US carrier Sprint has started offering the new Sanyo MM-7400 [.jpg image] as part of a new breed of phones with the ability to stream video over the Sprint network. The streaming video service offers a “basic cable” package for mobile handsets which includes a variety of content from NBC Universal, FOX Sports, ABC News Now, Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, Comedy Time, and more. Other premium channels are also available, but you’ll have to shell out extra for them.
The actual phone is similar to most mid-level models we’re used to (65,536-color screen, VGA camera, external color display) but it has some cool features not common in Japan including speaker-independent voice dialling, Push-To-Talk, 72-voice polyphonic sound, and the ability to record 30-second video clips.
Most disappointing, though, is the lack of connectivity local; there is no IR or Bluetooth. Overall, however, it’s not a bad handset. Sprint will sell the MM-7400 for $229.99, after rebates. Continue >>