Thursday, January 04, 2007

all that rises must converge, or words to that efffect

PC Magazine announced a new product today that seems attractive, and it also has navigation software built in. This whole bundle, to me, seems valuable, finally, since it includes a phone, a modem, and Bluetooth and 802.11b/g WiFi. Is there anything they left out? Read the whole article, but here's the lead-in:

GPS firm Pharos today launched its first hybrid GPS/cell phone, a Windows Mobile smartphone called the Pharos GPS Phone.

The GPS Phone is a pull-out-all-the-stops Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC, with a top-notch SirfStar III GPS chip and a range of high-end features. It's a quad-band GSM world phone, with high-speed Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, and an EDGE cellular modem. You can take pictures with a 2-megapixel camera, or listen to a built-in FM radio. The device has a 2.8-inch, 320-by-240 touch screen, but no built-in QWERTY keyboard.

Pharos has made the unusual choice of selling the GPS Phone unlocked, letting users pop in an existing Cingular or T-Mobile SIM card. While this keeps the price high, at $699.95, it lets Pharos bring the phone to market without the drag of carrier approval processes—so it will be on sale next month.

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