Does your phone need a phone of its own?

A new mobile gadget category gives you a tiny phone for talking via your giant phablet

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The bad news is that the Mini+ pairs with HTC phones only, specifically the HTC One Mini, the Butterfly S, the Desire 200 and the Desire 500.

The HTC Mini+ should cost about $85 and will be available by the end of the year.

Samsung

The Samsung HM5000 Slim Stick Type Bluetooth Headset looks almost like a fat pen and clips onto a pocket like a pen does.

Samsung HM5000 Slim Stick Type Bluetooth Headset
The Samsung HM5000 Slim Stick Type Bluetooth Headset.

Like the Sony device, the Slim Stick can be paired with two devices at the same time. When a call comes in, it vibrates. You answer it by pressing a large button.

Because the HM5000 has only one big button, plus a volume-control rocker, there's a small learning curve to remember the button-pushing commands for putting calls on hold and picking them up again and other functions.

The handset automatically increases the volume of the speaker in a noisy place.

The HM5000 has been around for a couple of years, and it's possible to buy it for less than $60.

Alcatel

Alcatel deserves special mention because its upcoming OneTouch Hero smartphone comes with a full-featured Bluetooth handset with a full numeric keypad, rocker switch and screen. It looks like a high-end feature phone from 2003.

Alcatel OneTouch Hero remote
The Alcatel OneTouch Hero remote.

The company has demonstrated the product at European trade shows, and the device will be shipping only to China, Latin America and a smattering of European countries.

Fear not, phablet fans. Help is on the way in the form of tiny, phone-like devices that let you talk on the phone via that giant phablet -- without looking like a complete idiot.

This article, "Does Your Phone Need a Phone of Its Own?" was originally published on Computerworld.com.

Mike Elgan writes about technology and tech culture. You can contact Mike and learn more about him on Google+. You can also see more articles by Mike Elgan on Computerworld.com.

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