Samsung and Verizon launch i700 PDA/phone

Samsung and Verizon Wireless have formally announced the launch of the i700, a Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC with integrated wireless voice and data capabilities. The i700 boasts an arrayof features giving consumers on the Verizon Wireless nationwide network the freedom to wirelessly communicate and stay connected to people, information and rich applications and services.

“The i700 presents a compelling combination of Samsung’s advanced wireless phones capabilities, Verizon’s extensive high-quality voice and data network and the familiarity of Microsoft Office products,” said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of Samsung’s wireless terminals division. “Together, this device gives consumers a mobile communication tool that not only can keep business moving and enhance productivity, but can keep up with any busy lifestyle.”

“Our enterprise customers are seeking a reliable solution to make voice calls and one that lets them take their office on the road with them,” said Cindy Patterson, Verizon Wireless vice president – enterprise data. “With its mobile version of Microsoft Outlook, the i700 on the Express Network is a converged device that takes road warriors to new heights.”

Mobile professionals can take advantage of the advanced features of a Samsung wireless phone, while also having access to popular and familiar mobile versions of Microsoft’s Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Word and Pocket Excel. The i700’s speakerphone capability will allow users to conduct hands-free conference calls while simultaneously accessing files and information from the Pocket PC applications. Additionally, the i700 has a host of features that offer both flexibility and scalability to users, including an IR port, USB sync and 64 MB of RAM with an SD expansion slot.

All consumers will enjoy the i700’s large color TFT screen to view high- resolution VGA-quality images taken with the device’s built-in digital camera. The i700’s impressive screen also is perfect for viewing photos and documents, browsing the Internet on Verizon Wireless’ high-speed data network, checking email or playing video files with the Windows Media Player. Additionally, the i700 allows consumers to capture an image, attach voice memos or text messages, and send images via email or infrared capabilities.

“The i700 is a result of the combination of powerful and flexible Pocket PC software on sleek Samsung devices, making it a great device for work and play,” said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president for the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to the new features the i700 will offer Verizon Wireless’ customers such as an integrated camera and multimedia messaging capabilities and are very excited about Samsung’s innovative work that complements our very rich Pocket PC offering.”

The commitment to develop convergence products for both Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone and Pocket PC platforms is part of Samsung’s overall Mobile Intelligent Terminals (MIT) corporate strategy. Samsung is working in tandem with its strategic wireless carrier partners to develop a portfolio of differentiated MIT products and services that appeal to diverse requirements and platform preferences.

In addition to the phone and camera functionality, the i700 features breakthrough voice recognition software from Voice Signal Technologies. With Voice Signal’s application, for the first time users can look up or dial any name in the mobile device phonebook regardless of the number of names, without first having to “train” the device. The Voice Signal speaker-independent software also allows users to dial numbers and navigate the phone’s menus. By combining speech recognition and synthesized text-to-speech output, the Voice Signal application enables users to control all these features without having to use their hands or look at the display, making it easier, safer and more fun for consumers to use the i700.

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