No, the Orange SPV M3100 (aka HTC Hermes) isn't new to you anymore, it appeared some time back on Orange UK's website already but now Orange officially announced it for the UK as well as for other Orange countries like Switzerland, France, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
However, Orange isn't marketing the device to the consumer market but to its business customers since it is Orange Business Services who has expanded its Signature devices for business range with the SPV M3100 which is definitely combining powerful functionality and sleek design with the ability to connect with 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi and HSDPA networks (where available). Available across a number of Orange's European markets soon, the SPV M3100 ensures the best-possible mobile experience for users who frequently need to access business applications and edit their work documents from outside the office.
Powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition, the SPV M3100 supports Orange's push E-Mail solution, Orange Mail, as well as Direct Push functionality available with the Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP), which provides users with immediate access to Outlook information on the move. Users can also access everyday business applications like Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and calendar functions, making the SPVM3100 the ultimate solution for business travelers.
"The latest addition to our groundbreaking Signature range demonstrates
the powerful tools available to today's mobile professionals," commented
Philippe Bernard, Executive Vice President, Orange Business Solutions. "For
'heavy data' users who need access to their work documents and applications
on the move, the SPV M3100 offers a genuinely viable laptop alternative -
combining all the functionality customers normally enjoy in the office with
the ability to connect with the fastest-possible data connection, whatever
the location," he added.
The SPV M3100 offers connectivity with multiple wireless bearer networks,
including 3G, Wi-Fi, EDGE and HSDPA (where available), ensuring the fastest
possible performance for business travelers. It is the first SPV device to offer
quad-band GSM connectivity, ensuring connectivity in most parts of the world.
The SPV M3100's sophisticated design, including full sliding qwerty keyboard,
allows users to create and edit presentations and documents on the move; share
files via Bluetooth, USB and infrared connections; and insert images and sounds.
Orange latest Signature device also connects wirelessly to the internet via
public WiFi hotspots. Generous 128 MB internal memory provides ample storage for
important documents, calendar and contact entries. This flexible functionality
is packed into a compact, lightweight device, ensuring maximum mobility.
"The SPV M3100 provides the latest evidence of the strong relationship
Microsoft enjoys with Orange and is another great example of the innovation
possible on the Windows Mobile software platform," said Marianne RÃƒÂ¶ling,
Regional Director, Mobile & Embedded Devices Division, Microsoft EMEA.
"Based on Windows Mobile 5.0, the SPV M3100 is the World's first HSDPA
enabled 3G Pocket PC, which will deliver high speed internet and Direct Push
E-Mail. Now, mobile users will have broadband-like speeds on their mobile
As part of Orange's Signature devices for business range, the SPV M3100 has
been selected against strict criteria to ensure ease of use and a sophisticated
mobile experience. Key benefits of the Signature range include a customized home
screen, providing one-click access to business applications, dedicated customer
support and subsidized pricing.
The SPV M3100 will be launched in a phased
rollout across most of Orange's European footprint:
- Switzerland and the UK - August 2006
- France and Romania - September 2006
- Slovakia and Spain - Q4 2006
Prices will vary from country to country and depends on the tariff.
Cheers ~ Arne