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Wednesday, 27.02.08
ALERT: WinCE/InfoJack sends unauthorized information and leaves device vulnerable
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

McAfee Avert Labs Blog posted a warning about a new Windows Mobile Pocket PC virus yesterday which seems to be the first real Windows Mobile virus/trojan. While we have seen proof of concepts before, this Windows Mobile trojan for Pocket PCs disables Windows Mobile application installation security as well as it protects itself from deletion by copying and installing it again from infected memory cards.
Furthermore, the virus which is called "WinCE/InfoJack" sends the infected device's serial number, operating system and other information to the author of the trojan.

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Tuesday, 26.02.08
PRODUCTIVITY: SoftMaker launches public Beta of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SoftMaker Software GmbH, makers of the multi-platform office suite SoftMaker Office, announced today the public beta release of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows Mobile Classic and Professional Pocket PCs . This office suite is designed for any Pocket PC and is 100% compatible with the popular Microsoft Office suite.
SoftMaker Office 2008 for Pocket PCs ships with three applications that MS Office users will find totally familiar and 100% compatible with their existing office documents: TextMaker 2008, PlanMaker 2008 and SoftMaker Presentations 2008.

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Monday, 25.02.08
UTILITY: Google2Go! gives you access to all Google Mobile Services
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Tech Turf recently released a handy Windows Mobile Classic and Professional (touchscreen) application called "Google2Go!".
Google2Go! is a mobile application for Google's mobile services, similar to Yahoo! Go. And, as you can see by the used icons, this application is not related to Google in any way (neither to Apple as I think) and frankly, while this looks like a handy application, I'm a little bit lost with the used icons (and would rather prefer the original Google icons) since - well - I'm not an iPhone user (what does the sunflower stands for?).

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FIX: HTC to optimize Video issues with a Software fix (only)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In response to protests from some users that the latest HTC Windows Mobile smartphones have a poorer video quality then previous, less powerful devices, HTC recently said that some top engineers have investigated the video performance on the affected devices and have discovered a fix that they claim will dramatically improve performance for common on-screen tasks like scrolling and the like. The fix would help most of HTC's recent touch-screen smartphones including the HTC Touch family of devices and the HTC TyTN II/ AT&T Tilt, Sprint Mogul/Verizon XV6900. The update is in testing and HTC hopes to release it soon.

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Thursday, 21.02.08
AVAILABLE: Fido launches the Motorola Q9h and Samsung JACK in Canada
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Canadian operator today announced the launch and availability of the Samsung SGH-i616 (aka the BlackJack II) and the Motorola Q9h Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphones. According to Fido, its customers can now make sure they 'never lose out on anything', with unlimited personal E-Mails available with most popular domains, 3G high-speed mobile browsing and the ability to view and edit Word and Excel documents and view presentations on Windows Mobile 6 Standard powered devices, the Motorola Q9 and Samsung JACK. Customers will be able to view and send Microsoft Office documents, plus send and receive unlimited E-Mails from up to 5 E-Mail accounts, including Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and other POP3/IMAP4 and Microsoft Exchange accounts.

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QUALITY: HP might suspend its cooperation with Inventec due to Quality issues
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to DigiTimes, Hewlett-Packard (HP) may suspend its cooperation with Inventec Appliances as the Taiwanese ODM has repeatedly delayed shipments of the iPAQ 600-series smartphone to the US vendor.
Interesting enough, the iPAQ 600-line is still expected to be released in Europe, later this spring - together with the also delayed iPAQ 900 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone - while a U.S. launch seems to be canceled.
According to the Chinese-language Commercial Times, one reason for the cancelation is, that the the first series of 3.5G handsets undertaken by Inventec Appliances failed to pass tests carried out by HP.

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DEVELOPMENT: Firefox Mobile receives another Proposal - Work in Progress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the first proposal, the developers of Firefox Mobile/Mozilla Mobile (the final name is still not decided) have posted another proposal of how the mobile version of Firefox could looks and works. While the first proposal also included information about a touchscreen-less UI, this proposal concentrates on touchscreen smartphones only (like Windows Mobile Classic PDAs and Windows Mobile Professional smartphones). Even if still in an early phase of discussion, the mockups and described functions looks quite promising already and if a Mobile Firefox will ever be released, it's quite foreseeable that we will relive another "browser-war", as we have seen it on the PC in the mid-90's but this time it will happens on mobile devices. Also it's unlikely that this time Microsoft will join the party (an possibly win), except something is cooking in Redmond nobody is aware of yet, but Mozilla, with its Firefox Mobile, and Opera Software, with its soon to be released Opera Mobile 9.5, will be the actors.

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Monday, 18.02.08
AVAILABLE: Sprint launches the Samsung SPH-i325 ACE Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled late last year already, Sprint has now released it's version of the Samsung SPH-i325 Windows Mobile standard smartphone, the carrier calls the Samsung ACE.
The Samsung ACE is the sleekest world phone, featuring Windows Mobile 6 Standard and offers the ability to use one device both in the U.S. and while traveling outside of North America because the Samsung ACE supports both CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks by plugging in a SIM card into the unlocked device. Within the U.S., where coverage is available, experience broadband–like download speeds using Sprint's EV-DO network.

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Friday, 15.02.08
AVAILABILITY: Samsung confirms European launch and availability of the SGH-i780 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During an off-site briefing with Samsung Europe, the Korean mobile phone manufacture confirmed that the anticipated Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone got its European launch this week.
While carriers like Orange UK and Telefónica Movistar are confirmed to carry Samsung's latest smartphone, other carriers will follow but Samsung didn't disclosed which carriers these are.
Nevertheless, Samsung also confirmed that shipments to the open market has also started which means you should be able to get a localized i780 from carrier independent mobile phone shops in your country soon as well.

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Thursday, 14.02.08
MWC LIVE: i-mate and Telstra announce partnership to release Ultimate Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you have your doubts if i-mate's latest Ultimate smartphones will ever make it to the markets, it looks like this time i-mate takes the Ultimate launch serious because i-mate this week announced it has teamed with Australian Telstra to launch the i-mate Ultimate 8502 and i-mate Ultimate 9502 next moth. Telstra is the first operator to deploy these devices globally and both devices will be exclusive in Australia to Telstra customers. i-mate and Telstra announce exclusive partnership to deliver two high-speed i-mate Ultimate mobile devices
Building on a five-year partnership which has seen the successful launch of 10 world leading i-mate devices on the Telstra network, Telstra has teamed up with i-mate again to release the highly acclaimed Ultimate mobile devices.

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Wednesday, 13.02.08
MWC LIVE: GIGA-BYTE is expanding its Business to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Furthermore, GIGA-BYTE today unveiled, the Taiwanese ODM will finally expand to Europe. So far it was somewhat hard to get a GSmart Windows Mobile smartphone, if you wasn't located in Russia or Italy. However, GIGA-BYTE will release its new GSmart smartphones soon in other European countries as well.
Last year's unveiled t600 will be released as DVB-T versions in March in Italy and France while the new MW700 and MS 800 smartphones will be released in Italy and France in March too, as well as being released in Spain and Russia this month.

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MWC LIVE: GIGA-BYTE unveils 3.5G Mobile TV and GPS Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the MS808, GIGA-BYTE Communications also showcased its first 3.5G Windows Mobile smartphones with brand TV and GPS. On show are ultra slim HSPDA GPS devices, like the MS800 (left) and the MS820 (right). The MS820 features the exclusive motion-sensing G-Sensor and graphic user interface. All GSmart phone models launched in 2008 will feature graphic user interface to offer consumers an easy-to-use environment.
In addition to the models being showcased, GSmart continues its tradition in bringing new concepts to the industry as it introduces modularized platforms, where all major features including modem (HSDPA, WCDMA, EDGE), TV, GPS/AGPS, and storage become optional.

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MWC LIVE: GIGA-BYTE Communications unveiled the GSmart MS808 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While not yet officially announced, during the Mobile World Congress, GIGA-BYTE Communications unveiled the GSmart MS808 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA. Furthermore, quite typical for GSmart devices, the MS808 supports DVB-T, DVB-H, T-DMB, and/or DAB while the device will be preconfigured to work with DVB-T and DVB-H.
Powered by a Marvell PXA310 at 624 MHz, the 2.8" flat touchscreen supports VGA resolution. The autofocus main camera on the back supports 3 megapixel while the front facing camera is used for 3G video telephony:

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Tuesday, 12.02.08
MWC LIVE: i-mate finally introduces its latest Ultimate Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

i-mate today unveiled the latest devices in its Ultimate range, the Ultimate 9502 and the Ultimate 8502 at Mobile Congress World.
The Ultimate 9502 and 8502 are the latest devices from i-mate's Ultimate range, a collection of four devices in various forms to suit individual preferences, from classic PDA to a notebook replacement and were designed to provide the latest and best in phone and PDA technology. With a wide variety of features ranging from to HSDPA and HUSDPA connectivity to the 262k colour TFT screen, every component of the device is specified at a very high level.

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Monday, 11.02.08
MWC LIVE: Samsung unveiled the new SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Neither mentioned nor featured on today's Samsung press conference, Samsung also officially unveiled the previously seen Samsung SGH-i200 today. Being an entry-level smartphone (that's what an Samsung spokesman told me) the i200 features Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Because of its target group, WiFi is left, unfortunately. The non-touchscreen measures 2.3" and supports QVGA and the CMOS main camera on the back supports 2.0 megapixel:

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MWC LIVE: Toshiba announces the new Portégé G810 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, the previously unveiled Toshiba smartphone isn't the Portégé G710 but the new Portégé G810 which Toshiba Information Systems announced today at the Mobile World Congress 2008. It's said to be the perfect device for those users that need to be fully functional whilst mobile. Whether it is to keep in touch with the office and friends, browse the web, share photos and videos or just trying to get from A to B on time – the Portégé G810 is a fitting phone for those who like to have it all. It also has a new and enhanced user interface and with the stylish touch screen it's both simple and easy to use.

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MWC LIVE: An unknown Toshiba Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not sure what went wrong here but the device pictured bellow isn't the Toshiba G710 which Toshiba announced late last month already. While the G710 is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone, the device bellow is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, aka a touchscreen device.
No further information given yet and I'm not sure if Toshiba is going to announce this device or if it accidentally made it to the public:

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MWC LIVE: Samsung shows the SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet announced but most likely this noon on Samsung's press conference here in Barcelona, Samsung is expected to officially launch the Samsung SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Standard smartphone.
I had the chance to get a first photo of it on the Microsoft stand, unfortunately no further information or specs given yet, therefore I'm not sure if this is a 2.5G or 3G device and therefore the possible follower of either the SGH-i320 or the SGH-i600:

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MWC LIVE: HTC P3470 launches an affordable GPS touchscreen Phone to the masses
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also in Barcelona, HTC Corp. today announced the European launch of the HTC P3470, the latest member of the HTC product portfolio. Combining a lightweight design, large screen, sat-nav software and strong battery life, the P3470 sets a new standard in affordable smartphone, GPS-based devices.
At just 108mm tall, the HTC P3470 offers unbeatable value as one of the most compact devices in HTC's portfolio, featuring a broad range of functionality that today's consumers desire. The HTC P3470 enables an easy to use and simple interface for accessing web pages, documents, messages, contact lists and more.

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MWC LIVE: HTC introduces enhanced HTC Advantage with increased Memory and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following T-Mobile earlier announcement to introduce an upgraded T-Mobile Ameo, Today at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress, HTC Corp. announced an updated version of the HTC Advantage that introduces new software, increased storage and an improved keyboard. The HTC Advantage is an ideal companion for the business traveler who needs a powerful and portable device that includes constant connectivity. Developed from the ground up to be extremely portable, yet powerful, the HTC Advantage integrates a broad set of features into a compact and innovative design.

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Sunday, 10.02.08
MWC LIVE: Sony Ericsson announces the XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No kidding, Sony Ericsson is going to announce today, during it's press event here in Barcelona, its first and long time rumored Windows Mobile smartphone! The world of Sony Ericsson's consumers and customers is changing and to meet the growing need for mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment, Sony Ericsson introduces XPERIA. With this new brand Sony Ericsson will position itself at the forefront of mobile convergence.
The XPERIA X1 is a stand-out, arc slider phone designed to address the growing need for a premium, converged mobile experience.

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Thursday, 07.02.08
UPDATE: T-Mobile releases ROM Update for the T-Mobile Shadow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile USA just released a ROM update for its T-Mobile Shadow Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which contains some feature and content updates but isn't a major Windows Mobile update or even upgrade. Nevertheless, the ROM update includes a new application T-Mobile calls "audio postcards". Basically audio postcards is a MMS application which allows you snap photos and add voice and send it to your friends and myFaves- straight from the enhanced Home screen which also includes an enhanced myFaves menu and menu graphics as well as improved text entry experience for the SureType kind of hardware keyboard:

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Tuesday, 05.02.08
FUN: No - the HTC Magnum Windows Mobile "Smartphone" isn't real
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You might have read about a new, so far unknown Windows Mobile "Pocket" PC called HTC Magnum  during the past hours and no - even if it was well made - the HTC Magnum isn't real at all. I have no idea if it is a Portuguese tradition to make some jokes on Carnival (maybe something similar to April Fool?) but it was a joke - not more not less.
The makers of the photos and the video used an HP 20" LCD screen which they connected to a HTC X7500 Advantage and the results looked quite real:

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UNCOVERED: Asus Galaxy Mini a GPS Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MobiFrance recently got its hands on the "Asus Galaxy Mini" (codename), a brand new entry-level Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphones from Asus, which reminds somewhat on the HTC Touch Cruise design. However, unlike the HTC Touch Cruise, the Asus Galaxy Mini is a 2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE Windows Mobile smartphone only, powered by a TI CPU at 200 Mhz. Even if an entry level device only, Asus new - yet to be officially announced - smartphone also features WiFi and Bluetooth as well as includes a GPS receiver. Furthermore it sports a 2 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and a QVGA touchscreen:

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UPDATE: Spb Software House to preview Spb Mobile Shell 2.0 at Mobile World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced that it will present the new version of its celebrated Spb Mobile Shell for Windows Mobile touchscreen PDAs and smartphones at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.
Spb Mobile Shell 1.0 was first introduced during 3GSM last year. The software proved to be a clear hit, outperforming all other Windows Mobile applications on the market and coming out as the best-selling Pocket PC program of the year. Mobile Shell 1.0 was called the best interface/menu improver by the Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine, the Best Evolution Application by Handango, the best means to a "decluttered device" by, and the Best Program for PDA's by the Shareware Industry Awards.

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Monday, 04.02.08
COPYCAT: Chinese company announces Windows Mobile-powered Apple iPhone clone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, you like Apple's iPhone design (who doesn't) but you are addicted to Windows Mobile as the operating system? Why not trying the "T32"? A Chinese reseller is listing this copycat as available soon and indeed, it looks like an iPhone, even if it is a little bit thicker and the 3.5" touchscreen only supports QVGA but the rest is quite identical, including a shiny aluminum-like housing (even if I have my doubt that it is the same quality like the iPhone), a two megapixel main camera and support for triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only (come on - if you copy it you could spent at least UMTS and HSDPA to make it even "better"):

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OFFICIAL: E-TEN announces the Glofiish M810 and V900 Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also official now is E-TEN's new Glofiish V900 we told you before as well. E-TEN Information Systems today announced, that it will showcase two new products that mark a change in track for Windows Mobile Professional smartphones at its booth at the Mobile World Congress next week.
The Glofiish V900 is E-TEN's first Pocket PC Phone to feature mobile TV. With major events such as UEFA Euro 2008 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games scheduled this year, there are sure to be events that people just don't want to miss, and thanks to the V900's support for DVB-H, DVB-T, TDMB and DAB broadcasting standards, they won't have to.

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OFFICIAL: GIGA-BYTE Communications introduces new digital TV and GPS/3.5G PDA Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We told you about the new GIGA-BYTE Windows Mobile smartphones before and today, GIGA-BYTE announced its new line of Windows Mobile Professional devices, the company will show next week during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Extending their profession in mobile TV, one of GIGA-BYTE's new PDA phones is supporting DVB-T/DVB-H which will be again one of the focus at the tradeshow. Furthermore, GIGA-BYTE Communications has long seen the increasing demand of the GPS built-in PDA phones, and will announce two 'Slim GPS PDA phones' as their key products of Q1 2008 - GSmart MW700 (left) and GSmart MS800 (right):

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MESSAGING: VITO Technology released SMS-Chat threaded SMS for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 6.1 is supposed to feature threaded SMS, not all devices will get the update as soon as it is announced and therefore VITO Technology's latest product, SMS-Chat, might be interesting for you as well. Just released today, VITO Technology's SMS-Chat brings threaded SMS to your Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6 Professional smartphone. SMS-Chat is designed to give you total control over text messaging. Finger friendly TouchFLO-like interface and sparkling looks with animated menus result in extremely convenient and appealing user experience. Manage your mobile texting with a flick of a finger!

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Sunday, 03.02.08
ANNOUNCED: SoftBank Mobile to launch the HTC S730 as X03HT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC S730, the 3G update of the HTC S710, wasn't a big success for HTC, maybe because it wasn't widely available but it might get a second chance in Japan. SoftBank Mobile, the Japanese UMTS carrier just unveiled its Spring collection and there we find the S730 agin - under SoftBank's product name X03HT.
Equipped with Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the X03HT features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (even if not used in Japan) as well as UMTS and HSDPA; WiFi, Bluetooth and a 2 megapixel camera. The compact auto-slide QWERTY keyboard is perfect for easier typing and the large QVGA non-touchscreen measures 2.4".

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Friday, 01.02.08
AVAILABLE: O2 UK releases the O2 Xda Orbit 2 Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After O2 Germany launched the O2 Xda orbit 2 back in December last year, O2 UK followed today and released its version of the HTC Touch Cruise too - but for business customers only now. The O2 Xda Orbit 2 features Windows Mobile 6 Professional, supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g as well as features GPS and a 3 megapixel autofocus main camera for high quality shots.
For sure, the O2 Xda Orbit 2 also features HTC's TouchFLO graphical user interface.

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