T-Mobile USA unveils phone with keyboard and Wi-Fi
T-Mobile USA will start selling a mobile phone with computer-like features and WiFi, or short-range high-speed Internet links. T-Mobile, owned by Deutsche Telekom AG, said the phone from Taiwan’s High Tech Computer Corp. runs on a Microsoft Corp. operating system and has a minicomputer-like keyboard designed to make it easier for consumers to use the phone for e-mailing. High Tech Computer Corp. is the first company to use Microsoft’s operating system on smartphones, and its clients include T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo Inc. and PC makers Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.
High Tech Computer Corp. is the world’s largest maker of Microsoft-run devices that combine functions found on personal digital assistants with mobile communications. The phone, branded the T-Mobile Dash, will go on sale on October 25 for $199 after rebates to people who sign two-year contracts.