Sunday, February 27, 2005

Where The Cool Cellphones Are: "

Although we’ve been seeing some really innovative cellphone designs and functionalities emerge in the last few
months, it seems that folks in the Asia-Pacific region are having all the fun—at least when it comes to

Take Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo’s new 901i series. These wireless hot rods are capable of four-way
videoconferencing and high-speed mobile Internet surfing (up to 384 kilobytes per second). The 901is can send e-mail
with attachments as large as 500 kilobytes. They can act as TV remote controls and have 3-D screens with up to 262,144

Each model has at least a two-megapixel camera and miniature ‘3-D sound’ speakers. One even has a biometric
fingerprint sensor to ensure that no one can use the phone but its owner, and three of the five models come with a
nifty function called FeliCa, which enables the 901i to serve as a digital wallet. You download cash into the phone’s
guts, then simply swipe it over a FeliCa reader at the local mini-mart.


In South Korea, LG has taken niche marketing to an almost absurd level with its KP8400, a phone with a built-in
blood glucose meter, designed specifically for diabetics. But one Far East phone feature is sure to be embraced by
American consumers as soon as they can get it: television.

Samsung has released a ‘swing-bar’ phone in South Korea called the SCH-B100 that can actually pick up satellite TV
broadcasts. Not streaming video; the real thing. LG has one too, a clamshell called the SB-100.

In this country, the technology is still nascent. Samsung itself has a new model available here called the MM-A700
that can stream short clips from CNN and other networks at 15 frames per second over the Sprint PCS network, while
Qualcomm plans to launch a service in 2006 that will broadcast up to 15 channels of live programming, along with many
more ‘clip-cast’ channels.

(Via The VoIP Weblog.)

Where The Cool Cellphones Are


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