updated 11:25 am EST, Thu January 25, 2007
Phone sabotages thieves
When someone steals a cellphone, there's often little that can be done to stop them, since even if the number is cancelled, they can probably swap in a new SIM card and keep using it. The Tianyu B832 promises to help by sending an SMS message when the card is replaced, identifying the thief's new phone number. Users must be able to keep their old number for their new phone, but this feature will also allow the stolen phone to be locked down when it comes back to the network.
The B832 is impressive in other regards as well: it has a two-megapixel camera, a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, Bluetooth A2DP, and a microSD expansion. The camera can further be used as a webcam when linked with a computer. The phone is being sold in Hong Kong and the rest of China for approximately $225. [Via Mobile Magazine]