We told you so. Now that Nokia is offering free GPS downloads to its customers, Vodafone, the planet’s largest mobile phone network operator, has decided to get with Google to develop a map system for other cell phones. The service will also include local listings in what Vodafone’s marketer Frank Rovekamp refers to as its “mass-market access to exciting services.” We don’t know if we would call it exciting. We just like the concept of not having to pay for a separate GPS device when we get lost.
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Nokia is now offering free GPS navigation and mapping system for anything from cell phones to handhelds. After downloading the application, you can select maps from 150 countries and 15 million points of interest. The catch here is that smart2go is just a basic service, and to get the full-blown program you must pay a weekly or monthly fee. Nokia plans on releasing the program on all new models. We are just happy to know that with competition so hot these days between manufacturers, GPS will probably become standard on all mobile devices and cell phones in the near future.
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It’s Sony Ericsson’s turn to expand their product line, this time with four new models, the K200, K220, J120, and J110, which they refer to as “candy bars.” The first three of those are camera phones, while the J110, which they describe as “robust,” is their affordable basic model. The J120 also has an FM tuner and a radio/alarm clock.
The K200, features a 1-button photo album, and the K220 offers an FM tuner that can handle up to 10 preset stations. All of them feature talk time of up to 8 or 9 hours and standby of up to 300 hours. Available during Q2 of this year, we are hoping that by then they will actually name them Zagnut, Skor, Baby Ruth, and Snickers.
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Verizon Wireless is offering its customers a chance to get in on some pre-Grammy celebration with its Vcast of Clive Davis’ Beverly Hills annual shindig. The founder of Arista and J Records, who is also known for signing up “American Idol” winners and runners-up for record deals, Davis has become quite the host in the last few years. His participants have included such artists as Carlos Santana, Usher, and Alicia Keys. Contact Verizon if you and your cell phone want to be a part of the “In Crowd” February 10th.
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It looks like yellow may soon be competing with RED. Samsung displayed its canary yellow cell phone at the recent CES 2007 with its “Simpson Movie” logo and pre-loaded movie content. With a premiere this summer, the Special Edition is set to come out in June or July. The phone joins the ranks of Homersapien and any other garish gadgets we can find that will prove that our fave dysfunctional family will be raking in some big bucks in 2007.
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At last, a tracking device that not only helps us find a restaurant, but also where we parked the car. Inilex’s Kepler Advantage, featured at the recent 2007 Demo Conference, features GPS technology that can find a car’s location with the owner’s cell phone via satellite. It can also tell if a car has been moved by an unauthorized driver or driven at too high a speed (in case your kids “borrow” the car,) and will notify police within 15 minutes (in case it’s not the kids.) Although its name is subject to change, Spokesperson Aly Saxe assured Gear Live that the device will become available during Q2 of 2007.
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The OKWAP S868 Smartphone from Taiwan features a virtual scroll wheel on its keypad. Running off Windows Mobile 5.0, it has a 2.4-inch touchscreen, a 2mp CMOS cam with auto-focus, a stylus, and an alpha-numeric keypad. The phone has 64 MB RAM, runs on Intel PXA270 416Mhz CPU, and includes Bluetooth, GPRS, and Infrared capabilities. Its memory can be expanded with its SD or MCC card slots. OKWAP plans on making the S868 available in late February for ~$470.00.
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We have been trying out Tellme for a few weeks now, and thought it would be appropriate at this point to let you guys know about the service and what we think of it. If you haven’t heard of Tellme, it’s an application that you install on your mobile phone that aims to allow natural voice-riven mobile search. How does it work? Hit the jump for our full review.
In the latest episode of The ScobleShow, we got our first look at DAVE from Seagate. DAVE stands for “digital audio-video experience” and is a tiny 10 or 20 GB hard drive. Tiny as in 3.5 x 4.7 x .47-inches. The best part, though, is that this thing gives you the ability to share content by way of the built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. So you can browse the devices with a cell phone, transfer content to other Bluetooth devices or DAVEs, and it has 10 hours of battery life. Expect it to retail for about $200 USD in May or June. For the full scoop, check the video above.
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