Mar 15, 2005, 11:00 AM by Rich Brome and Eric Lin
Live daily coverage of CTIA Wireless 2005, North America's premier cell phone event. Exclusive photos and hot info from the show floor in New Orleans. Major announcements from Samsung, LG, Kyocera, Nokia, and more.
It's that time of year again - time for the big CTIA show. CTIA Wireless is the event of the year for the North American cell phone industry. Every spring around this time, absolutely every company that does anything remotely related to cell phones makes the annual pilgrimage to hawk their wares to the rest of the industry.
The size of the show is intimidating. The number of companies in this industry is more than you might think. This year the lucky host city is the Big Easy, New Orleans. The show completely fills the massive 3/4-mile-long convention center.
For the third year in a row, Phone Scoop was on the scene, reporting live from the show floor. This year we had a two-man team - Rich Brome and Eric Lin, enabling us to bring you more and better coverage than ever before.
The big phone news this year was from LG, Samsung, Kyocera, Nokia, and Motorola. There's also the launch of a whole new carrier - Amp'd, which is pretty exciting.
This article was expanded and updated through March 21st, so if you only saw the first few parts, check out the final sections to see what you missed!
CCD Camera Phones
All the megapixels in the world done mean a thing if the lens and the sensor are not high quality.
If you compare the MPX220 1.3 mp CMOS camera to the SE S710A 1.3 mp CCD camera there is no comparison.
Aside from the s710a are any other manufacturers planing on putting together a phone with a CCD camera to compete with the s710a?
The reason I ask is that I like all the features on the Sony-ericsson, but I do not like their interface. I may stand alone on this fact but I prefer the motorola interface, especially when it comes to their predictive text input and various menu navigation.
I am trying out the s710a for a few days and I have decided they...
While CCDs generally means high quality, CMOS does not necessarily mean low-quality. There is a huge variation in CMOS quality.
The best CMOS sensors can even outperform most CCDs - in fact, Canon's top-of-the...
I think what is missing
I talked to some of the manufacturer reps and more than a few of them were impressed with the design and build qualities of some of the smaller Chinese and Korean venture groups.
One group that was really impressive at the show was NewGen with their really cool designs.
Under an inform discussion in the eating area, some of the these product managers feel that in the next 10 years, some of them (like Hop On, Bird, New Gen, Telson) maybe in the top 10 market and some of the older stalwarts in the world markets (like Alcatel, Philips, Siemens and Mitsubishi) may pull out as phones becomes total commodity items.
Of course Samsung can't discuss carriers, but I'm 90% sure Verizon will have it. Not sure if Sprint will have it also.
No word yet on wi-fi.
The i730 (for Verizon) will have Wi-Fi. It will not have a camera.
Were they at CTIA? They have a really cool product but its still only in one phone. I for one want FasTap on my phone and i wonder why it still only in one phone. Problem?
I did meet briefly with FasTap. I think it's a pretty cool technology, too.
The deal is...
They had a lot of interest form the beginning, but everyone was nervous about taking the risk on it. They ...
About "Cingular" on the F7200 screen...
I'm sure some of you also noticed that it said "Cingular" on the display, and I did not cover that up...
That was intentional. It was not an oversight, and is not any kind of "cheating" with LG's request.
The deal is... what a GSM phone says on the screen is not necessarily the carrier that brands and sells that phone. Depending on how the phone and/or SIM chip are configured, the name on the screen is usually that of the carrier that sold the SIM, or the current network the phone may be roaming on.
So the fact that it says "Cingular" on the screen means very little and doesn't necessarily gives...
How come LG didnt want people to see which carrier the phone was branded by? Thanks in advance Rich.
Someone down there at the show, get some information and lots of new pictures of the motorola i930 with different screens. ask what the deal is on the phone and release date and why it's taking so long to approve this phone. Thanks
It was there in the Moto booth, but it wasn't a priority for us, since I already covered it in the CES article just two months ago.
Plus, at CES I was told the i930 might be canceled altogether so ...
speakerphone on the Samsung 970???
Lack of Quad-Band GSM phones
I realize that very few people actually seek out quad-band phones, but if you're making the phone capable for three frequencies, why not four?
Perhaps the rest of the manufacturers know something that Motorola will not admit - that squeezing 4 radios in these compact phones affects RF performance.
Anyway I will continue to only purchase quad-band, as the last thing I want to do is get stuck wishing I had GSM 900 in Gabon or GSM 1800 in Trinidad. And you pretty much need 850/1900 here in the states. Oh well.
There is a LOT more we gathered that we still have to get posted, so definitely "stay tuned"!
Moto A840 world phone at CTIA?
Yeah, it should be out very soon, form what I heard a couple months ago. But you know how Verizon is with testing...
Thanks for feedback on this!!!!
Unfortunately, my schedule was so completely packed, there was no way I could go in-depth with every phone, so I had to set priorities. therefore I focused more on t...