Helio Introduces Drift With New Location Services
Nov 9, 2006, 12:00 AM by (staff)
Helio today is introducing the Drift, the third phone for the young MVNO. The Drift is Helio's first phone from a major brand: Samsung, and is also the first phone on Helio to offer location based services (LBS). It is a slim slider featuring a QVGA screen, stereo Bluetooth, 2 Megapixel camera, 128 MB of memory and microSD card slot. Helio members with a Drift will have access to turn by turn driving directions using Google maps including traffic updates. Drift owners will also get to use Buddy Beacon, a location-based friend finder, to locate and call nearby friends who opt to be found. It also allows users to text offline friends requesting that they turn their buddy beacon on. The Drift is available in black or white for $225.
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HTC Bringing the One M9+ to Europe
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MediaTek Brings the Smarts with Helio P60 SoC
MediaTek announced the Helio P60 system-on-a-chip, a processor that adopts artificial intelligence and other advanced features for mid-range devices. The P60 relies on a big.LITTLE architecture with four ARM A73 processors at 2 GH and four ARM A53 processors at 2 GHz.
They tote this myspace thing on a phone without a KB, and that is a bit silly.
If Danger helps them design something, it will be a winner - or, at least something much better than these phones.
This is the most **** I've ever seen jammed into a phone of this size. The fact that they got a GPS receiver in there (that apparently works, according to the en...
drift on back order and credit issues
First of all, if you have bad credit, Helio might be the carrier for you. I tried ordering online but after the credit check finished, it said they could not extend credit to me at this time. I was bummed so I called their customer service to see if there was anything they could do about it. The guy was totally like -- hey buddy, no problem! He told me that if you refuse to give them your SSN, they can't (or typically don't) deny you credit. He was able to get all my info from the web order I had just put in and override the credit thing.
Needless to say, I was pretty psyched at that point since I usually have to put down a deposit since my credit sucks. Anyway, once everything was confirmed...
So Helio will make it?
Since this phone is CDMA...
This phone is going to ROCK!!!