Nokia, Orange extend ties to eight countries in Europe news
20 April 2009

Nokia, the Finland-based manufacturer of mobile devices and Orange, a key brand of France Telecom, have agreed to extend their multi-country deal. Under the agreement the companies will launch a co-branded solution called 'Nokia (News - Alert) Messaging by Orange'. The solution, supported by a range of Orange Signature devices will provide mobile email to every mobile user and professionals.

The companies had earlier signed a three-year agreement in February last year to cater to the growing need for multimedia entertainment on mobile phones among users. The agreement was aimed at providing the best services from both companies in the areas of music, games and maps across a range of Nokia devices.

The companies will now expand the services to eight countries, covering around 30 Nokia devices in the Orange Signature range, in 2009.

Orange customers will now be able to experience the full advantage of Push email with the E75 Nokia.

According to Orange, the extension of the agreement will strengthen their partnership with Nokia which will make for greater cooperation between the two companies in the coming months.

According to Kai Oistamo, executive vice president, Nokia, the agreement on Nokia Messaging will boost the adoption of mobile email service. Nokia believes that mobile messaging is for the masses, not just a market segment, he added.

The new service allows Orange customers to aggregate and manage multiple email accounts one device using the Orange home screen at any location. The service is readily set up and offers the facility to directly access 10 personal email accounts. Users will be able to read, send, forward and reply emails and also access subfolders,  download and read attachments and attach files to emails.

Meanwhile Nokia launched its E75 handset model in the Indian market. Priced at Rs26,299 the model is positioned around its mobile email functionality. 

It comes with full desktop e-mail functionality featuring both standard keypad and qwerty keypad. The model also supports third party email services like Gmail, Yahoo, Rediff.

The device features a 3.2 megapixel camera, autofocus, flash, and integrates a music player, media player, FM and internet radio. It also supports integrated A-GPS and preloaded maps on the memory card. 

The device supports a range of media features including MP3, AAC, Nokia podcast and Windows Media Player. 

The device comes in two colours silver black and red.

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Nokia, Orange extend ties to eight countries in Europe