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Sony Electronics Mylo Features Demonstrated

Sony launched its first Wi-Fi broadband communication and entertainment device to capitalize on the growth of wireless Internet access in August. The new mylo 'personal communicator' is capable of operating in any open 802.11b wireless network.

This product is designed for people who use instant messaging as a primary form of communication and networking for their social life. The name mylo stands for "my life online" and the multimedia communicator lets you use instant messaging, browse the Internet, listen to music, send emails and view photos or videos concurrently.

Small enough for a pocket or purse, the slim, oblong-shaped device features a 2.4 inch color LCD (measured diagonally) with a slide out QWERTY keyboard for comfortable and quick thumb typing.

The device comes embedded with popular instant messaging services: the Google Talk instant messaging service, Skype and Yahoo! Messenger. These services are free and the product does not require initial computer setup or a monthly service contract.

Gizmodo created a brief demo video of the Mylo features in use, which can be viewed on YouTube. IMHO, the launch of 'open access' devices like the Mylo will make it more difficult for mobile service providers to engage the 18-34 year old segment of the market to use their fee-based 'walled garden' value added wireless data services in the U.S.

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