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America's First Built-in Wireless Camera Phone Now Available from Sprint and Sanyo
20th November 2002
Just one month after unveiling the new built-in camera phone, the PCS Phone by Sanyo 5300, Sprint and Sanyo have delivered this US-industry first to retail stores nationwide. The PCS Phone by Sanyo 5300 combines the functionality of a digital camera with the clear calls of a PCS Phone enabling Sprint wireless customers to instantly shoot, view and share photos nationwide in addition to making crystal clear calls on the enhanced Sprint nationwide PCS network. The 5300 is designed to support the PCS Vision applications and services, including downloadable Java-based games, animated ringers and screen savers. Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS), which operates the largest all-digital, nationwide PCS network, offers the phone for $399.99 at Sprint Stores and through www.sprintpcs.com.
The PCS Phone by Sanyo 5300 offers a VGA digital camera (640 x 480) with digital zoom, portrait flash and Vision-enabled wireless voice and data communications capabilities. The 2.1-inch internal color screen supports 65,536 colors and provides a vibrant, multi-dimensional experience when viewing photos, screen savers, animated ringers and games. The external Caller ID screen offers the convenience of quickly identifying an incoming call through the number or through one of six color selections and Photo-Caller ID.
"Sprint and Sanyo unveiled the 5300 in mid-October and since that time have heard from the industry and customers who anxiously awaited its arrival. Today, we are letting all wireless customers know that Sprint is delivering the only built-in camera phone in the US and it is now available at Sprint Stores nationwide," said John Garcia, senior vice president for sales and distribution for the PCS division of Sprint. "Customers will find the process of taking and sharing photos nationwide with the 5300 intuitive and easy-to-use and the immediacy of sharing pictures will clearly change the way Sprint customers can communicate."
"Sanyo is proud to be the first wireless phone manufacturer to deliver a built-in camera phone to the U.S. market," said Atsushi Kodera, group vice president, general manager of Sanyo Fisher Company's Communications/Information Technology Division. "The Sprint/Sanyo partnership will continue to delight and amaze consumers with the multi-featured 5300, a phone that makes it easy to point, shoot and share a digital picture virtually anywhere and anytime."
Specific product features of the 5300 include: Built-in Camera:
Camera built-in, with flash:
VGA 310,000 Pixels
Web –PCS Vision provides an improved Web experience with downloads, icons and full-color graphic versions of popular Internet sites.
Games - PCS Vision enables Sprint and its development partners to move the wireless game experience from the text-based games of today to graphically rich, full-color brand name games on Vision-enabled PCS Phones using the Java 2 platform, Micro Edition (J2MEÂ„Â§).
Ringers - Sprint was the first to offer polyphonic ringtones and now, with Vision-enabled PCS Phones from Sprint, users can express even more personality with hundreds of unique downloadable ringers, including the latest music releases, showtunes and sound effects that can be assigned to specific numbers in the address book.
Messaging - PCS Vision makes wireless messaging services from Sprint an extension of the desktop experience with fully functioning Web-based PCS Mail, PCS Short Mail, Wireless Chat and Messaging Fun games.
Screen Savers - PCS Vision allows customers to personalize their wireless service by wirelessly downloading screen savers right from their phone, many featuring synchronized animation.
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