Vodafone unveiled something really interesting at the Mobile World Congress that will definitely change the way TV’s are used and make the ‘ Idiot Box’ look smart. So if you’re one of those who like to sit and watch TV the whole day and also are addicted to Facebook or the Internet, then here’s your chance to do all of that with the Vodafone Webbox.
The Vodofane Webbox is an Internet device that connects directly to that Idiot Box (TV) via standard RCA connectors and lets you enjoy Internet, Radio, Games, various applications and even Music. The Webbox is a plug and play QWERTY keyboard that requires a SIM to directly access the Internet, but a 3G SIM cannot be used. So that’s a downside, but soon a 3G version will be out so no need to worry.
Once connected to your TV, you will be able to browse the Internet with the pre-installed Opera Mini 5.1 browser, view and send e-mail, SMS and listen to music via Radio or the built in music player and also view photos. The user interface is very simple and as it runs on Android 2.1 Eclair and also incorporates some Android apps such as Calculator, notes, calendar, Youtube and few more. This was designed to help people who can’t afford to buy a laptop/desktop and is quite affordable.Watch the demonstration video after the break.
Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals stated;
The Webbox is a simple yet very innovative product. It has the potential to make a powerful difference in the lives of people in emerging markets who have limited access to the internet, but where TV penetration is typically very high. The simplicity of the product is striking – it brings the internet to the TV, be that at home for the family, in schools for education or in small businesses to assist local economic growth.”
The Vodafone Webbox will be available at Vodashops and Vodacom outlets for a price tag of about $100 and will soon start shipping to Ghana, Kenya, India and Turkey. It’s already been launched in South Africa and the Webbox comes with a 2GB card and 100mb of free web traffic. For more information visit Vodafone’s website.