Walkman phone goes 3G

Apple may rule when it comes to personal audio, but Sony Ericsson is doing its best to bite back in the mobile phone market. Building on the success o

Apple may rule when it comes to personal audio, but Sony Ericsson is doing its best to bite back in the mobile phone market. Building on the success of the first Walkman phone (the W800, released in Europe two months ago), and it's budget counterpart (the W500), Sony Ericsson has now announced a 3G version that will be available before Christmas.

The W900 shares many of the top-notch features of the W800 – 2MP camera, FM radio, standard 3.5mm headphone jack, Memory Stick Duo slot – but adds a vast 470MB built-in memory, a larger 2.2in screen and an in-line remote control with LCD display. Best of all, though, it can download music tracks over the air, using super-fast 3G.

This week will see announcements from two of the UK's 3G networks - Orange and 3. We're guessing that one, if not both, will announce the W900 as the phone of choice for music download services.

Orange already has a music service, but sound quality has been compromised in order to make it compatible with slower GPRS phones. Meanwhile 3 has chosen to focus on video content rather than audio. But the bandwidth of 3G theoretically allows downloads of the quality we've come to expect from the iTunes Music Store and its rivals. Let's hope the networks start delivering.

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