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Amstrad's E3 videophone

Dan Wu

Amstrad E3 Videophone

Amstrad (remember their PCs from the 80s?) has just released a £99 multi-function videophone in the UK. The E3 works as a regular phone until both parties connect via the "Video" button, at which point the call switches over to a 56k built-in modem connection. You can also surf a limited number of Web sites, send text messages, and write emails, but 56k ain't much to work with in the bandwidth department, so Amstrad is hoping to add broadband support via a WiFi add-on in the future (something which would make it not much different from every other broadband video phone out there). We're not quite as stoked about the 50 pence surcharge everytime a video call is placed, but what can you do?

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