The UK's first mainland third generation mobile network is officially opening for business, enabling callers to see each other and send video footage via their phones.
3G has been much-hyped, promising to take mobile phones to a new level with video and data.
But there have been massive delays in rolling out the networks and customers will not be able to get their hands on the phones until later this month, raising concerns over technical glitches and a shortage of handsets.
The date, 3 March 2003, is appropriate for the much-anticipated Hutchison 3 network, which is the new kid on the block for mobile services in the UK.
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Hutchison has been taking pre-orders for handsets for several weeks. From today, high street retailers such as Dixons and Carphone Warehouse will also begin to take orders for the 3 phones.
The technology comes at a price. 3G handsets cost around Â£400, though customers are being offered a 50% discount if they order before the end of March.
Hutchison has been advertising possible uses of its mobiles, including video conferencing and clips from football matches, for several months on TV.
It anticipates the service will go live in mid-March.
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