Advanced Info Services and TA Orange are locked into a battle to be the first carrier to offer the Smartphone 2002 platform in Thailand. Both carriers will be launching their Smartphone 2002 devices today, March 31, 2003 (+7 GMT).
AIS will be offering their version of the Microsoft-powered smartphone on the Thai market dubbed the “Smart”. While TA Orange will be marketing the SPV.
AIS's launch of the Smart was originally scheduled for Thursday, but TA Orange's announcement that it would launch its SPV (sound, picture, video) smartphone model on the market tomorrow, in a bid to be the first provider of the phones in the country has prompted AIS to move the launch date to today.
This then prompted TA Orange to move their launch date of its SPV to today.
The introductory price of TA Orange's SPV is about Bt17,900, which includes an attachable digital camera and other peripherals.
Smart comes in at the same price but without the digital camera.
Another difference is that the SPV can only be used on TA Orange's network, while the Smart can be hooked up to any mobile-phone network.
This makes Thailand as the second Asian country to have the Smartphone 2002.
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