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XDA: o2 is working on a 64 MB RAM xda Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 06.11.02 - 10:55:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 7031x
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According to mmO2's Asian website "My xda" o2 is working on a kind of xda 2 with some major enhancements to today's available xda.

This enhancements includes the GPRS speed as well as the storage capacity of the device. While the design and most common features will be unchanged the xda 2 will include:

  • GPRS: Class B, Multislot Class 8 (4R1T)
  • RAM: 64MB
Class B GPRS means that the GPRS connectivity will be idle/on hold during voice calls but automatically reactivated after the voice call. Even today's xda should be a Class B device however, you have to reconnect to GPRS after phone calls. Interesting is the Class 8 feature which increase the download speed of the device from today's 40,2 Kbit/s to 53.6 Kbit/s (see also my column: How fast is GPRS and what's the maximum today with the Pocket PC Phone Edition).
The RAM enhancement doubled the storage space available for the user. 64 MB RAM is state of the art for today's Pocket PC 2002s and therefore it is a consequent development of the xda. If this will also includes a kind of secure file store like used in the iPAQs, E-200 or Genio's isn't known today. However, 64 MB are a real useful enhancement for the user as 32 MB isn't enough today.

Unfortunately it seems as the SD capabilities aren't changed which means that the xda 2 still support SD memory cards only but no SDIO cards - used for Bluetooth, W-LAN or camera accessories.

If, when and how the xda 2 is introduced in Europe isn't known today. Also no release date in Asia and no price was given on mmO2's Asian web site.

Beside this hardware news, mmO2 chose the Spb Software House' GPRS GPRS monitor to be bundeled with the xda in Hong Kong and Malaysia:

November 4, 2002 - mm02, one of the leading mobile operators, announced today that it is beginning to bundle Spb GPRS Monitor software with its XDA Pocket PC phones. From now on each customer purchasing o2 XDA in Hong Kong and Malaysia get a free pre-installed copy of a powerful tool that measures GPRS traffic and calculates data connection usage costs (see my preview of Spb GPRS Monitor 1.0 here).

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Brendan on 07.11.02 - 00:00:00

Yup, it's available now in Malaysia selling for RM3,188 (USD833.46)

Posted by Anonymous on 07.11.02 - 00:00:00

Hopefully this'll come to the US soon via TMobile....I think they'll need it once the iPaq 5400 series with GSM ships...

Posted by derek on 08.11.02 - 00:00:00


The 64mb XDA is available in Malaysia right now?

Posted by Brendan on 11.11.02 - 00:00:00

Yes, derek.

Posted by savas on 16.11.02 - 00:00:00

How can the xda o2 sms bug can be fixed?

Posted by Arne Hess on 16.11.02 - 00:00:00

@savas: This isn't a o2 xda bug but a missing feature of the Pocket PC Phone Edition OS and will be fixed through Microsoft. The guys in Redmond are aware of this and will provide a fix. However, a date wasn't given so far.

Posted by Anonymous on 19.11.02 - 00:00:00

The XDA is for people like us always on the moves. One of the thing that most Technocrats tends to forget is that 1/2 of the world is still running on Faxes despite the increasing number of emails. (It is because many people still do not go carrying their PC with around with them) While in faxes, it can be from anyone's office or even from the post office or shops. I tried the XDA with the telephone Operator and he confirms subsequently that it is not capable of receiving faxes. Unlike the nokia 9210 which is fully integrated (of which the only thing that is bad about it is when you have 2800 telephone, faxes and email moves like a giant tortise....and it is always insufficient memory space.) Other than that, it is great and I can still off my phone when I am on the plane and the moment I gets down and turn it on, so did all my sms, faxes goes out, so did all my other faxes and even sms comes in. It gives me the flexibility on the moves and this is what I think is really the mobile office.  I am still hoping for ONE just ONE pocket PC which really looks into the needs of mobile people and how we would like to share the information.
In addition, the 2002 microsoft CE does not come with simple expense programme. Think about it...why do we travellers needs PPC or WDA now is because there are so many things while we are on the moves....and then it can be without one?

In picking up of email for the PPC is that you will have to download all the mails whatever is in your mailbox. In Nokia, they only download the heading and then you have the choice to select what is the mail you wants to download in full by pick and choose....SOUNDS STUPID....WELL IT IS PRACTICAL IN TODAY'S BUSINESS WHEN 1/2 OF THE EMAIL FROM YOUR OTHER COLLEAGUE ARE JOKES, MPEG COMEDY AND RUBBISH. It enable the mobile person on the move to select the essential mails while saving cost for the company.

The other bad feature of XDA and other WDA is that since it is running on GPRS, why can't they have a inbuild radio feature just like most of the handphone today?

Posted by Tolga Uzuner on 12.03.03 - 00:00:00

Can I connect to the internet via my cradle ? To do things like Action Update and so on...


Posted by rizal on 05.10.04 - 17:43:39

i bough XDA2 in UK, but i could not use it in Malaysia. When i sritch on the phone, it appears "network lock, please enter network code"... can anyone shed some light here...

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