The bad news today came from HP. I've heard about this rumors some time ago but as it wasn't confirmed rumors and I'm under NDA with HP, I didn't posted it here. However, yesterday HP came out with the truth finally:
"But an integrated device is not a path HP intends to pursue. The company has canned the Jornada 628 smartphone it has been selling in the UK for just less than a year and won't be launching an integrated iPaq PDA any time soon.
"We've done extensive market research and come to the conclusion that consumers prefer a two-piece solution of mobile phone and PDA communicating via Bluetooth," said Antoine Barre, HP European vice president. "The market isn't ready for sophisticated devices, although businesses are crying out for them in terms of manageability."
Consumers want the choice to leave their PDA at home and take just their mobile phone when they go out in the evening, reasons HP. Although businesses want a single integrated device, rather than having to manage two or more mobiles, they still have issues with operating systems, middleware and manageability, said Barre.
So in fact it means we will not see a GSM/GPRS version of the iPAQ H5000 which was expected to be released this year and which was already prepared (you remember the SIM card slot under the battery).
Personally - as much as I love wireless Pocket PCs - I have to admit that the market here might be pretty small, in term of HP definitions, and might not make sense for HP follow this trend. However, for sure I expect some other solutions from HP (Smartphone!?) or at least an upgrade that the Wireless Pack works with the H5400.
Cheers ~ Arne
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