The location and global positioning services provider Pharos Sciences has announced the Traveler 137 Windows Mobile smart device with a triband 3G radio, along with its novel Pay As You Go map access service.
The device is manufactured by Taiwanese ODM Inventec, and features Â quadband GSM and triband HSPA on the 1700, 1900, and 2100 bands which means that this device is the first non-T-Mobile developed device to support 3G on the 1700 Mhz band in the US, although it will only partially function on AT&T’s 3G network due to the rebanding process we previously reported on.
The rest of the featureset consists of a 3.5 inch WQVGA touchscreen display, front mounted VGA camera for video calls, Pharos Smart Navigator software for turn by turn directions with A-GPS support, Bluetooth 2.1 with stereo audio support, 3.0 megapixel camera with video recorder, FM radio with RDS support, 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi radio, and microSDHC expansion slot.
The Windows Mobile smart device also marks the debut of theÂ Smart Navigator Â Pay-As-You-Go GPS Navigation service which allows users to cache maps onto onboard memory for use in areas with sparse or no cellular coverage.
Â The service is tiered byÂ support for US maps and other maps which are available on a pay-as-you-go basis. Â Maps are available for Canada, Western Europe and Eastern Europe on a daily ($1.99/day), weekly ($4.99/week), monthly ($6.99/month) or yearly tier ($49.99/year), with future maps for China, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil among other countries.
The device will be available later this quarter for $599.99.