Farpoint Group analyst Craig Mathias says that as cellular carriers in the United States phase out their TDMA networks and expand the use of GSM, these sorts of multimode phones will be necessary to keep users connected. But Mathias doesn't expect the feature to be a selling point. "When I turn on my phone I don't say, 'Wow, this is TDMA!'" he says. "I bought it because it's very small, and it has excellent battery life. I think most people buy cell phones the same way."
The 6340 also features a "mobile wallet," which stores credit and debit card information in an encrypted memory bank and allows for secure transfer to mobile commerce sites. The new phone will be available in the first half of the year, but no price has been divulged.