8/29/2003 - Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and 3 have announced the arrival of their most advanced 3G handset to date – the Motorola A920. The handset has a full-colour widescreen display designed to showcase 3’s person-to-person video calling capabilities, as well as its exclusive video content.
The revolutionary Motorola A920 sets a new standard for the mobile industry and brings enhanced functionality to customers of 3’s video mobile network. A mobile phone, video and still camera, a PDA, an MP3 player and gaming capability have been combined into one product.
The A920’s 65,000+ color screen - which can also hold up to 20 lines of text - will show video content, such as Barclaycard Premiership goals and the latest film clips, with an impressive clarity and resolution.
The handset was jointly developed by 3 and Motorola, exclusively for the 3 video mobile network.
A true technology companion, with this new handset, 3 customers will be able to:
Make or receive calls at the same time as accessing 3’s content areas and downloading video or audio clips Use the phone internationally. Customers can make calls (including in North America via the tri-band operation) The A920’s full colour screen is large enough for users to fully appreciate videos, photos and video calls. It boasts a clarity and resolution (65,000+ colours) of better quality than ever seen before on a mobile phone.
Although the product is packed full of the latest technology, it is very simple to use. The touch screen uses a stylus pen and handwriting recognition technology.
The menu system is navigated via icons on the touch screen, as well as dedicated ‘hot buttons’ for the most popular applications such as, ‘home’ and ‘3 services ’. When browsing, the ‘forward’ and ‘back’ options operate just like on a PC.
The A920 runs on a version of the open operating system, Symbian OS v7.0 and incorporates the latest pen-based user interface by UIQ. Applications can be downloaded, such as games based on Java and C++, from 3. This will allow consumers to update their handsets regularly with new applications and content.
The Motorola A920 can also double up as a separate, hand-held gaming console. Flip the phone on its side and use the console-style game controls, including a five –way navigation key to play Java-based games.
An expansion memory card is also available for up to 256 extra Mb of space for multimedia files. The phone also offers more basic mobile phone functionality such as text and picture messaging.
The full commercial rollout of 3 services in the UK and Italy is already underway, with further services to follow over the coming months in Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Israel. Details of 3’s services can found online at: www.three.co.uk
The Motorola A920 will be available in 3 outlets and from selected retail partners from September 2003.
Hutchison 3G is delivering third-generation mobile multimedia and communications services under the 3 brand, offering a convergence of media, information and telephony to enable live video calls, multimedia content and entertainment whilst on the move. 3 services will be available in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Israel and Sweden and the UK. For further information, please visit www.three.co.uk
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $26.7 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honoured traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com
Symbian is a software licensing company which develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 for 3, Samsung SGH-D700, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F2102V and F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7650, 6600, 3650 and N-Gage.
Symbian has its global headquarters in London, United Kingdom with development sites in Europe and Asia. For further information about Symbian: visit www.symbian.com
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