When AT&T introduces the Motorola Q9h tomorrow, it will become the first GSM carrier to offer a model from Motorola’s Q series of Windows Mobile smartphones. This device will offer a number of popular features, like 3G, a keyboard, and a GPS receiver.
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Not surprisingly, this model will have a great deal in common with the Motorola Q9m — a CDMA version already available from Verizon — like a tablet shape with a small keyboard below a QVGA display. One advantage AT&T’s version will have, though, is support for international roaming.
"AT&T and Motorola are teaming up to provide our customers with a world-class device, operating platform, applications and services and network experience that they can take with them around the globe," said Michael Woodward, Business Voice/Data Products, for AT&T’s wireless unit.
An Overview of the Motorola Q9h
The Q9h will run Windows Mobile 6 Standard, which means it won’t include a touchscreen.
It will, however, come with the standard suite of applications that are bundled with this operating system, like Outlook Mobile. In addition, AT&T is adding DataViz’s Documents to Go — an Office suite with features not in the standard one — and Opera Mobile.
To take advantage of the GPS receiver, users will have the option of subscribing to the TeleNav service. This provides turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving directions, 3-D moving maps, and traffic delay alerts/rerouting for use in vehicles or while walking.
The Q9h’s UMTS/HSDPA support will allow users in N. America to wirelessly download data at up to 3.6 Mbps. When roaming outside of the U.S., users will have to depend on slower EDGE networks.
A 2.0-megapixel camera and microSD card slot round out this smartphone’s features.
The Motorola Q9h will go on sale November 2 for a special introductory price of $200 at AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at www.wireless.att.com, at many national retailers, and through AT&T’s B2B channels.
Unlimited monthly data plans, which include corporate email, are $45 a month with a voice contract. Personal data plans, which include personal email, begin at $30 a month for 20 MB of data.