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Archos 5G subsidized at 149€ with subscription in France with SFR

Posted by Charbax on 23rd January 2009

Update on 27th of March 2009, the price is now subsidized at 99€ by SFR in France when you signup for a 1 or 2 year plan.

SFR, the first telecom in the world to have launched the Archos 5G with HSDPA data subscriptions thus far, is providing the Archos 5G for 149€ with a 2-year 19,90€ per month HSDPA data subscription plan, or at 24,90€ per month 1-year subscription plan. +5€ per month if you are not having your regular mobile phone plan with SFR as well.

Archos will hopefully soon be able to announce the availabillity of the Archos 5G with or without HSDPA subscriptions in other markets around the world. The Archos 5G is Archos most revolutionary product thus far, the first product of its kind which now also has built-in HSDPA connectivity.

Source: http://archoslounge.net/Archos-By-SFR-100-Euros,8705.html

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DVB-SH Dock and Plugin to be released

Posted by Charbax on 23rd January 2009

Archos announced and demonstrated together with Alcatel Lucent and ICO, one of the worlds first solutions for the DVB-SH reception. It’ll be available as a Dock and a software plugin within the next few months, in those regions that are going to launch the DVB-SH mobile TV broadcasting standard.

The DVB-SH standard mixes HSDPA-like cell phone towers that transmit the DVB-H mobile TV signal in densely populated areas, while EUTELSAT and SES Astra are launching a new satellite that will cover most of Europe with a mobile TV signal in less populated areas. You can watch a video Interview I did with an Alcatel-Lucent representative about the DVB-SH technology at http://techvideoblog.com/ifa/alcatel-lucent-dvb-sh/ 

As we are still waiting for the following promised features in firmware upgrades:

- HD 720p video codecs support through the HD plugin

- HSDPA USB dongle support on USB host of Battery, Mini Dock or DVR Station

- DVB-T Tuner Dock

- FM Remote Control (worldwide release)

- Full in-car GPS Dock support

- USB1 and USB2 keyboard and mouse support with USB hub (already partially working)

So you can hopefully look forward to all these awesome promised features being added in the coming weeks and months to the current Archos 5 and Archos 7 series.

Sources: http://techradar.com/news/internet/archos-moves-into-mobile-digital-tv-513262

http://archoslounge.net/Archos-une-nouvelle-promesse,8710.html (french)

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