Teaming to Remove Wire

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, the joint venture between Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corp., last week announced its first joint product.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, the joint venture between Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corp., last week announced its first joint product.

The Ericsson Bluetooth Handsfree HBH-20 is designed to eliminate the need for a wire between a cell phone and an earpiece by linking the two via a short-range wireless connection. The device, which is about the size of a credit card, clips onto the users clothing, and a tiny earpiece sits in the ear.

The HBH-20 is due next month. The Stockholm, Sweden, company has not outlined pricing.