I have been expecting a profusion of these NextBerry-ish things, so my main reaction to the following news is, “What took you so long”? Nevertheless, there will be plenty more of these very soon — and not just aimed at the youth market, like IXI’s product.
IXI’s Ogo devices deliver instant messaging, email, news via RSS
feeds, SMS, mobile voice and web browsing. They include a screen,
QWERTY keyboard (QWERTZ in Germany) and clamshell design. The devices
are based on Texas Instruments’ OMAP application processor and
manufactured for IXI in Taiwan.
“A BlackBerry costs between $200 and $400 plus a monthly charge
of $40 to $50 and is targeted at organizations. Ogo is almost free of
charge, while the monthly charge is around $15,” said Amit Heller,
president and chief executive officer of IXI.