For more solo entertainment, you can transfer your own music and video to the phone via USB from a PC or download them from Helio. The songs we looked at cost $2 each and were DRM-protected .wma files. You can also play MP3, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ formats on the phone. Helio's video download site offers a good selection of free streaming videos; in addition, you can purchase videos for $2.50. Although you get only 200MB of memory on the phone itself to store your media, the Ocean accepts microSD cards up to 2GB.

Right now the Helio Ocean works only in the US with Helio's phone service, which uses the Sprint CDMA network. "All-in" plans include unlimited text messaging and data access, and range from $65 a month for 500 call minutes up to $145 for unlimited calling. "A la carte" plans charge 10 cents per text message and 0.2 cents per KB for data transfer but start at $40 for 500 call minutes. You're locked in for two years under a new plan, with a $175 early cancellation fee.

As yet, there's no word on when the Helio Ocean will be released in the UK.


Helio Ocean: Specs

  • Dual slider mobile phone with alphanumeric keypad + full qwerty keyboard
  • 110x56x22mm
  • 0.16kg
  • 2.4in QVGA display, 240x320, 260K colours
  • 3G Speed – EV-DO network support for fast multimedia downloads
  • up to 5.1 hours talk time
  • 200MB internal memory expandable via microSDTM with USB Mass Storage Mode
  • 2.0Mp, digital zoom, built-in flash camera, MPEG-4 video recording
  • stereo
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • supports: MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG-4, H.264, VOD, MOD
  • POP/IMAP email support
  • GPS-enabled services and applications
  • photo caller ID
  • battery + charger
  • stereo headset
  • USB cable
  • 2.5 to 3.5mm headset adaptor

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