Virgin TV phone due ‘before summer’s end’

We’ve been itching to get our paws on the finished version of Virgin Mobile’s telly phone since it was unveiled back in February. Well, it looks like

We’ve been itching to get our paws on the finished version of Virgin Mobile’s telly phone since it was unveiled back in February. Well, it looks like we’ll soon be able to cut down on the camomile lotion, since the technology behind it is now ready to rock.

In a quiet annoucement, ETSI - a group of chaps and lasses that standardise wireless tech – has just revealed DAB is now capable of sending data ‘reliably and efficiently’. That means audio, video, mobile TV, internet access and more, and the Virgin Trilogy phone is the first gadget we’ve seen capable of taking advantage.

Instead of using 3G to stream TV channels like most existing mobile telly offerings, it houses a DAB tuner to pick up live television. It’ll tune into today’s DAB radio stations, too, so you’ll be able to pick up 6 Music and Planet Rock instead of your local I Shot The Sheriff FM station.

The phone’s a handsome-looking number and runs Windows Mobile, though the specs are still shrouded in mystery by Virgin’s big-wigs.

Virgin did tell Stuff, however, that the phone is still on track to land in shops before summer’s end. In other words, sometime next month or – more likely, since everyone buggers off to the Med in August – September.

Essentials

Virgin Trilogy

Price: £TBA

On sale: TBA (likely July-September 2006)

Contact: Virgin Mobile

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