Telstra adds Microsoft to its i-Mates

Telstra has announced a joint initiative with Microsoft to provide a range of new wireless products and services for businesses based on the software giant’s Mobile 2003 software platform.

The telco will release a range of i-Mate mobile devices in December, that will operate on solutions from the Windows Mobile 2003 platform. They include Microsoft Smartphone 2003 and Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003.

The i-Mate GPRS devices, produced by UK smart phone manufacturer, Carrier Devices, include a digital camera and colour screen.

From next month, Telstra will also offer a hosted Exchange 2003 email, calendar and scheduling service aimed at the small to medium business sector. The service will be accessible via the desktop or a wireless connection.

As part of its managed services solutions, Telstra will also create wireless extensions to some Microsoft applications including Outlook, Great Plains, and the vendor’s soon to-be-released CRM.

"Using Microsoft Exchange as an anchor application, Telstra is working with Microsoft's Independent Software Vendor [ISV] community and developers to leverage the development of applications that light up these devices across Australia," Microsoft Australia managing director, Steve Vamos, said.

Pricing for the packages include single monthly flat rates of $110 (Microsoft Smartphone 2003) and $120 (Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003) based on a 24-month plan. It includes the device and unlimited data usage.