Orange will be the first mobile operator to offer Research in Motion's (RIM), Blackberry Bold, the first Blackberry to offer a colour screen for multimedia, satellite navigation software, high-speed mobile internet access and Wi-Fi.
The Blackberry Bold smartphone uses a 624MHz processor and has been designed to support multi-tasking, allowing users to access voice and data services simultaneously.
The device provides built-in Wi-Fi and supports tri-band High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), which Research in Motion said would enable business users to access high-speed mobile networks around the world. It also includes an integrated GPS receiver, a two megapixel camera and a multimedia player.
Rim has been steadily moving the Blackberry device from mobile e-mail to a more comprehensive mobile device for accessing corporate IT.
Earlier this year, SAP introduced a mobile CRM application using the Blackberry.
Orange will be selling the BlackBerry Bold from 16 August for £40 per month. The new smartphone from Rim will be available to Orange subscribers on an 18-month contract.