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GPS,UMTS/HSDPA it has it all

Cingular today announced the availability of its 8525 PDA phone. The Cingular 8525 is based on the previously released HTC Hermes and is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0. Unlike the previous Cingular 8125 the new 8525 features support for UMTS/HSDPA wireless data protocol for improved speeds.

Cingular currently offers UMTS/HSDPA service to in 134 markets near major metropolitan cities with download speeds of around 400-700Kbps and upload speeds of up to 384Kbps. 8525 Users that aren’t in a region with UMTS/HSDPA can take advantage of Cingular’s previous EDGE network.

New to the Cingular 8525 is the integration of TeleNav GPS Navigator. TeleNav GPS Navigator offers users location-based GPS navigation with turn by turn voice and on-screen directions. This makes the 8525 an ideal companion for those that travel a lot and tread into unfamiliar territory. Users that wish to take advantage of TeleNav GPS Navigator will have to purchase a separate Bluetooth GPS reciever and subscribe to TeleNav GPS Navigator service though.

Other notable features of the Cingular 8525 include a 2 mega-pixel camera, wireless 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 technologies and a micro-SD expansion slot. The Cingular 8525 will be available beginning November 16th, 2006 for $399.99.

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PDA Phones in General
By BioHazardous on 11/6/2006 12:03:36 PM , Rating: 2
Wasting time while on a con call again.

Where are some images of this new phone? Yes I know I could google it, guess I'm looking for more of a review of the phone from some where other than Cingular itself, and with some images of it.

I have a part time job as well at a retail electronics store in MN, and I know we have some special promotion with Verizon right now for new customers to get a Motorola Q for free. Yes this phone is set for $399. I'm kind of impressed that we are able to give away the Q to new Verizon customers, and I haven't seen Cingular do anything like that before with anything this high end. I am actually a Cingular customer too.

I also saw recently some stuff on HP's new PDA phone, that has GPS built into it. I don't know anything about TeleNav GPS which the article says this new Cingular phone has it built in. Anybody get a chance to use the GPS built into any of these newer phones? Just want to know how they stack up against standalone GPS devices from companies like Garmin.

RE: PDA Phones in General
By hrishi2das on 11/6/2006 1:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
RE: PDA Phones in General
By mpc7488 on 11/6/2006 2:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
I always use phonescoop for cellphone information, review and to read customer feedback.

The 8525:

Text is misleading
By hrishi2das on 11/6/2006 12:29:02 PM , Rating: 2
The Phone does not have a Built in GPS like the HP 6920/25 from Cingular. It just has the GPS navigation software and requires an external Bluetooth GPS device to function. The software also needs a subscription.

* Requires separately purchased Bluetooth GPS receiver and subscription to TeleNav GPS Navigator service

Seeing this news I thought that this was the answer to my prayers, seeing that it seemed to have 3G and GPS, But due to the lack of the GPS I might be getting the HP 6925.

RE: Text is misleading
By goku on 11/6/2006 1:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
Lame, stupid phones with their microSD crap, why couldn't they stick with miniSD? Hell I'm sure they could've put full sized SD cards in these phones but instead they've decided to be lazy and not figure out a design that would allow for larger cards like this. MicroSD sucks because the capacities are limited and while they're suppose to get larger, had they gone with the larger standards in the first place, I would have more space.

micro sd is 1GB, miniSD is 2GB and SD is 4gb/8GB....

RE: Text is misleading
By Anh Huynh on 11/6/2006 2:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
2GB microSD cards are available.

This will be great when it drops down to $200 :-)
By kenyee on 11/6/2006 2:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
Two negatives:
- microSD as someone mentioned (I usually have about 1.5GB of data for MP3s and nav maps)
- the headphone port is 2.5mm (the standard size is 3.5mm). Not sure why they did that, but you have to buy an adapter dongle...

By Penth on 11/6/2006 3:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
I agree on the microSD, but I had the 8125 for a few weeks and it comes with headphones. I imagine this one does as well... I guess that's not a perfect solution if you want to upgrade your buds but at least they include some.

By retrospooty on 11/6/2006 5:58:36 PM , Rating: 2
"- the headphone port is 2.5mm (the standard size is 3.5mm). Not sure why they did that"

Because its a phone, and phones use 2.5mm jacks. It can be used as an MP3 player, like any Windows or Palm OS phone can, but you need the adaptor... Most come with it, I know Treo's do.

Identical to iMate JasJam
By Azsen on 11/6/2006 8:21:26 PM , Rating: 2
It's practically identical to the iMate JasJam:

Looks like they just rebranded it?

RE: Identical to iMate JasJam
By thebeastie on 11/8/2006 2:12:02 AM , Rating: 2
Yes I just got one of these in Australia,
The biggest carrier in Australia Telstra is selling them with plans, they sell these for $1,200.
At the sight of seeing them for $400 US I feel a bit pissed.
Thats still only 600$ Aus maximum.

This is my phone its exactly the same only thing is it says "JasJam" instead of HTC
Actually it appears they are not trying very hard to hide the fact its rebranded
They have the title here
"HTC TyTN / 8525 / JasJam / Hermes Up Close"

Maybe the reason to rebrand it is not to let other carriers know how little they can sell these for.

I hope the date sticks
By bisoy on 11/6/2006 8:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'm so excited about this phone. Was going to order the HTC Tytn online when my contract ends next week.

Good thing they are finally releasing this one, I just hope this really is the real release date.

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