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9 July 09

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Orange brings the portable cinematic experience to mobile users in the UK with the exclusive launch of the Toshiba TG01

  • Orange to range the Toshiba TG01 exclusively across its own retail channels in the UK
  • The TG01 will be available for free on selected pay monthly price plans from 10th July
  • The TG01 is the first handset in the UK to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1GHz processor

Orange today announced it will be exclusively ranging the Toshiba TG01 in the UK across all its own retail channels in time for the weekend. Offering the widest high-definition touch-screen available on a mobile, the TG01 provides users with a cinematic viewing experience on a handheld device and is testament to Orange UK’s focus on ranging innovative multimedia handsets so consumers can make the most from the latest shifts in modern technology. It follows the announcement earlier in the week that Orange will also be launching the world's first Touchscreen Watch phone in the UK.

A powerful and feature-rich mobile entertainment device, the Toshiba TG01 offers uses the largest widescreen handset yet and comes with an exclusive pre-loaded film trailer for the forthcoming summer blockbuster “GI Joe”. What’s more, the 4.1” W-VGA screen is the perfect size for watching TV, videos and looking at pictures in high quality.

The TG01 also bridges the gap between notebook and mobile by featuring the latest in chipset technology and is the first handset to be sold in the UK which has a 1GHz processing power, offering fast mobile internet connectivity for a richer multimedia experience. This also enables users to make the most out of their phone, whether it be for watching video, updating social network pages or just browsing the web – just like they do on their PC.

The handset is the first from Toshiba to be part of Orange’s successful Signature Series and comes with quick links so users can easily get to grips with the handset’s great functionality. Shortcuts to the best of Orange TV & Video (which recommends great video content such as Sky 24/7 Football), Orange Maps (Orange’s own sat nav service which utilises the TG01’s inbuilt AGPS), and Orange World (Orange’s own mobile internet portal), come integrated on the device’s user interface.

Francois Mathieu, Director of Devices, Orange UK “We’re really pleased to have teamed up with Toshiba to bring the TG01 exclusively to the UK. We believe the TG01 is a prime example of manufacturer innovation, and is a device that is at the very top of its game which will allow users to make the most from their mobile experience.”

"The TG01 is quite simply the next step in cutting edge mobile technology that will enable us to deliver mobile content for Orange customers at unprecedented levels of speed and quality.  We are delighted to be partnering with Orange to launch the exciting new TG01 handset into the UK Market," said Bernard Labaume, VP Business Development & Trade Marketing, Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd, Mobile Communications Division.

The Toshiba TG01 will be free to customers who take out a £39.15 per month, 24 month price plan. The package includes 1200 any network call minutes, unlimited texts, Orange Maps as well as inclusive anytime internet browsing, and is exclusive to Orange in the UK.

The device is already available from Orange in France, and will also be shortly available from Orange in Switzerland and Romania.

For further information on the TG01’s UK availability, please visit Orange Shops or www.orange.co.uk/shop

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Note to editors

For imagery and to request review units, please visit orange.co.uk/newsroom

An 8-GB MicroSD card comes included in the package

Toshiba TG01 – specification overview

Size:  70mm x130mm x 9.9mm

Weight: 129g

Display:  Wide-VGA (800 x 480), 4.1”

Camera:  3.2 mega-pixel, autofocus

Memory:  512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, micro SDHC slot up to 32GB (Subject to availability)                                                   

Interface: Bluetooth v2.0, USB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g

Battery: 1,000mAh, Standby: up to 220 hours (3G), Talk time: up to 4 hours (3G) (Dependent on network conditions and usage)

Band:  850/900/1800/1900 for GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2100 for UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA

Navigation:  Built-in GPS & A-GPS

Video service: Core Codec CorePlayer

Browser:  Microsoft® Internet Explorer Mobile

Messaging:  SMS, MMS, E-mail, Microsoft Direct push e-mail, Instant Messaging

Sound:  MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, WMA, MIDI, SP-MIDI

Video:  H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, ASF

Java:  MIDP 2.0

Processor:  Qualcomm QSD8250 (1GHz)

OS:  Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (Updateable to Windows Mobile 6.5 when it’s

Specifications are correct at the time of this press release. Product design and specifications are subject to change without notice. Ó 2009 Toshiba Information Systems UK Ltd. Toshiba is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation in Japan

About Orange

Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With 123 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates.

At the end of 2008, France Telecom had consolidated sales of 53.5 billion euros (12.7 billion euros for the first quarter of 2009) and at 29 April 2009, the Group had a customer base of almost 184 million customers in 30 countries. These include 123 million mobile customers worldwide and 13 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers in Europe. Orange is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population. At the end of March 2009, Orange had almost 17 million customers in the UK – 15.8 million active mobile customers and close to one million fixed broadband customers.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited.

For more information: www.orange.com, www.francetelecom.com, www.orange-business.com

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications equipment and systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 198,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm and the TG01 website at www.toshibamobilerevolution.com

For further information, call the Orange press office on 0870 373 1500 or email: Orangepr@golinharris.com or visit www.orange.co.uk/newsroom

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