i-mode might be a foreign concept here in the States -- if you don't count mMode, that is -- but in much of the world, carriers license the NTT DoCoMo-owned brand for marketing their mobile data services. Samsung has announced a trio of new models destined for i-mode, most interesting of the bunch being this here SGH-Z650i slider chock full o' UMTS, 132MB of storage expandable via microSD, Bluetooth, QVGA display, and a 2-megapixel shooter. Though the phone definitely won't be crossing the pond (in any official capacity, anyway) in its current incarnation, Samsung appears to be stepping up their involvement with Cingular's 3G network as of late -- so it's not unreasonable to think that we couldn't be getting something along these lines down the road.

[Thanks, Tony]

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