Sony Ericsson T68i

Sony Ericsson T68i

First UK phone with picture messaging

  • Date launched: 2002
  • Network: GSM 900Mhz/1800Mhz/1900Mhz
  • Form: Candy bar
  • Size: 48(w)x101(h)x19.5(d) mm
  • Weight: 84g
  • Cost new: £200 (T-Mobile), 349.99 (Virgin Mobile)
  • Can you use it today: Yes

The Sony Ericsson T68i was the first phone to come from the joint venture with Sony and the first to carry the Sony Ericsson brand. It was also the first phone available in the UK to offer picture messaging. Now, that didn't mean it had a camera: you had to attach a separate module to take the actual picture.

The T68i was an improved version of the Ericsson T68m, Ericsson's first phone with a colour display, and the first UK phone to offer a colour display.

T-Mobile launched picture messaging in the UK in June 2002. You needed to pay an extra £20 per month for the service and could only use the Sony Ericsson T68i, which would set you back another £200. Things did not get off to a great start when a spokesman for T-Mobile attempted to do a demonstration of the new technology to a room filled with the world's press. The phone failed to work!

This may have been something of an omen as the T68i did not have a great reputation for reliability or ease of use.

Collectors' information

The camera originally sold with the T68i was the MCA-20 CommuniCam. [1]

Resources

A review in the Register on the Ericsson T68 from 2002 - Ericsson T68: helluva phone

Wikipedia article on the T68i

Read reviews from around 2003 - www.mobile-phones-uk.org.uk/ericsson-t68i.htm

References

'Sony Ericsson CommuniCam MCA-20' by Aloysius Choong, 9 May 2002, review on C Net, Asia

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