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RELEASED: Vodafone Germany is carrying the HTC Typhoon as VDA [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 13.06.05 - 20:05:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8528x
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Following my previous posting from this year's CeBIT, Vodafone Germany finally released their first Windows Mobile Smartphone, the HTC Typhoon (which is running Windows Mobile 2003SE and also known as i-mate SP3i), under it's new name "Vodafone Digital Assistant" (which is leaned against Vodafone Pocket PC Phone Edition series called VPA = Vodafone Personal Assistant).

So from now, Vodafone (Germany only) is selling the HTC Typhoon as VDA "Music" for 49,90 Euro (with a Vodafone 100 plan) and the package also includes a 256 MB miniSD card (not a bad deal at all). Without a subscription, the VPA is selling for 369,90 Euro (hey, without a subscription you better buy from me ;-)).

For any reason, Vodafone is featuring this phone as a kind of "music" device and according to the Home screen above, they have done a kind of music integration.

Last but not least, it should be mentioned, that Vodafone isn't buying this Smartphone from HTC itself but from Qtek (as you can see on the branding and which was also confirmed at CeBIT).

So yes, unlike other European Vodafone subsidiaries which will carry the Motorola MPx220, Vodafone Germany is going their own way with the (also well known) HTC Typhoon aka Vodafone VDA.

UPDATE: Okay, even if Vodafone sells it as a kind of music device, some of the specifications are wrong, like the Typhoon doesn't has a built in FM stereo radio (or I haven't found it so far) as well as it hasn't a alarm with FM-radio support (or does it has and it's a completely unknown HTC device?) while it has Tegic's T9. Last but not least, I don't think it's supporting Vodafone's "MusicDownloads" service since this service is based on AAC, not on WMV and I haven't found anything about AAC support.

Cheers ~ Arne

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