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Helio Announces Launch Phones, MySpace Mobile

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Feb 16, 2006, 4:59 AM   by (staff)

New MVNO Helio today announced select details of its planned spring launch, including the first two phones and one of the key services. The first two phones are dubbed the Hero and the Kickflip. The Hero (previously known as the Pantech 8300) is a jet-black slide-style phone with stereo speakers. The Kickflip, made by VK Mobile, is a "pearlescent" phone with a spring-assisted swivel mechanism that opens in either direction. Both phones are CDMA EV-DO with QVGA displays, 2 megapixel cameras, 70 MB of memory, microSD memory card slots, and speakerphone. All Helio phones will come with an MP3 music player, MPEG-4 streaming video, and Mobile Flash for interactive content. Helio also announced that MySpace Mobile will debut on Helio at launch, offering rich mobile access to the MySpace community from Helio phones, including moblogging.



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Feb 17, 2006, 2:48 PM

Target Audience

Anyone else find it funny that Helios is a high-high-end cellular provider and one of their flagship services will be mySpace, which caters to 13 and 14 year old poets and emogoths that naturally do not have any money?

Is the irony lost on everyone but me? ;)
You're right -- the marketing of the Myspace phone is geared towards those demographics, but that's what makes the marketing brilliant -- those people you mentioned are the people with a large amount of disposable income. I understand your point, Ph...
who said myspace.com caters to 13 and 14???? You guys are wrong 85% of myspace age group is 20 to 30..... Trust me Helio is the next technology... Just like how it changed from Pagers(TEXT) to Cell Phone(Voice).... Now it's 3G(DATA).... The rea...

Feb 22, 2006, 2:51 PM


Who the faaak is really going to sign up with such company? First of all it is going to be way over-priced and second they are borrowing VWZ's EV-DO cell sites. Good luck to anyone who signs up with this piece of sh*t company.

This is just another attempt to get a piece of the cell phone industry pie. It's just another Amp'd.
Eh, looks like they're going to be doing a business model that Verizon wouldn't want to step into because of prohibitive cost.

Remember that the folks with this service are going to be able to do more frequent equipment upgrades as a part of their ...

Feb 16, 2006, 1:21 PM



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thank you.........I freakin hate myspace......I have friends who have fought off addictions to meth, coke, etc.......but they would stab their brother if he got between them and myspace
It's amazing that anyone uses myspace. It's slow, laggy devoid of dynamic content and full of 13 year old j/o's that have nothing better to do that sit around and flame each other. When I was 13, we played basketball and baseball and actually did SOME...

Feb 16, 2006, 4:07 PM

Verizon Network Overload?

Hmm, i like verizon for the network. Amp's is now using verizon's network and soon another mvno Helio. I'm wondering if verizon's greed to lease their spectrum to these mvno's will have an effect on verizon quality?
I was wondering the same thing. I've heard of Verizon customers complaining about the "network busy" messages in my area. I occasionally get that message on my Cingular phone on Friday nights, but no problems otherwise.
many companies are using verizon's network and spectrum, but that will not change verizon's quality becuase they have a surplus of spectrum and a lot of capacity on their networks. if in some areas the capacity isnt as good as some others all they wil...

Feb 16, 2006, 8:55 AM

Kick Flip Bluetooth???

I think I like this new Kickflip thingy (esp. the 2MP camera), but I have two question:

1) Will it have the A2DP bluetooth profile?

2) Will it be out in time for my NE2, which comes due April 1?

If so, I think I'll have to get it. If not, I think I'll have to get the Q.
You're not going to see this phone on Verizon, from what I gather. Helio is trying very hard to keep their phones as unique to their service as possible.
Bluetooth is not listed in the specs I have.

Also note that this is a Helio phone, not Verizon.
Invader J

Feb 16, 2006, 11:55 PM

Screen size...

Both phone's LCDs are 2.2"... which is unfortunately the max normal screen size for Korean phone manufacturers. I think Sky may have one or two 2.3" LCDs but that's about it.

This is one area where the Japanese manufacturers have definitely been pushing the envelope - screen sizes on average are 2.4" with many 2.6" ones on the way, all while keeping form factors very manageable.

As Helio is supposed to push it when it comes to content, I'm hoping that they'll get some 2.4" screens on this side of the pond.

Feb 16, 2006, 9:32 PM

Hey Rich

is the kickflip a revision of the previously announced 650c???
http://www2.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=1441 »

it seems that it may be, but they changed a few things physically. I'm more interested in finding out if the kickflip still has the tv-out
the kickflip IS the 650c, but in helio's specs it is not listed as having tv-out anymore. of course it may still have that but helio chose not to focus on it in the press release. we'll have to see

Feb 16, 2006, 6:59 PM

Excuse me...but...

How are these handsets anything more than a Samsung A800 with EV-DO? They are comming out a full year after the 2MP CCD auto-focus Samsung, without Bluetooth. Oh, how great.

I think I'll be waiting for the Helios SLIM Samsung phone.
Well, spec-wise I'd say they're pretty good. Also the 8300 (and IIRC the VK one) both had WiFi in their SK versions, and rumor is that Helio will be keeping the WiFi (Rich said that the rumor was specifically that all Helio phones will have WiFi).


Feb 16, 2006, 6:35 PM

While using the pentech 8300

I've used the Pentech 8300 now called something else.. with helio..
i've been using it for just one year now..
The camera on it .. is so awsome..even tho it says 2.0 mega, seems more better .. very durable phone, dropped it so many times..
but still hasn't given me a problem
i've been using it though verizon, other then
the internet.. it works so fine.
i have mp3/music video/ect..
the memory slot can be maxed with 1gig tranflash card.
out of 10 i give it 9 ..
pentech 8300 is now old news
after that pentech 8400 came out then 8500
8600 then 8700 , then u110 and u100
so 6 models came out after the 8300
u100 has the 5.0 megapixal cam
and u110 has 1gig internal memeory..
and 2.0 megapixal.
well hope other people can use the 830...
forgot to mention
the korean version on this phone has
3d games.. very good quality games.almost
like playstation one
Invader J

Feb 16, 2006, 4:56 PM


I'm so hyped for the Helio launch. 😁

Also last I heard, Helio wanted to use both Sprint's and Verizon's networks, hopping between both - not sure if they're going to go through with that though.
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