Orange targets businesses with new Windows devices

Orange introduced two new Windows Mobile 5.0 to its line-up of devices aimed at business users.

Orange 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.

The SPV C600, which will sell for around Euro 250 (US$301), is designed and priced for a business to deploy it across an entire workforce, according to Orange. While operators have increasingly been designing programs to support IT departments that want to distribute wireless devices to mobile workers, most devices used by business people are still purchased individually. "It's something we've seen for a long time with handhelds and it's the same with smart phones," said Lashford. "They're still predominantly bought by individuals."

That can cause headaches for IT managers because the devices can create security risks when connected to corporate networks. "There are a number of issues that companies themselves need to address about how these devices are purchased," Lashford said. Many companies need to implement policies about who has the authority to buy devices as well as policies around security and integration with back-end corporate servers, she said.

The SPV M3000 will sell for about Euro 350 and be available from the first week of November in France, Poland, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Romania, Orange said. Also due the first week in November, the SPV C600 will be available in France, the U.K., the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, Belgium, Slovakia and Poland.

Sales of full-featured wireless devices continue to increase. Worldwide, shipments of smart mobile devices, which encompasses smart phones and wireless-enabled PDAs, were up 75 percent in the third quarter compared to the previous year, according to research from Canalys.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?