today introduced the latest HP iPAQ device, a sleek and small Windows Mobile
Standard smartphone that delivers a flexible wireless email experience for
business customers through convenient voice control and hands-free operation.
The HP iPAQ 500 series Voice Messenger features voice over Internet protocol
(VoIP) capabilities, "push" email and the latest Windows Mobile 6 operating
system. With up to six hours of continuous talk time on a fully charged battery,
the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger also leads the competition in battery life. As the
first in HP's new smartphone lineup, the HP iPAQ 500 series helps highly mobile
professionals stay connected wherever they are.
More than 20 voice commands available on the iPAQ offer customers hands-free
operation. Using a powerful "voice reply" feature, people can reply to email by
dictating and sending a voice response, without the need for any typing. Users
also can listen to email and text messages, navigate through phone and calendar
tasks and speak to start applications.
Additionally, the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger has built-in Wi-Fi to provide
business customers a VoIP alternative to traditional office phone setups. By
integrating the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger with office phone systems, businesses
can eliminate the need for desk phones and benefit from streamlined
communications and reduced IT management. The smartphone also includes GSM/EDGE
and Bluetooth wireless technology connectivity options.
"Busy professionals are constantly flooded with email and looking for
ways to quickly and easily manage it and move on with their day," said Dave
Rothschild, vice president, Handheld Business Unit, Personal Systems Group,
HP. "Our HP iPAQ Voice Messenger smartphone gives mobile users an easy way
to manage all types of communications and stay focused on their business."
Based on the new Windows Mobile 6 platform, the HP iPAQ 500 series provides
business professionals with an enhanced Outlook Mobile experience, allowing
customers to view emails in their original HTML format and enjoy quick access to
contacts with the ability to search a call history and contacts database. Plus,
the built-in Microsoft Office Mobile suite provides customers with a familiar,
"Windows Mobile 6 delivers advanced communications, increased
productivity and integrated mobile business performance all within the
familiar Microsoft software experience," said Todd Warren, corporate vice
president, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division, Microsoft Corp. "We're
pleased to work with HP to offer a device that will help businesses thrive
by enabling people to access important data wherever they are."
The HP iPAQ Voice Messenger is the first iPAQ device to offer the
over-the-air device management capabilities that HP acquired with its purchase
of Bitfone Corp. With these capabilities, businesses can remotely manage and
support the HP iPAQ devices' performance, security and access to applications,
data and networks. For example, IT managers can remotely erase data on lost or
misplaced devices, configure and repair units, and provide updates and security
Additionally, on-the-go professionals can enjoy rich digital entertainment
features such as listening to music, watching videos, playing games, and
capturing and sharing photos wirelessly.
The HP iPAQ 500 series Voice Messenger is expected to be available this
spring from HP and select authorized dealers. International pricing and
availability for the HP iPAQ 500 series will vary.
Cheers ~ Arne