Windows Mobile SE, the smartphone version of this operating system does not allow the screen to be switched between portrait and landscape modes.

Motorola MPx220 The MPx220 has 64 MB of Flash ROM and a mini SD card slot.

It includes a 1.2 megapixel camera with a 4x zoom and a flash.

Because it has Bluetooth 1.1, it is able to use the wireless headsets that many users want.

This smartphone is the replacement for the MPx200, which has been available since last year. The MPx200 runs Microsoft’s Smartphone 2002 and lacks a camera and Bluetooth.

The MPx220 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS device (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), while the MPx200 lacks 850 MHz support, giving it poor reception in many areas.

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