Vivaz Pro could enourage consumers to recycle their used phones

15 February 2010 — 3:08 PM

Vivaz Pro could provide an option for upgrade

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a new handset - the Vivaz Pro - ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.

The mobile manufacturer revealed the device which is said to be a variation on the previously announced Vivaz and revealed that it will ship in the second quarter of the year.

Vivaz Pro could encourage consumers to trade in their used phone for cash and despite being 2mm thicker than the Vivaz it features a slide out Qwerty keyboard, unlike the touchscreen of its predecessor.

Sony Ericsson said that it was aiming to cater for a wider range of customers with its new smartphones and that the addition of a keyboard could prove to be beneficial for consumers updating social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Sir Howard Stringer, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Sony Corporation, said: "The mobile phone long ago replaced the wrist watch for many of us and it's likely wallets and keys will be next."

He added that future developments could allow for the use of mobile payments and also provide users with the ability to digitally access homes, offices, cars and more using their mobile phones.

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