HP and Cingular Wireless today announced the HP iPAQ hw6500 series Mobile Messenger, the first Pocket PCs in the United States to use Cingular's high-speed EDGE network.
Beginning on Oct. 31, Cingular will be the sole U.S. carrier for this sleek smart device, which delivers wireless email and an array of applications that offer users access to the digital content and services they need for truly effective global communication and mobile productivity. The HP iPAQ hw6500 series is the first generally available Cingular-enabled device to have an integrated global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver.
Cingular will sell two versions of the Mobile Messenger, the hw6515 featuring a 1.3-megapixel camera and the hw6510, which will come without a camera. The HP iPAQ hw6500 series also boasts a unique combination of digital wireless voice and data capabilities, including access to Cingular's nationwide EDGE network, built-in keyboard, and Bluetooth wireless technology. Cingular's EDGE network is the largest and fastest national wireless data network in the United States, with availability in 13,000 cities and towns and along more than 40,000 miles of interstate highways.
*Mobile Mail and Messaging: Customers will have a choice of two "push" e-mail services - Good Technology's GoodLink wireless messaging and data access software and service and Cingular Xpress Mail. GoodLink, which is targeted by Cingular to medium and large businesses, provides a two-way, wirelessly synchronized connection to Microsoft Outlook email, PIM and other corporate applications with more end-to-end security and robust IT management capabilities. Cingular Xpress Mail, based on the popular email platform from SEVEN, gives individuals and small business access to work and personal email, calendar and contacts as well as the ability to view attachments. Extended Systems also provides mobile access to earlier versions of Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes.
*GPS and Navigation: Microsoft Pocket Streets will be available as a free download for HP iPAQ hw6500 customers in North America. For customers looking for fuller featured, GPS-enabled turn-by-turn navigation, HP iPAQ Navigation Maps and Software, powered by NAVTEQ can be purchased. The GEOTAB mobile field force and fleet management solution represents just one of the GPS-based software solutions compatible with the HP iPAQ hw6500.
*Security and Management: CREDANT Technologies delivers access controls to help protect sensitive data. Bluefire Security Technologies provides wireless VPN clients for Cisco/Nortel infrastructures. iAnywhere offers mobile device management and security features. Ecutel enables a more secure mobile VPN. HP Open Roaming allows enterprises to implement mobility solutions that insulate users from the complexities of managing different networks on their wireless devices.
*Business Applications: Offerings include powerful customer relationship management and sales force automation software such as Siebel and Dovarri; field force automation software from Countermind and WennSoft; and industry-specific applications such as healthcare data management from PatientKeeper.
Weighing less than 6 ounces, the HP iPAQ hw6500 series Mobile Messenger combines open industry standards to offer mobile professionals a single, stylish device for their global business and personal communication needs.
Key features include:
*Quad-band Class 10 GSM/GPRS/EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) technology allows for voice and data communication around the world. The de facto global standard for digital cellular radio, GSM is the world's most deployed digital cellular system.
*Multiple messaging and inbox capabilities including multimedia, text and instant messaging and the ability to access all business and personal email accounts on one device.
*Integrated Bluetooth wireless technology to communicate with Bluetooth-enabled devices(3) such as headsets, printers or bar code scanners and wirelessly synchronize with desktop or notebook PCs.
*Built-in 1.3-megapixel HP Photosmart camera (HP iPAQ hw6515 only) helps ensure high-quality 4 x 6-inch photos and allows for easy image and video sharing. Additional product information is available at www.hp.com/go/mobilitysummit2005. Availability and pricing The iPAQ hw6500 series will be available at Cingular stores and outlets as well as select Cingular authorized dealers and www.hpshopping.com. Cingular will offer the device at $449 with a two-year contract, and $39.99 per month for unlimited data with a qualified voice plan. For additional product and pricing information and to register to be notified when the device is available to order, visit www.cingular.com/ipaq.