CTIA Wireless 2003
The first day keynote event. Tom Wheeler - President & CEO of CTIA, led discussions with a number of industry leaders. Texas intruments unveiled a new wireless PDA reference design with every major type of wireless - 802.11, GPRS, and Bluetooth. During the Intel demo, Neverwinter Nights was demo'd on several devices, including a Pocket PC and a Microsoft Smartphone. Both the Samsung i600 and the Mitac Smartphone made appearances. On a less serious note, it was clear that Tom Wheeler really likes Neverwinter Nights!
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Sprint announced two new camera phones: the Sanyo 8100 (middle) and Samsung A600 (right). Both will be available during the 2nd quarter.
The Sanyo 8100 is smaller than the 5300.
The 8100 can send 10-second voice clips along with photos. This is designed to make it quicker and easier to take a photo and explain it - voice is much faster than text, no matter how fast you are with T9. Improvements have also been made to the UI, to make it faster and easier to take and send photos.
The new Samsung SPH-A600 features Samsung's innovative twisting display. It also has a swivel camera, with a fixed flash on the back.
The A600 is larger than the A500, but only by a small amount. The shape makes it look larger.
The twisting display in action. The display feels solid, and the twisting action has a good feel to it.
After the Sprint press conference, I went to a Verizon press conference where they announced the commercial launch of 1xEV-DO in Washington and San Diego.
The company recently concluded technology trials in those cities using trial networks. The tests were very successful, and if the same success is found with the commercial trial, Verizon Wireless executive vice president and chief technical officer Dick Lynch seems anxious to take the network nationwide. Verizon's acquisition of Northcoast gives them the spectrum they would need to do this.
The emphasis was on the corporate market, but the service will be available to consumers. I asked Mr. Lynch if he had plans to roll out 1xEV-DO handsets as well, and he indicated that he did. This is pretty exciting, because some of the most advanced phones in the world are the latest 1xEV-DO phones recently introduced in Korea.
"Motoheaven": the Motorola Phone Case.
Although there will be no official announcement for it, Motorola has now made the v60x (left) public. It is simply the 1xRTT upgrade to the popular CDMA v60i. Next is the new E310, a gaming-oriented CDMA clamshell. Next to it is the new V810. Last on the right is the V600 GSM phone. (All the units shown are non-working mockups.)
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
Google to Let People Design Their Own Nexus Cases
Google today announced Live Cases, a way for Nexus owners to personalize their handset while also protecting it. Interested consumers can upload a photo to Google's site, select a case style, and Google will make the case and ship it.
Facebook to Support iPhone's Live Photos
The Facebook iOS application now lets users upload, share, and view Live Photos captured with the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. Live Photos debuted with the newest iPhones from Apple earlier this year.
Verizon Debuts In-Home LTE Extender, Pixel 2 Promo
Verizon Wireless today announced the Samsung 4G LTE Network Extender 2, a device meant to improve wireless coverage at your house or small business. Like many network extenders, the Samsung 4G LTE Network Extender 2 plugs into your home's wired broadband service.