HS210 - Screen Phone
of a Special Kind:
The First True Wireless Screen Phone For Easy Home Use
for availability at the end of 2000, the Ericsson HS210 Screen
Phone allows a user to browse the Internet, send e-mails and
make telephone calls wirelessly.
At the recent CeBIT 2000 Show, Ericsson displayed its first
generation wireless screen phone which embodies Bluetooth
transmission technology in an intuitive, easy to use format.
on the Linux operating system, the Screen Phone has a color
touch screen for launching functions including an internal
address book and note pad. It is assumed that the HS210 will
be equipped to run on a battery as well as being plugged into
an AC outlet, thus making the device truly wireless and cordless.
Ericsson unveiled the world's first portable, wireless Screen
Phone HS210 at the recent CeBIT 2000 Show in Hannover, Germany
to a wide chorus of rave reviews.
Employing Bluetooth wireless transmission technology and an
imbedded Linux operating system, the Screen Phone allows the
user to browse the Internet, send e-mails, and make phone
calls simultaneously from any location either within the home
or a place of business without relying on a standard modem,
cable modem or DSL connection.
The device has a color touch screen with a virtual keyboard,
which allows the user to launch a full range of supporting
applications including an embedded address book, note pad,
and message center. The device also includes an internal answering
machine. The HS210 Screen Phone kit comprises both the user
screen interface unit (i.e., the screen phone), along with
a small base station that transmits the 2.4 GHz Bluetooth
radio waves from a wall socket to the phone device.
Bluetooth provides up to 720 Kbps data transfer within a normal
omni-directional range of 30-to-40 feet, including through
interior walls of structures. As noted previously, commands
and device features can be activated through either the virtual
keyboard - with the touch of a finger - or by using a specially
designed pen stylus.
It is assumed that the HS210 will be equipped to run on a
battery as well as being plugged into an AC outlet, thus making
the device truly wireless and cordless.
Ericsson has indicated that the Screen Phone will be available
for purchase toward the end of 2000 in selected markets in
North America, and in Europe in early 2001. No pricing has