T-Mobile Launches First HSDPA Consumer Handset

First UK non-smartphone to be put into the fastlane.

Unless you have been using a Vario II (HTC’s rebranded TyTN) on T-Mobile’s network then you won’t have experienced the joy of surfing the web on a handset using HSDPA. That all just changed.
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From today the company has made the Samsung Z560 available on its network and it is the first consumer orientated mobile phone to work using HSDPA.


Now the Z560 isn’t a new handset on us, I first spied it waaaay back in February of this year when it made its public debut at the 3GSM 2006 awards and since then not a lot has changed.


Alongside its headlining HSDPA compatibility the Z560 serves up a large 2.3in 262k colour screen with familiar 320 x 240 resolution and what is fast becoming a defacto standard in upper/mid level phones: a two megapixel digital camera. It also plays back audio and video, has Bluetooth 2.0, stereo speakers, 30MB of onboard memory and a microSD expansion slot. All this fits inside a super light weight body which weighs just 98g.


Furthermore, the killer aspect to the Z560 is the fact it can be connected to a laptop and used as a modem which in one fell swoop eliminates the need to for a separate 3G data card and additional tariff. On top of this T-Mobile officially states “When being used as a modem, users are allowed to make full use of IM and VoIP services.”


Naturally the price of the Z560 depends entirely on the monthly contract chosen but prices range from £139.99 to free. My personal tip is once again the Flext 35 tariff (currently £30pm on promotion) where the handset costs just £9.99 and to combine that with the flat data rate web n walk package for an additional £7.50.


Looks like the mobile data revolution just kicked into overdrive…


Link:
Samsung Z560 On T-Mobile

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