Pantech crafts first Disney mobile

Following strict orders from Mickey Mouse and Dumbo, Pantech has crafted Disney’s first ever mobile phone to coincide with the cartoon empire’s new Mo

Following strict orders from Mickey Mouse and Dumbo, Pantech has crafted Disney’s first ever mobile phone to coincide with the cartoon empire’s new Mobile service.

The DM-P100 will launch this summer in the US – we’re still confirming a UK release – and will allow users to tap into Disney Mobile, which is being touted as the first mobile service designed specifically for families.

This means two things really. Kids will be able to download exclusive Disney content – info on new films, ringtones and the like – over GPRS to show off in the playground. And parents will be able to use the service’s ‘Family Center’ to control phone use and keep track of their whereabouts via GPS, in much the same way as the i-Kids phone.

While our inner child beams at the idea, our cynical inner parent has suspicions of corporate profiteering; the GPRS capabilities will apparently require a ‘premium subscription’, so those Narnia extras won’t come cheap.

The rest of the phone will be a reasonably basic affair, though, to make sure the whippersnappers don’t go racking up huge bills – there’s a built-in camera, a colour display and up to three hours talk time.

We’ll bring you more details when Peter Pan gets back to us, but until then you can get more info on Disney Mobile here.