IDG reports that Fujitsu Labs and Fujitsu spinoff Net-2Com have this week been showing the world’s first mobile IP/PHS dual-mode phone in central Tokyo. We’ve already shot a program and did an interview with the phone’s developer, we’ll have great video of the device coming up soon. Meanwhile, take a look at this story from IDG for some angles on the phone, which is still a prototype but could be on sale within a year. P(H)S. Did someone say China?
“The design of all mobile phones is dependent on the carrier,” said Hideki Mitsunobu, of Fujitsu Laboratories, who was demonstrating the dual-mode mobiel IP/PHS handset at the Fujitsu Solution Forum event in Tokyo on Thursday, July 8. “We can’t use any software or any service because the carrier has to guard the security of its network but with this handset we can use anything easily.” The secret of the handset is a Compact Flash card slot in the top of the device into which various cellular network cards can be inserted. Continue >>