Philips handsets have melted away in Europe in recent years and while the Chinese owners of the brand -- with market rights until 2011 -- have carried on with Xenium in Asia, Euro types have seen nothing. All that is changing with the release of the Philips 192, a completely lackluster dual-band GSM effort with a 65k color display, 10-day standby life, and an expected retail price of €40 -- roughly $60 -- when it lands in Portugal. Way to go Philips, nothing like blowing the barn doors off with mad tech to get people excited.

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