High Tech Computer (HTC), the largest maker of handsets that use Microsoft software, has developed a smart phone that\u2019s just a half-inch thick, or 1.3 centimeters. It\u2019s available now in the U.S. from Cingular Wireless.\n\n\n\n\nCingular 3125The Cingular 3125 Smartphone is a slender clamshell handset that runs on Windows Mobile 5.0, enabling it to compete with the BlackBerry\u2019s push e-mail service through its Outlook Mobile software. In fact, Microsoft joined the fanfare of the Cingular 3125\u2019s launch by dedicating a huge portion of its home page to the device, including a link to a description of the phone\u2019s capabilities.Cingular is offering the smartphone ffrom $149.99 in its own retail stores and Web site, as well as through national retailers in the U.S. along with service packages. The company\u2019s unlimited monthly Smartphone Connect plans are $19.99 with Xpress Mail, $29.99 with Microsoft Direct Push and $39.99 with Good Mobile Messaging with a Cingular voice plan of $39.99 or more.The smartphones will allow users to talk or surf the Internet, access corporate and personal e-mail accounts, listen to digital music, take photos and video with its 1.3 megapixel camera, and run the Mobile Office suite. It works on several wireless technologies, including quad-band GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) \/ EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment), WLAN (wireless-LAN) and Bluetooth.-Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service (Taipei Bureau)Related Links:\nHTC Unveils Windows Smart Phone Lineup\nPalm Targets Europeans With Treo 750v from Vodafone\nRIM Targets Consumer Market With BlackBerry PearlCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.