9/19/2006 6:17:00 PM
Sony Ericsson W850i launch
Networks are pitching in with large orders for Sony Ericsson's first ever slider, the W850i. The Walkman handset will be available in large volumes in stores from the second week of October.
3 is particularly enthusiastic, as the W850i is the first ever Walkman-branded handset and could be a useful weapon to accelerate music downloads. No retailer or operator is expected to get an exclusive on the handset.
The manufacturer has promised that it has adequate supplies of the handset and will not experience the stock shortage problems of its hero handsets of the past.
It is also lining up a major launch for the more expensive touch-screen 4GB Walkman, the W950i, which is expected to be restricted to high end tariffs.