T-Mobile has launched a handset supporting download speeds of 1.8Mbps, placing it on par with fixed-line broadband services.
The MDA Vario II is the first handset in the UK to support High Speed Download Packet Access. It uses T-Mobile's existing 3G network, but is capable of transferring data at four times the speed.
When a 3G network is not available, the MDA Vario II can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or GPRS.
The device runs Windows Mobile 5 and includes a web browser and a mobile version of Outlook. Users can edit Word and Excel documents and view PowerPoint presentations and PDFs.
The MDA Vario II also offers support for Microsoft Direct Push, which works with Exchange Server 2003 enabling users to be automatically alerted to new email. An email wizard simplifies setup for Gmail, Yahoo, BT or AOL accounts.
The handset includes a sliding Qwerty keyboard, 2-megapixel camera, LED flash and Bluetooth.
Price will depend on contract but the most a customer will pay is £299, according to T-Mobile.
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