In today's program, we speak with Yutaka Nakamae from Panasonic's Corporate External Relations Group who met with us during last fall's CEATEC consumer electronics show in Tokyo. While there's plenty of eye candy, including Panny's 900iV (released in mid-2004), some skin-able models to please those who can't decide on their favorite color and the very cool GSM X700 (now on sale in Europe), the real intelligence relates to finding our who's boss in the carrier/manufacturer relationship (Hint: Who owns the customer?). Today's proggy is not only a fun one -- showing so
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Vodafone raised the competitive bar a couple a couple notches today with the announcement of two new killer swivel clamshells phones: the V603T and V603SH (from Toshiba & Sharp; both 2G). The company said the V603SH is the first phone to feature a Motion Control Sensor that recognises and responds to movements. Jointly developed by Aichi Steel Corp. and Vodafone, the one-chip sensor allows customers to perform menu operations by moving the handset up, down, left or right. Vodafone think this will allow new possibilities with mobile gaming, such as aiming a gun by moving the handset while playing shooting games or swinging the phone like a golf club to hit a ball in golf games. Watch our video clip of the new V603SH above taken at the press event (shot with a V902SH handset); use Quick Time or Real P