SAGEM and Microsoft Announce a Breakthrough Wireless Mobile Device
Nov. 09, 2000
SAGEM's New WA3050 Device is the Industry's First Dual-Band GSM/GPRS Phone-Enabled Pocket PC

PARIS, Nov. 9, 2000 — At a joint press conference today, SAGEM and Microsoft announced the SAGEM WA3050, the industry's first wireless Pocket PC with demonstrated GSM/GPRS technology. The SAGEM Pocket PC is equipped with dual-band GSM phone capabilities and high speed GPRS technology by SAGEM and is based on Microsoft's Windows Powered Pocket PC platform. This will enable customers to have real-time wireless access to information including email, the Web, time-sensitive corporate applications as well as high-end mobile phone capabilities.

The SAGEM Pocket PC is thin and light, weighing in at 198 grams. Its refined design combines SAGEM's expertise in mobile phone design with the rich functionality of the Pocket PC platform. Users are able to take advantage of all the features of a high-end phone from a leading world-class phone manufacturer and all of the features of a high end Pocket PC with integrated wireless functionality, including:

  • The ability to place and receive mobile phone calls, including hands-free and speakerphone capabilities, as well as, customisable phone features such as downloading personalised ring tones from the Web.

  • Wireless Internet browsing over high-bandwidth wireless connections using Pocket Internet Explorer, and access to WAP information using an integrated browser; access to your personal business productivity applications including email, calendar, contacts using a pocket version of Microsoft® Outlook® , plus pocket versions of Microsoft® Word and Excel, with real-time wireless connectivity.

  • Listening to MP3 audio files with Windows Media TM Player or reading Ebooks with Microsoft® Reader, in addition to thousands of add-on Pocket PC software applications and peripherals available from other companies.

  • Caller alert functions ensuring that no calls are missed while using applications on the Pocket PC.

"SAGEM's new wireless Pocket PC places SAGEM and Microsoft at the forefront of the mobile device market by delivering to customers a solution that combines the rich PDA platform, Pocket PC, with innovative wireless technology, truly delivering to the market Microsoft's vision of information access anytime, anywhere and from any device." said Hjalmar Winbladh, General Manager, Europe Mobility Solutions Center, Microsoft Corporation. "This announcement is a testament to the rapid pace of the mobile marketplace; Microsoft and Sagem's forefront position is now proven by providing, today, leading technology for their customers."

"The SAGEM WA 3050 combines the latest mobile technology from SAGEM's high-end mobile phones with Microsoft's Windows Powered Pocket PC. SAGEM's Pocket PC offers a device with superior ergonomics and all of the features of a high-end mobile phone including hands-free speaker phone, vibrating alert and WAP/SMS services." said Sagem. "The SAGEM WA 3050 marks a milestone for mobile workers who need to connect to their most important information while away from the office."

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