T-Mobile USA is finally getting its 3G network up and running, and the identity of the first smartphone to run it may have been identified: the HTC Kaiser.
This carrier can’t just release a 3G phone that’s already on the market. In order to get the radio spectrum it needed to create a national 3G network, T-Mobile had to use a different frequency from the other U.S. carriers that offer UMTS and HSDPA service. This means that standard U.S. 3G phones won’t be able to access T-Mobile’s network.
Documentation filed with the Federal Communications Commission makes it clear that the HTC Kaiser, a high-end Windows Mobile smartphone, will support the radio frequency used by T-Mobile USA’s 3G network: 1700 MHz.
When this telco will introduce its version of the Kaiser, what it will call this device, and what it will charge for it are not yet known.
More About the HTC Kaiser
The HTC Kaiser, at first glance, looks a great deal like many of its predecessors. It has a tablet shape with a QWERTY keyboard hidden below the 2.8-inch, QVGA screen.
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But unlike earlier models from HTC, when the screen is slid aside to expose the keyboard, it flips up at an angle, making the device look something like a mini laptop.
Another advantage the Kaiser has over some of its predecessors is an updated operating system: Windows Mobile 6 Professional.
It uses a 400 MHz processor, and has 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of ROM, a percentage of which will be available to the user as internal storage. It also includes a microSD slot.
It is a quad-band GSM phone with GPRS and EDGE, as well as the UMTS and HSDPA 3G networking mentioned earlier. This Pocket PC also sports Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and USB 2.0.
In addition, the Kaiser has a 3 megapixel camera, a GPS receiver, and a 1500 mAh battery.