Thursday, September 4, 2008

Vodafone to offer Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Vodafone has announced an exclusive agreement with laptop manufacturer Dell to range its new Inspiron Mini 9 ultra-mobile device.

The device, weighing just 1.035kg and featuring an 8.9 inch display, will be sold with built-in mobile broadband, exclusively through Vodafone stores and online, and directly from Dell, in key European markets.

Vodafone director of PC connectivity Andrew Sangster said: "The recent acceleration in the take up of mobile broadband has demonstrated just how hungry consumers are for Internet access. Building on our long relationship with Dell, the availability of the Inspiron Mini 9 will further enhance what a customer can achieve with mobile broadband whilst on the move. Today's announcement marks the next step in the evolution of mobile broadband services bringing mobile broadband into the hands of many more customers."

Dell Europe vice president and general manager for consumer Michael Lombardo said: "Technology has become an essential part of how people connect with one another - whether it's surfing the web, chatting with friends, keeping updated on the latest news, sharing photos or social networking. Dell is committed to providing consumers with technology that allows them to connect any place, any time with mobile broadband."

Details of country availability and pricing will be made available in coming weeks.

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Orange UK to open 60 new stores

Orange UK has announced that it plans to open around 60 new retail stores throughout this year and into 2009 across sites including Southampton, Bristol Cabot Circus and White City in London, building on Orange's existing 338 outlets. The company is also undertaking an extensive refurbishment programme with another 100 stores set to undergo a makeover in the next year.

The new and re-furbished stores will be based on the design of Cardiff's flagship city centre shop, following its success since the opening last year. The stores will be designed to enhance the shopping experience, display the full product range from mobiles to mobile broadband and laptops. Features will include modernised displays for PAYM phones, making it easier for customers to browse and view the products on show as well as a dedicated space highlighting Orange only offers.

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