Windows Phone Starter Edition confirmed, does not do HSDPA

wmstarterBSQUARE Corporation has announced it will offer the new Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition SKU, software designed to help OEMs reach new and emerging markets with their consumer mobile handsets.

Bsquare will offer two versions of the Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition SKU: Multilanguage versions with and without Microsoft ® Office Mobile.  The Windows Phone Starter Edition SKU supports 2G (GSM), 2.5G (CDMA2000 xRTT, EDGE, GPRS), CDMA (Rev A, EV-DO Revision A) and TD-SCDMA radios.

“Businesses are hungry for mobile solutions that can support the needs of both knowledge workers and field service professionals while also providing scalability to IT organizations,” said Brian Crowley, Bsquare’s president and CEO. “Windows Phone is an ideal platform for developing smarter, more compelling devices and the new Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition SKU makes it available to a broader set of device manufacturers globally.  By providing the technical support, training, software products and engineering services to a broader base of customers, we offer a complete solution and are helping expand the Windows Phone device ecosystem beyond the traditional smartphone.”

“Bsquare is now serving the broader mobility market by making Windows Phone licensing available to a wider audience,” said Nalin Rohatgi, mobility channel business development manager at Microsoft Corp. “OEMs can choose the Windows Phone operating system for vertical market devices to help customers extend their business systems to mobile devices.”