New "Tilt" in the enterprise phone segment

BlackBerry , iPhone and now Tilt. AT&T is launching new enterprise segment phone. This has not been one of my favorite topics, but the enthusiasm raised by iphone has forced me to look into the features of new "Tilt". We might soon have them in India (Provided DoT acts fast on new applications for licences)

The new "Tilt" phone from AT&T, that may be available in mear future may become the next enterprise phone that may also fit the bill (unlike ipone).
AT&T says the Tilt is its first Windows Mobile 6 smart device, featuring a slide-out QWERTY keypad, a 3-megapixel camera, 3G data speeds from AT&T's UMTS/HSDPA-based BroadbandConnect network and complete global connectivity.
Windows Mobile 6 Tilt users get "the familiar look and feel of their desktop computers at home or in the office," the carrier says, enabling them to view e-mail in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web and Microsoft Office SharePoint sites. All Windows Mobile 6 devices include Microsoft's Direct Push Technology for e-mail delivery and automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars, tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. Especially important to enterprises, Windows Mobile 6 offers important device security and management features, including capability to remotely wipe all data from a device should it be lost or stolen, thus helping to ensure that confidential information remains that way.
In addition to Microsoft Direct Push, the AT&T claims its Tilt will be "the first Windows Mobile device in North America to include BlackBerry Connect v4.0 software, which provides BlackBerry e-mail service, security and device management for IT administrators and the benefit for users of wireless synchronization of e-mail, calendar, contacts, task list and memo pad information." BlackBerry Connect v4.0 supports push e-mail for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and personal e-mail through the BlackBerry Internet Service.
Customers also can use the Tilt to access personal e-mail through AT&T's Xpress Mail service. By completing five steps, AT&T customers can set up their Xpress Mail accounts and begin getting personal e-mail from most major POP3/IMAP personal e-mail services pushed to their AT&T Tilt at preset intervals. They also can sync their calendars, access contact lists and view attachments.
Designed by HTC, which really has been putting itself out there this year at wireless industry shows, the AT&T Tilt also features a 2.8-inch color screen that slides back to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, and then it "tilts" up to position the screen for reading or creating e-mail, browsing online, using applications or just playing videos and games. The Tilt supports Bluetooth 2.0, allowing as many as six Bluetooth devices to be connected simultaneously to the device; Bluetooth Stereo also is supported.

In addition, the AT&T Tilt features the latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator that provides GPS-enabled turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving or walking directions, colorful 3-D moving maps and traffic delay alerts with one-click rerouting. The new GPS version also includes address sharing that allows users to share their current locations or the location of their favorite businesses with other mobile users. Business users have access to TeleNav Track, a mobile workforce-management solution that includes GPS-enabled tracking, time sheets, wireless forms, navigation, job dispatching and bar-code scanning.

Regarding the mobile enterprise need for speed, with 3G broadband speed connectivity across the globe and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA capabilities, the Tilt can operate in Japan and South Korea along with the more than 135 countries in which AT&T offers UMTS, EDGE or GPRS international data roaming. For voice, AT&T says road warriors can make or receive phone calls in more than 190 countries
In the States, the Tilt can connect to AT&T's BroadbandConnect network in more than 170 major metropolitan areas, and coverage outside of 3G service areas is available via AT&T's EDGE network where available. Wi-Fi connections are supported by the 802.11b and g frequencies, and enterprise users can use the Tilt to link to corporate wireless LANs or home Wi-Fi networks.
The new phone is pretty affordable at $299.99 after rebate; customers are held to a two-year contract. Unlimited monthly data plans for corporate e-mail are $44.99 with a voice contract. Data plans for personal e-mail, begin at $29.99 a month for 20 MB; that price reflects a $5/month discount for voice and requires that an eligible wireless voice plan be activated and maintained on the same device (limited to one discounted price per eligible voice plan, the carrier says). AT&T also offers an international data plan for the Tilt -- 20 MB in nearly 30 countries -- for an additional $24.99 a month. TeleNav GPS Navigator is available for additional monthly charges of $5.99 for 10 trips and $9.99 for unlimited trips. TeleNav Track service plans range from $12.99 to $21.99 for each device.
In a related product announcement across the border, Rogers Wireless in Canada says it is increasing its presence Windows Mobile market with the introduction of the Palm Treo 750 smartphone and the MOTO Q 9h. The carrier also announced a free online Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the HTC S621. In support, Rogers launched an ad campaign earlier this week raise enterprise awareness about how Windows Mobile-based applications help mobile professionals stay productive while away from the office.
"The Canadian converged mobile device market has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years registering 56 percent year-over-year growth in 2006. This has been fuelled largely by Canadian organizations' need to improve employee effectiveness by helping them access company information," says Eddie Chan, research analyst/Mobile/Personal Computing & Technology at IDC Canada. "The availability of high-speed connectivity, combined with the familiarity of the Windows-based platform in a mobile environment, such as Windows Mobile 6, can help organizations and their employees realize the benefits of a mobile solution."

(The features have been sourced ffrom telecom news break story)

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