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Comdex: Ericsson's smallest ever mobile phone

We can't believe they didn't lose it down the sofa

Ericsson is showing off its latest little mobile at Comdex this week — the T66, the firm's smallest ever mobile.

As you can see it's smaller than a credit card and it weighs just under 60g. That doesn't really give you an idea of how astonishingly small and light this phone is, though. It feels like a shop demo unit, but it's not empty.

Talktime isn't awesome at between two to five hours, but standby is impressive at around 150 hours. A killer element, though, is that it's triple-band, which means it works all over Europe and in the US (when the frankly dire US GSM networks have the room to let you make calls, that is).

Ericsson says the phone is aimed at a youth market, as it's devoid of GPRS (general packet radio service) or Bluetooth capabilities. This keeps the cost of the phone down though — Ericsson doesn't have a price point for the T66 at the moment, but expect to see it in phone shops from the end of this year for a lot less than the fabulous, but fabulously expensive, T68.

Recently Ericsson signed off a joint deal with Sony, passing its handset manufacture over to the Japanese consumer electronics giant. The look of the T66 and Ericsson's latest Bluetooth headset — a flexible cord like your average hands-free system — are much more Sony-style, as is the T68, and Ericsson says to expect more movement in that area over the coming year.

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