Feeds

PDA vendors target Euro cellphone market

Sharp, Casio prep mobile phone-equipped electronic organisers

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Sharp and Casio are separately working on PDAs with built-in cellphones aimed at the European mobile data market, the Nikkei newswire reports.

Sharp's plan is to extend its Zaurus family of electronic organisers with a Mitsubishi-designed, mobile phone-equipped model. Mitsubishi will likely build the device on Sharp's behalf, in its French factory. It's also probable that both companies will market the product separately, Sharp as a PDA with built-in cellphone features, and Mitsubishi as a phone incorporating organiser functionality.

The device is expected to be launched in Europe early next year.

Casio's timeframe is a slightly more defined - the company will show a working prototype at next February's CeBIT show in Hannover, and ship the device sometime next Spring. The product will form part of Casio's Windows CE PDA line, and will contain cellphone technology developed by Siemens.

Again, the two partners will market the device separately, each from their own perspective on the market.

This Autumn, Casio will ship a PDA with a built-in GSM and GPRS transceiver in conjunction with Vodaphone AirTouch. This device, aimed at the UK market, isn't designed to be a cellphone too - instead it will be promoted as a wireless Net access tool. Vodaphone will use the gadget to market its mobile multimedia service. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.