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Orange Hollywood outed as a budget Blackberry rival

Combines QWERTY keys with a 2.4in touchscreen
Thu Jul 12 2012, 16:22
Orange Hollywood Blackberry

UK MOBILE NETWORK Orange has silently added a new member to its own-brand line of phones that offers a cheap alternative to the Blackberry Curve.

Orange Hollywood BlackberryWe spotted the phone on the Orange web site alongside a promise that it will be going on sale at the network "soon". There's no word on a specific release date or pricing just yet, but we've been in touch with Orange to request further information.

The listing also reveals the handset's spcifications, and Orange boasts that "this feature-packed phone has everything a social networking superstar needs".

Amongst its features is a Blackberry-style portrait QWERTY keypad, which comes with a 2.4in touchscreen for onscreen navigation. A 3.2MP rear-facing camera confirms the phone's place in Orange's budget line-up, as does the handset's lack of 3G connectivity and proprietary operating system.

Other specs include a built-in FM radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a number of included social networking applications. As an Orange phone it'll probably be pre-loaded with Orange apps too, such as Wednesdays and Maps.

It looks like Motorola isn't the only firm looking to take some of Research in Motion's slowly sinking market share. µ


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