Rumor: Modu Phone and Its Many Jackets Finally Headed to ProductionS

Modu, the modular cellphone jacket system we fondled in 2008 and whose release date we heard about briefly in February, is apparently ready for production.

Word came to us today via a tipster, via Israel, via Google Translate, so proceed with much skepticism. That said, we do have an article citing Modu CEO Dov Moran, who says the modular handset is scheduled for launch in Southeast Asia in Q2 (as we reported in February). The report adds that the 200 Modu employees, in addition to churning out new phones, have been asked to swap their Nokia handsets for Modu ones.

As a refresher, the Modu concept is pretty simple: Take one tiny, tiny cellphone and build a number of "jackets" around it that do a variety of different tasks. One may be an "mp3 jacket," for example, while another could simply be a color palette swap for a night on the town. If you're still confused, think of the Wiimote and its many worthless white plastic sports-related accessories, except in this case the add-ons do something, like GPS.

Moran explains in a video from earlier this year:

Sadly, if this strikes your fancy and you live in the U.S. you're out of luck (for now). In the article, Moran only mentions Southeast Asia, Russia and other scattered territories outside the Americas. Personally, as I sit here today with my multitasking iPhone 3G laying lovingly at my side, I'm having a hard time getting worked up over the snub. [Calcalist (translated) via Talking Mobile - Thanks, Harel]