New Orange Windows Handhelds for Europe

Orange is launching a new smartphone and a new PDA in Europe beginning in November: both run Windows Mobile 5.0 and use Orange’s EDGE-based wireless network rather than the company’s speedier (though less deployed) 3G network.

The Orange SPV C600 GSM smartphone will succeed Orange’s popular C500 model, and features a 320 by 240-pixel color screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera, 64 MB of memory, and a MiniSD expansion slot. The phone offers wireless networking via IrDA and Bluetooth 1.2, but the C600 does not ship with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities. The C600 will, however, be the first smartphone on the European market to ship with Windows Mobile 5.0: competitors are using Windows Mobile 2003 SE. The C600 will be available in the U.K., France, Poland, Slovakia, Belgium, Romania, Switzerland, and the Netherlands the first week of November for less than