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ANNOUNCED: Sierra Wireless announces Voq Professional Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 08.10.03 - 15:39:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8932x
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And the mysterious manufacture was: Sierra Wireless!

Sierra Wireless announced today the Voq line of professional phones and value-added software for business users. New Voq-branded professional phones will be based on Microsoft Windows Mobile software for Smartphones and will feature both a familiar phone keypad and unique flip-open QWERTY thumbpad. The Voq product line also includes other hardware and software innovations for easy information navigation and retrieval, compelling text entry, and email that is automatically updated. The first Voq model will support global markets by operating over the GSM and GPRS wireless networks and is planned for commercial availability in the first half of 2004.

The Voq professional phone is based on Windows Mobile software for Smartphones, which enables users to synchronize their most important information from Outlook, browse the Internet, listen to music, and customize their phones with personalization options. It has a 200MHz Intel® PXA262 processor with stacked flash memory with value-added hardware and software product capabilities that include:

  • A familiar 12-key dial-pad for full mobile phone functionality and a unique flip-open QWERTY thumbpad for easy text entry
  • A remarkably simple way to store, navigate and retrieve information
  • Secure, automatically updated e-mail requiring no desktop redirector or dedicated server. The e-mail solution supports standard enterprise email systems including Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, and Novell Groupwise
  • Software upgrade options with advanced e-mail functionality and support for existing Virtual Private Networking (VPN) security systems.

These capabilities are the result of extensive primary market research into the communications needs of mobile professionals. Sierra Wireless has an active IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) program and has applied for patent protection to cover the unique hardware and software differentiators it has conceived in the Voq product line. "Sierra Wireless has expertise in providing wireless data solutions for business users, and we're pleased to welcome their new handset based on our Windows Mobile software," said Juha Christensen, Corporate Vice President of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft. "The Voq brand of Smartphones from Sierra Wireless combines the power and familiarity of our Windows Mobile software into an exciting and unique design."

"Sierra Wireless has done a great job creating a family of computing and communications devices with very innovative designs," said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Wireless Communications and Computing Group. "With the power and performance of the Intel processor and memory components, the Voq professional phone has delivered convergence and mobility for the business user."

"Voq leverages our own expertise in enterprise wireless data and our existing channels and relationships," said David Sutcliffe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Wireless. "Busy professionals and corporate users need a wireless solution that can deliver compelling voice and data functionality in a single, pocketable device. We are investing in expanding our product line to meet these needs and are doing so with a continued business focus on growth and profitability."

The company has an existing global network of wireless operators and corporate technology channels and expects to take Voq to market under co-branding arrangements with some of these channels. Voq hardware and software products will be in network operator and end user testing programs in Europe and North America through Q1 of 2004. In addition to working closely with Microsoft and Intel, Sierra Wireless is partnering with Flextronics International Ltd., a global leader in wireless handset manufacturing, to manufacture Voq products.

Hmmm... Interesting concept I don't want to comment now if I like it or not... ;-) But well, why not. Voq is picking up here the idea Nokia already introduced with its Nokia 6800. From flip-phones to flip-keyboards - seems to become a new trend.

Cheers ~ Arne

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