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MWC LIVE: i-mate and Telstra announce partnership to release Ultimate Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 14.02.08 - 11:49:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 14388x
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If you have your doubts if i-mate's latest Ultimate smartphones will ever make it to the markets, it looks like this time i-mate takes the Ultimate launch serious because i-mate this week announced it has teamed with Australian Telstra to launch the i-mate Ultimate 8502 and i-mate Ultimate 9502 next moth. Telstra is the first operator to deploy these devices globally and both devices will be exclusive in Australia to Telstra customers. i-mate and Telstra announce exclusive partnership to deliver two high-speed i-mate Ultimate mobile devices
Building on a five-year partnership which has seen the successful launch of 10 world leading i-mate devices on the Telstra network, Telstra has teamed up with i-mate again to release the highly acclaimed Ultimate mobile devices.

Powered by Windows Mobile software, both the Ultimate 8502 and Ultimate 9502 house a very similar advanced feature set including Direct Video Out so you can connect to a digital projector or TV to run presentations and video calls, Custom i-Q so you can define your personal settings quickly and easily, and Secure i-Q to remotely lock and wipe the Ultimate device if it's ever lost or stolen.

Fine tuned to run at optimal performance on the Telstra Next G network - Australia's largest mobile broadband network with speeds unsurpassed by any other national mobile network in the world - the Ultimate devices from i-mate are the first mobile handsets on the Next G network to offer high speed data uploading via HSUPA as well as high speed data downloading via HSDPA. This feature is expected to be popular with customers needing to send emails, documents, and data fast.

Each Ultimate device also offers access to the full range of Telstra information and services which are now free to browse from the Home tab of BigPond mobile services.

Ms. Holly Kramer, Group Managing Director, Telstra Product Management said: "We're excited to be the first mobile operator in the world to offer these new i-mate Ultimate devices. These advanced devices from i-mate are rated at downlink speeds of up to 7.2Mbps and uplink speeds of 1.9Mbps, making them the fastest PDAs available on the Next G network. The devices were chosen for their ability to showcase the power of Telstra's Next G network, the world's largest and most advanced national 3GSM wireless broadband network," she said.

The i-mate Ultimate 8502 (RRP = AUD$ 999) and i-mate Ultimate 9502 (RRP = AUD$ 1099) will be available from Telstra and Telstra Licensed Shops in Australia from early March 08.

Cheers ~ Arne


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