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Helio Ocean Becoming a Better Smartphone Competitor

Although the Helio Ocean offers many of the features of a smartphone, most people would not classify it as one. Still, Helio continues to add features to this device to make it a better option.

The most recent of these is Helio File Viewer, which allows users to view, save, and share documents and images while on the go. These can either come in as email attachments or be saved directly to the device in USB Mass Storage Mode.

Helio Ocean

This application can display the contents of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, Plain Text, and HTML documents. It also serves as an image viewer (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WMF, EMF).

File Viewer uses technology from Picsel to allow users to zoom, move, and page up or down quickly once in a document. Members can also view documents in landscape or portrait mode on the Ocean’s 2.4-inch QVGA screen.

Exchange Support

Along with new attachment viewing capabilities, Helio is also announcing Mail for Microsoft Exchange 1.2, an upgraded version of its application that allows Ocean users wirelessly synchronize email, calendar, and contacts from their companies’ Microsoft Exchange Server.

The latest version includes improvements with alerts, calendar functionality, and synchronization performance.

More About the Helio Ocean

The Ocean is a feature phone with an emphasis on messaging. It has both a landscape-oriented sliding keyboard and a sliding numberpad.

In addition to its web browser, email, and instant messaging capabilities, it has a built-in GPS receiver.

This device can play audio either transferred to it from a PC or downloaded from the Helio Music service. It can also play streaming video from YouTube.

Its base price is $415, but drops down to $250 with a new service plan.

More information on the Helio Ocean can be found at


November 23, 2007 Posted by | Helio Ocean, Mobile Market, Mobile news, Smartphone competition, Smartphone news | , | 1 Comment

Alltel to Carry the BlackBerry Pearl

Alltel Wireless has announced the availability of the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 from Research in Motion.

“The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 will be a great addition to our smartphone lineup, allowing our customers to stay connected, productive and entertained while on the go,” Brian Ullem, director of device strategy for Alltel Wireless, said in a statement. “This new BlackBerry Pearl 8130 blends multimedia functionality with the BlackBerry e-mail platform to create a smartphone that exceeds expectations.”

Alltel Wireless will be offering the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 for $150 after a $100 mail-in-rebate at Alltel retail stores nationwide and online at This price is only available with a 2-year service agreement.

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Alltel Wireless, blackberry, BlackBerry News, BlackBerry Pearl 8130 | , , | Leave a comment