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HP and Cingular Announce Complete Wireless Solution on HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger
PALO ALTO, Calif., and ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2005
HP and Cingular Wireless today announced the HP iPAQ hw6500 series Mobile Messenger, the first Pocket PCs in the United States to use Cingular's high-speed EDGE network.
Beginning on Oct. 31, Cingular will be the sole U.S. carrier for this sleek smart device, which delivers wireless email(1) and an array of applications that offer users access to the digital content and services they need for truly effective global communication and mobile productivity.
The HP iPAQ hw6500 series is the first generally available Cingular-enabled device to have an integrated global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver.(2) Cingular will sell two versions of the Mobile Messenger, the hw6515 featuring a 1.3-megapixel camera and the hw6510, which will come without a camera. The HP iPAQ hw6500 series also boasts a unique combination of digital wireless voice and data capabilities, including access to Cingular's nationwide EDGE network,(1,3,4) built-in keyboard, and Bluetooth™ wireless technology.
Cingular's EDGE network is the largest and fastest national wireless data network in the United States, with availability in 13,000 cities and towns and along more than 40,000 miles of interstate highways.
To help simplify the implementation of wireless solutions, HP and Cingular have collaborated with 14 application providers to create the HP Mobility Solutions Evaluation Center (www.hp.com/go/mobile-evaluation), a one-stop shop for diverse mobility solutions and know-how for notebooks, tablet PC and handheld devices.
Customers can visit this online resource to learn about and download trial versions of mobile applications such as mail and messaging, security, navigation and business solutions. The website also includes HP-branded solutions such as Hosted Microsoft® Exchange, Open Roaming and HP Navigation System.(5)
Together, the HP iPAQ hw6500 series and HP Mobility Solutions Evaluation Center offer customers an easy way to evaluate and implement powerful mobile solutions with less risk by leveraging the experience and market leadership of both HP and Cingular.
"HP is simplifying the path for customers who are eager to add mobility to their lives but wary of the complexity and technical challenges," said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Computing Global Business Unit, HP. "Together with Cingular, we are empowering customers to take full advantage of mobility in ways they've never experienced before and to change the way they do business and how they connect to information, communication and even entertainment."
At the Microsoft CIO Summit earlier this year, HP and Cingular previewed the HP iPAQ hw6500 and several applications featured in the HP Mobility Solutions Evaluation Center. The response to alternative mail and messaging solutions and the HP iPAQ hw6500 was overwhelming, with more than 60 corporate customers signing up for an early evaluation pilot program.
"The introduction of the HP iPAQ hw6510/hw6515 provides business customers with more than just a powerful new device but rather a complete wireless voice and data solution right out of the gate," said Jeff Bradley, vice president, business data services, Cingular Wireless. "Cingular and HP have developed specifically for the iPAQ 6510/hw6515 an ecosystem of application providers whose services extend from broad-based email to those for specific industries. This, combined with the popular Pocket PC technology platform and the largest and fastest national wireless data network in the country, presents to a broad range of companies a one-stop approach through which they can give their mobile workforces wireless access to critical information and processes."
Treasure chest of mobile solutions
Developed with wireless expertise from Cingular, the HP Mobility Solutions Evaluation Center provides customers with access to a premier portfolio of business applications – many available via downloadable, 30-day evaluations at no charge. Cingular's certification process for business application providers was incorporated into the Mobility Solutions Center for iPAQ 6500 series solutions. Expertise areas include:
Meeting both business and personal lifestyles
Weighing less than 6 ounces, the HP iPAQ hw6500 series Mobile Messenger combines open industry standards to offer mobile professionals a single, stylish device for their global business and personal communication needs. Key features include:
Additional product information is available at www.hp.com/go/mobilitysummit2005.
Availability and pricing
The iPAQ hw6500 series will be available at Cingular stores and outlets as well as select Cingular authorized dealers and www.hpshopping.com. Cingular will offer the device at $449 with a two-year contract, and $39.99 per month for unlimited data with a qualified voice plan.(7) For additional product and pricing information and to register to be notified when the device is available to order, visit www.cingular.com/ipaq.
Wireless Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 51.44 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation – the ALLOVERSM network – and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover®, the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at www.cingular.com. Get Cingular Wireless press releases e-mailed to you automatically. Sign up at http://cingular.mediaroom.com.
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(1) A standard GSM/GPRS/EDGE infrastructure, other Bluetooth-enabled devices, separately purchased equipment, and a service contract with a wireless airtime provider may be required for applicable wireless communication. GSM/GPRS/EDGE Wireless Internet access requires separately purchased Internet service contract. Check with service provider for availability and coverage in your area. Not all web content available. GPRS/EDGE may not be available in all networks. GPRS/EDGE data transmission speeds may vary based upon network capabilities and other conditions. Establishment and continuation of a GPRS/EDGE connection depends on network availability, provider support and signal strength
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