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LAUNCH: 3 UK to launch the Qtek 9000 aka HTC Universal to address the SOHO and SME market
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 29.06.06 - 11:51:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 10814x
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The HTC Universal is in the market now for roughly 9 months and the first Windows Mobile UMTS device still gets fans. Now 3 UK jumps the Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition bandwagon and is going to launch the HTC Universal from Qtek as Qtek 9000. This is the first time that the UK's largest 3G network, with over 88% population coverage for its high-speed 3G services, has launched packages aimed at the SOHO and SME market and it also includes new services and tariffs for SOHO and SME customers to access E-Mail on the move. This is the first time that the UK's largest 3G network, with over 88% population coverage for its high-speed 3G services, has launched packages aimed at the small business market.

Marc Allera, Sales Director for 3 UK, said: "Just over three years since we launched in the consumer market, we're launching our first packages designed for small businesses. 3 has set the standard for new services and value for consumers and we will do the same for the small business market. 3 is leading the convergence between communications and information service, this means we can offer business customers the most advanced devices in the market. Today marks our first step into the business market."

Mobile Office Mail is 3's first push-mail service and allows customers to have their E-Mails delivered to their 3G handsets exactly as they would on their PCs, which means they won't have to set up an 'out of office' again. The new service supports Exchange E-Mail and no system integration is required.

Exploiting the high performance and outstanding coverage of the 3 network, Mobile Office Mail gives users the freedom to send and receive E-Mail instantly from their handset, complete with alerts when new E-Mail arrives. The service also allows users to synchronize their contacts and calendar between PC and phone. Another package, Mobile Mail is available to customers who require access to 'POP 3' e mail from an ISP and can have their mail delivered in 'near real time' to their handset.

However, for the service, 3 isn't using Microsoft's MSFP for Exchange 2003 SEVEN Networks' award-winning Always-On Mail mobile E-Mail platform, which delivers highly secure real-time access to E-Mails, attachments, contact and calendar information. Every E-Mail is automatically 'pushed' to the handset, and all actions are simultaneously mirrored on the host E-Mail account.

The small business price packages come with data inclusive bundles, giving SOHO and SME customers the option to integrate Mobile Mail with an internet E-Mail account or office-based Exchange or Lotus E-Mail. The new plans offer exceptional value.
The Mobile Mail option includes 10MB of data per month for £2.50 and is expected to meet the needs of most small business users. The enhanced version, Mobile Office Mail, enabling retrieval of Exchange and Lotus E-Mail, includes 15MB of data per month for £5.00 and is suited to larger businesses.

Graeme Oxby, Marketing Director for 3 UK, said: "This is excellent news for business users and shows that one device from 3 can provide mobile office functionality on top of the value of our voice and text offer. E-Mail is critical for many businesses and 3's advanced network can deliver the service to mobile devices, offering unbeatable performance and exceptional value."

Lars Aase, Marketing Director for SEVEN, commenting on the selection of the SEVEN Networks' award-winning Always-On Mail mobile E-Mail platform said: "3 is a great addition to our blue-chip operator portfolio and we're delighted to be working together to deliver mobile office solutions to UK businesses. Our operator customers are leaders in bringing innovative value-added services to market and 3 is the first to offer push E-Mail technology on the Nokia E61 in the UK."

Well, better late than never but come on 3, the launch of the HTC Hermes aka HTC TyTN is so close, why to launch a first generation Windows Mobile UMTS device then?

Cheers ~ Arne

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