While AT&T and Verizon have some notable world phones, this week Sprint proved it could be just as intrepid. The carrier is rolling out the new Intrepid smartphone from Samsung, a Windows 6.5-powered device that will run on the 3G network (EV-Do Rev. A) domestically, and offer international roaming while traveling the world.
This down to business handset features a 2.5-inch touchscreen interface with 320×240 resolution, full QWERTY keyboard and a built-in 3.2megapixel digital camera/camcorder. The Intrepid will be available this coming Sunday, October 11, for $149.99 (excluding taxes, and after $50 instant savings, plus $100 mail-in rebate) with a new line or eligible upgrade and with a two-year service plan.
Key features of this Intrepid phone include:
- Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with Microsoft ActiveSync
- Windows Office Mobile to edit Word and Excel files, and viewing of PowerPoint
- Stereo Bluetooth
- microSD slot (up to 32GB)
- Access to social networking including Facebook, Flickr and Twitter
- Pre-installed SIM
British Travelers Can Now Get Mobile Travel Text
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the U.K. is now providing British travelers who are heading to international destinations with e-mail and mobile SMS text services. Travel technology firm Mobile Trails is working with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to offer this option to British travelers who can sign up to receiver information before they travel and in emergencies while traveling. The FCO is providing the funding for the service and there will no cost to either ABTA members or the actual customers.
The ABTA Travel Buddy e-mail essentially combines “Know Before You Go” information along with facts on the destinations in a variety of formatted e-mails, which can be sent directly to a mobile device. This includes tailor made information, including customs, do & don’ts and other checklist type information that might help you as you travel. This includes information on inoculations, travel insurance and other factoids to help for pleasant and safe travel. Should a crisis or emergency take place, the FCO can also use this service to help locate British nationals and provide them with guidance and advice.
Mobile Travel App of the Week:
Arabic Language Buddy – Here is a handy app I wish I had for my recent travels to Egypt. This is a helpful translation program that is now available from Sakhr Software for the iPhone and second generation iPod Touch. More then 221 million people are now speaking Arabic, which puts it as the fifth most spoken language in the world by the way. And this speech-enable app could help users get more proficient with the language, which like Chinese can take years to learn.
This speed-enabled app does the usual English to Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) translations for live conversations, and users can speak or type any English sentence, view a translation and even hear it played out loud. The app also stores recent translations, and translations can be viewed in English or traditional Arabic. The Arabic Language Buddy is available now for an initial $9.99 download for the first 30 days, and subscriptions are priced at $49.99 per month for academic users, or $149.99 per month for other users. There are discounts for semester and 1-year sign up. This app is available now at the Apple App Store.
Furthermore, there are also a bi-direction English to Arabic Mobile Speech-to-Speech Translator option for enterprise users, which can be purchased from Sakhr Software (http://www.sakhrusa.com).