T-Mobile Germany’s First Smartphone – the SDA

PPCW.Net – RELEASE: T-Mobile Germany revealed the T-Mobile SDA Smartphone 2003

T-Mobile Germany has announced their first Windows Mobile Smartphone device – the “SDA”, based on the HTC “Feeler”:

While other carrier’s have simply renamed HTC’s designs, and released them relatively unchanged, T-Mobile has gone a little farther, and actually had some hardware customization done. Notice there are two extra buttons. The four buttons under the screen are, from left to right: Soft Menu Button 1, Home, Back, and Soft Menu Button 2. Below them, we see that the funky d-pad from the Typhoon has been eschewed in favor of a traditional joystick. Surrounding the joystick are the Call and End buttons on the bottom, and the two new hardware buttons on top: T-Zones and Messaging. Presumably, these are shortcuts to open Internet Explorer and the Inbox – the two most use applications on my MPX200.

Another interesting tidbit Arne dug up is the price of the SDA:

99 Euros with a 24 month contract, and 249 Euros with no contract. That’s surprisingly inexpensive, but definitely a welcome price point that will make this powerhouse accessible to lots of people.

The rest of the features are similar to the HTC Typhoon-based phones: Bluetooth, speedy CPU, camera, mini-SD slot, etc. No word on whether or not this will be available in the U.S., but it’s encouraging that T-Mobile has finally announced their first Smartphone. One can only hope that they release it here in the U.S. – I’m sure it would be a smash hit, and I’d be one of the first in line to buy one (maybe two – I would gladly replace my wife’s SE T610 with one of these).

T-Mobile USA, are you listening?