The Orbitel 905 developed in the UK. The company was a joint venture between the Plessey Corporation and Racal Telecommunications (which evolved into Vodafone).
The phone was described by the company as being "stylishly contoured to fit comfortably into your hand with large, widely-spaced keys recessed to avoid accidental operation giving a positive 'click' when you press them."
The phone had a four-line, 48 character display and "a flashing indicator to alert you when the phone was ringing in a noisy environment."
Orbitel worked closely with Vodafone UK to develop its handsets - particularly to support the short messaging service (SMS) and mobile data capabilities.
The Orbitel 905 could be used with an RS-232 cable to link it to a PC running MessageLink software making it possible to send and receive text messages from a computer.
In April 1996 Ericsson (which by that time already owned 50 percent of Orbitel) acquired the 50 percent it did not own from Vodafone and the Orbitel 905 was rebranded as the Ericsson GO118.