Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Nokia 63051 VCAST Slider Phone for Verizon

The Nokia 6305i is made for video. If that sounds like a strange goal for what's supposed to be a cell phone, welcome to the world of 3G.

THREE-GEE is the third generation of wireless devices. They use cellular broadband data channels to expand the definition of cell phone way beyond the original mobile telephone function. Eventually you'll carry a two-way videophone with conferencing capability and perhaps as many video channels as you can get on satellite TV. Verizon's VCAST is the initial wave of this change, and the Nokia 6305i is a logical next step in the transformation. Just to give you an idea of where the emphasis is heading, the keyboard of the 6305i is normally stowed out of the way. The screen and navigational controls remain available at all times.

So what is VCAST? It's a $15 a month add-on service package to your normal cellular phone service called V CAST VPak. With it you'll enjoy video on demand, real-action 3-D games, news, weather, sports & entertainment shows, and music videos. Most of the video content is refreshed daily. VCAST runs on the Verizon EV-DO data network that assigns some cell tower channels to transmit high speed data instead of phone conversations. EV-DO covers most high population areas of the U.S. now offering download at typical speeds of 400 Kbps to 700 Kbps. To get VCAST, you need a phone such as the Nokia 6305i that has the circuitry to access the EV-DO datastream and is enabled for Verizon Wireless VCAST service.

If you'd like to make videos as well as watch them, you're in luck with this phone. The 6305i has a 1.3 Megapixel digital camera that works in camcorder mode to capture video at up to 25 frames per second. That gives you more realistic action scenes than you might expect in a cell phone camera. Enjoy those videos or still photos on the high resolution color display, or send them to friends via multimedia messaging.

Of course, you can also send standard SMS text messages, get your email on your cell phone, and communicate via instant messaging. AOL, Yahoo! and ICQ instant messaging support comes built-in.

If you want to send text messages or dial a phone number, just slide down the handy keypad. The Nokia 6305i is an excellent cell phone as well as a video machine. If it isn't convenient or safe to be holding the phone up to your ear, turn on the speakerphone and talk hands-free. You can also dial numbers hands-free using voice activated dialing.

This cool mobile device comes in a package that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and weighs less than 5 ounces. Battery life is up to 3 1/2 hours of talk time or up to 10 days on standby.

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