T-Mobile / VoiceStream to Ship Pocket PC Phone Edition
In an August 1 article in The Wall Street Journal, Walter Mossberg wrote about the latest wireless internet device to be released for the T-Mobile Network in the United States. The T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition is a $549 device designed by Microsoft and built by a contract manufacturer for T-Mobile. This is an unusual arrangement in that most other mobile phone devices that operate on T-Mobile are manufactured by third party companies.
Mossberg does not like this device as much as he says he likes The Handspring Treo, however:
I've been testing this gadget for several weeks and it does work, but it has serious flaws as both a phone and an e-mail device. I regard it as an interesting first step in creating a communicator based on Microsoft's Pocket PC platform, but a more radical redesign will be needed before it can accomplish all its tasks well.
This is another in a seemingly endless series of frank assessments of mobile technology devices from Walter Mossberg, and we salute him for having the integrity to call them as he sees them.