The Dash, made by High Tech Computer and known as the Excalibur Communicator overseas, is a compact Windows Mobile-based QWERTY keyboard smart phone. The phone runs the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system and is similar to Research In Motion's , Samsung's upcoming and .
The Dash, however, comes equipped with Wi-Fi, a feature that sets it apart from many of its smart phone competitors. This feature will allow Dash users to connect to any ofaround the country.
Other features offered on the phone include an embedded instant-messaging client that supports all four major IM services: AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and ICQ. It also has a built-in digital music player that can synchronize with the music collection on a PC, a 1.3-megapixel camera for capturing still images and video, MicroSD expandable memory for storing personal multimedia, and speakerphone and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free use.
Other than the Wi-Fi connectivity, the phone is limited in terms of accessing high-speed wireless networks since it doesn't support 3G wireless technology. This isn't a problem out of the gate, since T-Mobile doesn't have a 3G network. But the mobile operator said last week it, with some cities getting 3G service starting in 2007.
The Dash will also be one of the first T-Mobile phones to use the operator's new MyFaves service, which allows customers to place unlimited calls to their five favorite people in the U.S. The user interface also has a menu that allows users to easily text and instant message each contact.
The retail price for the Dash is $349. T-Mobile is offering it for $199 with a two-year contract and $249 for a one-year contract.