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SmarTone-Vodafone Announces Partnership with HTC and Unveils the New Generation Touch Cruise

SmarTone-Vodafone, a mobile operator in Hong Kong and Macau, has partnered with Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC Corporation to launch the new generation Touch Cruise in Hong Kong. The HSPA-enabled Windows Mobile device supports peak download broadband speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, while its unique customization will boost internet and multimedia experiences for SmarTone-Vodafone’s Internet on Mobile service customers.

SmarTone-Vodafone today announced a partnership with HTC Corporation to unveil the New Generation Touch Cruise in Hong Kong. This latest Windows Mobile smartphone is compact, stylish, and sports many new advanced features. Additionally, SmarTone-Vodafone has customized an on-screen menu with one tap icons that enables its customers to access the Internet and multimedia content at a flick of a finger, greatly enhancing ease of use.

“We are pleased to co-operate with HTC to bring this latest Windows Mobile device to our customers. Windows Mobile users can now enjoy all the benefits of SmarTone-Vodafone’s unique Internet on Mobile service, as well as our rich multimedia services. Furthermore, by inserting our SIM card into the handset, the customized on-screen menu will be automatically activated and our customers can access our numerous multimedia services with just one tap on the screen,” said Mr. Douglas Li, CEO of SmarTone-Vodafone.

The New Generation Touch Cruise supports broadband speed Internet surfing and downloads up to 7.2Mbps. SmarTone-Vodafone customers can take full advantage of this on its HSPA network, widely recognized for coverage, reliability and its fastest speed (14.4 Mbps download, 5.76 Mbps upload). Customers subscribing to SmarTone-Vodafone’s innovative and exclusive Google Maps, customers can at any time retrace and navigate back to that location anywhere in the world.
The New Generation Touch Cruise comes with a 2.8” QVGA display and adopts the new 2D TouchFLO interface that responds smoothly to commands at a touch. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, it supports Microsoft outlook, calendar, address book, and all the office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, active sync) one could ever need in a city whose business is business.

The New Generation Touch Cruise packs a 3.2 megapixel camera, a media player for music and video, and supports up to 16GB microSD memory card. WiFi and stereo Bluetooth capabilities round off this highly advanced and versatile handset.

Starting from 4 March, 2009, the New Generation Touch Cruise will be available in all SmarTone-Vodafone stores. Customers can purchase this new handset at a very attractive price by subscribing to the IOM Value Pack and one of the multimedia services.

In addition, customers can get a free Wireless Smart Plug that can turn the New Generation Touch Cruise into a modem to connect their laptops to the Internet. By subscribing to the great value Duo Broadband plan which charges only a minimum of $50/50MB per month and capped at $298 for unlimited broadband connectivity for both PC and mobile, customers get the best value in town.
“HTC is a global leader in smartphone innovation and design and we will continue to extend the partnership with HTC to bring more exciting new handsets in the future. Coupled with our innovative and unique services, unrivalled network and great value offers makes for a compelling proposition and reinforces our promise to bring customers closer to the things that matter to them, “add Mr. Li.