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January 18, 2007

BlackBerry Pearl Now in White

RIM BlackBerry Press Release T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched the new white BlackBerry® Pearl™, featuring a stylish new color for the award-winning phone. The new white BlackBerry Pearl is now...
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November 09, 2006

Sprint Announces Motorola MOTOSLVR L7c

Sprint Press Release MOTOSLVR L7c is both Motorola's first CDMA SLVR handset and Sprint's first candy bar style high-speed EVDO consumer phone. The attractive MOTOSLVR L7c operates on Sprint's Power Vision(SM) Network enabling downloads of the latest news, music and...
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October 08, 2006

OmniVision Introduces 1.3 Megapixel CameraChip Sensor

OmniVision Press Release OmniVision Technologies, Inc.a leading independent supplier of CMOS CameraChip image sensors for high-volume applications, today launched its sixth generation 1.3 megapixel CameraChip sensor. Featuring a 2-micron pixel and 1/5-inch optical format, the OV9660 enables a 25 percent...
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September 14, 2006

HTC P3600 (Trinity) Announced

HTC has announced the release of the HTC P3600 (HTC Trinity). From the press release: The HTC P3600 is HTC's next generation PDA, building on its successful predecessors the Prophet and Magician. Packed with technology, the HTC P3600 is the...
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September 09, 2006

Pink Nokia 7360

The tri band GSM Nokia 7360, which sports a VGA camera and 64k color 128x160 pixel resolution display has recently received an update and is now available in pink. Unlike other phones in the Nokia L'Amour collection, the 7360 did...
Posted by BJ at 09:41 AM

July 29, 2006

PC Magazine Editors' "Editor's Choices"

Ever wonder what mobile phones the editors over at PC Magazine really use? "The winner of the "real editors' choice" award is definitely the Motorola E815, for Verizon Wireless. Verizon's coverage is excellent here in New York City, and the...
Posted by BJ at 10:00 AM

July 27, 2006

Cell Phone Picture Called Obstruction Of Justice

A Philadelphia man was arrested for taking a photo with his camera phone of Police activities in his neighborhood: 'Police at the 35th district said they were in Cruz's neighborhood that night arresting a drug dealer. Cruz said that...
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July 13, 2006

Motorola Green RAZR

EngadgetMobile reports on what looks like the next color that Motorola will be offering the RAZR in: lime or perhaps pistachio green. It appears that the only change is in the color, and all other features will likely remain the...
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July 06, 2006

Cameraphone Telescope

This telescope attachment for cameraphones features an optical 6x zoom. To use it, you need to replace the back of your phone - hence the limited compatibility list. The telescope is compatible with the Nokia 6230 / 6230i and...
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June 15, 2006

Camera Phone Movie: "New Love Meetings"

"New Love Meetings" is a 93-minute documentary about Italians' views on sex in postwar Italy. The movie is filmed entirely in MPEG4 format using a Nokia N90. "The directors' idea was to do a modern version of the 1965 documentary...
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June 09, 2006

FCC Approves Samsung SGH-D900

EngadgetMobile reports that the FCC has approved the Samsung SGH-D900, which sports the title "world's thinnest slider" and a 3.13 megapixel camera. Other specs include: * QVGA display * A2DP * 80MB flash * MicroSD memory expansion * quad-bnad EDGE...
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June 06, 2006

Cingular Offers Samsung SGH-D807

EngadgetMobile reports that Cingular is now offering the Samsung SGH-D807 thin slider phone, which features a 1.3 megapixel camera. It's available for $129.99 after rebate, with a new contract. Read more about the Samsung SGH-D807....
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Nokia N91 Begins Shipping to U.S.

Nokia has announced that it has started shipping the Nokia N91 to the U.S. Excerpt from the news release: Nokia today announced that US shipments of the Nokia N91 multimedia device started. Optimized for mobile music consumption, the Nokia N91...
Posted by BJ at 11:37 AM | TrackBack

Verizon's Samsung SCH-a930 with V CAST

Verizon announced the Samsung SCH-a930 today. The SCH-a930 is a music phone that offers Verizon's V CAST music and sports a 1.3 megapixel camera. Excerpt from the news release: Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and...
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June 02, 2006

Motorola RAZR V3i Dolce & Gabbana

Motorola has teamed up with Dolce & Gabbana to release a Dolce & Gabbana version of the RAZR V3i. This new version features gold and silver and an engraved Dolce & Gabbana logo, and comes with a pendent featuring gold...
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May 31, 2006

Sprint and LG Launch FUSIC (LG LX550)

Sprint and LG have launched the FUSIC phone (LG LX550), which sports a 1.3 megapixel camera. Get a price on the LG LX550 From the news release: Sprint and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) introduce FUSIC, a...
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May 19, 2006

Sony Ericsson Announces W850

Sony Ericsson has announced the W850 which we got a glimpse of last October. The UMTS slider phone sports a 2.0 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and landscape imaging, as well as the following features: * Walkman Player 2.0,...
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May 16, 2006

Treo 700p Announced

As widely predicted, the Palm Treo 700p was announced today. The SDIO slot on the device won't support WiFi - the phone supports EV-DO. The device also doesn't support voice dialing over Bluetooth, and has no official support for SD...
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May 15, 2006

Launch Prices for Motorola Q

PhoneScoop reports that the Motorola Q will be priced on launch as follows: "National Pricing Info High Tier 1Yr Contract - $349.99 2Yr Contract - $299.99 No Contract - $419.99" The device is expected to be released sometime this month....
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May 13, 2006

Search by Camera!

Search by Camera is a camera phone-based image recognition service that will help users get product information. You take a picture of an item while out shopping, and if that product is in the Search by Camera database you'll be...
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May 12, 2006

FCC Approves Sony Ericsson W700

MobileWhack reports that the FCC has approved the Sony Ericsson W700, the latest Walkman phone, which sports a 2.0 megapixel camera. Read more about the Sony Walkman W700....
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May 10, 2006

Pink Motorola SLVR L7 Available at Cingular

Cingular Wireless now has the Motorola SLVR L7 available in pink, to complement the other colors available (green, teal and blue). The Motorola SLVR L7 features a VGA camera, Bluetooth and a 512MB microSD card. Via MobileTracker. Read more about...
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May 05, 2006

Flickr Comes to Nokia Camera Phones

Mobiledia reports that the Nokia N93, Nokia N73 and Nokia N72 will be the first Nokia Nseries phones to support Flickr. Camera phone users will be able to upload photos and add comments directly from their Nseries phones to Flickr....
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May 01, 2006

Gold Edition Nokia 8800

MobileWhack reports that the Nokia 8800 is now also available in a gold edition. The gold stands for 24K gold. You also get a special edition box and a charging dock. All for only $2700. Features are the same as...
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April 24, 2006

Nokia to Announce Nokia N73

Reuters reports that Nokia is set to make announcements about the Nokia N73 on April 25th: "The world's largest cellphone maker Nokia (NOK1V.HE) will unveil new multimedia phone models, including an N73 camera phone, at an event in Berlin next...
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April 21, 2006

Black Nokia 8800

EngadgetMobile reports that the luxury Nokia 8800 is now available in black stainless steel ... and it's the most expensive version yet. "Sleekly shaped out of stainless steel, the black Nokia 8800 has been designed to be an object of...
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April 15, 2006

Pink Chocolate LG-SV590

EngadgetMobile reports that the LG-SV590 "Chocolate" phone is now available in pink. It still sports the same features, of course, including a camera, a 2-inch QVGA screen and 512MB of memory. Read more about the LG-SV590....
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April 05, 2006

Three New Colors for the Motorola RAZR V3i

Motorola has announced that the RAZR V3i will be sporting three new colors: dark blue, maroon and violet. "Merging the latest in cellular features with deep, jewel-tone shades and rich-looking finishes, the new RAZR V3i is the epitome of mobile...
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March 26, 2006

Motorola PEBL Now in Color

The Motorola PEBL, which sports a VGA camera, will be available in four colors in addition to the original black. Expected to be available beginning in the second quarter of 2006, the PEBL will come in green, orange, blue and...
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March 25, 2006

Phlash Phone Flash

Phlash is a phone flash that works with any cameraphone. It's an inch-wide silver button that attaches to your cameraphone, and is supposed to give you good lighting for finally getting some good pics out of your phone. From the...
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March 15, 2006


scanR lets you scan, copy and fax with your camera phone. There's a free unlimited trial right now, but services will be going to premium paid levels. "scanR uses advanced imaging processing and data extraction technologies to convert photos into...
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Parrot Photo Viewer Frame

The Parrot Photo Viewer Frame lets you send photos from your Bluetooth enabled camera phone directly to a LCD photo frame. From the news release: Parrot launches a brand new concept to easily view and share digital photos from any...
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March 14, 2006

Cap-XX BrightFlash

The Cap-XX BrightFlash is a supercapacitor solution that increases the intensity of the flash systems in current cameraphones. The product aims to produce the flash energy required for good photos in low light, without causing additional drain on the battery....
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March 11, 2006

FCC Approves Sony Ericsson W810

MobileWhack reports that the FCC has approved the Sony Ericsson W810. W810 features include: * 2-megapixel camera * Bluetooth * audio playback * Memory Stick Pro Duo card * MP3, MP4, 3GP, AAC, AMR, MIDI and WAV files supported Read...
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March 09, 2006

Cingular Releases Samsung ZX10

MobileTracker reports that Cingular has released the Samsung ZX10. Samsung ZX10 features: * Quad-band world phone- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz with UMTS * 1.3 Mega-pixel camera and video phone * Speakerphone * Music Player - Plays MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA * IrDA...
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FCC Approves BenQ EF81

EngadgetMobile reports that the FCC has approved the BenQ EF81, so the handset may be coming to the U.S.. BenQ-Siemens EF81 features include: * 2 megapixel phone * USB connectivity * microSD memory card * 64MB memory * multimedia support...
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March 04, 2006

Motorola SLVR L6 Now in Salmon Pink

Another pink phone: exclusive to T-Mobile UK, Motorola has released a salmon pink version of the SLVR L6. Via EngadgetMobile. Read more about the Motorola SLVR L6....
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February 27, 2006

Yahoo ZoneTag

Yahoo's free ZoneTag application lets you not only upload your cameraphone pictures to Flickr, but also tag them with general location data. ZoneTag lets you upload to Flickr with two clicks. You can have your pictures automatically tagged with the...
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Sprint PCS Picture Mail

Sprint PCS Picture Mail, debuting this spring, allows subscribers to share their cameraphone pictures with approved users. Content is uploaded via email or Sprint phones. Via EngadgetMobile....
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February 25, 2006

Nokia N91 Delayed Due to Music DRM Issues

It looks like the Nokia N91, which had been expected out this past Christmas, has been delayed due to Music DRM issues. Via AllAboutSymbian Read more about the Nokia N91...
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February 20, 2006

Toshiba's Mobile-Phone Technology Brings Product Reviews to Camera Phones

According to a Yahoo News article, Toshiba Corp. has developed a mobile-phone technology which will search for product reviews on blogs. Users take a photo of a product's barcode, and the technology then figures out if product reviews on blogs...
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February 15, 2006

CameraChip Solution Will Enable Upgrade of Camera Phone to 3-Megapixels

Today at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, OmniVision Technologies, Inc. , a world leading supplier of CMOS image sensors, introduced the OV3630DZL stacked die CameraChip solution. With a module size of 9x9x7 mm, the OV3630DZL allows handset customers to...
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February 14, 2006

STMicroelectronics' Two-Camera Subsystem for Camera Phones

STMicroelectronics announces a high-performance imaging solution. From the news release: STMicroelectronics, a world leader in CMOS imaging technology and the largest supplier of camera modules for mobile phones in 2005, today announced a high-performance imaging solution, capable of controlling the...
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February 13, 2006

TransChip's Auto-Focus and Optical Zoom Solutions for Camera Phones

TransChip's new auto focus and optical zoom features enable camera phones to achieve the same performance and picture quality that, to date, has only been attainable with digital still cameras. The company recently announced the release of its second generation...
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February 12, 2006

Texas Instruments and Kodak Develop Camera Phone Imaging Technology Solutions

Texas Instruments and Kodak come up with solutions for capturing and sharing mobile phone images using the Kodak Perfect Touch Technology running on TI's OMAP2420 applications processor. From the news release: On stand B14-B15 in Hall 8 and stand C10-C19...
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February 08, 2006

Nokia 6282 Coming to Cingular?

Engadget reports that the FCC have shots of a Cingular-branded Nokia 6282 on its site, adding a bit of confirmation to rumours that Cingular will be carrying the 6282, The Nokia 6282 is a slider phone with UMTS support for...
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February 06, 2006

Siemens "Kick Real" Game for Camera Phones

Siemens will be launching a new game for camera phones. Called "Kick Real", the game will have camera phone users pointing their camera phone cameras at their feet and taking a penalty shot kick by kicking at a virtual soccer...
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February 04, 2006

Sony Ericsson w900i Used to Shoot Full Feature Film

Movie maker Aryan Kaganof has just finished shooting a full feature film, entitled SMS Sugar Man, using the Sony Ericsson w900i. Kaganof is known for challenging conventional wisdom - in 1996 he shot the world's first 35mm feature film on...
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February 02, 2006

Sony Ericsson K750i Wins Camera Phone of the Year Award

The Sony Ericsson recently won the Camera Phone of the Year award at the PhotoFair in Mumbai: "Sony Ericsson announced that its K750i camera phone has received the Camera Phone of the Year award at the recently held PhotoFair in...
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February 01, 2006

Motorola SLVR L7 Available at Cingular

Engadget reports that the Motorola SLVR L7, a quad-band phone with iTunes, is now available from Cingular for $199 with a 2-year contract. The Motorola SLVR L7 features include: * VGA camera * 262K TFT color display * 512 MB...
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LG F9200 Available at Cingular

Engadget reports that the LG F9200, a messaging phone that sports a VGA camera, is now available at Cingular. The phone features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Price is $99 with a two-year contract. Read more about the LG F9200....
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January 31, 2006

Ben-Q P50 Now Available

Biosmagazine reports that the BenQ P50 is now on sale. The P50 is a quad-band phone running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003. Other features include: * 1.3 megapixel camera * support for major audio/video formats * Intel PXA272 416MHz processor...
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January 23, 2006

T-Mobile SDA To Be Launched

T-Mobile announces the launch of the T-Mobile SDA in February 2006. From the release: The T-Mobile SDA is a super sleek smartphone that makes it easy to stay connected and organized. With the familiar features of Microsoft Outlook, you can...
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January 22, 2006

Kyocera Xcursion KX160 Launched by Leap's Cricket

The Kyocera Xcusion KX160 is now available at Leap Wireless International's Cricket lineup of phones. From the news release: Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, and Leap Wireless International, Inc. (Nasdaq:LEAP), a leading...
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January 21, 2006

Camera Phone Popularity

Steve Litchfield at AllAboutSymbian captures one very good reason why we've all been hearing about the rapid rise in popularity of camera phones: "Now, photography professionals will be shouting with outrage at this point, and yes I know that a...
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January 18, 2006

Distress Beacon for Camera Phones

Gizmodo reports that Nokia has a patent for a cameraphone that is capable of sending a distress beacon. A recessed panic button allows you to send an alert to a friend or the authorities, complete with images, sound and even...
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January 17, 2006

Sony Ericsson W810i Video - Engadget

Engadget has a hands-on video of the Sony Ericsson W810i for those of you who've been eager for a closer look. Read more about the Sony Ericsson W810i....
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January 12, 2006

Samsung zx10 Coming to Cingular

From the news release: Samsung Telecommunications America and Cingular Wireless today announced the upcoming market availability of the Samsung zx10, the first 3G/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) phone in North America. UMTS enables data connections similar to broadband speeds, making...
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scanR Turns Camera Phone into Scanner/Copier

Engadget reports on scanR, a company that enables camera phone users to use their phones as scanners or copiers: "Their first implementation of this tech allows you to use your one-megapixel-or-higher cam as a de facto scanner/copier by sending captured...
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Sharp W-ZERO3 Pictures

Engadget has some shots of the Sharp W-ZERO3, and notes, "Apparently the camera's not so hot on the thing (so what else is new?) and the screen's a little dark, but otherwise it's a fine piece of Japanese engineering." Read...
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January 11, 2006

New Interface for Samsung SPH-V6800

From the news release: Synaptics(R) Incorporated, a leading developer of interface solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices, today announced the launch of a MobileTouch(TM) interface solution for Samsung's SPH-V6800 mobile phone. The Samsung SPH-V6800 is a slider phone...
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January 10, 2006

Sony Ericsson Walkman W810i Demo

More W810i news coming from CES 2006. GearLive has a video of a demo given by Sony Ericsson rep John Mulder, exploring the features of the new Sony Ericsson W810i. Read more about the Sony Ericsson W810i....
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Motorola A910 Coming Soon

The Motorola A910 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2006. From the news release: Streamlined and distinctive, the Motorola A910 delivers a full suite of intuitive productivity tools to seamlessly manage your busy life whether at...
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January 09, 2006

Samsung A930 Pictures - MobileBurn

MobileBurn has live pictures of the new Samsung A930 from CES, and also notes, "While carrier availability has not been officially announced, the Samsung A930 that we used was clearly displaying the Verizon logo, as shown in the pictures. Samsung...
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January 08, 2006

Motorola RAZR V3x Now Selling

InfoSync reports that the Motorola RAZR V3x is now selling in Europe: "Now shipping from mobile network operator Vodafone in Europe, the RAZR V3x sells in the €450 EUR range." Read more about the Motorola RAZR V3x....
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January 07, 2006

Motorola ROKR E2 Hands-on - Engadget

More Motorola ROKR E2 news, as Engadget offers a hands-on preview of the Motorola E2, noting that "The E2 was a bit chunky, especially compared with the SLVR and even the ROKR E1, but the phone's display is nice and...
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Motorola ROKR E2 Photos - MobileBurn

MobileBurn had the chance to take a close look at the Motorola ROKR E2 at CES, and along with photos, notes that it looks like the E2 addresses a lot of the issues people had with the E1: "For starters,...
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January 06, 2006

Verizon Announces XV6700

Verizon announces the XV6700: (From the news release) Verizon Wireless, the first wireless company to deliver wireless broadband service from coast to coast, and UTStarcom Personal Communications, a division of UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), announced today at the International Consumer...
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Samsung SCH-i830 Available at Verizon

From the news release: Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) today introduced its SCH-i830, the ultimate tool for the global business traveler, which will be available for Verizon Wireless' large account enterprise customers on January 10, 2006, and for consumers on January...
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LG CU320 to Launch on Cingular

Red Herring reports that the LG CU320 will be running on the Cingular network in the U.S.: "The CU320 cell phone will use Cingular’s fast broadband-speed third-generation network, which Cingular launched in early December ... The phone, announced at the...
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Motorola Partners with Kodak: Global Mobile-Imaging Partnership

From the news release: Motorola, Inc., a global leader in wireless communications, and Eastman Kodak Company ( the world's most recognized brand in digital imaging and the U.S. market-share leader in digital cameras, today announced a 10-year global product, cross...
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January 05, 2006

Treo 700w Available at Verizon

Verizon announces that the Palm Treo 700w smartphone will be avilable on the Verizon Wireless Network. From the news release: For businesses and individuals who want the latest all-in-one mobile communications and business-productivity solution, Palm, Inc. and Verizon Wireless today...
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January 03, 2006

Samsung SCH-i830 News

Engadget reports that the Samsung SCH-i830 may be coming to Verizon on January 10 for B2B, and for consumers on January 24. The phone is rumored to carry a price tag of $820 without a contract, and $700 with a...
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December 29, 2005

Nokia 6280 Now Shipping

InfoSync World reports that the Nokia 6280, which integrates a dual camera system (a 2.0-megapixel camera, back-mounted, and a front-mounted 0.3-megapixel camera), is now shipping in European markets, for an estimated €375 EUR before subsidies or taxes: "Nokia today confirmed...
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December 25, 2005

Nokia Christmas

Nokia's Christmas site offers free downloads for Nokia phone users, as well as holiday e-cards to send to friends. Have fun, and happy holidays!...
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December 22, 2005

One-Chip QVGA Solution for High Resolution Mobile Display Products

From the news release: MagnaChip Semiconductor today announced the launch of its new one-chip QVGA solution for high-end, high- resolution mobile display products. The MagnaChip QVGA TFT one-chip IS2320 supports resolution of 240 RGB x 320 dot and 262K color...
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December 20, 2005

Samsung May Enter Japan's Cellphone Market

According to Bloomberg: "Samsung Electronics Co., the world's third-biggest phone maker, is in talks to supply high-speed mobile phones to Vodafone Group Plc's Japanese unit, entering the nation's $3.9 billion handset market for the first time. Seoul-based Samsung plans to...
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December 17, 2005

Gmail Mobile

Looks like Gmail's gone mobile: you can now access Gmail from your cellphone's web browser with Gmail Mobile. You can also open attachments like photos and pdfs, and according to WebProNews: "Also, users can reply to messages from people in...
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December 16, 2005

Camera Phones May Help Detect Breast Cancer

According to WorldChanging, new technology may add diagnostic abilities to the camera phone, enabling infrared imaging capable of detecting the early stages of breast cancer: "In all three of these examples, the readings taken by the phone must be transmitted...
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Motorola PEBL Available at T-Mobile

Engadget reports that the Motorola PEBL is now available at T-Mobile for $299.99 with a one-year contract. Motorola PEBL features and specifications include: * Size: 1.93 x 3.41 x 0.79 Inches * Weight: 3.88 Ounces * Li-Ion battery * Quad-band...
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December 15, 2005

Sony Ericsson W600i Available in Canada from Rogers Wireless

Rogers Wireless in Canada has announced that it will be offering the Sony Ericsson W600i. From the news release: "The award winning W600i Walkman phone sells for $299.99 with a three-year service agreement from Rogers Wireless and is available for...
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December 13, 2005

Billboards Target Camera Phone Users

AdRants reports that Northwest Airlines has billboards up in Japan which contain a special code with an embedded URL, specifically for camera phone owners. Point your camera phone at the billboard, take a picture and you'll be taken to a...
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Disney Camera Phones

Here's one for the kids (and the grown-up Disney lover): Picturephoning reports that China Putian, a Chinese state-owned telecommunications manufacturer, will be releasing camera phones featuring licensed Disney characters. Each phone will feature an 1.3 megapixel camera and an MP3...
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Motorola Gold RAZR V3i

Engadget reports that Dolce & Gabbana will working with Motorola to produce a limited edition gold Motorola RAZR V3i. Only 1000 gold RAZRs will be made. No word as to pricing as yet. Read more about the Motorola RAZR V3i....
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December 12, 2005

N70 Ringtone Patch

Darla Mack reports that Nokia has released a patch that may fix N70 ringtone issues, although there have been reports that the patch hasn't worked on some devices. The patch is available from Nokia here. The site notes: "Sometimes your...
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New Art for Your Phone

Strat Mobile is an art gallery that will sell new art for cell phones. From the press release (forgive the caps - they were pre-written into the release): "START SOMA, the San Francisco gallery for emerging artists, today announced the...
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December 11, 2005

Samsung T809 at T-Mobile

Engadget reports that T-Mobile is launching the Samsung T809 thin slider phone. It will debut in stores on December 12th. Samsung T809 features and specifications: * 1.3 megapixel camera * Bluetooth * T-Flash slot * display: 320X240 pixel, 262K-color *...
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December 09, 2005

More on Samsung SPH-V8200

MobileKorea has more pics and specs on Samsung's 8 megapixel phone, the SPH-V8200. The phone will be a bar-type phone and will have the following features and specifications: * size : 118.4 x 48x 20.6mm * 8-megapixel camera * MS...
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December 07, 2005

PetCell for Dogs

Available in March, 2006, the PetCell is the first GPS cellphone made for dogs. The phone will work with standard cellular networks, and comes with its own number. In addition to the GPS tracking abilities, you can also talk to...
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Gummi Camera Phone Lenses

The Gummi Camera Phone Lenses are a set of three lenses which attach to your camera phone with a "Gummi attachment". The lenses extend the effects that you can achieve with your camera phone. Each kit comes with three types...
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December 06, 2005

Motorola RAZR V3c Arrives at Verizon

InfoSync reports that Verizon has announced a date and price for the Motorola RAZR V3c to hit its shelves. The phone features a 1.3 megapixel camera, an MP3 player, and EV-DO support. The Motorola RAZR V3c will be available from...
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December 03, 2005

Worldwide Camera Phone Sales to Reach Nearly 300 Million in 2005

Research company Gartner says that worldwide sales of camera phones will reach nearly 300 million in 2005. From the news release: Worldwide sales of camera phones will reach 295.5 million in 2005, according to Gartner Inc. This represents 38 percent...
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nThrum Search for Camera Phones

nThrum is a free search service developed specifically for camera phones that's available in beta right now. Use your camera phone to take a picture of any text, and the service will perform the search for you. It's currently available...
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December 02, 2005

Sony Ericsson W550i and W800i Compared - Cellphone9

Jayvee at Cellphone 9 has some shots comparing the Sony Ericsson W550i with the Sony Ericsson W800i. His conclusion? "Well, my final verdict is that if you’re so craving for a Walkman phone but can’t afford the hefty ~ $450...
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November 30, 2005

Agilent Technologies' Image Pipe for Camera Phones

A new technology enables digital camera-like picture quality in camera phones. From the news release: Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced an innovative image pipe processor that allows mobile phone and computing devices to take lifelike, rich color photos...
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Sony Ericsson W600i Available on Cingular

Engadget reports that Cingular is carrying the Sony Ericsson W600i, its 256MB music phone. The phone is available for $200 with a two-year contract. Read more about the Sony Ericsson W600...
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November 28, 2005

Samsung SGH-D600 Mystery Game

Samsung has launched an interactive adventure game featuring the SGH-D600. The game, which requires Macromedia Flash Player 8, has players use the phone's features as they try to solve a mystery. There's also a weekly draw for prizes. Via Adverblog....
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Cingular Camera Phone Photo Contest Winner

Joshua Ortiz is the grand-prize winner of the Cingular "Raising the Bar" photo contest. For his prize-winning photo, Ortiz will receive $50,000. From the news release: Mr. Ortiz, a graduate student in communications at Texas A&M; University, took the photograph...
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November 25, 2005

Nokia 7380: Pre-Order from Neiman Marcus

Darla Mack posts that the Nokia 7380, Nokia's new fashion phone, is now available for pre-order in the Neiman Marcus catalog. It's available in January, and is priced at $649.00. Definitely on the "exclusive" side. Read more about the Nokia...
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November 22, 2005

Vigilante Traffic Justice, Camera Phone Style?

The Raw Feed reports that the Malaysian government has actually set up a website where drivers can post pictures of other drivers commiting traffic violations. Traffic officials then decide who to issue tickets to. There's even a Hall of Shame....
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Sony Ericsson P990i Pictures - PhoneMag

PhoneMag has pictures of the Sony Ericsson P990i. The P990i the P990 is the first commercially available smartphone to adopt the enhanced Symbian OS version 9.1 and UIQ 3 software platform. Read more about the Sony Ericsson P990....
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Nokia N90 Begins Shipping in U.S.

The Nokia N90 has begun shipping in the U.S., but will not be associated with any carrier. From the news release: Nokia today announced sales start of the Nokia N90 in the U.S. The first mobile device to feature Carl...
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Motorola RAZR V3c Available at Alltel

From the news release: Alltel, owner and operator of the nation’s largest wireless network and Motorola, a global leader in wireless communications (NYSE: MOT) announce today that the Motorola RAZR V3c will be available at Alltel stores nationwide starting Monday....
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November 20, 2005

Nokia N71 Pics from 3G World Expo - MobileBurn

MobileBurn features pictures of the Nokia N71 from the 3G World Expo with some interesting commentary: "One of the major appeals of the series and latest version of S60 will be the new full html browser. By calling it a...
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November 19, 2005

Motorola V557 Offers Screen3(1) News and Entertainment Technology

The Motorola V557 comes to Cingular, complete with the Motorola SCREEN3(1): "an innovative technology that pushes information out to the phone idle screen in a 'ticker tape' that runs along the bottom of the screen." Get the Latest Price on...
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November 18, 2005

Solar-Charging Camera/Video Bag

You can solar-charge your camera phone while you're out and about with Eclipse's new solar camera bag - the bag sports a solar panel on the side which trickle charges the batteries of all kinds of gadgets, including cellphones. From...
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Camera Phones - 850 Million Units Predicted Shipped in 2009

News Release: InfoTrends/CAP Ventures' latest camera phone and photo messaging forecast shows worldwide camera phone shipments continuing on a strong growth trajectory, with projections from 370 million units in 2005 to 847 million units in 2009. As an increasing number...
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November 17, 2005

Cingular Launches Sony Ericsson Z520a

MobileTracker reports that Cingular Wireless has launched the Sony Ericsson Z520, a flip phone which features a VGA camera, 16MB memory and quad-band GSM. Cingular is selling the phone for $69.99 with a new service contract. Read more about the...
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Samsung MM-A900 Coming To Sprint Nextel

Reuters reports that the Samsung MM-A900 slim-style phone will be coming to Sprint Nextel in the next few weeks. The A900 is expected to rival the Motorola RAZR. Sprint has implied that it does not plan to sell the RAZR....
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LG CU320 - Update

Engadget posts more pics and an update on the specs for the LG CU320: * 1.3 megapixel camera * Transflash memory slot for cards up to 256MB * plays MP3s * 3G * Bluetooth * support for use as data...
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November 16, 2005

Camera Phone Modules Just Keep Getting Smaller

MobileMag reports that camera phone modules just keep shrinking: Samsung has recently developed a 2.0 megapixel camera module that's only 8.8 x 8.5 x 6.9 mm, and a 1.3 megapixel camera module that's an even tinier 7.4 x 7.4 x...
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November 14, 2005

Nokia N90 and N91 Win Popular Science "Best of What's New" Award

Nokia today announced that the Nokia N90 and N91, two flagships of the company's Nseries range optimized for imaging and music respectively, were honored with Popular Science magazine's "Best of What's New" Award in the publication's annual search for the...
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November 12, 2005

Samsung MM-A900 - More details

Engadget reports that the Samsung MM-A900 will feature: * EV-DO * 2.3" QVGA display * 1.3 megapixel camera * Bluetooth * 128MB flash memory * 64MB RAM. * 3 hours of talk timeTechnorati Tags: Samsung...
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November 11, 2005

More Women Download Ringtones Than Men

Apparently, women are more likely to download ringtones than men. According to a survey by Telephia, 69% of ringtones are purchased by women, with men buying only 31%. The largest group to purchase ringtones are in the 25-34 age group...
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Casio 3G Cellphones

Engadget reports that Casio is in negotiations with carriers to bring its 3G cellphones to the U.S. The phones, offered by Casio in Japan, feature 3.2 megapixel cameras and Opera browsers. Sprint Nextel and Verizon Wireless are the two U.S....
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November 10, 2005

Johnson Electric NanoLens

The end to truly awful camera phone pictures? Johnson Electric recently announced the new NanoLens, a new motion technology for autofocusing in camera phones. It may be available in camera phones as early as next year. Source: MobileMag (Via Gizmodo)...
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Sprint Launches Nextel Direct Send

Sprint recently announced the availability of Nextel Direct Send Picture, which allows Nextel subscribers to send and review pictures quickly while on a Nextel Walkie-Talkie call. From the news release: Sprint today announced the availability of Nextel Direct Send(SM) Picture,...
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November 09, 2005

Motorola RAZR - Now In Pink and Blue

The Motorola RAZR is now available in pink and blue. From the news release: "A new twist on the traditional, the RAZR will soon be available in striking shades of pink and ice blue. The first choice for a select...
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November 08, 2005

Light Field Camera - Better Camera Phones

A Stanford graduate, Ren Ng, has developed a "light field camera" which can produce photos in which subjects at any depth are in finely tuned focus. The camera extends the depth of field while maintaining a wide aperture. "The light...
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Yahoo to Introduce Cellphone

Yahoo has announced that it will be introducing a cellphone in conjunction with SBC Communications. The phone will be manufactured by Nokia, and will operate on the Cingular network, which is co-owned by SBC Communications and BellSouth Corp. The phone...
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Samsung SGH-P300 Pics

Cellularmania has pictures of the credit-card sized (both in dimensions and pretty close in terms of slimness) Samsung SGH-P300. The site's not in English, but there's a ton of pictures which require no translation. What's amazing is that this tiny...
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November 07, 2005

Cellphone Backups with CellStik

The CellStik looks like a regular USB flash drive, but can be connected to LG and Samsung cellphones, so that you can easily backup your phone's address book information and other data. Once downloaded, the device plugs into your PC...
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Man's camera phone crimes

'SALESMAN Trevor Barlow snapped the underwear of mini-skirted women as they shopped, a court heard. He could now face jail after admitting outraging public decency. Magistrates heard the 46-year-old targeted women in short skirts in a supermarket and crouched...
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November 05, 2005

Why We Give Up on Mobile Data Services

Gizmodo has a great rant that starts out with the results of a survey showing 64% of mobile customers don't use any of the "sexier" mobile services like picture messaging, web browsing and ringtone downloading. I really liked his solution...
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October 29, 2005

Latest Forecast Predicts Substantial Growth in Camera Phone Market

In an update to be published in today's edition of its Mobile Imaging Report continuous information service Future Image is announcing that, following discussions with a number of industry players at its just completed Mobile Imaging Summit executive conference (Monterey,...
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Make Music Videos on Your Nokia Camera Phone

muvee Technologies' latest stylePack, features 5 party-themed styles for making quick, personalized music videos on various Nokia camera phone models. Using Nokia's embedded Movie Director application, camera phone users can instantly and automatically turn their unedited phone video clips and...
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October 28, 2005

iKids Phone with GPS Reciever

Dutch telco KPM has introduced a mobile phone specially made for young children. The iKid phone comes with a GPS receiver that "remains working even when the phone isn't activated. Parents can select three 'safety zones', areas where their children...
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October 27, 2005

Samsung SCH-M600 - Officially Unveiled

Samsung has officially announced the Samsung SCH-M600, it's music phone with 3GB of storage. Samsung SCH-M600 Features: - 2.0 Megapixel Digital Camera - Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 SE - TTS (Text to Speech) - 2.2-inch 240 x 320pixel 262k colour...
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October 26, 2005

Play Music from Your Sony Ericsson Cellphone on any Radio Receiver

Sony Ericsson today announced the Walkman™ -branded FM Music Transmitter MMR-60. Attached to a Sony Ericsson mobile phone it can transmit music files from the handset over the FM radio frequency band. This means that you can now to listen...
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Motorola V710 Relaunched

Verizon Wireless has relaunched the Motorola V710, which will be availble online only, with a special offer ending November 2. Camera features: * 1.2 megapixel camera with flash * 15-second video recording and sending * speakerphone Via: MobileGuerilla Read more...
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October 23, 2005

Vote with Your Phone

An end to voter apathy?: Engadget reports that a town in Switzerland is testing voting by SMS in real elections: "Residents of the town of Bülach will vote on local speed limits in a test to determine the viability of...
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Special Effects Lenses for Camera Phones

Special effects lenses that plug into your camera phone to let you create special effects with your pictures. Fourteen lenses let you create effects such as eliminating reflections from windows and glass, a “floral�? effect which shows your subject about...
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5000 Pink RAZR Phones Now Available in Canada

Canada now has the Motorola Pink RAZR phones available, but there are only 5000 of them, so if you live in Canada and they're on your wish list or someone else's wish list, it might be worthwhile to reserve one...
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Face recognition Comes to Cellphones

Face recognition comes to camera-equipped cellphones: "Oki's "Face Sensing Engine" (FSE) "middleware" decodes facial images within 280mS on a 100MHz ARM9 processor, and can restrict access to mobile devices by recognizing their owners, the company says. ... FSE can acquire...
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October 21, 2005

Camera Phones More Popular: Report

Despite the flood of recent music phone releases, a report by Parks Associates shows that more consumers intend to purchase a camera phone: "Convergence is finding traction in mobile phones, with one-fourth of all U.S. Internet households willing to use...
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Ready for a Mobile Phone Comedy Series?

Motorola has teamed up with MTV Networks and Comedy Central to produce a new mobile-phone comedy series. Entitled "Head and Body", the show launches this week and targets teenagers and young adults. So what's the show about? ""Head and Body"...
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October 20, 2005

Dancing Camera Phone?

Have you been bored with your camera phone lately? Wishing it was a little more, oh, you know, lively, maybe? After all, all it does is sit there and take halfway decent pictures most of the time, right? Well, you're...
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Motorola Officially Releases RAZR V3x

Motorola has now officially released the RAZR V3x in Europe and Asia. From the news release: The introduction of the RAZR V3x unites the power of 3G/UMTS technology with the world acclaimed RAZR clamshell design. The ultra-slim RAZR V3x is...
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October 17, 2005

Find Other Cellphone Users Annoying?

Ever wonder why we get so annoyed when someone answers a cell phone in public and begins chatting loudly with no apparent concern for anyone else around them? This article at New Sunday Times canvasses various reasons why we find...
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Cellphones go Multilingual

In order to get better market penetration, cell phone companies targeting markets like India where there are several different regional languages, are adding multilingual capabilities to their phone offerings. Both Nokia and Samsung, for example, offer phones in India which...
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The CAMP34 is a multimedia device that sports a camera and plays MP3 and MPEG4 files. The high resolution digital camera also works as a digital video camera and there's a video recorder and PC CAM, too....
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October 14, 2005

Samsung Demos New 3D Camera

Samsung recently demonstrated a concept camera that included stereoscopic cameras and a 3D-capable display, allowing for mobile phone users to take photos in 3D. This new 3D capability is expected to be available on camera phones outside of Korea next...
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Japan Plans VoIP Cell Phone Network

Officials of the Japanese government announced Japan's plans to introduce mobile VoIP telephony by 2007. It's expected that the Internet Protocol mobile phones will transfer information at up to 15 megabits per second. This is more than a thousand times...
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Watch How You Walk - Preventing Cell Phone Theft

According to this MSNBC article, scientists in Finland have developed a device that protects cell phones from theft that uses the cell phone owner's walking style to determine if the right person is using the phone. If the characteristics of...
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Nokia's New Music Player Now a Free Download

Nokia's new Music Player, featured in upcoming phones like the N90, is now a free download at the Nokia 6630 support site: "Nokia Music player enables you to listen to your favourite music on the go, it also makes it...
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October 12, 2005

Cell Phones Interfering Less With Medical Equipment

A recent Mayo Clinic study indicates that cell phones are now interfering less with medical devices than they have in the past: "The continued evolution of technology appears to have lessened cellular telephones’ electromagnetic interference with medical devices such as...
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New Technology Transforms Camera Phones into Mobile Scanners

The Digitizer3, is a mobile document scanning service: it transforms your high resolution camera phone into a mobile scanner, a fax machine and a photocopier. From the news release (PRNewswire) Realeyes3D, the pioneer of handwritten messaging and an early leader...
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Nokia 9300 Review - NewsFactor

Newfactor reviews the Nokia 9300, and notes that Cingular will be offering the phone for just under $300 starting in November: "This pricing structure, which will certainly make believers out of some, is awesome for what amounts to holding a...
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Verizon and Sprint Launch Samsung SCH-a950

Verizon and Samsung announced the launch of the SCH-a950 music phone today. In addition to an MP3 player, the phone features a 1.3 megapixel digital camera and camcorder. From the news release (PRNewswire): Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and Verizon Wireless...
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Chris Pirillo announces, a metasearch service developed specifically for mobile phones and other low-bandwidth devices. Chris explains how works: "If you've ever tried to visit a Web site over a mobile device, you know it's a pain in...
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October 11, 2005

TiVo Comes to Mobile Phones

So what do you do when you're watching live TV on your cell phone, and you get interrupted by a call? After all, cell phones are for receiving calls, but on the other hand, maybe you're watching something you don't...
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October 10, 2005

Comparison Shopping: Another Task Your Camera Phone Can Handle

With Scanzoom software, you can use your camera phone to comparison shop and get you a product description and customer ratings price comparisons from Web retailers. If the price is lower online, one-click buying is also available through your phone....
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October 09, 2005

19.5 Thousand Siemens CT66 Camera Phones Sold on HSN

Simply Wireless recently announced that it had sold 19,500 Siemens CT66 camera phones in the week of September 28, as part of the Home Shopping Network's "Today's Special". The phones were sold prepaid, for $59.82, and included $10 in starter...
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9 Out of 10 Mobile Phones will be Camera Phones

According to predictions by research company IDC, by 2009, nine out of 10 mobile phones sold will be camera phones. IDC also expects the demand for camera phones to be more than the forecasted demand for the total mobile phone...
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Camera Phones - PC Magazine Roundup

PC Magazine has a round-up of its choice of the six phones with the best integrated cameras on the U.S. market. The Editor's Choice? The Nokia 6682 and Samsung MM-A800. Read the review roundup here. Read more about the Nokia...
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Verizon Wireless Offers Samsung SCH-a950

Verizon Wireless recently added the Samsung SCH-a950 to its lineup of phones, with the a950 available for $199 U.S. with a one-year contract and $149 U.S. with a two year contract. Via: MobileTracker Read more about the Samsung SCH-a950....
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Pocket Film Festival Opens This Weekend

The Pocket Film Festival opens this weekend at the Forum des Images film centre in Paris. The film festival is the first of it's kind: dedicated to films made using camera phones. Fourteen films are up for prizes, which will...
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October 06, 2005

Cell phones and your health

Good health news for cell phone users: "Weighing in on the debate about whether cell phones have adverse health effects, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the electromagnetic radiation produced by cell phones...
Posted by BJ at 11:56 AM

October 05, 2005

Samsung SGH-D600, Inside Out

In an interesting article (and a departure from a standard review), takes apart the Samsung SGH-D600. And I mean, really takes it apart. If you've ever wondered what the inside of your cell phone looks like, or felt the...
Posted by BJ at 10:55 AM

Nokia Nseries See New Competition

Feeling a bit competitive? Think you're a pretty handy with your camera phone? Warm up your camera phone picture taking skills and enter Nokia's new camera phone competition: "The competition lays down the challenge to aspiring photographers around the world...
Posted by BJ at 10:30 AM

October 02, 2005

Touch Keys, Anyone?

Phoneyworld reports on new technology being developed by NTT DoCoMo and Mitsubishi: touch keys. The innovation simplifies regular keypads and improves on the traditional touch screen by showing only the keys required for the selected menu function. Prototypes have just...
Posted by BJ at 11:19 AM

September 30, 2005

Camera Phone Tripod

Here's something that might help improve your camera phone picture snapping skills: how about a tripod designed specifically for camera phones? The Cellpod is a quick-attach and quick release tripod for camera phones. It's small enough to fit in your...
Posted by BJ at 02:06 PM

PhotoChannel Partners With Summus for One-Hour Photofinishing

"PhotoChannel Networks announced it has formed a partnership with Summus Inc., a leading provider of mobile media applications. Through the integration of Summus' mobile photo services infrastructure and the PNI Digital Media Platform, the over 8,000 retail locations serviced by...
Posted by BJ at 01:57 PM

Verizon Customers Can Pre-Register for LG VX9800

"Available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers, the VX9800 uses advanced wireless technology and design to offer a complete multimedia entertainment experience along with the latest in wireless phone communication. Whether streaming news and sports video highlights on Verizon Wireless' V...
Posted by BJ at 01:21 PM

September 29, 2005

Nokia Begins Shipping the N70 Smartphone

Nokia has started shipping the Nokia N70 smartphone, which they initially announced in April. The Nokia N70 is a 3G smartphone that comes complete with 2 megapixel digital camera with inbuilt flash, 20x digital zoom, FM radio, MP3 Player, 3D...
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Motorola i275 Now Available at SouthernLINC

SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), today announced the availability of the Motorola i275 phone. The monolith phone features a digital camera, adding a visual element to communications. When used with LINC View(R)*, it transmits My Info(R) contents, pictures,...
Posted by BJ at 06:52 AM

September 28, 2005

Intellisync Support for Nokia 9300 Smartphone and 9500 Communicator

"Intellisync Corporation, the leader in platform-independent wireless messaging and mobile software, today announced that Intellisync software will support the Nokia 9300 smartphone and 9500 Communicator. The announcement is yet another step in Intellisync's march towards ubiquitous mobile computing, and supports...
Posted by BJ at 11:15 AM

Splashblog - Free Photoblogging Service

SplashData, Inc., the leading developer of virtual wallet application mobile devices, announced that its award winning SplashBlog photoblogging solution is now available for additional mobile devicesWindows Mobile and existing Palm OS version and web photo-hosting service. Further, the company is...
Posted by BJ at 10:53 AM

September 26, 2005

Music Video Shot With Camera Phones

It was bound to happen. Reuters reports that the video for the Presidents' "Some Postman", from their latest album, "Love Everybody", was filmed using only Sony-Ericsson video phones. Read the full story here....
Posted by BJ at 12:57 PM

Catching a Concert? Don't Forget Your Camera Phone!

Splintered Channels has an interesting post about how camera phones have changed the concert scene. Instead of the flickering flames from lighters held aloft by 1000s of fans: "I saw thousands of glowing blue lights. A wall of mini-screens capturing...
Posted by BJ at 05:23 AM

September 25, 2005

Camera phone enters new creative territory

'Billboard has learned that rock band the Presidents of the United States of America shot its latest video using only mobile phone cameras. The video for the track Some Postman, culled from the band's last studio album, Love Everybody,...
Posted by Darren at 11:15 PM

September 23, 2005

We Want More Battery Life, Study Shows

According to a study conducted by TNS, longer battery life tops the list of features consumers would like from their cell phones and PDAs. Consumers are also interested in their phones having high resolution cameras: "Over 75 percent of mobile...
Posted by BJ at 11:05 AM

September 22, 2005

Man Charged: Secretly Photographing Child

Out and about with your children? Camera phones may require you to practice more awareness of who’s around, and what they might be doing: "A 33-year-old Toronto man is facing 18 charges of mischief and criminal harassment after police released...
Posted by BJ at 09:19 AM

September 20, 2005

New Technology Takes Aim at Camera Phones and Privacy

CNET has an article about a new technology developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology that takes aim digital phone shots taken secretly. The technology can detect a digital camera up to 33 feet away, and zaps a targeted light...
Posted by BJ at 11:52 AM

Smartphone Market - Where is it going?

Wondering whether smartphones, with all their possibilities, will take off anytime soon and approach the popularity of regular camera phones? FinancialExpress tackles this question and concludes, "Smartphones are definitely here to stay. However, the adoption of smartphones will only increase...
Posted by BJ at 10:59 AM

September 16, 2005

Scan Documents with Your Camera Phone?

New software being developed by NEC, in conjunction with the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, will permit the scanning of entire documents by sweeping your camera phone across the page: "... with the new software entire documents...
Posted by BJ at 12:33 PM

September 15, 2005

Cell-phone sex videos swiped

'Police arrested yesterday the owner of an Athens mobile-phone dealership suspected of selling amateur sex videos and photographs he had downloaded from cellular phones brought to his store for repairs. Police said the 44-year-old man downloaded thousands of videos...
Posted by Darren at 03:00 PM

September 14, 2005

Consumers Want to Print Camera Phone Pictures

"Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today released findings from a camera phone behavior study completed by NPD Techworld, a division of the NPD Group, Inc., revealing that 44.6 percent of participants said they have taken pictures with their camera phone...
Posted by BJ at 12:09 AM

September 13, 2005

2D Barcode: More Potential Camera Phone Uses

Looking to do more with your camera phone? New two dimensional barcode technology has the potential to increase the number of ways you can use your camera phone: "With the advent of the two-dimension (2D) barcode, the way some people...
Posted by BJ at 12:36 AM

September 10, 2005

Parents see dying son in phone video

'The parents of a teenager who was killed in a gratuitous, unprovoked attack have seen video footage of their dying son taken on a mobile phone. Triston Christmas's killer, 18-year-old Gary Roper, was jailed for two and a half...
Posted by Darren at 05:40 PM

September 07, 2005

280 Million Camera Phones are Forecast to be Sold Worldwide in 2005

Research and Markets has announced the addition of The Taiwanese Compact Camera Module Industry, 3Q 2005 to their offering. Worldwide mobile phone handset sales continued to rise in 2005; at the same time, the leading international handset vendors were...
Posted by Darren at 06:21 PM

Forecast: Camera Phones to take 40% of Global Market

According to Research and Markets: "Worldwide mobile phone handset sales continued to rise in 2005; at the same time, the leading international handset vendors were increasing the share of new handset models equipped with camera modules. It is anticipated that...
Posted by BJ at 10:39 AM

"Ghost" Captured on Camera Phone

"A CHINESE newspaper has printed what is claimed to be images of a ghost captured by man using a mobile phone camera. China Press, displaying a series of four pictures, said three men reported seeing the �ghost' walk past while...
Posted by BJ at 02:12 AM

September 06, 2005

Travelers: when and when not to use camera phone

Travelers need to be cautious and aware of when they can and cannot use their camera phones these days. According to CNN, several countries have banned or limited the use of camera phones in specific situations: South Korea, Japan, Thailand,...
Posted by BJ at 02:38 AM

August 30, 2005

Sharp Brings 3-Megapixel Camera to Mobile Phones

'Sharp Corporation has developed two new 3-megapixel CCD camera modules intended for use in camera-equipped mobile phones. The two camera modules feature a built-in autofocus function and the new LZ0P3758 features, in addition, an all-internal optical zoom lens that...
Posted by Darren at 02:49 PM

Camera Phones Create Digital Camera Users

There is another interesting spin on the Digital Camera vs Camera phone debate today with an IDC survey arguing that camera phones are a 'gateway' product which create rather than eliminate digital camera users. The study finds that 30%...
Posted by Darren at 10:02 AM

August 29, 2005

Camera Phone Thief Accidentally Posts Photos and Sex Video on Internet

We just stumbled upon this car forum where a member posts about having his camera phone stolen but having the thief accidentally post his and his girlfriend's picture (and a sex video) onto the internet. The forum member writes: 'My...
Posted by Darren at 01:55 PM

August 28, 2005

Getting Your Photos Online from Your Camera Phone Is Now a Snap

Life just got easier for 158 million of America's camera phone users. Now, just about any cell phone user can easily and instantly send their camera phone photos directly to an online photo account, to share, print, save, and...
Posted by Darren at 05:30 PM

August 26, 2005

Samsung SCH-B250

The Samsung SCH-B250 is a 2 megapixel camera phone with in built photo editing which features built in MP3 Player, TV screen (for DMB), 128 megabytes of internal memory, file viewer for reading MS Office or PDF files. Expect...
Posted by Darren at 08:57 AM

August 25, 2005

2 Megapixel Camera Phones Compared

Infosync World has a good comparison of a range of 2 Megapixel phones if you're in the market for one. The phones they point to include (links are to our pages with reviews and specifications). Nokia N90 Sony Ericsson...
Posted by Darren at 10:48 PM

Flickr User Shames Flasher with Camera Phone

A Flickr user has got her own back at a man who exposed himself to her on a train recently by taking a picture of him and posting it to to her Flickr account to shame him. 'I was...
Posted by Darren at 10:31 PM

Camera Phone Tour of Europe

DP Expert has a great post on an Australian photographer (Laurie Davis) who recently toured Europe with his Sony Ericsson K750i and K700i. He took some stunning shots while away and used his phones almost like a diary -...
Posted by Darren at 10:22 AM

August 20, 2005

Samsung Cancel SCH-i645 Camera Phone

Phone scoop reports that Samsung have cancelled the SCH-i645 handset. They write - 'A Samsung spokesperson today confirmed that the company no longer plans to release the i645 CDMA smartphone. The i645 was to be the first Windows Mobile Smartphone...
Posted by Darren at 01:57 PM

August 18, 2005

Sharp 903SH Review -

Pocket-lint reviews the Sharp 903SH 3G mobile phone and they loved it. They write - 'To say we were impressed with this phone would be an understatement. We recently looked at Sony Ericssons K750i and we were very...
Posted by Darren at 10:49 PM

Armed robbery 'filmed on phones'

'Police say armed robbers who broke into a sports shop with chainsaws and pickaxes may have been filmed by members of the public on mobile phones. The gang broke through security shutters at MBO Sports on Bury New Road...
Posted by Darren at 12:31 PM

August 17, 2005

Urine powered battery could charge CameraPhones and other devices

New Scientist has an article reporting on a new Pee-powered battery that could one day be used to power devices like camera phones! 'The first urine-powered paper battery has been created by physicists in Singapore. The credit-card sized unit...
Posted by Darren at 12:41 PM

August 16, 2005

Nokia N90 wins European Media Phone of the Year

The Nokia N90 has been awarded the European Media Phone of the year. The Nokia N90 is - a camera phone with Carl Zeiss optics, 2 megapixel sensor, 20x digital zoom, integrated flash, PictBridge printing, Bluetooth, 32 megabytes of...
Posted by Darren at 11:20 PM

August 14, 2005

Digital Cameras Remain Primary Picture Taking Device over CameraPhones

CEA Research Finds Digital Cameras Remain Primary Picture Taking Device Survey Underscores Need for Industry Involvement in Consumer Archiving Awareness Arlington, Virginia 8/12/2005 - Even as they increase in popularity, camera phones are not likely to replace digital cameras...
Posted by Darren at 10:09 PM

August 13, 2005

Camera Phone Pics Lead Cops To Money, Drugs

'The pictures on Zachary Hicks' missing cell phone cam are more than embarrassing -- they've led to his arrest. Police in Woodland say someone turned in Hicks' lost cell phone. Investigators reported they found digital snapshots stored in the...
Posted by Darren at 01:46 PM

Will Camera Phones replace Digital Cameras?

In response to the recent articles that Camera Phones to Steal Low-End Digital Camera Market within Two Years Lets Go Digital has today posted a piece on Why Camera Phones WON'T replace digital cameras. They write: 'Even as they...
Posted by Darren at 12:41 PM

August 12, 2005

How will the Nokia N90 be received?

Tech Digest has a post in anticipation of the release of the Nokia N90 camera phone that wonders if it will be received as well as all the publicity its received might suggest: 'Analyst Mako Analysis thinks not and...
Posted by Darren at 08:51 PM

Video Phone Allegedly Used To Take Pictures Up Skirts

'A man accused of using his cell phone to secretly take pictures up women's skirts now faces charges. Surveillance video taken Aug. 1 from a Cargo Largo store in Independence shows a man sneaking up behind a woman and...
Posted by Darren at 08:32 PM

August 11, 2005

Camera Phones to Steal Low-End Digital Camera Market within Two Years

'Within two years, low-end camera phones will take much of the market share now held by low-end standalone digital cameras. ABI Research principal analyst of global wireless operator research Kenneth Hyers says, We believe that within the next two...
Posted by Darren at 01:28 AM

Samsung Sued Over SPG-V4400 False Claims

'Consumers groups have for the first time launched a legal challenge against Samsung over what they say are the companys exaggerated claims for its mobile phones. Two groups called V4400 Consumers' Power and Tipsters for the Public Good filed...
Posted by Darren at 12:11 AM

August 07, 2005

Students Arrested for Filming Student Hazing on Camera Phone

'Two students of a college in Central Delhi were booked for allegedly forcing their juniors to perform obscene acts, filming these using their camera phones and circulating them as MMS, police sources said today. The students of Tibia College...
Posted by Darren at 10:39 PM

Man Films His Suicide Live On Phone

'A man filmed himself jumping to his death on his mobile video phone and beamed the live images to his horrified girlfriend, an inquest heard. Lee Morgan, 20, jumped from the Humber Bridge after a New Year's Eve row...
Posted by Darren at 10:38 PM

Scoopt - Camera Phone Photographer Agency

The BBC has an article featuring an agency for camera phone photographers - Scoopt: 'Kyle MacRae, whose agency Scoopt represents mobile snappers so they get paid for their work, said there are serious ethical issues at stake. Following the...
Posted by Darren at 10:37 PM

August 05, 2005

Sell Your Camera Phone Pictures

If you've been wondering how to put your camera phone shots to good use, there's a new photo agency that will act as a broker between you and possible licensing syndication deals for your camera phone photos. You retain copyright...
Posted by BJ at 02:11 AM

August 04, 2005

2005 Mobile Imaging Summit(SM) North America

The line-up of sponsors for the fifth Mobile Imaging Summit to be held in Monterey, California was announced today: "Sponsors to date include the top imaging and wireless industry associations: photokina, MEF (Mobile Entertainment Forum and CTIA -- The...
Posted by BJ at 04:10 AM

August 03, 2005

English Towns Use Camera Phones to Report Graffiti

160 Characters Association is reporting two English towns that are using camera phones to help report and stamp out antisocial behavior like graffiti and tagging. 'Two towns in England are invited to report examples of anti-social behaviour using their...
Posted by Darren at 04:02 PM

Filmmakers' Contest for Nokia Camera Phone Owners

Discovery Asia and Nokia have teamed up to offer a new contest for Nokia camera phone users: "The companies have partnered to launch the Mobile First Time Filmmakers Contest 2005, which will give consumers the opportunity to try their hand...
Posted by BJ at 08:26 AM

Camera Phones in Healthy Competition with Digital Cameras

Research and Markets has released a new report for the digital camera manufacutring and retail industry: " "Market demand for both digital-still cameras and camera phones is healthy at this point, with digital-still cameras pulling ahead slightly in the near...
Posted by BJ at 07:18 AM

August 01, 2005

Cameraphones become tourism tool

'A Hawke's Bay company is hoping a pilot project to use cellphones as a tourist tool will revolutionise the way holidaymakers get information in New Zealand. The trial, in Pukaha Mt Bruce wildlife centre in Wairarapa, uses technology developed...
Posted by Darren at 10:43 AM

July 31, 2005

Camera Phone Prizes in Pepsi/Verizon Sweepstakes

"Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and The Pepsi Bottling Group, the world's largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages, today announced they have wrapped a joint promotion into the sale of Pepsi 24-packs to...
Posted by BJ at 05:54 AM

July 30, 2005

Used Cell Phones: Environmental Challenge?

More on recycling your old cell phone: "With mobile phone sales projected to exceed one billion by 2009, the challenge of what to do with the old handsets they replace becomes more critical, the president of a company that recycles...
Posted by BJ at 02:31 PM

Storeowner Used Camera Phone to Take Pictures Under Customers' Skirts

"Police arrested a local man for using his cell phone camera to spy on women at his store. They say he�s done it several times but was caught when a woman realized what he was doing. Police say the 39-year-old...
Posted by BJ at 02:26 PM

July 29, 2005

Call to ban 'happy slap' name

'Teachers have called for the phrase happy slappy not to be used for attacks recorded on mobile phones. They condemned such assaults and urged parents not to buy children video mobile phones. Attacks on children which were filmed using...
Posted by Darren at 08:35 PM

July 28, 2005

Upgrading Your Camera Phone?

If you're planning to upgrade your camera phone, you can get cash for your used phone and help benefit seniors: ", a website that pays cash for used cell phones, announced today that it will donate 1,500 cell phones to...
Posted by BJ at 03:00 PM

Go Shopping with Your Camera Phone

More uses for your camera phone: turn your phone into a personal shopping assistant: "Using software it calls Optical Intelligence, a company called Scanbuy says it can transform any camera phone into a personal barcode scanner which then allows shoppers...
Posted by BJ at 02:49 PM

Camera Phones Film "Walking" Mary

The impact of camera phone technology: "THOUSANDS of Italians have flocked to a small southern town after witnesses claimed to have filmed a miraculous �walking statue� of the Madonna with their video phones. Acerra, near Naples, is now likely to...
Posted by BJ at 02:44 PM

July 27, 2005

Cheating On Exam With Camera Phone

Technology makes our lives easy, but for some it may be making it too easy. Georgia freshman linebacker Tavares Kearney faces a suspension for allegedly using a camera phone to cheat on a nutrition exam last week. He originally faced...
Posted by at 12:05 AM

July 26, 2005

Verizon and Sprint Ink Interoperability Agreement

"Camera phones have gone from a novelty to standard in a just a couple of years, but if you want to zip pictures from your phone to a friend's handset you can't unless your respective carriers have laid the groundwork....
Posted by BJ at 02:32 PM

KODAK Mobile Services features Dukes of Hazzard Special

"Fans of the hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard, who are eagerly awaiting the August 5 movie release from Warner Bros. Pictures, can get a jump-start on the action, thanks to a new Kodak promotional campaign. From now until...
Posted by BJ at 02:19 PM

Indian Cops target sexual MMS to make cash

Phoneyworld has a good piece on how Indian police are now targeting sexual MMS to make cash: 'However there is a catch, with celebs complaining; the police have decided that transmitting obscene MMS can attract some sections of the...
Posted by Darren at 10:33 AM

July 24, 2005

Edinburgh Film Festival bans mobile phones

'MOBILE phones are to be temporarily confiscated during performances at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival in a crackdown on movie piracy. Guests at many festival screenings, including world and international premieres, will be asked to hand over their phones...
Posted by Darren at 11:56 PM

Cellphone sales seen at over 1 bln a year by 2009

'Mobile phone sales will exceed one billion handsets a year by 2009 as they become the most common consumer electronics device with 2.6 billion people using one by then, according to a survey published on Wednesday. Around 1.04 billion...
Posted by Darren at 10:34 PM

July 17, 2005

Six charged on 'happy slap' assault

'Six people have appeared in court in connection with an alleged happy slapping sex assault on a teenage girl. The six - aged between 16 and 20 - were arrested after the alleged filming by camera phone of an...
Posted by Darren at 09:13 PM

Mobile sex shots make Bollywood camera shy

'Bollywood actors these days think twice before venturing into hotels, discos or even to join a friend's birthday bash because amateur paparazzi packing mobile phone-equipped cameras have got them running scared. A series of intimate exposes of film celebrities...
Posted by Darren at 03:13 PM

Citizen Reporters

Good article over at the Times Online on Citizen Reporters a phenomena emerging alongside the camera phone: 'WHAT A DIFFERENCE a week and a sizeable terrorist outrage can make to the public image of camera phones. Until now, camera...
Posted by Darren at 03:13 PM

Teenager arrested for 'happy slapping' in Wales

'A SECOND teenager was arrested yesterday after a 13-year-old boy was tied to a tree with masking tape in a happy slapping attack, police said. The boy became the latest victim of the craze when a gang of eight...
Posted by Darren at 03:02 PM

July 16, 2005

Kodak's CMOS image sensors and TI's OMAP 2 platform

"(i-Newswire) Eastman Kodak Company is making it easier for camera phone manufacturers to build next-generation devices that offer improved image quality and multimedia capabilities. New KODAK CMOS image sensors for mobile phone and consumer digital still camera applications now seamlessly...
Posted by BJ at 11:31 PM

July 14, 2005

London Bombing, Camera Phones and Moblogging

There's another good piece on moblogging in the Guardian Unlimited again today: 'Wherever you were in London last week, you could not have avoided the snap of people taking pictures with camera phones. From the joyous moment when those...
Posted by Darren at 10:58 PM

July 12, 2005

London Bombing Pictures Mark New Role for Camera Phones

And yet another article on cameraphones and the London bombings: 'The images that defined the media coverage of the July 7 London terrorist bombings, which claimed more than 50 lives, came not from professional news crews but from everyday...
Posted by Darren at 11:39 PM

More on CameraPhones and the London Bombings

The Guardian Unlimited reports on the use of camera phones and the recent London Bombings at 'We had 50 images within an hour': 'Britain watched the story of the London bombings through mobile phone pictures and video clips, while...
Posted by Darren at 11:38 PM

Easier Sharing of Camera Phone Photos: Breakdown of "Walled-Garden" Approach

According to CNet, "U.S. cell phone operators are slowly dismantling the barrier that has kept camera phone owners from sending multimedia missives to subscribers using different carriers." The breakdown of this "walled-garden" approach means that camera phone users will gain...
Posted by BJ at 10:11 AM

July 06, 2005

Motorola Apple iTunes Phone Pictures

MacDailyNews seems to have stumbled upon pictures of the new Motorola Apple iTunes Phone. They write: 'Buttons that seem to be for Play/Pause, Skip forward/FF, Skip backward/Rewind, possibly a dedicated Volume button, what could be a Hold/Power button, and...
Posted by Darren at 02:19 PM

June 30, 2005

Employee Subject of "Phone Sex Video" Inquiry

From BBC News: "A woman has been suspended over claims that mobile phone clips of her having sex were seen by hundreds of colleagues. The Swansea-based Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) worker was said to have downloaded clips to...
Posted by BJ at 11:46 AM

June 27, 2005

Camera Phone Records Sex Attack

"A group of youths sexually assaulted a girl while filming it on a camera phone, it was reported today. The incident was uncovered after a teenage bank worker in Glasgow showed the graphic video footage to horrified colleagues. The victim...
Posted by BJ at 02:36 AM

June 23, 2005

Malicious Cell Phone Software Predicted for 2007

Experts are predicting cell phone users are safe from a major virus outbreak for the next 18 months or so. "Despite this intense vendor- and media-driven speculation--and several well-publicized hoaxes--the necessary conditions required for viruses or worms to pose a...
Posted by BJ at 01:38 AM

June 22, 2005

Camera Phone Helps Nab Conman

'Until recently, Mohan Shukla, an officer with the Excise Department, thought the cellphone he bought for his younger daughter Prachi was an extravagance and a ��nuisance��. But after the 25-year-old MCom student used the same phone to photograph a scamster...
Posted by BJ at 10:04 AM

June 14, 2005

Sony Ericsson Introduces Fashionable Camera Phone Z520a

Sony Ericsson introduced its new fashionable camera phone, the Z520a, today with features including Bluetooth, special light effects, a VGA camera, a media player and 3D gaming: Sony Ericsson today announced a fashion-conscious camera phone that works worldwide. The high-tech...
Posted by BJ at 05:25 AM

June 08, 2005

Dieting with Your Camera Phone

MyFoodPhone, an innovative new diet and nutrition service, uses the camera phone to provide users with an indepth analysis of their nutritional intake and advice on making dietary improvements: ... a new dieting service called MyFoodPhone, which uses camera phones...
Posted by BJ at 12:41 PM

Sony Ericsson Introduces New Camea Phone - V600i 3G

Sony Ericsson has releases specs for their latest camera phone, the V600i 3G, which can be used as a normal handheld phone or turned horizontal and used as a 1.3 megapixel camera. The phone has an impressive list of...
Posted by at 05:39 AM

June 07, 2005

Nethra Imaging Taking Camera Phones to 3 Megapixels

Nethra Imaging is developing a new chipset to take cameras embedded in phones to 3 megapixel. The new chipsets will focus on using lower power and delivering higher resolution pictures. According to the company press release "camera phone market is...
Posted by at 11:52 AM

June 06, 2005

Intel Plans to Introduce Second-Generation Processor

Intel anticipates it will ship more than 30 million cell phone processors this year, after its intended release of its new second-generation cell phone processor later this year. While its first-generation cell phone processor failed to meet performance expectations, Intel...
Posted by BJ at 05:00 AM

June 04, 2005

Student TV network to launch MMS service

'National youth channel SUBtv is set to launch an MMS-to-screen facility across its university network, which hopes will provide a new advertising channel for brands to reach the student market. The service, to launch in September for the new academic...
Posted by BJ at 06:13 AM

June 02, 2005

Hospitals to ban camera phone use

'Hospital bosses across the Black Country are banning visitors from taking photographs without official permission amid fears the craze for mobile phone cameras is threatening people's privacy. Health chiefs in Walsall and Dudley have taken similar new rules on...
Posted by Darren at 12:00 AM

May 29, 2005

Wave Case - Underwater casing for Camera Phones

'WAVECASE transforms your mobile in a few seconds in an authentic under-water camera with MMS-functions. The patented cover is a pattern of a quick snapshot at the holidays on beach or at diving, or water sports. The shockproof accessories...
Posted by Darren at 05:11 PM

Mobile Camera Phone Community Website That Meshes Web Users and Mobile Users

(PRLEAP.COM) launches a free camera phone web community with the goal of keeping mobile users and web users connected. Users create personalized profiles containing pictures, favorite links and headlines that they can share with family and friends. Camera phone...
Posted by BJ at 03:35 AM

May 28, 2005

2005 looking good for handset sales

'Strong first-quarter sales of mobile phones brighten the outlook for all of 2005, according to market research company Gartner. Global sales totaled 180.6 million units in the first three months of the year, compared with 153.7 million units in...
Posted by Darren at 02:42 PM

May 25, 2005

Man, 62, pleads guilty in Upskirt Camera Phone case

'A man who used a cell phone camera to try to take pictures up the skirts of girls and women in public places in northern San Diego pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted lewd conduct. Alan Campbell,...
Posted by Darren at 02:56 PM

May 24, 2005

Restrictions placed on camera phones

'At Apple Computer's shareholder meeting in April, attendees weren't allowed to take pictures. So what did security personnel check for, among other things? Cell phones. It was the latest example of how camera phones are friend to some, foe...
Posted by Darren at 09:37 AM

May 23, 2005

Quebec scientist invents lens that could vastly improve cellphone cameras

'Quebec researchers have created a new lens they say could revolutionize photography by allowing the smallest cameras to take crystal-clear zoom photos. The new lens, five times thinner than a sheet of paper, can zoom and focus with no...
Posted by Darren at 07:06 PM

May 22, 2005

Camera Phones Nip at Standalone Digital Camera Market

'While it may have been a novelty a few years ago, these days camera cell phones are everywhere. And not only are they pervasive, they are also getting better with higher megapixel performance and plans for more sophisticated camera...
Posted by Darren at 08:02 PM

Gang 'happy slaps' cancer woman

'The girlfriend of TV presenter Matthew Wright has told how she was a victim of a happy slapping attack. Caroline Monk, 35, who lost her hair during treatment for breast cancer, was called a slaphead and knocked to the...
Posted by Darren at 07:51 PM

May 21, 2005

Happy-slappers target pizza delivery drivers

'PIZZA delivery drivers are being targeted by a violent gang who assault them before taking pictures of the victims on their mobile phones. The attacks have been taking place across Croydon and Purley, and the situation is so serious...
Posted by Darren at 02:37 PM

May 20, 2005

'Happy Slapping' Craze Sparks Call to Restrict Camera-Phone Sales

'The mother of a teenage happy slapping victim today called for the sale of camera-phones to juveniles to be restricted in a bid to curb the bizarre craze. The woman whose 15-year-old daughter suffered a perforated eardrum and...
Posted by Darren at 09:07 PM

Two officers fired in camera-phone incident

'Two Houston police officers accused of involvement in the downloading of nude photographs from a DWI suspect's camera phone have been fired, police officials confirmed Wednesday.... The firings of Green, 34, and Miller, 38, stemmed from an incident in...
Posted by Darren at 02:13 PM

Camera Phones could reach 100% of Hong Kong Market in Q4 2005

Recent reports show that 95% of all phones sold in Hong Kong in the first quarter 0f 2005 were camera phones - and the number is rising: 'As the only data provider to break out camera phone retail sales...
Posted by Darren at 02:08 PM

Happy-slap gang put girl in hospital

'A MOTHER spoke of her concern yesterday that images of her teenage daughter being beaten in a 'happy-slapping attack were circulating among pupils at the girl's school. Becky Smith, 16, was set upon by teenagers in Blackley, Manchester, and...
Posted by Darren at 01:58 PM

May 19, 2005

Samsung SCH-V740 Shown Off in Korea

Telecoms Korea has news that the Samsung SCH-V740 camera phone has now been made official and shown off by Samsung at Expo Comm Wireless Korea 2005. 'The V740 is 14.5mm thick and weighs only 98g, thin and light enough...
Posted by Darren at 08:51 AM

May 18, 2005

Paedophile Camera Phone warning in London's parks

'Paedophiles are using mobile phones and digital cameras to take pictures of children playing in London parks. Police and Mayor Ken Livingstone today issued a joint warning to parents to be vigilant of the danger caused by advances in...
Posted by Darren at 11:21 PM

May 16, 2005

Camera Phones Used in Dieting

'In recent months, several services have sprung up that let people use their cellphones or other gadgets to design workout schedules, decide which menu items at a restaurant are compatible with their diets, and even use their camera-equipped cellphones...
Posted by Darren at 09:10 AM

May 14, 2005

Camera phone shipments up as component prices drop

'The camera-based cellular phone market is expected to increase from 213 million units shipped in 2004, to 410 million in 2005 or 58 percent of all handset shipments, according to a report from market research firm S2 Data...
Posted by Darren at 05:10 PM

Have a camera phone and be a photojournalist

'As more people carry digital cameras and use personal Web sites to publish their photos, their pictures are increasingly making their way into the mainstream media. Now a community site is trying to convert the phenomenon, drawing on ordinary...
Posted by Darren at 05:08 PM

May 13, 2005

Does 'happy slapping' exist?

Does Happy Slapping exist? 'Reports suggest a new craze in which young people slap strangers and film the assault on mobile phones is on the increase. But does this trend actually exist or is it the product of media...
Posted by Darren at 11:18 PM

May 10, 2005

Camera phones - Essential Business Tools

The Chicago Tribune has a great article on the way in which camera phones are becoming more and more popular with businesses as a technology that can enhance their core business: 'Teenagers may be today's biggest camera phone enthusiasts,...
Posted by Darren at 06:17 PM

Pantech to Buy Siemens Phone Division?

'Koreas third-largest handset maker Pantech could take over Germanys Siemens AGs cell phone unit as well after agreeing to buy SK Teletech from Koreas largest mobile operator SK Telecom, the Korea Economic Daily reported in its Friday online edition.'...
Posted by Darren at 05:12 PM

May 06, 2005

Girl Shamed by Camera Phone Sex Romp

'A GIRL has been humiliated after a sex romp she filmed on a mobile phone was leaked on to the internet. Shamed Jade Davidson, 19, has been afraid to leave home and was sacked from her job at a...
Posted by Darren at 12:14 AM

Girls snap cell phone photo in subway and run for cops

'A subway pervert was caught in a flash yesterday by feisty Catholic schoolgirls armed with a cell phone camera in Queens, cops and witnesses said. The suspect sicko flashed the teens twice last week as they rode the F...
Posted by Darren at 12:13 AM

May 04, 2005

Thugs Film Girl Attack on Phone - Happy Slapping

'A GANG of 20 thugs took photographs of a 13-year-old girl on their mobile phones as she was punched and kicked. Terrified Rose Archer was attacked at a bus stop on her way back from the fair at 8.30pm....
Posted by Darren at 11:52 PM

Camera phone sales increased by 200%

'According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, 257 million camera phones were shipped worldwide, representing 38 percent of total handset sales, in 2004. This was up sharply from 84 million, or 16 percent of total, in 2003. Camera...
Posted by Darren at 08:35 AM

May 01, 2005

Bug-eyed lens may mean slimmer camera phones

'The multitude of lenses that make up an insect's eye is providing inspiration for a new generation of super-slim camera phone. Conventional camera lenses cannot be shrunk below a few millimetres in thickness before reducing the field of view....
Posted by Darren at 05:52 PM

Calls for Camera Phones to be Banned at Golf

'ERNIE ELS last night called on golf chiefs to ban cameras and mobile phones at all major tournaments. The world No.3 snapped after being tormented by the sound of ring tones and clicking cameras throughout his second round of...
Posted by Darren at 05:50 PM

April 29, 2005

Mobile Imaging Study Shows Camera Phones Growth

'Camera phones are entering a stage of rapid growth, and they will soon become the most common image capture device in the world. Over 175 million camera phones were shipped in 2004. By the end of the decade, the...
Posted by Darren at 11:33 PM

April 27, 2005

Mobile phone picture of spider helps save bite victim

'When chef Matthew Stevens was bitten by a spider while cleaning in his Somerset pub, his mobile phone helped save his life. He used it to take the spider's picture. Within moments of being bitten twice by the large...
Posted by Darren at 10:51 PM

Happy slapping

'In one video clip, labelled Bitch Slap, a youth approaches a woman at a bus stop and punches her in the face. In another, Knockout Punch, a group of boys wearing uniforms are shown leading another boy across an unidentified...
Posted by Darren at 09:28 AM

April 26, 2005

New Nokia 2MP Music phone Photos

Someone over at Howard Forums has just posted these pictures of a new '2 megapixel Music Phone' from Nokia. No official word from Nokia on this at this stage of course - time will tell what it actually is....
Posted by Darren at 11:58 PM

Camera Phones Still Banned at Schools in Saudi Arabia

'Although mobile camera phones have been legal in the Kingdom since last December, their use is still not permissible everywhere. As a woman living in Saudi Arabia today, there is no problem taking your camera phone to the mall,...
Posted by Darren at 11:29 PM

April 21, 2005

Camera Phones Under the Influence

'Until recently, party animals only had to be cautious of drunk dialing, made even more common with the explosion of cellphones. The phenomenon got so bad Down Under that Virgin Mobile Australia created a cellphone blocker that prevents customers...
Posted by Darren at 10:23 PM

Motorola confirms iTunes Phone

The rumors that have been going around that the iTunes phone from Motorola has been cancelled got a kick in the teeth last night with a confirmation from Motorola that the new phone is still a goer: 'Ed Zander,...
Posted by Darren at 05:03 PM

April 20, 2005

Mobile Phone Reads Your Face, Predicts the Future

'Zenitum Entertainment Computing, a Seoul based local startup company, announced Wednesday its new mobile entertainment service called Mobile Face Reading. Based on the traditional face reading rule, the service can read fortune out of a face in a photo...
Posted by Darren at 10:35 PM

April 19, 2005

Motorola MPx Scrapped

News is emerging that Motorola is planning to scrap the launch of their MPx handset. 'Motorola plans to cancel the launch of its MPx230 Microsoft Windows-based smartphone, manufactured by Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS), according to sources at Taiwan...
Posted by Darren at 09:01 AM

April 18, 2005

2 Mobile Phone Makers Report Declines in Profit

'Two of the world's leading mobile phone makers, Samsung Electronics and Sony Ericsson, reported steep tumbles in profit yesterday, accelerating a slide in technology stocks worldwide. Both companies said harsh competition hurt their results. Samsung's first-quarter net profit sank...
Posted by Darren at 11:29 PM

New Saudi law to jail, lash cellphone porn users

'Anyone using camera phones to distribute pornography may face up to 1000 lashes, a 12-year jail term and a 100,000 riyal fine under a proposed Saudi law, newspapers reported on Saturday. The proposed law comes after a Saudi court...
Posted by Darren at 06:59 PM

N.C. judge to rule on photos from camera phones

'A Superior Court judge must decide whether law enforcement officers overstepped when they downloaded images from the cell phone of a man accused of sexual offense and secret peeping. Wrightsville Beach police charged Christopher R. Snow, 26, in July...
Posted by Darren at 04:12 PM

Market for data services to Camera Phones Shrinking

JupiterResearch finds - 'The market for data services to camera phones, such as sending photos from camera phones to third parties, appears to be shrinking. In 2003, 60 percent of consumers were likely to send pictures from a camera...
Posted by Darren at 03:34 PM

Nokia 7280 Makes Its Much- Anticipated US Debut

Nokia News Release - The wait is finally over and the much anticipated Nokia 7280 phone is now available for purchase. Since it was announced in late 2004, the Nokia 7280 has received numerous design accolades and has been heralded...
Posted by Darren at 12:24 AM

Stiff Punishments Await Camphone Misusers

'Saudi Arabia will deal strongly with people misusing camera mobiles as a draft bylaw proposed 12-year jail sentence, SR100,000 fine and 1,000 lashes for those circulating pornographic photos of women through the phone. In January this year, the high...
Posted by Darren at 12:17 AM

Canon and Siemens team up for Wireless Printing

Mobile Mag reports that Canon and Siemens have teamed up for Wireless Printing - 'Siemens and Canon have joined forces to bring users a direct printing solution for their high-resolution digital camera phones. With support for the Siemens S65...
Posted by Darren at 12:16 AM

New generation smartphones - an office on the go

'With the advent and increasing popularity of smartphones, the days when cell phones were used simply to talk to another human being are becoming rarer and rarer. In fact, the traditional cell phone may soon be going the way...
Posted by Darren at 12:14 AM

Project puts camera phones to artistic use

'The novelty of taking covert pictures with a camera phone may have worn off as quickly as the controversy surrounding it, but a group of University students insist that these gadgets have a better use -- art. As their...
Posted by Darren at 12:10 AM

Appeal for bank raid phone photos

'Police have appealed for people who witnessed an armed robbery to come forward if they used their mobile phones to take photos. A security guard was shot in the thigh and a member of the public injured in the...
Posted by Darren at 12:09 AM

257 million camera phones, 68 million digital cameras shipped in 2004

'Strategy Analytics' 2004 Global Camera Phone report says 257 million camera phones were shipped worldwide last year, comprising 38 percent of handset sales. In 2003, 84 million camera phones were sold, comprising 16 percent of handset sales. This compares...
Posted by Darren at 12:08 AM

April 17, 2005

Camera Phones Outsell Digital Cameras

'The camera phone industry is throwing punches, with a round won in the low-end market. According to a report released by global research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics, camera phones outsold digital cameras in 2004 by nearly 4 to...
Posted by Darren at 10:11 PM

April 12, 2005

Project puts camera phones to artistic use

'The novelty of taking covert pictures with a camera phone may have worn off as quickly as the controversy surrounding it, but a group of University students insist that these gadgets have a better use -- art. As their...
Posted by Darren at 11:06 PM

April 11, 2005

Smile! You're on candid cameraphone

The Guardian has a feature piece on CameraPhones today which talks of the rise of the gadget we've all come to love. 'Tony Blair used it in his first stunt of the election campaign. Prince Charles banned it from...
Posted by Darren at 11:57 AM

April 08, 2005

Snapping the dead pope on a camera phone

'They have come to pay their final respects, so is taking a mobile phone picture of the Pope's body disrespectful or just a sign of how times changed during his 26-year papacy? To some it is distasteful, inappropriate and...
Posted by Darren at 01:13 AM

April 05, 2005

Politician Caught Cheating by Paparazzi Camera Phone

'He was the son-in-law every Austrian mother wanted - handsome, clean-living and the country's youngest . But Karl-Heinz Grasser's shining reputation has been rocked by a scandal involving the heiress of a crystal dynasty, his former intern (turned fiance)...
Posted by Darren at 05:27 PM

America through a camera phone

'Put a top of the line camera phone into the hands of an award winning photographer and you get Robert Clark along with hundreds of spontaneous, but fascinating images. Professional freelance photographer Clark, whose photos have appeared in such...
Posted by Darren at 05:25 PM

Sony Ericsson's camera-mobiles top sales lists

'Sony Ericsson's T630 is topping the sales chart at mobile-phone retailers The Phonehouse, which has 70 shops across Sweden, closely followed by its slightly more expensive cousin the Sony Ericsson K700. Telia's customers also seem to be choosing Sony...
Posted by Darren at 09:17 AM

April 04, 2005

'One in Two Koreans Bought Cell Phone Porn'

'The countrys big three mobile operators earned W113 billion (US$113 million) last year from selling adult content, a lawmaker said. The number of people who bought adult content through their mobile phones accounted for almost half of all mobile...
Posted by Darren at 09:56 AM

April 03, 2005

Warning to desperate housewives: husband can spy over his phone

'BORED housewives and househusbands, beware. While your spouse is away, be careful where you play. He or she may soon subscribe to a new mobile-phone service that, using tiny wireless cameras concealed around the home, will record your every...
Posted by Darren at 12:27 PM

April 02, 2005

Pantech Stops Competition Over Megapixel Phones

'Pantech opted to stop competition over high- resolution camera phone. An official of Pantech said Friday, We think that it is waste of time to compete with Samsung and LG to develop mobile phones with higher resolution camera. Five...
Posted by Darren at 01:10 PM

March 31, 2005

TV Commerce Holdings Launches Palm-Readings By Mobile Phone

'TV Commerce Holdings said Wednesday that its palm readings and psychic readings by mobile telephone are now available to mobile users with 02, Vodafone, Orange, 3 and T-Mobile. The introduction across major network providers follows studio trials when users...
Posted by Darren at 10:29 PM

Charlotte's topless text

'Singer Charlotte Church was said to be very embarrassed today after a topless picture she texted to her boyfriend was passed on to hundreds of other mobile phone users. The 19-year-old sent the photograph to Welsh rugby star Gavin...
Posted by Darren at 01:16 PM

March 29, 2005

Cops to get tough on mobile phones with lewd images

'ACTION will be taken against mobile phone users who have pornographic films and images in their cellular phones, reported China Press. According to the daily, pornographic movies or lewd screen images can now be easily downloaded at phone shops...
Posted by Darren at 10:33 PM

So You Have a Camera Phone, What Now

'For students that want to stay connected while mobile, Oxy Systems, Inc., a leading developer of mobile multimedia tribeware today announced the launch of a free market trial of phling!(TM), a suite of software products that enables teens and...
Posted by Darren at 04:54 PM

March 22, 2005

Man Tries to Sell Woman Her Own Explicit Cameraphone Photos

'A Kennewick woman who lost her cell phone Saturday night called her number on the off-chance someone had found it and would answer. Thirty-three year old Jason Dawson picked up and told her if she wanted it back, she'd...
Posted by Darren at 08:55 AM

March 19, 2005

Hitachi Develops Camera Phone Software That Reads Japanese

'Hitachi Ltd. has created OCR (optical character recognition) software for camera phones that could open up a new range of services. OCR programs that can read Japanese characters and convert them into text usually require tens of megabytes of...
Posted by Darren at 11:27 PM

March 18, 2005

MPs will back down over camera ban in NZ

'Media bosses are confident MPs will back down from their plan to ban independent cameras from Parliament, Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) Media Freedom Committee chairman Tim Pankhurst said today. The CPU, along with representatives of Television New Zealand and...
Posted by Darren at 04:40 PM

Phone porn set for spike

'MOBILE phone users around the world spent $US400 million ($504 million) on pornographic pictures and video in 2004. The figure is expected to rise to $US5 billion by 2010, despite the tiny screen sizes, a new survey has found...
Posted by Darren at 03:40 PM

March 17, 2005

Motorola Expanding CDMA Range

Motorola News Release: Motorola showcased its ever- expanding Seamless Mobility solutions portfoliohighlighting the companys latest wireless handset and networking innovationsall designed to help consumers get and stay connected easily and effortlessly in the home, the workplace, the automobile and...
Posted by Darren at 09:23 AM

March 15, 2005

Camera phones need to be easier to use says Kodak CEO

'Although sales of camera phones are booming, the picture feature will generate solid profits for both mobile phone and photography companies only if taking, swapping and printing photos is made easier, the chief executive of Eastman Kodak said on...
Posted by Darren at 11:29 PM

HP Launches Mobile Moments

HP Launches Mobile Moments the Online Star- Studded Mobile Phone Photography Exhibition HP today announced it will be unveiling Mobile Moments (, an online celebrity mobile phone photography exhibition in aid of Maggies Cancer Caring Centres and HP...
Posted by Darren at 06:05 PM

March 11, 2005

Government to ban use of mobiles in colleges - India

'The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to ban the use of mobile phones in colleges from the next academic sessions. Unanimously supporting the ban, MLAs expressed concern about recent instances of camera phones being used to blackmail students. They...
Posted by Darren at 03:08 PM

Nokia develops phone that knows Morse Code

'Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is attempting to patent an optical messaging system by equipping handsets with a large light emitting matrix. The backlit display, which can be color or monochrome, generates scrolling or blinking symbols that can be...
Posted by Darren at 02:57 PM

The Future of Camera Phones

Josh Spear has a look at this interesting prototype that he things is from Sony - a new concept in camera phones: 'This may look like some laser pointer, but I think it's a prototype from Sony Ericsson. Their...
Posted by Darren at 12:07 PM

March 10, 2005

Motorola postpones iTunes phone release

'Motorola Inc. was set Thursday to unveil its first iTunes phone _ a much-anticipated model capable of playing music bought from a popular Apple Computer Web site. But the Schaumburg, Ill., cell phone manufacturer cancelled at the last minute....
Posted by Darren at 10:13 PM

March 09, 2005

Siemens to Cut Costs at Mobile Phone Unit

'German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG (news - web sites) said Tuesday it plans to cut costs at its ailing mobile phone unit by a total of 1 billion euros ($1.32 billion). Lothar Pauly, the head of Siemens' communication division,...
Posted by Darren at 04:02 PM

March 08, 2005

Kosher phone taps into new market for mobiles

'AN ISRAELI mobile phone company has brought out a handset to cater for the one-million-strong ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in an attempt to boost business. The kosher phone carries a stamp signifying its approval by rabbinical authorities, who will recommend...
Posted by Darren at 12:22 PM

March 07, 2005

Charles bans Cameraphones at Wedding

'PRINCE Charles has banned cameras, mobile phones and gifts from his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles. The couple laid down the law to 800 guests after snatched camera phone shots were published of Prince Harry in a Nazi uniform....
Posted by Darren at 10:34 PM

March 06, 2005

Sanyo MM-5600 Cameraphone Wins DIMA Award

News Release: Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Phone MM-5600 by SANYO Captures High Honor by Digital Imaging Marketing Association The Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Phone MM-5600 by SANYO was selected out of the hundreds of digital products on display at...
Posted by Darren at 02:43 PM

March 05, 2005

Cameraphones as Personal Storytelling Media

'The cameraphone exists at this moment in that ephemeral, potent and confusing phase of its adoption cycle where people are still deciding what kind of social medium it is.This happened to previous generations with the camera, the phone and...
Posted by Darren at 09:51 AM

March 04, 2005

UR team refining camera-phone's heart

'In just a few short years, it has grown from a fad for techno-geeks into arguably the fastest-growing new product in history. Now researchers at the University of Rochester have developed technology that down the road could improve the...
Posted by Darren at 04:46 PM

Clock on with Camera Phone

'A product that is both a timely update to the venerable punch-card and a tool to further enslave us to our corporate masters, King Jim's Clock On CLQ1 is the world's first clock to display the time as a...
Posted by Darren at 04:41 PM

March 03, 2005

Camera phones click with contests

'Point. Click. Sell. Big advertisers are starting to turn to camera cell phones as the latest way to reach consumers. The newest is Pontiac, which launches a Catch a G6 sweepstakes with a $1 million prize Friday aimed straight...
Posted by Darren at 10:28 PM

World's First Face Recognition Technology for Mobile Phones

'OMRON Corporation, a global leader in automation, sensing and control technology, has announced OKAO Vision Face Recognition Sensor, a world first* in face recognition technology which can be implemented in PDAs, mobile phones or other mobile devices with a...
Posted by Darren at 04:24 PM

March 01, 2005

Man With Camera Phone Violates Privacy of Womens Hockey Team

'An employee at Genesee Valley Ice Rink was arrested last week, accused of using his camera phone to take pictures of a women's hockey team in the locker room. He could receive up to four years in prison and...
Posted by Darren at 12:33 PM

5M, 6M, 7M Camera Phone Plans

'LG Electronics launches the world second 5-megapiexel phone as early as in April. Skott Ahn, Executive VP of LG Mobile Handset RD Center said during an interview with Telecoms Korea on Friday, LGs 5-megapixel phone will debut in the...
Posted by Darren at 12:11 PM

Seamless Mobility by Motorola

'The Birdcage 75th is an application of Motorolas vision of seamless mobility. Telephony has revealed the existence of a world in constant movement, to the point that it is difficult today to imagine life without the mobile phone. Nowadays,...
Posted by Darren at 03:22 AM

February 27, 2005

Suspects cell phone rings in on missing assault rifle case

'The bell certainly didn't save two suspects in the case of a missing assault rifle. A ringing cell phone was the downfall of the men, who insisted they had no knowledge of an AK-47 used in an October shooting....
Posted by Darren at 02:13 PM

Mobile Handset Makers Seek To Explore Dual Camera Phone Market

'In line with fast increase in proportion of 3G mobile phones in the world handset market, leading mobile handset makers such as Nokia, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Pantech are attempting to explore a new market of 'dual camera...
Posted by Darren at 02:12 PM

T-Mobile Releases Security and Privacy Update

T-Mobile today has released a statement on security and privacy after the recent sagas that they have undergone with the Paris Hilton hacking incident where by pictures and address book from her phone have been posted on the internet....
Posted by Darren at 01:48 PM

Treo 650 coming to Europe in early March

infoSync World announces that the Treo 650 coming to Europe in early March: 'palmOne today announced that the company's Treo 650 communicator will be available to subscribers of mobile network operators Orange and Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) in March....
Posted by Darren at 01:40 PM

February 26, 2005

Student suspended for carrying camera phone

'A Class XI student from the Delhi Public School (DPS) here has been suspended on charges of carrying a mobile phone to school. According to school authorities, the student, whose name has been kept confidential, had a camera phone...
Posted by Darren at 09:57 PM

February 25, 2005

LG Electronics May Release 5-Megapixel Camera-Phone in Q2

'LG Electronics Inc., the world's fifth-biggest manufacturer of mobile phones, will release a mobile phone equipped with a 5-megapixel digital camera in the second quarter, a company source said Friday.' Read more at LG Electronics May Release 5-Megapixel Camera-Phone...
Posted by Darren at 05:07 PM

February 23, 2005

Camera phones get more user friendly

'Camera phone companies are getting the message loud and clear: Consumers will take more pictures if the quality is better and the printing is easier. Several companies, exhibiting at the Photo Marketing Association International convention here, are offering more...
Posted by Darren at 10:50 PM

Man arrested for Camera Phone Privacy Breech

'An employee at a Rochester ice rink is under arrest. Christopher Maloney has been accused of using his camera phone to take pictures of a women's hockey team in the locker room at the Genesee Valley Ice Rink. Maloney...
Posted by Darren at 10:49 PM

Picture phones may make a doctor's house calls

'Next up for cell phones with built-in digital cameras: making house calls for doctors. Researchers in Switzerland reported on Monday the devices could be used to help diagnose and suggest treatment for some serious wounds in patients in remote...
Posted by Darren at 10:47 PM

Nokia Makes Its First Appearance at PMA

Nokia News Release: Seven years after introducing wireless image sharing to the world, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is demonstrating its commitment to excellence in imaging by joining the worlds photography leaders at the 2005 Photo Marketing Association (PMA) convention. At booth...
Posted by Darren at 09:08 AM

February 21, 2005

Sprint Demonstrates Evolving Camera-Phone Experience

Sprint News Release: These days, you're likely to see someone with a camera phone - or use one yourself - everywhere you go, capturing impromptu moments. Sprint will team with several companies to demonstrate what consumers can do next...
Posted by Darren at 10:03 AM

February 18, 2005

Experts Debate Future Of Cameraphones

'While mobile phone cameras represent the largest and fastest growing market for solid-state image sensors, the continued success of mobile camera phones may not be assured. Experts at the International Solid State Circuits Conference here debated whether a killer...
Posted by Darren at 05:30 PM

Camera-phone boundary blurs, but images get sharper

'It can only be a matter of time before we talk of calling someone with our camera, as the resolution and capabilities of the imaging components in mobile phones continue to climb. At the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes,...
Posted by Darren at 05:08 PM

February 17, 2005

Zoom lenses next for mobiles

'Varioptic, the French private company which invented a tiny liquid lens for mobile phones, said it has added an optical zoom which will give a handset the same functionality as a digital camera. The news came during the 3GSM...
Posted by Darren at 08:27 AM

Push To Talk Evolves For Cameraphones

'Separately Nokia, LG and Motorola each announced solutions to share video or images directly with other mobile phone users as opposed to through a messaging network. LG and Motorola both have launched Push To View (PTV) products. Using the...
Posted by Darren at 12:08 AM

February 16, 2005

Q4 2004 Record for Cell Phone Manufacturers

A record fourth quarter last year for cell phone manufacturers helped ensure a third straight record year for mobile phone shipments worldwide, according to In-Stat. The high-tech market research firm reports that for the quarter ending Dec. 31, total...
Posted by Darren at 01:48 AM

Taiwan optical lens maker Largan lowers financial forecast for first time

Largan Press Release: Largan Precision, one of the top three optical lens manufacturers in Taiwan, recently announced that it did not reach its 2004 financial projection. A miscalculation in the companys business strategy to develop lens modules for camera...
Posted by Darren at 01:42 AM

February 15, 2005

New Camera Phones

Today is a huge day for the mobile phone industry with most of the major manufacturers choosing to release their latest models for 2005 at the 3GSM show. Below are some of the new camera phones announced in the past...
Posted by Darren at 11:38 PM

Help Camera Phone Zone

If you're a regular reader of Camera Phone Zone you might be aware that this blog is one of a number of similar sites on a range of topics. One of our sites, ProBlogger, has been nominated for an award...
Posted by Darren at 01:26 PM

LG Shows 5 new LG Phones

LG News- PTV phone, terrestrial DMB phones and 3-D Game phones to be unveiled at the 3GSM World Congress 2005 LG Electronics will showcase its latest developments in camera phones, 3G handsets, 3-D Game phones, PTV (Push-To-View) phone and...
Posted by Darren at 12:40 PM

InterVideo Demonstrates Its MPEG-4 Codecs for New-Generation Camera Phones

InterVideo Demonstrates Its MPEG-4 Codecs for New-Generation Camera Phones and 3G Phones at 3GSM World Congress CANNES, France --(Business Wire)-- Feb. 14, 2005 InterVideo(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:IVII), a pioneer in advancing DVD and MPEG-multimedia software technology, announced today that new-generation...
Posted by Darren at 12:35 PM

February 13, 2005

A Korean Start-Up Develops Auto-Focus in Camera Phone

'Hysonic, a Korean venture firm, developed worlds first linear zoom(2x) actuator that could be adopted to camera phone. It would make it possible to put auto focus function, like digital cameras, in camera phones. The actuator consists of two...
Posted by Darren at 12:06 PM

February 09, 2005

FujiFilm MP-70 Mobile Printer

The FujiFilm MP-70 is a printer that complements infrared capable camera phones and cameras. It prints photos that come out at around business card size which isn't really big enough for the serious photgrapher but might be fun for...
Posted by Darren at 11:12 AM

February 07, 2005

Thai voters banned from using mobile phone cameras at polling booths

'Thailand has banned voters from snapping photographs of their ballots using their mobile phones in a bid to stamp out vote buying at this weekend's polls, officials said Saturday. Under the election law, voters must vote directly and secretly...
Posted by Darren at 10:19 AM

February 06, 2005

Samsung to use Texas Instruments chips in four new camera phones

'Samsung Electronics will use processing chips from Texas Instruments Inc. in four new camera phones, including a model with a hard disk drive to store images and video. The phones are expected to be available in the United States...
Posted by Darren at 04:48 PM

February 03, 2005

Doctor launces Skin Care Consultations by Camera phone

A Singaporean Doctor is treating patients for skincare problems via the web using camera phone technology at iSkin. 'The world's first interactive skincare and aesthetic website,, was launched to bring beauty tips closer to consumers. The next time you...
Posted by Darren at 05:47 PM

February 01, 2005

Candidate warns of high-tech vote buying

'Election candidates are harnessing the latest technology to purchase votes, asking camera phone users to take photographs of their completed ballot papers as evidence of the party they voted for, according to a Thai Rak Thai Party candidate in...
Posted by Darren at 08:10 PM

January 31, 2005

The power of the citizen paparazzi

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on the growing trend of citizen paparazzi which is being powered largely by the rise in popularity of the camera phone. 'Everyone will soon have the ability to take sneaky snaps, writes Steve Dow....
Posted by Darren at 11:19 AM

Samsung to Tempt Chinese With Advanced Camera Phone

Samsung are looking to release its 3.34 megapixel (with 3x Optical Zoom) SCH-M339 camera phone into the Chinese market place. 'Targeting the premium mobile phone market in the world's most populous country, the SCH-M339 model sports a 3.34 megapixel...
Posted by Darren at 11:15 AM

January 29, 2005

2 Billion Mobile Phone Owners Worldwide in 2005

Deloitte Research predict that about 2 billion people will own a mobile phone in 2005. Yes you heard me right - 2 Billion! Their predictions for 2005 also include: 'Electronic viruses will run rampant in PCs, cellphones, PDAs and...
Posted by Darren at 12:27 AM

January 28, 2005

Blogging and Camera phones 'a paedophile's dream'

The BBC has a disturbing report with their recent article - Blogging 'a paedophile's dream which looks at the new technologies of blogging and camera phones and their role in a seedy community: 'Online journals and camera phones are...
Posted by Darren at 05:45 PM

20% of U.S. Internet Users Now Own Camera Phones

A recent study found that just under 20% of US internet users currently own a phone iwth a camera in it in comparison to just 3% a year ago. 'In addition, 27% of consumers who do not currently own...
Posted by Darren at 05:36 PM

January 27, 2005

Verizon Wireless Launches UTStarcom CDM8940 3G EV-DO Handset

'Verizon Wireless, the first wireless carrier to deliver widely available 3G EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) wireless broadband network, is now also the first to offer the CDM8940 handset, the only EV-DO phone to feature a built-in 1.3 mega pixel camera/camcorder...
Posted by Darren at 11:29 AM

HP Developing Picture Jamming Technology to Block Unwanted Photographs

'HP is developing a privacy technology that can jam still and video cameras and blur faces of people who dont want to have their picture taken. The company developed the idea following a slew of camera phone bans from...
Posted by Darren at 10:00 AM

DxO Aperture allows Camera Phone enhancements

DxO Aperture allows cameraphones to collect up to 4 times more light, extending shooting latitude to dim light environments and higher motion scenes A typical cameraphone usage powered by DxO Aperture: 4 times more light! Paris, France, January 25,...
Posted by Darren at 09:47 AM

January 25, 2005

Motorola to release more Razr phones

Business Week breaks the news that Motorola is planning to expand the Razr series of phones - 'Now the industry is paying attention once again. Since the Razr V3 hit store shelves in November, Motorola has shipped an estimated...
Posted by Darren at 01:02 AM

January 23, 2005

Schools Ban Camera Phones Amid 'Happy Slapping' Craze

'Head teachers have banned children from using video phones to stop them slapping other pupils in the face and recording the attacks on their mobiles. The violent new craze among teenagers dubbed happy slapping has been plaguing...
Posted by Darren at 04:00 AM

January 22, 2005

Camera phones debut in inaugural coverage

'ABC News Now aired Sprint "Video Mail" clips captured from the cell phones of nearly two dozen participants along the inaugural parade route. Some of the Sprint folks sent video clips from aboard parade floats and in marching units.'...
Posted by Darren at 10:00 PM

January 19, 2005

Cameraphone Survey Displays Results

'Today, Snapfish released the results of a new national survey of 500 Americans who own or intend to buy a camera phone in the next 12 months. The independently conducted national survey, reveals dozens of key findings on the...
Posted by Darren at 09:14 AM

January 18, 2005

Siemens mobile arm for sale or closure

'Siemens will close its mobile handset division unless it can find a last minute buyer, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Siemens is the fourth largest handset maker by market share it has struggled to make a profit. In the...
Posted by Darren at 09:07 AM

January 16, 2005

Carphone Warehouse says digital camera is dead - Camera Phones to take over

'The Carphone Warehouse's UK Chief Executive, Andrew Harrison, today cautioned the future success of digital cameras. Cameraphones now make up over 70% of mobile phone sales, with 2 megapixel cameraphones due to hit the market later this year. The...
Posted by Darren at 10:25 AM

January 14, 2005

Samsung Profit Slumps

'amsung Electronics Co. Ltd. reported a 42 percent drop in quarterly operating profit on a slide in mobile phone margins and falling flat-screen prices, but its shares rose 6 percent as it predicted a turnaround. A price war raging...
Posted by Darren at 11:49 PM

January 13, 2005

Mobile phone snappers face jail

'Two women who tried to photograph a prisoner in the dock with their mobile phones are facing prison sentences. The women, one aged 17, were spotted using the phones just feet away from the prisoner at Manchester Crown Court....'...
Posted by Darren at 09:59 PM

January 12, 2005

Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium Publishes Initial Guidelines for Consumer Printing of Camera Phone Images

Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium Press Release Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium Publishes Initial Guidelines for Consumer Printing of Camera Phone Images The Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium (MIPC), an industry group developing solutions and implementation guidelines for printing...
Posted by Darren at 10:13 PM

January 11, 2005

Should Cell Phone Cams Come with Alarms?

'The New Jersey Assembly is considering a controversial new law restricting the use of cell phone cameras. It would require all of them to be equipped with sound or light signals. Supporters say it would warn subjects their photos...
Posted by Darren at 11:34 PM

Study Projects Nearly 900 Million Camera Phone Shipments Worldwide by 2009

'InfoTrends/CAP Ventures projects that worldwide camera phone shipments will grow from 178 million units in 2004 to over 860 million units in 2009. By 2009, camera phones are expected to account for 89% of all mobile phone handsets shipped....
Posted by Darren at 06:04 PM

January 10, 2005

Momentum Is Gaining for Cellphones as Credit Cards

'People already use their cellphones to read e-mail messages, take pictures and play video games. Before long, they may use them in place of their wallets. By embedding in the cellphone a computer chip or other type of memory...
Posted by Darren at 05:28 PM

Samsung Electronics Develops World's First Eight-Die Multi-Chip Package Technology for Multimedia Cell Phones

Samsung Press Release: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has developed the world's first eight-die multi-chip package (MCP) technology, designed for use in high-capacity mobile devices such as 3G handsets...
Posted by Darren at 05:22 PM

Local Handset Firms May Unveil 7-Megapixel Camera Phones This Year

'South Korean handset makers such as Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. will probably sell 7-megapixel camera phones within this year, a market source said Monday. The move comes as a 5-megapixel camera phone model, which was introduced...
Posted by Darren at 05:19 PM

January 08, 2005

Varioptic Unveils First Liquid Cell Phone Camera Lens

'A small French company has not only successfully solved the problem of designing a functioning variable-focus liquid lens, but is already delivering them by the thousands to partners like SEMCO (a subsidiary of Samsung), meaning they could be showing...
Posted by Darren at 05:58 PM

SCH-S250 going to the US in 2005

Engadget plays with the 3.2 megapixel Samsung SCH-S230 cameraphone and writes that its big brother, the 5 megapixel SCH-S250 will be heading to the US sometime in the fourth quarter of 2005. The Samsung SCH-S230 not only has a...
Posted by Darren at 12:29 PM

January 07, 2005

Jail and Lashes for 3 in Camera Phone Sex Assault

'Two young Saudis have been sentenced by the high court here to prison terms and flogging for orchestrating and filming a Nigerian driver sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, with a camera phone.... The scandal, which shocked the conservative Saudi...
Posted by Darren at 05:31 PM

Samsung Mobile, Motorola and China's Amoi Mobile Select SanDisk's TransFlash Memory Module for Feature Phones

Sandisk News Release: World's Smallest Semi-Removable Flash Storage Module Enables Consumers To Store Photos, Video Clips, Music and Other Data On Ultra-Compact Handsets SanDisk(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) today announced that SanDisk TransFlash(TM), a fingernail-sized flash storage module, will provide expanded...
Posted by Darren at 09:11 AM

LG Showcases Mobile Phones at CES

LG PRESS RELEASE: LG MOBILE PHONES SHOWCASES A GALLERY OF NEW WIRELESS HANDSET TECHNOLOGIES AT THE 2005 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW LG Steals the Show Highlighting New Mobile Handset Technologies Including EVDO, Megapixel Integrated Cameras and Bluetooth Capabilities LG...
Posted by Darren at 12:52 AM

January 06, 2005

Motorola V635 Officially Announced

'The Motorola V600 has morphed into the V635, delivering a 1.2 megapixel camera, video capture and playback, expandable memory and EDGE technology. With enhanced imaging features and the faster speeds that come with EDGE, the model V635 becomes a powerful...
Posted by Darren at 08:33 PM

Top 10 cell phones -

CNET have announced their top 10 Cell Phones of the year. They are: - Best Cell Phone - Nokia 6820 - Best ultraportable phone - Siemens CF62T - Best value phone - Sony Ericsson T637 - Best phone for...
Posted by Darren at 05:48 PM

January 05, 2005

Camera phones grow up to be portable document scanners

'Scientists working at the Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) have developed new imaging technology that could turn mobile phones first into portable document scanners and eventually into devices you could use to acquire, store, read, print, and share documents....
Posted by Darren at 03:05 PM

Samsung Unveils SCH-a890 for US Market

Samsung have just unveiled the SCH-a890 high speed network camera phone for the US market. The Samsung SCH-a890 has a 1.3 megapixel camera, supports high speed 1x-EVDO networks and has video on demand. Get more details from Samsung's following...
Posted by Darren at 09:46 AM

Samsung Unveils Unprecedented Line Up of Mobile Phones for US

Samsung have unveiled a new range of handsets at the CES show in Las Vegas. The line up includes a speech to text dictation phone, a two and a five megapixel camera phone, video and music on demand devices...
Posted by Darren at 09:33 AM

January 04, 2005

LG unveils worlds first broadband multimedia phone - DMB Technology

'LG Electronics has unveiled the worlds first terrestrial digital multimedia broadcast receiving mobile (DMB) phone. The state-of-the-art mobile phone resolves problems surrounding the bulky terminal size and power consumption of previous terrestrial DMB terminals, which lacked mobile phone functions....
Posted by Darren at 10:09 PM

Camphone Prices Drop by Half Much to the Delight of Customers

Prices of camera phones have plummeted in Saudi Arabia since the lift of their ban recently. Arab News reports that 'Customers are reportedly making a beeline for camera phones, especially Nokia 6600 and Nokia 7610 which are in great...
Posted by Darren at 07:21 PM

January 01, 2005

LGE to launch 20 handset models in 2005

Digitimes announces that LGE plan to launch 20 handset models in 2005. It is going to be a busy year here at Camera Phone Zone. 'LG Electronics Taiwan will introduce about 20 handset models, which include from two to...
Posted by Darren at 08:27 PM

December 31, 2004

Samsung to Show Fewer Handsets

'Samsung Electronics Co, the world's second-largest maker of mobile phones, said it will not display some of its new handset designs at coming exhibitions to prevent competitors from copying them. Samsung will display only a few of its new...
Posted by Darren at 12:09 PM

Samsung Exports SCH-A890 to Verizon Wireless

'Samsung Electronics announced Thursday it has started exporting CDMA2000 1x EV-DO phone (SCH-A890) to Verizon Wireless, the biggest CDMA service provider in the US. According to Samsung, it already shipped 20,000 handsets and will increase the supply from next...
Posted by Darren at 11:30 AM

December 30, 2004

Inauguration Requires Boost In Bandwidth

The upcoming inauguration of George W Bush has more of an impact than most of us could imagine. Who would have thought it would impact wireless networks - but it seems with the arrival of the camera phone and...
Posted by Darren at 01:18 PM

Musical Cell Phones to be bigger than Camera Phones in 2005

'Picture phones with pretty screens certainly caught the fancy of the mobile phone shopper in 2004, sending handset sales surging a projected record 20% over a year ago. But cell-phone makers have a couple of new tricks in store...
Posted by Darren at 10:05 AM

December 21, 2004

Samsung's Guidelines for Ethical Camera Phone Use

Samsung India have released what it considers to be ethical guidelines for using Camera Phones. These include: - 'Camera phones should not be used to take photographs of individuals without their knowledge and consent. - Camera phones should not...
Posted by Darren at 09:30 PM

Mobile Phone Radiation Harms DNA, New Study Finds

'Radio waves from mobile phones harm body cells and damage DNA in laboratory conditions, according to a new study majority-funded by the European Union, researchers said on Monday. The so-called Reflex study, conducted by 12 research groups in seven...
Posted by Darren at 03:01 PM

December 19, 2004

Why the phone camera may be kiss of death to secret lives for Bollywood stars

'A snatched image breaks a taboo and horrifies India's screen giants THE kiss remains one of Bollywoods biggest taboos, so when one of Indias top actresses was caught in a steamy embrace in a restaurant and the images were...
Posted by Darren at 12:25 PM

High Demand for Camera Phones After Ban Lifted in Saudi Arabia

' Just a day after the ban on mobile camera phones was lifted, there has been an unusually high demand for camera phones and the prices of latest models dropped, according to local mobile phone vendors. Mobile phone dealers...
Posted by Darren at 12:23 PM

December 18, 2004

Apple and Motorola's 'iPhone' Coming Soon

There is no official word on a name or feature set yet but Apple and Motorola seem on schedule to release a collaborative project which many are calling the iPhone which is being developed to play music purchased with...
Posted by Darren at 11:45 AM

December 17, 2004

Saudi Arabia to permit camera phones

'Saudi Arabia will overturn a ban on the import and sale of mobile camera phones in the conservative Muslim kingdom, Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper reported on Thursday. Although widely used across the country, camera phones are illegal in Saudi Arabia and...
Posted by Darren at 10:11 AM

December 16, 2004

Global Demand for Mobile Phones Expected to Rise 5.8% in 2005

'Global demand for mobile phones is expected to rise 5.8 percent in calendar 2005, less than half the growth seen for this year and another sign the market is becoming saturated, a Japanese industry group said on Wednesday. The...
Posted by Darren at 09:46 AM

Sprint and Nextel Sign Merger

'Sprint and Nextel Communications, Inc. today announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement for a merger of equals. The combination will create Americas premier communications company -- a leading wireless carrier augmented by a...
Posted by Darren at 09:45 AM

Jasco Wins 2005 Techgirl Award

Press Release New Jasco GE PC Cam Brings Out The Glam Jasco is pleased to announce the GE GlamCam won the 2005 International CES Technology is a Girl's Best Friend (TechGirl) Diamond Product Showcase award in the Digital Imaging...
Posted by Darren at 08:02 AM

December 15, 2004

Flashers Move to the Latest Technology

'Danish users of third-generation, or 3G, cellphones were advised to consider precautions to avoid being harassed by flashers using the new technology, the Danish National Consumer Agency said on Tuesday. The new high-speed technology that allows users to send...
Posted by Darren at 11:13 PM

Samsung Camera Phone Allows TV Viewing of Videos Captured

'Samsung Electronics releases its new camera phone Tuesday, boasting a higher picture resolution of two million pixels. This model enables users to view pictures and videos captured by the handset on their television screens through feed cables. It also...
Posted by Darren at 11:12 PM

Samsung launches tiny memory card for mobiles Samsung MMC

'In a flash, Samsung has unveiled its latest removable storage product, and it's only a quarter of the size of a standard multimedia memory card. The device is a cut-down version of the multimedia memory card, or MMC, that...
Posted by Darren at 10:44 AM

Proposed Law Could Change Camera Cell Phone Use

'They're some of the hottest items this holiday season but before you unwrap a cell phone featuring a built-in camera you'll want to know this. The federal government is trying to crack down on the misuse of camera phones....
Posted by Darren at 10:43 AM

Camera Phone Market Continues to Boom

'Camera phone sales are skyrocketing with shipments up 200 Percent in 2004, according to market research firm In-Stat/MDR. The devices have gone mainstream in less than four years, says In-Stat/MDR analyst Neil Strother. Now, one needs to look hard...
Posted by Darren at 10:42 AM

December 13, 2004

Camera phones to hit digital camera market

Much has been written on the topic of camera phones and the impact that they are having upon the digital camera market - debate is fierce but increasingly article like the following are appearing in newspapers claiming that the...
Posted by Darren at 04:25 PM

Illicit Camera Phone Photos May Mean Jail For Peeping Toms

'Anyone thinking of taking a peeping-Tom-type photo with their camera phone better avoid the temptation while on federal property, whether in a national park or on a Navy ship. President George W. Bush is expected to sign a bill...
Posted by Darren at 04:21 PM

December 11, 2004

Nextel, Sprint said to be near $35 billion merger

'Sprint and Nextel Communications are reportedly close to a $35 billion mega-merger that would unite the No.3 and No. 5 U.S. wireless carriers, enabling the combined company to better compete with larger rivals Verizon and Cingular Wireless. Under the...
Posted by Darren at 09:35 AM

December 10, 2004

Taiwan market: Motorola expects handset demand to rise 5-10% in 2005

'Demand for mobile phones in Taiwan is projected to reach 6-6.5 million units this year and is expected to increase by a further 5-10% in 2005, according to Tom Hsiao, general manager of the Taiwan division of Motorolas personal...
Posted by Darren at 05:52 PM

Nokia Acquires Leica Camera

Now before everyone starts jumping around - the header of this post isn't fact - rather its a something that is being pondered over at SymbianMan's Journal: 'what would happen if a mobile phone manufacturer - Nokia, say -...
Posted by Darren at 05:51 PM

T-Mobile USA Sees 3G as Two Years Off

'T-Mobile USA, the U.S. wireless unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) , does not expect to offer broadband mobile data services for at least the next two years, its chief executive said on Thursday. CEO Robert...
Posted by Darren at 05:17 PM

Sprint and Nextel talk about Merging

'Shares of Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. rose after reports that the U.S. mobile-phone companies are in merger talks. The combined company would be worth about $70 billion, financial news network CNBC said, citing unidentified people familiar with...
Posted by Darren at 09:33 AM

Panasonic Introduces 3-Megapixel Camera Module for the Mobile Terminal Market

Panasonic Press Release Industry's thinnest 8.63 mm module incorporates auto-focus and image-stabilizer Tokyo, Japan - Panasonic SC Device Solutions Co., Ltd. (PSCDS), a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., today announced the development of a 3-megapixel camera module...
Posted by Darren at 07:20 AM

December 07, 2004

Hard drives, telephoto lenses meet cell phones

'While the hard-drive phone isn't out yet, and the phone with the telescopic lens is only available in Korea, both products portend what is coming for the rest of the world. New cell phone features are often tested first...
Posted by Darren at 10:45 PM

New Cell Phone Technologies Attract Customers

'New applications continue to be introduced in cell phones in Korea, enticing the nations tech-savvy and trend-conscious early adopters. Sun Data, a local handset peripheral provider, said Tuesday the firm had developed a new gadget named ``Air Beam that...
Posted by Darren at 10:44 PM

Orange picks Motorola C975

'OANGE HAS KICKED off its 3G voice service today with four handsets which it claims will be available immediately. It has waited until today before naming the C975 as its 3G handset from Motorola. The operator is also crowing...
Posted by Darren at 10:22 AM

December 05, 2004

How Cellphones get broken

'The most common reasons for Mobile accidents according to 300 Swedish retailers. 1. Dropped the mobile on the ground. 2. Squeezed the cellphone in tight jeans/pockets. 3. Used the handset in the rain. 4. Throw the device on the...
Posted by Darren at 09:24 PM

Playboy aims to sex up U.S. mobile phones

'Playboy Enterprises' plan to introduce adult entertainment for mobile phones next year may leave some people wondering. Under an agreement with Seattle-based Dwango Wireless, Playboy plans to sell adult mobile-phone content in the United States and Canada for the...
Posted by Darren at 08:42 PM

Jurors at risk from picture phones

'The safety of jurors and witnesses in New Zealand courts is under threat from mobile phones which also take photographs and video. In a major drugs trial at the Auckland District Court last month involving a member of the...
Posted by Darren at 08:41 PM

Audiovox SMT5600 Review - PDA Buyers Guide

PDA Buyers Guide reviews the Audiovox 5600 Smartphone and writes - 'Absolutely a great smartphone! This device is remarkably small and is packed with features. It's well-built, attractive, has a large and bright display and feels great in the...
Posted by Darren at 08:38 PM

Samsung Pips Motorola in Cellphone Ranking

'Fourth-placed Siemens ended at 7.6 percent, up from 6.9 percent, despite a recall of its new 65 range of models which pushed the business into a loss in the quarter. It was a big surprise. The recall affected a...
Posted by Darren at 06:13 PM

December 03, 2004

Camera phones now majority of phone sales

'Two-thirds of all mobile phones shipped worldwide in the third quarter of 2004 were cameraphones, according ot a market study released Thursday (Dec. 2) by market research firm Canalys. In addition, about 56 percent of all phones sold in...
Posted by Darren at 11:44 AM

December 02, 2004

Liquid lenses for camera phones

'Camera phones will soon have lenses made from nothing more substantial that a couple of drops of oil and water, but will still be capable of auto focusing, and even zooming in on subjects. So says Etienne Paillard, CEO...
Posted by Darren at 10:02 PM

Cingular Raises Outlook for Profits

'Cingular Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless phone company, said on Wednesday it expects to report a profit and positive cash flow in 2005, one year earlier than planned, following its $41 billion purchase of ATT Wireless Services Inc. Cingular,...
Posted by Darren at 06:45 PM

Mobile-phone sales surge worldwide

'Sales of mobile phones rose 26 percent in the third quarter, while Nokia strengthened its place as market leader, a new study finds. Worldwide mobile-phone sales reached more than 167 million units in the quarter, surprising industry analysts who...
Posted by Darren at 08:00 AM

Korea: Beeping Prevents Peeping

'Alarmed at the use of camera phones to catch individuals in compromising situations, South Korea has ordered manufacturers to ensure that all new handsets emit a beep whenever a picture is taken. In one notable case, a woman used...
Posted by Darren at 07:37 AM

December 01, 2004

Fine over mobile topless pictures with Camera Phone

'A SYDNEY man was fined $500 today for taking photographs of topless women on Coogee Beach with his mobile phone. Labourer Peter Mackenzie, 25, of Coogee, pleaded guilty in Waverley Local Court to behaving offensively in a public place...
Posted by Darren at 09:46 PM

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

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

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 -...
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 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

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

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

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

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 20, 2004

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

November 19, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 09, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 31, 2004

Camera phones are 'must-haves'

'Four times more mobiles with cameras in them will be sold in Europe by the end of 2004 than last year, says a report from analysts Gartner. Globally, the number sold will reach 159 million, an increase of 104%. The...
Posted by Darren at 10:59 AM

October 25, 2004

XRay Camera Phone Sees through Clothes

'A NEW mobile phone gadget has raised fears it will be a perverts' dream. The £100 add-on will turn camera phones into X-ray specs which can see through clothes. It is said to be particularly effective on dark bikinis....
Posted by Darren at 10:29 PM

Treo 650 Hands on Preview

Treo Central has a hands on preview of the Treo 650 and write - 'The first thing that you notice on the 650 is the incredibly bright backlight on the oversized keys. The backlight was brighter than the screen. I'm...
Posted by Darren at 10:02 PM

Treo 650 is Officially Launched

The Treo 650 is finally official. Palm One have just gone live with their website for this much anticipated smartphone. They write: 'Get all you need, all in one - The Treo™ 650 smartphone from palmOne makes it easier...
Posted by Darren at 04:13 PM

Nokia 7610 and Sony Ericsson S700 Comparison

GSM Arena compares the Nokia 7610 and the Sony Ericsson S700 and writes - 'The camera in Nokia 7610 can brag only with its megapixel resolution, the settings possibilities are marginal. You can select a size and a quality of...
Posted by Darren at 08:02 AM

October 24, 2004

Audiovox SMT5600 Review - Phone Mag

Phone Mag reviews the Audiovox 5600 and writes - 'The speed of the processor is excellent, and there is very little lag. If you use the task manager to kill seldom used applications on a regular basis, the phone should...
Posted by Darren at 10:40 PM

Motorola recalls some v710 handsets

'Motorola is issuing a recall of many v710 handsets due to manufacturing problems with the camera. In some units the camera is not properly aligned, resulting in problems with pictures.' Read more at infoSync World : Motorola recalls some...
Posted by Darren at 10:18 PM

Samsung SCH-S250 - DP Now

DP Now has a piece on the new Samsung SCH-S250 5 megapixel camera phone and writes - 'From a gadget-freak's perspective, the SCH-S250 sounds like a dream come true about a year earlier than expected. But there is a more...
Posted by Darren at 10:08 PM

October 21, 2004

Samsung develops world's first five-megapixel camera phone - SCH-S250

'South Korea's Samsung Electronics has developed the world's first mobile phone equipped with a five-megapixel camera. The latest model, called the SCH-S250, has a charge-coupled device camera and high-sensitivity flash which allow users to take high-quality pictures. It can...
Posted by Darren at 05:24 AM

October 20, 2004

Mitsubishi Announce 4 Megapixel Camera Phone Module

Mitsubishi Electric have announced the release of the world's first 4 Megapixel CCD auto focus module for cell phones. 'Main Features of New Product 1. Realization of first 4 mega pixel module in a cellular phone ;Small 4 mega-pixel...
Posted by Darren at 07:40 AM

October 19, 2004

Camera Phones and Digital Still Cameras Driving Market for CMOS and CCDs

In Stat Press Release Camera Phones and Digital Still Cameras Driving Market for CMOS and CCDs, Reports In-Stat/MDR SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --(Business Wire)-- Oct. 18, 2004 The image sensor market has continued to show sharp growth over the past year,...
Posted by Darren at 06:41 AM

LGE introduces megapixel-plus camera-phone models in China

'LG Electronics (LGE) showcased four high-end mobile phones with built-in digital cameras in China yesterday. The models, which have resolutions ranging from 1.3 (LG-C920) to 2.0 (LG-C910) and 3.2 megapixels (LG-C950), will be available on store shelves in China...
Posted by Darren at 06:36 AM

October 17, 2004

Positioning System (Locator) for Camera Phones but without GPS

'Many users of camera phones, when visiting foreign cities, are asking themselves a question: "where I am?". Answer to this question by now was impossible without GPS. But thanks to software that can recognize landmarks and tell you where...
Posted by Darren at 06:51 AM

October 16, 2004

HP Photosmart 375 Camera Phone Printer Review - Pocket Lint

Pocket Lint reviews the HP Photosmart 375 (a printer suitable for printing camera phone images) and writes - 'Mobile phone cameras are not only here to stay but also growing fast in numbers. Seeing this as either a threat or...
Posted by Darren at 10:02 PM

October 15, 2004

Handset products at China Hi-Tech Fair target female mobile-phone users

'Amoi Electronics, Chinese Electronics Corporation Telecom (CECT), NEC, Ningbo Bird and TCL Mobile Communication are all showcasing mobile-phone models meant to appeal to female consumers at the 2004 China High-tech Fair, which runs from October 12 through 17. Amoi...
Posted by Darren at 11:28 PM

Nextel Launches First Camera Phone With Nation's Most Popular Walkie-talkie Service

'Nextel Communications Thursday announced the availability of the Motorola i860, the first phone with a built-in camera to offer Direct Connect, Nationwide Direct Connect and International Direct Connect walkie-talkie services. With the Motorola i860, Nextel is the first national...
Posted by Darren at 07:56 PM

Nokia's Operating Profits down by 20%

Nokia has reported a profit decrease of 20% in the third quarter of 2004. The following is a summary of their press release announcing their latest performance. Highlights third quarter 2004 (all comparisons in parentheses are to third quarter...
Posted by Darren at 10:38 AM

Cingular to offer Samsung's new SGH-e317 and SGH-x427 phones

'Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) introduces the latest must-have wireless phones for fashionistas and busy professionals alike. With an integrated camera, familiar AOL(R) Instant Messenger(tm) and ICQ messaging options, the SGH-e317 and SGH-x427m sport features that teens and young professionals demand...
Posted by Darren at 10:25 AM

October 14, 2004

Sony Ericsson trio at Gitex 2004

'Sony Ericsson showcased its three latest phones during Gitex 2004. The new phones suit the three broad categories of mobile fans. The S700i is for those who love fashion and always seek the different fancy look while still enjoying diverse...
Posted by Darren at 10:31 PM

October 12, 2004

Siemens Withdraws from China

Siemens Mobile Acceleration (SMAC), a leading international investor in the wireless sector, today announces the sale of its stake in the Chinese portfolio company Magus-Soft. Acquirer is the US-based mobile entertainment group Mforma. Magus-Soft is the number one developer and...
Posted by Darren at 10:14 PM

Nokia stays on course for convergence

'CONVERGENCE is definitely an over-used word, but Finland's most famous enterprise Nokia Corp is not afraid of trumpeting it in every single presentation its spokesmen conducted.� Perhaps it has good reason to do so. After all, convergence was the handphone...
Posted by Darren at 09:05 PM

FujiFilm Pivi Photo Printer

Fuji Film Pivi is a pocket sized photo printer for your camera phone. I4U writes: 'The Fuji Film Pivi measures 126.5x98x29.5mm and weighs 205g (without batteries). On a single battery charge 130 photos can be printed. A photo is printed...
Posted by Darren at 08:31 PM

October 11, 2004

Camera phones becoming a must-have

Here's an interesting article that examines the boom in the Camera Phone market in Asia. '"As over 40 percent of local consumers have digital cameras, we believe megapixel camera phones will be a potential growth area," Dbtel said in the...
Posted by Darren at 11:07 PM

October 10, 2004

Millions of pictures taken - sharing still impossible

Steve Spieczny's career as a camera phone artist is going nowhere, literally. The Los Angeles-based technology consultant hasn't been able to send his tiny masterpieces to anybody else's cell phone. But Spieczny is not alone because interoperability problems are...
Posted by Darren at 11:47 PM

Samsung's 5 Megapixel Camera Phone Due this Month

Just last week we wrote about Samsung's new 5 megapixel camera phone which was due sometime before the end of the year. It seems that they've brought forward its release date - probably to throw off competitors (Casio) - and...
Posted by Darren at 09:48 AM

October 09, 2004

Motorola V505 Technical Analysis has a good technical analysis of the Motorola V505 and writes: 'Weight and Size: The Motorola v505 weighs only 4.3 ounces. This is relatively lighter than average and should make this phone comfortable to use and carry aroundCamera:...
Posted by Darren at 02:33 PM

Motorola and AT&T; Announced V505, V220 and V180 GSM quad-band phones

Motorola Press Release Motorola and ATT Wireless Deliver Worldwide Communications Through Three New Mobile Handsets New Motorola V505, V220 and V180 provide global roaming, entertainment and productivity across all product tiers REDMOND, Wash. and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., October 7,...
Posted by Darren at 10:04 AM

October 07, 2004

Motorola Sharapova Phone

When Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon the first thing she did was to call her mum on her mobile phone. Motorola have jumped on the opportunity to promote themselves and are releasing a phone to commemorate the moment named after...
Posted by Darren at 02:51 PM

Sprint and Fujifilm - Camera Phone Printing Service

Press Release SPRINT LAUNCHES ONLINE PRINT ORDERING USING FUJIFILMS GET THE PICTURE ONLINE SERVICE Sprints Picture MailSM customers and their friends and family who receive email shares can now print their pictures through Fujifilms Online Digital Printing Service OVERLAND...
Posted by Darren at 01:48 PM

Digital Camera, Camera Phone Competition Heating Up

"Competition is heating up over pixel counts between digital cameras and camera phones. Five million pixel models are quickly gaining popularity among digital cameras, while 3 million pixel models are doing the same for camera phones.... It has only been...
Posted by Darren at 12:59 PM

Lumileds Debuts World's First Functional Camera Phone Flash LEDs

Lumileds Debuts World's First Functional Camera Phone Flash LEDs; Low-Light Photography is Now a Snap with More Powerful Luxeon Flash LEDs TOKYO SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Oct. 6, 2004 The camera phone market just got brighter--12 times...
Posted by Darren at 12:46 AM

October 06, 2004

PalmOne, Microsoft Join on Mobile E-Mail

'Longtime foes palmOne Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Tuesday announced a licensing deal that will allow the next generation of palmOne's Treo smart phones to work directly with Microsoft's Exchange e-mail system. The unprecedented relationship is designed to eliminate the...
Posted by Darren at 11:13 AM

SK Teletech IM-7400 - Self Sterilizing Camera Phone

'SK Teletech is the first handset maker in the world to launch silver-nano coated mobile phones with sterilizing function, the company announced Tuesday. The companys new model IM-7400 is a 1.1-megapixel CCD camera phone coated with nanometer (1 billionth...
Posted by Darren at 01:04 AM

Survey Finds Low Consumer Interest in Watching TV and Videos on Cell Phones

"US : Television-enabled cell phones are on the horizon, but is there strong consumer interest in this new technology? Not yet, according to a study conducted by Lyra Research's DTV View group. Conflicting Signals: A Cell Phone Television Interest...
Posted by Darren at 12:56 AM

October 05, 2004

Write a review and win a $100 Amazon Gift Voucher

Do you own a digital camera, printer, scanner or camera phone? Would you like the chance to win a $100 (US) gift from Amazon simply by writing a short review of your experiences with it? Digital Photography Blog, in conjunction...
Posted by Darren at 11:57 PM

AT&T; mMode Music Store

ATT have today announced the launch of their mMode Music Store - "The first-ever mobile music store in the US." It is a very similar service to Apples iTunes....
Posted by Darren at 10:15 PM

Camera Phones Click With Marketers

Point, click and send. That simple process for snapping digital pictures on the fly has consumers enamored with camera phones. InfoTrends Research Group predicts that nearly 150 million camera phones will be sold this year, comprising more than 25...
Posted by Darren at 09:00 PM

Java phones hackable?

Security specialists at the Hack in the Box conference in Malaysia are warning of a new potential threat to mobile phones; intrusion via Java. Many modern phones include a version of Jave 2 Micro Edition (J2ME), a stripped down version...
Posted by Darren at 08:59 PM

Nokia 7710 Set for Release

"Nokia is set to unveil another attempt at a mobile phone designed for television and video, which is thinner and lighter than its predecessor which never made it to the market, a source said on Monday. The Nokia 7710...
Posted by Darren at 04:40 PM

October 04, 2004

Water: A way to focus cameraphone lenses?

"A couple of scientists in Singapore claim they've created a cameraphone lens that does precisely this. It's got a flexible polycarbonate lens which is hollow inside, and filled with water. The cameraphone can pump water in or out in tiny...
Posted by Darren at 10:04 PM

LG highlights mobile innovations

'In a rapidly growing regional mobile phone industry that is set to increase on an average of 40 per cent annually, global and regional digital leader LG Electronics has further strengthened its leadership position with the release of new...
Posted by Darren at 03:03 PM

October 03, 2004

Mitsubishi Electric Marketing Two-Sided LCD

Nikkei Net Interactive report that Mitsubishi Electric are developing a two sided LCD screen. 'Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (6503) has begun marketing activities for a liquid crystal display that can display images on both the front and back surfaces of a...
Posted by Darren at 01:41 AM

Samsung to bring out 5-megapixel phone

Picture Phoning reports that Samsung are planning on bringing out a 5 megapixel camera phone in the next few months. ""A company official said Friday, It is premature to reveal a specific time table, but the plan is to bring...
Posted by Darren at 01:36 AM

Robbery suspect caught on cell phone camera

"Thanks to a quick-thinking robbery victim and his camera phone, police had a photo of the suspect and tracked him down in 10 minutes, police said. James Robert Barker was in custody on charges of aggravated robbery after allegedly...
Posted by Darren at 01:30 AM

October 01, 2004

The Treo 650 is coming Soon (ish)

Engadget has the word that the Treo 650 will be announced officially on October 25. Of course then we'll have to wait til it hits the stores - but it is coming!...
Posted by Darren at 11:11 PM

Sanyo to Unveil Prototype Cellular Phone with Built-in Digital TV Tuner and 2MP Camera

"Tokyo (JCNN) - Sanyo Electric (TSE: 6764) announced that it has prototyped a CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO cellphone with a built-in digital TV tuner. The new TV phone supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC QVGA (320x240)15fps decoding, twice the MPEG-4 video compression...
Posted by Darren at 11:06 PM

September 30, 2004

IC Media's Two Megapixel CMOS Sensor for Camera Phones

Press Release IC Media Ramps ICM200E, 2 Mega Pixel EmeraldPixel CMOS Image Sensor to Volume Production; Sensor and Pixel Design Allow Ultra-Low Height Camera Phone Modules Photokina 2004 SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 30, 2004--IC Media Corporation today announced the...
Posted by Darren at 09:50 PM

Looking at Lifeblog

Rafe from All about Symbiantakes a look at the beta of Nokia's Lifeblog and some of the ideas behind it. "Lifeblog is the multimedia diary software from Nokia that was announced around the same time as the Nokia 7610. The...
Posted by Darren at 09:33 PM

Saudi Edict Bans Mobile Phone Cameras

'Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority has issued an edict barring the use of cell phones with built-in cameras, blaming them for "spreading obscenity" - a final resort after a ban on their sale and import to the kingdom failed...
Posted by Darren at 03:18 PM

September 28, 2004

Pixology and Nokia Announce Partnership

Pixology Press Release Pixology plc, (LSE:PIX), the specialist in software and networks for digital photography, today announces a new relationship with the Multimedia business group of Nokia. Using Pixology's PhonePrint technology, the two companies have agreed to develop mobile...
Posted by Darren at 12:43 PM

MyFoodPhone - Your personnal food coaching

MyFoodPhone is a 'food coaching service' which utilizes camera phone technology. They describe it as: 'a B2B cellphone and Web-based subscription service that enables nutritionists and dieticians to monitor client food intake and provide personalized feedback. MyFoodPhone also makes...
Posted by Darren at 12:36 PM

The Camera-Phone Phenomenon - Camera Phones to Outnumber Digital Camera Sales

Research and Markets has just released a report into Camera Phones that found that sales of Camera Phones will soon exceed those of digital cameras. "This report forecasts that worldwide sales of camera-phones will exceed those of digital cameras...
Posted by Darren at 11:49 AM

Sharp 2-Megapixel CCD Camera Phone Module

We've just received a press release from Sharp announcing a 2-Megapixel CCD Camera Module with a 2x Optical inner zoom. Check out the following press release for more details. Sharp Press Release Sharp Develops 2-Megapixel CCD Camera Module with 2x...
Posted by Darren at 01:52 AM

Smart Phone Rumors for US Market

Read more at Mobile Gadget News has a couple of rumors about smart phones in the US market. - Firstly T-Mobile USA is said to be about to release a Sierra Wireless branded smart phone. - Secondly ATT are...
Posted by Darren at 01:09 AM

September 27, 2004

Fujifilm MP-100 Digital Mobile Printer for Camera Phones

Press Release New wireless mobile printer for sharing real photos from camera-phones PHOTOKINA 2004, COLOGNE, GERMANY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 � Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the Digital Mobile Printer MP-100, a wireless mobile printer for use...
Posted by Darren at 11:22 PM

Smart phones for all kinds of people - Treo 600

SF Gate reviews a number of Smart phones - they write: 'Phones arent just phones anymore. They come with cameras, music players and sometimes are combined with PDAs. The new generation of smart phones packs in as many features as...
Posted by Darren at 10:41 PM

Print Wirelessly from Mobile Phone Cameras - Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Plus

"Building on its highly successful line of Easyshare printer docks, Eastman Kodak Company today unveiled the Kodak Easyshare Printer Dock Plus. The new model (199.99 RRP; available beginning this month) quickly and effortlessly makes real Kodak 4x6-inch pictures from...
Posted by Darren at 10:06 PM

Maker of Palm Software to Unveil Operating System for Smart Phones

"PalmSource, the maker of the Palm operating system for hand-held devices, plans to announce tomorrow its first operating system designed specifically for smart phones - mobile phones that can run programs more typically found on desktop computers. The operating...
Posted by Darren at 09:03 PM

200 Million Camera Phones To Sell This Year

"Within 3 years after mobile phones started coming with a built- in camera, more than 200 million camera phones will be sold this year. This projection was shared by Juha Putkiranta, Senior VP of the Multimedia division of Nokia, the...
Posted by Darren at 08:37 PM

September 26, 2004

Carl Zeiss predicts 10 megapixel camera phones

"Camera lens company Carl Zeiss has partnered with Dialog Semiconductor to built what they claim is the next generation of miniature cameras for mobile phones. Their first joint project is a camera module for phones that measures smaller than...
Posted by Darren at 03:47 PM

Orange SPV C500 Review - InfoSynchWorld

InfoSyncWorld reviews the Orange SPV C500 and writes - 'The SPV C500 is the first SPV that we can take seriously as a mobile phone. Improved size, Bluetooth performance and battery life make it more usable than its ancestors, while...
Posted by Darren at 03:20 PM

September 25, 2004

BenQ S700 - BenQ launches megapixel phone in Europe and Taiwan

"BenQ launched its first 1.3-megapixel camera phone, the S700, in Taiwan yesterday. The company also announced that the model is available in Europe through UK-based mmO2 under the brand name, X3. BenQ has two additional own-brand phone models, the...
Posted by Darren at 12:53 PM

7-Eleven to offer Prepaid Camera Phones

"7-Eleven Inc. this month becomes the first retailer to offer its customers a prepaid wireless phone with camera photo-ID functionality and FM radio, expanding the 7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless service across the country. Industry wide, wireless camera phones are...
Posted by Darren at 12:50 PM

The REMOLACHA.NET Camera Phone Project will be hosting a socialogical project where 10 people with camera phones from DR and U.S will to take snapshots of things that make dominicans unique.These people will be given exclusive access to upload these pictures directly onto the...
Posted by Darren at 12:47 PM

How Vodafone moved to a mobile environment - Computing has an interesting article on How Vodafone moved to a mobile environment. It focuses upon how Vodafone actually transitioned in their own internal communications. 'All Vodafone headquarters staff rely on their mobile phone as a primary working tool....
Posted by Darren at 12:43 PM

September 24, 2004

Woman uses cell phone camera to help in arrest of sexual predator suspect

"Authorities say a Connecticut woman used her cell phone to help catch a sexual predator without ever dialing a number.Hartford Police arrested 25-year-old Kywan Gunn on Tuesday. They say a woman used her camera phone to take a picture of...
Posted by Darren at 11:09 PM

Nokia vies 200 million camera phone market

'The company that had let rivals catch up with its pace, is back in the fray with renewed fervor with the launch of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Within 3 years after mobile phones started coming with a built- in camera,...
Posted by Darren at 01:42 PM

OurPictures will cater to camera phone users

"Digital photo company OurPictures plans to soon introduce a new service for camera phones, a move that hints at the day when cameras in handsets could represent the mainstream way of snapping photos. OurPictures' competitors, including Shutterfly and Kodak's...
Posted by Darren at 01:41 PM

IOL: Teachers want camera phone ban for schools

'Secondary school teachers have demanded a ban on picture message mobile phones in schools. The TUI is calling on the Department of Education to issue a directive preventing their use during school hours. The union has said the phones...
Posted by Darren at 01:38 PM

Epson P910 may have a US release date

Engadget are hearing rumors about an impending release of the Epson P910. Its all rumors at the moment but their sources say it will be the 'Epson P910i' in the UK and the 'Epson P910a' in the US and...
Posted by Darren at 01:20 PM

September 23, 2004

Sign Language on a Phone - 3G Breakthrough For Deaf Customers has picked up the story of 3 Sweden offering a service to their deaf customers allowing them to sign via video phone. '"Together with Sveriges Dvas Riksfrbund (SDR) Swedish Deaf Organisation, 3 will evaluate and head the development...
Posted by Darren at 08:55 AM

September 22, 2004

Verizon launches Motorola V710 Bluetooth phone

'Verizon Wireless this week launched the Motorola V710, a camera phone (1.2 megapixels) that also has integrated wireless Bluetooth. Compatible accessories for the phone include the Motorola Bluetooth Wireless HS820 Headset ($80 after rebate), the Bluetooth Wireless Car Kit...
Posted by Darren at 04:30 PM

Picture messaging loses its appeal

'Mobile camera phones are becoming an increasingly common sight at sporting events, pop concerts and bars. But new figures released today will make grim reading for the networks that subsidise them because users are turning their backs on picture...
Posted by Darren at 04:28 PM

Picture messaging flops

'The next big thing in mobile technology - picture messaging via mobile camera phones - has been a dramatic flop with fewer users sending images every month, according to a new report. Tomorrow's report by market analysts Continental Research...
Posted by Darren at 04:20 PM

Vodafone Australia Offers free Picture Messaging

"MOBILE picture messaging is expected to explode this Christmas and New Year's Eve, as carriers offer free messaging. Vodafone live! Recently extended its free PXT service to January 31, after good results in the offer's first three months. "PXT...
Posted by Darren at 12:51 AM

Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium Gains Momentum with Six New Strategic Members

Press Release - Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium Gains Momentum with Six New Strategic Members Consortium Plans to Release Initial Guidelines for Consumer Printing of Camera Phone Images by Year End San Diego, Sept. 20, 2004 The Mobile...
Posted by Darren at 12:02 AM

September 21, 2004

Siemens S66 and CT66 to be released in the US

Siemens are getting ready to release the Siemens S66 and CT66 camera phones in the US in October this year. Phone Scoop writes - <i>'The S66 is the company's first megapixel camera phone for the region. Based closely on...
Posted by Darren at 11:36 PM

Camera Phones Trump Digital Cameras among SMS Users

'A ForceNine and survey finds that many SMS users in the U.S. prefer to use a camera phone rather than a digital camera. However, about one third of respondents do not know how to transmit photos. While the study...
Posted by Darren at 12:43 PM

Lens does away with blurry snaps

'A specially shaped camera lens and processing method to ensure images are always in focus has been developed. Physicist Dr Andy Harvey said it was a "simple system with a simple lens" which uses an optical encoder so that no...
Posted by Darren at 12:36 PM

Flasher V7 - Virgin Announces First Camera Phone

Phone Scoop announces that Virgin are about to release their First Camera Phone. 'The Flasher V7 is based on Audiovox's 8910 model. The clamshell phone features a VGA camera with LED flash, speakerphone, "superphonic" real-music ringtones, and a 65,000-color main...
Posted by Darren at 12:38 AM

September 20, 2004

Sharp Develops 2-Megapixel CCD Camera Module

Sharp Press Release Sharp Develops 2-Megapixel CCD Camera Module for Full-Fledged Digital Camera Functionality in Mobile Phones New 2X Optical Inner Zoom Lens Design Provides Dramatically Improved Functionality for Camera-Equipped Mobile Phones Sharp Corporation has developed a new 2-megapixel...
Posted by Darren at 11:25 PM

Motorola MPx2200 on Sale

Smartphone Thoughts reports that "Cingular will be the first to get the Motorola MPx220 smartphone on October 18th 2004. This is an update from our previous post citing the September 27th release date of the MPx220. We also got word...
Posted by Darren at 10:02 AM

Camera Phones in the Office Environment - Corporate Concerns

"The recent growth in popularity of two personal communication innovations, instant messaging and cellular phones with cameras installed, has left employee handbooks outdated and presents potential liability for employers. In 2002, vendors shipped 18.2 million camera phones worldwide. In...
Posted by Darren at 09:55 AM

The Cell Phone Upgrade Game

This article examines some of the latest development in Cell Phone technology including: - One Phone - Two Networks - TV on Mobile Phones "CHOOSING a cell-phone is a real tough decision to make, isn't it? There is a...
Posted by Darren at 09:50 AM

September 19, 2004

Camera Phones Link World to Web�

'Technologists have long dreamed of a clickable world, where machine-readable tags link physical objects to the universe of information on the Web. That dream came closer to reality this month with the release of Semacode, a free system that lets...
Posted by Darren at 06:51 PM

September 18, 2004

DemoMobile 2004 Wrap Up

Forbes has a good review of the best companies to diplay at the DemoMobile 2004 conference this month. They write: "DigiMarc (nasdaq: DMRC - news - people ), based in Tualatin, Ore., is one of the very few publicly...
Posted by Darren at 12:37 AM

September 17, 2004

SAMSUNG Electronics Develops High Quality 2 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor with 0.13mm Process Technology

'Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that it has developed a new 2megapixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) chip using industry first 0.13mm process technology. Samsung's CIS chip provides set designers with enhanced resolution rate...
Posted by Darren at 11:17 PM

Camera Phones and the Future of Digital Photography

Tech News World has an interesting article that examines the rise of Camera Phones and their impact upon the wider Digital Photography market. Camera Phone sales boomed incredibly in 2003. 'Market research firm In-Stat/MDR, a division of Reed Elsevier PLC,...
Posted by Darren at 11:08 PM

Camera Phones: The New Brownies

Here is the first little excerpt from a great article titled - Camera Phones: The New Brownies 'For a variety of reasons yesterday, a thought came to me about the place of camera phones in popular culture and it dawned...
Posted by Darren at 11:03 PM

Kodak and IBM Shoot for Sharper Vision in Camera Phones

'Eastman Kodak Company and IBM have banded together to sharpen the vision of image sensors designed for use in digital still cameras and camera phones. The collaboration marries Sony's complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processing with Kodak's existing image sensor...
Posted by Darren at 10:44 PM Introduces New Aluminum Case for Samsung SPH-i700 Smartphone

Stylus Press Release has released a new aluminum case designed specifically for Samsungs SPH-i700 smartphone. Warwick, RI (PRWEB) September 17, 2004 -- has released a new aluminum case designed specifically for Samsungs SPH-i700 smartphone. The SPH-i700 offers...
Posted by Darren at 10:00 PM

Why will wireless camera phones revolutionize the photography industry?

'Photography means many things to many people at many times. It�s a means of communicating at its core. People use photos to visually communicate with others about a vacation, a bike ride, a news event, a celebrity, or about your...
Posted by Darren at 06:48 PM

Nokia gives SD cards its blessing

"The Finnish mobile giant has at long last embraced Secure Digital storage - but Nokia phones supporting it are still a year away Nokia is finally giving its backing to the SD (Secure Digital) memory standard. The mobile phone operator...
Posted by Darren at 05:19 PM

Cops Release Picture Of 'Upskirt' Photo Suspect

"Police in San Diego are asking for help finding a man who they believe has been stalking young women at local malls and taking photographs of them under their skirts. According to officials, the suspect has been seen at malls...
Posted by Darren at 05:14 PM

Nokia bringing P2P to phones

'Nokia researchers have developed a new peer-to-peer (P2P) scheme tailored specifically for mobile phones. Still in a development and testing phase, the network differs from traditional Internet P2P services such as Gnutella or Kazaa in that they do not directly...
Posted by Darren at 04:22 PM

Peeping Tom's secret weapon

'The rapid growth of camera phones has had a sinister side effect - men taking sneaky snaps up the skirts of unsuspecting women. And, Hugh Wilson discovers, they are then pored over by a global audience of voyeurs.' Read More...
Posted by Darren at 03:20 PM

The Camera Phones are Coming!

Megapixel Phones Encroach on Digital Camera Turf is an interesting examination in the Rise of the Camera Phone. Camera Phone technology still lags behind that of most digital cameras, but some say its slowly (or quickly) catching up with the...
Posted by Darren at 03:19 PM

September 16, 2004

Camera Phones challenge Digital Cameras

Seems that in Tiawan camera phones are challenging digital cameras. But camera-equipped phones will squeeze the low-end digital camera market at an annual pace of about 5 million units this year as the devices have started to catch on in...
Posted by Darren at 11:13 PM

Camera Phones approach Digital Camera Quality

Camera phone Developments are getting to the stage where they are competing directly with low end digital cameras. 'All three major operators in Japan now offer cameraphones with 2 megapixel (or better) resolution. Now that cameraphones are approaching the resolution...
Posted by Darren at 11:12 PM

Camera Phones - Online Resources

Camera Phones are among the latest gadgets appearing in shops over the last few years. With MMS messaging being more and more popular cameras are becoming standard on more and more phones. 'More than a mere novelty, the camera phone...
Posted by Darren at 11:09 PM

Camera Phones Surpass Digital Cameras

'A phone is worth 29 billion pictures this year, according to data from InfoTrends Research Group. The firm estimates there will be nearly 300 million digital image capture devices in use worldwide through 2004, of which 60 percent will be...
Posted by Darren at 11:06 PM

Camera Phones Helping to Fight Crime

'ATLANTA - When Lisa Johnson saw a man exposing himself to her in a parking lot, she reached for her cell phone - not to call 911, but to snap a picture. The images captured on her camera phone led...
Posted by Darren at 11:05 PM

1 Megapixel Camera Phones

PC World has a great article on the rise of the 1 megapixel camera phone which are becoming more and more popular. 'Camera phones are moving from novelties to viable digital cameras, with the introduction of several new models that...
Posted by Darren at 11:04 PM

Camera Phones and Disposable Memories

Douglas Rushkoff over at The Feature has written a fascinating column on the rising trend of camera phones and their ability to make part in the way we are making memories disposable. He says it a lot better than I...
Posted by Darren at 11:00 PM

Camera Phones in Saudi Arabia

Camera Phones Freely Available Despite Ban is an insightful glimpse into some of the implications of new camera phone technology in Saudi Arabia. 'Legal or not, mobile phones with cameras are alive and well in the Kingdom. They are openly...
Posted by Darren at 10:57 PM

Camera Phone News

Reiter's Camera Phone Report reports on a couple of good camera phone advancements today. Firstly is the announcement that Vodafone Japan have announced a camera phone with a 2x optical zoom (pictured). 'Vodafone K.K. today announced it was introducing a...
Posted by Darren at 10:53 PM

Camera Phones to Reach 40% of Digital Camera Market by 2008

The Korea Times reports that Camera Phones will make up to 40% of the total Digital Camera Market by 2008. 'The LG Economic Research Institute (LGERI) on Wednesday made the prediction in its latest weekly, comparing competitiveness between the two...
Posted by Darren at 10:52 PM

Yahoo Photo - Now Camera Phone Enabled

"Yahoo has introduced a service allowing users to upload photos to their Yahoo Photo online accounts directly from their cell phones. The Mobile Photos Upload service is an addition to the existing Yahoo photo service, which allows users to store...
Posted by Darren at 10:50 PM