VK Mobile today announced it will be shipping Helio's first phone for a US launch. The VK Mobile 650c is a stylish spinner EV-DO phone based on the 600c, which is launching in Korea now. It features a QVGA display which is centered to be held vertically for phone use or horizontally for watching video, as well as TV out for video playback on a larger screen. It also features a 2 Megapixel camera, MP3 player, stereo speakers, and TransFlash slot. This handset signals Helio's intent to focus on streaming video and music, similar to other 3G services. Additionally, the FCC has recently approved the SK Teletech SKY 8300, which is a slider EV-DO phone that shares most the 650c's features but adds additional buttons for gaming. It is likely this model will also be launched on Helio.
Finally, a company that will bring advanced CDMA phones from South Korea to the US. Verizon and Sprint have been peddling low end crap for so long while all the manufacturers that provide them with phones make much more advanced phones for South Korea and China. Hopefully we get the same thing going on the GSM side of things where Europe tends to lead with launches of the latest handsets quite a bit before the US.
don't get too excited, this is just one offering. it's a launch phone too, so it has to draw in customers somehow. The general trend of EUR getting the newest phones and services will continue (or asia if you're talking CDMA) as long as US consumers... (continues)
Honestly, I thine the Euro carriers will always have things before North America. There's a much larger potential customer base in Europe with all carriers being GSM, not to mention Europe's much larger population. In North America, the market is di... (continues)
This new launch may very well prove to be more popular than anybody thinks. If Helio can draw in subscribers looking for handsets different from anything on the market, they might have themselves a very big hit. Even I'm intrigued.
P.S. Maybe this'll jolt Verizon into rethinking their handset lineup.
Verizon and Sprint is degressing the CDMA industry in United States. Verizon first introduced EV-DO and V-Cast to the shore. However, that was already introduced in other parts of the world well before 2004. I might be wrong about the date, but it is ... (continues)
Are the ones providing the network for Helio. Helio is an MVNO based on CDMA. They've got carrier agreements w/both Sprint & VZW. So, they won't bring anything to market that couldn't be done by "the giants."