They are manufactured by cellphone and computer makers, and include Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new hand-held computer called the iPAQ hw6900 (pictured). In addition, several wireless service providers are launching services to allow customers to take advantage of the push-email service. Those providers include Vodafone Group PLC and Cingular Wireless, which BellSouth Corp. owns jointly with AT&T Inc.
Art Samberg's opinion notwithstanding, if the Microsoft product manages to duplicate the smooth functionality of BlackBerry's software, and/or if RIMM takes a more significant hit from the upcoming court ruling than we're expecting, Microsoft could establish itself as a top player in this booming market. But that's still a big 'if'.
IT managers and millions of MS desktop users do want their mobile devices to integrate seamlessly with their PCs, and that's the opportunity just waiting for MS here.
● HPQ: Hewlett-Packard will separate its handhelds/smartphone operations from its notebooks business. It looks like the latest of Mark Hurds' prudent moves -- this one will capitilize on the huge growth in the smartphone sector.
This new comprehensive and feature-rich service allows consumers to purchase artist images, ring tones and full-length songs via WAP as well as via an easy to use integrated software application on their mobile handsets.
● NOK and FLSH: A Wall St. Journal article (sub. req.) indicates that the massive memory needs of next gen smartphones are being approached from a numbers of angles. Mini hard-drives like the one on Nokia's new N91 have large capacity, but are too fragile. Nokia's MMC removable cards are gaining popularity. But M-Systems (FLSH) is attempting to expand the memory on the integrated SIM card -- an approach the wireless telcos are most likely to adopt, as it maintains their control over paid download content.