earlier this year during the 3GSM World Congress, Orange Business Services today
launched the first Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0-powered smartphone on the UK
market. Available exclusively from Orange until the beginning of May, the
compact SPV E650 (aka HTC Vox -
see the::unwired's hands-on here) combines powerful functionality with sleek
design and the ability to connect with Wi-Fi, EDGE and GPRS networks, making
mobile messaging easier than ever before.
Designed for business users, the SPV E650 offers all the advantages of a PDA,
alongside quad-band functionality for ultimate connectivity. Users can update
spreadsheets or documents on the move, using the mobile versions of Microsoft
Excel and Word. Windows Mobile 6.0 means that documents appear on the device
screen just as they would on a PC, avoiding formatting headaches.
The Orange SPV E650 also conceals a unique slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it
easier than ever before to respond to emails on the move. A generous screen,
which switches automatically between portrait and landscape modes, provides
optimum conditions for viewing and amending documents.
"We're naturally excited to be the first operator to launch a Windows
Mobile 6.0 smartphone onto the UK market," comments Nick Horton, Head of
Business Devices, Orange Business Services UK. "By offering this powerful
new operating system in a device that combines a compact, attractive design
with full QWERTY functionality, we believe the SPV E650 represents the best
option yet for today's mobile professional," he added.
Windows Mobile 6.0 offers full compatibility with Microsoft Exchange Server,
ensuring seamless synchronization between users' email accounts and mobile
devices. Even hyperlinks are supported, enabling web pages to be accessed
directly from emails whilst on the move.
Security features are another important feature of the SPV E650, allowing data
to be erased remotely in the event of device loss or theft, via Microsoft
The SPV E650 is now available to UK business customers for GBP 165/around 242
Euro (excluding VAT) or from free depending on contract. The device is also
available to consumer customers from free to GBP 161/around 236 Euro, depending
Further availability in other Orange countries is expected soon.
Cheers ~ Arne