Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Zune phone to preempt the iPhone, use WiMAX?

updated 09:15 am EST, Fri February 9, 2007

Zune Phone Preemption

The heavily-rumored Zune phone is likely to show up far earlier than expected, a source speaking to CrunchGear said on Friday. Citing the same contact that first presented news of the Zune phone to the site, editor Matt Hickey claimed that Microsoft was not only in development of the hybrid device for a release in 2007, but that it should reach stores by May -- a month before Apple's official June launch of the iPhone. An official announcement could be made before mid-March.

Such an early release would be possible based on the device's existing development history, the tip said. Although news of the device has only just surfaced, the device has allegedly been in development for some time and was converted into a Zune device as a direct response to the iPhone announcement in January.

The technology news site further claimed that the use of wide-area WiMAX broadband, as hinted at by a recent FCC filing, was likely given the increasing deployment of the technology by Sprint and other carriers. By allowing owners to connect to the Internet within miles of an access point, Zune phone users could both place calls as well as share music between each other on a national basis, instead of resoring to short-range transfers through Wi-Fi.

Notably, however, the OFDM technology in the Microsoft application is not limited to WiMAX and may include variants of 802.11a or 802.11g instead.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News