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POCKET MSN: New client for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 01.04.03 - 17:34:35 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9523x
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Pocket MSN is a new client based always-on subscription service optimized for Pocket PC and Smartphone. Pocket MSN gives users of compatible Pocket PCs and Smartphones instant, one-click access to core MSN services, including Hotmail, Messenger, Alerts and MSN browse content.

Built as an integrated experience into Pocket PC and Smartphone, Pocket MSN is designed to offer users the familiar and consistent experience they expect, using an always-on functionality that does not require a continuous data transmission.

In addition, the service was designed to enable true mobile data scenarios, providing users with:

  • Always-on experience

  • The ability to communicate with contacts across compatible devices

  • Real-time updates for Hotmail messages and alerts

  • One-click access to Hotmail and Messenger contacts from the device Today/Home screen

  • And much more

I wonder, why MSN will offers this service via carriers only and not offering it as a stand-alone addition. So this makes me wonder if this services will be a free of charge one or if it becomes/turns into a pay service. If so, the carriers need to reduce the GPRS tariffs, otherwise the user will pay twice, data transmission and service.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by smitty on 01.04.03 - 20:53:35

any time line on when this will be deployed to the carriers?

Posted by Stephan Schmidt ( on 02.04.03 - 08:49:02

I think it is a part of the agreement between Microsoft and T-Mobile. The Clinet will be preinstalled on the T-Mobile Smartphones (available in June).

“At the opening of the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, T-Mobile was unveiled as the first carrier to bring to market MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger mobile services through Pocket MSN, a new rich client-based subscription service for Pocket PCs and Windows Powered Smartphones to be available later this year...”

Here ist the press release: http://.../

Posted by Erick Bryce on 02.04.03 - 12:56:34

This would explain why carries waited so long to not have the GPRS suspend feature that most Bluetooth phones do. Why give it away free when you can charge for it! The excuse of fear of network data traffic is a poor one. Since there are, more people using handsets that support GPRS suspend than pocket pc phone edition users. Shame on you mobile service providers. I can’t help but feel that they deliberately delayed this function in the US just for this purpose

Posted by Brian R. Go on 15.04.03 - 03:25:26

Hi Just want to know if the Smart Amazingphone has bluetooth connectivity? or USB and IRDa only?

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.04.03 - 07:14:46

@Brian R. Go: The SMART AMazing Phone does not have Bluetooth capability built-in.

Posted by tiyo on 30.06.04 - 14:33:29

Is it possible to use an internet card? ...using dial-up connection, instead of a local network. because ive experience using gprs/ local network, and its really  not practical.  its so expensive...

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