Carrier Devices unveils the i-Mate PDA

A Pocket PC 2003 based PDA, complete with mobile phone and Bluetooth, has been launched by the smart phone manufacturer Carrier Devices.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  October 28, 2003

A Pocket PC 2003 based PDA, complete with mobile phone and Bluetooth, has been launched by the smart phone manufacturer Carrier Devices.

The i-mate Pocket PC has both GSM and GPRS radio technology, in addition to 128MB of RAM and 64MB ROM. It is also Bluetooth 1.1 compliant and operates at 900, 1800 and 1900MHz to enable usage throughout the world.

"We feel that this value added service will enhance the product's marketability in this region and give it a distinctive, user friendly Middle Eastern flair," said Hisham Al Gurg, CEO of i-mate.

The i-mate Pocket PC incorporates a SDIO/MMC memory expansion and a SIM card slot. Additional features include a 3.5" 64k Colour Transflective LCD, and a built in camera and integrated antenna.

In June this year, Carrier Devices introduced the i-mate smart phone to the market and the company has been looking to further cement its presence in the Middle East region.

Carrier Devices recently signed an agreement with Rotana, the largest Arabic music producers in the Middle East, giving them the right to use Rotana's music content (ring tones, artist's pictures and full songs) on the Club i-mate web portal for the benefit of i-mate product owners.

"This is a great advantage to Club i-mate members who for the first time in the Middle East will be legally able to download full digital music directly to their mobile devices from a huge library of Arabic songs," said Dawn Robson, Carrier Devices vice-president, marketing and sales.

"I think young people particularly will appreciate the convenience of having multiple ring tones and pictures available that can be changed to suit their mood," added Al Gurg.

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