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mmO2, the bizarrely named company formerly known as BT Cellnet, will shortly unveil its entry into the smartphone/PDA market, sources close to the company have told The Register.

The device is expected to be unveiled a few hours from now at Microsoft's official launch of PocketPC 2002.

The cellular network provider will tell the world it will offer a device called the O2 xda that will offer PDA functionality plus voice and data networking over GSM and GPRS connections - just as we predicted a month or so back.

The xda is akin to the Trium Mondo, but improves on that rival device by supporting not only the latest version of the PocketPC platform, but offering a full colour screen rather than the Mondo' muddy monochrome display.

mmO2 claims it will be custom-manufacturing the device itself, but as we revealed before, it will actually be made by Taiwanese handset maker HTC. We can also reveal the device will be based on Intel's upcoming ARM-based 206MHz StrongARM CPU, and is expect to ship in time to tap into the Christmas market. ®

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