Taiwan companies team up on Microsoft smartphones

Taiwanese companies E-ten Information Systems and Arima Communications have signed a technology agreement to develop 3G and 3.5G smartphones around the Windows Mobile OS, combining their technical expertise to deliver at least four new Windows Mobile-based smartphones to global markets by the end of this year. The two companies plan to use their combined expertise to develop high end 3G smartphones that allow uploads and downloads using High-Speed Downlink Packet Access or Wi-Fi technology, as well as GPS for maps, and Bluetooth technology for device to device links. Taiwan companies have been helpful partners for Microsoft in the handset arena. High Tech Compute, the world's largest maker of mobile phones using the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS, is also a Taiwanese company.

News source: InfoWorld

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This is why you have to love Micrsoft!

Why didn't they do this 1 or 2 years ago? 3G has been around for a couple of years now. Now that the Iphone has been released and is getting a head of steam..now they want to start their process. This head start gives apple a chance to work out the kinks and production issues before the holiday season shopping frenzy.

Do you actually know what you are talking about?

There have been several Windows Mobile 3G Phones, developed by a number of manufacturers including Samsung, HTC and Motorola.

This is an agreement between 2 OEMs to technology share to get handsets to market quicker. It has nothing to do with Microsoft other than they both license Windows Mobile as the operating system on their handsets.