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June 18, 2008

Sony Ericsson Debuts C905 Cyber-shot Phone

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Sony Ericsson unveiled its new C905 Cyber-shot phone, with pre-installed Wayfinder (News - Alert) Navigator features. It starts shipping in selected markets later this year.

Wayfinder is a provider of location services.
“Together with Wayfinder Navigator the users of C905 will have access to a number of location based applications from Wayfinder that will enrich their mobile whereabouts, many of them free of charge and available through easy download directly from the mobile internet,” said Magnus Nilsson, CEO at Wayfinder.
The phone is apparently Sony Ericsson’s answer to the Nokia (News - Alert) N-series.
Users of the C905 get a free three-month trial of the fully featured Wayfinder Navigator, based on Tele Atlas digital maps. Once the trial is up, Navigator can be continued as a subscription service via Wayfinder’s mobile shop. Also, access to additional travel related services, such as city guides, weather forecasts and currency exchange rates are available.
While most top end phones come with a maximum of 5 megapixel camera Sony Ericsson (News - Alert) has decided to provide an 8.1 megapixel camera with the new phone.
Sony Ericsson claims that it’s not just the picture-taking abilities of the C905 that are noteworthy; users get access to one-touch picture (and video) blogging to any of a variety of Web sites, from Fickr to their own blogs. Blogs also can be geo-tagged using the C905's built-in GPS unit.
Also, GPS and Google (News - Alert) Maps services are combined to provide the up-to-date sattelite navigation.
The Wayfinder Navigator will allow users to access voice guided turn-by-turn navigation in more than 50 countries and using 20 languages, keep track of the routes while traveling, Sharing user location on Facebook with Wayfinder LocateMate, info about ongoing police controls and country specific traffic information when crossing borders.   
The Sony Ericsson C905 Cyber-shot release date will be Q4 2008, and will be available in three colors Night Black, Ice Silver and Copper Gold. It will support the following networks: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 2100.
Sony Ericsson expects that the C905’s superb camera abilities, GPS and unrivalled connectivity to blow away the competition.
Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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