Sprint and Sanyo today announced the Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-8200 by Sanyo. This update of the popular Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone SCP-8100 by Sanyo features several enhancements including improved resolution, a built-in flash and Sprint’s nationwide walkie-talkie service, Sprint PCS Ready Link. Customers have their choice of three colors: silver, red or midnight blue. The new phone is available nationwide in Sprint Stores and online for $129.99 after rebates $279.99.
In late March 2004, Sprint announced that more than 100 million pictures and videos had been shared over its network. Sprint and Sanyo introduced Picture Mail to the masses with the high-volume original model last April. To date, Sprint has announced ten camera phones in the U.S., leading the industry in mobile picture taking and sharing.
“The Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-8200 by Sanyo is a new and improved version of the popular Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone SCP-8100 by Sanyo, one of the best-selling phones in Sprint’s history. Sanyo is not only known for high-quality mobile phones, but also is one of the largest manufacturers of digital cameras and camcorders,” said John Garcia, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Sprint. “By partnering with a manufacturer known for making not only high quality mobile phones, but digital cameras and camcorders, Sprint is confident we will continue to lead the U.S. mobile-pictures market.”
“The new Sanyo phone follows in the footsteps of our innovative original Picture Mail phone but with even more features,” said Atsushi Kodera, group vice president and general manager of Sanyo Fisher Company’s Wireless Communications Division. “This rich feature set will appeal to a broad variety of customers who want a phone that can do more. This phone is easy to use, but has advanced functions that will be beneficial for either business or personal use.”
The advanced digital camera, coupled with Sprint PCS Ready Link capability for nationwide walkie-talkie communication and a built-in speakerphone for hands-free operation, makes this the “camera phone with more.” The phone also comes in three colors: silver, midnight blue and red. In addition to the VGA- quality camera, the small and stylish Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-8200 by Sanyo offers a built-in flash and digital-zoom capability.
Sprint PCS Ready Link gives customers a quick, convenient way to communicate one-on-one or with groups of up to five people with the simple push of a button. Ideal for short “get in, get out” conversations, Sprint PCS Ready Link is an efficient and cost-effective way to quickly access co- workers, clients, suppliers, family and friends anywhere on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.
The Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone by Sanyo PM-8200 also features:
— Built-in Camera and Flash: Instantly capture pictures with your choice of high, medium or low resolution. Conveniently attach a personal 10-second voice message to your pictures. Easily save your pictures on your Sprint PCS Phone or store them online.
— Built-in Camera: Shoot digital pictures with a built-in VGA camera (640×480) and auto-focus zoom lens.
— Built-in Flash: 4-mode camera flash.
— Multiple Phone Colors: Make a statement with a silver, midnight blue or red phone. Each color sold separately.
— Picture Enhancement Options: Personalize your pictures with a fun frame (5 to choose from), use digital zoom, take up to 8 multiple shots or use the self-timer.
— Sprint PCS Ready Link: Now you can enjoy the convenience of quick, walkie-talkie style communication with one or several Sprint PCS Ready Link users.
— SMS Text Messaging: Now, Sprint PCS customers with SMS-enabled phones can instantly send and receive SMS Text Messages across the room or across the country.
— Vibrant Full-Color Screen: Vivid 1.8″ main and 1″ external color Sub LCD; both are TFT and support 65k colors.
— High Quality Speakerphone: Open or closed, hands-free operation of your phone is made easy with the built-in speakerphone.
— External Picture Caller ID: Link a picture or downloaded graphic to the contacts in your Internal Phone Book and see who’s calling without opening the phone.
— Internal Phone Book: Store up to 300 entries, each storing seven numbers for a total of 500 numbers and up to 300 emails and Web addresses. Create appointments and view your schedule at a moment’s notice.
— Multiple Languages: Supports English and limited Spanish text prompts.
— Personal Alarm: An alarm clock that alerts you one time or daily. Just set the alarm. It’s that simple.
— Compact style: Clamshell 3.34″ x 1.85″ x 1.02″ and only 3.6 ounces
— 2.5mm Universal Jack: Accommodates most standard headsets for hands- free operation.
— Dual-band / tri-mode: This phone may be used on and while roaming off the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.
— Extended Battery Life: Standard rechargeable LiIon battery gives you up to 3.0 hours continuous talk and up to 12 days continuous standby time in digital mode; up to 1.7 hours continuous talk and up to 17 hours continuous standby time in analog mode. Extended rechargeable LiIon battery gives you up to 5.38 hours continuous talk and up to 488 hours continuous standby time in digital mode; up to 2.83 hours continuous talk and up to 28 hours continuous standby time in analog mode.
— Sprint PCS Vision capabilities: Picture Mail, Sprint PCS Ready Link, messaging, games, ringers, screen savers, Web