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Promising an easier way for parents, children and seniors to stay connected, Wherify Wireless announced it will launch its Wherify Family Locator Service and companion Wherifone GPS Locator Phone on October 1st, 2006. The Wherifone is the world’s first GSM/GPS phone designed for children and seniors, and gives on-the-go parents the peace of mind of being able to quickly locate and communicate with their young children and elderly relatives at any time from anywhere, while also controlling who they can call and how much it will cost.
Whether used as a “first phone” for pre-teens (ages 8 to 11) or as a “companion phone” for seniors or special-needs family members, the Wherifone locator phone combines GSM voice technology with industry-leading SiRFStarIII GPS technology and Wherify’s own Aided-GPS solution to provide quality voice communications and superior location accuracy even under difficult conditions, including inside many types of buildings, in vehicles, under foliage and in most urban canyons. The 24-by-7 Wherify location service lets parents quickly locate their family members on maps or aerial photographs using a web browser, as well as allowing them to locate a Wherifone through text messaging from their existing cell phone service or by calling the Wherify service center.
The Wherifone GPS Locator Phone will retail for $99.95, and fixed-usage Wherify Family Locator Service plans that include both voice and location services start at just $19.95 per month.
Trolltech announced Qtopia Greenphone, the first open Linux mobile device for application developers. Greenphone enables commercial and open source developers, in-house software developers and handset manufacturers to create, modify and test Linux- based mobile phone applications on a working GSM/GPRS device, making the applications easier to build and faster to bring to market.
Greenphone will be offered as part of a complete software development kit (SDK) and includes Trolltech’s Qtopia Phone Edition, a comprehensive application platform and user interface for Linux-based mobile phone. Although not intended as a commercial mobile phone, Greenphone has many of the communication functions and features found in today’s sophisticated smartphones. Developers can exploit these features and functions in developing their own unique applications.
Greenphone is the first in a series of open mobile devices the company plans to make available in cooperation with its partners. Greenphone is a functioning mobile camera phone with the capability to re-flash the applications of the device.
Software: Qtopia Phone Edition Linux kernel
Hardware: Touch-screen & keypad UI, QVGA LCD color screen, Intel Xscale 312 MHz dual core, 64MB RAM, 128MB Flash, Mini-SD card slot, Broadcom BCM2121 modem, Bluetooth equipped, Mini-USB port
Size: 106.5 x 49.0 x 15.6 mm
Greenphone will be available mid-September in limited quantities, and the phone is intended only for Linux mobile software developers.
This is a phone that looks retro on the outside, but actually there is a battery-powered GSM inside… All you have to do is open the phone, insert your SIM card, and turn the unit on. The unit will utilize your phone number and account minutes. The phone dials out like the real thing through the rotary. Incoming calls ring the original, loud, gong style metal bells.
The GM862 cellular module from Telit (built inside the rotary phone) works within any country that has one of the 900MHz / 1800MHz / 1900MHz cellular bands (90% of the world). Each phone is specially built to customer needs. Please allow a 2-3 weeks for delivery. The battery can run the phone for 4-5 days and is charged by unscrewing two screws on the bottom of the phone, opening it, and attaching the charger.
The Rotary Phone comes with 2000mAh Lithium-Polymer battery (4-5 days usage time before recharging is needed) and a Li-Po battery charger (3-prong 110V and international 220V). And the only drawback here is the price, but you’ve probably already guessed that… 😉
The price of the Red Port-O-Rotary Phone is $499.