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Mobile phones with cameras, despite recent improvements still catch a little flack for limited features and capabilities. That may no longer be an issue if Brando has anything to do with it. The company has a line of mobile phone telescopes for both Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets, which enables 6x zoom.
The GSM Association, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and multinational telecommunications group MTN have teamed up to establish biofuels as an alternative source of power for wireless networks in the developing world. The three organizations have set up a pioneering project in Nigeria to demonstrate the potential of biofuels to replace diesel as a source of power for mobile base stations located beyond the reach of the electricity grid.
Biodiesel has several important advantages over conventional diesel as a power source for base stations. Biodiesel can be produced locally, creating employment in rural areas, while reducing the need for transportation, related logistics and security. Biodiesel has a much lower impact on the environment than conventional diesel. The cleaner burning fuel results in fewer site visits and also extends the life of the base station generator, reducing operators’ costs.
“The early adoption of biofuel-powered mobile networks would place Africa at the forefront of a new wave of innovation that is making mobile communications affordable and accessible across the developing world,” said Karel Pienaar, CTIO of the MTN Group.
For the folks who don’t spend $500 dollars on a phone after activation its getting hard. Especially hard if you are trying to distinguish yourself by having a phone different from the mail clerk. Not that we have anything against mail clerks.
However, you are not quite Blackberry ready and you don’t want to change carriers to get a Motorola Q, but you still want more than the $9.99 bargain basement phone.
Sony Ericsson remembers and presents to you the Z610i.
The K618 is a welcome addition to the SE lineup sporting a 2MP camera, a bundled 256MB M2 stick (Memory Stick Micro), Bluetooth and media player.
Sony Ericsson packed a nice feature set into the K618 providing streaming Bluetooth, (listen to audio in Bluetooth headsets), one click dedicated camera functionality, a mobile Blogging application, full streaming media, push email and memory expandable up to 1GB. The K618 is expected to be available in select markets during Q3 2006
1.9″ 262k display
2 Megapixel camera (2.5x digital zoom)
A nickel increment up in model numbers, the Sony Ericsson Z525a, announced during CTIA 2006, finally rolls out on Cingular. Aside from the Push-to-Talk add-on everything is the same as last years issue, the Z520a. After rebate Cingular will let you have the Sony Ericsson Z525a for $19.99.
Media player (MP3, AAC)
Size 3.2 x 1.8 x .9 inches
GSM Quad Band (850, 900, 1800, 1900)
1.8″ 128 x 160 pixel 65k color display
Talktime: up to 5 hours
Standby: up to 322 hours
Digitel has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) Personalized Greeting Service to launch its ringback tone music service “Music Ton” in its nationwide GSM network in Venezuela.
Ringback tones are songs or other sounds that replace the standard tone that callers hear as they wait for their call to be answered. Such entertainment and personalization services are highly popular with consumers around the world. Because ringback tones are integrated into the network, operators have complete control of the revenue stream while protecting the music industry, which receives royalties through licensing agreements.
The first phone from Sony Ericsson to sport M2 capability was recently made available in Singapore. The Sony Ericsson M600i is loaded with Symbian 9.1 OS, 80MB of internal memory, push email (thanks to a RIM collaboration) and can handle Sony’s new M2 stick. The phone comes in several flavored variations including M600i – Dual Mode, the M600c, and with four different keyboards QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY and Russian. Wow with all those keyboards, maybe that’s why they forgot to add a camera. Also available in black.
Triband GPRS (900, 1800, 1900MHz)
2.6-inch QVGA 262k color display
Video playback @ 30fps
Media player (MP3, AAC, ACC+, E-AAC+ and m4a )
QWERTY (QWERTZ, AZERTY or Russian)
80MB Internal memory
Sony M2 capable
Symbian OS 9.1 / UIQ 3.0
VPN clients (FREE)
Weight: 112g / 4oz
Size: 107 x 57 x 15mm / 4.2 x 2.2 x .6 inches
Talktime: UMTS up to 180 minutes / GSM up to 450 minutes
Stand by : UMTs up to 250 / GSM 340 hours
A ways back we mentioned the Sony Ericsson K610, we liked the phone. It rocked. Well SE is making a few changes to the device and providing compatibility for the I-Mode service offered in the UK. Thus the reason for the model number change.
The K610im is the first GSM/UMTS phone from Sony Ericsson to offer full i-mode support. I-Mode is a service offered by providers that enhances email, web browsing and accessed multimedia. The Sony Ericsson K610im is expected to be released during the third quarter of 2006.
Triband (900, 1800, 1900MHz)
1.9-inch 176 x 220 pixel 262k color display
2 megapixel camera (2.5x digital zoom)
Video recording and playback
64MB Memory Stick (expandable to 1GB)
Media player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+)
Push email function