by CIO Staff

Cingular + Microsoft = Mobile Phone

Jan 18, 20061 min
MobileSmall and Medium Business

On Wednesday, Cingular Wireless, the nation’s top cell phone service provider, announced its plan to sell a mobile phone that runs Microsoft’s latest mobile software, Reuters reports.

The 2125 Smartphone, manufactured by High Tech Computer is available today for roughly $200.  It is the first U.S. phone based on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software that has a real cell phone keypad instead of a small computer-like keyboard.  Companies like Palm and UTStarcom offer phones that run on Windows Mobile 5.0 but they’re typically geared towards corporate customers and feature keyboard-like keypads.

Cingular spokesman Jon Kampfe said that in offering the new phone, the company, a joint venture between AT&T and BellSouth, has set their sites on both business and consumer customers.

–Al Sacco