BT to offer wireless PDA for Xmas

According to its supplier...

British Telecom's wireless PDA will ship in time for Christmas if comments made by the telco's hardware supplier are anything to go by.

The device, based on Intel's ARM-derived Xscale processor running Windows CE, is being produced by the telco by Taiwanese handet maker HTC. And HTC this week said it had received the order from BT for delivery in December.

The PDA will operate across BT subsidiary BT Cellnet's GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) 2.5G cellular network. As such it will go head to head with Mitusbishi subsidiary Trium's recently released Mondo GPRS PocketPC-based PDA.

GPRS can allow data-transfer speeds of up to 150kbps, compared with the current GSM system, which operates at 9.6kbps (though you can get up to 14.4kbps with data compression).

The Intel chip is capable of running at up to 1GHz, the semiconductor giant has claimed in the past. ®

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