T-Mobile announces the Cameo

T-Mobile is launching a new device and service that could be hit or miss (we’re going with miss). It’s not a phone or phone accessory of any kind, but it’s a digital picture frame that will have a SIM card and phone number. Kinda stupid, right? The reason it’s not the brightest idea is because it costs $10 a month for the service – not to mention the cost of the device itself which is at a pricey $100. The picture frame will have a SIM card and its own number and the pictures will arrive via MMS. So, if you’re shooting it with your lowly 2.0 megapixel camera, don’t expect stunning quality. Calling it the “Cameo” (for its assumed brief appearance on the market), a consumer will be able to take a picture from their phone, send it to the picture frame, and it will pop up on display. While it’s a novel idea, there’s no reason they couldn’t have made it a Wi-Fi capable device and just send pictures via email or Internet. Here are some specs for this new… whatever you wanna call it:

  • High-resolution digital TFT screen with 720 x 480 pixels
  • Displays photos with 262 144 colours
  • Display dimensions: 130 x 87 mm
  • Connections:
    • GPRS Class 10 (dual band) for transferring photos from a phone
    • Mini USB port (for transferring photos from a PC)
    • SD/MMC card slot (for transferring photos directly from a camera)
  • Receives MMS messages
  • Photo format: JPEG and GIF
  • Stores up to 500 photos
  • Automatically adapts the picture size to the screen
  • Brightness adjustment
  • Automatically rotates the picture (portrait/landscape)
  • Adjustable backlight (manual or automatic)
  • External frame with an interchangeable leather surroundMemory cards accepted:
    SD, miniSD (with adapter), microSD (with adapter), MMC, RS-MMC (with adapter), MMC plus, MMC mobile (with adapter), MMC micro (with adapter), SDHC, mini SDHC (with adapter).

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