Sony's new instant messengerBut new device available only in US so far

09 August 2006

Sony Mylo

Sony is launching a pocket-sized, wireless (WiFi) device aimed at young people who like instant messaging.

Mylo, which stands for ‘my life online’, will feature a 2.4 inch color LCD with a slide-out keyboard. It will offer instant messaging and internet access. Users can also listen to music, send emails and view photos.

For now, the device will be available only in the United States and will cost around £180 when it goes on sale in September.

Instant messaging

Sony has formed a partnership with Skype for net phone calls, and with Yahoo and Google for instant messaging.

Sony Electronic’s John Kodera said: ‘The Mylo personal communicator puts the fun parts of a computer in the palm of your hand. It’s ideal for people  who want to stay connected to their online friends and family, but not be weighed down by a PC or buffeted by charges for instant messaging and texting on cell phones.’