iPAQ hw6900 Series Coming to Cingular Next Week

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Cingular has just announced that it will begin offering two versions of HP’s latest Pocket PC phone before the end of this month.

The iPAQ hw6920 and hw6925 will use a tablet shape with a built-in QWERTY keyboard, a form-factor that’s become very popular,

iPAQ hw6900They will offer multiple wireless options: GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

Plus they will have one of the features Cingular is touting most about these iPAQs, their built-in GPS receiver. This will allow them to use this carriers new real-time navigation service, TeleNav. (More on this is available in this article.)

Naturally, as they are full Pocket PCs, users of these devices will have the choice of buying a regular GPS software package.

Windows Mobile Inside

Windows Mobile 5.0 will give iPAQ hw6920 series users access to mobile versions of many of the familiar Microsoft applications found on their desktops, such Office Mobile, Internet Explorer, and Outlook.

In addition, this device will include Microsoft’s Messaging and Security Feature Pack, which offers up-to-date email, calendar, tasks and contacts as well as advanced security features, including remote device wipe, remotely enforced IT policy and S/MIME support.

What’s the Difference?

In most ways these two upcoming models will be identical.

However one of the — the hw6920 — will not have a built-in camera, while the second version with a 1.3 megapixel camera will be named the hw6925.

As Cingular is primarily targeting this series at business customers, naturally it is emphasizing the camera-less one.

Not Exactly New

Cingular will be the first wireless carrier in the United States to offer a device from HP’s hw6900 series. It has been available from European carriers for some time, though.

In addition, HP itself has been offering some models from this series for a while. However, Cingular will be selling this device for less than the unlocked version.

The best price for the hw6920/5 will be $359.99 with a 2-year contract and qualifying voice and data plans.

When goes on sale October 31, this iPAQ series will be available only through Cingular’s B2B channel. It is not known at this point when it will be offered to the general public.

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