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Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade details

Microsoft releases information about which existing phones will be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5.

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By now, you've heard about the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 and some of the new features added to Microsoft's mobile operating system, such an improved Internet Explorer Mobile, My Phone backup service, and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. However, what if you want to get the benefits of 6.5 without having to get one of the new smartphones?

Well, to help current Windows Mobile phone owners, Microsoft has posted an update guide that outlines upgrade eligibility. Essentially, devices running Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6.0 are out, but Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphones, such as the Samsung Jack, the T-Mobile Dash 3G, and the HTC Touch Pro2, have the green light. That said, release schedules and availability will be up to the carriers.