today announced two ROM updates/upgrades for its current line of Windows Mobile
smartphones which includes key enhancements, including support for EV-DO Rev. A
data speeds as well as Opera Mobile 9.5 for the Touch by HTC; which was
introduced in October 2007.
Sprint's Mogul by HTC software upgrade, which was
introduced in June 2007, will now support Windows Mobile 6.1.
The Mogul is a premium Windows Mobile device and was the
first EVDO Rev. A-capable Windows Mobile handset.
The updates on both the Touch and the Mogul include:
- Windows Mobile 6.1: Brings new time-saving features, easier phone
navigation and management, and stronger security safeguards. Users can get
their phone set up and running easier than ever before and with mobile
versions of the familiar Windows desktop applications such as Microsoft
Office and Live Search, they'll have information they need, anytime,
anywhere. Threaded text messaging enhances the messaging experience.
The Touch by HTC update is now available from HTC America an enables:
- EV-DO Rev. A: Wherever EV-DO Rev. A coverage is available,
average download speeds will increase from 400 - 700 Kbps to 600 Kbps - 1.4
Mbps and average upload speeds will increase from 50 - 70 Kbps to 350 - 500
Kbps. These increased data speeds provide customers the instant
gratification of the ability to quickly download large E-Mail files on their
phone while in a taxicab, finish and send a sales report before their plane
takes off, and wirelessly download music to listen to directly from a Sprint
- Enhanced GPS Capabilities: Provides advanced GPS functionality
allowing support of popular applications such as Sprint Navigation. Sprint
Navigation provides audio and visual turn-by-turn directions, more than 10
million local listings, and one-click traffic rerouting, similar to an
in-vehicle GPS system.
- Opera Browser: Opera Mobile 9.5 brings full Internet content and
images to mobile phones and offers several new features for functionality,
security, usability, customization, searching, saving, taking shortcuts and
accessing Web content. Whether users are going to work, working from home,
developing Web sites, or just looking for a quick, solid browser that can
help users access the Internet, Opera delivers a superior Web experience for
every aspect of your online life, with lots of tech tools for power users.
- Onscreen 40-key QWERTY Keyboard: A new virtual QWERTY keyboard
gives customers another option for easily responding to emails, text
messages and inputting other information.
The Mogul by HTC ROM upgrade is also available from HTC America an enables:
- Sprint TV: Watch live TV and video-on-demand with full-motion
video and vivid sound. Catch the latest news, sports, weather, entertainment
and movie trailers on the go. Sprint TV provides more than 50 channels of
live and on-demand video content
"Sprint is committed to matching customer needs with the technology that
gives them the freedom to access and download the content they want and have
a PC-like experience," said Michael Hahn, vice president of customer
equipment for Sprint. "Whether it's simplicity in setting up the handset,
getting turn-by-turn driving directions, sending emails with large
attachments or having a better Web experience, the Touch and the Mogul by
HTC deliver all of that so customers can have what they want in an instant,
from virtually anywhere."
The Touch and the Mogul continue to be premium multimedia handsets in the
Sprint portfolio, integrating the familiar Windows Mobile experience with
TouchFLO technology on the Touch, a QWERTY keyboard on the Mogul, an easy-to-use
interface and exclusive Sprint content like Sprint Music Store and Sprint TV.
Cheers ~ Arne