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EBay Inc. is planning to launch its Skype voice-over-internet phone service for Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry handheld devices, but the iPhone application won’t be available in Canada.

A coalition of more than 70 technology companies, including internet search leader Google, online retailer Amazon and voice over internet provider Skype, is calling on the CRTC to ban internet service providers from “traffic shaping,” or using technology that favours some applications over others.

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One product that produced a lot of hype at the recent CES show was the GiiNii Mini Movit. The mobile Internet and social networking device allows you to stay connected any time and anywhere. One of the most intriguing elements of this device is the fact that it is carrier-independent. Dennis Sones, the Chief Marketing Officer of GiiNii, told Mike McDonald the Movit permits free calling wherever you find a WiFi hotspot.

Other features include:

-    Skype-enabled
-    Built-in microphone and speaker to make Skype calls
-    Bluetooth 2.0
-    4.3-inch, 480 x 272 pixel touchscreen
-    Easily accessible touch keyboard
-    Address book
-    Front-facing camera (used also as a webcam) and video functionality
-    Built-in lithium battery (lasts 6-8 hours)
-    Easy access to social networks
-    256 MB of internal storage
-    MicroSD slot

The Movit is Android-based and contains an open source platform. An exact price for the device has not been revealed, but GiiNii representatives did say the cost would be lower than the iPod touch. GPS Obsessed reports the expected price to be $149.

GiiNii Movit is set for release during the third quarter of this year and will be available at Walgreens, Walmart, Amazon.com, Target, and zbezt.com.

Now for your thoughts – some speculate that Movit poses a threat for the iPod touch and the iPhone. What do you think? Is this a device that will shift the focus away from Apple?

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