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Sierra Wireless threatens the norms of Cell Phones

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BusinessWeek Online has a dispatch from the floor of ITU Telecom World (where High-Volume Exchange got a plug in Bill Gates' keynote) which includes this, which I thought was interesting:

But with a bit of help from Intel and Microsoft, Sierra Wireless is taking a big leap into handsets aimed at businesspeople.

Its new Voq phone, which will ship in the first quarter of next year in the U.S. and Europe for an expected price of $250 to $350, will be the first to use a new 200-megahertz version of Intel's powerful, energy-efficient Xscale microprocessor and the 2003 version of Microsoft's Windows Mobile software. As such, it represents the latest bid by the twin titans of PC technology to stake out a place in the booming mobile-phone arena. Creating mobile phones from building blocks such as Intel processors and Microsoft software is a direct challenge to the mobile industry's traditional model -- and threatens to introduce PC-like commoditization to the business' high-end "smartphone" segment.

I absolutely love my Pocket PC Phone Edition phone, and look forward to seeing the price for phones like this come down in part due to developments like this.