PLDT has just introduced a new service that features very their first Android-powered product. The company calls it their TelPad package, and it comes with DSL service and an Android deskphone!
The device is actually an Andy Technology AD-1000 Smart Desk Phone. It comes in a tablet form, with a seven-inch color capacitive touch screen and a special handset that serves as a charging dock.
The tablet comes with its own kickstand. (Update: Sorry! I just found out that the tablet DOESN’T come with a kickstand.)
While this does seem portable, you won’t exactly be able to use this beyond the range of your Wi-Fi signal. And this gadget doesn’t support 3G connections. Think of it as a smartphone for your landline.
With a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, Android 2.2 and a two-megapixel camera, this smart desk phone allows you to do more than just make and receive phone calls though. You can now do video conferences, access e-mail, use VoIP applications and so much more!
It also means that you can finally retire that ratty envelope that you’ve been using to take down your messages. Yes it can access the Android Market, so you can just download a sticky note app and type the message on the desk phone itself. Or download an answering machine while you’re at it.
The Smart Desk Phone also comes with 2GB of internal memory, with an SD card slot for extra storage. Plus, you can also stick an external drive into the USB slot. Because you can.
This smart desk phone can be yours with a PLDT TelPad service plan, starting at 1,849 pesos for a 1Mbps connection and landline. If you’re an existing myDSL customer, just add 500 pesos a month to upgrade to a TelPad plan. Other plans available are the Plan 2099 for 1.5Mbps, Plan 3095 for 2.5Mbps and Plan 4100 for 3.5Mbps.
Update # 2: You can find more details on the PLDT TelPad at http://www.pldttelpad.com.
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