- for the Tibetan village see Sendo, Tibet
was a British
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-based manufacturer and supplier of mobile phone
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s founded in 1999. The company went into administration in June 2005 and its technology was bought by Motorola
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The company specialised in low-cost handsets aimed primarily at the pay-as-you-go markets and also high-end Symbian smartphones.
Sendo was created in 1999 by mobile phone experts from Philips
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and Motorola. In February 2001, Microsoft
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announced a partnership, in which Microsoft bought $12m of Sendo shares and a seat on the board. Sendo was to be Microsoft's "go to market partner" for the Stinger smartphone platform that would become Smartphone 2002
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Microsoft was to deliver code for the StingerOS by June. Sendo manage to ship an SDK, but by December not enough code had been delivered and, without any products to sell, Sendo couldn't raise any money from sales or venture capitalists. Microsoft also declined a further cash injection. Sendo dropped Microsoft and opted to go with Symbian but eventually went bankrupt.
Under the deal with Microsoft, "Microsoft would obtain an irrevocable, royalty free license to use Sendo's Z100 intellectual property, including rights to make, use, or copy the Sendo Smartphone to create other Smartphones and to, most importantly for Microsoft, sublicense those rights to third parties." A product based on the Sendo Z100 was soon after (2002–3) released by Orange as the Orange SPV 100, manufactured by HTC as the HTC Canary
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, the first MS Windows Mobile smartphone.
Sendo sued Microsoft in December 2002, alleging it stole proprietary technology and trade secrets and used those to launch itself into the mobile phone market.
Microsoft denied the allegations and in February 2003 filed a counter suit alleging breach of contract. A trial was scheduled for early 2005 but an out of court settlement was reached in September 2004, in which there was a "monetary component" and Microsoft giving up its stake of Sendo.
- Sendo Z100
Sendo Z100 is a Tri-band phone by Sendo, designed in 2002 and never launched as Sendo sued Microsoft.-Technical specifications:*Using Texas Instruments OMAP710 CPU*Microsoft StingerOS*GENERAL 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900...
- Sendo P600
- Sendo S600
- Sendo K1
- Sendo M550
The M550 was a phone produced by the now defunct Sendo. It is a compact color mobile phone which features a smaller monochrome screen on the front. It features WAP support with color pictures and three games: Splat 2, TenPin and KombatKlub...
- Sendo M570
- Sendo S1
- Sendo S300
- Sendo S360
- Sendo S330
- Sendo S251
- Sendo SV663
- Sendo X
- Sendo X2
The Sendo X2 was the second Series 60 mobile phone developed by Sendo. When announced, it was the smallest and lightest Series 60 mobile in the marketplace...