We previewed LG’s DVB-H mobile at the recent 3GSM show, speculating if it would actully appear in the UK. Well, LG has announced the launch of the world’s first commercially available UMTS (WCDMA) DVB-H phone in the shape of the LG-U900. The bad news? It’s for Italy, with no plans to bring it to the UK.
The launch of the handset coincides with Hutchison Italy offering exclusive DVB-H broadcasting rights for the 2006 World Cup, with the company offering video footage of all World Cup matches from June 6th onwards.
The phone itself features a 2.2-inch ‘wide-swing’ screen for mobile TV viewing, along with premium digital broadcasting functions include ESG (Electronics Service Guide) and CAS (Conditional Access System). You can watch TV for up to three hours with an extended battery life. There’s also a 1.3MP digital camera and an internal memory capacity of 58MB.