We can't remember the last time a Japanese handset left us wanting for features, but in this case, that's exactly the idea. NTT DoCoMo and Fujitsu took that FOMA F903i
clamshell that hit last fall, stripped it of all coolness, and plan to relaunch it as the F903iBSC, apparently hoping that users -- issued the ultra-bland handset by their employers, of course -- will be bored right out of abusing it for personal use. Features axed from the original model include the music player, camera, memory expansion slot, USB, infrared, and Osaifu-Keitai
e-wallet functionality, while security-focused additions include an automatic biometric lock when the phone's closed, remote memory wipe capability, and a phone book limited to a measly 101 entries. Expect it to launch through NTT DoCoMo's business channels only on the 19th of the month.
[Via Unwired View
, thanks Staska]