Microsoft Smart Phone, Sierra Voq, on Sale in Europe

Nifty fold-out keyboardSierra Wireless’ Voq phone, a handset built around Microsoft’s Smartphone Platform, has just gone on sale in Holland, through Dutch carrier KPN.

The 5 ounce phone contains a 200MHz XScale processor and has 48mb of Flash memory alongside 32mb of SDRAM – expansion is through the usual SD card slot. The display is 2.2 inch, 64,000 colour LCD. A flipout QWERTY keyboard differentiates the phone from most other handsets, emphasising that it’s a business phone for emails. Or for youths that like to send a lot of text messages.

The phone is not yet available in the US – though is expected to be on sale within the next two weeks, priced at about US$500 (€404).


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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?

One thought on “Microsoft Smart Phone, Sierra Voq, on Sale in Europe”

  1. i have the 2004 voq smart phone but i kind of facing a problem.
    will you help me? the phone only got the charger and the phone
    itself and in the country am living in there is no wireless
    connection so i can’t see the difference between this phone and
    just a phone!
    Is there anyway that i can add some $ and chane the phone or is
    there any thing that you can help me out?
    please write me back!!
    looking forward your reply!!

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