The phone is nothing special, but its available in a few stores in NYC. What, or more specifically who, is special is whoever had the bright idea of releasing a 3G handset sans the whole 3G network thing.
Sharing a 3G connection via a wireless router is nothing new, but in the past it has required a bland, sterile box built to look like a Wi-Fi access point. That certainly isn’t the case with Top Global’s Phoebus, which draws its engineering innovation from the greatest engineers of all, the ancient pharaohs. Though you won’t find many precious goodies buried in this little Luxor, you will find an 802.11b/g router that will share your standard 3G card (EV-DO, EDGE, etc.) with your neighbors. If internet access is scarce and your crew needs to hit MySpace in a hurry, drop your pyramid on the table and have at it.
The U900 model is one of the upcoming Linux-phones line. This nice little baby has UMTS 3G support. The phone is supported with a 2″ QVGA (240×320 pixels), 262K color display screen and a 2MP CMOS camera (with flash). It supports most multimedia formats like MP3, AAC, JPEG, GIF, BMP, etc.
Plus video playback. There’s a whole 100MB of memory for users and a microSD expansion slot. Connectivity specs include Bluetooth and USB support. Other features - FM Radio, Front camera for video conferencing, WAP and HTML browsing and GPRS. The phone is powered by a Li-Ion 1000 mAh battery and provides with talk time of 2.5 hours.
It sounds really promising.
3G wireless networks were getting quite a bit of press indirectly through the controversy that was the iPhone and the absense of 3G compatability. Well, on a different note, Mac users are going to have access to the 3G network on their computers now. Sprint and Novatel have developed an card compatable with ExpressCard/34 called the Merlin EX720. It allows for a average download speeds of up to 600 Kbps - 1.4 Mbps and average upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps. When it ships, the drivers for Mac OS X will come along with it, and it will cost a hefty $179.99 with a contract.
The Z720 is the latest Samsung phone in the Ultra Edition range. It has a slide-up design and weight 80g only. It has a 3Mpix camera, a 2.1??? QVGA display, support for WAP 2.0, an Internet browser, Bluetooth and USB. The phone supports 3G and HSDPA. On the software side, it has uGo, that changes the interface, date, time and screen background depending on your location. For example, if you’re traveling to New York, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty, and the date/time will be updated. There’s uTrack which allows you to receive a SMS (on your phone number), in case of theft, informing you of the change of SIM card and the location where the change occurred. There’s also a bit of Google in the phone with the support for Gmail and Google Search.
The Ultra Edition 13.8 (Z720) is the thinnest HSDPA slide-up mobile with a slim 13.8mm profile. It offers the latest multimedia features and the best of mobility in a fast and slender design.