With the World Cup tantalisingly close, the corporate giants are battling for a large part of the spin-off market. Samsung, for example, has launched the SGH-P900 mobile TV phone in Europe in time for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. However, they don’t mention if anyone is actually broadcasting the action for the phone!
The SGH-P900 is Europe’s first T-DMB (Terrestrial Digital Media Broadcasting) phone and along with the TV & radio capabilities, it packs a 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player and a 2.2" TFT LCD screen that opens up to a horizontal position when the phone is flipped open. You can also record TV on it too, though I’d imagine you’ll have to expand the standard 128MB user memory.
All sounds too good to be true for the average footie fan – and maybe it is. There’s no word about anyone transmitting the World Cup in the T-DMB format, and certainly no mention of it being available in the UK. And before you invest, it might be worth considering that a rival format for watching live broadcasts, DVB-H, is currently being trialled in the UK and may be a better option in the long run.
No word on prices or networks for the SGH-P900 as yet for the UK.