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November 30, 2004

Daft thief left mugshot on Camera Phone

'A ROBBER who left behind a mobile phone containing his picture has been dubbed Britains dumbest criminal. David Kelly, 30, dropped his phone as he and an accomplice switched getaway cars after a 6,000 raid on an estate agents....
Posted by Darren at 10:06 PM

LG-KP3800

X-Gadget previews the new LG-KP3800 which has more features than you can poke a stick at including the ability to read characters and numbers on business cards and converting them into your address book. It also has a 1.3megapixel...
Posted by Darren at 08:11 AM

Motorola MusicMOTO MS350 MP3 phone

Engadget has a picture of the new camera phone/mp3 player from Motorola - the Motorolas MusicMOTO MS350 MP3 phone. It has 128MB of internal memory for your mp3s, a 1.3 megapixel cameraphone plus all the normal bells and whistles...
Posted by Darren at 07:59 AM

Motorola Razr V3 Review - Gizmodo

Gizmodo reviews the Motorola Razr V3 and writes - 'Overall, great product, not yet up to the Zen of say Apple, but overall the phone lives up to the hype and operates pretty much as advertised. Should you get...
Posted by Darren at 12:53 AM

Camera phones concern police

'When asked recently if he could recall his department ever having used a photo from a cell phone camera as evidence in a criminal case, Portsmouth Police Capt. Bill Irving confessed he could not. But his response came with...
Posted by Darren at 12:33 AM

November 29, 2004

Motorola Launches Push-to-View iDEN Handset - Motorola PTV i860

'Motorola Korea launched PTV (Push-To-View) i860, the first TRS iDEN handsets enabled with video shooting/playing and multimedia messaging service, the company announced Sunday. The PTV handsets are more advanced than PTT (Push-to-Talk) in the sense that users only have...
Posted by Darren at 08:04 AM

Most Elementary School Students Want to Use Handsets as Camera

'cording to a research, most Korean elementary school students want to take pictures with their handsets rather than make phone calls. Edumora, an online primary education service provider conducted a survey asking its 18,289 members about handset use. To...
Posted by Darren at 08:03 AM

November 28, 2004

Camera phones banned at car plant

'Camera phones have been banned at the Honda car factory in Swindon because it is feared employees may take photos of the latest models. The company's 4,000 workers have been told to leave their mobiles at home and visitors...
Posted by Darren at 09:08 AM

November 27, 2004

Youth gets six months for camera in court

'A youth who caused a robbery trial to be aborted after taking photographs and video footage in court using his mobile phone was yesterday sentenced to six months' detention. Shaun Nash, 19, was in the public gallery at the...
Posted by Darren at 05:34 PM

Delhi students expelled after MMS porn video

'The infamous pornographic video involving two Delhi students was shot to gain 'popularity' among peers and 'have some fun'. Or so the popular perception seems to be among youngsters, most of whom seem to have access to it. If...
Posted by Darren at 12:50 PM

November 26, 2004

Smart phone predicts owner's behaviour

'US boffins are developing mobile phones which learn user's daily habits so that they can become "mobile digital secretaries". Going beyond the calendar feature common in many current mobiles, the "smarter smartphone" learns about people's preferences by logging calls and...
Posted by Darren at 10:19 PM

Treo 650 Review - Infosync World

Infosync World reviews the Treo 650 and write - 'It is always difficult to follow on success, but palmOne's fourth generation Treo manages to do just that. It takes the already first-rate design of the Treo 600 and rounds out...
Posted by Darren at 09:47 AM

Sprint PPC-6601 Review - Infosync World

Infosync World reviews the PPC-6601 and writes - 'Despite lacking some of the features of its brethren of the same reference design, the PPC-6601 still comes off as a good device. The thumbboard is good, the screen and battery life...
Posted by Darren at 09:35 AM

Camera Phone Prints

'Digital photography specialist Pixology said Boots had become the first retailer to take up its technology allowing customers to print photos taken using camera phones. Guildford, Surrey-based Pixology said a pilot scheme will initially cover 10 stores.' Source Scotsman.com -...
Posted by Darren at 09:20 AM

LG Plans for 6 or 7 Megapixel Camera Phone

Telecoms Korea reports that LG Electronics is planning to release the world's first 6 or 7 Megapixel camera phone. They look set to use Canon's camera phone module in the making of this product. 'LG Electronics' spokesman comfirmed Thursday, "LG...
Posted by Darren at 08:42 AM

November 25, 2004

mBlog! Australian Moblogging Service

mBlog! - Finally! A cool product for your camera phone! Eighty per cent of mobile phones will have a camera by 2008, global information technology researchers Gartner Research predict. Research has also shown that camera phone users want to...
Posted by Darren at 09:30 PM

i-Mate PDA2K

Pocket PC Dubai review the i-Mate PDA2K and writes - 'After 25 days with i-Mate PDA2K I believe that this device is not really a huge leap in the converged device technology compared with the previous i-Mate Pocket PC...
Posted by Darren at 08:05 AM

November 24, 2004

Kyocera KX2 Starts Shipping

Mobile Tracker reports that Verizon Wireless have begun shipping the Kyocera KX2 this week. Pricing for this swivel style phone with a 1.2 megapixel camera starts at $149.99 on a 2 year contract. Get more information on the Kyocera KX2...
Posted by Darren at 04:12 PM

Exploding Cell Phones a Growing Problem

'Curtis Sathre said it was like a bomb going off. His 13-year-old son Michael stood stunned, ears ringing, hand gushing blood after his cell phone exploded. Safety officials have received 83 reports of cell phones exploding or catching fire in...
Posted by Darren at 11:48 AM

Audiovox CDM-8910VW

ZDNet reviews the Audiovox CDM-8910VW and writes - 'Perhaps the most important feature on the 8910 is its VGA camera. You can take pictures in three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 160x120) and choose from three quality settings, six image...
Posted by Darren at 11:40 AM

Cingular Wireless Said to Cut Work Force by 10%

'Cingular Wireless LLC, America's largest cell phone company, will cut about 10 percent of its 68,000 jobs over the next 12 to 18 months as it combines operations with the recently acquired ATT Wireless, Cingular's chief executive said Tuesday. Many...
Posted by Darren at 09:41 AM

Sony Ericsson K500i

InfosyncWorld reviews the Sony Ericsson K500i and writes - 'Sony Ericsson's K500i offers both highs and lows. Its 0.3 MP camera performs very well, which can also be said about its display and loudspeaker. Worse is it then that...
Posted by Darren at 09:41 AM

November 23, 2004

Samsung to Enhance Camera Function of 5-Megapixel Phone

Samsung will upgrade their 5 megapixel camera phone in the first quarter of 2005. 'According to 'Samsung Executives' Own View : The World's First 5-Megapixel Handset, published by Telecoms Korea Research Team Tuesday, Samsung's next big thing would feature...
Posted by Darren at 11:28 PM

Motorola e1000

Pocket Lint reviews the Motorola e1000 and writes - 'As if it was straight out of a Jekyll and Hyde story, the e1000 compared to the A1000 is a gem to use. Its small, compact and dispels the belief...
Posted by Darren at 10:22 PM

The Treo 650 Memory Debate

Treonauts tackles the issue of memory in the new Treo 650. Is 32MB enough? 'Here I was, relatively content to have put the issue of "only 32MB of memory on the Treo 650" to rest, when to my dismay...
Posted by Darren at 03:52 PM

Samsung SGH-D500 Review - Pocket Lint

Pocket Lint reviews the Samsung SGH-D500 and writes - 'This is another hit for Samsung to follow the huge popularity of its Olympics branded E800 slider handset. Whereas the earlier slider phone was light on technology, the D500 has Bluetooth,...
Posted by Darren at 03:43 PM

November 22, 2004

Camera Phones to Get 99% of Local Market in 2005 - Korea

'Those who want to purchase a cell phone without built-in cameras will have a hard time next year as camera phones will make up 99 percent of local sales. The nation's handset manufacturers said Monday local sales of camera...
Posted by Darren at 10:07 PM

Nokia Neo

Mobile Gadgets has just posted pictures and information about the new Nokia Neo phone. It does not have a hard disk as has been rumored - instead it relies upon its SD/MMC card expansion slot and its 7MB of...
Posted by Darren at 06:11 PM

Buy the Motorola MPx220

Amazon has just added the option to purchase the Motorola MPx220 Phone which has recently been released by Cingular. The sophisticated Motorola MPx220 provides mobile professionals a world class feature phone with the constant and global access to email, IM...
Posted by Darren at 08:43 AM

Bride Attacks Guest with Camera Phone

'An enraged Saudi bride badly beat up a female wedding guest who had photographed her with a camera-equipped cellphone, a newspaper reported on Sunday. After spotting the woman taking the picture in the all-female section of the party in...
Posted by Darren at 08:24 AM

November 21, 2004

Sony Ericsson T616 Review - CNET

CNET reviews the Sony Ericsson T616 and writes - 'We tested this world phone (GSM 850/1800/1900) in the New York metropolitan area and found sound quality to be exceptional. Callers told us that our signals were loud and clear,...
Posted by Darren at 11:19 PM

November 20, 2004

Panasonic GU87

The Panasonic GU87 features an 110,000-pixel CMOS1 camera with helpful features like a self-timer, indoor/outdoor shooting and more. With it, you can send photos to your friends over email right from your phone. You can take pictures of subjects...
Posted by Darren at 11:20 PM

Nokia CEO says will launch 10 new 3G handsets in 2005

'Nokia Corp chief executive Jorma Ollila said the company expects 25 pct of its planned 40 handset launches in 2005 to be 3G WCDMA handsets. Speaking at Morgan Stanley's TMT Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Ollila estimated that over 90...
Posted by Darren at 11:08 PM

HP iPaq Pocket PC h6315 Review

CNET reviews the HP iPaq 6315 and writes - 'Available through T-Mobile wireless service ($499 with activation; $599 without), the h6315 blurs the line between phone and PDA and offers four-way wireless capabilities (GSM/GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and IrDA). In addition,...
Posted by Darren at 11:03 PM

Motorola A630

Motorola have finally released the Motorola A630 on T-Mobile after numerous delays. The A630 is a flip style phone with QUERTY keyboard, Bluetooth, VGA Camera, Speakerphone, AIM, 176 x 220 65,000 color display and MP3 ringtones. The Motorola A630...
Posted by Darren at 05:56 PM

November 19, 2004

Samsung SGH-E630

The Samsung SGH-E630 is a small slider tri-band phone with a VGA camera. It has 20MB internal memory, speaker phone, infrared connectivity and internal antenna. Samsung SGH-E630 - Modes - GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 -...
Posted by Darren at 05:08 PM

Acer Hints at Smart Phone Launch

'Acer said that it has plans to enter the smart phone or 3G market. Announcing its business and consumer lineup for the coming months this week, the company hinted that it may be ready to launch a smart phone...
Posted by Darren at 08:57 AM

November 18, 2004

Motorola A1000 Review - Pocket Lint

Pocket Lint reviews the Motorola A1000 and writes - 'As a standalone phone the device performs below average, yes it may have Bluetooth, a document viewer and 1.2 megapixel camera, but the screen�s preciseness was slightly off sync with the...
Posted by Darren at 10:45 AM

Nokia 6230 Review - Engadget

Engadget has a good review of the Nokia 6230 and writes - 'The 6230 has a VGA camera built in. The software is fast and utterly simple. Simply switch to the camera app and snap a picture. There is no...
Posted by Darren at 09:43 AM

Motorola MPx220 Review - Smartphone Thoughts

SmartPhone Thoughtsreviews the Motorola MPx220 and writes - 'Motorola's MPx220 stands out of the Smartphone crowd because of its superb styling and clam shell design. Clam shell lovers would instantly adopt this model. Others should look at the differences between...
Posted by Darren at 09:22 AM

Pros and Cons of the Camera Phone

Camera-Phone turns Chronicler of Everyday is an interesting article looking at some of the advantages and disadvantages of Camera Phones, as well as some of the implications of it on everyday life. They write: 'After spending two weeks with...
Posted by Darren at 09:17 AM

November 17, 2004

Alcatel to launch seven mobile phones, including 2-megapixel camera model

'Alcatel will launch seven mobile phones in Taiwan in 2005, including one equipped with a two-megapixel digital camera, according to Fiona Huang, director of TCL Alcatel Mobile Phones Taiwan (TAMP Taiwan). At a press conference marking the launch...
Posted by Darren at 11:41 PM

Bonusprint enables Printing, Storing and Sharing Camera Phone Images

Bonusprint Press Release Effortlessly upload photos to Bonusprint with a single key-press November 17, 2004, UK - From today, camera-phone owners can print, store and share high-quality images taken on their mobile phone, thanks to Bonusprint Mobile. In addition...
Posted by Darren at 11:24 PM

Micron to volume produce camera phone-use 2-megapixel CMOS sensors in 2Q

'US-based Micron Technology announced yesterday that its 2-megapixel CMOS image sensors for camera-equipped mobile phones and PDAs have entered the design-in stage. Volume production is expected to start in the second quarter of 2005, the company said. Micron also...
Posted by Darren at 03:45 PM

Camera Phone Boom Sparks Boom in Instant Photo Printers

'As digital cameras and camera phones are rapidly gaining popularity, various instant photo printers, that can develop digital images off-hand, are being introduced to the market as well. A digital imaging company, Peniel’s Morning, recently unveiled its digital photo...
Posted by Darren at 11:30 AM

Motorola to acquire MeshNetworks

'Motorola Inc. has agreed to buy MeshNetworks Inc., a developer of technology and products for rapidly deployed, self-creating wireless mobile networks. Motorola already licenses software and distributes products from the privately-held Maitland, Florida, company. Its Motorola Ventures investment arm...
Posted by Darren at 10:33 AM

Camera phone clampdown demanded - ZDNet UK News

'There is growing pressure on manufacturers to introduce safeguards to stop camera phones being used to take intrusive snaps Industry bodies and activists are calling for tighter curbs on camera phones, claiming that the devices pose a serious threat...
Posted by Darren at 10:04 AM

Xerox Tackles Wireless Image Capture

'A team of Xerox scientists sees the camera phone as the next portable document scanner device and has developed technology to make it happen. At a European research center, Xerox scientists built the software to enhance image capture, but...
Posted by Darren at 10:00 AM

LG Telecom Opens Exhibition for Phone Photos  

'LG Telecom holds CanU Camera Phone Photo Exhibition in its 30 outlets nationwide until December 31 in an attempt to show off the beauty of pictures taken by CanU Camera phones, the company announced Tuesday. Although there are dozens...
Posted by Darren at 09:59 AM

HP iPAQ 6315 Review - PDA Street

PDA Street reviews the HP iPaq 6315 SmartPhone and writes - 'If you're accustomed to using a more conventional mobile phone for voice or a BlackBerry for wireless data and you're concerned about the Pocket PC's lack of a physical...
Posted by Darren at 09:37 AM

Sony Ericsson S710a honored with Award

'Sony Ericsson's S710a mobile phone was today presented with a Best of What's New Award from Popular Science. Heralded as a new design concept for mobile phones, the eye-catching S710a flaunts a unique 180-degree swivel-open design that easily converts...
Posted by Darren at 08:35 AM

Camera Phone Conduct

Engadget link up to a PDF file on Camera Phone Conduct from the Consumer Electronics Association. Nothing radical in it and I'm not sure who is going to take any notice - but their first two rules are: '1. Camera...
Posted by Darren at 08:22 AM

Multimedia Features Attract Mobile Buyers

'Multimedia opportunities and flexible pricing plans now tempt consumers to switch devices, according to The NPD Group's recent report. The report, the first in a series of annual studies to measure ownership and attitudes underlying the growth of the...
Posted by Darren at 12:25 AM

Smart phones to make up 16% of market

'A new study shows that the market for smart phones will continue to increase during the next several years, with global shipments growing from 14.6 million units last year to 125 million units in 2009. According to research firm...
Posted by Darren at 12:24 AM

November 16, 2004

Camera phone modules get clearer

'Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd., the components arm of the South Korean electronics giant, is gearing up for the next wave in camera phone technology by increasing production of a 3-Mpixel CMOS image sensor that will form the heart of...
Posted by Darren at 11:17 PM

Nokia 6235i

Nokia Press Release Nokia introduces mid-range CDMA camera phones designed for the global market Compact Nokia 6235 and Nokia 6235i camera phones feature classic styling and a strong feature set Hong Kong - Continuing to expand its range of...
Posted by Darren at 11:16 PM

Cingular Wireless Completes Overnight Conversion of ATT Wireless Stores in Colorado

Cingular Wireless Press Release 226 Locations in Colorado Now Offer the New 'Cingular Experience' - Featuring the Largest Mobile-to-Mobile Calling and Largest Digital Voice and Data Network DENVER, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a new day for wireless consumers...
Posted by Darren at 09:01 AM

November 15, 2004

Dual Wi-Fi, 3G phone ships in Japan

'WHEN DOCOMO ANNOUNCED its dual mode, Wi-Fi and 3G handset, the N900iL (from NEC) back in July, it kept pretty quiet about the fact that it actually uses Linux instead of Symbian. The INQ only discovered this when searching for...
Posted by Darren at 11:29 PM

JPSS - Service Solutions for Camera Phones

JP Service Solutions Press Release JP Service Solutions is a division of Johnsons Photopia Ltd., whose history in the photographic industry can be traced back 250 years. Johnsons Photopia has been associated for many years with the leading brands...
Posted by Darren at 09:23 PM

Celebrity artists use camera phones to ring the changes in photography

'If one definition of art is what hangs in a gallery, then a new artform has arrived: the camera phone photograph. Nokia, which has coined the rather unlovely word "fonetography" to describe photos taken using a mobile, has invited...
Posted by Darren at 08:19 PM

Motorola V551

Mobile Tracker reports that Cingular has listed the Motorola V551 on its website (after previously withdrawing it). Motorola V551 features: - EDGE high-speed data - 176 x 220 color display with 65K colors - MP3 ringtones - Bluetooth -...
Posted by Darren at 04:06 PM

Phones R Us - How Cell Phones are Changing the World

'Mobiles have become essential tools for modern living, from text flirting to calling for help. Tim Luckhurst reports on how handsets took over our lives - and the ways companies plan to keep us hooked. Survivors of the rail...
Posted by Darren at 03:59 PM

November 14, 2004

Mobile picture power in your pocket

'How many times have you wanted to have a camera to hand to catch an unexpected event that would make headlines? With a modern mobile phone that has a camera built in, you no longer need to curse, you...
Posted by Darren at 09:57 AM

November 13, 2004

Bluetooth to take over smartphone market

'Research firm ARC Group predicts that as smartphone sales rise so will Bluetooth, while Wi-Fi "phones" will lag behind considerably. A new study by research firm ARC Group says that Bluetooth phone shipments will rise to nearly 87.5 million...
Posted by Darren at 11:31 AM

Mobile phone sales rocket

'Global mobile phone shipments have risen by almost a quarter year over year in 2004, according to a recent report from IDC. The analyst firm's latest Worldwide Mobile Phone Qview found that the market increased sequentially by seven per...
Posted by Darren at 11:30 AM

B221 Smartphone

- GSM 900/1800/1900, GPRS Class 10 - 65K colors, TFT LCD, 320 x 240 pixels - Full Pocket PC(PDA) features - MS Office applications - 2.2inch LCD Screen - 300k digital camera - Data synchronizing with PC - MP3...
Posted by Darren at 10:09 AM

Motorola RAZRberry

Engadget has the scoop on a new Motorola smartphone - code named the 'RAZRberry' that seems to based upon the RAZR V3. They write that the RAZRberry is - 'just as thin and has the same styling as their...
Posted by Darren at 09:59 AM

November 12, 2004

Zoran Corporation Announces New Multimedia Solutions For Mobile Phones

'Zoran Corporation (Nasdaq: ZRAN) announced the launch of a new product family targeted at the multimedia mobile phone market. The APPROACH 4C coprocessor is the first in a new line of cost-effective solutions for accelerating multimedia applications in mobile...
Posted by Darren at 11:20 PM

Cingular offer Camera Phone Postcard Service

Cingular have just launched a service that allows you to create and send postcards using your Camera Phone. The process involves: 1. Selecting a postcard or greeting card from the design library. 2. Personalizing it with your message and...
Posted by Darren at 09:52 AM

Samsung SCH-i730

MobileBurn have a scoop on the Samsung SCH-i730 - a CDMA device with PocketPC 2003. It has a 65K color TFT display, sliding keyboard, 64MB of RAM, voice dialling SDIO card slot and camera (no specs yet). MobileBurn writes:...
Posted by Darren at 09:13 AM

Sony Ericsson V800 Review - Pocket Lint

Pocket Lint reviews the Sony Ericsson V800 and writes - 'With Bluetooth data, 3D gaming, global support including Japan, and everyother feature you would want to put on a phone this phone has more swings and bells on it that...
Posted by Darren at 08:23 AM

November 11, 2004

The Shape of Camera-Phones to Come

'With forecasters predicting sales of 280 million units in 2005, the camera-phone has rocketed to the top echelon of personal electronics, earning the fastest acceptance of any consumer device in history. However, this meteoric growth tends to obscure the...
Posted by Darren at 10:56 PM

Motorola to Introduce 20 New Cell Phones

'Motorola Inc., which is introducing 20 new cell phones as it tries to avoid slipping to No. 3 in the market, signaled its confidence Wednesday for strong holiday sales and said there are no further product delays in sight....
Posted by Darren at 10:55 PM

Sony Ericsson P910i Review - InfoSync World

Infosync World reviews the Sony Ericsson P910i and writes - 'In today's competitive landscape, the best trait of the P910i is its small size. Despite being rock solid in all aspects, its feature set falls short of that of similarly...
Posted by Darren at 10:38 PM

Samsung SCH-A815

Phone Arena writes that the 'Samsung SCH-A815 main features are slide design, video camera with video capture and speaker-independent voice commands.' Engadget predicts it will be available on either Verizon or Sprint and will available 'shortly'. We'll be updating...
Posted by Darren at 10:26 PM

Sharp 902

The Sharp 902 is a 2 megapixel Camera phone currently being offered on Vodaphone's new 3G network. It features video calling (via a VGA secondary camera), bluetooth, SD card memory, Macromedia Flas playback and a 240x320 pixel 262,000 swiveling...
Posted by Darren at 09:13 AM

Digital Camera Makers Worried about Camera Phones

'With the mainstream resolution of phone cameras gradually rising from VGA to more than one megapixel, Taiwan digital-camera makers say they are worried that demand for their products will be replaced by demand for camera phones. Japan-based Techno Systems...
Posted by Darren at 08:59 AM

Mitac Mio 8390 Review - Register

The Register reviews the Mitac mio 8390 and writes - 'Good things don't always come in small packages, as the Mio 8390 demonstrates. It's a well-designed, well-made handset that looks good and feels more expensive than it is. The...
Posted by Darren at 08:54 AM

Handset sales to grow, but slower

'A new study by the ARC Group predicts that the growth rate of mobile phone sales will slow down over the next few years, but remain positive growth. The ARC Group, an industry analyst firm, predicts that the global...
Posted by Darren at 08:50 AM

Motorola V265

The Motorola V265 goes on sale this week from Verizon Wireless for $99 (after rebate). It is a clamshell style phone with VGA camera, Speakerphone, 128 x 128 pixel 65K color CSTN display, BREW 2.1 and USB connectivity. Summary...
Posted by Darren at 08:39 AM

Samsung Ultra-Fast 1 GB OneNAND Flash Memory

Samsung Press Release Samsung Announces Ultra-Fast 1-Gigabit OneNAND Flash Memory for Next-Generation Mobile Phone Market Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced the successful development of a 1Gigabit (Gb) OneNAND Flash memory device utilizing Samsung's...
Posted by Darren at 08:29 AM

Mitac Mio 8390

The Mitac Mio 8390 is a Personal Digital Assistant and a portable multimedia device rolled into one, Mio8390 keeps you connected in more ways than ever before, in touch with your work in more ways than before, and entertained...
Posted by Darren at 01:13 AM

Saudi ministers urge removal of camera phone ban

'Four Saudi ministers have appealed to to lift the ban on camera phones in the Kingdom. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of...
Posted by Darren at 12:57 AM

Sony Ericsson S770i Review - Mobileburn

Mobileburn reviews the Sony Ericsson S770i and writes - 'I have enjoyed using it for weeks now. But it does have its issues that the prospective buyer has to consider. Firstly, the UI is running too slowly. I expect it...
Posted by Darren at 12:13 AM

November 10, 2004

Vodafone launches 3G Network in Europe and Japan

Vodafone have now launched their 3G network in much of Europe and Japan. Their initial launch includes the introduction of the following 10 phones (including the Sharp 902, a 2 Megapixel Camera phone): Nokia 6630 Samsung Z107V...
Posted by Darren at 10:52 PM

TransChip Introduces World's First Fully Programmable, 2-Megapixel Imager for Camera Phones at NGT China 2004

'TransChip Inc., a leading developer of integrated camera solutions for camera phones, announced the release of a fully programmable, two-megapixel (UXGA) CMOS camera module, the TC7030. The new imager is part of TransChip's AlgoCam(TM) product family of fully programmable...
Posted by Darren at 10:41 PM

Video phone services coming to Korea

'SK Telecom and KTF said yesterday that they will begin offering video phone services in Korea within a couple of months. Although mobile phones have been able to handle video for some time, the service was not available on...
Posted by Darren at 10:40 PM

NZ plans phone camera law

'NEW Zealanders caught secretly taking voyeuristic images of others face up to three years in jail under a bill introduced into the country's Parliament. The Intimate Covert Filming Bill would make the creating, publishing and possessing of voyeuristic recordings...
Posted by Darren at 10:37 PM

Samsung SGH-D500

'Samsung's D500 targets business users and entertainment users alike with features such as a digital camera, Bluetooth and MP3 player. The D500's features include a soft-touch slide-up design; an intenna; 80MB storage capacity; a 1.3-megapixel camera with flash; video recording...
Posted by Darren at 10:35 PM

Lights, camera, compression! The new world of bite-sized video

'From the talk coming out of the CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment Expo in San Francisco last month, you'd think wireless providers were about to reap Hollywood-size revenues from new mobile TV and cinema applications. Although ATT Wireless and...
Posted by Darren at 10:23 PM

Camera Phone Predictions

Picture Phoning reports that 'Worldwide camera phone sales are expected to rise 104% to 159 million units by the end of this year. In Europe, the year-on-year sales growth will be 400%.' Camera phones will make up 70% of...
Posted by Darren at 05:40 PM

i-mate JAM GSM/GPRS Pocket PC

- eXpansys USA writes of the i-mate JAM pocket PC describing it as a -'Tri-band GSM with a Mega-Pixel Camera! The i-mate JAM is the smallest Windows Pocket PC available. It includes GPRS for Internet or remote office access,...
Posted by Darren at 05:04 PM

Samsung SCH-i645

Phone Arena reports that that Samsung SCH-i645 is to be the successor to the Samsung SCH-i600. It is a clamshell camera phone that runs Microsoft Moble for Smartphones (2003). Details are sketchy about the camera specs but the phone...
Posted by Darren at 04:59 PM

November 09, 2004

HP iPAQ rx3715

The most advanced version of the rx3000 series, the HP iPAQ RX3715 Pocket PC is powered by a 400MHz Samsung ARM-based processor and has an onboard 1.3 MegaPixel digital camera, integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies, and over...
Posted by Darren at 08:52 PM

Motorola MPx220 Review - PDA Buyer

PDA Buyers Guide reviews the Motorola MPx220 and writes - 'It looks like a regular cell phone but boy does it pack a lot of features and power! If you're looking for a phone that offers easy syncronization to...
Posted by Darren at 08:19 PM

Phones to combat Del Boy dealers

'Second-hand car buyers are being urged to use mobile phones to help combat dodgy Del Boy-style dealers. Prospective buyers are being advised to take a picture of the seller before they part with their cash. West Midlands Police say...
Posted by Darren at 12:14 PM

Mobile phone aids mountain rescue

'A group of mountaineers who became stuck on a ledge in Snowdonia used the light from a mobile phone camera to guide rescuers to them. Five climbers from Newcastle University Mountaineering Club had become trapped in bad weather as...
Posted by Darren at 12:12 PM

November 08, 2004

Korean Handsets Thrive in China's Premium Market

'The latest LG digital camera phone introduced to the Chinese market lat month is selling fast at the price of Yuan 6,460 (W870,000) in shopping malls such as Beijings Xidan shopping center. This price is threefold of the average...
Posted by Darren at 11:53 PM

Motorola: 20 new phones in Q4 (on time!)

'Motorola announced that it expects to launch 20 new mobile phones in the ramp up to the holidays, and unlike last year actually have some units to sell (Motorola was plagued by shipping delays last Christmas). Motorola said 10...
Posted by Darren at 10:12 PM

A snapshot of camera phones that answer photography's call

'If a picture is worth a thousand words, can a camera cell phone lower your monthly talk-time bills? Probably not, but that hasn't impeded the phenomenal international success of the "cellcam." The craze is legitimate. IDC, the Framingham, Mass.,...
Posted by Darren at 08:50 AM

November 07, 2004

Traffic Land - AirVideo - See Traffic Conditions on your Mobile Phone

This service allows you to check traffic conditions in Washington DC - on your mobile phone. 'Displays live traffic images--from nearly 300 Washington, DC area highway cameras--on Web enabled, HTML capable cell phones. See live images from the specific...
Posted by Darren at 10:27 PM

Motorola V505 Review - PC Mag

PC Mag reviews the Motorola V505 and writes - 'An attractive phone with an excellent camera and strong Bluetooth support, this one's a winner. But if you want video recording and EDGE, wait for Motorola's upcoming V551. Pros: Excellent...
Posted by Darren at 09:13 PM

Nokia phone adopts handwriting recognition

'Nokia on Tuesday announced it plans to start selling a new smart phone capable of handwriting recognition. The 7710 model features a touch screen, pen input, a digital camera, an Internet browser, a radio, video playback and streaming and...
Posted by Darren at 09:09 PM

Send postcards with your photo from camera phone

Here is a new service called moble2postcard which allows you to 'send a postcard from your camera phone, personalized with your photo and message. Mailed the next day anywhere in the USA.' Simply take a picture, write a message,...
Posted by Darren at 12:54 AM

November 06, 2004

Nokia Sees Multimedia Phones As Major Growth Driver in Asia Pacific

'Nokia is moving rapidly in the multimedia smart phone segment in the Asia-Pacific market as part of its strategy to focus on what it sees as a key growth driver next year, with the introduction of three new interactive...
Posted by Darren at 01:49 PM

Mio 8870 makes its way to Europe

'The first candybar smartphone from Mio Technology is making its way to European shelves: the Mio 8870 boasts Windows Mobile 2003 SE for Smartphone, a speedy processor and SDIO. Having manufactured several clamshell smartphones pushing the envelope for Windows...
Posted by Darren at 01:40 PM

Korean Market has 43 mega-pixel Camera Phones

'Telecoms Korea Research Team announced Friday it issues a report, 'Megapixel Handsets in Korea : Market Analysis and 43 Models Breakdown.' The report covers the trend of the most advanced megapixel phone market in the world and presents detailed...
Posted by Darren at 01:39 PM

LG A7110

The LG A7110 is yet another slider style phone from LG. It has a VGA camera (with white balance, self timer and multishot features), Java, 32 megabytes of internal memory, EDGE high speed data, 128 x 160 pixel 65K color...
Posted by Darren at 09:11 AM

Treo 650 delayed till February in Europe

'Disappointment seems certain for fans of PalmOne who were looking forward to seeing the new 'Cobalt' operating system in new Palm handhelds, as president Ed Colligan told analysts in London yesterday that he "would not commit" to upgrading his...
Posted by Darren at 09:00 AM

November 05, 2004

Motorola Razr V3 Review

Walter Mossberg reviews the Razr V3 and writes - 'This phone isn't perfect. In addition to its high price, the included software has some drawbacks. But it's a beautiful package, and in my tests it worked very well for...
Posted by Darren at 03:04 PM

Nokia Plans 20 High-Resolution Camera Phones in 2005

'Nokia Oyj, the world's largest mobile- phone maker, plans to introduce more than 20 handsets featuring cameras with at least 1 megapixel resolution next year in a bid to regain lost market share. Sales of camera phones will exceed 200...
Posted by Darren at 02:46 PM

LG PM-325

The LG PM-325 is a CDMA slider style phone with bluetooth, VGA (640 x 480) camera, 128x160 pixel LCD (65,000 colors) internal antenna, 1MB of membory, voice dialing and Java. It measures just 99mm x 46mm x 23mm and...
Posted by Darren at 02:26 PM

Projector Phone

' It takes squinting and guesswork to make out the details of postage-stamp-size snapshots displayed on cellphones and digital cameras. But researchers are working on pocket-size projectors so that one day people will be able to see a high-resolution...
Posted by Darren at 12:39 PM

Nokia Confirms Hard Drive Enabled, Megapixel Phones

'Nokia has confirmed it will be releasing mobile phones with hard drives in 2005 and 2006, in a bid to make their phones more attractive as a competitor to music devices such as the iPod. Samsung has already introduced...
Posted by Darren at 12:37 PM

Nokia Challenges Sagem, Vitelcom on Patents Yahoo! News - Nokia Challenges Sagem, Vitelcom on Patents

'Nokia (news - web sites) has taken legal action against small European handset makers Sagem and Vitelcom on allegations of patent infringements, the world's largest mobile phone maker said on Thursday. Nokia said it wanted Sagem to withdraw its...
Posted by Darren at 12:36 PM

Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Grows 23%, Nokia Re-Enters 30% Share Bracket

'Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Grows 23%, Nokia Re-Enters 30% Share Bracket, According to IDC FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- Nov. 4, 2004 Nokia showed renewed strength and expanded vendor portfolios continued to gain traction with consumers as the worldwide mobile...
Posted by Darren at 12:24 AM

November 04, 2004

Cell Phones Increasingly Used to Snap the News

'Twice in one month the biggest Dutch newspaper published front-page pictures shot by amateur photographers using their mobile phones, showing how advances in technology can assist traditional media in gathering news. De Telegraaf daily newspaper, with circulation of close...
Posted by Darren at 02:55 PM

November 03, 2004

Growing use of camera cell phones shows how new technology can bring out the best and the worst

'Camera cell phones can capture the precious and horrid times of our lives -- anytime, anyplace. People used them to record hurricane damage last month for the media and insurance agents. Others use them as portable photo albums, replacing...
Posted by Darren at 11:07 PM

Kyocera Koi 1.2 Megapixel Camera Phone to Ship With Openwave WAP 2 Mobile Browser

'Openwave Systems Inc. , the leading provider of open software products and services for the communications industry, today announced that Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA handsets and devices, has integrated the Openwave Mobile Browser Version...
Posted by Darren at 11:05 PM

Samsung working on VGA for mobile phones

'Samsung's new driver IC generates color using an entirely new driving method called sub-pixel unit driving methodology. Contrary to existing color display methods that express color pixel by pixel, this new method creates color at the sub-pixel level representing...
Posted by Darren at 10:53 PM

Smartphones more popular by the minute

'Sales of smartphones continue to rocket in the third quarter as the worlwide market for handheld falls - though growth continues outside the U.S., according to Canalys. The top four mobile device vendors worldwide in Q3 2004 were Nokia,...
Posted by Darren at 04:21 PM

Sprint to offer PPC-6601 communicator

'Introducing its first Windows Mobile 2003 device, Sprint picks from the cream of the crop with Audiovox' PPC-6601, featuring multiple connectivity options and a thumbboard. Jumping into the communicator fray, Sprint has announced it will bring its first Windows...
Posted by Darren at 04:15 PM

Siemens ST60 Review - InfoSync World

InfoSync World reviews the Siemens ST60 and writes - 'Aside from the classy design and the large screen, we found the ST60 to be very frustrating. High-end features such as email and video recording are scuppered by the omission...
Posted by Darren at 04:13 PM

LG L1150 Review - Infosync World

Infosync World reviews the LG L1150 and writes - 'The LG L1150 is one of the better-built handsets in its class. With a good solid feel, good keypad feel, and first-rate ergonomic design it is friendly to almost any...
Posted by Darren at 04:02 PM

Cell phones with cameras dampen sales of digital cameras

'Sales of cell phones with cameras are threatening the success of digital cameras. According to recent forecasts of market researchers Gartner and Infotrends, sales of digital cameras should grow by 42 percent this year; however, for the first time...
Posted by Darren at 03:58 PM

BenQ P30 Smartphone

BenQ Press Release The Ultimate Mobile Companion for Living TAIPEI, TAIWAN, October 25, 2004 BenQ today launched its award-winning P30 smart phone, the ultimate mobile companion for living. It is the slimmest smart phone offering phone, PDA, e-mail,...
Posted by Darren at 03:37 PM

Philips 755 Philips 755 mobile phone | The Register

The Register reviews the Philips 755 and writes - 'With no Bluetooth, a VGA camera, a poor menu system and a USP that isn't really that exciting when you come to use it, there is unfortunately little to like...
Posted by Darren at 03:31 PM

Panasonic Z800 Prototype UMTS Handset

MobileMag has a post on the prototype - Panasonic Z800 UMTS Handset. Panasonic Z800 Prototype Specifications System: UMTS / GSM / GPRS Frequency Range: 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2000MHz Dimensions: Approx. 96.5 49 26 mm...
Posted by Darren at 03:03 PM

Motorola V710 Review - Gizmodo

Gizmodo reviews the Motorola V710 and writes: 'the V710 rocks at making phone calls. Unfortunately, there are a lot of phones that rock at making phone calls that don't cost $300. Don't buy this phone for the features, unless...
Posted by Darren at 02:51 PM

ZTE F808 - Worlds smallest 3G Phone

i4u has pictures of what is being billed as the worlds smallest 3G phone - the ZTE F808. 'The ZTE F808 features voice, multimedia messaging, built-in rotatable 300,000 pixel camera, video phone capability, multimedia playback and data download.' Read...
Posted by Darren at 02:47 PM

The Future of the Smartphone - Sony Ericsson

'Like the Red Sox and the artist currently known as Prince, Sony Ericsson is enjoying an incredible turnaround. Earlier this month it announced its fifth straight profitable quarter. With profits of $110 million on sales of $2.1 billion, the...
Posted by Darren at 02:42 PM

NEC 940 and NEC 840

Check out these cool pics of some phones from NEC to be released in China - complete with a telescoping metal antenna. They are the NEC 940 (top - with TV tuner) and the NEC 840 (bottom - with...
Posted by Darren at 02:34 PM

Nokia 7710

InfoSync World previews/reviews the ">Nokia 7710 and writes - 'The initial impression of the 7710 is far better than that of the 7700 as it feels incredibly solid and well-built. No dud in the design department, it looks absolutely stunning...
Posted by Darren at 02:27 PM

Nokia 6020

Nokia Press Release Nokia 6020 camera phone: A subtle way to stay in touch November 02, 2004 At the annual Nokia Mobility Conference in Monaco and the Destination Nokia event held in Bangkok, Thailand, Nokia today broadened its mid-range...
Posted by Darren at 02:24 PM

Nokia 3230

Pocket Lint reviews the Nokia 3230 phone and writes - 'As with all Nokia handsets at the moment, the phone sets out to offer one thing and really one thing only. In the case of the Nokia 3230 its...
Posted by Darren at 02:17 PM

Treo 650 confirmed for ATT

The Treo 650 is now confirmed to be coming to ATT. I can hear the collective sigh of relief for ATT lovers everywhere. Source - palmOne 650 | ATT Wireless...
Posted by Darren at 02:09 PM

Motorola Spinmoto MS340

The Motorola Spinmoto MS340 is a Korean phone has MP3 player, stereo speaker support, 360 degree rotating keypad (nice), 262,000 colour TFT LCD, dual cameras, 57MB storage and 800MHz. Its a nice looking phone which I'm sure many would...
Posted by Darren at 02:06 PM

Sandisk Mobilemate Readers for Mobile Phones

Sandisk Press Release 25/10/04 SANDISK INTRODUCES MOBILEMATE READERS TARGETED AT NEW MOBILE FEATURE PHONES WITH MEMORY CARD SLOTS New Readers Rank Among The World's Smallest Multi-Card Readers San Francisco, CA, October 25, 2004 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced...
Posted by Darren at 11:44 AM