Vodafone is extendeding its lineup of business mobile phones with the elegant Qtek 8500, a slim foldable (clamshell) design mobile phone based on the Windows mobile 5.0 OS.
The company says it recommendeds this new model for the highly mobile user of business-related functionalities, such as e-mail on the go.
Because it is based on Windows mobile 5.0, frequently needed office applications are available for the user. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint files can be downloaded from e-mail attachments or transferred from a PC to the phone's memory.
The Qtek 8500 also supports the Direct Push service based on the combination of Windows Mobile 5.0 MSFP (Messaging and Security Feature Pack) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2. This features provides instant e-mail synchronisation through the cellular network, including calendar, contacts and tasks. If the user's e-mail service is not based on Microsoft Exchange, it is possible to synchronise the information with Microsoft Outlook on a home of office PC.
The phone comes with Internet Explorer mobile, Windows Media Player 10 and carries a built-in 1.3 megapixel digital camera.
Weigthing 99 grams and only 16 millimeters thick, the phone sports Qtek 8500 sports an internal LCD with 240 x 320 pixels, plus an external LCD to present instant information.
Users can connect the new smartphone to a PC via USB connection or Bluetooth wireless.
With 64 MB flash memory for storage and 64 MB RAM for program execution, the phone also accepts microSD memory cards for external storage.
The Qtek 8500 is as quadband device, working on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands. It works on GPRS networks, but lacks access to 3G (UMTS) faster speeds.