After the merger between AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless, the Audiovox SMT 5600 disappeared from the (formerly) AT&T Wireless shops, unfortunately. Now Cingular Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the United-States, and UTStarcom Personal Communications Division (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.) announced the re-availability of the Audiovox SMT 5600 Smartphone to all Cingular Wireless customers.
The Audiovox SMT 5600, a Microsoft Windows Mobile-based handset, has proven to be a favorite with users and has received numerous accolades from the industry, winning both critical acclaim and industry awards. PC Magazine named the Audiovox SMT 5600 as an "Editors Choice" in December 2004, January 2005, February 2005 and March 2005. It also received a "Girl's Best Friend Award" at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January; Laptop magazine stated, "Put simply, there are few Smartphones that are as good as this one for work and play." The Associated Press stated, "The Audiovox Smartphone is a standout in a crowded field of cell phones."
This feature-packed phone gives customers the ability to access Microsoft Outlook applications such as e-mail, contacts and calendar information, and comes equipped with many enhanced features such as Bluetooth, an integrated camera and Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, allowing customers to enjoy music and video on-the-go.
"The Audiovox SMT 5600 continues to be widely popular and we are happy
that Cingular Wireless' customers will now have access to this
state-of-the-art, award-winning handset," said Philip Christopher,
president, UTStarcom Personal Communications Division.
"We are excited to
offer the Audiovox SMT 5600 to Cingular Wireless customers who have been
waiting for a device that offers the ease and familiarity of Microsoft
Windows Mobile software in a convenient and compact fully functional
handset," said David Christopher, vice president of product management,
"The availability of the Audiovox SMT 5600 through
Cingular is great news for customers that want a small and powerful handset,
allowing them to stay connected when they are on-the-go," said Scott Horn,
senior director for the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft
Corp. "This announcement further expands Cingular's Windows Mobile product
line and enables customers to easily read their email, enjoy rich digital
entertainment and stay in touch with the people and things that matter when
The Audiovox SMT 5600, a tri-band (850/1800/1900 MHz)
GSM/GPRS handset, combines many of the features familiar to Windows PC users
including a mobile version of Microsoft Outlook, making this an ideal device
for those customers looking for a powerful wireless experience without the
bulk. Weighing just 3.6 ounces, the Audiovox SMT 5600 proves big things can
come in small packages.
Key features of the Audiovox SMT 5600 include:
- Versatile mobility: The Audiovox SMT 5600 is enabled for Bluetooth and
infrared support, is a tri-band (GSM 850/1800/1900) phone, and includes a
- Advanced out-of-the-box multimedia features: The integrated Windows
Media Player 10 Mobile provides leading-edge audio and video playback
experiences with support for unique content, album art, playlists and more.
The Audiovox SMT 5600 is the first and only mobile phone to be certified
under the PlaysForSure logo program for its compatibility with a wide
variety of online services such as MSN Music and Napster.
- Expanded memory capability: The Audiovox SMT 5600 has a built-in mini-SD
slot, allowing users to expand the 32MB RAM and store images, video clips,
music and other data, all of which can easily be transferred to a PC.
- Integrated Digital Camera/Video Camera: The Audiovox SMT 5600 features
the CMOS VGA digital camera with low-light capabilities, 4x digital zoom and
- Windows Mobile-based Smartphone: The Audiovox SMT 5600 offers users a
familiar and extensible version of their desktop PC, including Outlook for
email, calendar, contacts and tasks, as well as full access to the web with
Internet Explorer for true Internet browsing.
- Seamless Communications: The Audiovox SMT 5600 includes mobile versions
of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger, along with
ActiveSync, which enables seamless wireless synchronization.
The Audiovox SMT 5600 should be especially appealing to businesses. The
Smartphone eliminates the need to carry a PDA and wireless phone, thereby
reducing the expense associated with enabling a mobile workforce. Additional
features for business include over-the-air synchronization of PIM functions,
up to nine e-mail boxes supporting POP3 and IMAP4 mail and support for the
Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. The .NET Compact Framework allows
enterprises to leverage IT investment by mobilizing existing Microsoft based
applications. The framework is also used by a large base of developers that
offer a variety of business applications for the Audiovox SMT 5600.
Cingular Wireless is offering the Audiovox SMT 5600 starting today in
select markets as low as $199.99 with a two-year voice and data service
contract. More information is available at www.cingular.com.
Cheers ~ Arne