Kodak and Cingular in deal to allow photo printing from camera phone
Posted on 12-Nov-2003 20:26
Filed under: News
Kodak, Cingular Wireless and Nokia are working together to allow users of camera phones an easy way to print pictures stored in their mobile phones.
As part of the agreement, the companies will work together to market the solution and enhance print services. Users will be able to print pictures in some Kodak's kiosks in the United States, using wireless transfer or a memory card. From January 2004 users will be able to upload pictures from their mobile phones to a web site, where images can be stored, shared and prints ordered. The Kodak Picture Center Online service is already available in countries across Europe. The free software is available from the web site.
Early last month, Cingular launched its MMS service, which allows customers to create "living" messages on their phones by combining a series of photos, video, graphics, voice, sounds and text. Customers can then send their personalized messages to virtually any e-mail address or mobile phone. Similar to digital cameras, camera-phones have limited storage capacity, requiring users to delete or move photos in order to make room for more. Now with Kodak Mobile Service, Cingular MMS subscribers can transfer these photos directly from their phone to their Kodak Mobile Service account by sending a MMS message to email@example.com. Once images are saved online, consumers can use the Kodak Mobile Service to view, organize, and share all of their digital photos or mobile-captured video via their handset or PC. Customers also can order prints of any of their digital pictures directly from their Kodak Mobile Service-enabled handset and have their pictures delivered directly to their door.