the earlier news,
Germany now officially confirmed that it will be adding two new DVB-T mobile
phone models to its range of mobile phones at the beginning of May 2008.
The LG HB620T and
the GIGA-BYTE GSmart t600
both have an integrated
DVB-T receiver for viewing all free TV channels in excellent quality and in
most areas of Germany. Football fans will be able to watch the EURO 2008 on
their mobile phones at no extra cost.
However, something went wrong with the pricing. While it was expected that
the new mobile phones will retail for something around 100 Euro, only the (EDGE
and UMTS enabled) HB620T will be available for 99.00 Euro while the 2.5G t600
costs 289.90 (each with a 24 month contract). And this 24 month contract is
Vodafone's "SuperFlat tariff" at a (not mass-market/not consumer friendly) basic
rate of 29.95 Euro in the first three months (then 39.95 Euro per month).
Furthermore Vodafone Germany screwed-up the the t600 specs since it's not
featuring dualband 2.5G only but at least quadband 2.5G (which makes the phone
part working in North America as well). Furthermore, the t600's touchscreen
measures 2.6" not 2.0" as said by Vodafone's press release (but the camera
resolution, internal memory and memory card information are correct):
Not sure if the t600 will be a bestseller. At the end it costs a Vodafone
customer: 289.09 + 3*29.95 + 21*39.95 = 1218.10 Euro.
Nevertheless, I recently had the chance to compare both devices side-by-side
and the t600 is far better for watching TV because the larger display and VGA resolution pays-off.
You can see details better which is even more important if you want to watch
football/soccer games on the device.
Cheers ~ Arne