Soon you will be able to do much more with the pictures you take with an expensive camera phone.
By Mark Ward
BBC News Online technology correspondent in Hanover
Several companies at the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover, Germany, have unveiled
gadgets and services that let people share, print and send the images stored on their camera phone.
New mobiles tend to come with a camera option
Gadgets on display include one that can sends images to a TV set and a compact printer that can create hard copies of any pictures you have
One service even allows pictures to be converted into postcards and then be posted to friends and family.
In April Finnish phone giant Nokia is due to unveil the SU-2 Image Viewer
that can be used to show phone images on a TV set or computer monitor.
The viewer works with Nokia's 7650 and 3650 camera phones and images are
passed to it via Bluetooth short-range radio technology.
If more than one image is sent to the viewer they are displayed as a
Multiple phones can send images to the viewer at the same time.
Panasonic will soon release a compact printer that connects via cable to its
GD87 camera phone and makes hard copies of any images stored on the handset.
Similar to the small printers that let owners of digital cameras get hard
copies of their snaps, the small printer will allow users to crop, edit and
prepare pictures before printing.
Panasonic is also working on a service that lets people turn an image into a
personalised fascia for its G60 phone.
Siemens is working on a service that lets owners of camera phones get high
quality copies of the snaps they have shot by visiting High Street photo shops or sending in images via the web.
Even world leaders are enthralled by camera phones
The images can be printed out as photographs or put on mugs, t-shirts and
O2 in Germany and Vodafone D2 are testing services that turn camera phone
images into postcards.
Anyone using the service specifies the postal address they want it sent to
and writes the text they want to accompany the image. Images, text and
address are e-mailed to the post office.
The service could be a boon to those that want to annoy friends and
relatives with their holiday snaps but do not want to send them as
attachments to e-mail messages.
Vodafone is pricing its trial service at 0.39 euro per card sent.