Nokia Phone Shows Its True Colors

Carmen Nobel

Nokia Corp. on Tuesday announced three devices designed to bring high-end capabilities to a mass-market audience.

For starters, the device division of the Espoo, Finland, wireless company introduced the 3595, a dual-band phone (GSM/GPRS 850/1900 bands) with a 4,096-color display.

The 3595 supports Java, which lets users download applications to the phone, as well as Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), which lets them send images and sound to other phones in addition to text messages.

The phone also includes an instant messaging client and an Internet browser that supports color, radio buttons, check boxes and better formatting than previous phones in this category, officials said.

The phone is due in the Spring. Pricing will be in the range of $125 to $175, officials said.

Nokia also introduced two phones for TDMA (time division multiple access) networks, the Nokia 2220 and 2260 phones.

The 2220 phone is a single band phone that runs in the 800MHz band, while the 2260—a dual-band phone—runs in the 800 and 1900MHz bands. Both include two-way text messaging, over-the-air business card exchange, picture messaging, a time-stamped call log and the ability to download ring tones. Both are due in the second quarter of this year. Pricing is not yet available.

Copyright © 2004 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Originally appearing in eWEEK.

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