last week's CeBIT preview, Vodafone (Germany) unveiled further details, how the
German carrier will continue with its VPA Windows Mobile-line.
First of all, Vodafone Germany previewed again the
previously announced Vodafone
VPA compact GPS, Vodafone's version of the HTC Trinity.
As unveiled before, the VPA compact GPS will be shipped GPS-enabled but unlike
O2 Germany, which ships the O2 Xda orbit with TomTom's on-board navigation, the
VPA compact GPS will includes Vodafone's off-board navigation kit called
Vodafone also announced, that it plans to launch a business version of its
Vodafone Live! portal and this will also include a software download shop where
Vodafone customers can buy and download over the air the right software for
While the partner wasn't announced yet (more information are expected to be
unveiled during the CeBIT), Vodafone confirmed, that the payment is most likely
done through the monthly invoice; therefore no credit card is needed.
In addition to the Vodafone Live Business portal, Vodafone also previewed its
version of an instant messenger client. Unlike Orange, which
announced a cooperation with
Microsoft some time ago, Vodafone's messaging client isn't developed in
cooperation with any known IM provider like Windows Live, Yahoo! or ICQ, but
it's rather a stand-alone service which isn't interconnected with any other
instant messaging networks.
However, a Windows Mobile version isn't planned/announced yet but Vodafone will
starts in Germany with a PC client only. This makes me even more wonder since
most Vodafone Windows Mobile devices excludes the standard Windows Mobile MSN
Cheers ~ Arne