So far, Japan is a kind of Windows Mobile desert if it comes to Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones.
However, this might change this summer with the introduction of Windows Mobile-powered FOMA devices since NTT DoCoMo and HTC announced today that they have signed a basic agreement under which DoCoMo will market HTC 3G FOMA handsets with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese edition operating systems.
DoCoMo and HTC aim to launch commercial sales sometime in the second half of 2006.
HTC's handset will be designed to provide mobile solutions for corporate users and contributes greatly to system solutions by synchronizing with Windows Server and Exchange Server to offer messaging and other business support.
The dual-mode W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS handset will offer voice, video and packet communications compatible with Wireless LAN and will feature a QWERTY keyboard.
This sounds a little bit like HTC is working on a FOMA compliant Universal version. No information were given if HTC and DoCoMo plans to unveil Smartphones or Pocket PC (Phone Editions).
Cheers ~ Arne