Orange SA added two new Windows Mobile 5.0 products to its line of devices geared toward business users, the company said Thursday.
The SPV C600 smart phone and the SPV M3000 PDA (personal digital assistant) both operate on Orange’s EDGE (Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution) networks, which deliver up to 247K bps of throughput. The Windows Mobile 5.0 software on both devices allows users to synch email with Microsoft Outlook. The SPV M3000 also includes Wi-Fi, a camera and a camcorder.
In September, Orange launched the SPV M5000, its first Windows Mobile 5.0 device and the first in its Signature line of devices aimed at business users. Orange said the SPV M5000 could be used by some customers as a laptop replacement. The devices launched today are supposed to fit the needs of smartphone and PDA users.
Unlike the SPV M5000, the devices announced today don’t operate on Orange’s 3G network but instead use EDGE, a slower data network technology. In the short term, that may allow Orange to sell the devices to a wider audience. “EDGE tends to be deployed in areas where 3G is not deployed,” said Rachel Lashford, an analyst with research company Canalys Ltd.
The SPV C600, which will sell for around