More operators launch MS Smartphones

European mobile phone operator TeliaSonera and Hong Kong operator CSL announced Tuesday that they would soon be offering the...

European mobile phone operator TeliaSonera and Hong Kong operator CSL will soon be offering the Qtek 7070 mobile phone, featuring Microsoft's Windows-powered Smartphone software.

The Qtek 7070, made by High Tech Computer, is a tri-band phone with general packet radio services capabilities, voice memory, speaker phone and an integrated reader for Secure Digital and Multimedia Card memory cards.

It will be available in Sweden on 2 June for about 2,500 SEK (£196). Synergy Technologies will distribute it for CSL in Hong Kong from 30 May for HK$4,388 (£344).

"This is another milestone in the rollout of Smartphone across different countries," said Peter Wissinger, marketing manager for Microsoft Mobile Devices in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The phones are the latest to feature Microsoft's Smartphone software, which has already gone to market in the UK, France, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Portuguese operator Telecomunicacoes Moveis Nacionais recently announced that it, too,  would launch a Smartphone. 

However, German operator T-Mobile Deutschland delayed the launch of a Smartphone in Germany earlier this month, citing service quality issues.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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