Feeds

Orange all a-quiver over 'vibro-tactile' mobile phone

Samsung E770 shakes - but does it stir?

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

In a bid to put the buzz back into the mobile phone market, Orange UK has launched a version of Samsung's E770 handset that sports what inventor Immersion calls "vibro-tactile sensations".

Yes, rather than merely vibrate when a call comes through or you achieve a high score in one of the phone's bundled games, the VibeTonz-enabled E770 will drum out a very specific ditty. Users will be able to select different VibeTonz alerts for all their various caller groups, so not only will kids' ridiculously loud ringtones reveal it's their best buddy calling, but they'll be able to 'feel' the identity of the caller even when their phone's tucked in the back pocket of the jeans.

The handset will also shake in subtly different ways whenever an SMS, MMS, email or instant message is received.

The E770 also contains four VibeTonz games, each with a range of custom vibrations for in-play events, and Orange has lined up a series of mobile-games developers to create more ready for users to download. The phone comes pre-loaded with 15 VibeTonz alerts, but we'd put money on Orange offering more for download for which it hopes punters will happily pay up.

Orange didn't say how much the special E770 will cost, but the standard version is currently being offered free of charge to customers signing up for a monthly airtime plan. The E770 is not currently available on pay-as-you-go.

Samsung's SCH-n330 and Vi-A820 handsets already support VibeTonz in the US through carriers Verizon, Metro PCS, Alltel and Sprint. In South Korea, the VibeTonz-enabled SCH-G1000 is offered by SK Telecom. Sanyo has signed up to support the techology, but has yet to offer a phone that incorporates it. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
Things are looking up in Flappy Bird sequel
'Swing Copters' offers the same gameplay but in a different direction
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.