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HTC Cellphone Embeds Wi-Fi Router

Taoyuan, Taiwan
– An HTC-made 3G smartphone due in the U.S.
early next year will incorporate an embedded Wi-Fi router, enabling multiple
laptop users to share a cellular-data connection to the Internet when they’re
on the go.

The HD2, equipped
with Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional OS, comes home to America
in early 2010 through a major carrier, HTC
said. Pricing and carrier haven’t been announced. The 3G phone is currently
available in Europe and Taiwan
equipped with 3G 7.2Mbps HSPA cellular technology.

Carriers Sprint and
Verizon Wireless already offer Novatel’s
pocket-size, battery-powered portable Wi-Fi router
with embedded cellular
to enable on-the-go Internet-connection sharing, but incorporating a Wi-Fi
802.11b/g router in the HTC phone
would make a second cellular subscription unnecessary.

The 5.54-ounce
full-touch phone, which lacks hard dialing keys or hard QWERTY keypad, features
4.3-inch capacitive 480 by 800 WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz Qualcomm
Snapdragon processor and GPS.

The device is also the company’s first Windows Mobile device with
HTC’s Sense user interface, which
enables consumers to personalize the appearance of apps displayed onscreen. It
features proximity sensor to prevent false screen touches when the phone is
placed next to an ear, a light sensor to automatically change display
brightness, and an optional car kit that automatically puts the phone into GPS mode for car navigation use.