"Cingular Wireless today expanded its Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 portfolio with the introduction of the EDGE- enabled Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs with integrated Wi-Fi. The Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs are fully featured yet cost-effective converged communications devices that provide end-users with dual high-speed wireless data capabilities on a global scale. They feature a full QWERTY "slider" keyboard, the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support, quad-band international coverage, and EDGE, the largest high-speed national wireless data network in the U.S. Cingular's nationwide EDGE network is available in 13,000 cities and towns and along nearly 40,000 miles of major highways. The introduction of the Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs comes on the heels of the launch of the Cingular 2125 Smartphone, the first wireless device in North America to feature the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system for Smartphones."Click above for a list of specifications.
The Cingular 8100 series has just been officially announced, and two versions will be available through B2B
starting Friday, February 10, and through Cingular retail stores by the end of February. Both are based on the HTC Wizard, with the 8100 lacking the 1.3-megapixel camera present in the 8125. Starting price is $299 with a two-year contract and qualified rate plan.
In the first half of 2006, Cingular will release the Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) for the 8100 series. This will enable direct push-email support, among other things. The 8100 series also marks the first of a series of Windows Mobile 5.0-based devices that Cingular will introduce in 2006.