PDA News – iPaq hw6500 gets stiffed, iDEN Smartphone, Pocket iTunes?

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iPaq hw6500 denied OS upgrade

There’s been a lot of confusion and contradiction of late on whether or not the iPAQ hw6500 PocketPC phone would be getting an upgrade to Windows Mobile 5.0. When first released, an upgrade was expected, as early HP spec sheets

Then came the rumors that the 6500 was not going to receive an upgrade. Then came the contradicting rumors. An HP rep in Italy told PocketPCItalia that the 6500 was definitely going to get a WM5 upgrade. Meanwhile, a rep in the UK said no, the 6500 will not be getting an upgrade.

Now, we finally have a clear and decisive answer, thanks to the HP WM5 upgrade FAQ, and the news is not good. HP is declining to provide an upgrade for the hw6500

HP has just made a mess of the entire affair. Besides not being able to figure out what their position was, the company sold the device on the pretense of being upgradable, then withdrew their support. HP is already in a bad market position, and more negative PR is the last thing they need.


Sprint-Nextel debuts Moto i930

Sprint has officially launched the Motorola i930, an iDEN-based Windows Mobile Smartphone. The i930 is the first WM Smartphone to run on the former Nextel network, and supports the trademark Push-To-Talk feature. It also features the ability to run on 900 and 1800 MHz GSM networks for international roaming.


Alleged images of iTunes on Windows Mobile 5

A website in Germany claims to have acquired a beta copy of iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0. The site shows a number of images of the program apparently running on an XDA 2, including use of the iTunes podcast search directory.

Whether the images are legitimate is unknown, but it’s not inconceivable that Apple would further extend the iTunes system to Windows Mobile based devices.




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