Feeds

T-Mobile delays 3G Wi-Fi phone debut

MDA IV held back to await Windows Mobile 2005?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

T-Mobile's German operation has put back the release of its clamshell 3G-enabled Windows Mobile smart phone to the Autumn, according to the company's web site.

The MDA IV, made by Taiwan's HTC and also known by its codename, 'Universal', was originally due to ship in the Summer, T-Mobile said when it announced the handset early in February this year.

Since then, Orange has indicated that it too will offer a network-branded version of a device that sounds uncannily like the Universal, and Vodafone has gone on record to say it will offer the machine as the VPA IV. Neither company has put a date to the release of their respective versions of the product beyond a broad "later this year". HTC hasn't given any availability guidance, either.

It's unclear at this stage why the delay has arisen. One possibility is a pause to allow the device to ship with Windows Mobile 2005, aka 'Magneto', the next major revision of Microsoft's smart phone operating system. Most networks have been vague about which version of Windows Mobile the device will support.

Last week, the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany played host to a number of Magneto-based devices, such as Samsung's upcoming 3GB hard drive-based handset, the i300. So it may not be unreasonable to speculate that everyone's waiting for the new OS for their upcoming smart phones.

Meanwhile, HTC, which is fast gaining a reputation as a Windows Mobile device development powerhouse, posted February 2005 sales of TWD4.12bn ($133.65m), up 82.6 per cent on the same month in 2004. For the calendar year as a whole, HTC racked up sales of TWD8.32bn ($269.92m), up 86.4 per cent year on year.

Earlier this week, HTC inked a deal with Research in Motion (RIM) to bundle the Canadian company's Blackberry Connect software on future smart phone products. ®

Related stories

RIM signs IM pacts
Samsung unveils 3GB HDD smart phone
Vodafone preps 3G, Wi-Fi palmtop smart phone
Orange to offer 3G, Wi-Fi palmtop smart phone
T-Mobile unveils Sidekick-styled 3G device

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Will BlackBerry make a comeback with its SQUARE smartphones?
Plus PC PIMs from company formerly known as RIM
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
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.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.