Rogers launches HTC Shift

Rogers Wireless has struck a deal with HTC Corp. to bring a new mobile PC to Canadian users.

The Rogers Communications Inc. subsidiary said the HTC Shift X9501 features Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system and gives its users access to push email and SMS capabilities.

“The HTC Shift brings together great design, intuitive software and amazing connectivity, all running on Canada’s fastest mobile network to deliver a compelling solution for our customers that are on the go,” Mansell Nelson, vice-president of business product management at the Toronto-based telecom giant, said in a release.

HTC said the Shift uses SnapVUE technology, which allows for instant access to emails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the computer. The mobile PC operates on the Rogers Wireless network as well as tri-band HSPA, and supports Bluetooth 2.0 technology.

Rogers will also deliver a software update to customers within three months, which will enable GPS connectivity and navigation capabilities through TeleNav. The device can be found at Rogers Wireless retail locations for about $1,600, based on a three year term.