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Get down to business and stay close to all your most important contacts and documents while on the go with the HTC FUZE Smartphone for AT&T, which combines a slide-out QWERTY keyboard paired with HTC's intuitive, graphic-rich TouchFLO 3D touchscreen user interface. The Fuze's TouchFLO 3D user interface responds perfectly to your finger gestures when scrolling through contacts, browsing the web, and launching media--all vividly displayed as photos and artwork on the 2.8-inch screen powered by the 3D graphics processor. And with the power of the updated Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, you'll stay easily connected to your business and personal data on the go with support for a wide variety of email accounts as well as the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents.

The HTC Fuze features a sharp 2.8-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth stereo music, and GPS navigation capabilities.
You'll be able to quickly download video, music and more over AT&T's lightning quick HSPDA 3G network. In addition to access to AT&T Mobile Music (compatible with Napster and eMusic subscriptions), this GPS-enabled phone is compatible with the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions as well as its Video Share service, which enables you to send video of yourself to another compatible phone while making a voice call. This phone also features Bluetooth connectivity for both communication headsets and stereo music streaming, Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g), 3.2-megapixel camera, multi-format digital audio player, MicroSd memory expansion up to 32 GB, and up to 7.4 hours of talk time.

AT&T Service
This AT&T phone can handle high-speed data connectivity via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband data network, which is available in most major metropolitan areas. The AT&T 3G network uses the dual-band UMTS 850/1900 MHz network, and this phone is also compatible with 2100 MHz 3G networks (found in international territories). The AT&T 3G network provides download speeds ranging from 700 Kbps to 1.7 Mbps, and upload speeds ranging from 500 Kbps to 1.2 Mbps. This makes it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services, and it gives you the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services. (For use outside the United States, an AT&T international data plan is recommended.)

In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it's fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go. You'll also enjoy quad-band GSM connectivity, which allows you to make calls in more than 190 countries and access data applications in the more than 135 countries where AT&T offers international data roaming.

With 3G connectivity, you'll be able to access AT&T's Video Share service, which enables you to send a live, one-way video stream to another compatible phone during a standard voice call. The service also allows you to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. (Customers must be in an area served by the company's 3G network and have a Video Share-enabled phone.) A majority of users in the architecture, engineering and construction industries rated the ability to share live video through Video Share highly, according to research commissioned by AT&T. Video Share lets you see progress on a job site or review the day's work without having to drive from an office or other site to do so.

You can take advantage of the AT&T Navigator GPS software and service, a full-featured premium navigation application that includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Additionally, AT&T Navigator is the only mobile phone-based GPS service that provides integrated speech recognition for address entry and points of interest search.

With the TouchFLO 3D interface, album artwork, calendar items and snapshots are brought to life for you to interact, play and launch at your fingertips.
With 3G connectivity, you'll be able to access AT&T's Cellular Video (CV) service and the Internet while on the go. Cellular Video features content from CNN, The Weather Channel, iFilm, Comedy Central and exclusive premium content from HBO and much more. And you get access to AT&T Mobile Music, which enables you to buy tracks while on the, access the Napster and eMusic subscription music services, stream music video, discover what's playing with Music ID song-recognition software, and find out what's hot with The Buzz music news portal. (A MEdia Max subscription bundle is recommended for accessing AT&T's Internet, video, and music services.)

Instantly contact any other AT&T user with this phone's Push-to-Talk (PTT) functionality, which works across the entire network to make sure you have a clear signal so you can get things done. Easy-to-read icons let you know when members of your contact list are available, not available, or have their status set to "Do Not Disturb." You can also set your own status to let others know that you're busy. When a quick PTT call needs to be a longer discussion convert the call easily to a regular voice call--works for one-to-one calls as well as group calls. Save time on group calling by pulling up your contacts and simply "marking" those you wish to include on a call--no need to set up and save groups before calling, unless you want to.

The phone has a built-in web browser for MEdia Net downloads and mobile web browsing. AT&T's MEdia Net service enables you to receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more.

Phone Features
With the TouchFLO 3D interface, HTC has taken a great leap forward in touchscreen innovation. It's designed for one-hand operation using simple, gesture-based navigation, allowing you to simply touch, hold and slide along the screen tabs. A quick slide on the home screen quickly activates the most used features such as e-mail, text messaging, music player and camera. This instinctive interface extends to the powerful Web browser, where a useful "zoom in, zoom out" feature makes it especially easy to access the Web via the included Opera browser, which provides for desktop-like Web page renderings and user interactions. An integrated accelerometer senses when you change the position of the phone from portrait to landscape viewing, and it auto-rotates the screen's orientation.

The HTC Fuze features a sharp, 262K-color 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen (480 x 640 pixels) for touch-sensitive navigation control, complete with three-dimensional animated transitions. For email, messaging and other data input, the HTC Fuze also comes equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out from the smartphone's side.

It comes equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard, which was designed specifically for AT&T and slides out from the smartphone's side.
Business users can choose from several popular platforms to access your corporate e-mail. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional platform offers seamless integration with Microsoft Outlook information including email, contacts, calendar and to-do lists. Additionally, Good Mobile Messaging and BlackBerry Connect compatibility will be offered late in 2008, while personal email can easily be taken mobile using AT&T's popular Xpress Mail service. You can access and edit email attachments using mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.

In addition, the HTC Fuze supports scores of industry-specific applications as well as Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM), an enterprise-grade mobile device management solution that also provides security, mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) and software distribution for Windows Mobile devices enabled for Windows Mobile 6.1.

This phone provides Bluetooth version 2.0 wireless connectivity with EDR (enhanced data rate), and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and audio/video remote control. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You'll also be able to access open Wi-Fi networks in offices and hotspots via the integrated 802.11b/g wireless connectivity.

Other features include:

* 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus on the back of the phone, additional VGA camera on the front of the phone for video conferencing
* Video capture up to CIF resolution (352 x 288 pixels)
* Windows Media Player compatible with MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV file formats
* 512 MB of ROM, 288 MB of RAM
* Support for polyphonic ringtones as well as real-music ringers
* Speaker-Independent Voice Dialing: Say the name of any entry in your phone book and the number is dialed automatically without using the keypad. This feature is speaker-independent, so there is no need to train the phone to respond to any one person's voice. Receive an audible status report of your phone/s coverage, signal strength, and battery strength.
* MicroSD memory card expansion (up to 32 GB capacities)
* USB 2.0 connectivity with mass storage capabilities
* Bluetooth version 2.0+EDR with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), BPP (basic printing profile for text, email), DUN (dial-up networking), FTP (file transfer), HID (support for mice or joysticks), OPP (object push for business cards, calendar items, and pictures), PAN (personal area networking), PBA (transfer contacts)

Vital Statistics
The HTC Fuze weighs 5.82 ounces and measures 4.02 x 2.01 x 0.71 inches. Its 1340 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.4 hours of talk time, and up to 460 hours (19.3 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies.

Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1
Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 offers a number of handy features that make searching through email, editing Microsoft Office documents, and staying on top of your most important communications even easier. Emails can now be viewed in their original rich HTML format and now offer the ability to visit embedded links. It also includes Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which provides a full set of Windows Live services, such as the Windows Live Messenger IM application, which now enables you to chat with more than one person at one time or send a file.

With Windows Mobile 6.1, your phone will finally be able to emulate the power and features of your PC's Microsoft Office suite. You'll be able to neatly view, navigate and edit Word documents and Excel spreadsheets in their original formatting--without affecting tables, images or text--as well as view PowerPoint presentations.

* Microsoft Office Word Mobile features include spell-check, Find and Replace commands, bulleted lists, text formatting, and support for tables for the first time.
* With Excel Mobile, you're not just confined to editing charts: with the new Chart Wizard you can create charts quickly and easily.
* PowerPoint Mobile allows you to view the full presentation, rehearse timings, check the order and any live links you may have in your presentation. You can then email comments back to the team or communicate via MSN Messenger for an immediate response.
* After creating or editing a Word document or Excel spreadsheet, you can synchronize it with your PC and it will automatically be converted to the PC version.

All Windows Mobile 6.1 powered devices include Direct Push Technology for up-to-date e-mail delivery and automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars, tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. It also offers a set of important device security and management features that include the capability to remotely wipe all data from a device should it be lost or stolen, helping ensure that confidential information remains that way.

Amazing tool and toy!!
I bought a Fuze a few weeks, upgrading from a Treo 680. I must say that they are totally different animals. The Treo was an effective, rather basic tool for work and communication. The Fuze is a highly sophisticated pocket computer that has an incredible range of uses from business to play. Here are more specific thoughts:

1. Choices: I looked at the Treo Pro, Samsung Epix, and the Blackberry Bold. The Fuze sold me on all of the issues I will discuss below.

2. Form factor: I'm not one of those business guys you see in airports with their phones in their belt holsters (not a good look in my view). I always keep my phone in my pants or shirt pocket, so the Treo (and just about every other smartphone) is just too big for that. The smaller size is great for me. Admittedly, the Fuze is a bit heavy and thicker than most, but the smaller over-all size makes up for that.

3. Keyboard: I might have been tempted to get an iPhone, but I use my phone a great deal for emailing while traveling and I just couldn't get the hang of typing on a virtual keyboard. The Fuze's slide-out keyboard is expansive compared to the Treo's and other smartphones of that style. I love the top row of punctuation because I use punctuation much more than numbers and it's nice not to have to press the Fn key for such a necessity while writing.

4. Tweakability: In researching the Fuze I found some amazing web sites devoted to it, including and Though I love technology, I'm no technophile, so I was really stumped when I began to install apps and tweak the Fuze. But thanks to some great people in helpful forums at, I was able to install many great programs (e.g., FM radio, free GPS, more attractive theme, even convert the camera flash into a flashlight) and tweak its functioning and appearance so it can do so much more than just out of the box. I was also able to remove that annoying bloatware that AT&T puts on the phone.

5. Windows Mobile: Though Windows Mobile is often criticized, once I got the hang of it, and learned where everything was located (not at all intuitive), I'm able to move around the Fuze easily. I've also set up my menus and tabs so those apps I use most often are readily available. It is a bit slow periodically.

6. Syncing: The integration with my PC, primarily my Outlook calendar and contacts, is a breeze. I was concerned about transferring my Palm data to Outlook, but after researching different options, I found the easiest is to simply reinstall the Palm software and designate Outlook as the program I would be using.

7. Screen: It is incredibly sharp and detailed. I find the TouchFlo screen generally easy to use. Coming from a Palm, I usually use the stylus. I must admit that the screen often confuses swiping with opening, which can be annoying. But over all, I find it beats a scroll wheel.

8. Camera: No smartphone I found had a 3.2 camera that can take real, useable pics. Nice to have when I forget my camera.
9. Voice Command: Amazingly enough, the Voice Command actually works for calling and opening programs.

10. Annoyances: no 3.5 headphone jack, two different Programs pages, can't move around icons on the various screens. All very minor.

Over all: A powerful business tool and a great toy.
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