and Alltel Wireless today announced that Sharpcast Photos has been selected as
the standard and exclusive photo sharing and synchronization application for
Alltel Wireless' line of Windows Mobile-powered Pocket PCs, including the new
Palm Treo 700wx and the UTStarcom PPC6700.
Sharpcast Photos is an award-winning software and service combination that
delivers a new way to view entire PC and web photo collections on mobile phones,
get camera phone pictures automatically to a user's PC and the web, and to share
desktop PC and web photos from anywhere.
Sharpcast Photos will be available on most new Windows Mobile smartphones from
Alltel Wireless. Any existing Windows Mobile phone owner can download the
application and sign up for their free Sharpcast Photos account at
From that site, customers can sign up to trial the service with up to 5 GB free
storage or may choose to upgrade with a monthly subscription.
Alltel is the first wireless carrier to offer Sharpcast Photos to its customers.
The companies are offering a powerful new version of Sharpcast Photos mobile
edition which eliminates the every-day hassles of manual uploading, tedious
sharing processes, forgotten backups and sync cables.
Sharpcast Photos automatically backs up photo collections online, organizes them
into web albums, and keeps the collection constantly up to date across all of a
person's mobile phones, PCs and the web. Also, by seamlessly unifying a user's
mobile photo collection and PC photo collection, Sharpcast provides a sharing
experience that is much more powerful than existing solutions. Sharpcast Photos
mobile edition currently supports Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, with other phone
platforms to be supported in 2007.
"We are delighted to work with Alltel which shares our vision of a
seamlessly unified view of your photos across your phone, desktop PC and the
web," said Gibu Thomas, chief executive officer of Sharpcast.
"Sharpcast Photos provides a powerful new way to view and share all your PC
photos from a mobile phone, while at the same time eliminating the problem
of camera phone pictures being trapped in the phone. It's an important
strategic compliment to Alltel's high-speed data network, and a great new
way for customers to take advantage of the speed and power of their mobile
With the new Sharpcast Photos mobile edition client, photos taken on a phone are
instantaneously sent to the web and to the user's desktop PC. Likewise, photos
on the user's desktop PC and in their online web albums are automatically
visible on their mobile phone, without having to rely on a mobile web browser.
The organization of the albums is kept intact on the phone, and photos stream
instantaneously to the phone as they are viewed.
"Whether you need to quickly send photos of a real estate property to
your office, or you're a busy parent wanting to share a precious memory,
Sharpcast Photos will allow Alltel customers to get the most out of the
robust capabilities of their powerful mobile devices," said Wade McGill,
senior vice president of product management at Alltel Wireless.
Sharpcast Photos is unlike any other photo service due to its continuous
multi-way synchronization which keeps a PC in perfect sync with the web and
mobile phone. For example, when photos are edited in one location such as a home
PC, the change is made everywhere else automatically on the person's other PCs
and online web albums. If photos are added through a web browser while away from
home, those photos automatically appear on the person's home PC mobile phone.
Because Sharpcast Photos includes powerful desktop software and doesn't rely
solely on web access like most services, people have access to their entire
photo collections from almost anywhere even when web access is not available.
Changes made to a collection while offline, for example on an airplane,
automatically synchronize the next time the person connects to the Internet.
If you are not with Alltel, you can use the service anyhow since Sharpcast
is also offering a consumer
version of its own.
Cheers ~ Arne