Vodafone hopes its device will give people in developing countries an opportunity to get online in places where Web connections aren't ten a penny.
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If you're anything like us, you start to sweat if you're ever more than a few feet away from a Web browser. Vodafone knows your pain--and it wants to stick a browser in your television. Using a keyboard. Wait, a what?!
It's called the Webbox (not Web box, Webbox, like lummox) and it works like this: The little keyboard (pictured above) plugs into your TV via RCA connectors, and there's space for a Vodafone SIM card inside the keyboard itself. Vodafone hopes this odd device will give people in developing countries an opportunity to get online in places where Web connections aren't ten a penny.
Plug the whole shebang in, fire up your TV, and you'll be able to cruise the World Wide Web in an Opera Mini 5.1 browser. You'll also be able to send SMS and e-mail messages, and there'll be some media services packed in too, including an FM radio, a photo gallery tool and some form of music player.