Home Home

Modu: A Different Type of Phone (not a Nokia)

February 7, 2008 in Other Mobile Phones

I stumbled across today’s Fortune article titled “New phone morphs into multiple devices,” and my first thought was – whatever, phones like the N95 ARE multiple devices already – why bother with morphing? The subject of the article is a new device called the Modu – a completely different take on the multi-functional cell phone.

The Modu

The Modu.

The Modu

At first glance, the Modu is tiny (it’s smaller than a credit card) and not really all that functional (it can only make basic phone calls). The trick here is that the device can be inserted into other devices (called jackets) that bring out other functions. For example, you could put the Modu into a GPS jacket to create a device that can send and receive calls and display text messages on screen, as well as get you places. Or you could pop it into a smartphone jacket if you needed to do some heavy emailing on the go.

Modu’s website shows the Modu being inserted into a laptop for most likely wireless modem capabilities.

The basic Modu phone would cost around $300, while jackets would sell for $40-50.

I think it’s a very cool idea, and from a business point of view it’s quite interesting. If you add up the cost of the phone and a couple jackets, you’re already looking at a sub-$500 phone – about the same price as a good smartphone. But a smartphone is limited in what it can do, while the Modu is (technically) infinitely expandable. It would definitely make upgrading less of a chore – all you’d have to do is buy a new jacket.

Of course, the main problem here is that the success of the Modu hinges on the success of its jackets.

Expect the Modu to hit the USA sometime in 2009.

New phone morphs into multiple devices – Fortune

***

Tags

Got Something To Say?


nokia phone blog: version 5

Subscribe!The Nokia Phone Blog is about mobile phones, MeeGo, S60, the wireless industry, and now Windows Phone.
Subscribe here.  RSS, Atom
Email me at cary (at) nokiaphoneblog.com.

The Blog

28

Featured


142

Mobile Phone Software


152

Nokia Phone Accessories


134

Nokia Phone Deals


303

Nokia Phone News


122

Nokia Phone Previews


50

Nokia Phone Reviews


21

Nokia Phone Tips and Tricks


63

Nokia Randomness


20

Other Mobile Phones


351

Wireless Industry News


Current Phone Prices, Courtesy of PhoneMatchUp!

PhoneMatchup Sony Xperia TX: $516.77
Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100: $639.00
HTC J: $598.88
Sony Xperia SL: $388.85
Nokia Lumia 900: $419.98

More Sites By Me

randomlygifted

angbox


My personal blog.
 
PhoneMatchup

PhoneMatchup


An eBay cell phone comparison shopping/price monitoring project. Buy your next cell phone through PhoneMatchup and save!
 
randomlygifted

randomlygifted


Let randomlygifted find you the perfect (random) gift ideas.
 
MyDealSpy

MyDealSpy


The greatest deal aggregator that has ever existed. Okay, I'm a little biased here.