Samsung unveils GSM Wi-Fi phone

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has released its first commercial mobile handset that can switch between cellular and wireless LAN networks, the company said Tuesday.

The SGH-P200 combines GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and supports both voice and data calls, the South Korean cell phone maker said. It expects users to make calls over Wi-Fi at home or in cafes and switch to the cell phone network where no wireless LAN coverage exists.

Features of the slider-type handset include a 1.3 megapixel camera, MPEG4/H.263 video player, MP3/AAC/AAC+ music player, document viewer and PictBridge printing. The handset measures 95 millimeters by 44mm by 22.5mm and weighs 95 grams.

It is available now in Italy and will be launch in other European countries soon, Samsung said. Pricing information was not available.

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