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BAD NEWS: HP drops plans to release iPAQ Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 19.03.03 - 11:03:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 7549x
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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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Posted by Robert JGunson on 20.03.03 - 00:00:00

Oh well, so much for my dream of owning a iPaq with CDMA 1x inside. Thanks HP. Guess I'll get the Samsung SPH-i700 recently anounced by Sprint PCS, available within 60 to 90 Days or wait for the HTC Falcon CDMA 1x phone due out by late summer. Sorry to hear HP is blind to what we, the consomer, wants. Mayby the new 2200 Series will have CDMA 1x. I hear that Samsung might bring the Nexio 151 to USA with CDMA 1x, mayby....

Rob Gunson

Current Mobile Setup: iPaq 3970 with Sprint Merlin Card & SPH-i300 & IBM A20p Notebook "docked" in vehicle with GPS enabled.

Posted by DragonII on 20.03.03 - 00:00:00

@Robert JGunson:

Not so sure if a hybrid device is what ALL the consumers want. I see it more as a IT guy tool than the next mass market thing in mobile networks. Don't get me wrong: I love the thing (XDA owner) despite its size but I tend to side with HP when they say that they wouldn't be profitable in this niche market.

Being able to remote troubleshoot systems over VPN anywhere while listening to your favorites MP3 is the dream of any respectfull 'geek'...


Posted by Arne Hess on 20.03.03 - 15:10:13

@DragonII: Yes, I fully agree with you you here. As much I love my xda as well and use it daily I don't think there is a mass market for it, at least not in Europe/Asia where the folks used to use cell phones instead of “bulky” PDAs.

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