Ericsson to unveil GPRS phone in S'pore today

Ericsson will roll out its first General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) phone, the T39, for the Singapore market today.

SINGAPORE--Ericsson will roll out its first General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) phone, the T39, for the Singapore market today.

Ericsson's featured-packed phone bagged the "Best Consumer Product or Application" award at last month's Bluetooth Congress in Monte Carlo.

The 86g handset is expected to retail for S$488 (US$269), with a one-year plan, from respective mobile phone operators.

As a triband, the T39 can be used on the GSM 900/1800/1900 networks. This means globetrotters can chat from almost anywhere in the world as the handset will automatically scan networks, and switch between the different GSM frequencies, without interrupting the call.

As GPRS is a technology that allows for high-speed data transfer, T39 users can also connect to the mobile Internet with its built-in WAP 1.2.1 browser instantly, without having to wait for a connection to be established.

The T39 also supports High Speed Circuit Switch Data (HSCSD), a technology that lets users connect at high speed on a standard GSM line.

The T39 supports Bluetooth as well, allowing it to communicate wirelessly with a Bluetooth headset, laptop, handheld or other enabled devices.

Other features include Personal Information Management (PIM) functions, an email client that lets you check your POP3 email account, SyncML to sync your schedule or contacts over the air, and Enhanced Messaging System that lets you attach multimedia elements to your SMS messages, and predictive text input.

The T39 offers 11 hours of talktime and 300 hours on standby on its supplied ultraslim battery.

Singapore is not the T39's first Asian destination, however. According to Ericsson spokesperson Iris Tan, it was launched Indonesia and Hong Kong earlier this month. However, she could not provide details of its Asian rollout by press time.

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