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.
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…