Orange has expanded its Signature devices for business range with the SPV M3100 PDA with 3G, GPRS, EDGE, WiFi and most interestingly, HSDPA connectivity for the first time. But there’s one drawback – Orange is unlikely to have an HSDPA network for sometime yet.
HSDPA (or 3G broadband) is the next major leap in mobile connectivity – offering data transfer well in excess of current 3G speeds – over three times faster than current 3G and over 40 times faster than GPRS. Both Vodafone and T-Mobile have a network in place – Orange is still testing theirs, with a launch date currently estimated as an undetermined date in 2007. Still, I guess you’re future-proof if you pick one of these devices up – and you’ve plenty of other connectivity options in the meantime.
The M3100 with QVGA 320×240 pixel touch screen is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0, which means access to all the Microsoft business software (Outlook, Word, Excel), along with push email. It also features a full sliding qwerty keyboard, Bluetooth, USB and infrared connectivity, 128MB internal memory and entertainment options including Windows Media Player, a 2.3MP camera and video recorder. Talk time is up to 4 hours or 3 hours for 3G. Standby time is up to 6 days.
The SPV M3100 is available now to UK business customers for £315 (ex VAT) or from free, depending on your contract.