Samsung Anycall: Fingerprint Protected

The one device that probably gets lost or stolen more than any other gadget is the cellphone. And with that misfortune comes the inevitable heartbreak of having lost all your contacts, as well as the potential misfortune of having your personal data misused. Samsung Korea, which appears to be barraging the world with news today in order to shift attention away from its $300 million price-fixing fine, has come up with a possible solution: the Samsung Anycall SCH-S370, a cellphone with a fingerprint sensor built right into the device. Now you can protect all that valuable information with one swipe of the finger, and won't have to worry about thieves getting at all those secret Paris Hilton-type photos. It'll accomodate up to 5 fingerprints, in case you want different users to have access to the phone (I guess this is good if you lend your phone out to people sometimes). The phone also comes packed with a 1.3 megapixel camera, an MP3 player, GPS functionality, and PictBridge compatibility. It'll be out by the end of the year, though no idea if this will make it out of Korea.

Samsung SCH S370; for those who remain paranoid about security [phoneyworld]