Similarly, Sony Ericsson also made upgrades to its new line of wireless handsets by implementing Wave Bluetooth chips into CDMA phones. The Bluetooth technology is expected to enhance the phones with faster, more direct connections, as well as better support more taxing features, like Web access, file transfer and e-mail.
Kyocera also showed off state-of-the-art technology in the form of its 3235 phone, which features strobing FunLights that function as alerts or gaming enhancements. The phone also performs some of the work of a PDA with built-in scheduler and timers. In fact, these are fast becoming the most common features on new color handsets. Wireless phone manufacturers have been implementing many of the features from PDA and handheld devices into phones, thus creating a more highly competitive market niche.
In some cases, the relationship between carriers and handheld manufacturers has become even more connected. Such is the case with Palm and AT & T, as both companies announced a new partnership initiative at the show which will undoubtedly signal even greater fusion between these two once-divergent markets. "Today's customers are looking for simple, integrated wireless devices like the Tungsten W to maintain their productivity when out of the office," said Valerie Kahn, senior vice president of AT&T Wireless Mobile Multimedia Services. "Together, AT&T Wireless and Palm are connecting mobile professionals to their critical corporate and personal information while on the move. We're confident that this handheld will quench the thirst of Palm fans looking for the next great breakthrough in mobile communications."