Sharp and Japanese mobile network KDDI have teamed for a new cell phone that should please anyone who is trying to help the planet. The cellie has a solar panel in its lid that will recharge in direct sunlight up to 10 minutes. That will give it one minute of talk time or 2 hours of standby, and the panel can contribute up to 80% of the total power supply. The handset is also waterproof and expected out in June.
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Samsung Memoir has arrived at T-Mobile. The touchscreen cell phone is great for those who do a lot of picture taking with its 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, a 16x digital zoom, CMOS auto-focus and a full camera menu with features like geo-tagging and face detection. The 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.6-inch phone weighs only 4.4 oz. and has a talk time of 5.5 hrs. and 12.5 days of standby. The Memoir is Bluetooth compatible and comes with a 1GB SD card, battery and charger, a USB cable and headset. At a retail price of $499.99, after a $200.00 instant and $50.00 mail-in rebate, the cellie will cost you $249.99.
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This has to be the best commercial for a product since dropping a Timex in water and watching it keep on ticking. Andrew Cheatle lost his Nokia phone while at sea and he assumed it was gone forever. While shopping for a new one about a week later, his girlfriend claimed his number was calling hers. It turns out that fisherman Glen Kerley had caught a 25 lb., 4 ft. long cod, found the phone inside and, amazingly, it still worked after it dried out. Glen said that, “Cod are greedy fish — they’ll eat anything. They have big heads and big mouths.”
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Palm and Sprint have announced that the Treo Pro will be available on March 15. You can get one at any Sprint outlet or online for $199.99 and a two year subscription after a $100.00 mail-in and $100.00 instant rebate. You also have to get their Everything Plan or a $30.00 per month or higher add-on. If you believe you can handle that kind of monetary commitment, your wait for the smartphone is only a couple of weeks away.
Be sure to check out our Palm Treo Pro unboxing gallery.
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LG’s Versa will be available on Verizon Wireless as of March 1. It features an animated 3-inch touchscreen interface, an HTML browser with Flash and RSS feed support, a built-in accelerometer and the ability to keep open 3 windows at once. Best of all, the phone features a removable QWERTY keyboard. The Versa comes with V CAST Music with Rhapsody and V CAST Video and a USB cable to download content. You can pick one up for $199.99 after a $50.00 rebate and 2-year agreement.
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IA Technologies is working to release their Zumba phone, supposedly the world’s first fully accurate voice recognition celllie. Attach an earpiece to the back of the handset and you can operate it mostly with your voice, although you need to push a button to get text messages read to you. Detach the keypad and screen and you can wear it over your ear. Promised to be low-cost, you say your contact’s name and Zumba connects you via a secure site. This phone has been in development for about 3 years and you can sign up to keep track of the progress made. We are not sure if this will come to pass in the near future, but we do know the company is looking for investors.
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Nokia cell phone owners, take a look at the KIT Eco Charger. The device is so clever that it turns itself off automatically when your phone is fully charged. A spokesperson from the Carphone Warehouse claims that if everyone used one there would be a savings of about 300,000,000 kWh of electricity per year in the UK. Imagine what it would be worldwide. We think that’s a good start for £23 (~$33.00) and that KIT should expand their line with chargers for other phones.
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You want a cell phone but maybe you can’t get out of the standard phone groove. Chinavasion has a desktop wireless GSM phone. It can do everything that your standard mobile can and in addition has a large numeric keypad and accepts a standard SIM card. The dual band mobile phone can run off a wall plug or built-in battery that will last for about 2 1/2 hrs. talk time and about 48 hours standby. The CVFK-M13 phone has a very cool feature of dialing without lifting the handset and a price of $77.61.
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Three cheers for the GSMA and 17 mobile operators and manufacturers. They have gotten together to create an industry-wide standard for a universal cell phone charger. The group’s UCS (universal charging solution) will have a micro-USB interface and should become available by 2010. The initial participants include 3 Group, AT&T, KTF, LG, mobilkom austria, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
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LG displayed an eco-friendly cell phone at the 2009 Mobile World Congress this week with a solar panel that had been built in to the back cover. Only needing natural light, if given 10 minutes of direct sunlight, the user can make a 3 minute call. The best part of the gadget is that it can be put on any LG phone. The company also has redesigned their packaging with recycled paper for the box and printed material.
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