MWC: Orange, T-Mobile get Wave


T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom confirmed it will stock the Samsung’s new Wave S8500 handset in the UK, plus seven other territories, in Q2.

It will also range the “affordable” and “compact” T-Mobile Pluse Mini, which runs Google’s Android operating system.

Orange is also understood to have agreed significant volumes of the Samsung Wave S8500 for the UK market.

The Wave S8500 is Samsung’s first handset to run its open-source Bada platform, and its headline act at Mobile World Congress 2010

Samsung Electronics president and head of mobile communications J. K. Shin made clear at its unveiling the evening before the Barcelona event Samsung is to be extremely aggressive on pricing of its emerging smartphone range, in order to “democratise” smartphones.

It is understood both Orange and T-Mobile have been drawn both by the price point it has been made available to them at, and also in its specification.

The Samsung Wave features a 1GHz processor, and a 3.3-inch ‘Super AMOLED’ display it claims is sharper and less reflective than other OLED displays.

The device also features a Social Hub to integrate all contacts’ social networking profiles, and corresponding status updates and alerts. It integrates all messaging across SMS and social networking applications into a single ‘live’ mailbox.

It works in an improved version, 3.0, of Samsung’s Touchwiz user interface too, which allows customisable menus and homepage application features.

The Wave goes on sale in the UK, and globally, in April.