Vodafone unleashes 3.5G Windows smartie

We love near-2meg mobile broadband as much as the next man, but lugging a 3.5G-equipped laptop ain't our idea of fun. Which is neat, as this 3.5G AKA

We love near-2meg mobile broadband as much as the next man, but lugging a 3.5G-equipped laptop ain't our idea of fun. Which is neat, as this 3.5G AKA HSDPA-equipped Windows phone has just entered the equation.Features aplentyAs gadget spotters will have noted already, it's basically a Voda-badged HTC TyTN, the Windows Mobile 5.0 phone with everything but the proverbial kitchen fitting: 2MP, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 400MHz processor, 240 x 320 res screen and a second cam for video calls.For once, though, there is a big reason for buying a network-badged Windows phone instead of the iMate or HTC alternative - namely, Vodafone's 3.5G network. While HTC's TyTN will only enjoy sluggish old 3G (0.3meg) on the other networks, the v1605 will be ready for super fast web out of the box in early 2007. We want one.

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Vodafone v1605Price: £350 for new customers, varies for existing punters On sale: NowContact: VodafoneRelated links:Vodafone v1605 on Keni Barwick’s blogRelated stories:HTC takes flight with TyTN and MteoR mobsReviewed: Vodafone's 3.5G data card