updated 02:10 am EDT, Thu October 4, 2007
AT&T Tilt smart phone
AT&T on Thursday said that its recently announced AT&T Tilt, its Windows Mobile-based smart phone, will be available in the United States beginning Friday, Oct. 5 starting at $299.99, $50 less than previous estimates (and perhaps due to reduced iPhone price). As the first Windows Mobile 6 smart device from AT&T, it features a slide-out QWERTY keypad design, a 3-megapixel auto-focus camera, 3G data speeds from AT&T's UMTS/HSDPA-based BroadbandConnect network, and Blackberry Connect Software. Designed by HTC, the Tilt features a 2.8-inch color screen that slides back to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard as well as tilts up for reading and creating e-mail, browsing online, using applications or just playing videos and games. According to the company, the AT&T Tilt supports Bluetooth 2.0, which allows for up to six Bluetooth devices to be wirelessly connected simultaneously to the device and also supports Bluetooth Stereo.
The company notes that the device is capable of supporting up to 32GB MicroSD cards to expand storage for pictures, video, music and more and offers global 3G network support, including Japan and Korea.
In addition, the Tilt is preloaded with free (and premium) games and applications including Ms. PAC-MAN, Brain Challenge, Bubble Breaker, Midnight Pool, Solitaire (MS), Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, MobiTV, and MyCast. Users will also have access to XM Radio Mobile ($8.99/month) and to AT&T's CV streaming video service, which offers a large selection of video clips from television shows, sports, news and weather, entertainment and premium content, including hit HBO programs and exclusive mobile content from World Wrestling Entertainment.
"The AT&T Tilt is the most comprehensive wireless device on the market today," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Business Voice/Data & Mobility Products, AT&T. "In addition to its innovative design, there is no device on the market that packs the number of features that are available on the Tilt."
Advanced GPS, push email, Blackberry support
Running on the Windows Mobile 6 platform, the AT&T Tilt features the latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator which provides GPS-enabled turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving or walking directions, colorful 3D moving maps and traffic delay alerts with one-click rerouting.
It includes new GPS features, such as address sharing--allowing users to share their current locations or the location of their favorite businesses with other mobile users. It also includes reviews and ratings for nearby restaurants and allows customers to rate them directly from their AT&T mobile phone. Business users also can use TeleNav Track, a mobile workforce management solution that includes GPS-enabled tracking, timesheets, wireless forms, navigation, job dispatching and bar code scanning.
As with all Windows Mobile 6 devices, it includes Microsoft's Direct Push Technology for up-to-date email delivery and automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars, tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. Windows Mobile 6 also offers device security and management features that include the ability to remotely wipe all data from a device should it be lost or stolen
In addition to Microsoft Direct Push and AT&T own Xpress Mail service for POP/IMAP accounts, the AT&T Tilt will be the first Windows Mobile device in North America to include BlackBerry Connect v4.0 software. The software solution provides BlackBerry email service, security and device management, AND wireless synchronization of email, calendar, contacts, task list and memo pad information. BlackBerry Connect v4.0 supports push email for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and personal email through the BlackBerry Internet Service.
Xpress Mail can be setup to receive personal e-mail from most major POP3/IMAP personal email services at pre-set intervals and can perform two-way wireless synchronization of their calendars, access contact lists and view attachments.
The AT&T Tilt will be available for a promotional price as low as $299.99 (with a two-year contract and rebate). Unlimited monthly data plans that include corporate email are $44.99 with a voice contract, while personal data plans, which include personal email, begin at $29.99 a month for 20 MB of data. AT&T also offers an international data plan for the AT&T 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.