Sprint Releasing Two Pocket PC Phone Edition Devices

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Back in January, Microsoft announced a version of its Pocket PC Phone Edition that is compatible with CDMA wireless networks. The previous version had been only for GSM networks. At the time, both Samsung and Hitachi showed off new models that would run this operating system. Today, Sprint has announced that it will release these models for its high-speed PCS Vision network during the second quarter of this year.

These devices will be able to place and receive phone calls and browse the Web at speeds averaging 50 to 70 Kbps, with peak speeds of 144 Kbps.

Both will allow customers to download PCS Business Connection Personal Edition. This software-based solution offered by Sprint provides wireless secure access to company e-mail and PIM information from Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Dominos servers. It costs $5 a month.

Hitachi G1000

Hitachi G1000 Previously called the Multimedia Communicator, the G1000 will be the first-ever Pocket PC with an integrated keyboard as well as one of the first Pocket PCs with a built-in digital camera.

It has an SD card slot but few other details are available about the G1000 at this time.

Samsung SPH-i700

The i700 runs an Intel XScale PXA250 processor. It has 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM.

It has a 330 thousand pixel camera, the minimum necessary to take 640 by 480 pixel images. It doesn’t have a flash. The i700 has an SD card slot, though it is not yet known if this supports SDIO.

It is 5.2 by 2.75 by .7 inches and weighs 5.6 ounces. Its battery is replaceable. The standard one is 1100 mAh, which gives 200 minutes of talk time or 100 hours of standby time. There will also be a 2000 mAh battery available.

It is not yet known what either of these two devices will cost.

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