Freitag, März 17, 2006

CeBIT 2006: Hermes castrated, Vodafone not to blame

Autor: Marc Kersten - Datum: 17.03.2006
Kategorien: Handy / UMTS / HSDPA / Windows CE / HTC / Vodafone

There is good and really really bad news about HTCs first UMTS/HSDPA Pocket PC Phone code named "Hermes". Lets start with what may cheer you up: With Vodafone Germany, a second carrier has now officially announced to, well, carry this Windows Mobile video phone. Creatively branded as "VPA Compact III" Vodafone expects it "to be available in June or July", according to Joachim Schröer, a senior product manager in the German branch.

Now over to the "Really Sad News" department: In a devastating revelation that left us shaken to the bones, we've just got the inside scoop, that the Hermes has been brutally castrated. HSDPA will remain a wet fantasy for you Hermes lovers! Says Schröer: "According to the manufacturer, the device will be 'HSDPA ready', meaning that the hardware is already prepared for HSDPA, but the ability to use it will be accomplished only sometime later through a software update." When that will happen? Nobody knows. Since this is "specific to the manufacturer", one has to assume, that T-Mobiles MDA Vario II will have to cope with the same problem, either coming out later than announced or initially being stripped of its HSDPA functionality.

Trying to put a positive spin on this deeply disturbing news, I would assume, that an upgrade to higher HSDPA data rates of 3.6 (and maybe eben 7.2 Mbit/s) could be accomplished by software modifications as well. Now, I am still allowed to dream, right?

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