Vodafone announced Webbox, an internet-enabled keyboard intended to turn a regular TV into an “internet portal”. To access the internet you use a 14 x 25 cm QWERTY ‘board with an RCA connection for the TV. The Vodafone Webbox packs the Opera Mini 5.1 browser together with support for SMS and email messaging, an FM radio, photo gallery and a music player.
Connectivity is via an integrated GSM/EDGE modem (no 3G), though thanks to Opera’s compression technology – which can shrink pages by up to 90-percent. The carrier will preload bookmarks suited to its entry-level audience, including online news, dictionary, social networks, some games and a rudimentary application service.
This is a product that is clearly targeted at the emerging markets with its initial launch being in South Africa. The connected keyboard is priced at around €75, with a free 2GB SD card and data purchased on pre-paid SIM.
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