A week after the show… we looked back to see if there was anything more really worth reporting. The answer? Not much, but that’s not that atypical. Read more to see what was at the show.
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CTIA Wireless IT really is not as much a newsmaking show, as it is a showcase of where the industry has been. Microsoft didn’t show Windows Mobile 7, HTC didn’t have a booth, and Verizon didn’t even talk about open access for consumers.
Probably the most exciting part of the show, is giving us a first-hand look at the devices headed into the holiday buying season. And, without further ado, here they are:
Sprint had their full holiday lineup on display. The HTC Touch Pro and Diamond are in the Windows Mobile area below, and live shots of the BlackBerry Curve 8350i are in a previous article.
Kyocera’s phone section was buried in a back corner. But, we did find some new models… and WiMAX gear as well.
PCD introduced itself at the show. Shortly after being spun off from UTStarcom, as UTStarcom divested its wireless phone assets, the company had few new products on display. The Virgin Mobile Shuttle (pictured in the Virgin Mobile section) was the only new handset. And, unfortunately, we also learned that the SMT5700 was cancelled on AT&T. The EDGE-only, still Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone, is now headed to South America for release.
Verizon had little to put on display. In fact, the entire booth was dedicated to Open Development; Verizon’s do-it-yourself MVNO solution. Not peep was made about users submitting their own devices for approval.
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RIM showed off their just-announced BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 for T-Mobile. Nextel’s Curve 8350i was covered in a previous article. Also shown, the BlackBerry Curve 9000, set to launch shortly on AT&T.
Virgin Mobile showed off its new Shuttle from PCD, meant to bridge the gap between low-end Virgin Mobile and high-end Helio phones. The phone will launch as a Virgin Mobile device, with Buddy Beacon pre-installed.