Sagem Orga develops SIM card with A-GPS

By on November 20, 2008 at 7:02 PM.

Sagem Orga develops SIM card with A-GPS

If you don’t have a device already equipped with A-GPS and you don’t want to upgrade or spring for a stand-alone unit from the likes of Garmin or TomTom, what do you do? Well, the only other option was a Thomas Guide, really. Now, Sagem Orga, the large smart card maker, has decided to make a SIM card with integrated A-GPS. While it was originally intended for emergency use, handsets without current GPS technology can enjoy the the same benefits as more modern and capable handsets. Whether it will be as accurate as devices already carrying GPS is yet to be determined. We imagine these new SIMs will be huge among carriers as they allow carrier navigation services in countless handsets that aren’t GPS-equipped from the factory. From the Sagem Orga press release:

Sagem Orga and BlueSky Positioning’s new approach incorporates a highly accurate GPS receiver and a proprietary antenna into the SIM card, enabling mobile operators to deploy both legally-mandated and commercial applications quickly and cost-effectively for all mobile devices.

Judging from the press release, it looks like a win-win situation for everyone. Hopefully these new SIM cards will be making their way to local carriers and into handsets soon. Anyone without a GPS-enabled handset excited about this? Anyone still have a handset without GPS?

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T-Mobile announces the Cameo

By on October 7, 2008 at 3:01 AM.

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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iPhone 3G Works With PAYG

By on September 14, 2008 at 5:09 PM.

iPhone 3G Works With PAYG

Image courtesy of TheiPhoneBlog

It looks like those with less than sparkly credit might be able to use the iPhone 3G with AT&T’s Pay-As-You-Go plans. One Erica Sadun of TUAW tried putting a PAYG SIM card into an iPhone 3G (complete with data package) and apparently it worked fine. The iPhone wasn’t pWn3d or unlocked or anything… but the iPhone 3G was activated with AT&T. Once word of this really gets out, we wonder how long it will take before Apple or AT&T fixes the “problem.” The big issue is getting your hands on an iPhone 3G in the box without contract or having to activate it in-store. We guess that those crafty, clever, and cunning enough will find a way. Has anyone else attempted to use an iPhone 3G with a PAYG SIM?

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