Nokia Upgrades Communicator

Nokia has announced the Nokia 9300, a new version of the company’s Communicator that will be available early next year.

On the outside, the Nokia 9300 looks like a slim mobile phone. When opened, the device reveals a full keyboard and color screen. The 9300 is designed to appeal to professionals who want powerful functionality from a data-enabled device without compromising the simplicity and usability of a standard mobile phone, said Niklas Savander, senior vice president of Nokia’s business device unit.

The Nokia 9300 offers one-touch access to personal information and office applications through eight dedicated function buttons on the device’s integrated keyboard. A five-way joystick allows users to navigatemenus to find features and functions they need.

When it hits the market early next year, this tri-mode phone will support GSM, GPRS and EDGE networks. Five-party conference calling via an integrated speakerphone and multiple e-mail clients, including BlackBerry Connect support, enable encrypted mobile connectivity in and out of the office.

The Nokia 9300 also integrates infrared and Bluetooth capabilities, giving users two different ways to synchronize wirelessly to a PC and exchange data with other mobile devices.

The Nokia 9300 has 80 MB of free user memory for storing e-mail, documents, presentations, applications and other data. Planned availability for the Nokia 9300 is in the first quarter 2005. Nokia will offer two tri-band versions of the Nokia 9300 — one optimized for mobile networks in Europe and Asia and one optimized for mobile networks in the Americas, yet both versions are able to roam in GSM networks across regions.

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