Orange confirms launch of VoLTE and WiFi Calling across Europe and unveils first compatible own-branded smartphone – the Orange Neva 80

  • Orange’s commitment to enriching the voice experience for customers drives roll-out of VoLTE and WiFi Calling across European footprint.
  • Orange continues to raise the bar of its own-branded device range with first VoLTE and WiFi Calling-compatible smartphone with the latest edition of Orange Experience 8.

Orange delivers cutting-edge technological advancements to its customers with the latest evolution of its voice offerings

Today, Orange confirms its roll-out of VoLTE and WiFi Calling across its European footprint as it strives to enrich the voice experience for all its customers. In the latest evolution of its voice services, Orange is delivering the two technologies to provide customers with the very best voice experience available today.
With VoLTE, already available in Romania the technology will facilitate dramatically reduced connection times (falling from approximately eight to two seconds) and improved simultaneous use of voice and high speed data, in particular. Orange will undertake the necessary technical preparation and activate VoLTE in its remaining European operations over the course of 2016 and early 2017. Precise timings for their availability will be determined by each market.
With the launch of WiFi Calling, Orange is extending and complementing its mobile network to offer customers greatly improved indoor coverage, responding to those customers who struggle to get reception inside their homes and businesses. WiFi Calling will launch across Orange’s remaining European footprint over the course of 2016 and early 2017. 

High-end phone responds to customers’ desire for cutting-edge technology and features at accessible prices

Orange also announces the launch of its first own-branded device to support both technologies – the Orange Neva 80.
Orange continues to raise the bar on its successful own-branded range of devices by delivering a smartphone that offers a compelling combination of cutting-edge technology and features that customers have come to only expect from flagship devices.
The smartphone will be available from April onwards across Orange’s European footprint. Retailing at under €200, handset only and also available on a contract basis, depending on market, the smartphone is accessible to many customers seeking a high-specification device at a reasonable price.

Orange Neva 80 offers features comparable to flagship devices

As Orange’s first own-branded ‘category 6’ device it offers 300Mbps download speeds, making it the fastest device in the range and makes use of the very latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow software. In addition, responding to customers’ demands for durable screens, the smartphone will feature Dragontrail™ glass making it scratch and crack-resistant - also a first for Orange’s own-branded device range.
At 5.2 inches with full HD, 143g and Orange’s slimmest own-branded phone ever at 7.6mm, the premium Orange Neva 80 is a sleek addition to the range. It also packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octo-core processor, 16 GB of memory and 2G of RAM. And features a high-quality 5 mega pixel front camera with face-detection and 13 mega pixel rear camera.
The Orange Neva 80 also comes with NFC and is pre-embedded with Orange Cash in the markets where the service is available including France, Poland and Spain - transforming the smartphone into a payment tool. Regardless of which bank the customer banks with, customers can pay using the contactless technology embedded in the phone and SIM Card. Aside from Orange Cash, the Orange Neva 80 also comes pre-loaded with Orange’s latest software, Orange Experience 8, ensuring a smooth and supportive smartphone experience.
Yves Maitre, Executive Vice President of the Connected Objects and Partnership team, Orange, commented: “the Orange Neva 80 is not only a stand-out smartphone with enriched voice capabilities but more significantly it will sit at the heart of our converged bundles as we gather together great products at the right price, with our high-speed networks, to deliver the best possible experience for our customers.”
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