T-Mobile extends business range
T-Mobile continues to gun for the business market with two new products, the MDA IV and the Blackberry 7100t.
Undoubtedly the most interesting of the two is the new MDA. Announced by microsoft earlier in the month, it aims to provide the complete Internet/e-mail package with 2.5 and 3G coverage plus wi-fi compatibility (T-Mobile provides wi-fi access via Starbucks cafes).
More like a mini laptop than a mobile, it comes with an Intel 520MHz processor and microsoft Windows Mobile Operating System. Software installed on the MDA IV includes Internet Explorer, Pocket Outlook (for synching mail, contacts and schedules from a PC running microsoft Outlook) and Pocket PC versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Other useful business features include tri-band coverage, large rotating 640 x 480 pixel screen (reminiscent of the Sony CLIES) plus a large QWERTY keyboard. The only possible fly in the ointment is T-Mobile’s 3G coverage which is slower and less extensive than that of its rivals.
Meanwhile T-Mobile confirmed it is launching the BlackBerry 7100t which looks a little nicer than the brick-like 7100v supplied by Vodafone but has the same incredibly difficult to use interface.