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Friday, November 2, 2007

Why Don't They Sell Wireless Phones Like These in the USA?

I was and am still very impressed with the att 8925 Tilt. It's the most powerful cellphone on the market today and, considering what it does, very reasonably priced at $299 with a 2 year contract.

That being said, I did some snooping around on some import sites and eBay and I am still amazed at the incredibly powerful, yet inexpensive phones offered overseas but not here in America. Below is an example of these types of phones. The first is made by Sony/Ericsson for sale in Korea and is called the EZIO WE990.

I found the EZIO on eBay at Tec-Plus Store for $269 UNLOCKED. Other eBay sellers had it for around the same price. That means if att or T-Mobile carried it and added their usual subsidy discounts for signing a 2 year contract, This phone would probably be around $99 to $129!


The list of features is staggering. It doesn't have WIFI but stack this up against ANY other $99 wireless phone the US wireless carriers are selling and it blows them away....especially if you are into the multi-media features: built-in FM tuner, MP-3, MP-4, MPEG-4, 3.2 Mega Pixel camera, camcorder......check out these features:

Network:
Tri-Band GSM GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
Unlocked without contract (SIM Free)
Work for any SIM card and any Tele Company

Display:
262,000 True Colours TFT High Resolution Display
2.6" Jumbo Size LCD Screen
Touch Screen LCD with Stylus

MP4 Movie/MTV Player:
Support MP4 Movie Player .mp4 / .3pg format
Portable MPEG 4 Movie Player
Expansion Memory Card Slot - SD T-Flash Memory Card
Built-in 64MB Internal Memory
Transfer Movie or Video to Screen Saver, Power On/Off Display, PhoneBook, MMS Photo Message or Bluetooth
USB PC Link for Uploading / Downloading movie and files from computer, USB Cable Charge

MP3 Music Player:
Built-in MP3 Music Player
Support A2DP Bluetooth Wireless MP3 Music
Super Bass High Quality Music
Equalizer - Normal, Pop, Rock, Bass, Classical, Dance, Treble
Transfer MP3 Songs to Ringtones
Display Song Name, Time and Status
Play Music on Stereo Headset or Built-in Speaker
Digital Voice Recorder Function

Digital Camera:
Integrated Super Fine 3.2 Mega Pixels (3.2 Million Pixels) Digital Camera with Flash Light
Auto Focus, 10 X Zoom
Digital Camcorder with Sound Video Recording & Playing
Transfer Videos or Photos to Wallpaper, MMS Photo Message, Screen Saver, Power On/Off Display, PhoneBook, Bluetooth
Selection of Picture Frame & 13 Picture Effect
White Balance Option - Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloud, Incandescence
Continuous Shooting Mode, Night Mode Shooting, Delay Timer and EV Setting
Save Photo on Phone Memory or Memory Card

FM Auto Scan Radio:
Built-in FM Auto Scan Radio
Channel preset
Schedule FM Radio Recording

Ringtones & Features:
64 Cord Polyphonic Melody Ringtones
MP3 Music Ringtones
Ringtones & Video Download
Caller Picture, Caller Ring Tone, Caller Video Setting
Caller Group Setting - Friends, Family, VIP, Business, Others
Built-in Hands Free Speaker
PhoneBook Data Card Input
Built-in Vibrator
500 Telephone Memory
Talking Time: 360 mins
Standby Time: 180 hrs
Messaging & Internet:
WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Services) Photo Message
GPRS Phone Internet Access
SMS Text Message

PDA Organizer & Accessory functions:
PDA Organizer - Calendar, Daily Task with scheduled alarm, NotePad To Do List, Alarms, Digital Voice Recorder
Bluetooth Connection & Wireless Data Transfer
USB Data Transfer
User Profile - General, Meeting, Outdoor, Indoor, Headset, Bluetooth
Java Game Download
Java Games, Photo Artist, Time Date, Calendar, 3 X Alarms, World Time, Calculator, Unit Converter, Currency Converter, Health, Pedometer
English Menu
Made in Korea
Weight - 96 g ; Dimension - 18 x 50 x 95 mm
Warranty & Guaranteed


Or How About the Desay N8 iPhone Clone?????

It sells unlocked for around $239 which would give it a US carrier subsidized price of $79 to $99! Again, no WIFI but it's a quad-band GSM phone which has dual-SIMM ability. This means you could have your work cell phone number and your personal cell phone number in the same phone!

You can only have one number active at a time, though, but it's still better than lugging around two phones.

Main features:
- Comes with a Free 512 MB Transflash Storage Card and supports up to 2GB
- Unlocked Quad-band Phone (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz - confirmed) for World GSM Support
- Built-in Bluetooth
- Dual SIM card slots
- Comes with a spare 1000mAh li-ion battery so you don't have to worry about power
- Display: 3.2" TFT 16:9 Touch Screen QVGA display with 16 million colors, 320 x 240 pixel resolution
- Ring tones Type: 72 Polyphonic, supports mp3,mp4,midi,wav,amr formats
- Movie player: Support 3GP/MP4 movie player with full-screen
- Camera function: 1.3 mega-pixel, support photo up to 640*480, and built-in with MP4 video recording capability
- Interface: USB 2.0 compliant
- Built-in handsfree operation mode
- Vibrate feature: Yes
- Handwriting Recognition
- Messaging: SMS, MMS
- Cellphone Directory: Memory supports 500 records
- Supports Caller Ringing / Caller Video Player
- Game: 4 games built in
- Alarm/Calendar/To Do List/World clock/Health/Bluetooth/Calculator/Stopwatch/Unit Converter/Currency Converter
- Support music or desktop changing right upon your shaking the phone (you can shake the phone and it flips through your MP3's)
- Stand-by time: Up to 160h
- Talk time: Up to 140min
- Dimension: 4 1/2" x 2" x 1/2" (approximate dimensions)
- Weight: 3.7oz
- Color: Black

Included Accessories:
- 2 x 1000mAh Lithium Batteries
- 2-in-1 Power Adaptor + External Battery Charger
- 1 x 512MB TransFlash Memory Card
- USB Data Cable
- Earphones Handwriting - Stylus
- Instruction Booklet

Why aren't US Wireless Carriers bringing in phones like these? The only major requirement the FCC has is that they work with 911 to pinpoint your location. How much can that cost to add?

The att Tilt is still the best phone on the market for the money (for now) but for people that don't need all of the Tilt's functionality or are heavily into music and movies, these two phones blow away anything sold in the US for less than $200. Cheaper phones that do more = more subscribers! Bring them on!!!!!!






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2 comments:

phoney23 said...

Europe is much more dependent on a wireless system than the US is so they and Asia drive the market.

Anonymous said...

Because the FCC sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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