O2 bag the Samsung Jet Ultra TV phone

O2 have announced that they will be the first UK network to provide Samsung's Jet Ultra Edition phone. The phone has a 5 megapixel camera and a 3.1 inch AMOLED optimised for watching TV on the go. There's 2GB of…

Mystery mobile phone found in bag of crisps

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Last week we had “phone found in fish” and this week it’s “phone found in chips”, if you’ll excuse the slight Americanization. A lady in Wisconsin, one Emma Schweiger, found a Nokia 6810 in her bag of Clancy’s Ripple Potato Chips.

The phone wouldn’t turn on (probably out of battery) but it had a T-Mobile SIM card inside. There was also a “discoloured circle” of some sort on the back. Yuck. She didn’t finish the packet of crisps, but did get a free packet in replacement. She politely declined.

No word if the handset’s owner has been traced yet. I imagine they might be quite happy to see it again, but not as happy as the owner of the codded mobile.

Have you ever found a mobile phone in an odd place? No, not that place. Leave us a comment below, and we’ll see if we can turn two news stories into a TECH TREND.

Janesville Gazette (via CrunchGear)

Next week at Mobile World Congress, LG will launch the touch LG-KF510

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Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress expo (previously named 3GSM) next week promises to be full to the brim with new handsets, particularly as CES was a bit of a let-down in terms of ear furniture.

Thankfully we don’t have to wait until next Monday for the announcements, as LG’s LG-KF510 has been leaked to the interweb today, promising touch-sensitive…

CES 2008: Panasonic Link to Cell

Panasonic Link to Cell is one of those ‘I can’t believe nobody’s done this before’ products, leading me to think someone probably has done it before. The $99 gadget will redirect calls to a cellphone through to its landline phone, meaning you no longer need to keep your mobile in your pocket when you’re at home. This is probably most useful if you live in an area with bad network coverage in certain parts of your house, or if (like my entire family) you never seem to hear your mobile when you’re at home…

Nokia reveals UK price of N81, and us Brits are paying extra!

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Yesterday, I reported on Nokia’s announcement that its new N81 handsets were shipping, including the whizzy N81 8GB model. The press release gave the estimated retail price as 430 Euros (around £300).

However, Nokia’s been in touch to confirm the actual UK SIM-free price of the N81 8GB, and it’s going to set us back £394 including VAT. Ouch! I’m not sure where that extra £94 has come from, but it’s probably the government’s fault *shakes fist at taxation injustice*.

Nokia N81 8GB music phone ships… for £300

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Nokia has announced that its Nokia N81 8GB mobile is now shipping, alongside the slightly runtier N81 (and really, if you’re going to buy a top-spec music phone, you want the 8GB version…).

The N81 8GB has an unsubsidised price of 430 Euros (about £300). Normally, I’d ignore that, given that operators generally slash a huge chunk of that price for contract users. However, the N81 has been controversially missed out of some operators’ Christmas handset lineups, meaning that for some networks, you’ll have to pay the unsubsidised price to get one.

Korea/Japan Week: KDDI's waterproof digital TV phone that works underwater

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“Who would like to watch TV while they’re in the bath?” asked a chap from Japanese operator KDDI, during his presentation this morning at the company’s Design Studio in Tokyo. Er…

Anyway, it was a cue to show off the W53SA phone, which lets you watch 1seg digital TV (that’s the Japanese standard), but is also fully waterproof, so works even when you dunk it in a big bowl of water. Which I proceeded to do: