In October, Nokia is looking to launch the all new 6670 cell phone, which includes a 1 Meg camera, tri-band, Bluetooth, and a high resolution screen sporting 65K colors. The camera also features a 4x digital zoom and photo-editing capabilities like crop, frame, and text-adding. Looks like we'll finally be able to print those phone-photos we take in a respectable 4x6 size. In a sign of growing trends towards convergence, the camera will also allow video-recording. A foldable Nokia wireless keyboard and a wireless headset is also in the works for the 6670. Oh, did we mention that it makes phone calls too? Still, with my big fingers, I'm a little worried about being able to accurately press that last row of keys.
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Looks like plane companies are doing all they can to distinguish themselves and draw in new customers. Can you imagine sending SMS messages and making phone calls with your own cell phone while in flight? Using a small onboard base station, European planemaker Airbus has been able to route calls via a satellite to the ground and its terrestrial telephone networks. We wonder if this explains those weird plane designs we've seen: Check out the Airbus Swan Maxi, and also the Super Transporter.
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With so much competition in the cell phone arena, it looks like everyone is trying to stand apart in the crowd. Recently, the Finnish phone giant Nokia announced its newest line of phones, inspired by a 1920's style and feel, featuring dark colors, mixed with etched steel and chrome highlights. All of them include a digital camera. The new Nokia 7260, 7270, and 7280 phones are pictured above.
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The new BlackBerry 7100t (a.k.a. "Charm") looks more like a traditional phone than its older model, with a new 20-character keyboard: a combination of a telephone keypad and the traditional QWERTY keyboard layout. It will be available for $199.99 exclusively through T-Mobile USA. The design shows that most of the keys have more than one letter. To compensate for this, the device includes predictive software to guess which words the user is typing. RIM hopes to draw in a new market with this newly designed model, but insists that it's still a "BlackBerry."
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Globally, cell phone sales have hit an all-time record of 156 million for the 2nd quarter alone. I can remember way back, when I resisted the thought of having a cell phone myself. These days, it seems, it's a necessity. Nokia leads the pack in terms of overall market share, increasing slightly to 29.7 percent. Motorola holds on to 15.8 percent of the market, while Samsung Electronics is at 12.1 percent and Sony Ericsson is at 6.6 percent. LG Electronics rounds out the list at 6.0 percent.
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Along with a megapixel camera, and camcorder capabilities, Sprint is making headway into the TV broadcast arena. With their new Samsung MM-A700 handset, you'll be able to get 15-frame-per-second streaming video. Content includes highlights from the Olympics and Sprint TV: a compilation of content from the NBC TV network, Fox Sports, The Weather Channel Interactive, and other sources. The service is $9.99 a month, with the option to add on additional premium channels at $4.95 each per month. Sprint's new MM-A700 handset is $399.99, or $249.99 after rebate with a two-year agreement.
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This marks the first official device that will be able to play music purchased via iTunes, aside from the Apple iPod line of digital audio players. Users will sync their music via USB or Bluetooth. My question is, just how much of my 7 GB of music will one of these phones hold?
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Looks like the idea of getting a cell phone signal while you're miles away from the nearest tower at sea, is becoming a reality. Carnival Corp. and Royal Carribean Ltd. are ramping up services that'll let you chat away if you ever find yourself bored, or forgot to turn off something back at the office. Rates for U.S.-based crusies haven't been set, but you can expect them to be similar to roaming prices.
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