CES 2008: Vodafone ‘Stick’ 7.2Mbps HSUPA USB modem

Vodafone UK are beginning to offer a USB mobile broadband modem capable of accessing the network’s 7.2Mbps HSUPA connection, with both Mac and PC compatibility and upload rates of up to 1.44Mbps.



Cherry Picks 2008: zBoost zPersonal (YX300) and zBoost Car Unit (YX230)

The zBoost zPersonal, from Wi-Ex Inc., will repeat and amplify a cell phone signal outside a building to your cell phone inside to help give you that boost you may need to make your important calls. The good part is that it does so without breaking away from the cell carriers network.


Skypephone flying off of the shelves

British mobile phone provider 3, recently introduced a prepaid cellular phone powered by the popular Skype VoIP service. For a small minimum monthly payment of around £10, you can make unlimited Skype calls. Much to their surprise the phone has been selling out, and nearly impossible to find in most markets.


Orange Iqua BHS-603 SUN Bluetooth headset

200 hours of standby time and up to 9 hours of talk time, that’s what you can expect from this headset in the dark. The solar panel on the side, yeah, that should up those numbers a respectable amount in the sun light.

Its 14 grams, which is pretty light, and as far as BT headsets go, its not too terribly unattractive, which is surprising considering adding solar panels generally makes whatever they’ve been added to quite hideous. Its kind of sad we had to wait this long for such an obvious solar power upgrade, I mean sure, on cell phones, not much sense, they are usually in your pocket, but headsets, generally on your head, in direct sunlight.


Mickey packs up his cell phone, and heads to Japan

Do you remember Disney Mobile? No? Well, It didn’t work so well here in the states, but Mickey’s looking to find His niche in Japan.

In early 2008 Disney will start releasing Mouse branded cell phones through Japanese provider Softbank. Sounds good in theory, but analysts are already killing their buzz by predicting low consumer interest.

Maybe they are years ahead of their time? Or maybe Disney should just rethink their whole cell phone scheme. Take a step back, and settle for providing content for the major companies.

Disney Cellular to land on Japanese shores [via electronista]

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