Hutchison Whampoa has ordered one million additional third-generation (3G) handsets from Japanese mobile phone maker NEC. Last year, Hutchison ordered one million handsets each from NEC and American manufacturer Motorola. NEC delivered 1,000 handsets in April last year. While the value and length of the handset deals have not been disclosed, it is understood that the NEC contracts extend to the summer of 2004. The company earlier this month kicked off a 3G trial in Britain and unveiled its brand identity for its worldwide 3G services, the number '3'. A Hutchison spokesman said there were two types of handset devices - one with a mini-keyboard that included messaging features and another with a video-screen. The new batch of phones would be dual-mode with advanced messaging capabilities. Hutchison plans to have 10,000 3G handsets ready by the end of the year, in time for the commercial launch of its services in the first quarter next year. 'We have just begun the first phase of our roll-out of these exciting services,' said group managing director Canning Fok Kin-ning. '3 will offer customers full-motion video over a wide selection of high-quality devices.' NEC is also a network infrastructure provider to Hutchison and a minority investor in its Hong Kong mobile operation, Hutchison Telecom.