Friday, July 15, 2005

Sprint: PPC-6700 - A $649 Software Update? + EV-DO In August?

Argh!!  Well, hopefully someone will get one of these jewels and figure out if the ROM will load on a 6600… 

Sprint customer service representatives today have officially begun to inform consumers of an upcoming product, the PPC-6700. Readers will recall, that we speculated this exact name months ago (if Sprint took it from us or not is a question we are leaning towards assuming what the answer is internally) for the device.

The PPC-6700 is expected to be a $649 software update to the existing PPC-6600. Currently confirmed is that it will add EV-DO to the device, as well as Windows Media Player 10 (which we previously released in an unofficial update). It is not known if Windows Mobile 5.0 will be included or not. Microsoft has said in the past that no PDA/Phone device will be allowed to updated to WM5, so it is possible that Sprint is circumventing this by releasing a new product.

Sprint has declined to comment multiple times as to if the PPC-6600 will be updated to support EV-DO, and update, which, our own SPI Labs has confirmed they have had in their possession since before the device launched.

Sprint customer service was told that the device is expected to launch in August, which would mark the release of EV-DO handsets for Sprint and indicates the expected date of a consumer soft launch of EV-DO services.

[PCS Intel]

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