With all the to-do about cell phone usage while driving, Roadmaster has made available its Bluetooth speakerphone unit with a back-lit LCD screen. You can easily attach the unit to a sun visor with an E-Z mount clip. The Roadmaster features DSP echo cancellation and noise suppression, call forwarding and waiting, redial, caller ID, a built-in microphone, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The VRBT200V is available online for $69.99. Do without the LCD and you can pick up a $39.99 model.
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Déjà vu. Japan’s largest mobile phone company, NTT DoCoMo, is recalling 1.3 million button batteries fearing they might overheat and rupture. Don’t panic yet. The batteries, made by Sanyo, are only being pulled overseas. DoCoMo claims that there were no actual injuries and that only one case of occurred in November on a Mitsubishi FOMA D902i.
The DO 6 series batteries in question are marked with the codes OKA, OLA, PAA, PBA, PCA, PDA or PEA, and were manufactured before May 2006. We thought it best to alert our readers just in case, since recent history reminds us that these things have a way of mushrooming.
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Motorola has come up with a TFT touchscreen PDA, surely the look of things to come. The Motorokr E6 PDA cell phone has a 2.4-inch screen and has dispensed with a number pad. It also features a 2 megapixel camera with 8X zoom, CIF and QVGA video recording capability for MP3s, a SD/MMC musical memory card slot, connectivity via USB or Bluetooth, and FM tuner. A mere 14.5 mm thick, the Motorokr is now available in China and on its way to India. We’re hoping that since this one won’t get here in time for the holidays, they will play Santa for the rest of us next year.
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GameJump is offering free games for your mobile phone if you click an agreement to see an ad at the beginning and end of your game. You can choose from over 10 genres and a couple hundred games, with more being added every day. Compatible with most Java enabled phones on Cingular, Sprint, and T-Mobile, go to GameJump Mobile or download from GameJump and transfer to your phone via Bluetooth or a USB cable. With titles like Office Zombies, Beershooter, Tonicman, Sudoko, and Sexy Majong, we think it is worth 2 seconds of our time to spare for their ad time.
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With so many phones to choose from lately, Sony Ericsson today unveiled their new Z310 clamshell. It features a hidden icon display that glows when a message is received, light effects that can be color coded to alert you to one of your contacts, a VGA camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and supports EDGE/GPRS on its 900/1800/1900 GSM frequency bands. The cell phone boasts 7 hours of talk time and 12 1/2 hours of standby.
Due out early next year, the Z310 will be available in jet set black, lush pink, and blush bronze, which we think will go perfectly with your Bahama Beige BMW. We can hardly wait to find out the price of this glitzy gadget.
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Verizon has announced that its Vcast service will be offering customers videos from YouTube beginning next month. The company claims that only 10% of the 20 million customers who have phones capable of supporting Vcast do so at this time, so Verizon is banking on the premise that we will pay to see cats falling off roofs and children doing stupid human tricks on our lunch hours.
Under the agreement, customers who pay a $15.00 monthly fee for Vcast can not only download videos, but can post them from their phones to YouTube by using a 5 digit code rather than an e-mail address. Undoubtedly, Verizon is considering the possibility that this move will translate into more ca-ching in their cash box.
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If you used to own one of those old Polaroids because you couldn’t wait 24 hours for your pictures from Photomat, Fujifilm has released its palm-sized Pivi MP-300 portable printer just for you. The Pivi creates 2.5 x 1.8-inch high quality prints in less than a minute. At about 6-inches and half a pound, the printer features both PictBridge for connection to your digital camera and a USB port.
The printer supports JPEG image format and is also compatible with most Mitsubishi, NEC, Sharp, Nokia, Sagem, Panasonic, Sieman, and Sony Ericsson phones. As of now, the Pivi is only available in Japan and other Far Eastern locations for ~$129.00, so check back to Fujifilm often until they make them available to the rest of us.
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Like Sprint had done in October, Alltel today announced that it is offering MOTORAZRs just in time for the holidays. The sleek Motorola phones feature a 2.2-inch 262k TFT main color display, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera with 4x digital zoom and video capture, Bluetooth capabilities, stereo headset support via EMU, an integrated music player, and up to 1GB RAM.
Purchase a silver MOTORAZR for $49.99 online and get one free. That same offer applies if you select the fire RED version for $69.99 and a portion of the proceeds go to the RED Campaign in Africa. Since this is the season for giving, we suggest you shell out the extra $20.00 for women and children who would find almost a month’s worth of HIV meds to be a welcome Christmas present.
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Indian Muslim clerics have recently decided that recited verses of the Quran are inappropriate as ringtones. This practice has gained popularity among those who reside in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state.
Reciting the holy book is “not meant for entertainment,” according to Mohammed Asumin Qazmi of the Dar-ul Uloom seminary. “Anyone who persists in using these should be ostracized from society.”
We are hoping this practice doesn’t spread to the states since hearing non-melodic ringtones can be quite jarring. It has given us an idea, though. If our cell phones came equipped with “Om,” it might help to appease the recent surge of road rage.
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