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Ericsson broadens horizons

CeBit: Swedes unveil internet radios, webpads

Ericsson, best known for its mobile phones, today unveiled its first internet radio.

Debuting at the CeBit IT show in Germany, the Cordless Internet Radio H100 looks just like a 'normal' radio. The battery-operated radio speaks to a Bluetooth base station plugged into a broadband internet connection such as ADSL.

Users can expect around five hours of battery life from the internet radio, which will cost about $300 and is set for US and 'selected European' release towards the end of the year. Ericsson couldn't say whether this will include the UK.

Part of Ericsson's reasoning is that it is unclear whether enough UK users will be wired up to broadband by then to make futuristic products such as internet radios profitable.

Ericsson also showed off the Cordless Web Screen H610 webpad and a nifty mobile phone charger that dispenses with cables. The charger plugs into a wall socket and has a built-in connector for an Ericsson phone. Not a work of genius, but very useful.


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