The strangely named Cameo surfaces again!


It’s been a month now since we last mentioned this device and there’s no better time to bring it up again than now. The T-Mobile Cameo, a picture frame that can receive pictures via e-mail and/or picture message (MMS), is nearing its release and some details have surfaced.

So first off, sending pictures to your picture frame at home via E-MAIL? Who can say that doesn’t just sound cool? Not only can you send pictures directly from your phone to the frame by picture message (and not just your phone, but any phone) but anywhere you can get access to your email. On vacation out of state? Take a really good photo that you know your friend/family member would love to display, or just know you’ll want it on your own frame? The Cameo makes it really easy to receive and display sent pictures from afar, an easy way to display a great picture that anyone would love to show off.

The Cameo does have its own line, so technically it has its own number and a sim card which of course can make it relatively easy to know where to send the photos, and the number (as well as signal strength, IMEI, etc) can be retrieved from the photo frame itself. Numbers can be blocked directly from the frame, so if you’re known to send disturbing photos to friends and you happen to have found the number to their Cameo somewhere, you might already be blocked – sorry, you’ll have to post those pictures on MySpace/Facebook or whatever your preferred “embarrass my friend” medium is :)

Being another line, you would think it might cost a possible activation fee but fortunately, this is not the case. T-Mobile will not be charging any activation fee, nor will they be charging an ETF fee if you decide to cut off the service early (one more time: No ETF. No activation fee.) You can even add the Cameo line if you’ve maxed out the number of lines allowed for your account, BUT you must have at least one active line of service. All this does cost money though, $10/month to be exact, which of course seems to give it the actual ability to receive the pictures, but it looks like you’ll be covered if you decide to cut off the $10/month service – 64mb of onboard memory, ability to transfer files directly from your PC, and transfer directly to/from memory cards. The memory cards the Cameo accepts are:

  • Micro-SD and Mini-SD
  • SDhC (class 2, 4, 6) and Mini-SDhC
  • MMC, MMC Plus, MMC Mobile, MMC Micro, RS-MMC

Be sure to purchase a memory card adapter if you do plan on using a memory card, as it is sold separately.

The Cameo will be sold at a price point of $99, can be set to display three different slideshows, and will not work on 850mhz roaming. Current information sets the release date for next Saturday (November 15th)

Please note: Even though we have documentation that says that email can be used to send photos to the Cameo, there isn’t any mention anywhere else on how that functionality is used, so we can’t elaborate too much on how it actually works.