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Elle Magazine is out with the GlamPhone, a GSM camera phone for use with T-Mobile or Cingular service.
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GlamPhone

Elle Magazine is releasing the GlamPhone, a GSM camera phone for use with T-Mobile or Cingular service. The GlamPhone is being sold directly from Elle Magazine for $179.99, and will begin shipping Sept. 1. Purchase of the Alcatel-manufactured phone comes with a free one-year subscription to Elle Magazine and a carry strap bearing a silver E. A matching hands-free headset for $14.99 and a car charger for $19.99 are also available.

The phone's high-gloss screen functions as a mirror when the phone is open.

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Black GlamPhone

The GlamPhone takes a SIM card for easy transfer of stored numbers from previous phones. There is no need for an activation on the part of one's carrier. The phone will begin working as soon as the SIM card from an old phone is inserted, according to Elle.

The GlamPhone also comes with 32 polyphonic ring tones, a clock, alarm, photo editor, hands-free capability, 3MB of memory and SMS/EMS/MMS messaging capability. Its lithium battery offers six hours of talk time and 280 hours of standby.

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Orange GlamPhone

Currently, the GlamPhone comes in red or black in the U.S., and more colors may become available. The French version of the GlamPhone, which was released early this spring, comes in pink, orange (pictured), silver and black.

The phone as fashion accessory is nothing new. Motorola released a gold Dolce&Gabbana Razr with a matching necklace in June. And Verizon Wireless launched LG's Chocolate phone for use in the U.S. in July.

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