E-Ten launches smart phone with VOIP, GPS

Taiwan handset maker E-Ten Information Systems launched a new Windows Mobile-based smart phone with GPS, computing capabilities, and VOIP software from Skype.

Taiwanese handset maker E-Ten Information Systems has launched a new Windows Mobile-based smart phone packed with GPS (global positioning system), computing capabilities, and VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) software from Skype.

The company has been branching out in recent years from its GPS products, and has caught onto a trend in Taiwan of developing mobile phones built around Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS.

Describing the Glofiish X500 handset as a PDA (personal digital assistant) with voice functions, the company is pushing its slim design, just 15.5 millimeters, as a big selling point.

The voice functions are also nothing to sneeze at. Glofiish offers quad-band GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), as well as GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and EGPRS (Enhanced GPRS).

It also enables users to bypass their mobile phone company and use Skype when a Wi-Fi hot spot is available.

The handset also takes advantage of push e-mail from its Windows Mobile 5.0 OS, giving users full e-mail access, IMAP/POP, and enabling the smart phone to compete with BlackBerry devices.

The company also built a 2.0 megapixel camera onboard for still shots as well as video. The rest of the Glofiish's functions can be found at E-Ten's X500 Web page.

The device will only be available in Taiwan for the time being. E-Ten did not provide suggested retail pricing.

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