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CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth for the Sendo Z100
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 04.07.02 - 02:28:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 5079x
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Jason recently posted this news - he got from Infosync - on his site:

"Sendo recently entered into an agreement by which Microtune will develop a Bluetooth-based hardware solution as an optional component to Sendo’s Z100 Smartphone, based on Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 platform. Deploying its OneChip MT0760 technology, Microtune will design a secure digital input/output (SDIO) card for Sendo’s Z100 to enable the wireless exchange of information between it, a Bluetooth headset or other Bluetooth devices. Through the agreement, Sendo plans to extend the functionality of its Z100 Smartphone, offering users multifunctional voice, data and multimedia capabilities. The Z100 Smartphone will be introduced in Europe and the U.S. in the coming months, and Sendo plans to rollout Microtune’s SDIO cards in the autumn of 2002."

Hm - I just have two thoughts about it:

  • It took a little bit long that Sendo sees the requirement for Bluetooth on it's "killer"-Smartphone (a Smartphone without Bluetooth let me ask myself if it is really smart?)
  • I hope there will no additional delay now because of the Bluetooth development. At least, the Z100 has to support SDIO now by default and I don't know if this was already implemented.

For me, a mobile phone without Bluetooth is out of the focus and I don't like the idea, that the SD card slot is "wasted" with a chip which I would like to see included on the phone by default.

Any other/additional thoughts!?

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Rich on 04.07.02 - 00:00:00

Sendo is risking market share the longer they wait to release the Z100 smart phone.  Many other devices are poised to share the lime light. In my opinion Sendo has delay this product for too long and people who are on the fence waiting to purchase, will go else where and buy something similar.  Get with the program Sendo! and by the way....most people here in the USA don't even know who they are?  Very poor execution of a product roll out.  It gives the impression that the phone is still in the development stages if you read all the info on the Net.  I'm loosing interest and looking towards the 02 XDA or HTC.  More people need to share their view points for the delay so Sendo will get the message!!!!!  Wake up Sendo

Posted by Peter McKean on 05.07.02 - 00:00:00

When Sendo announced that there was no necessaity for Bluetooth, there wasn't quite the support for it that there is now.  If they were starting with a clean sheet of paper now, it would clearly have to be in there.

Sendo are a small company, and they can't engineer an aggressive product lifecycle the way Nokia can - have you SEEN how many devices Nokia is launching this year?  It's still a sexy product, but they need to consider bundling the Bluetooth card in a "premium" pack for business users, and building it into the phone in a future product revision.

I'd still much rather have a Z100 than an XDA, but it's almost a year late now!

Posted by Rich on 05.07.02 - 00:00:00

Peter -  If Sendo is such a small company then they have alot to learn about marketing something for more than a year now and putting a a bad taste in peoples mouth for such a long wait for such a anticipated product that will likely be hard to find supported software and accesories. It will not be as easy as  going to a Office depot, staples, best buy to get a cigarette adapter, battery and etc.  And what's their track record here in the USA? Nil....zilch.. Sendo is going up against major players and should either step up to the plate or get out of the kitchen.. Even their website has few if any details on when the Z100 is to approximately hit the US.  Side note here.. Cingular is the ONLY carrier that has an agreement to carry this so far!

Posted by Bart Pelgrims on 06.07.02 - 00:00:00

Yes it does have SDIO.
But I don't expect it to roll out anytime soon. (somewhere in the autumn?) The software is still in beta phase...
My guess is that they are still waiting for a final release from Microsoft.
But, one has to admit, even today it's still one of the coolest phones around. Even without having bluetooth built-in.

Posted by ARW on 11.07.02 - 00:00:00

Not that the Z100 will be out any time soon.  Perhaps the follow on device will have BT built in.  See the following:

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