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HP multimedia phone rolled out in Korea

Hewlett Packard Korea and Korea Telecom announced yesterday the release of a new personal digital assistant phone with wireless local area network features. The two companies held a press conference to present the new “HP iPAQ rw6100 series,” which will hit store shelves here in September. The new multi-function phone ― which is a Windows-based PC, camera, MP3 player and phone all rolled into one ― is being released first in Korea, and if it is successful it will be distributed in other countries. “This is the world’s first terminal embedded with both wireless LAN and CDMA communication features,” said HP Korea’s chief executive officer Choi Joon-keun. “Korean users are used to multimedia and wireless Internet environments, which was the main reason Korea was selected as the test site.” The phone simultaneously supports the Nespot wireless LAN services of KT and regular cellular phone data services of KTF. This enables users to have access to high-speed wireless data at low prices in designated Nespot zones. Outside Nespot zones, KTF’s wireless data network enables Web surfing, TV watching or video chatting ―although connection costs are a little more expensive. Unlike former PDA phone models, it looks like a cellular phone handset. The phone was made by the local LG Telecom, which has been producing HP PDA phones. Vice President Rick Roesler, in charge of HP’s handset business in the United States, said the company expects market demand for data communication and multimedia-reinforced terminals to increase steadily. “We plan to continue introducing communication terminals that maximize our unique strengths by partnering with global communication network companies like KT,” he said. by Wohn Dong-hee

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