Telephones & Accessories
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. of Korea has announced plans to debut a Watch Phone in early summer, utilizing Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. The unit will weigh 1.7 ounces (with battery) and is expected to provide 90 minutes of continuous call time and 60 hours of standby time. It will feature a phone directory, vibrating alert, and voice command feature to dial and operate the phone.
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Samsung also announced the release of the following phones:
The SGH-A100 has a compact folder design, and includes a scheduler, an infrared interface, hands free kit, travel adapter and a cigarette lighter adapter.
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* The SGH-2400 is a flip top phone with voice dialing, voice memo, and vibration alert.
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* The SGH-M100 handset is a combination GSM wireless phone and MP3 player that incorporates a 32 MB flash memory chip. It holds Excel and Word files and users can download music from the Internet, and convert music or spoken data from CDs and tapes into MP3 files.
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* The GPRS phone provides high speed Internet access and e-mail, and has a high-resolution LCD screen. It offers voice dialing, memo, personal information management (scheduler, diary) functions and a built in IrDA port for wireless networking to PDAs and laptops.
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* Sprint PCS now offers two Samsung CDMA wireless phones. The dual-band SCH-8500 and the single-band SCH-6100 both offer a calendar with scheduler and to-do list, alarm clock, world clock, calculator, and voice activated dialing. The two phones also will offer an option of full Spanish text and voice prompts.
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Sprint PCS and enrev Corp. have agreed to work together to promote enrev's Battery Operating System for Sprint PCS customers. The technology reduces charging time by half, increases per charge talk time by 20 per cent, and extends battery life by as much as 200 per cent over existing products, they say.
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Sprint PCS has entered into several content agreements for Sprint's PCS Wireless Web service:
* America Online Inc. will debut its AOL Wireless services on the Sprint PCS Wireless Web via Sprint's Internet-ready phones, the two companies announced. Both e-mail and Instant Messenger services will be available.
* EarthLink services also will be available through the phones, including EarthLink e-mail, as well as select content from Personal Start Page desktop portals.
* Go2 Systems Inc. announced that its global addressing and locator services are available on Sprint's Internet-ready phones. Go2 services include local yellow pages information, driving directions, one-touch phone calls and weather updates. Customers can access any the Go2 topic-specific Web sites, including Go2hotels.com, Go2banks.com, and more.
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