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Tue 14 Jun 2005 04:00 AM

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Nokia unveils new handsets and convergence solutions

The vendor also introduced its Unified Charging Suite, combining different Nokia products to form a fully convergent charging solution.

Nokia has unveiled seven new handsets under the heading "Simple Pleasures." The world’s largest handset manufacturer introduced new slide phones, including the 3G-enabled Nokia 6280 for WCDMA markets, and the Nokia 6265, Nokia's most feature-filled CDMA model to date. Additionally, Nokia introduced two folding designs and a traditional monoblock design. All seven models are expected to begin shipping in 2H05.

The Nokia 6270 is a quadband slide phone that offers music and features a 2-megapixel camera with flash and landscape mode, while the 6111 comes with a soft slide mechanism and a 1-megapixel camera and flash. The Nokia 6060 is based on a fold concept and the dualband GSM 900/1800 or GSM 850/1900 handset has an estimated retail price of Eur140 (US$170) before subsidies or taxes.

Nokia's latest fold-style CDMA model phone, the Nokia 2255, is an entry-level device and includes a bright 128 x 128 pixel 64K colour display and an integrated FM radio. Lastly, the entry-level Nokia 2125 boasts a number of features unexpected on an entry-level product, such as voice dialling, voice commands and voice recording.

Nokia has also launched new network products aimed at the convergence market. "Our industry is now in the midst of a major transition, with the key drivers being convergence, IP, the take-off of WCDMA, and the arrival of new competition. On top of this, mobile subscriber growth continues unabated, especially in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, said Simon Beresford-Wylie, executive vice president and general manager of Nokia Networks.

The vendor introduced its Unified Charging Suite, combining different Nokia products to form a fully convergent charging solution that lets operators offer the same services, rate-plans and loyalty programmes to all subscribers, regardless of whether they are prepaid and post-paid, whether the services are for voice or data content, or whether the network is fixed or mobile, 2G or 3G. The solution will support the entire customer base including consumers, businesses and service providers.

Nokia also introduced its Service Delivery Framework, which is a holistic approach to help operators build an optimal service delivery platform in order to seize new service opportunities by delivering new services in a rapid and cost-efficient manner. Nokia also launched its Network Expert Club, a learning environment for nurturing mobile network experts, allowing experts in Nokia's operator customers' organisations to develop their chosen competences at their own speed.

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