This afternoon, the WSJ is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 will indeed support LTE. There's additional good news for frequent travelers: it will support more LTE bands for global coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian markets. Currently, Apple offers two flavors of LTE for the third generation iPad, which also runs on both Verizon and AT&T networks.
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NTT DoCoMo have announced 22, count ‘em, 22 new handsets in four series. The STYLE series is their fashion statement, while the PRIMEs are full feature phones that concentrate on multimedia. The SMART series are targeted at professionals while the PROs are for those who like cutting edge (and higher prices) and includes the BlackBerry Bold. Release times begin this month and will continue through March 2009. We are thinking that unless you just have to have a banana colored cellie, a selection of 4 or five would have been sufficient.
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Game maker Taito has teamed with NTT DoCoMo and come up a clever app that lets users play in an orchestra with their fingers. The Chokkan Classic software is part of their i-mode Internet service. Participants move a finger in front of their cell phone’s sensor. Once they remove their finger, the music stops. The application allows the ability to sync with others to create a concert. This demonstration certainly makes it appear simple but then again the participants look a little silly.
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NTT DoCoMo has launched the FOMA F801, a kid-friendly 3G handset. Ergonomically designed small hands, it is ruggedly made and waterproof at a one meter depth for up to 30 minutes. It also features a 100-decibel kidnap warning with 2 different tones, LED lighting, and an accompanying wrist transmitter that sends out an alarm if the phone is too far away.
With a subscription to the i-mode location service, messages can be sent to 3 pre-selected numbers by computer generated calls. The child can also push a preset number on the side. Best of all, if the the device is turned off for 5 minutes, it will automatically preset and the location noted and sent to a registered DoCoMo phone.
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NTT Docomo has 7, count ‘em, 7 new phones on the horizon. They include Mitsubishi’s D905i slider with 3.1-inch TFT screen and 3.2 MPx with auto-focus in a choice of 5 colors, Fujitsu’s F905i with width motion and a Super-Fine IPS monitor of 3.2-inches, and a 3.2MPx cam with CMOS sensor in one of 4 colors, NEC’s N905i with EX LCD screen that rotates and comes in four colors, and NEC’s N905iµ with 3-inch EX LCD display also in 4 colors.
In addition, the company is offering Panasonic’s P905i with W Opening Style screen and 3-inch TFT liquid crystals, Sharp’s SH9051 with 3-inch ASV LCD screen and rotating system, as well as 3.2MPx CMOS sensor with blur correction and Dolby sound, and Sony Ericsson’s SO905i with jog dial, Sensitive Pad, Bravia tech and 3.2MPx sensor (CMOS) with auto-focus. Lots of choices and a ho-ho-ho from NTT.
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NTT Docomo has created a cell phone with a new twist. The Mitsubishi Wellness Navigator has all the usual features but also includes a heart rate monitor, breath analyzer, burned calorie counter, and body fat calculator, and pedometer application. The data is matched to your age, gender, weight, and height, and can be sent along to your doctor to save you the dreaded “regularly scheduled” appointment. No price or availability yet on this prototype, but we are not sure we really want to know how much body fat is in there.
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