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The Phone Tattoo

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May 17, 2006

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May 18, 2006 With mobile handset sales passing 850 million units globally this year, one in eight people will get a new mobile phone. Given there aren’t that many mobile phone manufacturers, the ubiquity of the device makes it increasingly difficult to use our mobile phone choice to express the unique, dynamic, fascinating individual we all know ourselves to be. Accordingly, we think Motorola’s latest brainwave of mobile phone tattoos is very clever. The company that unquestionably already leads the world in mobile phone styling has looked beyond the square and created pre-designed stickers which can be applied to individualise your mobile phone. Going one step further, the company is also releasing packs of blank tattoo stickers so you can design (using free software downloadable here) and print customized tattoos for Motorola RAZR and Motorola SLVR phones (L2, L6 and L7). The "tattoo" stickers are specifically designed to match the contours of these devices. Accordingly, you can now customise your mobile phone to match your clothes, reflect your surroundings, or portray your car, your football team, your partner, your children, your style, or lack thereof!

Both Phone Tattoos and Phone Tattoos By You! go on easily and stay on, but can be quickly peeled off without leaving residue.

The Phone Tattoos (3-pack) and Phone Tattoos By You! (4-pack) are available for US$9.99 a pack at the Cingular Wireless website

Phone Tattoos software is compatible with most Inkjet printers and PCs; the software does not currently support MAC computers.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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