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A New Way To Juice Up Your Mobile Phone

Sara Goo

One of the reasons I have thousands - instead of just hundreds - of digital photos in my personal library is because my camera can be powered by standard, easy-to-find AA batteries. When the primary battery starts to lose juice, a couple of AA's in the camera bag is all I need. And since I never really worry about losing battery life on my camera, I snap-snap-snap everytime I find something worth capturing.

That concept of easy-to-power electronics is now being extended to cell phones. Philips Electronics announced yesterday the development of a new cell phone called the Xenium NRG, which would use everyday AAA batteries to keep the phone powered when the primary battery starts to wear down. The AAA battery would add three hours of talk time to the phone.

The idea is that if you don't have to worry about battery life, you might talk longer and use more minutes (which means you might be inclined to upgrade to a more expensive plan.) Likewise, you also might be willing to shoot and send photos or video clips or maybe even sign up for a data plan that allows Web surfing, music downloading and other add-on services.

Itai Green, chief operating officer of Techtium, an Israeli chip maker that specializes in battery management, told the Associated Press that wireless phone companies want to increase revenue ''but when people run out of power, the providers can't make money.''

The companies have not yet released details on pricing, availability or even which countries might first see this phone.

By Sam Diaz  |  March 30, 2007; 11:30 AM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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yeah...but how much weight will this add to the ultra-thin, ultra-light popular models where every ounce counts?

Posted by: Tim | March 30, 2007 12:11 PM

I had a Motorola about 6 years ago that you could use with standard batteries. Nothing new mate.

Posted by: Kaidra | April 1, 2007 8:59 PM

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