Vodafone has unveiled yet another Facebook-centric phone earlier today. And it’s the one we’ve exclusively shown you back in June, which now has a name: Vodafone 555 Blue.
Unlike previous efforts such as the INQ Cloud Touch, the HTC Salsa or HTC ChaCha though, this isn’t a smartphone. It’s an featurephone built by Alcatel, and it runs a proprietary Vodafone operating system that has been built from the ground up with Facebook integration in mind.
If all the other Facebook-oriented devices are interesting experiments, this will be the Facebook phone for the masses. At least if those masses use Vodafone. The price is expected to be cheaper than that of the Vodafone Smart, which currently goes for just £75 in the UK on Pay as you go. The rumored price point for the 555 Blue is around £60.
The Vodafone 555 Blue will become available in August, presumably in many of the markets where Vodafone has a presence.
The phone has a 2.4-inch QVGA (320×240) landscape display (not a touchscreen), a full physical QWERTY keyboard (including a dedicated Facebook key), it lacks any 3G support having just dual-band EDGE on board, and it’s got a 200 MHz MediaTek processor (is the Taiwanese company finally making inroads into developed markets?).
The Vodafone 555 Blue also comes with a 2 MP camera with flash, a 3.5 mm headset jack, 40 MB of integrated storage expandable via microSD cards, Bluetooth 2.1, an FM radio, and a 1000 mAh battery.
Software-wise, aside from the Facebook integration, you’ll also find an IM client, an email client with POP3 and IMAP support, a music player, and Opera Mini for Web browsing.
For now, Vodafone has put up a page for the device, so if you need more information you can go there and get it.
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