Cingular, HP Debut hw6500 Mobile Messenger

Hewlett Packard and cellular provider Cingular Wireless today premiered the HP iPaq hw6500 series Mobile Messenger. It will be available for sale on Oct. 31 with a retail price of $449 with a two year contract.

The quad band hw6500 is the first Pocket PC in the United States to use Cingular’s high speed Edge wireless data network. It will be available in two versions – one with a 1.3 megapixel digital camera and one without – and weighs less than six ounces.

Features found in the hw6500 series include a built-in keyboard, 3″ TFT 64k color display, Bluetooth wireless technology, an integrated GPS receiver, Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software, 64 MB of RAM and integrated Secure Digital and Mini-SD slots.

“The introduction of the HP iPAQ hw6510/hw6515 provides business customers with more than just a powerful new device but rather a complete wireless voice and data solution right out of the gate,” said Jeff Bradley, vice president, business data services, Cingular Wireless. “Cingular and HP have developed specifically for the iPAQ 6510/hw6515 an ecosystem of application providers whose services extend from broad-based email to those for specific industries. This, combined with the popular Pocket PC technology platform and the largest and fastest national wireless data network in the country, presents to a broad range of companies a one-stop approach through which they can give their mobile workforces wireless access to critical information and processes.”