T-Mobile Germany Announces the MDA IV Windows Mobile Smartphone

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The MDA IV will be declared by some as the perfect PDA/phone combo unit. It features a swivel screen, integrated keyboard, and support for GSM, GPRS, UTMS, WiFi and Bluetooth. As if that’s not enough, toss in a VGA display, two integrated digital cameras and an Intel 520 MHz processor to top it off. It’s scheduled for a European release this summer and will surely be a grey market favorite in the US.

The design is remarkable, somewhat like the old Clie clamshells and the Zaurus handhelds. It will certainly be large and probably heavy, but for all this functionality, the sacrifice is worthwhile for many.

The full release follows:

A world first: T-Mobile announces new, multi-function communication terminal. (02/02/05)
  • MDA IV is the first mobile communications device to integrate WLAN, GPRS and UMTS technology

  • Additional highlights: E-Mail Push-Service, Bluetooth, full keyboard, two cameras, video telephony and Windows Mobile platform

  • High-resolution VGA screen for optimum display of Internet pages and image files

  • The mobile office of the future fits in your hand: Around 100
    square centimeters large, T-Mobile’s new MDA IV has everything it takes to make working on the move convenient. This “mini-laptop” is the first mobile communications device in the world to integrate the mobile communications technologies GPRS, UMTS and WLAN and means that T-Mobile customers have access to fast, broadband data communication practically all the time and everywhere, for sending e-mails, for example, or downloading large files, for Internet research or for accessing the company intranet. The MDA IV is a triband terminal, operating on GSM 900, 1800, and 1900 megahertz networks, meaning that T-Mobile customers can use it all over the world. SMS, MMS and e-mails can be typed in using the full keyboard and the VGA screen is the ideal display for text, images, and Internet pages. This format takes the quality of “Internet in your pocket” to a new level. Additional functional highlights include two integrated cameras, loudspeakers and the Windows Mobile operating system. Once open, the VGA screen can be turned round in a single move to turn the mini-laptop into a PDA with a touchscreen. The MDA IV is scheduled to be available from this summer.

    “The MDA IV is a milestone in turning ‘office in your pocket’ into reality”, said Martin Knauer, Managing Director of Marketing at T-Mobile Deutschland. “This device combines innovative mobile communications technology, functionality, and powerful software in a very compact package. Operated on our multimedia networks, the mini-laptop is almost as powerful as a desktop PC. This is a response to the requirements of our customers who want the tools of their trade to be just as reliable on the move as in the office.”

    With the ability to receive e-mails and reply straight away, dispatch important documents quickly, download information from the company intranet or work on a presentation while on the move — the MDA IV does not lag behind a PC in terms of power. This is ensured by the 520 megahertz Intel processor, the integrated GPRS, UMTS and WLAN mobile communications technologies and the Windows Mobile operating system. Wherever the user is working, the terminal dials into the fastest T-Mobile network available automatically.

    “As a mini-laptop, the MDA IV is a consistent further development and powerful complement to our existing MDA family. With a market share of 40 percent, the marketing of the T-Mobile MDA family is a success story to which the MDA IV is a further addition,” Martin Knauer continued.

    Like the other MDA models, the MDA IV includes full Office functionality. The terminal supports the E-Mail Push-Service for the automatic receipt of e-mails. Word and Excel files the user may have received as e-mail attachments, for example, can be ideally displayed and conveniently edited on the new, large VGA display; PowerPoint and PDF files can also be displayed. Pocket Outlook makes it possible to manage appointments, contacts and tasks. The terminal is equipped with USB and Bluetooth interfaces for synchronization of data with a PC. The two built-in cameras let the user take photos and record video sequences, and video telephony is simple with the MDA IV. The optimized VGA screen makes video streaming particularly convenient. Integrated video and music players ensure high picture and sound quality when playing video streams and music files. With its compact dimensions, the MDA IV fits easily into almost any jacket pocket — and as a triband mini-laptop it is also an ideal companion for trips abroad.



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