Sony has unveiled a wireless-enabled device that can send text messages and make free calls over the internet.
The Mylo personal communicator, designed to operate on all 802.11b wireless networks, will cost $350 (about £185) and be available in the US in September at Sony's retail stores and online. European launch plans have not been confirmed.
Mylo, which stands for 'my life online', will compete with a range of hybrid communication devices, including phones with mobile and Wi-Fi capabilities and a number of messaging and entertainment features.
The device features a 2.4in colour LCD (liquid crystal display) with a slide-out qwerty keyboard for quick thumb typing. It comes with embedded with IM (instant messaging) applications from several companies, including Google, Yahoo and Skype.
An internet browser is embedded, with webmail services available through Google and Yahoo.
Also included is VoIP (voice over IP) software from Skype.
The Mylo is equipped with 1GB of flash memory.