: Orange today announces the launch of Orange Intense, the first commercial
3G service, available in France as of December 9.
is the the
Sony Ericsson Z1010.
Intense delivers a mobile broadband experience to customers with more
video, more music and more live content at any time. Among the exciting
new services made possible by 3G, video telephony is emblematic of
a new generation of converged services that are interoperable on all
France Telecom networks: mobile with Orange Intense, fixed with MaLigne
visio and Internet with Wanadoo visio.
At the same time,
Orange is launching its 3G consumer service in the United Kingdom.
- Video calls at the same rates as voice calls
- First-ever 24/7 unlimited call offer
customers will benefit from the best-in-class 3G services while efficiently
managing their phone budget. Customers who sign up for the service
before January 19, 2005 will be able to make video calls and thus
see people while they talk – at the same rates as voice calls.
Orange is also
innovating with a first in the mobile phone industry, an exclusive
offer for the Orange Intense customers: unlimited free voice calls
to other Orange customers and fixed phone numbers in France. This
offer applies for all calls over three minutes, 24 hours a day.
There is also
a “Christmas Special” offer available for 99 euros a month,
including VAT. Customers who sign up before January 19, 2005 can make
unlimited calls to Orange numbers and to fixed numbers, 24 hours a
day. They also receive the Orange World Intense maximum option for
a year, letting them watch 95 videos on the Orange World portal, or
send 145 photo or video MMS messages or send 580 SMS messages per
month. This special offer is limited to the first 10,000 customers
who sign up for the service.
A vast and rich
array of content
Thanks to the
Orange World and Orange World Video portals, plus exclusive partnerships,
Orange Intense customers enjoy the wealth of possibilities created
by 3G technologies, including video, TV and music, all available directly
on mobile handsets.
access a rich array of exclusive content on Orange World Video’s
nine thematic channels (45 different sections), as well as 11 Live
TV channels (Star Academy, France 2, France 3, France 5, i-tele, M6
Music, Trace TV, Infosport, RTL9, Cine Cinema Info and Fashion TV).
They will also enjoy exclusive access to round-the-clock news with
news channel LCI, plus live broadcasts of Premier League soccer and
Top 16 Rugby matches.
For two weeks
in December, the first Orange Intense users will also have exclusive
access to cuts from the latest Alicia Keys album, as well as the trailer
from Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith.
A choice of four
Intense call plans
The Orange Intense
offer spans a choice of four flexible and attractive call plans. All
four include a multimedia pass entitling users to 25 MMS messages,
100 SMS messages or 15 two-minute videos per month via the Orange
(all rates include
3 hours 5 hours 10 hours 20 hours
55 euros/month 75 euros/month 125 euros/month 195 euros/month
The Multimedia Pass with these plans includes 25 MMS messages, 100
SMS messages or 15 2-minutes videos (25 MB of data) per month via
the Orange World portal
customers who sign up for an Orange Intense call plan before January
19 receive a bonus of 20 hours of video calls for two months, as well
as access to 80 videos, 140 MMS video or photo messages, and 480 SMS
messages a month (for four months). If customers “sponsor”
someone living in a coverage zone and signs up for Orange Intense,
they receive an additional 40-euro discount for their 3G handset.
All these call
plans of course apply per second billing as of the first second. They
also include roll-over minutes for both voice and video calls, and
free change to a different Orange Intense call plan at any time.
There are six
3G mobile multimedia call plans for businesses. The plans include
voice and video calls, SMS, MMS and data messaging, plus integrated
connection in UMTS/Wi-Fi/GPRS modes.
3 hours 5 hours 7 hours 10 hours 15 hours 20 hours
38 euros/month 50 euros/month 62 euros/month 80 euros/month 110 euros/month
the broadest 3G coverage in France
Following an initial
trial program in several French cities and tests involving 5,000 users,
Orange has deployed an extensive 3G network, covering:
- 61 of the country’s
119 cities of over 50,000 inhabitants;
- 64 percent of the cities of over 100,000 inhabitants;
- 100 percent of the cities of over 200,000 inhabitants.
Orange will also
combine UMTS technology with roll-out of EDGE services to provide
complementary “medium-bandwidth” coverage starting in
spring 2005. This will result in coverage of 85 percent of the population.
The first UMTS/EDGE handsets will be marketed with adapted terms and
High-end devices for the best possible 3G experience
are available for the launch of 3G services, three of them exclusive
Orange signature phones. Prices for the phones start at 199 euros.
These high-end handsets make it easy for people to immediately enjoy
the wealth of Orange 3G services.
have a choice of the Sanyo S750, the Sony Ericsson Z1010, the Samsung
Z107 U or Z105 U, the LG U8150, the Motorola C 975 and the Nokia 6630.
All have been specially designed for simple, intuitive access, with
one-key access to the Orange World Intense portal. The screens have
65,000 colors minimum and a refresh rate of at least 10 frames per
is an integrated telecommunications operator with a vision that creates
convergence across fixed, mobile and Internet networks. Thanks to
this vision, Orange Intense customers can today participate in video
calls with anyone who has France Telecom MaLigne visio or Wanadoo