Samsung's Wi-Fi VoIP mobile pops up on T-Mobile
The rumoured Samsung Katalyst slider handset finally appeared on the radar this morning courtesy of a partnership with T-Mobile.
Samsung's Katalyst: Wi-Fi VoIP calls on your home network
Katalyst - or the SGH-T739, to give it its official name - is being marketed principally on its Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) capability. This allows it to hop between GSM cellular networks and VoIP when it's within range of a Wi-Fi network, placing calls either over your home WLAN or though one of T-Mobile’s own hotspots.
However, if ‘traditional’ calls are more your thing, then its quad-band GSM/GRPS/Edge capabilities should still appeal to you.
The handset has a 176 x 220, 262,144-colour screen. Its 1.3-megapixel snapper won’t replace your digital camera though, but at least the phone accepts Micro SD cards of up to 2GB to store photos and music. The phone also has Bluetooth 2.0 built in.
Samsung claims the Katalyst will give users around five hours of talk time and about 240 hours in standby mode.
The Katalyst is available from today in the US for around $80 (£40/€60), depending on your chosen contract. Unfortunately, there’s been no word of a European release yet.
Is this new.....?
Is this the new UMA offering from samsung? coz i have seen and played with the P260 on orange to use with there unique package (wifi voip at home) that ones been around for ages - also think it has a better camera a 2mpixels?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
"240 hours in standby mode"
If it's anything like a rival prototype I have from Asia, you can at least 1/2 that if the WiFi is on.
Portable computers not phones
Convergence has happened my friend, not very many people want 'just a phone' and if you want to go out and buy one you can.
Just like you could live in a cave if you wanted to.
Or use a horse and cart.
Or send a telegram.
Phones not cameras...
"Its 1.3-megapixel snapper won’t replace your digital camera though"
Good. I have an excellent Digital camera, I want my phone to make phone calls please...