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News
Issue #2003 - 16 (May 2003)
(Updated May 15, 2003)

DEVICES

Device News This Week

1. Cingular Offers New Nokia 6800
Cingular Wireless now offers the Nokia 6800, a new phone with usable keyboard. According to a Wall Street Journal review, the 6800 comes complete with a color screen and normal phone-dialing keypad. However, when you swing the keypad over the screen, a full text keyboard is revealed, convenient for typing emails, text messages or taking notes during a phone call. When the full keypad is open the screen automatically switches to a horizontal view from a vertical view so the phone feature is still accessible. Cingular markets the phone for $250 with a two-year contract. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

2. Motorola's Introduces New Instant Messenger Device 
Motorola has introduced a wireless device that works with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and allows users to break away from the computer to chat with buddies. IMfree, targeted at teens aged 12-17, connects a computer and allows users to roam within 150 feet while accessing AIM. Designed to be easier than other AIM mobile devices, IMfree has a small QWERTY keyboard and helps prevent computer squabbles within a household. IMfree also allows parents to control children's use of the device, while still allowing children to maintain their privacy. (Source: Wall Street Journal, New York Times) - more info 

3. NEC's MobilePro 900 Targeted to Hospital, Sales Force Markets
NEC is set to introduce late this month its MobilePro 900, a cross between a PDA and an notebook computer. It has a battery life closer to that of a personal digital assistant, along with a Qwerty keyboard slightly smaller than that of a notebook computer. It has an 8.1-inch screen, a 400MHz XScale processor, 64MB of memory, and 64MB of flash memory. An add-on card can make the device wireless-capable. It is designed for use in settings such as field sales or hospitals. A number of companies including Microsoft founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures are planning to introduce mini-notebook computers. (Source: CNET News.com)

4. Motorola announced its newest ruggedized wireless-enabled computing solutions, the ML900™ (Mobile Laptop 900) and the Mobile Office Display Solution™ (MODS). The systems are part of Motorola’s extensive portfolio of integrated communications and information solutions to address mission-critical public safety and security requirements worldwide.

The full-sized, fully sealed Mobile Laptop ML 900, which is designed to meet the needs of public safety and military personnel, also can be used by utility, public service, and other personnel in demanding mobile environments. It has advanced technology to handle large amounts of data quickly, effectively, and reliably in critical situations. Features include a high-capacity 40 GB removable hard drive that can easily be replaced in the field, and a Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M 1.70 GHz high performance processor. The ML 900 also offers onboard digital video recorder capabilities enabling users to download or upload videos to a server and the option to integrate a CD R-W/DVD ROM. 

Particularly important for law enforcement personnel is the high-resolution, glare-free 12.1-inch or 13.3-inch screen that provides detailed graphical images, fingerprints and mugshots. The system is compatible with Motorola public safety applications, including Premier™ MDC, Tx Messenger™ and Airmobile™ software. 

Source - Several, including CTIA, TechWeb, 802.11 planet and Fierce 80211

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: These are interesting devices. Motorola's Mobile laptop 900 is particularly useful for outdoor law enforcement applications.

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and section 21E of Securities Exchange act of 1934 in USA. Similar provisions exist in other countries. There is no assurance that the stipulated plans of vendors will be implemented. MobileInfo does not warrant the authenticity of the information. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.  All trademarks used in this summary are the property of their respective owners.


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