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SECOND: SMART Philippines to introduce Asia's first Windows Powered Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 14.02.03 - 17:02:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 14361x
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14 February 2003 - Manila - The Philippines' leading mobile operator SMART Communications Inc. (SMART) announced today the introduction of the "Smart Amazing Phone" - the first Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone in Asia that promises to open the door to a world of advanced wireless and mobile internet services.

The phone, which will be available at SMART retail outlets soon, will feature such services as Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and MSN Messenger. Each Smart Amazing Phone will be sold with an attachable camera, cradle, and charger.

"The SMART Amazing Phone is your mobile personal computer. It is a powerful device through which we will be able to offer more sophisticated but user-friendly services to our subscribers. Its introduction will help change the landscape of the mobile phone industry. The Smartphone will help drive Smart's data revenue growth through the offering of advanced services such as photo messaging, multimedia messaging, access to high-quality information and content and advanced messaging services," said Napoleon L. Nazareno, SMART president and CEO.

This new phone is a tri-band handset offering GPRS and MMS capabilities, high-resolution TFT LCD display giving 65,000 colors and a clip-on digital camera. It also features a 32mb internal memory and an expansion slot for an MMC card for storage of pictures, music, video and software applications.

Moreover, SMART's new phone makes possible seamless connectivity with other Windows-based devices such as personal computers (PCs) and laptops. Users of the SMART Amazing Phone will thus be able to easily synchronize the Microsoft Outlook E-mail Inboxes, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks on their PCs or laptops with their handsets. This can be done via cable and wirelessly over GPRS.

"Microsoft has spent the past 27 years creating software that improves the way people live, work and communicate, " said Ken Wye Saw, General Manager of Network Services Providers at Microsoft Asia Pacific. "Now, we're able to deliver a familiar and powerful software experience on a mobile phone to people around the world. Smartphone redefines what people can expect from their phone, offering them voice, e-mail, MSN Messenger or Short Message Services (SMS). We're very excited that SMART is bringing the Smartphone to the Asia market."

"We have worked intensively with Microsoft and the hardware manufacturer to ensure that the SMART Amazing Phone offers features and functionalities that are easy to use and relevant to our customers. We are now working with applications developers to create compelling services that can take full advantage of the capabilities of the phone," said Anastacio R. Martirez, head of SMART's personal communications and mobile services division.

The SMART Amazing Phone for instance already features a WAP e-mail service that provides the user with his own-based e-mail account.

The Windows Powered Smartphone takes mobile communications to the next level by offering the following key features:

  • More than just talk. Smartphone devices are everything mobile phones should be and more. Smartphones allow users to choose their preferred method of communication - voice, e-mail, MSN Messenger or SMS - as well as enabling them to access information and services at any time.
  • Easily accessible Outlook. The intuitive software enables seamless multitasking and provides a great companion to Outlook on a mobile phone to manage contacts, calendar and tasks in a mobile environment.
  • Personalization options. Smartphone devices equipped with high-resolution color screen and the ability to play digital media and mobile games make them outstanding mobile devices for work or for play. Personalization options such as ring tones, color schemes and home screens, mobile access to the Internet, and new mobile services provide users with a unique and thoroughly entertaining mobile phone experience.

ABOUT Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART)
A subsidiary of the largest Philippine carrier Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, SMART is the leading Philippines wireless services provider with close to 7.6 million subscribers being served by its GSM networks as of September 2002.

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Posted by Arne Hess on 14.02.03 - 00:00:00

And here some additional notes: So far the units are not available and will tentatively arrive around the 21st of February. If you ask for which device Smart will sell, it's the HTC Tanager which is also expected to be released in Germany by T-Mobile soon!
Anyway, congrats to be the second and "mabuhay" to the club! ;-)

Posted by rick galang on 22.06.03 - 01:11:32

how if there's a problem with my smartphone where will i send it for repair or upgading

Posted by Arne Hess on 22.06.03 - 01:43:02

@rick galang: If anything goes wrong with your smartphone, you can always bring it to Brightpoint for servicing.

Mabuhay ~ Carlo

Posted by Albert on 22.06.03 - 05:01:37

where can we buy accessories fot the HTC tanager?

desktop charger

extra battery

Posted by Arne Hess on 22.06.03 - 06:41:29

@Albert:  You can get them from SMART Wireless Center at SMART Tower at Ayala Avenue.

Mabuhay ~ Carlo

Posted by honey on 22.06.03 - 18:14:33

im in new york and im using T-mobile, i wanna buy that smart phone you have,is it possible if ill buy it in the PHIL and use my T-mobile sim card? you said is tri-band right?

Posted by Arne Hess on 22.06.03 - 20:54:58

@honey: Yes, it's tri-band which means you can use it in the US with T-Mobile.

However, I'm not sure anymore if it was/is SIM locked or not (something Carlos can comment for sure). However, if you want to order a Tanager, you can also order the PPCW.Net i-Mate (http://.../) which is the same device but SIM unlocked and without any certification trouble! :-)

Posted by Arne Hess on 24.06.03 - 07:44:43

@honey: The SMART Amazing Phone, whih is basically an HTC Tanager, is SIM-Locked to SMART Communications.  I think a better option is to go for the PPCW.Net i-Mate which is not locked to any network and does not require applications that are signed.

Mabuhay ~ Carlo

Posted by EL_DIABLO on 05.07.03 - 18:17:35

@honey, you can buy smat amazing phone from amart, and have openline for all network....go to greenhill,San Juan....just email me for info...

B.R

Posted by Myrna on 05.08.03 - 15:45:59

How can I configure the setting of my smart open line mobile. I want to use my globe sim but this smart phone is sim blocked phone which was opened by the old owner. Thanks

Posted by CARSLTON on 23.08.03 - 13:57:28

can you teach me how to use gprs in smart amazing phone in philippines

Posted by francesss on 14.09.03 - 17:55:22

If i buy this phone will i be able to bring it here in England and use it with sim cards here? I'm going there in the philippines this Nov and planning to buy a mobile but scared that it might not work. Any advice please email. smile

Posted by dd on 20.10.03 - 05:53:57

smart amazing phone sux, because they indicated that it is a triband phone but it is sim locked..... stupid advertisement.

Posted by Arne Hess on 21.10.03 - 02:34:52

@dd: Well, it is triband and it makes use of it's triband abilities when you go roaming.

So I guess it works... you know you can avail of roaming service right?

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by lanie on 09.12.03 - 09:24:49

i got smart internet phone i make many messages if there a way i can get through smart to send a copy of all my communication to my hot mail address to save?

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