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HP unveils wireless-enabled handheld

Latest Jornada is mobile phone-cum-PDA

Hewlett Packard today launched a PDA (personal digital assistant) with integrated mobile phone and colour display for the European and Japanese markets at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes.

The HP Jornada 928 WDA is designed for GSM (global system for mobile communications) and GPRS (general packet radio service) networks and is expected to be commercially available in May or June, said Jurgen Anthoni, HP's Jornada wireless product manager for Europe. The device runs Microsoft's Pocket PC Phone Edition software.

The device looks more like a PDA than a mobile phone, similar to the Jornada 568 PDA (pictured) but with a small monochrome screen in one corner that gives the mobile phone information such as coverage, text messages received and phone numbers, Anthoni said.

The device can be used as a phone in three ways: by holding it to one's ear, via a headset or in speakerphone mode, Anthoni said.

The Jornada is aimed at the business user, giving access to business applications and email, Anthoni said. The 'out of the box' product will support Microsoft email applications but third party applications are available for access to other email systems including Lotus Notes.

"After hours, the business user becomes a consumer, so it includes multiplayer games and MMS (multimedia messaging service) too," Anthoni said.

The Jornada 928 has 32MB of Flash ROM and 64MB of RAM, and uses Texas Instruments' OMAP710 integrated GSM/GPRS modem and application processor, according to an HP statement

HP is working with UK mobile phone operator Orange on testing of the voice and data services.

A version of the Jornada 928 WDA will be developed later this year for the US market, Anthoni said, but the European and Japanese markets are more mature and their wireless infrastructure more advanced, making these markets more attractive, Anthoni said.

The estimated retail price is £600 including VAT but the final price will be determined by operators who will bundle it with air time contracts, Anthoni said.

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