Motorola E378i Preview
14th February 2005
The Motorola E378i is an i-Mode handset
offering enchanced 2G data services to customers of
i-Mode GSM network, primarily aimed at Europe.
Running on the back of an existing 2G or 3G network,
i-Mode adds an exisiting set of protocols and applications
to make the wireless internet much more usable. Although
i-Mode providers in Europe are still uncommon, O2 will
start an i-Mode service during 2005, and carriers such
as the German E-Plus and the French Bouygues Telecom
are already operational, largely with NEC handsets.
The E378's specifications are not clear
at the moment, but it appears to be broadly similar
to the E398 but with no removable memory. You can expect
the E378i to have the familiar 176x220 pixel display
that most Motorolas have, and it has a VGA resolution
digital camera but no Bluetooth.
Apart from i-Mode, the E378i is a pretty
basic handset, but better handsets from Motorola and
other manufacturers may well follow depending on take-up
of the i-Mode service.
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