The name may not have such a huge following here in the US, but Austrian mobile phone
maker Emporia debuted two of their latest handsets at MWC. Generally targeting the older phone users out there, their products are aimed at offering larger sized buttons and high contrast displays to make it as easy to use for the elderly or older population that have less mobility and vision than the average mobile user. The first is called the Elegance and is slated to launch in Q2 of 2010 for € 129 ($175 USD) – it'll operate on GSM 900/1800 MHz networks and features a 1.8” OLED display, extra loud speaker, and hearing aid compatible. The Solid, as its name implies, will focus more on being a rugged mobile phone that will go for € 199 ($270 USD) and speculated to hit the market in Q3 of 2010. It'll feature a similar 1.8” OLED display, water & dirt resistant, and Bluetooth. Both handsets are expected to offer approximately 250 hours of standby and 3 hours of talk time between charges. Similar to what the Jitterbug phone offers here domestically, these two handsets won't be too complicated for users to operate – add in the fact they're strictly marketing these two for a specific demographic, it may prove to be a good combination.