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January 7, 2009 in Wireless Industry News

With the Consumer Electronics Show getting started on Thursday, and the MacWorld already underway, there’s a lot of little bits of news floating around. Here’s a recap of what’s happened so far in the first week of 2009.

Current #4 handset manufacturer Motorola revealed its first environmentally-friendly phone, the W233 Renew. Thanks to the magic of recycled plastic water bottles, the phone casing is 100% recyclable, and included in the retail package is a bonus: a postage-paid envelope so you can send it back to Motorola should it go out of style like the RAZR. Link

Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless decided that it wants a piece of the action – e-book action, that is. The phone carrier is apparently ready to provide the wireless network for some upcoming e-book reading devices competing with Amazon’s Kindle, but won’t reveal its partners. Reuters

Palm’s got a new device coming out. No, it’s not the Foleo II, it’s actually a usable device: a touch-screen smartphone. Problem is, it’s a little late. According to TechCrunch, the phone will feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and touch-screen. Quote by random analyst: “They have to come out with a new OS to make themselves relevant again. Their old OS is a geriatric case.” mocoNews

Sales of phones under Nokia’s Comes With Music service, and arguably the whole service itself, can be summed up in one quote: “OK, but not earth shattering.” This is according to an unknown source who also goes on to say that consumers aren’t exactly jumping on the pay-more-for-all-you-can-eat music downloading bandwagon since there’s a little something called…the Internet. Yahoo!

That’s it for this round. Come back next week for another week in review.



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