Sprint and Sony Ericsson today announced plans to bring the PCS Phone by Sony Ericsson T608 to market. The PCS phone Sony Ericsson T608 is expected to be the first CDMA phone in the United States to feature integrated BluetoothSM technology. With Bluetooth technology embedded in the phone, the T608 is able to communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled products by means of a radio link, eliminating the need for a physical connection via cable. This benefit is expected to be seen first for Sprint customers with Bluetooth compatible headsets for convenient wireless use and in handsfree technology being deployed by the automobile industry and other after-market providers. Sprint will offer the PCS Phone by Sony Ericsson T608 in the second quarter of 2003. The PCS Phone by Sony Ericsson T608 will be Java-enabled and supports most features of PCS VisionSM by Sprint.
“Sprint has a long history of wireless industry firsts and we look forward to continuing this tradition with deploying the first CDMA built-in Bluetooth wireless phone in the U.S.,” said John Garcia, senior vice president of marketing, sales and distribution for the PCS Division of Sprint. “In addition to the enhancement of the Bluetooth technology, the PCS Phone T608 will also support PCS Vision and be fully capable of accessing games, ringers, screen savers, pictures and email – making it an ideal device for a complete and convenient wireless connection to clear communication, information and entertainment.”
“The T608 is one of the most powerful wireless connectivity solutions available in the CDMA marketplace today,” said Urban Gillstrom, President of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications USA. “By offering integrated Bluetooth technology in the T608, we demonstrate our company’s commitment to deliver imaging/messaging, entertainment and connectivity in our mobile phones.”
PCS Vision from Sprint includes services that allow customers to take and receive pictures from select PCS Phones; browse the Internet at speeds faster than most dial-up connections; check personal and corporate e-mail; watch clips and stream audio for news and music; download polyphonic, animated and voice ringers, and full-color, graphically-rich games and screen savers.