Today, AT&T (formerly known as SBC and Cingular) will debut its Tilt™ cellphone, which it claims to be the most feature-packed smart device available in the US. It's the first AT&T-enabled Windows Mobile 6 smart device and features an innovative slide-out QWERTY keypad design, a 3-megapixel camera, 3G data speeds from AT&T's UMTS/HSDPA-based BroadbandConnect network and complete global connectivity.
Designed by Taiwan's HTC, the Tilt features a 2.8-inch color screen that slides back to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, then tilts up to position the screen perfectly for reading and creating e-mail, browsing online, using applications or playing videos and games. 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.
Tilt features the latest version of TeleNav GPS NavigatorTM 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. New features debuting with AT&T on the Tilt include address sharing, which allows users to share their current locations or the location of their favorite businesses with other mobile users. The new version 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.
With 3G broadband speed connectivity across the globe and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA capabilities that allow the Tilt to operate in Japan and Korea, customers have access to the more than 135 countries in which AT&T offers UMTS, EDGE or GPRS international data roaming. Customers also can use AT&T's industry-leading international wireless roaming coverage to make or receive a phone call in more than 190 countries
Tilt provides access to AT&T's Broadband Connect network in more than 170 major metropolitan areas across the US, and coverage outside of 3G service areas is available via AT&T's EDGE network. AT&T's EDGE network is available in more than 13,000 cities and towns, and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Users can also connect for an additional charge to Wi-Fi hotspots including any of the more than 10,000 AT&T-owned or branded hotspot locations in the US and tens of thousands more abroad. They also can use the Tilt to link to corporate wireless local area networks or home Wi-Fi networks.
Users will also find the highest-resolution camera available on any AT&T mobile phone today, with 3-megapixel resolution and auto-focus. The device also accommodates 4GB MicroSD flash memory cards and is capable of supporting up to 32GB MicroSD cards to expand storage for pictures, video, music and more.
Windows Mobile 6 provides Tilt users with the familiar look and feel of their desktop computers at home or in the office. Windows Mobile 6 delivers the ability to view e-mails in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web and Microsoft Office SharePoint sites, which means text and images are displayed as they would be on a Windows PC with pictures, fonts and colors.
All Windows Mobile 6 devices include 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 a set of important device security and management features that include the capability to remotely wipe all data from a device should it be lost or stolen, helping ensure that confidential information remains that way.
Tilt will be the first Windows Mobile device in North America to include BlackBerry® Connect™ v4.0 software, which provides BlackBerry® email service, security and device management for IT administrators and the benefit for users of 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.
Customers can also use Tilt to access their personal email through AT&T's Xpress Mail service. AT&T customers can set up their Xpress Mail account and begin getting personal e-mail from most major POP3/IMAP personal email services pushed to their Tilt at pre-set intervals. They also can perform two-way wireless synchronization of their calendars, access contact lists and view attachments.
Tilt is made for fun and games as well. The device 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.
The Tilt provides access to AT&T Mobile Music, that delivers "your music, your way" by providing simple access to a collection of music content including XM Radio Mobile, which comes pre-loaded on the device and is available for $8.99 per month. Tilt will also feature AT&T's CV streaming video service. Customers can watch a large selection of video clips of 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 will be available for a promotional price as low as $299.99 beginning Oct. 5 at AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at www.wireless.att.com, at select national retailers and through AT&T's business-to-business sales organizations.
Unlimited monthly data plans that include corporate email are $44.99 with a voice contract. 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 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.
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Thisis a preview, not a review.