Saving the Pogo

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Pogo Pogo Technology was the developer of the Pogo, a wireless handheld that was available only in the UK and allowed users to surf the Web, plus send and receive email and SMS messages. Unfortunately, the company went out of business. Last month, its assets were acquired by a new company, Pogo Mobile Solutions, headed by Ran Mokady, the former Microsoft director of feature phone platforms. The new company includes many of the employees of the old one.

Pogo Mobile Solutions will license its intellectual property to other companies and work with partners to create wireless handhelds that use GSM and GPRS networks. It will focus on licensing its distributed technology platform, the Pogo Distributed Architecture, including compression algorithms, device, and network software, to third parties like cellular operators, original equipment/design manufacturers, and other service providers.

The Pogo is still on sale in the UK. This device is somewhat similar to the Danger Hiptop. It has a color screen, no keyboard, and is 5.9 inches diagonally and .8 inches thick. It weighs 8.5 ounces. It uses Macromedia Flash for its user interface. In addition to Internet access, the Pogo also has a built-in address book.

Pogo Mobile Solutions is working to restore service to the Pogos that have already been sold. However, it has apparently missed its first deadline. The company’s website has a message that says it will have updated information about restoring service by December 13 but no such information is available at this point.

Thanks to infoSync for the tip.



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