As DigiTimes reports today, Taiwanese Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) yesterday signed an agreement with Microsoft, HTC and Dopod International to launch a high-end 3G PDA phone in Taiwan in June. Unfortunately it wasn't mentioned, which device the high-end 3G PDA might be but it can be expected, that it is HTC's Hermes device (also known as T-Mobile MDA Vario II and O2 Xda trion).
While the 3G PDA phone will be manufactured by HTC and marketed by Dopod, it will run on Microsoft's Window Mobile OS but the even more interesting part of the new is the fact, that beside it will features push E-Mail (MSFP) it will also supports RSS functionalities and a Chinese interface made to CHT's specifications, according to sources at CHT.
So far, RSS isn't supported natively in Windows Mobile (but Windows Vista/Internet Explorer 7 only) and I'm not sure who will provide RSS functionalities here (most likely HTC).
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The CHT/Dopod dual-branded PDA phone will be available starting June 20 with a standalone price of NT$ 25,000 (US$ 781), targeting the enterprise segment and users requiring a substantial amount of data transmission, said Tan Hochen, chairman of CHT.
For the first batch order, CHT plans to buy 50k units of the PDA phone from Dopod, according to sources at CHT.
Pieter Knook, senior vice president of Microsoft, said that the company will continue to seek cooperation opportunities with local telecom carriers in other areas.
Cheers ~ Arne