New HP smartphones out on Vodafone high speed network

HP has announced an agreement with Vodafone in Europe that will provide customers access to Vodafone’s high speed network on two new smartphones launched now – the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger and the HP iPAQ Data Messenger.

The new HP iPAQ Voice Messenger and the HP iPAQ Data Messenger will be available through Vodafone’s business sales channels starting in the UK, with other European countries to be announced.

The HP iPAQ Voice Messenger and HP iPAQ Data Messenger are the latest additions to the HP smartphone portfolio. The HP iPAQ Voice Messenger is a sleek 3G smartphone with an integrated 20-key keypad that allows users to access powerful voice, email, internet browsing and GPS applications. The HP iPAQ Data Messenger is a sophisticated 3G smartphone with a large touchscreen display, full slide-out alphanumeric keyboard and built-in GPS capabilities, providing a new way to experience mobile messaging and navigation from HP.

David Wright, vice president and general manager for personal systems group, HP UK and Ireland, stated: “HP is taking mobile computing beyond borders and boundaries to something truly global as a result of our relationship with Vodafone. Our new HP iPAQs will enable people to stay connected seamlessly on Vodafone’s high speed networks to the information, content and people that matter most to them.”

Jens Schulte-Bockum, director of terminals at Vodafone Group, added: “High speed wireless connectivity is changing the way people communicate and helping our customers make the most of their time. Our continued relationship with HP is an important next step in helping customers stay connected to our high speed networks via easy to use, stylish smartphones in more places while on the move. Leveraging the depth in HP’s routes to market and the global scope of our partnership, we are expanding the range of mobile devices and regions where customers can experience true office mobility.”

The HP iPAQ Data Messenger and HP iPAQ Voice Messenger offer email and voice capabilities, along with convenient access to a wealth of applications, making it easy for people on the move to stay connected.

Users can easily setup and access email, and connect to the internet around the world with advanced 3G wireless technologies, including HSPA broadband speeds, tri-band UMTS and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE. Travellers can connect to the Internet and email where WiFi is available, as well as find their way on the road with integrated GPS and Google Maps.

Both smartphones feature a unique five-way optical navigation button that provides a gliding sensation when scrolling through menus, and intelligent predictive text capabilities that learn user’s vocabulary and style from messages and emails for progressively faster and easier message composition.

With integrated Microsoft Windows Live Messenger, instant messaging is more intuitive. Additionally, the familiar Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system means many customers can skip the hassles of a new phone learning curve and IT departments can easily and securely integrate the iPAQ smartphones into their existing Microsoft Exchange environments.

The HP iPAQ Data Messenger and the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger feature Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile, making synchronising contacts, appointments and tasks a breeze. Both devices feature ample memory to access important Microsoft Office Mobile files and store favourite photos and music with up to eight gigabytes of convenient micro secure digital storage. Users can easily capture and share pictures with the 3.1MP auto focus camera with built-in LED flash and 5X digital zoom and upload photos to Snapfish directly from the HP iPAQs.