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Orange launches own Spanish branded handset

Mobile phone network Orange has listed their own branded Orange Barcelona handset, with a Qwerty keyboard and an expected low cost with HD voice capabilities.

The Orange Barcelona now joins ten other rebranded handsets from ODM (Original Device Manufacturers) companies, such as Huawei and ZTE. The last BlackBerry-esque handset that Orange released under their own name actually came from ZTE, with the Rio II, where this new device is reportedly from Huawei.

Orange’s Barcelona arrives with a 2.6-inch TFT touch screen, with a 3.2 megapixel camera and video calling features, along with a full Qwerty keyboard and runs from the Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 OS.

Built into the rebranded handset is an FM radio, access to the Orange App Store and signal boost UMA technology with Orange’s HD voice features that cancel out background noise to make the call much clearer.

Orange hasn’t listed any prices or tariff details as yet for their name sake Barcelona handset, only that the device is ‘coming soon’. The mobile phone network is currently retailing the Rio II for £69.99 on pay as you go deals, where One Mobile Ring believes the Huawei phone won’t cost a great deal more when it arrives.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.