After a recent rumor circulated that i-mate was looking to thin down its Windows Mobile-based offerings, much of the tech world thought that the company was down for the count. Not yet, but they might be close to it, though. I-mate has just announced a total of 12 new Windows Mobile handset across 3 product ranges. Yeah, 12. The new product lines are as follows: The JAMA line will take care of the entry level, low-budget handset crowd. The JAMA phones will be small and relatively light. 2 JAMA models will drop sometime in the next 6 months. The Urban line will take care of the mid-range market. Few details, but expect to see 4 new phones dropping around the $550 price mark. I-mate Ultimate phones will be, you know, expensive. This high-end line will get an influx of 6 new handsets, though the phones will be differentiated only by their screen, keyboard, and form factor. The inner workings of all 6 will be more or less identical. Expect these monsters to drop somewhere in the range of $950. Seeing as i-mate and HTC have parted ways, the phones will be sourced from a variety of different manufacturers, though there’s no word on exactly who might be putting these things together. Expect 3 new handsets to drop soon at the upcoming Gitex exhibition, with a staggered roll out of everything else to follow soon. There ya have it. Now, let’s just hope they don’t all come out looking like the i-mate JAQ!


Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.