Does RIM read my weblog?
Just kidding, this sort of thing is pretty nose-on-your face obvious. But I did want to point out that I mocked up a QWERTY keypad for mobiles back in January of 2003, 20 months before the new phones from RIM made their appearance. Just think if I had gotten around to patenting it! Ahh, who am I kidding, there's *got* to be prior art to this (let's see who's the first to leave a link in the comments).
Now the thing is, if you've got to use predictive text anyways, why mess with all those extra keys? It's this sort of weird half-step to texting. Talk about a product targeted at the American market! I wonder how Vodafone's version will fly in Europe?