I have no idea how this slipped under my radar at the time. The unfortunate issue that may keep us from being truly excited here in the states about it is that it appears to only be 802.11g (not N).
With American’s love of high def video streaming and having more bandwidth than we need, this product as it stands isn’t going to fly.
That being said, the idea of all kinds of different media being provided to devices which just act as clients in the home seems like a cool idea.
German company AVM announced their new (in 2006) FRITZ! Mini. This handheld device combines a cordless phone and music player with an information service allowing you to view news, weather, and sports reports on the color display.
The handset will also alert you to incoming emails and text messages though how they accomplish the latter is a bit unclear.
See, the 802.11g WiFi enabled FRITZ!Box is the key, it acts as a base station and information hub for the Mini by streaming music, information, and both VoIP or fixed-line calls directly to the handset. It doesn’t appear though, that the !Box packs any storage it’s own damned self, but you can slip in a Memory Stick or connect any MP3 player with USB support for playback to the Mini.
This was originally posted in March of 2006 on Endgadget at: