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T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced its T-Mobile Shadow, a Windows Mobile-based phone with great connectivity options and a pretty low price. The Shadow is made by none other than High Tech Computer Corp. of Taoyuan, Taiwan (HTC) which recently started branding their own phones.
“We’re calling the new line of devices ‘Shadow’ because they’re designed to help people stay effortlessly connected with those who are closest to them – the people you would choose to have with you all the time if possible – the people you love checking in with during a hectic day or to share special news,” said Robert Dotson, president and CEO, T-Mobile USA.”
The pocket-sized phone slides open to reveal a keyboard for typing e-mails (similar to the BlackBerry Pearl’s)and features connectivity for Wi-Fi wireless Internet networks, as well as EDGE and Bluetooth. The T-Mobile Shadow will go on sale Oct. 31 for $149.99 with a two-year contract and a subscription for voice and data service. The data service costs $19.99 a month and also includes access through T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi locations.
“We partnered exclusively with T-Mobile to help them deliver a deep communications experience that is built around the customer,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC. “In both form and function, the T-Mobile Shadow delivers an unmistakable commitment to enhancing personal relationships.”
The shadow features a high-quality, 2.0-megapixel digital camera with video capture as well as a multimedia player that provides a convenient way to listen to and share favorite music and video. Its custom T-Mobile Address Book lets customers easily import contact information from Yahoo!, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and other e-mail services onto their phone using my.t-mobile.com.
The sliding Shadow’s keypad is hybrid-type, five keys wide, with two letters on each key, and it uses the predictive software Tegic XT9 to predict the next word in a sentence. The device features a 210 Mhz processor and a roomy 72MB of program memory.
Microsoft has launched a music download service on MSN Mobile which will allow users with internet-enabled phones to purchase and download music via their mobile.
The new service is available across all UK network operators and boasts a catalogue of up to one million tracks, 25,000 Realtones and 10,000 Music Videos from record labels such as Sony Music and Warner Music.
Users who have an internet-enabled phone can purchase full tracks for £1.50 via the PayForIt billing framework. Charges appear on the user’s monthly bill in the case of post-pay contracts, or debited direct from pre-pay mobile plans.
Consumers enter http://www.msn.co.uk into their phone internet browser and select the music service from the menu. Alternatively users can text MSN to 63463 and will be sent a link to the service.
The MSN Mobile Music service is provided via an exclusive partnership with VidZone Digital Media.
Microsoft Corp has released its Seadragon Mobile application for Apple Inc’s iPhone. The Microsoft Live Labs applications is not yet available for the Windows Mobile platform. The smartphone application is Microsoft’s first for the Apple iPhone. Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform, Microsoft said on its Live Labs blog. The application fixes a problem that most mobile phones have. The ability to quickly zoom in on photos without losing clarity. In fact, zooming in on large high-resolution photos on the iPhone is slow.
Seadragon Mobile fixes all that. It lets users zoom in quickly, including an aerial map of the world, and even documents from the Library of Congress. Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger. Browse an entire collection of photos from a single screen, Microsoft said.