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The VPA compact III is another Vodafone handheld that can be used in the high-speed UMTS network. The VPA compact III combines a powerful phone and PDA functions in one single device. The compact all-round phone is based on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, so it can use the Vodafone push e-mail service, Windows Mobile E-Mail. The device incorporates a pull-out QWERTY keyboard enabling the user to write texts, process e-mails and administer appointments and contact data. This multitalented VPA provides access to the Internet or Intranet via fast UMTS and GPRS data connections and local W-LAN hotspots.

Freelancers and large-scale enterprises profit equally from the VPA compact III because it seamlessly incorporates mobile employees in the corporate communication process. It runs on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Popular office applications - Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile and a PDF viewer - are already installed. You can create Word and Excel documents, edit e-mail attachments using the QWERTY keyboard and you can forward e-mails to other recipients via fast UMTS connections. Vodafone's Windows Mobile E-Mail enables the transfer of e-mails to the VPA compact III to eliminate the need for an electronic mailbox. Appointments, contact details and tasks in MS Outlook can easily be directly synchronised with the office PC via an Exchange 2003 mail server.

VPA compact III weighs in at 176 grams and it is a quadband phone that operates in all international networks. An integrated W-LAN function enables the use of W-LAN hotspots. When closed, the device's dimensions are only 112.5 x 58 x 21.95 mm.

If a Vodafone customer contract is concluded in the Vodafone 100 tariff with a 24-month minimum term, one-off connection fee and monthly package price of EUR 25, as well as low connection rates, e.g. EUR 0.35 or 0.50 /min. for standard domestic calls, the VPA compact III costs EUR 409.50. If the customer also books the Vodafone-EmailConnect Fair Flat option with 24-month minimum term, a monthly flat-rate of EUR 23.20 and a connection rate of EUR 1.86/MB for national incoming and outgoing data packages in the Vodafone network, it only costs EUR 359.90. Without a contract, the VPA compact III can be purchased for EUR 899.50.

Vodafone is planning to put the VPA compact III on sale in mid-July.

VPA compact III: Data and facts

Dimensions (mm): 112.5 x 58 x 21.95 millimetres
Weight: 176 g
Battery: lithium ion
Stand-by: up to 150 hours (TBC)
Talktime: up to 300 minutes (TBC)
Quad band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS: yes
GPRS: yes
W-LAN: yes
External antenna: yes
Display: touchscreen TFT display with 65,536 colours (240 x 320 dots)
Integrated camera: up to 2 mega pixels (1600 x 1200)
Processor: Samsung CPU with 300 MHz
QWERTY keyboard: yes
Operating system: Windows Mobile 5.0 / MSFP
Windows Mobile E-Mail by Vodafone
E-mail: E-mail client (POP3/IMAP4)
Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, Powerpoint Mobile, Explorer Mobile, ClearVue PDF, Pocket Internet Explorer and Outlook Mobile
Infrared interface: yes
Bluetooth: yes
USB: yes
Memory: 64 MB SDRAM RAM and 128 MB Flash ROM internal, extendable by microSD / TransFlash memory cards

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