Samsung prepping CDMA/GSM PocketPC phone
The FCC has given approval for the sale of a new Samsung PocketPC phone, dubbed the i830. The i830 shares the form-factor and sliding keyboard of the Samsung i730 PPC phone that’s expected out later this month.
The good news–the i830 features both CDMA and GSM for maximum comprehensive coverage. This is a first for a PocketPC phone, and is far from common on normal ‘dumb’ mobile phones. The i830 also includes Bluetooth.
The bad news–the i830 only supports the GSM 900 and 1800 bands. These are the frequencies used outside North America, so the i830 will be able to run on GSM everywhere but here. Also, unlike the i730, there won’t be even a possibility of WiFi.
No information about a carrier, but the likely suspect is Verizon, who is already slated to carry the i730, and who also carries the Samsung A790 CDMA/GSM hybrid phone.
Confirmation of specs for iPaq hw6500, hw6700
Mobile-Review.com has acquired ‘tentative data’ on the upcoming iPaq 6500 and 6700 mobile connectivity models from HP. The new information matches exactly the specs for the hw6500 originally obtained by MobileTechReview, and the hw6700 specs first published right here. The devices are expected to be nearly identical, featuring 520 MHz processors, 64 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM, integrated GSM/GPRS/EDGE voice and data, and a Global Positioning System locator. The 6500 will have SDIO and Mini-SD slots, while the 6700 will sacrifice SDIO in favor of built-in WiFi.
Symbol renews Palm OS license
Symbol, manufacturer of specialty handhelds for vertical market applications, has renewed their PalmOS licensing agreement with PalmSource. While the company hasn’t showed much interest lately in producing new PalmOS based hardware, their licensing renewal suggests that they don’t intend to retire the existing 1550 and 1800 series of Palm-based units in the near future despite their extremely advanced age.