HP and Sprint SPC Developing Wireless iPAQ

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Many Pocket PC users were saddened to learn recently that Hewlett Packard had apparently dropped plans for the h5600 series, which would have been a line of data-centric wireless handhelds. Now, there is new evidence that HP is working on one after all.

The 2003 Sprint Users Forum is going on now in Dallas. According to SprintPCS Rocks, HP representatives are saying that their company and Sprint are working together to create an an iPAQ that will be able to connect with Sprint’s CDMA networks. This is expected to be available some time in 2004.

No other details are available on this device but it will likely run Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003.

History

Cindy Box, a marketing director for handhelds at HP, told CNET in October of last year that her company was working on a line of data-centric wireless handhelds. According to information Brighthand was able to gather, there would have been two handhelds in this series: the h5650/h5655 and the h5610/h5615. One of these would have used GSM/GPRS and the other CDMA. All of them would have built-in Bluetooth.

Then came word from HP that the project had been scraped. “We’ve done extensive market research and come to the conclusion that consumers prefer a two-piece solution of mobile phone and PDA communicating via Bluetooth,” Antoine Barre, HP European vice president told PC Advisor. “The market isn’t ready for sophisticated devices, although businesses are crying out for them in terms of manageability.”

Apparently, HP has changed its mind again.

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