T-Mobile is adding the first Windows Mobile device to its stable of UMA-capable handsets. The updated T-Mobile Shadow gains the ability to work with the carrier’s Hotspot @Home service. This allows for seamless phone calls over WiFi, instead of solely on the cellular network. Aside from two new colors (white mint and black burgundy), there are a few other minor tweaks over last year’s model:
- The OS moves up to Windows Mobile 6.1 from 6.0
- Battery capacity increases from 920mAh to 1100mAh
- More rounded corners on the device
- Aforementioned UMA support
- Processor is boosted to a TI 260MHz CPU from the old TI at 201MHz
WMExperts took a look-see at this new model while at CES. The processor jump proved for more fluid screen animations and the UMA is a welcome addition. If you’re in agreement, $149.99 plus a two-year commitment gets you your own revised Shadow. At least that’s what the PR folks tell me; there’s no price in the release that follows. Hitting up the T-Mobile site shows a net price of $199.99. Tell ‘em we sent you and see if they give you a $50 discount, ‘k?
Share Life’s Fun Moments With the Launch of the New T-Mobile Shadow
Latest “All-in-One” Device Features Support for T-Mobile Unlimited HotSpot Calling, a More Powerful Processor and a Curvier Design
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Jan. 28, 2009 — Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc., announced the availability of the new T-Mobile® Shadow™. Featuring a more rounded and compact design with two new color options, support for T-Mobile Unlimited HotSpot Calling, and increased processing power, the new Shadow is the perfect device for sharing life’s special moments.
Available exclusively from T-Mobile, the Shadow is designed to significantly reduce the complexity often associated with many feature-rich devices, while maintaining the powerful calling, messaging and picture-sharing capabilities people crave to keep them connected. The Shadow is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 and is the first Windows-based phone to provide support for T-Mobile’s Unlimited HotSpot Calling service,* which provides great mobile coverage at home and unlimited nationwide calling from Wi-Fi networks, including T-Mobile HotSpot locations across the country.
With a navigation wheel, a slide-out 20-key QWERTY keypad with predictive text, and a large, vibrant screen, the Shadow was built to make popular calling, messaging and picture-sharing features quick and easy to use. The radiant display lets you view and share photos taken with the 2.0 megapixel camera, surf the Web and watch movies on the crisp QVGA display. The Wi-Fi Web browser allows you to feed your discussions in real time, while the enhanced multimedia capabilities provide an entertaining, top-screen way to share your favorite music.
“The T-Mobile Shadow provides customers with a variety of ways to easily stay connected — whether it’s calling their loved ones with one of T-Mobile’s unlimited calling services, e-mailing friends or sharing family photos,” said Travis Warren, director of device marketing, T-Mobile USA. “We’re excited to bring a new, very attractive and stylish design and two new colors to the T-Mobile Shadow lineup.”
The T-Mobile Shadow, designed and manufactured by HTC, comes ready with a more powerful processor for faster access to the information you need. The new Shadow also features a larger battery for more talk time, an improved photo album to easily view and share photos, and enhanced messaging capabilities, such as threaded short message service (SMS) and copy/paste functionality.
The T-Mobile Shadow is available in two fashionable colors, white mint and black burgundy, at select T-Mobile retail stores, partner stores and online at http://www.t-mobile.com.
* Unlimited nationwide Wi-Fi calling requires Unlimited HotSpot Calling mobile plan, broadband Internet connection and wireless router. Regular plan minutes are used when call does not originate on Wi-Fi network. For more information on T-Mobile Unlimited HotSpot Calling, visit http://www.t-mobileathome.com. Use of some device features may require a specific plan and incur separate, additional charges. Video recording requires a microSD/SDHC storage card. See T-Mobile.com for rate plan information, charges for features and services, and other details.