business and leisure travelers, Pharos Science & Applications, Inc., a leading
provider of real-time, location-based information and services, yesterday
launched its first GPS-enabled Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC Phone Edition. The
"GPS Phone" (a rebranded version of
E-TEN's glofiish X500)
offers a full-featured navigation experience on a sleek smartphone with
extensive wireless options and the added convenience of a two mega-pixel camera
and FM radio. The GPS Phone will be available in February 2007 at national
retail outlets and online stores.
In a single, powerful handset, Pharos packed multiple wireless options designed
to ensure that customers are always in touch via digital voice and data
communications. The GPS Phone features quad-band Global System for Mobile
Communications (GSM) cellular mode, Global Packet Radio Service (GPRS), EDGE,
WiFi and Bluetooth - all in a lightweight, slim smartphone running the Microsoft
Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC platform. The GPS Phone includes standard calling
features and ships with an unlocked SIM slot so customers can use an existing
GSM SIM card or sign up for service with the GSM carrier of their choice.
"Pharos' GPS Phone is the ultimate mobility device for travelers who want
to stay in touch, stay on course and stay ahead of the game with a variety
of productivity and entertainment features," says James Oyang, Ph.D., Pharos
The GPS Phone also combines Pharos' industry-leading Ostia navigation software
and real-time location services with the highly sensitive SiRFStarIII Global
Positioning System receiver to provide an easy to use, precise navigation
experience. Using the GPS Phone, customers can navigate to Outlook Contacts,
Points of Interest or entirely new locations in just a few taps of the unit's
touch-screen display. Pharos installed detailed Tele Atlas street maps of the
U.S. and Canada so users can view their route as they navigate door to door via
voice-prompted, turn-by-turn driving instructions. Multi-stop routing and
automatic re-routing when off-route round out the unit's many reliable
Built to be an essential tool on the job or off, the GPS Phone features a two
mega-pixel camera with flash that records and plays back pictures and video. The
multi-purpose device also includes an FM radio and Windows Media Player 10
Mobile. Its large, 2.8-inch, touch-screen, color display makes it easy to
appreciate high-resolution video, watch TV, and access music files.
The GPS Phone extends the office and enhances user productivity with Microsoft
Office Mobile applications that include mobile versions of Outlook (for emails,
contacts, calendars and tasks), Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer,
Windows Media Player 10 and more.
- Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz cellular modem; GPRS, EDGE, Blootooth
version 2.0 class 2+EDR; and WLAN 802.11b/g.
- Unlocked SIM card slot easily accepts user's existing SIM card and
wireless carrier service.
- Free three-month subscription to Pharos Smart Navigator Web-based
Windows Mobile 5.0 with Microsoft Office Mobile.
- Digital camera with 1200x1600 pixel resolution; GPS location stamping
capability for future "navigation by image" function.
- Built-in microphone and speaker for hands-free operation; supports
external stereo headset.
Lithium-Ion Polymer rechargeable battery: up to 5 hours talk time; 15 hours
PDA use; 160 hours standby.
- Bonus Microsoft Streets & Trips for trip planning on a PC.
The Pharos' GPS Phone already earned Honoree status for the prestigious CES
Innovations award for outstanding design and engineering in wireless
communications. The award is given by the Consumer Electronics Association.
Prices weren't given yet.
Cheers ~ Arne