Issue #2004 - 02
Device News This Fortnight
Source: CTIA, Vendor Websites and others
1. RIM Blackberry Devices Reach One Million Mark
The BlackBerry handheld wireless e-mail device now reaches 1 million active users, a benchmark for Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion (RIM). The BlackBerry was originally launched in 1999 and is known for its distinctive thumb-operated keyboard and its success in helping RIM carve out a lucrative place in the wireless market. The growing popularity of the device has prompted a number of licensing deals that allow rival devices to connect to the BlackBerry server. (Source: Reuters)
2. FCC Approves Hop-on's Next Generation Disposable CDMA2000 Phone
Hop-on, Inc, the leading developer of disposable and fully recyclable cell phones and wireless accessories announced that it has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its next generation CDMA2000 cell phone.
Inset is an earlier Hop-On cell phone. For more details on this phone See Here
Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) is a digital wireless technology that was pioneered and commercially developed by Qualcomm. Hop-on's phone is a dual band, tri-mode CDMA cellular handset that operates in the 800 MHz (AMPS and CDMA) and 1900 MHz (CDMA) frequency bands.
Hop-on's CDMA2000 handset utilizes a baseband chipset developed by VIA Telecom, a leading CDMA chipset developer based in San Diego, California. In conjunction with VIA Telecom, Hop-on's engineering team has developed an alternative CDMA2000 solution targeted to the entry level wireless phone market. This market includes customers in the United States as well as foreign customers in India, China, Southeast Asia and the Latin American countries.
Dan Gannon, Chief Executive Officer of Hop-on, said, "Since wireless carriers are looking to take advantage of all the technological advancements that the next generation handsets offer, Hop-on began developing its next generation CDMA2000 phone earlier this year to keep pace with the market. It's a testament to the development skills and experience of our R&D team in Dallas that this handset passed the FCC testing standards on its very first submission. We are very proud of our engineers and look forward to showing what we believe is the most cost effective CDMA2000 handset in the world at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show (CES, www.CESweb.org), booth 20873, which begins today and runs through January 11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center."
3. RIM Blackberry in Color Now, With Wi-Fi support Tomorrow
4. DoCoMo Unveils New Symbian-Based 3G Handset
NTT DoCoMo unveiled a new Symbian-based 3G handset that will hit the market this week. The Fujitsu 900i will be available on DoCoMo’s 3G FOMA network and includes such enhanced features as Macromedia Flash applications, HTML e-mail and avatars. The device has a color screen, megapixel camera and secondary camera, fingerprint security sensor and mini-SD slot.
5. Motorola Turns Heads With Debut Of The Model V80 and other models
Poland – Feb. 6, 2004 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies, today introduced the innovative Motorola V80, which delivers a never-before-seen mobile design with a rotating cover that opens at the touch of a button. Complete with an embedded VGA camera, landscape photo imaging, photo messaging and integrated Bluetooth® wireless technology, the new head-turning mobile appeals to consumers who desire to make a statement with every move.
The tri-band Motorola V80 defies conventional thinking about mobile phone design. When it is closed, the V80 showcases a large external color display ideal for playing games and photo caller id. With a light push of a finger, the cover automatically rotates to unveil a full-size mobile phone ideal for text messaging and voice calls. When the moment arises, users can rotate the cover to a 90 degree angle and automatically set the phone into photo mode. The screen will switch to landscape mode and pictures can be captured with one simple press of a button.
"The Motorola V80 is designed to tap the desires of those consumers who crave the perfect intersection of style and technology,” said Ron Garriques, senior vice president and general manager, Motorola, PCS, EMEA. “With an eye-catching design, the style-driven model V80 combines cutting-edge technology features with a unique form to answer trendsetter's wireless needs by making it easy to talk, text, take pictures and, most of all, showcase their style.”
The model V80’s MP3 ringtones and situational lighting help consumers bring their own personality to the handset. Attach your favorite song or lights to your friend’s number so you are alerted when they call or play your favorite JAVA™ games arcade-style with flashing lights.
Pricing and Availability
The Motorola V80 is expected to be available in Q2 2004.
Motorola also launched two new GSM phones targeted at the European market: the V180, and the V220. All of these phones are tri-band GSM devices with color displays and MP3 ringtone players, as well as support for Java, MMS, and instant messaging (IM). The V80 is a swivel-design handset that boasts a VGA camera and Bluetooth. The V80 will be available in the second quarter this year. The V180 is a clamshell that supports multi-player gaming and will be available this summer. The V220 is a clamshell with a built-in camera that will also ship this summer. Motorola said it hopes these new phones will help it gain market share in Europe, where it ranks fifth. The company's market share in Europe has been declining for the last four years
6. Orange Launches its Own Color PDA
Orange launched its own-brand wireless PDA called the M1000. The device is the latest device in its line of SPV mobiles and is a PocketPC with an integrated tri-band GPRS radio. The M1000 is based on a 400MHz Intel XScale processor and contains 128MB of RAM. The device features a 3.5 inch 240 x 320 16-bit color LCD, sports integrated digi-cams and runs on Windows Mobile 2003. (Source: The Register)
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