The latest Orange Signature phone is the SPV C500. It weighs just 100 grams and, with its compact 108mm x 46mm x 16mm frame, is currently the smallest Smartphone available, but still allows for a 65k colour screen. The phone is due to be launched by Orange in seven European countries - the UK, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, and Slovakia - starting in the summer. Pricing details will be available upon launch.
Showcasing the SPV C500 for the first time at the World Handset Forum in Amsterdam, Holland, Martin Keogh, Vice President of Global Product Management for Orange, said: “The SPV C500 is a marvel of miniaturisation. It’s a third smaller than the last version of the SPV and targets a specific, as yet untapped, segment of the Smartphone market – the professional consumer who wants to keep their world in their pocket, not their briefcase.
“Our customers told us that they loved the functionality of previous SPV phones – the familiarity of their desktop PC, simple Internet access, Outlook on the move – but they wanted a smaller form factor. So we’ve worked with our partners to maintain that experience, but shrink the components inside. However, despite its smaller form-factor, we haven’t compromised on performance. In fact, we’ve enhanced the performance of previous SPVs, offering a new homescreen, video content and messaging reminders.”
As with all Orange Signature phones, the SPV C500 gives customers a unique Orange experience on their phone, providing them with a range of exclusive applications and services. The SPV C500 comes with a new home screen (offering instant access to key services), Orange Backup (which allows customers to store their personal and business data on the Orange network and restore those details when required), Packet Video player (offering Packet Video’s innovative progressive download service for smoother access to video content) and Orange Update, which allows customers to trial and download new applications such as ringtones, tube maps and games. Orange Help is also included as an electronic user guide stored directly on the device. Each SPV C500 will also come with an Orange “Try” card – a mini memory card that can be slotted into the phone allowing customers to access content such as a real-time currency converter, interactive city maps and office applications. The Try card allows customers to sample new applications for free and then purchase them directly through Orange. It also has active links to both voice and data services, designed to stimulate usage. The phone offer Bluetooth connectivity.