T-Mobile’s Wing Smartphone Takes Flight

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Mobile phone operator T-Mobile has launched its new Wing smartphone, a slim, lightweight device sporting Windows Mobile 6, a touch screen interface, integrated Wi-Fi networking, a two megapixel camera, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard so folks can keep up with their messages, email, and documents on the go.

“In today’s hectic and fast-paced world, staying connected to those who matter most is not easy,” said Leslie Grandy, T-Mobile’s VP of Product Development, in a statement. “With the T-Mobile Wing, customers have the freedom to choose how to communicate, whether it’s calling their loved ones, emailing with friends, or sharing presentations with a client from one of more than 8,000 T-Mobile HotSpot locations.”

The T-Mobile Wing is an exclusive rebranded version of HTC’s Atlas (née Herald) featuring a blue soft-touch exterior and measuring 2.3 by 4.3 by 0.7 inches. The unit sports a 2.8-inch 320 by 240 pixel touch screen interface and runs Windows Mobile 6, meaning users have access to mobile versions of Microsoft Office applications, Outlook Mobile Windows Media Player, HotMail, Windows Live Messenger and Live Spaces, full HTML Web browsing, and other Microsoft services like Exchange Server. Folks who live and die by email, messaging, and tweaking documents on the go will appreciate a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a video-capable 2 megapixel camera (with 8×digital zoom) rounds out the package.

As a phone, the unit is a quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device supporting T-Mobile MyFaves and EDGE-enabled high-speed mobile Internet access. If paying data rates for EDGE connectivity isn’t your idea of a fun time, the Wig also sports integrated Wi-Fi, so users can hop onto any accessible Wi-Fi access point; the phone also offers integrated Bluetooth for synchronizing with PCs and interfacing with accessories. IM fiends will be happy to see the Wing supports Yahoo, ICQ, and AIM in addition to Windows Live Messenger, and (of course) users can watch video in widescreen format on the built-in display, and cart around a selection of music, media, and documents using microSD cards.

The T-Mobile Wing goes on sale today with a price tag of $300 with service agreement.


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