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DEVICE: O2 xda PPCPE defines new mobile era for mmO2 (formerly BT Wireless)
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 19.10.01 - 21:10:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9387x
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mmO2 (formerly BT Wireless including BT Cellnet in UK and VIAG Interkom in Germany) today announced that it is to custom manufacture a fully connected, integrated mobile phone and data device equipped with Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002. The O2 xda is designed to offer GSM and "always on" high-speed GPRS network connectivity for Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 software applications.

The O2 relationship with Microsoft reflects its strategy to step up the development of mobile data services. The O2 xda will offer users the benefits of an Internet-ready pocket PC and mobile phone in a stylish and light full-color device. The O2 xda will be mmO2's first device to carry the new O2 brand when the product is introduced in its European markets next year.

"Microsoft is excited to work with mmO2 in their commitment to delivering the new O2 xda Pocket PC 2002 to customers in what we believe is a revolutionary step for the mobile era" said Robbie Ray Wright, Director � Microsoft EMEA Mobility Group. "With the integrated high-speed connectivity offered by a wireless operator like mmO2, the O2 xda is equipped to deliver advanced wireless data solutions that take advantage of the rich capabilities offered with Pocket PC 2002 and is a clear indication that Microsoft is a solid business partner in the mobile arena."

In order to maximize ease of use the device incorporates a personal information manager system (PIM) so all information within the device is accessible for either phone or organizational purposes. For example, in order to make a call, users need only tap a contact on the screen and O2 xda will access the record from thousands that can be stored in its memory and activate the dial icon.

xda Series Technical Specifications


  • Windows CE with Merlin OS - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Combined GSM/GPRS and PDA
  • GSM/GPRS can be turned off to let PDA to run alone


  • 17.8(T) x 72.7(W) x 129.0(L)mm
  • 186.5g

GSM/GPRS Functionalities

  • GSM Dual band
  • E-GSM900- 880-915, 925-960MHz
  • GSM1800-1710-1785, 1805-1880MHz
  • WAP/HTML browser (MS Pocket IE)
  • GSM circuit switched
  • GPRS supported with Class B,
  • Multislot class 8 (4R1T)
  • WAP over GPRS

PDA Functionalities

  • Intel StrongARM 206MHz
  • 32MB SyncDRAM.
  • Serial Cradle/SIR share 1 port (externally)
  • Support SD card interface.
  • One USB Slave Interface compliant with USB1.1
  • SD/MMC card interface
  • 4096 color TFT high reflective Type
  • Touch sensitive screen
  • LED front-light (4 pcs of Led)
  • Key-lock mode support
    Three Two programmable AP buttons. (Wake-up key)
  • One power button
  • One voice recorder (Wake-up key)
  • Two GSM Buttons with led backlight- ON (yes) & OFF (No) (Wake-up key)
  • One navigation Button(5 way)
  • Hot key to turn off GSM-> Phone No key is pressed and held for 2 seconds
    One Bi-color LED for GSM standby, GSM message, GSM network status, PDA notification, PDA charging status
  • Vibration for notification

Other standard features are expected to include:

  • A full-color, touch sensitive screen that makes it easy to read and input data
  • MP3 player, GSM/GPRS mobile phone, PC style gaming, Windows Media Player and personal digital organizer functionality on one integrated device for the first time
  • Unified messaging - users can receive voice-mail, email and SMS through O2 xda
  • Users can make and receive calls whilst web-browsing without having to keep reconnecting to the Internet
  • The ability to access the Internet faster than ever from a mobile device � speed and content is comparable to accessing the Internet at home � and O2 xda is small enough to fit in users' pockets
  • Access to all web sites on the Internet, not just those specially configured for mobile devices. Users will also have quick access to a set of web based services and content specifically designed for busy, time-pressured people on the move
  • The ability to create and save Microsoft Pocket Word and Pocket Excel documents and create, send and receive email through Microsoft Pocket Outlook on the move
  • Third party applications and O2's own applications will also be available on O2 xda
  • Advanced battery developed specifically for O2 xda with a longer talk and standby time than many mobile phones and PDAs

Cheers ~ Arne

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