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Motorola announces four new phones and two new headsets

Motorola launched a bevy of new products yesterday to expand its mobile phone range. The company announced the MOTORAZR MAXX, MOTORIZR, MOTOKRZR K1m and MOTOKRZR K1 phones along with the H601 and H800 Bluetooth 2.0 headsets.

The MOTORAZR MAXX brings 3G to the forefront with 3.6Mbps HSDPA and EDGE support. Users can also experience 2-way video calling at up to 15FPS thanks to the high speed wireless connection. As for the phone itself, it weighs 3.7 ounces and is 0.6" thick. It features a 2.2" 256k color screen and backlit keys. Motorola is also kind enough to include 50MB of dedicated storage, a 2MP camera with 8x digital zoom, microSD memory card slot, and the requisite Bluetooth 2.0+EDR capabilities.

The MOTORIZR brings an impressive "slider" design to Motorola's high-end mobile handset family. The MOTORIZR is a Quad-Band (GPRS/EDGE) handset, features a 1.9" (172x220) 256k color screen, 2.0MP camera and supports Bluetooth. It doubles a portable music jukebox with support for MP3, AAC, AAC+, and AAC+ Enhanced and can be paired with an optional stereo Bluetooth headset. 20MB of internal storage is included.

Next up is the slim and sleek MOTOKRZR K1m. The MOTOKRZR K1m features a traditional clamshell design and gives users a 1.9" color screen, 1.3MP camera with MPEG4 video capabilities, Bluetooth, microSD memory slot and GPS capabilities. The MOTOKRZR K1 ups the ante by adding a 2MP camera with 8x zoom, integrated MP3 player, EDGE support and Push-To-View image sharing capabilities.

Finally, Motorola has announced two new Bluetooth headsets: the HS601 and HS800. The HS601 features Bluetooth 2.0+EDR technology and provides 8 hours of talk time (8 days standby). It also features EasyPair technology for quick setup with a Bluetooth enabled phone. The HS800 brings "slider" functionality to the headset market (slide open to turn on, close to turn off) and is also the first headset to feature RapidConnect technology for instantaneous connections. The HS800 can provide up to 6 hours of talk time (8 days standby).

All of Motorola’s new products are expected to be available in the second half of 2006.

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RE: silly
By Schrag4 on 7/26/2006 10:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
That's an interesting idea. It wouldn't work out for my family (as a replacement for my cable modem), but maybe it would be a great replacement for my mother's land line/dial-up internet access. She lives out in the boonies so broadband is out of the question. Would you just plug the phone into a USB port via a cable that comes with the phone? Would there be restrictions on what you can do with that internet connection? How much a month would it cost to have an average minutes plan plus internet access?

RE: silly
By Schrag4 on 7/26/2006 10:49:59 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, wait, nevermind. Verizon doesn't work in the boonies...

RE: silly
By ksherman on 7/26/2006 7:28:15 PM , Rating: 2
well, that depends. When I got a phone with T-mobile, it had bluetooth, as did my PDA. I used my phone as a bluetooth modem (childs play for pretty much any computer equipped with bluetooth, not thats its perfect, but most any compy can do it) i just set up a regular old dial up connection with my PDA, it then dialed out with my phone, and made the connection. I was only ever charged for the minutes (which I had/have way more than I use), but the connection was butt-slow. thats mostly because at the time, T-Mobile/Cingular didnt really have high speed GSM connections, and the phone was old, and in the process of being discontinued. Now, with all the 3G crap going up everywhere, that is all different. I havent had occasion to try it, but I think the potential of being able to have high speed internet anywhere I can get a signal on my phone is an a pretty sweet deal, IMO. Especially if it still only cost me minutes...

RE: silly
By FITCamaro on 7/26/2006 8:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
If you get caught doing that as well, Verizon can shut off your service. They don't allow the phones to be used as a modem for your laptop. Thats why they sell PCMCIA cards for laptops to do that. The plans are based on data instead of minutes.

If you don't use it for much you can get away with it. But if you start downloading videos with it, you'll get caught and loose your service.

RE: silly
By Schrag4 on 7/27/2006 9:46:21 AM , Rating: 2
Seems kinda silly to allow that kind of bandwidth and only allow you to use it a tiny amount. It would be like giving someone a Ferarri and telling them they can only drive a tenth of a mile at a time...

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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