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CeBIT 2000 Motorola was showing off the future of telecomms today with a mobile phone watch. The prototype device is a single band phone that is worn like, as well as designed like, a watch. It has a cord attached to the tiny phone which runs up the arm under clothing and has a headphone socket attached. The battery is also located in the strap. The nifty product, as yet unnamed and with no planned launch date, can be connected to a Palm Pilot and also offers a WAP browser. Voice activated, it can be programmed to be used by up to 20 different people. The user can choose to be alerted to a phone call by a ring or by a vibration on the wrist. Motorola said it intended to test customer demand before releasing the 900 GSM device onto the market. The company also used CeBIT to launch six new WAP phones, including what it claimed to be the first GSM tri-band General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) WAP-enabled phone. The phones are from Motorola's three main consumer brands - Talkabout, Timeport and V series. They include the V.2288, a blue and orange rubber WAP phone with FM radio, and the Timeport P7389e, an e-commerce phone. The Timeport product can read two smart cards - a SIM card and a third party electronic banking card, and can be used to buy tickets, trade stocks or let users bank from their phone. ®

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