AT&T and Psion Teklogix said they will jointly market the first ruggedised wireless handheld for 3G networks in North America.
The Workabout Pro, made by Psion, will work over AT&T's 3G BroadbandConnect network, which is designed to provide average downlink speeds of 400K to 700K bit/sec. and uplink speeds of 384K bit/sec. in 165 metropolitan areas.
AT&T said that mobile field service workers will be able to use higher bandwidth applications in a rugged environment.
The basic Workabout Pro starts at $1435 (£717), AT&T's PDA Enterprise service plan costs $45 per month (£22) for unlimited data, plus a voice contract, or $50 (£25) without an AT&T voice contract.
The Workabout Pro works in the 3G BroadbandConnect coverage area (UMTS/HSDPA), as well as AT&T's EDGE network when outside the BroadbandConnect network, AT&T said. It also has 802.11b/g connectivity. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 or Windows CE .Net 4.2.
With three configurations, the lightest model weighs 13.5 ounces and measures 7.5 by 2.9 by 1.2 inches.
The lightest model has a numeric keyboard with colour display, while the larger two models have alphanumeric keyboards, one with a colour display and the other with a monochrome display. With its rugged label, Psion said
the device can withstand rain and dirty conditions and is built to resist being dropped onto concrete 26 times from four feet.
Separately, Qwest Communications International said it is offering the Motorola Inc. Moto Q smart phone to support Web browsing, e-mail access and camera functions. A 2.4-in. colour display is provided.
Qwest Wireless services run over the Sprint nationwide PCS network. Qwest said it will offer a discount on the Moto Q with a one or two year contract, but pricing was not disclosed.