Toshiba finds its voice

The first PDA featuring voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities will soon be available in the Middle East as Toshiba ups the stakes in the corporate end of the market.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  November 3, 2003

The first PDA featuring voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities will soon be available in the Middle East as Toshiba ups the stakes in the corporate end of the market.

The Toshiba Pocket PC e800 series features integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity and VoIP facilities. It also has the ability for audio playback of text documents and user voice command functionality to access data.

“Toshiba understands that customers desire a personal lightweight data access device that not only keeps them connected to the corporate network, but also delivers on new technology that increases productivity and ease of use away from the office,” said Ahmed Khalil, regional manager of Toshiba’s Computer Systems Division.

With the integrated Toshiba VoIP phone software, users can place phone calls over a high-speed wireless network anywhere in the world, reducing the cost of making long distance and international calls via traditional phone systems.

The e800 series voice command software is designed to quickly and efficiently access a user’s appointments, contact information or time and date. By issuing voice commands such as “Contacts” and “Calendar”, Toshiba claims that you can instantly launch applications, without the user having to use the stylus.

The Pocket PC has a 4.0” diagonal trans-reflective display and includes VGA support for future VGA-enabled applications.

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