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UPDATE: Sprint releases Windows Mobile 6.1 and Wireless updates for HTC Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 21.07.08 - 18:18:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 17615x
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Sprint 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 handset.
  • 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

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