MPX220 to Launch in Brazil in September

Geekzone – Motorola MPx220 Windows Mobile Smartphone from TIM in Brazil

Once again, some other country besides the U.S. gets to play with the cool toys first. This time, though, instead of someone in Europe, it’s Brazil that will have what looks to be the first public availability of the Motorola MPX220:

TIM (Telecom Italia), Motorola and Microsoft came together to announce the Motorola MPx220, running Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Smartphone. The new Smartphone will be available to TIM users in around 1,700 Brazilian cities where the GSM/GPRS is available. With this announcement, TIM claims to be the first mobile operator to make the new mobile phone available to the public.

The MPx220 is expected to available from September 2004, through TIM retail stores and corporate business customers. Expected price is R$2600 (US$890).

Check out that price – ouch! I lived in Brazil for a couple of years in the late nineties, and the Real to Dollar exchange rate was roughly one to one back then. Looks like things have changed.

The good news is that if the MPX220 is going to launch next month in Brazil, it can’t be far off in other places. You know, like the gadget-forsaken U.S…

Go here for the original Microsoft press release in Portuguese.