Movistar, in partnership with Huawei, will launch a low-cost Android-powered handset. Dubbed Ivy, the Huawei U8100 device is produced by Huawei, and enables HSDPA mobile broadband access at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps. The Android 2.1 handset also features support for WiFi y Bluetooth, 3-megapixel camera and 2.8-inch touch screen. The Movistar IVY comes with the Google applications, including YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps. It also includes a GPS sensor that automatically scans the area around the user's position, Ruta Movistar Navigation service, and allows satellite navigation software to be obtained from third-party vendors. The phone comes preloaded with MovistarAeA's multiplatform social network Keteke, as well as Youtube and Facebook.
The Ivy includes a 2GB memory card and can be synchronised with a PC by using the included USB cable, in order to exchange emails and update calendars and tasks. Users can also use their phones to share photos, songs and other files with their friends via Bluetooth or by connecting to local WiFi networks. Movistar voice service subscribers can also activate a pay-per-use internet option. Customers can access Movistar's mobile internet services for EUR 1 per day. Ivy users can also deactivate the data service at the end of the day to avoid charges for unintentional use. Starting 1 June, the low-cost Android device will be available for prices ranging between EUR 0 and EUR 95, depending on the selected tariff plan. The device will be available free of charge for new subscribers and ported customers.
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