3 Launches x-Series HSDPA With Multimedia Services
Posted on 16-Nov-2006 21:33
Filed under: News
Hutchison Whampoa Limited has announced the global launch of the X-Series from 3. The X-Series from 3 is the company's branding for its HSDPA services. It will extend several of the core applications and uses of the broadband internet to the mobile handset, with a new pricing model.
Customers will be able to make unlimited calls from their mobile using Skype, watch their home television via their mobile using Sling, access their home PC remotely using Orb and have access to messaging services from Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger and Google.
Hutchison says the X-Series from 3 will be priced like fixed line broadband. It will offer use of mobile internet services free at the time of use, for a flat fee on top of their basic subscription. The access fees will include unlimited use of Skype, unlimited chat by instant text message and unlimited browsing.
The company will initially apply an additional access fee for customers who also take higher-bandwidth services like Sling and Orb.
The Sling service requires the purchases of a Slingbox, a device that is connected to the user's TV and redirects the TV contents to the mobile device. Slingbox will also let X-Series customers control their home personal video recorder (PVR) to watch shows they have recorded, pause and rewind live TV, or even queue a recording when away from home using their mobile.
Using Orb means people can access the digital content that they have stored on their PC at home, including music files, playlists, digital photos and videos, on their X-Series handset. Orb has specifically designed a user interface for X-Series handsets, which will ensure the X-Series customers taking Orb will receive the best user experience.
The services will also be subject to fair usage limits.
The X-Series from 3 will be available in the UK from the 1st December 2006 and in 3's other markets around the world in early 2007. Each 3 company will provide further details as they launch X-Series in their markets.
During the launch presentation the 3 Group announced global partnerships with major internet brands Sling Media, Orb and Google. These partnerships build on global agreements announced earlier this year with Skype, Microsoft and Yahoo!
The initial launch of the X-Series from 3 is based on two handsets that will support this full range of services: the Nokia N73 (pictured) and the Sony Ericsson W950i.