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Compaq denies wireless iPAQ
By: J rgen Sundgot, from infoSync 18.09.01 08:24 GMT

Remember the wireless iPAQ that was supposed to be launched at Gitex? Compaq now says no new products will be shown at Gitex at all, so it seems an apology is in its place.


Just to clarify things to begin with; this isn’t going to be your ordinary news item – there will be a couple of non-objective issues in here, so I would like to ask you to add a pinch of salt to what you’re about to read. We’re fully aware that many of you have been following our coverage of the new iPAQs very eagerly, and that’s why we’re delving deeper into this issue to explain to you why Compaq now denies that the wireless iPAQ will be launched – at least at Gitex.

For those who haven’t been following the iPAQ coverage too closely, we’ll do a quick summary right here. infoSync could recently report that Compaq would be launching a new iPAQ with wireless capabilities at the Gitex expo, which takes place in the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 14th to 18th – contrary to information we had from before that suggested Compaq would unveil a new iPAQ on October 4th, which coincided with Microsoft’s official launch of the Pocket PC 2002 operating system.

The information regarding the new iPAQ model was taken from a press release that was sent to us by a reader, and we were also able to track this press release down on the Internet, and thus deemed it to be correct.

This press release is what made us believe that Compaq would be launching a new iPAQ at Gitex, and here’s the section that’s particularly interesting, titled “The Next Revolution in Wireless Communication”: “The iPAQ Pocket PC will allow customers to browse the Internet, manage e-mail wirelessly, send and receive short messages (SMS), and have full mobile phone capabilities. New technology has enabled the iPAQ with both Wireless Data and voice capabilities. This makes Compaq the first company to show a Wireless Data and voice enabled handheld computer that can be used across the globe. The product will be launched in the near future.”

To us, that very much sounds like a new iPAQ would be shown.

However, Compaq now denies that any new models will be shown at Gitex, which means that we’re back to using non-official information saying that Compaq will at least be launching two new models later this fall – probably on October 4th, when Microsoft is officially launching Pocket PC 2002, but we don’t know for sure.

To conclude this matter, we still do believe we owe you an apology for not cross-checking the press release against a third party – but we did believe that when two independent parties carried the same information, that would be enough to guarantee its authenticity. Apparently, it was not, and so we managed to screw that one up pretty badly (pardon my French) – but at least now you know that we didn’t intend to misinform you at any point; we were simply eager to share new information with you like we have on previous successful accounts with Toshiba, NEC and HP’s new Pocket PCs and a number of other non-Pocket PC devices.

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