UK PSPs mobile-izing

New deal between UK telecom company BT and electronics giant Sony will bring video calls and more to the handheld.

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First the PlayStation Portable became a camera, and now Sony has announced that it will also become a mobile phone.

A four-year deal between Sony and UK-based telecom company BT will enable wireless broadband communications on the PSP, which will mean users can use their handheld to make "high-quality" video calls and voice calls, and send text messages.

The partnership will integrate BT broadband video and voice "softphone" products into the PSP. Over the following months, features will also be added to enable calls and messages to PCs, fixed lines, and mobiles.

Sony said it is also working with BT and other communication providers to bring the service to France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. The service will first be rolled out in the UK.

SCEE president David Reeves commented, "The opportunity to combine our market-leading expertise with BT's knowledge in communications opens up many possibilities, and we look forward to bringing many exciting communication functions to PSP fans."

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