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Sprint to offer LGI-3000W Internet-ready smart phone
Posted: 06-Mar-2000 [Source: WAPsight]

[Sprint users may soon see a new smart phone with an impressive array of built-in capabilities, as the company rolls out the LGI-3000W CDMA Phone/PDA from LG InfoComm U.S.A.]

Jean Panke, WAPsight Staff Reporter, Johnson City, TN -- Sprint and LG InfoComm U.S.A. recently signed an MOU with expectations of a US$150 million agreement. LG InfoComm expects to provide Sprint with their new Internet-ready phone models including the LGI-3000W CDMA smart phone. Shipment of these phones is expected to begin early this year.

The LGI-3000W CDMA digital smart phone was showcased last week at CTIA. This phone combines 1900mHz CDMA along with the functionality of a standard PDA. It measures 5.3 x 2.2 x1.0 inches and weighs just under 6.5 ounces. The personal organizer holds over 1,000 names and numbers, along with the PDA-style notepad and sketchpad functions along with a touch screen keypad text entry. The graphical 12 line ultra-high resolution LCD measures 1.6 x 2.3 inches and has a touch panel featuring an intuitive graphic menu.

PC sync software provides access to PC-based organizers and contact managers residing on a standard desktop or laptop PC. Through one-touch connection to the Internet, users can browse the Web and send and receive e-mail via a built-in Phone.com microbrowser and email client. Other features of the SmartPhone include speakerphone functionality, voice activated dialing, voice recording capability, and 10 distinct ringers. In addition, it offers up to three hours of extended talk and 150 hours of standby time in digital-mode.

The small size of the phone is impressive considering the number of applications and features. It has a comfortable fit with an easy to navigate touch panel. It has a scroll key vs. a scroll bar. The first impression is one of simplicity and elegance of design. It is easily operated with one hand, except for using the stylus, and does not overwhelm the user with a complicated high-powered look. WAPsight.com looks forward to conducting a working product review on the smartphone as soon as units become available.

Sprint currently has the largest all-digital wireless network in the US. And LG InfoComm U.S.A. is positioning to become one of the dominant suppliers of wireless handsets to the U.S. market within the next two years. LG InfoComnm is an operating unit of LG Information & Communications, Ltd., of Seoul, Korea. It plans on manufacturing the majority of its CDMA handsets in its manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Baja California.

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