New Phones debut at the CES

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Phones, Phones and More Phones

By Elisa Batista, Wired News

Jan. 9, 2002

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A host of manufacturers unveiled high-end cell phones and accessories at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

Nokia showed off the Nokia 6340, a cell phone that works simultaneously on two different phone networks. It's based on the technologies GSM (global system for mobile communications) and TDMA (time division multiple access).

For European mobile phone users, Nokia teamed up with TDK Systems and released car kits so that drivers could make hands-free phone calls and tap into their e-mail accounts and the Internet. Three versions of the car kits -- which all use Bluetooth, a radio link that lets devices within 30 feet of each other communicate wirelessly -- are on sale for between $267 and $332.

Kyocera Wireless flashed a portable keyboard for its 6035, a combination cell phone and personal digital assistant that runs on the Palm operating system and is sold by Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless. Kyocera also displayed at its booth the CDMA 2000 1X-enabled handset -- the first cell phone in the United States that lets users receive information at up to 153 Kbps, or about three times faster than dial-up modems for home computers.

Sprint PCS said it would begin selling Java-enabled Hitachi phones later this year in the United States. The phones, slated for release mid-2002, allow customers to download software like games and business applications rather than forcing them to buy a new phone to get the latest features.

Motorola plans to sell a new high-speed Internet-enabled wireless phone. The 120x, a sleek, silver cell phone, will cost less than $100, company representatives said.
 
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