Hop-on has announced that it will launch its latest GSM tri-band handset targeted for the United States and Latin America in October 2005. Hop-on’s Model HOP1886 is a tri-band (850/1800/1900 MHz) handset with a touch screen menu, MP3 player, 2.0M CMOS camera and MPEG-4 video recorder. In addition, this handset includes such features as WAP/GPRS, 64 polyphonic ring tones, a 262K TFT main screen, predictive text input, SMS/MMS messaging, Email (WAP Push) and a 500 name address book.

Dan Gannon, Chief Executive Officer of Hop-on commented said in the press release, “This latest phone is packed with features and will be a very compelling priced product. Our core business was on emerging markets and low-end handsets. This is our first handset targeted for the high-end and will retail for approximately $300 USD. Phones featuring similar features currently retail for approximately $600 to $700 USD. Our market research studies showed that this design will be extremely successful.”

Specifications:
• Size: 90 x 46 x 18 mm
• Weight: 80g
• Bands: Tri-band 850 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
• Main Screen: 2.0″ 262K TFT
• Ring Tones: 64 polyphonic/ MP3
• Camera: 2.0 Megapixel CMOS
• MPEG4: 30 fps, Video Streaming
• GPRS, Wap 2.0
• JAVA 2.0
• MP3, MPEG 4
• Voice Recording
• USB, Mini-SD, IrDA, Pen-base
• Calculator, Calendar

According to the company’s web site, Hop-on develops and markets wireless phones and accessories as well as wireless surveillance systems. Its product line includes the next generation CDMA2000 handsets designed by its Dallas R&D team as well as GSM/WIFI handsets. Hop-on targets its phones to both emerging market carriers and other domestic carriers and resellers needing an entry level priced phone. In addition, Hop-on offers a line of innovative and attractively priced wireless accessories for both Hop-on phones and other leading manufacturers as well as affordable, wireless surveillance systems. Hop-on is also known for developing the world’s first disposable cell phone. It was an IS-95 CDMA phone that was sold to consumers with prepaid airtime and included the capability to add on additional minutes.

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On March 25, 2004, Apple Computer, Inc. filed a United States Patent Application, “Graphical user interface and methods of use thereof in a multimedia player,” which included Apple’s patent-pending iPod Click-Wheel and listed Apple CEO Steve Jobs among three of the inventors.