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HTC and Vodafone Qatar partner to launch Middle East’s first Android-powered smartphone in Qatar

October 6, 2009: Vodafone Qatar, in collaboration with HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, has announced the release of the new "HTC Magic" in Qatar, offering users a wider range of mobile and internet capabilities through the Middle East's first AndroidTM-powered smartphone. The launch of the region's highly anticipated first Android-powered phone highlights the initial success of the newly-forged partnership between Vodafone Qatar and HTC, which aims to provide premium and innovative mobile solutions to Qatar's growing mobile user base.

HTC Magic, which is available in Qatar exclusively from Vodafone, comes pre-installed with some of the most popular and in-demand applications from GoogleTM, such as Google SearchTM, GmailTM, and Google TalkTM, allowing multiple layers of optimum mobile internet capabilities to users who utilize mobile and internet connectivity in the performance of their daily activities. Furthermore, HTC Magic is equipped with a 3.2-inch HVGA touch screen display, a trackball and optimised navigational buttons, a 3.2 mega-pixel camera and GPS.

"Vodafone Qatar is excited to be able to bring this cutting-edge phone to Qatar. Vodafone is one of the first to partner with HTC to also bringing culturally relevant applications such as an Arabic keyboard, prayer times and a Quran reader," said Daniel Horan, Director of Consumer Business, Vodafone Qatar.

"The HTC Magic is also designed to turn heads with its chic looks, and command attention with its advanced list of capabilities," continued Daniel Horan.

Florian Seiche, Vice President, HTC EMEA, said, "Bringing HTC Magic to Qatar through our partnership with Vodafone Qatar gives an opportunity for potential users to take advantage of the revolutionary capabilities of the Android platform. Moreover, HTC Magic boasts an array of features and applications that can address the most challenging demands of smartphone users today, particularly in Qatar where the mobile penetration rate is very high. HTC Magic's cutting-edge technology and user-friendly interface give users the ability to enjoy mobile and internet applications practically anywhere and in any situation or setting."  

HTC Magic features the Android-optimised Webkit browser, while it is also equipped with a variety of email options such as POP3, IMAP and Google Talk for instant messaging, aside from regular SMS and MMS messaging. The feature-packed HTC Magic also comes with Outlook® synchronization, Smart Dialer, and has an onscreen QWERTY keyboard with predictive text.

HTC Magic, which comes in an attractive white color, is being offered at a retail price of QR 2,200 and can be purchased at Vodafone retail stores located in Landmark Mall, Villagio Mall, City Center Mall, Al Khor, Lulu Hypermarket, Industrial Area and Musheireb Street. Customers can also visit Vodafone's online store at www.vodafone.com.qa where it is currently being offered at a special discounted rate of QR 2,000.  

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