CeBIT 2000: Nokia brings out three new WAP phones

Summary:Before Nokia gets a grip on supply problems with the 7110, it announces three new siblings

Following in the footsteps of the 7110 (which is still in desperately short supply), Nokia unveiled three new WAP phones at this week's CeBIT conference: the 6250 for "tough environments"; the 6210 for professional users and the 8890 for globetrotters.

The 6250 introduces specifications set by the resourceful Finnish company that concentrate on "new standards of resistance". The WAP phone is specially conceived for professional usage in normal, as well as unfavourable, conditions. A superior protective design includes padded storage for its so-called "innerlife" and a "practical waterproof" case with special built-in membranes.

Those who wish to go wild-water rafting with WAP still need to wait until Q3 to get their hands on the new model.

The Nokia 6210 supports not only WAP, but also HSCSD (High Speed Circuit Switched Data), with a data transfer rate of 43.2 kB/sec. The slim (18mm) and light (114g) 6210 offers the choice to connect to a laptop either by infrared or cable. Its dynamic memory enables one to store contact information, news feeds and calendar entries. The phone is said to have a talktime of 2.5 to 4.5 hours and a standby time of 55 to 260 hours. The 6210 phone should be available by Q3.

The 8890 is aimed at world travellers. However, the WAP phone isn't a three-band device: it only operates on GSM900 and GSM1900 networks, which is only useful for around 12 countries on five continents. The 91g mobile phone should be available in Germany from the second quarter of this year.

For full coverage, see ZDNet UK's CeBIT 2000 special.

Topics: Networking

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