i-Mate 8502 and 9502 announced. Coming to Telstra soon

i Mate 8502 and 9502 announced. Coming to Telstra soon i-Mate has just announced an exclusive deal to roll out two new handsets in Australia. The handsets in question are the all-new i-Mate Ultimate 8502 and i-Mate Ultimate 9502 and will be appearing on the Telstra network very soon.

The i-Mate 8502 is a QWERTY messaging handset with triband 3G with HSDPA / HSUPA and quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE. It’s got WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 2 megapixel camera with fixed focus and a flash. There’s a microSD card slot for storage plus 256Mb ROM / 128Mb RAM and GPS and video output for projectors and displays.

Meanwhile, the i-Mate 9502, which looks a lot like the SideKick, gets the same triband 3G with HSDPA / HSUPA and quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE, this time though there’s a 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus and a flash, plus a front camera for video calls. The same WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, 256Mb ROM / 128Mb RAM and microSD slot is present, as is the integrated GPS and video out.

Both handsets will be available on Telstra from March – the Ultimate 8502 will cost AUD$999 with the Ultimate 9502 costing AUD$1099. Two new handsets from i-Mate, does this mark the start of a major come-back ? Press releases below!

Links – i-Mate Ultimate 8502 Specsi-Mate Ultimate 9502 Specs

i-mate™ and Telstra announce exclusive partnership to deliver two high-speed i-mate™ Ultimate mobile devices

Partnership to deliver superior mobile solution to Telstra customers, and further enhance i-mate™’s position as Australia’s leading provider of Windows Mobile® devices.

Barcelona, 12 February 2008

Building on a five-year partnership which has seen the successful launch of 10 world leading i-mate™ devices on the Telstra network, Telstra has teamed up with i-mate™ again to release the highly acclaimed Ultimate mobile devices.

Discussing what makes i-mate™ the smarter choice, CEO and Founder of i-mate™ Mr. Jim Morrison said: “We don’t believe that one size fits all. We offer a full range of superior Windows Mobile® powered devices. We then customise these devices to suit the unique requirements of individual customers. Add to that our range of innovative and free i-Q solutions, together with our extensive support and you have an exceptional total solution that’s hard to beat.”

Powered by Windows Mobile® software, both the Ultimate 8502 and Ultimate 9502 house a very similar advanced feature set including Direct Video Out so you can connect to a digital projector or TV to run presentations and video calls, Custom i-Q so you can define your personal settings quickly and easily, and Secure i-Q to remotely lock and wipe the Ultimate device if it’s ever lost or stolen. Fine tuned to run at optimal performance on the Telstra Next G™ network – Australia’s largest mobile broadband network with speeds unsurpassed by any other national mobile network in the world – the Ultimate devices from i-mate™ are the first mobile handsets on the Next G™ network to offer high speed data uploading via HSUPA as well as high speed data downloading via HSDPA. This feature is expected to be popular with customers needing to send emails, documents, and data fast. Each Ultimate device also offers access to the full range of Telstra information and services which are now free to browse from the Home tab of BigPond mobile services. Ms. Holly Kramer, Group Managing Director, Telstra Product Management said: “We’re excited to be the first mobile operator in the world to offer these new i-mate™ Ultimate devices. “These advanced devices from i-mate™ are rated at downlink speeds of up to 7.2Mbps and uplink speeds of 1.9Mbps, making them the fastest PDAs available on the Next G™ network.“The devices were chosen for their ability to showcase the power of Telstra’s Next G™ network, the world’s largest and most advanced national 3GSM wireless broadband network,” she said.

The i-mate™ Ultimate 8502 (RRP = AUD$999) and i-mate™ Ultimate 9502 (RRP = AUD$1099) will be available from Telstra and Telstra Licensed Shops in Australia from early March 08.