Wednesday, January 24, 2007

T-Mobile with a hard disk

German wireless phone company T-Mobile unveiled Wednesday its first phone equipped with a hard disk, saying the pocket-sized device with a 13-centimetre screen would go on sale just before the Cebit computer show in March.

T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom, said the device, known as the Ameo, used Microsoft's operating system Windows Mobile 5.0. T-Mobile would have 12 weeks of exclusive rights in Germany to sell the Ameo, which was manufactured by HTC.

The Ameo is a development from existing PDA (personal digital assistant) computers, but looks like a miniature laptop computer with its detachable 13-centimetre-wide keyboard and upright display.

Backofen said the Ameo's special feature was its 8-gigabyte hard drive. He added that he could not say when the Ameo would be offered by T-Mobile USA or the group's mobile-phone subsidiaries elsewhere in Europe.

Major communications groups are readying a slew of new products in Germany to coincide with Cebit, which takes place March 15-21 in Hanover.

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