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Vodafone launches Wi-Fi Windows Mobile VPA III

Vodafone today announced a Windows Mobile-based device dubbed the Vodafone Personal Assistant III, or VPA III, with superior connectivity via W-LAN hotspots or GPRS data.

The Vodafone Personal Assistant III is a communicator type device, similar to the Blackberry and Treo handhelds. The integrated quad-band GSM/GPRS radio will support any GSM network in the world and can also connect to universal 802.11b Wi-Fi LANs. Also with integrated Bluetooth, you can add almost any Windows Mobile supported wireless device for increased functionality, or add extra storage via the SDIO (Secure Digital) slot.

The VPA III is based on the operating system Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC Phone Edition, it has a 16-bit colour display that measures 240 x 320 pixels, slider type QWERTY thumbboard for quick and easy typing. It will be available this Autum for an undetermined price.

Vodafone Personal Assistant III Specifications

Dimensions (mm): 125 x 71.6 x 18.7 mm
Weight: 205 g
Chargeable battery: Lithium-Polymer
Stand-by-time: up to 200 hours
Talktime: up to 300 minutes
Quadband: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
W-LAN: Yes
External antenna connection: Yes
Display: TFT reflexion display with 64,000 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
Integrated VGA camera: 640 x 480 pixels
Processor: PDA XScale PXA263 400 MHz
QWERTZ keyboard: Yes, extensible
Operating system: Windows PC Phone Edition 2003, including Pocket Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Explorer and Outlook
E-mail: E-mail Client (POP3/SMTP/IMAP4)
Synchronisation: Active Sync for synchronisation with MS Outlook
Infrared interface: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes USB: Yes
Memory: 128 megabyte RAM internal, 64 megabyte Flash-ROM, Extension possible by means of SD-IO/MMC card

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