New Windows Mobile handset from Willcom features both PHS and HSUPA



PHS is a short range wireless technology popular in Japan, where it provides low cost phone and data access.  Being short range however coverage is spotty, and largely non-existent if you move into rural areas.

WILLCOM has just announced the first device boasting both PHS and WCDMA (HSUPA 7.2 MB/sec), the HYBRID W-ZERO (WS027SH ).  The device runs Windows Mobile 6.5 is a slider with an innovative UI called “x-Crawl” which relies on the jog dial to navigate the interface.

The device is otherwise also pretty capable, with a 3.5 inch VGA screen, WIFI, Bluetooth, GPS and 5 megapixel camera.

It is set to reach Japanese store shelves in January 2010.

See more shots of the device at Akihabaranews here.