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Chapter 4. Combining Mobile Phones and P... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

Additional manufacturers for the Windows-powered smartphone include Compal, Mitsubishi, Samsung Electronics, and Sendo Ltd. Mobile operators working with Microsoft as trial partners include AT&T Wireless, Telefonica Moviles, Cingular, T-Mobil, Vodafone, Verizon Wireless, Orange, and Telstra. The phones run on Global System for Mobile Telecommunications (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) networks, and some, such as the SPV, offer tri-band functionality for use across Europe and in the United States. As we shall see in a later profile, this tri-band functionality means that the phones can function as world phones by supporting the 900 MHz, 1800MHz, and 1900MHz bands of various GSM networks throughout the world. Other profiles later in the book cover other aspects of smartphones, including their personalization, instant messaging, photographic, document printing and faxing, and wireless commerce capabilities. Because most of this functionality is finding its way into nextgeneration mobile phones, a good smartphone will also come equipped with these kinds of features in addition to its PDA functionality.


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