Vodafone announces 360 services, Samsung H1 and M1 LiMo phones

That LiMo-based Samsung Riedel i8305 seen a few weeks ago is a real device, and it was just announced by Vodafone as Vodafone 360 H1 by Samsung.

The giant mobile operator has also announced a whole suite of internet services called Vodafone 360, as well as a second phone, dubbed Vodafone 360 M1 by Samsung

Vodafone 360 is compatible with many mobile phones and it’s presented as “the most personal address book available, bringing together all of the contacts from the mobile phone, social networks and other internet accounts”.

The service automatically syncs phones with your PC or Mac, and provides access to Facebook, Windows Live Messenger and Google Talk. Support for Twitter, studiVZ and Hyves will be added soon. Users will also have access to apps, music and games.

Vodafone 360

The Samsung H1 and M1 handsets use a proprietary Vodafone 3D UI based on LiMo.

The first phone, Vodafone 360 H1 by Samsung, has a 3.5 inch OLED touchscreen display, GPS, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, push email, 5MP camera with autofocus and flash, and 16GB of internal memory.

Vodafone 360 H1 Samsung

Vodafone 360 H1 Samsung 2

The second phone, Vodafone 360 M1 by Samsung only offers: 3.2 inch TFT touchscreen display, HSDPA, GPS, push email, 3MP camera, and 1GB of expandable memory. It will come in three color versions:

Vodafone 360 M1 Samsung

Vodafone’ 360 service and the Samsung H1 and M1 phones will be launched by the end of 2009 in the following countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

In 2010, the service, together with new devices (including Nokia Symbian smartphones), will reach France (via SFR), Romania, Russia (via MTS), India, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

To learn more about Vodafone 360 you can visit the service’s official website. Or watch this video promo:

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • Patrick Bossert

    The launch of Vodafone 360 is a bold move to monetize more than its data access infrastructure. Its global reach – and the fact that it has opened up its platform to third party application developers – could make it a winning strategy. The logical extension of this move would be for it to begin offering billing and customer support as chargeable services to content providers. This approach will not only boost customer loyalty, it could also yield significant additional revenues from service capabilities the company already owns.

    - Patrick Bossert, Head of Market Strategy, Global Information Management, Convergys

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