Phone, Camera, Action!

Get your 10 seconds of phone fame.
This story first appeared in the August 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

"Veni, vidi, video," roughly translated from the Latin is "I came, I saw, I videoed." Nokia's new 3650 color phone lets you produce 10-second video clips or take photos that can be sent over GSM/GPRS cell networks to a co-worker or customer. Recipients use the RealOne Player to view your movie-say, images of your products or personnel.

The 3650 isn't one of those matchbox-size phones. It's 4.5 ounces and 5.1 by 2.2 inches; its 4,096-color display is about half as large as most. You can view real-time streaming video off the Web on the 3650's "big screen."

AT&T Wirelesssells it for $150 (all prices street) with a $150 instant rebate, Cingular Wirelessfor $250-both without built-in audio recording. A plug-in is available from Nokia, but you need Bluetooth to get it to the phone. T-Mobile's$200 version (with a $100 rebate) lets you make talkies right away. But you need a GPRS data and GSM voice plan with any carrier. T-Mobile's is $3 per month for 1MB worth of data transfer; that's about 10 videos or 30 photos.

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