Vendors to Showcase New Wireless Devices in General Session Today

Its time! Get a sneak peek at the wireless products that will be rolling off the assembly lines in the next six months from top vendors.

In a fascinating preview moderated by John Horn, national director of T-Mobile USA (Booth 409), Channel Partners Conference & Expo attendees will be able to see and touch companies preproduction prototypes, and find out which devices are going to be the hot sellers.

Wireless definitely is headed toward the quadruple-play,says Horn, and devices that encompass all-in-one services, with higher speeds and expanded storage capabilities, will reflect that There are a lot of changes in the wireless space, Horn says. There is a lot of convergence of usage and features. Youre going to see more of the same functionality in every type of device where, historically, theres been basic phone and data devices. Now theyre all converging, at a much more rapid pace.

Examples of this convergence? Expectwireless devices to contain phone, e-mail,MP3 player, camera and video in one piece of equipment. Vendors slated to join the presentation include Danger Inc., maker of the Hiptop wireless device; Samsung Telecommunications of America, which manufactures a number of wireless phones for carriers; T-Mobile, providers of phones and PDAs complete with service plans; and Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry and the company that, at press time, faced a potential shutdown of operations and subscribers services because of alleged patent infringement violations.

Horn has given each presenter 10 minutes to discuss their companies new products; he then will allow time for the audience to ask questions. I want to promote the kind of discussion that I think would be helpful. Im not going to try to pit them against each other, but have each one concentrate on their strengths, Horn says.

The scheduled speakers are Sharon Ellis, senior manager of the California and Nevada regions for Samsung Telecommunications of America; Peter Gould, vice president, T-Mobile Business Unit; Thomas Madani, Director of Carrier Sales, Danger Inc.

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