Yesterday we reported SK Telecom was developing retail shopping by phone. They are doing this in cooperation with Google, the company that is well on its way to owning planet Earth. In an interview with CNN.com Saturday, Eric Schmidt, Google Inc.‘s chief executive, said that consumers spend up to 10 hours a day on cell phones that are becoming more like handheld computers.
The company will be earning most of its $10 billion revenue this year by selling text ads to computer users who search with Google and expects that mobile phone revenue will match that amount in time. Schmidt also commented that he believes phones will eventually be free if consumers accept the advertising. We think we will continue to use the phones we have and not have to sit through the commercials.
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At the RFID/USN Korea 2006, SK Telecom unveiled a new system of ordering fast-food. You simply scan an RFID tag attached to the menu and pay for it via your cell phone. We think this will start a whole rash of being able to pay for services and/or products with your phone, thereby making the need for cash more obsolete every day. By the way, a MacDonald’s Big Mac value meal (which typically sells for $4.65 in the U.S.) will set you back KRW 4,900 ~($5) in Korea. We don’t even want to fathom a guess on what kind of meat they are using to make them.
BoxWave has released the Cellphone Data Cable for the LG VX8500 Chocolate. BoxWave’s Cellphone Data Cable is 4 feet in length and combines data transfer and charge capabilities into a single durable, low-cost cable for your LG VX8500 Chocolate. The cable also enables you to transfer, edit, and backup your phone numbers, ring tones, schedules, images, and other data to and from your computer, and includes software utilities that provide you with a wide range of management tools. You can pick one up for $19.95 USD.
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BlackBerry has gone mainstream with the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. Much more than a business-level messaging device, the Pearl 8100 packs in a 1.3-megapixel camera, vibrant 320x240 display, and MP3 support. The abridged QWERTY keypad allows you to type messages quicker than you would using standard T9, and also keeps the phone as thin as any other cell phone out there, with dimensions of 4.2 x 2 x 0.6-inches. The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 throws away the scroll wheel, and instead uses the Pearl-esque scroll ball in the center of the device. Throw in EDGE support, and you have a winner.
Price: $199 with two-year contract
Read More | BlackBerry Pearl Product Page
Hand-crafted from fine, premium grade leather, BoxWave’s Designio Leather Case is a hard leather case that is custom-fitted for the Nokia E61. This durable leather case neatly stores your device and protects it from everyday wear and tear, while giving it a slim and professional look. The Designio Leather Case is a form-fitting leather case that protects your device, and has accessible cutouts. You can pick one up for $34.95 USD at BoxWave’s online store.
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Sprint has unveiled their latest Motorola KRZR K1m, the RAZR V3m, and the SLVR L7c, which will enable customers to access the latest news, music, and entertainment at broadband-like speeds. On Sprint’s Power Vision EV-DO network, these models will be the only versions of these handsets to offer NFL Mobile, Sprint TV, Sprint Movies, Sprint Music, and Sprint Power View. That’s a heck of a lot of Sprinting, but it had better be for the cost of $199.99.
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Imaginarium has decided to compete with Disney Mobile by releasing its pre-paid Mo 1 Mobile Phone for kids aged 6 to 12. Two keys are for one-button access to parents. Number of incoming calls and text messaging can be pre-set and there is a permanent connection for emergencies and automatic voice activation. Priced at 59 EUR (~$75), the Imaginarium Mo 1 will be available in December. It certainly looks user-friendly, but I would guess this would be a more welcome Christmas gift for worrying parents than kidlets.
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Verizon Wireless will be introducing “Flash Lite for BREW” technology to its cell phones before the end of the year. Claiming to be the first American company to do so, the Flash-enabled content will available on their Samsung-SCH A950, LG VX9800, Motorola RAZR V3c, and Motorola RAZR V3m models. The Software, developed by Adobe and Qualcomm, can be upgraded automatically over-the-air. To get the Flash Lite ball rolling, Verizon will also carry new Shockwave games, MovieGoer from Zingy, and graphic-rich applications from The Weather Channel. Contact Verizon for details on availability and price.
Verizon has decided to appeal to the Hummer crowd and has come up with the G’zOne Type-V. It even sounds militaristic. This phone can handle up to 140º heat, solar radiation, getting dropped in water, major vibrations, or any other abuse you want to impose upon it. The G’zOne features a 2.0 megapixel camera, VCast, which allows access to video clips and 3-D games, Mobil IM, Get It Now’s virtual store, and VZ Navigator, which includes mapping, navigation, and over 14 million points of interest.
Available at Verizon at a price of $299.99 with a 2-year agreement, you can rest assured that your fave soldier may not have body armor, but can call you from the war zone.
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Samsung and Bang & Olufsen have teamed together to develop the Serene Mobile Phone, giving a gift to those of us that are all thumbs. At dimensions of 65 x 70 x 24 mm and a weight of 110g, this clamshell is composed of 2 equal parts, a display and speaker with “discreet” air holes on the upper shell, and a thumb-operated keypad which surrounds a navigation wheel on the bottom. When you want to use the Serene for meetings, simply place it on a table and reverse the 2.1-inch screen. You can talk for up to three hours or stay on standby for up to 250 hours.
Choose either portrait or landscape orientation with a camera conveniently placed at the side of its anodised aluminum hitch, thereby offering a 90º angle. DECT compatibilty allows you to share an address book between your Serene and landline yet still maintain a separate one for just the mobile phone. If you are weary of traditional ringtones that make you want to scream, there are also 3 diffent ringtones (steel, bronze, and wood) that definitely spell out serenity. Take a visit online to test Serene for yourself, and get more information on pricing and availability in your area.
Read More | Bang & Olufsen
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