LOS ANGELES - Oct. 12, 2004 - Today at the Windows XP Experience More event, Microsoft Corp. and Audiovox Communications Corp., a majority-owned subsidiary of Audiovox Corp., and AT&T Wireless introduced the smallest Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphone in North America - the Audiovox SMT5600 (better known as Orange SPV C500/HTC Typhoon). The Audiovox SMT5600 includes the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Smartphones and is the first Windows-Mobile-based Smartphone featuring Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, providing a rich new media experience that enables the seamless transfer of media from a PC running Windows XP.
AT&T Wireless is offering the Audiovox SMT5600 starting today for 199.99 US$ after rebates with a two-year voice and data service contract.
Powered by the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software, the new Audiovox SMT5600 will allow AT&T Wireless customers to take the familiarity of Microsoft Office and Outlook features with them while on the move. With the latest in personal information management (PIM) functionality, such as over-the-air access to Outlook Calendar, Inbox, and Contacts, phone users can easily transfer their most important information to their mobile phone. In addition, AT&T Wireless customers will be able to receive access to corporate e-mail on the Audiovox SMT5600 through Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and third-party middleware providers.
"The Audiovox SMT5600 with Windows Mobile software provides a dynamic solution for consumers who need to remain connected - from the busy mobile professional to parents who are constantly juggling hectic schedules. This is a device that can match any consumer's needs," said Philip Christopher, president and CEO of Audiovox Communications. "With the introduction of the Audiovox SMT5600, we have once again shown the power of innovative hardware combined with powerful and flexible software."
"We expect the compact design and advanced capabilities of the new Audiovox SMT5600 to prove extremely popular with mobile professional and businesses looking for access to critical business and personal information such as e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging and corporate applications," said Abhi Ingle, vice president of business data solutions at AT&T Wireless.
"Today's busy professionals are demanding more from their devices and are looking for the right combination of connectivity and entertainment functionality," said Suzan DelBene, corporate vice president of marketing for the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft. "The new Audiovox SMT5600 delivers a great mobile phone experience, combining the dynamic Windows Mobile software with a small, innovative handset."
In addition to its productivity-focused features, the Audiovox SMT5600 also provides users with a rich mobile multimedia experience through the following features:
- Advanced and unprecedented out-of-the-box multimedia features. The new Windows Media Player 10 Mobile provides leading-edge audio and video playback experiences with support for secure content, album art, playlists and more. Also, with the AT&T Wireless mMode Music Store, customers can discover, browse, listen to and purchase digital music tracks from a library of approximately 750,000 songs - all right from the handset. Built in cooperation with Loudeye Corp. and Microsoft, the mobile music store is seamlessly integrated with the PC, so digital music tracks are downloaded to users' Windows-based PCs and billed automatically to their monthly AT&T Wireless statement or credit card.
- First Windows Mobile-based smartphone with integrated camera in the United States. The Audiovox SMT5600 features the CMOS VGA digital camera with low-light capabilities, 4x digital zoom and camcorder functionality.
- Seamless communications. The Audiovox SMT5600 includes pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger, as well as speakerphone and conference calling functionalities.
- Versatile mobility. The Audiovox SMT5600 is enabled for Bluetooth and infrared support, and is a tri-band (GSM 850/1800/1900) phone, which makes it a truly global phone.
- With Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, SMT5600 users can automatically sync media content easily with a Windows XP PC, transfer album art or playlists, and take advantage of new digital music scenarios powered by Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10. These scenarios include the transfer of purchased music from services such as MSN Music, Musicmatch, MusicNow and Wal-Mart Music Downloads, along with the ability to transfer subscription content from services such as Napster. The SMT5600 also is the first mobile phone to be certified under the PlaysForSure logo program, establishing that it is compatible with the widest variety of online services.
And, weighing just 3.6 ounces, the SMT5600 proves that big things can come in small packages. More information is available at http://www.attwireless.com/smartphone.
Cheers ~ Arne