Sep debut for memory-adjustable Siemens phone

Siemens' next cellular offering, designed to address the issue of limited memory space in handphones, is expected to arrive in Singapore by September.

Siemens's next cellular offering is one with a twist.

SINGAPORE--Designed to address the issue of limited memory space in handphones, the Siemens S45 allows users to take pre-allocated memory for a function that is not used frequently, and add this storage space to, say, the Phonebook feature in order to save more contact details.

The 93g phone was first showcased at Hannover CeBIT 2001 in March. It is expected to arrive in Singapore by September, said a Siemens spokesperson in an email reply.

He was, however, unable to reveal the size of the phone's total memory capacity, only saying that this was "about a few hundred kilobytes".

Other features include GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), which gives mobile phone users a fast Internet connection and online capability, WAP 1.2 browser, predictive text input and infrared interface.

The S45 also comes with a screen that accommodates up to seven lines of text, voice command and dialing, voice memo ability, a currency convertor and country code list. Mini conferences are also possible with the speaker-phone function.

The phone runs on an 850 mAh Li-ion battery which takes less than 2 hours to fully recharge--good news for those on the go. However, Siemens was unable to provide any battery performance details.

The handset ships with a CD-ROM that has software compatible with Microsoft Outlook for easy sychronization. No pricing detail was given.