Vodafone will be first to debut LG Windows 6.5 smart phone

4 Sep 2009

Mobile phone giant Vodafone will be the first operator in the world to bring out an mobile device with the new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. The device? The LG GM750 next-generation smart phone.

The LG GM750 smart phone will be available from Vodafone in seven countries from 6 October, including Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK and also in France through SFR, with further countries following soon after.

Described as having a slim, sleek form, the LT GM750 will sport a large 3-inch full touch screen, which makes it easy to navigate while browsing the internet, writing text messages and memos, or getting directions with its in-built GPS navigation function, and a five megapixel camera.

“We’re excited to be bringing a new Windows phone with Vodafone high-speed mobile services to our customers through the exclusive LG GM750 smart phone,” said Patrick Chomet, group global director of Terminals for Vodafone.

“This stylish, touch-screen smart phone will have great appeal to both consumer and business customers, and ensures Vodafone delivers on its promise to constantly bring customers new services and greater choice.”

As one of a new generation of Windows phones, the GM750 smart phone is poised to take advantage of future Vodafone services.

In addition to internet and e-mail connectivity, consumers will be able to download applications directly to their phone via Windows Marketplace for Mobile, automatically back up and synch photos, music and texts to their PC using the free My Phone service, plus use Windows Live to check Hotmail or IM with friends on the PC or Xbox video game system.

“A significant group of consumers demand mobile phones with the most advanced features and services to help them do their job and stay in contact with friends and family on one easy-to-use device. They need the technology and services to access e-mail, the Internet and the ability to download widgets, applications and fun tools without complexity,” said Harrison Lee, senior vice president Europe at LG Electronics Mobile.

“The combination of Vodafone’s services, Windows Mobile 6.5 platform and our S-Class UI, technology and design expertise, makes the GM750 the mobile package consumers with busy lives have been waiting for.”

Vodafone, LG and Microsoft share a focus on delivering great customer experiences, and the LG GM750 is powerful example of how customers benefit when industry leaders rally around a common goal, said Todd Peters, corporate vice president, Microsoft.

“This new Windows phone benefits from our work with LG to deeply integrate the phone’s software and hardware as well as our continued work with Vodafone to make Windows phones broadly available on Vodafone’s high-speed network.”

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years