Milestone sells out in three hours


The Motorola Milestone, Europe’s first Android 2.0-powered smartphone, sold out just three hours after going on sale at online retailer eXpansys today. Expansys confirmed there would be stock to buy before Christmas.

The Milestone joins Dext with Motoblur as the second handset in Motorola’s Android portfolio and will be ranged exclusively with eXpansys until December 31.

The Milestone becomes the world’s thinnest slider at 13.7mm and boasts a high-resolution 3.7-inch widescreen and pinch and zoom display.

A suite of Google mobile applications including Google Search, Google Maps, Google Mail and YouTube are integrated onto the device, whilst users also have access to a range of apps and widgets from Android Market.

Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, Motorola Media Link and Motorola Phone Portal to manage and share content across desktop, phone and the web, CrystalTalk Plus for improved talk quality and an 8GB memory card.

Motorola Western Europe vice president and general manager Ralf Gerbershagen said: “As an Android 2.0 device, MILESTONE does what other smartphones don’t. It was designed to enhance consumer experiences – and its full screen web browsing experience, ability to juggle between multiple apps, and suite of Google applications deliver.  We have been delighted with the anticipation and demand for MILESTONE across Europe.”

Expansys CEO Roger Butterworth said: “This is an exciting announcement for eXpansys, as we believe the MILESTONE will exceed our customers’ expectations. Our strategy has always been to offer breakthrough smartphones and gadgets, which enrich our customers’ lives. We know our customers want to be the first to get hold of the MILESTONE and try the latest Google platform and that’s why we’re offering up to £100 cash back for customers eligible to trade in their old phone.”

The Milestone is available SIM free and unlocked for £449.99 or from £49.99 when bundled with an 18-month, 35-month T-Mobile contract. Expansys is also offering customers who trade in their old HTC, BlackBerry or Apple iPhone up to a £100 rebate via mail. The phone is also available in Italy, Germany, France, Argentina, Brazil and Canada.