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Love to Track your Runs? Try a Puma Phone

February 16, 2010

We hear shoemaker Puma is about to go live with its first smartphone that’s ideal for sporty types.
Just in time for World Cup season, Puma Phone (News - Alert) is armed with a number of sports-related features, including applications for runners and cyclists that let them keep track of speed, distance and pace, the company told reporters Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona.

Like the Apple’s (News - Alert) iPhone 3GS, which syncs your runs and workouts (sending data to, Puma Phone keeps track of the number of steps taken and the number of calories burned. It works through a solar panel on the back of the phone can be used to charge it, and it has a 2.8-inch touchscreen interface on the front.
Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash, assisted GPS and an FM radio. It can access the Web through HSPA technology, at up to 7.2M bps or 2.9M bps, according to Puma.
The device, made by Sagem (News - Alert) Wireless, will launch in Europe first, though no date for a U.S. launch has been set.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri