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Cellphones Technology

Accessorize Your Phone With Another Phone 171

Rambo Tribble writes "Ars Technica reports that HTC is introducing the Mini, a small, more convenient and feature-reduced phone to tie into your big, cumbersome smartphone. So, dumb is the new smart?" Don't forget a wristwatch phone to connect to the smaller phone.
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Accessorize Your Phone With Another Phone

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  • by icebike ( 68054 ) on Saturday January 26, 2013 @05:02PM (#42703089)

    This device is not a dumb phone on the same number. It is merely a peripheral I/O device, like a bluetooth headset. It can't make or receive calls unless it is close to the main phone/tablet.

  • Re:It's backwards (Score:4, Informative)

    by stephanruby ( 542433 ) on Saturday January 26, 2013 @05:55PM (#42703471)

    I don't understand this. Why would you take your inconvenient, expensive to upgrade, battery-sucking tablet and put your SIM card inside it? Then bring a smaller device in case it's too inconvenient to take out your smartphone?

    Why not have a small phone with great battery life and core features, then just use it as a hotspot for a tablet? I was looking at wristwatch phones and none of them seem to do this.

    A watch-sized 4G hotspot with a tiny watch battery would last about 30 minutes in real life.

    This device [engadget.com] would do the trick I suppose, but with that baby strapped to your wrist -- it would look more like a court-mandated gps-tracker. And I doubt that's the fashion statement you'd want to go for.

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