The most exciting booth at Unveiled belonged to Digit Wireless, makers of the Fastap keyboard that adds a full QWERTY board to handsets in the space of a regular dialing layout. Fastap technology is currently available in the US on LG's AX490 flip phone for Alltel, which was a recipient of a CES Innovations 2007 award in the Wireless Communications category. Digit had several new models on display, including the ZTE D90 and Chili C7, both of which prompted me to ask Digit reps if I could buy one right there on the spot.
These are the most stylish QWERTY-enabled handsets I've ever seen, and they're packed with features like 2 megapixel cameras, Bluetooth, Wireless Web, and music players (The C7 packs 4GB of onboard flash memory for media storage). Unfortunately neither model is yet available for sale, but Digit reps did say to expect new models to be released by major US carriers sometime in Quarter 2 or 3 of this year. Keep an eye out for handsets featuring Fastap - Digit may be onto something big as mobile internet becomes more popular and users gravitate towards full-featured devices with keyboards that also remain slim, attractive, and easy to tuck away in a pocket.