Compaq confirmed that it plans to launch a family of Microsoft Windows CE based GSM smartphones next year to succeed its Aero handheld device, which was launched at Cebit this year.
Mike Winkler, vice president of Compaq's PC products division, said: "These devices will be both multi function, including voice, phone and organising capabilities, and some will be application specific."
He continued that the appliances would also include Internet browsing, email and voice phone capabilities and were likely to be adopted by European users first. "Growth will be driven in Europe as GSM is industry standard. In the US, there is a whole range of communication specifications," he added.
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