Verizon Offering Pocket PC with EV-DO Support

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Verizon Wireless is now carrying a new high-end cellular-wireless Pocket PC. The Audiovox XV6600 can be ordered through the company’s business channels.

This model uses a traditional tablet design, plus it sports a small QWERTY keyboard that is exposed when the screen slides up.

What many people will find most interesting about this handheld is it can use Verizon’s new high-speed wireless network.

More about the Audiovox XV6600

Audiovox XV6600 The XV6600 runs the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition on a 400 MHz Intel XScale PXA263 processor. It includes 128 MB of RAM, and has an SD/SDIO slot for additional storage.

This model includes Bluetooth, allowing it to be used with wireless headsets and as a wireless modem for other devices.

Because it has has EV-DO support, it offers typical download speeds of 300 Kbps to 500 Kbps. Verizon’s EV-DO network is currently available in 20 major metropolitan areas and 24 airports, with more expected in 2005. In places where EV-DO isn’t available, the XV6600 will use Verizon’s slower 1xRTT network.

Of course, this handheld includes the full suite of standard Windows Mobile-based applications, including Pocket Excel, Outlook, Pocket Word, Windows Media Player, Microsoft ActiveSync, and MSN Messenger.

It has a 3.5-inch, 240-by-320-pixel (QVGA) display that supports both portrait and landscape modes.

With the keyboard hidden, this handheld is 4.9 inches tall, 2.75 inches wide, and 0.75 inches thick (12.5 cm by 7.0 cm by 1.9 cm). It weighs 7.4 ounces (210 g).

Price and Availability

The Audiovox XV6600 costs $550 with a 2-year customer contract. Business customers can contact a Verizon sales representative at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ. The XV6600 will be available through Verizon Wireless Stores in January 2005.

The cost an unlimited-use data plan on Verizon’s EV-DO network is $45 per month. Voice service is extra.

Not Just Verizon

The XV6600 is just Verizon’s name for a device that was actually designed by HTC and offered to a great many wireless service providers, both in the U.S. and Europe. The generic name for this device is the XDA III.

Just this week, Cingular began offering its version, which it calls the Siemens SX66.

Sprint has been offering the Audiovox PPC-6601, its version of the XDA III, since November.

And its been available in Europe from T-Mobile since this summer, where it’s called the MDA III

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