Orange to stock Welsh S5600


Samsung has teamed up with Orange for the launch of the first Welsh language handset.

The S5600 contains special software created by Samsung, which includes over 44,000 Welsh words on the device.

Orange head of retail Sian Doyle said: “Orange is really proud to be the first network to introduce this truly innovative service to Welsh speakers. This initiative is part of a broader commitment by Orange to provide Welsh speakers with more choice. We already include the Welsh language in our stores via bilingual signage, Welsh speaking advisors and other initiatives.

“The Welsh market is vibrant and exciting marketplace and we hope that new initiatives like this and the opening of our first community concept store in Monmouth will ensure that Orange becomes the best-loved telecommunications company in Wales.”

Samsung Mobile UK and Ireland vice president Mark Mitchinson said: “This is another first for Samsung Mobile following the launch of the Irish language phone in 2008. We feel extremely proud and deeply honoured to be part of this groundbreaking initiative and confident that, through partnership with Orange, we will truly delight our Welsh speaking customer by providing a mobile phone with widgets, excellent camera functionality and full internet browsing capabilities.”

The S5600 will be available for free on 24-month contracts at £19.57 per month or at £14.98 per month (with a £9.50 upfront fee) and on prepay for £129 (subject to a £10 top-up when purchased). The handset will initially be made available in Welsh stores before being rolled out beyond Wales and online.