CTIA 2002: Microsoft demonstrates momentum in wireless
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 18.03.02 - 16:04:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 5317x Not Tagged
At CTIA Wireless 2002 in Orlando, FL, Microsoft will build on momentum from GSM World Congress by reinforcing the changing dynamics of the mobile industry and Microsoft's central role in enabling the wireless ecosystem. At the show, US carriers will announce their commitments to offer Windows Powered wireless devices to their customers this year:
Microsoft will be announcing a relationship with VoiceStream to bring Pocket PC Phone Edition to their network as the first GPRS Pocket PC Phone Edition device in the US. Microsoft and VoiceStream will also be highlighting work together to bring advanced wireless data services to other computing platforms (laptops, etc)
In conjunction with Audiovox, Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless we'll be announcing the launch of Audiovox's integrated Pocket PC 2002 device - the Thera - the first CDMA/1XRTT integrated wireless Pocket PC device for the US market, which will ship on Verizon Wireless's network.
Cingular will announce plans to bring Smartphone 2002-powered phones from Sendo (the Z100) to their network later this year. Cingular becomes the first carrier to announce plans to bring Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 to the US, enabling business users to access their email, contacts and calendar as well as browse the web and utilize MSN Messenger virtually anytime, anywhere.
This week, Handango announced the launch of it's over-the-air software provisioning service for mobile users. In the past, adding software to a PDA required users to connect to a PC but with Pocket PC 2002 and Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition, users can wirelessly purchase, download and use handheld software without being tethered to their desktop. This service is valuable for carriers in that it helps them increase data minutes... growing ARPU (average revenue per user), reducing churn and delivering value-add to their customers.
These are significant milestones for Microsoft and ensures that Smartphone 2002 and Pocket PC Phone Edition-based devices will be available on US networks for US customers.