Sony is to release a wireless-enabled, handheld device aimed at young people who use instant messaging (IM), according to a report from the BBC.
The pocked-sized gadget, called the mylo, will sell for about $350 (£183), according to the Associated Press. It has a small display and keyboard and is pitched at the young, mainstream market who use IM and are interested in making net telephone calls.
Sony has formed a partnership with Skype for net phone calls and with Yahoo and Google for instant messaging.
Somehow, I think it’s probably a bit early for this, though it’ll be interesting to see if it takes off once the ISPs have created more WiFi networks. What I can’t work out is why they didn’t make it capable of making calls on the mobile phone network.