Palm has announced the arrival of its new Treo 680 smartphone at Digitallife in NYC. With it you can call, e-mail, text message, and have web access. You can also keep a calendar, photos, music, and contacts close to you. Smaller than the 650, improvements include a new phone user interface, address book, call log, and wallpaper idle. Treo boasts a brighter, crisper screen so you can see who’s calling and improved access to multimedia applications. Check with Palm for availability and price.
If you are not yet familiar with the The RED Campaign, it creates products to raise awareness for the Global Fund. Created by Bono and DATA Chairman Bobby Shriver, this organization helps African women and children with HIV/AIDS. The Global Fund has so far committed $5.5 Billion to 132 countries for intervention against AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. The Motorola RAZR will be available from the Sprint CDMA network and features a microSD memory card slot, a 1.3 megapixal camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Premiering next month, the RAZR carries a MSRP of $289.99. Every time you use your new phone, you can remember how this Christmas it was all about the giving.
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Let’s give it up to Samsung right now for releasing a camera phone that can actually live up to that moniker. The Samsung SCH-B6000 is a mobile phone that houses a 10-megapixel camera, along with a retractable lens that allows for up to 3x optical zoom. It includes a 2.2-inch 240x320 LCD screen, and can run video at 320x240 at 30 fps. The phone even has a TV Out port, allowing the user to display both photos and video on a television. The phone is rounded out by EV-DO, MP3 player, business card reader, and Digital Multimedia Broadcasting functionality. Unfortunately, this phone will first be released in Korea at a price of about $950 USD. Still, nice to see Samsung leading the way here.
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Looks like my boy John over at CrunchGear got his hands on one of the new T-Mobile Dash phones, and is reporting back with his impressions of the unit. The Dash is the new Moto Q-esque phone by HTC, which runs Windows Mobile 5.0 and has a full QWERTY keyboard. While John’s lack of love for Windows Mobile 5.0 may seem unfair at first, we can totally sympathize. That said, CrunchGear seems to think the phone is an all around good experience, WinMo 5.0 notwithstanding. If you are looking for a consumer-level phone ($199 with 2-year contract) that does more than just play fancy ringtones, this one might be worth a look if you are on T-Mobile (or looking to switch.)
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We have seen that an awful lot of you have checked out our LG Chocolate VX8500 review that we published a few weeks ago, so we figure that there are quite a few Chocolate fans out there. Well, for those who waited on the purchase (or for the big spenders,) you might be pleased to know that Verizon is planning a white LG Chocolate phone which should launch sometimes next month. We don’t expect any of the features to be bumped (although, the speakerphone should come already enabled) - but being that this will likely be a special edition, the price may see an increase
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Sprint has just released its MOTOKRZR (pictured), MOTORAZR, and MOTOSLVR. Each Motorola device utilizes a high-speed EVDO network, features PAM (phone as modem), a camera, Bluetooth technology, and Telenav GPS.
Sprint TV offers more than 50 channels of live TV and and on-demand video and audio. Sprint Movies is also available as a pay-per-view service that allows you access to full length movies. Sprint Music affords you access to downloads of full-length songs. NFL Mobile gives you same-day highlights, real-time statistics, scores, and even injury reports every two seconds.
You can pre-register for your Motorola device at Sprint or wait until November when they become available. That means you can delay dealing with the inevitable price and keep on believing in Santa.
As we reported earlier, Mobile ESPN will be shutting down its service by the end of the year. What we didn’t tell you is that The Walt Disney Company, which owns the service, will lose about $30 million while doing this. Never fear, it is still the happiest kingdom on earth. They plan to rake in the big bucks with their Disney mobile service, which debuted in June.
Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs says that Disney mobile, “is a very different customer proposition” that is “meeting a fundamental need of families.”
The service allows parents to regulate when, how long, and to whom their children can call, and even has the ability to select which contacts their kids can have. There is also a built-in satellite tracking feature for cell phone location. Disney mobile is available online now or in retail stores with an instant rebate of $99 and other attractive offers. We can see this working for the little ones in your family, but don’t even think about it if you have a teen.
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Sony Ericcson today announced the release of its Z550a quand-band clamshell phone, which has been designed just for the Americas. It features a 262k TFT display (220 x 176 pixels), a 1.3 Megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, a music and video media player, M2 (Memory Stick Micro) support, and 25MB of memory. You can send SMS/MMS/EMS or e-mail by POP or IMAP4. The Z550a also features full HTML browsing, an FM tuner, and Bluetooth capability. No news yet on price and availability, but check out Sony Ericsson to see if you should add it to your list for Santa this year.
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At this week’s Photokina 2006 in Espoo Finland, Nokia revealed new accessories to go with their ever-increasing product line. They include:
- Full-size 40mm headphones HS-62 can be folded away for easy storage or travel.
- The headset HS-81 will be available in a black/grey color combination. Hands-free, they feature a strong neckband.
- Speakers MD-3 are compatible with a 3.5mm audio connector, and come with an audio adapter AD-15, a universal headphone adapter AD-50, and travel charger.
- Mini-speakers MD-4 weigh only 130g. The speakers come in a thin, v-shaped design and fold into your pocket when you don’t need them.
- The Bluetooth headset BH-801, with optional earloop, weighs only 11g and provides up to six hours of talk time and up to 160 hours standby.
- The Bluetooth headset BH-302 (pictured) with adjustable earloop, has up to ten hours of talk time or 195 hours standby.
- The Bluetooth headset BH-207 is black with chrome detail. With it you can talk for up to seven and a half hours or keep it on standby for up to 140 hours.
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Sony Ericsson has announced the launch of M-BUZZ, a music service that will be an extension of their existing PlayNow service. While PlayNow features sampled music and games, M-BUZZ will offer a small selection of Sony/ATV music to start, and will be adding new selections monthly. You can also view videos and recording artists’ biographies and travel schedules, and listen to full-length audio tracks.
Miles Flint, President of Sony Ericsson, claims, “M-BUZZ enables music fans not just to hear new, unsigned acts, but also to find out more about the musicians through interviews, home movies and more, creating a new mobile music experience.”
M-BUZZ will be available on W850 and W950 music phones as of October 2 in markets that already feature PlayNow. Check out the M-BUZZ preview page for a sneak peak.
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