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Issue #2003 - 15 (May 2003)
(Updated May 8, 2003)


Device News This Week

1. Sprint PCS Offers Phone with Built-In Camera for about $100
Sprint PCS is offering the Sanyo 8100 that features a built-in camera with voice message capability, selectable shutter sound that says "Say Cheese," and two full-color TFT (thin film transistor) screens for $99.99 after a $100 rebate. The Sanyo 8100 is available in Sprint Stores, RadioShack, Best Buy and Circuit City for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. (The regular suggested retail price is $199.99.) The offer is available to customers who activate a new line of PCS service. (Source: Reuters) - more info 

2. RIM's BlackBerry to Become Colorful Soon - CNET news
According to CNET, Research in Motion chairman Jim Balsile made it official yesterday when he announced that RIM is working on a Blackberry model with a color screen. The new color Blackberry will be available in a few months according to Balsile. Earlier this year, at the annual 3GSM World Congress cellular industry conference in Cannes, France, RIM demonstrated a prototype of a color Blackberry. Since then rumors have been swirling about when the new model would become a reality

3. Sony to use Qualcomm's BREW for online music service

4. DoCoMo to sell mobile phone wrist watch for $ $310

5. DoCoMo tops 10 million camera-phone users and now exceeds J-Phone base
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Source - Several, including CTIA, TechWeb, 802.11 planet and Fierce 80211

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Sprint's phone with built-in camera @ $100 a shot (we mean the whole camera/phone piece) is a good deal, we think. RIM had to become colorful. Even useful and functional devices must have some color. Beauty & brain is always a great combination. Our request to Jim Balsillie - please keep the prices affordable. Sony may have to rethink now that Apple has shown the way for mobile music. Brew or not, it is the cost and ease of downloading thatvs going to win this battle for mobile music. 

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