PPCW.Net is well known as one of the leading wireless Pocket PC and Smartphone websites since 1998 and we already believed in a wireless Internet when wireless was 9.6 KBit/s and Netscape had a share of 90 %. However, as time goes bye the Internet became truly mobile, latest with the introduction of Windows Powered Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Edition and finally with Smartphone and to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the wireless Internet too - we are proud to introduce a special deal for our readers:
The PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone!
Above all it is a great mobile phone based on Microsoft's Windows Powered Smartphone
operating system and HTC's Tanager hardware design. You can expect to find all the basic and advanced phone functions on this Smartphone, but what makes it the smartest phone available on the market today is the Windows Powered software that lets you E-Mail, Instant Message, surf the Web, listen to music, play games, and much, much more.
However, our primary intention isn't to become an online-shop but we believe in the Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone platform! Since the availability of Smartphones is still limited, we want to give you what you are looking and asking for! In the past we got tons of E-Mails with questions about where to get a Smartphone from; specially the HTC Tanager and therefore we decided to use our contacts to make the "impossible" possible - delivering the Smartphone to the community and to the community only!
Due to a cooperation, we are now able to sell the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone official. So it's not a re-import from anywhere in the world but original from PPCW.Net with full warranty and support!
Get your long awaiting Smartphone SIM and Certification Free. This means you can use your existing SIM card from the carrier you already have a contract with. And since it's Certification Free, you can download and install any available Smartphone 2002 software on your PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone 2002.
The PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone can be pre-ordered now for US$ 549 (excluding shipping and taxes). Shipping is expected latest during next month.
Cheers ~ Arne
UPDATE:I got lots of questions regarding "if the i-Mate works in general in the US" or "is my area here and there GSM covered" or "I have currently this phone and that plan and can I also use it in future with the i-Mate".
I try my best to answer all these E-Mails but a lot of these questions are pretty detailed about a carrier, a price plan and/or a phone which I've never used or even heard about. :oops:
So as I know that many of my readers here comes from North America and already use GSM phones there (maybe even a Smartphone 2002 like the Orange SPV or the Microsoft Developer Kit) I would like to ask you to give others, who are new in the North American GSM world, a helping hand.
So if you have any questions regarding GSM in the US or Canada, please also use the Forum also. Nevertheless I will also try my best to forward my GSM experience to you, doesn't matter if by E-Mail or in the Forum.
Last but not least as with the comments on PPCW.Net you don't need to register to post to the Forum; you can but you are not forced to, so no reason not to post there also... ;-)
Oh wow oh wow!! Time to start saving those pennies! Arne, thanks a million - for those in the US who've wanted one this is a great opportunity! Plus, the Tanager design is impossible to find in the US at this date, as you well know. Will you have a review of the tanager design? You commented on the SPV/Canary, and I was wondering if you were planning on a similar review of the Tanager hardware?
Posted by Arne Hess on 27.05.03 - 18:55:13
@brntcrsp: Welcome, you don't have to thank me that much; I know how you feel since there is also no Smartphone - except the Microsoft Dev Kit - available here in Germany.
Regarding the review: Yes - for sure you will get it :!: The sample was already ordered and I expect to get it latest next week. As soon as I get my hands on it, sure you will see a detailed review that you will have a clue how your new cell phone will looks like and what the box will contain!
Posted by brntcrsp on 27.05.03 - 20:05:46
I look forward to your comments, Arne! Vielen Dank!
Posted by McHale on 27.05.03 - 20:08:55
Not to look a gift-horse in the mouth, but will you be getting other models in the future or will the Tanager be it? I'm waiting for one with integrated camera (Mio 8380). However, your price can not be beat for the best phone out there. Thanks a ton for the great opportunity!
Posted by McHale on 27.05.03 - 20:34:59
...however, after reading the review of the Mio's photo quality, any chance of getting the camera attachment at an equally good deal? I'm really anxious now!
Posted by Arne Hess on 27.05.03 - 22:31:57
@McHale: I can clearly say today, that in the short/mid term, you will not see anything else than the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone here on PPCW.Net.
Things might change and things will change in future, but today I can confirm not to have any plans on this!
Regarding the camera, I've uploaded some sample pictures to the Forum here: http://.../ This should gives you a good indication how pictures with HTC devices looks like.
If you have any further questions, drop me a line.
Posted by Steven Hannan on 27.05.03 - 23:17:28
I work for T- Mobile, USA and I am extremely excited about the latest and greatest in wireless technology. Where can I read more about the origins of the Smartphone and where additional wireless technology headed for the future? Do you firmly believe that the Smartphone technology will be the wave of the future? And one more question... Will my T-Mobile USA GSM sim card work in the Smartphone? Thank you very much and have a great day!!
Posted by Arne Hess on 27.05.03 - 23:32:56
The PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone is based on the HTC Tanager. Unfortunately HTC itself doesn't offer any detailed information about the Tanager on its website so a good idea is searching the web for "HTC Tanager, Orange SPVx or Qtek 7070".
Regarding wireless technologies, feel free to use the PPCW.Net Forum for wireless questions and discussion! As I'm a GSM product manager and business developer (was working for O2 Germany for 3 years as well as for others before), I might be able to give you some ideas there.
If I believe in Smartphone technology? Depends on how you use "Smartphone". Yes, I believe in the Microsoft Smartphone platform and for sure I believe in Smartphones in general.
We will see three kind of cell phone types in future:
Plain Cell Phone: Just a basic cell phone with voice, messaging and basic wireless support like WAP.
Feature Phones: Something like the Sony Ericsson T68i with color screen, camera support, etc.
Smartphone: Cell phones with an "open" OS platform like Microsoft Smartphone 2002 or Symbian which enables the user to install and customize the phone.
Finally your T-Mobile SIM will work for sure with the PPCW.Net i-Mate. Overall, the radio stack of the HTC Tanager is pretty identical with the radio stack of the T-Mobile Phone Edition device (also manufactured by HTC). So you can expect that it works. Beside this, I also know Microsoft folks in Redmond who use their T-Mobile SIM cards with the HTC Tanager!
I have though a question about upgrades. Do you have some agreement with HTC as for future upgrade being delivered to your customers ? (Like Smarphone 2002 ROM updates provided by Orange a couple of time and even better Smartphone 2003)
Posted by Arne Hess on 28.05.03 - 19:30:55
Yes, regular software upgrades for 2002 (like EUUs (End User Upgrades)) are planned and confirmed to be delivered to the customers via PPCW.Net.
But what the hell is Smartphone 2003!? Well, to be honest, this is nothing I can comment or confirm today in any way. :-(
Posted by Pablo Labarrere on 29.05.03 - 07:06:49
Guys, I am new to this whole microsoft thing and was wondering if this phone will work with either Verizon or Sprint's network. I am currently with Sprint but will gladly switch to another carrier if there is possibility of being able to use this phone here in the U.S.
Appreciate the Help -- Pablo
Posted by Yudhi on 29.05.03 - 12:24:20
Would you receive e-gold as payment ?
Paypal didn't receive application from my country.
Posted by Michael Karolitzky on 29.05.03 - 16:22:52
I didn't get a confirmation email when I registered for the phone. Will I be notified?
Posted by gadgetgirl on 29.05.03 - 19:01:59
hi arne - great offering - three questions (i live in USA)
1) what is the warranty and what does it cover and for how long?
2) what is the service plan -- for example, if the phone breaks/doesn't work where do i send it? will there be a North American service center?
3)is there customer support or will that be offered on your site only?
Thanks so much
Posted by McHale on 29.05.03 - 20:17:41
this phone is GSM so it will be used for T-Mobile, AT&T, and Cingular.
If you're with Verizon, I'd wait until they have their Smartphone (has been announced, should be soon). Sprint should follow Verizon within a few months.
If you're happy with your coverage, I'd say switch to Verizon and get that one. GSM coverage in the US isn't as good as Verizon's and this phone may not work at all depending where you live.