Audiovox Gets Smartphone, Launches EV-DO Data Phone

By Joseph Palenchar On Nov 8 2004 - 8:00am




Audiovox has introduced its first cellular smartphone based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Smartphone OS and its second phone with high-speed EV-DO technology.

The SMT6500 smartphone, a worldphone, is available now though AT&T Wireless for $199 after rebate and two-year voice/data contract. It’s billed as the smallest Windows Mobile smartphone in North America at 4.24 inches by 1.82 inches by 0.69 inches, the first Microsoft smartphone with Windows Media Player 10, and the only Windows Mobile smartphone with integrated camera in the United States. It weighs 3.6 ounces and operates on 850/1,800/1,900MHz GSM/GPRS networks.

Besides “pocket” versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger, the device features Windows Media Player 10 Mobile to store and play back authorized downloaded Windows Media Audio (WMA) music files transferred from a Windows XP PC. It also plays back subscription content, or “rented” WMA files, downloaded by PC from such download services as Napster. These music files will time out if the user’s subscription isn’t paid up.

The VGA camera/camcorder features 4x digital zoom. Other features include Bluetooth and mini-SD slot.

The EV-DO phone is the clamshell CDM-8940, due in early 2005. It would join the company’s EV-DO PocketPC Phone Edition PDA phone, which was unveiled early this year but hasn’t become available in the United States. The 8940 connects to portable computing devices via USB port to receive data at peak speeds up to 2.4Mbps. The 800/1,900MHz CDMA 1X phone, with analog AMPS, features 1.3-megapixel camera/camcorder, SD card slot, MMS, GPSOne, Java or BREW capability, and dual color displays at 1.9 inches and 1.2 inches, each with 262K resolution.

In another introduction, Audiovox unveiled the Sharp-branded TM150 with megapixel camera. The 3.62-ounce phone is available through T-Mobile and feature triband worldphone capability, SD card slot.

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