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T-Mobile Releases New MDA Compact V Smartphone

T-Mobile has unveiled the brand new MDA Compact V smartphone which is essentially a rebadged version of the HTC Touch Diamond 2, complete with Windows Mobile 6.1 OS and HTC's Touchflo user interface.

There are only a couple of cosmetic differences between the Diamond 2 and the Compact V. Users will be able to upgrade the OS to Windows Mobile 6.5 at launch for free and will probably enjoy the 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen (which can display 800x480 pixels) very much.

The MDA Compact V also comes with HSDPA compatibility, a 5-megapixel camera, a smallish 2GB microSD card. Furthermore, the first 10,000 customers who will sign up for a contract with T-Mobile with the smartphone will get a free CoPilot Live GPS solution for 18 months.

T-Mobile UK head of handset and device marketing Daniel Meredith commented on the release : "The T-Mobile MDA Compact V is a great addition to our ever-popular MDA range. It takes the web experience of the MDA portfolio to a new level with the introduction of internet on your phone with widgets and it's also the first MDA device to boast all the benefits offered by the very latest Microsoft Windows Mobile platform."

Available as from the 21st of May 2009, the MDA Compact V will be free on price plans from £50 per month and above which seriously limits its appeal. Furthermore, the Touch Diamond 2 is available from competing networks for significantly less which makes T-Mobile's offer even poorer.

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Our Comments

The new Diamond 2 smartphone is a definite improvement on the previous generation smartphone. With a faster processor, more memory and a more powerful camera. We would dearly like to see the Diamond 2 contracts fall down in price. £50 per month is a ridiculously high price to pay especially during the current recession and when there are other decent phones on offer.

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