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November 09, 2006

Helio Launches The Drift

by Darla Mack

Drift_open Tonight Helio launched its newest powerhouse device.  The Drift  features stereo Bluetooth and GPS and is now an integral part of Helio’s product portfolio. 


  • Stereo audio over Bluetooth
  • GPS-enabled applications and services
  • Crisp 2.12” QVGA (240x320) display with 262K colors
  • 2.0 Megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and flash for snapping beautiful pictures and recording video
  • Built-in Photo Studio for image enhancement on the move
  • Nationwide speedy 3G access
  • VOD, MMS 

This sleek and compact slider packs exceptional power and design into a slim, elegant shape. Produced by Samsung and exclusively available to Helio members, the Drift launches in two colors; gunmetal black and frost white.  The Drift features a 2.12 inch high-resolution QVGA display, stereo Bluetooth®, 128MB internal memory expandable via microSD™, 2.0 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and flash for shooting photos and video, and MP3, MPEG-4 and VOD support for a wide variety of entertainment options.  The Drift is also complete with GPS capabilities to support innovative new Helio services in addition to existing custom services like MySpace Mobile and Helio On Top.

Buddy Beacon is the new way for Helio members to synchronize their social lives and tell friends where the fun is.  Rather than calling or texting, Helio members can switch on their Buddy Beacon and use satellite technology to broadcast their location to the friends they add to their Buddy List.  When they turn on Buddy Beacon, their Buddy List friends can see their location on a map along with a nearby address. Members can add up to 25 Buddies to their Buddy List.  When members change locations and want to let everyone know the party is on the move, one simple command refreshes the location.  Want to hide out? Just leave Buddy Beacon off to enjoy a night of privacy or to slip out the back of the club into the VIP.

3drift_white_closed_buddy_finder_1Buddy Beacon also lets Helio members send out an SMS message asking their friends to flip on their Buddy Beacons.  When they activate Buddy Beacon, members can see where everyone is and meet up with the closest person for a fun night out or to tailgate at the big game.  If a member notices a friend is nearby, a call can be placed directly from Buddy Beacon to check in on the fun. 

“We’re staying true to our mission of bringing advanced wireless technologies from Korea to the U.S. so Helio members can experience an entirely new wireless world,” said Wonhee Sull, President & COO of HELIO LLC.  “Exceptional collaborators like Samsung and Google combined with Helio’s focus on constant innovation are making first-to-market devices like Drift and our specialized services a reality.” 

The Drift is now available for $225 at www.helio.com, 888-88-HELIO or at nearly 2,500 retail locations nationwide.  Buddy Beacon and Google Maps™ for mobile are free with Helio All-In Memberships, and data charges apply for A La Carte memberships.


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