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3G: Sony Ericsson was presenting the first 3G enabled mobile phone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 19.03.02 - 10:58:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 6689x
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Andreas from Pocket PC Thoughts found this article about the first Sony Ericsson 3G handset on a Swedish Webazine:

The Swedish mobile device magazine, Mobil, just published pictures of what is said to be Sony Ericsson's first 3G phone. The phone was shown to mobile network operators at GSM World in Cannes and at the CeBIT fair. It was not shown to the general public. Sony Ericsson's Peter Bodor confirms: "Yes, this is a 3G-phone that we have developed with a 3G operator in Japan. Here are some translated sentences from the article:
"The 3G phone has a digital camera that most likely can be rotated 360 degrees, the menus are in English but the hardware buttons show both Japanese and Latin letters.
According to the article this phone is primarily intended for the Japanese market. The MG-logo (MemoryGate) on the phone indicates that the phone has a MemoryStick slot.

Okay, if they built this phone for a Japanese 3G operator it must be NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA but why the hell they are using Memory Stick instead of SD? (Okay, I know it’s from Sony but anyhow – personally I don’t like Memory Sticks). But this phone is looking good.
What I saw until today from 3G design studies, I think we will see mostly flip phones in the future as most of today’s DoCoMo i-Mode and FOMA handsets are also flip phones. We should give the FOMA web site a regular look to see if there are new handsets are coming, like the Sony Ericsson one...

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by jlp on 21.03.02 - 00:00:00

Dang, they have their stinking MemorySTINK/SINK/SICK and MagicHATE proprietary and limited/limiting slot!!!

Do yourselves a favor and stay away from these!!!

I was a big Sony fan until... they went on their own to make this non standard (read: Sony only; even Palm didn't want it!) MemorySTINK slot and started messing with consumers' rights when they released their MagicHATE version of it. It's so much of a hassle: you can only copy your songs 3 times to a portable device and then you have to re-encode it from your original CD.

And then for some unknown reason Sony Entertainement Company's DVDs (Columbia, Tristar and Universal) are much more expensive than, say Warner Bros.' DVDs, how come?

Posted by Arne Hess on 21.03.02 - 00:00:00

@jlp: You are so right, this Memory Shit äh Stick is so annoying. I would like to see plain MMC/SD card support in phones like that! But it's Sony... Also the new Vaio C1 which is interesting for me uses a Memory Stick slot. This is so useless for me, I would never use it if I would own that Notebook...
Here I would like to see that Sony supports more the industry standards than its own one. Same reason for me never to buy a Sony digital cam...

Posted by jlp on 22.03.02 - 00:00:00

Quote "MemorySHIT" that's a great one and I'll add it to my list, lol.

Posted by Will T Smith on 29.03.02 - 00:00:00

Memory Stick currently has much more market share than MMC/SD

SD/MMC is in for a horse race.  I would not be surprised if PocketPC devices are soon released in a MemoryStick/Compact Flash form factor.

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