Velocity signs up Brightpoint


Handset distributor Brightpoint has signed a deal with Inventec to distribute Velocity Mobile handsets and accessories.

The distribution agreement covers the US and Europe, and will roll out to other Brightpoint subsidiaries in time.

Inventec, a leading laptop ODM with 2007 revenues of more than $8 billion (£4.47bn), is working with handset brand Velocity on a new range of mobile devices, including phones and data cards based upon on Qualcomm and Samsung platforms.

Last week, the two companies announced the first Velocity Mobile touchscreen phone, the Velocity 103.

The handset features Velocity’s own user interface, called Odyssey, built on the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform. It also features Velocity’s own over-the-air software updating tool.

Velocity Mobile president and managing director David Hayes  said: “Consumers these days are demanding more from their phones. Our research tells us people want experiences, not applications and functions.

“Velocity Mobile has brought together some of the greatest minds and best of breed partners in the industry to deliver positive experience and value to consumers.”

The Velocity 103 is available SIM-free online via Expansys for £324.99. Brightpoint will also make the device available across its territories.