There are plenty of electronics that are made to be tough, but i-mate is so secure in the knowledge that theirs is going to last that they offer a lifetime warranty for the 810-F. The cell phone has a waterproof rubber seal and can handle temperatures from -10°C to 60°C, pressure, shock and humidity. Features include a QWERTY keyboard, HSDPS, 2.2GB storage, GPS, Wi-Fi, a digital compass, accelerometer and Bluetooth capability, and it runs on Windows Mobile 6.1. The 810-F also has Secure i-Q embedded so that you can lock it or get rid of personal data from your PC should it become lost or stolen.
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HTC has two new upgrades. The 107.85 x 53.1 x 13.7mm Touch Diamond2 has a 3.2-inch WVGA screen, GPS, HSDPA, Wifi, a 5 megapixel cam with auto-focus support for most audio and video files and a Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU at 528 MHz. The 116 x 59.2 x 17.25mm Touch Pro2 has the same CPU a 3.6-inch WVGA display, HSDPA, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a QWERTY keyboard. Both will run Windows Mobile 6.1.
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The first cellular network was launched in Japan in 1979 by NTT. Twenty three years later the planet passed its 4th billion mobile connection. Mobile broadband accounts for about a quarter of that figure. Other connections in such countries as China, India, Indonesia and Pakistan added to unconnected devices gives us an estimate that by 2013, this figure will hit 6 billion. Considering there only 6.7 billion humans on the planet now, this definitely proves it’s a mobile world out there.
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Modu believes that the inner workings of a cell phone should be able to change their outer jackets. Guinness’ World Record holder of the “lightest cell phone” can turn into different devices with specific buttons and interfacing. Included in the collection is the street art, express, bicycle, night, car, sport, classic and ring jacket. The Modu can also be placed into PMPs, digital cams, photo frame and DECT phones to share your images with others. We expect that this one will not be inexpensive nor cater to those who keep their cellies in their pockets without as much as a cover.
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Motorola has unveiled their thinnest one-button iDEN Push-to-talk flip phone to date. The Stature i9 is 4.1 x 2.1 x 0.6-inches and weighs only 4.7 oz. Features include their clever ModeShift morphing technology that lights up keys in the mode you are using. It also has a 3.2 megapixel cam with auto-focus, Bluetooth capability, and access to media, calls and more without opening the phone. The i9 can go for 79 hours on standby and up to 255 min. talk time. Optional is an SDHC card with up to 8GB memory. Contact Motorola to sign up for more information.
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Kenya’s Mi-fone is offering a Barack Obama branded cellie. At a size of 100.5 x 45 x 14.5mm and a weight of 86g, the Mi-Obama phone has 4.5 hours of talk time and 173 standby, 900/1800 GSM, and all the usual features of a cell phone including an FM tuner, games, calendar and alarm. Although the price is only about $30.00, before you run out to get yours, the mobile phone is only available in Kenya.
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Trying to finally divest yourself of that little used landline? The XLink BT gives you the ability receive and send calls from a landline utilizing your mobile service. The gateway can be used with up to 3 cellphones with different ringtones and has the advantage that you can use your free nights and weekend calls at home. Keep your phone within Blutetooth range for access, and calls that are made from your regular phone will be redirected to your cellie without worrying about poor indoor reception. Simple, eh? Even simpler is the price. The XLink BT will set you back a mere $79.99 with 60 minutes of free long distance. You can also get unlimited outgoing calls for a flat $25.00 a month.
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Motorola is going literally and figuratively green at this year’s CES with their Moto W233 Renew. Its housing is made out of recycled water bottles. Other features include a 1.6-inch display, SMS and MMS messaging, a WAP browser, USB connectivity, and GSM. It also has about 9 hours of talk time, 18 days of standby and has an optional 2GB removable memory. At a size of 45 x 110.97 x 14.7mm and a weight of 83g, it comes with a pre-paid envelope so that you can send them your old phone to recycle. Look for the Renew at T-Mobile sometime in Q1.
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MedicalPhone recently debuted their iCEphone, so named because of a dedicated emergency button that sends the GPS location to emergency services. The cellie runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro, and has a 3.1 megapixel cam with autofocus and LED flash. At a size of 5 x 2.4 x .9-inches, it has a QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch touchscreen and gaming keypad. Expect 5 hours of talk time and 3 days of standby. Targeted for the military and governmental use, look for it to formally come out in Q2 next year with a price of around $1,000.00.
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Truphone can now be applied to the iPod touch and will turn the music player into a cell phone with a free download. Utilizing WiFi, users can call other touch owners as well as Google Talk messaging service customers with minimal or no charges. They also plan to make calls with landlines part of the program. Truline’s interest is in devices that have app stores and are wireless. Next on their agenda, they plan to tackle the Android operating system.
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