T-Mobile Hungary launches push to talk over GSM and 3G with Nokia solution

T-Mobile has commercially launched Hungary’s first push to talk service, using a Nokia solution. The service is available in T-Mobile Hungary’s 2G and 3G networks.

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE October 3, 2005

T-Mobile Hungary launches push to talk over GSM and 3G with Nokia solution

Espoo, Finland – T-Mobile has commercially launched Hungary’s first push to talk service, using a Nokia solution. The service is available in T-Mobile Hungary’s 2G and 3G networks.
 
With push to talk, people can use their mobile phones like walkie-talkies, communicating with a selected group or with individuals at the push of a button. Both business and private users can benefit from this simple, direct communication. Push to talk is especially suited for cases where users need to communicate occasionally but repeatedly with the same group or individual.
 
"We are pleased that T-Mobile Hungary has selected Nokia as the provider of its push to talk service," said Robin Lindahl, Vice President, Nokia Networks. "In providing the Nokia Push to talk solution to T-Mobile Hungary, we are showing our commitment to introducing new services over 3G as well as GSM, and strengthening our position as a leader in push to talk worldwide."
 
The deal is part of an international frame agreement, signed in 2004, under which T-Mobile International, one of the leading mobile communication operators worldwide, has chosen the Nokia Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) network solution.
 
Nokia’s end-to-end push to talk solution offers a full feature set, and it will be compliant with the upcoming OMA standard. Nokia’s solution is compatible with the IP multimedia subsystem as standardized in 3GPP, and it will be capable of supporting various push-to-media, such as video.  With 39 commercial contracts with GSM operators, and more than 30 operator trials ongoing, Nokia is leading the market for Push to talk over Cellular in GSM.  
 
About T-Mobile Hungary
T-Mobile Hungary Telecommunication Company Ltd. – as a market leader with its 4 million subscribers – provides quality GSM services at frequencies 900 and 1800 MHz throughout Hungary. The company won a 15-year UMTS licence granted by the National Communications Authority. The company was the first in Hungary to launch commercial 3G services, such as video-phoning. T-Mobile Hungary offers unique and leading-edge solutions for its subscribers, as the leading provider in the field of innovation. The company is committed towards multimedia, which was shown on 18 April 2002, when T-Mobile Hungary was the first GSM operator in the world to launch overall commercial MMS services. The company was also the first to enable Mobile Banking in Europe; and WAP, GPRS and Mobile Office in Hungary. T-Mobile Hungary is a member of Magyar Telekom Group.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com

Memory Stick Micro (M2) format

SanDisk and Sony announce the Memory Stick Micro format to address the high storage and smaller size form factor requirements of enhanced multimedia mobile phones

Sunnyvale, CA — SanDisk and Sony Corporation today announced the development of the "Memory Stick Micro" format, an ultra-small IC recording media designed to meet the growing storage needs of highly compact, multifunctional mobile phones. Licensing for the development of "Memory Stick Micro" compatible hardware will begin October 3, 2005.

"Memory Stick Micro" media is approximately one-quarter the size of "Memory Stick PRO Duo" media, yet only about 1.2 mm thick. The media’s edges are slotted lengthwise to allow for more slim-line designed connectors to reduce space in host devices. As dual-voltage media, Memory Stick Micro supports devices operating at 3.3 volts and 1.8 volts.

Memory Stick Micro is designed as an externally removable media with a controlled eject function to prevent users losing the media. Users will be able to insert Memory Stick Micro into an adapter for exchanging data to a Memory Stick PRO compatible product.

Dr. Eli Harari, president and chief executive officer of SanDisk Corporation, said, "Sony and SanDisk recognize the rapidly growing market opportunity for memory cards with multimedia mobile phones, and are joining forces to develop the ultra-small Memory Stick Micro format to foster development of extremely compact multimedia mobile phones."

Akira Kubota, President of Micro Systems Network Company, Sony Corporation, said, "Sony’s collaboration with SanDisk Corporation has continued to develop since our initial announcement of the joint Memory Stick PRO format development in 2003. Today’s joint announcement of the Memory Stick Micro format provides a new, versatile IC recording media for mobile products such as mobile phones for sharing entertainment and data."

The Memory Stick Micro media will be made available in the first half of 2006.

Airtel records over 75,000 customers in NE

eading mobile service provider Airtel has more than 75,000 customers today in Assam and North east, a company spokesman said.

Guwahati: Leading mobile service provider Airtel has more than 75,000 customers today in Assam and North east, a company spokesman said.

Airtel now connects all the important towns in Assam on its state-of-art Ero network and is being managed by Ericsson.

The towns covered included Tezpur, Nagaon, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Duliajan, Sivsagar, Barpeta town, Barpeta Road, Nalbari, Rangiya and Bongaigaon.

Airtel is also spreading its network to connect highways and key rail routes as well as the smaller towns along the highways, the spokesman said.

"We are committed to provide our customers unparalleled service experience on a congestion free network," the spokesman said in a release here today

Nokia N70 starts shipping

Finnish handset maker Nokia has started deliveries of the Nokia N70, a 3G smart-phone. Incorporating a smart-phone feature set, a 2 mega-pixel camera, flash and front camera for video calling, the Nokia N70 comes equipped with a digital music player and stereo audio.

Finnish handset maker Nokia has started deliveries of the Nokia N70, a 3G smart-phone. Incorporating a smart-phone feature set, a 2 mega-pixel camera, flash and front camera for video calling, the Nokia N70 comes equipped with a digital music player and stereo audio.

The camera incorporates an integrated flash, 20x digital zoom capability and capture scene settings. The photos or video clips can be shared via e-mail or Bluetooth wireless technology.

With the Nokia XpressTransfer storing solution, photos and video clips on the Nokia N70 can either be manually or automatically copied to compatible PCs. The standard Nokia N70 sales package includes Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.0 software.

The smart-phone features of the Nokia N70 include e-mail attachment support, internet browser, video streaming and 3G features, such as two-way video calling and video sharing. An embedded e-mail configuration tool helps users to set up their preferred mobile e-mail settings. The Nokia N70 supports Symantec Mobile Security, an integrated anti-virus and firewall solution.

Equipped with a digital music player and FM radio with support for Visual Radio, the Nokia N70 also doubles as a music device.

Airtel sets up 1000th cell site

Cellular service provider, Airtel on Friday installed 1000th cell site in Maharashtra and Goa circle at Katol, 40 km from Nagpur, and claimed to have become first private player to do so

Cellular service provider, Airtel on Friday installed 1000th cell site in Maharashtra and Goa circle at Katol, 40 km from Nagpur, and claimed to have become first private player to do so.

"The total number of base stations will touch 1500 by March next year and Airtel will enter over 300 new towns across Maharashtra and Goa thus spanning the coverage to a total 550 towns and 33 districts," Chief Operating Officer, Bharti Televentures, Christopher Tobit told reporters.

Airtel will offer superior quality network in key tourist and pilgrimage destinations including Shirdi, Trimbakshwar, Mahabaleshwar, Shanishingnaapur, Nanded, Pandharpur, Lonavala and Khandala with an investment to the tune of Rs 250 crore for network expansion, capacity enhancement and other infrastructure, he said.

The company will also commission its third mobile switch centre (MSC) in second capital by end of March 2006, he said, adding during the current fiscal, Airtel will be covering additional highways like Bhusawal-Shegaon, Dhule-Nashik and Mumbai-Goa besides rail and road network on Mumbai-Goa and Vasai-Ahmedabad by next March.

Tobit said they will be launching 62 additional new towns and three new districts of Washim, Gadchiroli and Hingoli by March end.

It is also introducing network on wheels (NOW) and would be deploying five such NOWs in Maharashtra and Goa, he added.

 

 

Source:PTI 

 

Hutch unveils voice response in Kannada

Hutch, one of the leading cellular service providers, on Tuesday announced the launch of content on the voice response platform in three more languages namely Kannada, Telugu and Tamil in addition to the already available English and Hindi languages

Hutch, one of the leading cellular service providers, on Tuesday announced the launch of content on the voice response platform in three more languages namely Kannada, Telugu and Tamil in addition to the already available English and Hindi languages.
 
Samuel Selvakumar, director (operations), Hutch, told reporters here that this innovative voice enabled service will enable customers to access a range of offerings in the language of their choice and will be in tune with the Hutch philosophy of facilitating communication in a manner that is convenient.

Cellular launch services in Andman and Nicobar by March 06 says Hutch

Hutch would launch mobile phone services in the Andaman and Nicobar by March, 2006 while aiming to double the customer base in the Bengal circle in the next one year.

Hutch would launch mobile phone services in the Andaman and Nicobar by March, 2006 while aiming to double the customer base in the Bengal circle in the next one year.

"We will be launching our cellular services in Andaman and Nicobar within the next few months, ie. By the end of the current financial year," Sridhar Rao, CEO, Hutchison Telecom East Limited, told reporters on Wednesday.

Speaking at the launch of the ‘Chota Recharge-Puri Baat’ coupon, he said the company expected to emulate its success story in the Bengal circle in the islands.

Hutch would be the third operator after BSNL and Airtel to launch its cellular services in the islands.

Read More:http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1503485,0003.htm 

Hutch rolls out Rs 10 recharge coupons

Hutchison Essar has launched a new recharge voucher that enables subscribers to top-up pre-paid connections with denominations as low as Rs 10

Hutchison Essar has launched a new recharge voucher that enables subscribers to top-up pre-paid connections with denominations as low as Rs 10. 
 
“The new coupon will help make pre-paid usage even more affordable to both ‘Hutch’ and ‘Orange’ users, and offers more talktime at the same cost, therefore more value for money,” said Naveen Chopra, corporate vice-present, group marketing of Hutchison Essar at a press conference. 
 
Earlier, the voucher could be used only as an ‘add-on card’. This meant that the card can be used to make calls when the recharged value of a coupon expires, but the validity period continues. 
 
The customer can then recharge using a Chota Recharge again after buying a Rs 199 card within the 30-day validity period. Even though, the customer gets additional talktime for the amount recharged, it does not extend his validity period. 
 
A user can recharge any number of times within the validity period without paying any extra fee. This will bring in a significant change in the pre-paid industry and going mobile will become more affordable, he said. 
 
With this launch, Chota Recharge becomes the lowest recharge voucher available in the country. 
 
Prior to this launch, the add-on recharge card available with the Rs 199 voucher was of Rs 55 and Rs 60. These cards also had access fees. Earlier, Airtel had also rolled out recharge vouchers in low denominations of Rs 60 and Rs 120. 

Source:business-standard

MTV Loveline On Mobile Phones

Coruscant Tec, a leading mobile solutions company that specialises in mobile content and commerce, today announced the launch of a new mobile social software called MTV Loveline in association with MTV India. The MTV Loveline will be available to subscribers on the Airtel, Hutch, RPG Cellular, BSNL, BPL and Tata Tele networks

Mumbai : Coruscant Tec, a leading mobile solutions company that specialises in mobile content and commerce, today announced the launch of a new mobile social software called MTV Loveline in association with MTV India. The MTV Loveline will be available to subscribers on the Airtel, Hutch, RPG Cellular, BSNL, BPL and Tata Tele networks.

The MTV Loveline platform is currently available over SMS and as a JAVA download over GPRS. All users need to do is SMS "love" to 6882 to access the MTV Loveline. The JAVA download version also allows the user to create and choose between different mobile chatrooms along with several other interactive features.

The company has ensured that elaborate security filters which include up to four levels of auto-monitoring and keyword searches filtering objectionable content are available.

In the words of Ajay Adiseshann, managing director, Coruscant Tec, "Social Software is the next killer enabler that everyone has been waiting for. MTV Loveline will set a trend in itself and Coruscant is proud to be a pioneer in this space".

On the future on mobile data applications, he added, "With voice being commoditised, the need for newer data applications is being increasingly felt. Coruscant’s vision is to identify these areas and empower users by empowering their mobiles." (See: Shop till your cell drops!)

Industry insiders predict that by 2008 there will be 16.3 million users of mobile chat and entertainment services, with a cumulative annual growth rate to 76.3 percent. Social software on mobiles is set to become one of the pillars in the mobile entertainment space alongside ringtones, wall papers etc.

Source:http://www.domain-b.com/infotech/itnews/2005/20050928_launches.html 

Sony Ericsson Introduces Bluetooth Auto-Pairing Devices

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications today announced the introduction of Auto pairing, a unique proprietary solution, that makes it quicker and easier to connect Bluetooth equipped headsets to Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The company demonstrated this new functionality at a press event arranged by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group in Stockholm today.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications today announced the introduction of Auto pairing, a unique proprietary solution, that makes it quicker and easier to connect Bluetooth equipped headsets to Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The company demonstrated this new functionality at a press event arranged by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group in Stockholm today.

When the phone and headset are in close proximity and the Bluetooth function is turned on, the Auto pairing equipped Bluetooth headset automatically searches and finds the user’s Bluetooth enabled Sony Ericsson mobile phone. The user only has to confirm the connection for the device pairing to be initiated and doesn’t have to use a PIN code to authorize the connection.

The new feature has been developed through close cooperation within Sony Ericsson between the design and development of mobile phones and headsets in order to create a more integrated and seamless user experience that eliminates the necessity of physical PIN in-put. Auto pairing will be implemented first in an updated version of the Bluetooth Headset HBH-610, called HBH-610a.

"Sony Ericsson continually strives to enhance the user experience, making it easy and intuitive so the technology platform supporting the device fades into the background and the user just enjoys the benefits and convenience of well designed products. Auto pairing is a great example of how we as a company continue to enhance consumer benefits by making our products easy to use straight out of the box." says Rikard Nilsson, Global Marketing Manager, Product Business Unit Accessories.

Auto pairing will only be available in Sony Ericsson mobile phones and headsets. However, Sony Ericsson Bluetooth headsets will continue to be compatible with Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones from other phone brands by following the regular procedure for device pairing when Auto pairing is not available.

The first Sony Ericsson Bluetooth headset with Auto pairing device connectivity, the HBH-610a, will be available in Q4, 2005.

 Source:http://www.mobiledia.com/news/37112.html

LG launches car style phone M4410 in india

The extremely smart looking handset has two superb dual color displays (internal one is TFT of 256,000 colors while the external one is 65,000 colors

LG M4410
 
      Features

  •     1.3 Mega Pixel Camera
  •     MP3 Player & Ring Tones
  •     3D Surround Sound
  •     Blue Tooth
  •     External mini SD Card
  •     Smart External Controls
  •     262K TFT Colour Display
  •     EDGE Enabled

      New Delhi, SEP_, 2005: Reiterating its commitment to introduce the latest cutting-edge technology products in the Indian market, LG Electronics India Pvt. Limited (LGEIL), a Leading Consumer Electronic, Home Appliance & Mobile Handset co. in India and fifth largest Handset manufacturer in the world, today announced the launch of its new exclusive EDGE enabled M4410 GSM handset in India.  

 
M4410 with its sleek sports car look design and powerful function is all set to enchant and fascinate one’s senses. Its innovative design resembles the chic designs of super cars together with its harmonious matching of high glossy two-tone colour in black and silver, dynamic and sleek side line and dual speakers that looks like headlight. A true bonanza for music lovers it comes with MP3 Player and 3D surround sound. 
 
Its special feature the Mini SD card provided can be used for the storage of MP3 files, high-resolution photos or moving images. Embedded with 1.3 mega pixel digital camera it enables one to capture precious moments perfectly with crystal clear details.  Its built-in flash allows to take more vivid images regardless of time and place. 
 
M4410 is EDGE enabled and will redefine the use of multimedia services such as MMS, music download, e-mail management and Internet. Equipped with Bluetooth it also allows wireless transmission of data between the phones and PCs within 50 meters. 
 
The handset is priced at RS 17,990/- 
 
Announcing the launch of the M4410, Mr. H.S. Bhatia, Product Group Head, GSM said, "We are constantly striving towards developing the market with innovative and cutting edge products which come with state of the art technology and exquisite aesthetics. M4410 with its sleek sports car look design is real feast to one’s eyes. With facilities like Bluetooth, Mega pixel digital camera and EDGE enabled this handset is truly a technology marvel."

Nokia launches casual game collection for java phones

Nokia, the leader in mobile communications, announced today that the launch of its casual games collection for Java-enabled cell phones is expected to occur later this year. The first four titles in the series, all powered by Nokia’s SNAP Mobile service, are Blackjack, Dominoes, Backgammon and Shuffleboard. Java-enabled mobile phone users will be able to play these and many of their other favorite casual titles in real time with other users of Java-enabled mobile phones.

Nokia launches a collection of connected multiplayer casual games for Java enabled handsets

Nokia SNAP Mobile service allows casual gamers to go head-to-head in their favorite games
 
Espoo, Finland – Nokia, the leader in mobile communications, announced today that the launch of its casual games collection for Java-enabled cell phones is expected to occur later this year.  The first four titles in the series, all powered by Nokia’s SNAP Mobile service, are Blackjack, Dominoes, Backgammon and Shuffleboard. Java-enabled mobile phone users will be able to play these and many of their other favorite casual titles in real time with other users of Java-enabled mobile phones.
 
"What makes our SNAP Mobile casual games lineup so special is that there is something for everyone," said Lisa Waits, Head of Nokia SNAP Mobile.  "These games have been designed from the ground up to take advantage of the unique capabilities of today’s mobile phones and networks in order to create the best possible and easily accessible gameplay experience for mobile phone gamers."
 
The Nokia SNAP Mobile casual game portfolio is developed by Tucson, AZ based Octopi using the Nokia SNAP Mobile platform to enable the connected features.  All of the games will feature connected multiplayer gameplay over the wireless network, a friends list showing which friends are online to play, instant messaging with these friends, a customizable online avatar profile and image, and an in-game token system that rewards players for playing online. 
 
"The Nokia SNAP Mobile tools have really let us push the limits of what can be done with these titles," said Dan Kopycienski, founder of Octopi. "Developing multiplayer games for today’s fragmented landscape of devices and networks is a difficult task.  The Nokia SNAP Mobile platform and support from Nokia has allowed us to focus on what is most important: designing and implementing the best connected game experience possible."
 
The Nokia SNAP Mobile casual games are expected to be available on Nokia and non-Nokia mobile phones later this year.  To download screen shots and game information, go to www.extranet.n-gage.com. For more on Nokia SNAP Mobile service, please visit www.snapmobile.nokia.com.
 
 
About Octopi
Octopi has been at the forefront of interactive media & entertainment since 1998. Located in Tucson, AZ, Octopi has established itself as a leading developer of multiplayer mobile and online games. Octopi’s game development engine, Octoplex(TM), supports multiple languages, the top 100+ mobile handsets, as well as other platforms such as PDA’s and web browsers. Not only does Octoplex(TM) allow us to provide groundbreaking cross platform games, but it also allows us to develop them faster and more efficiently for our clients like Nokia.For further information please visit www.octopi.com. .
 
About Nokia    
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.

Nokia announces NitroSpin Racer

Nokia, the leader in mobile communications, announced today the launch of the cross-platform connected car racing game NitroSpin Racer, expected to be available early next year on Java enabled cell phones through its SNAP Mobile service. Delivering gamers arcade style, top-view gameplay, roadsters can go big and race against the world or scale it back to their own circle of pals on the Web or mobile

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE September 27, 2005

Rule the road with Nokia’s NitroSpin Racer

Fast paced car racing game gives players a smooth ride on the Nokia SNAP Mobile service
 
Espoo, Finland – Nokia, the leader in mobile communications, announced today the launch of the cross-platform connected car racing game NitroSpin Racer, expected to be available early next year on Java enabled cell phones through its SNAP Mobile service.  Delivering gamers arcade style, top-view gameplay, roadsters can go big and race against the world or scale it back to their own circle of pals on the Web or mobile.
 
"NitroSpin Racer is a multiplayer, pick-up and play title that challenges the most adept mobile gamer around, yet takes only minutes to learn," said Lisa Waits, head of SNAP Mobile at Nokia. "And because it lives within the Nokia SNAP Mobile gaming service, this game can be enjoyed by players across mobile and PC gaming platforms."
 
Developed by Gamelion and supported by Nokia SNAP Mobile service, NitroSpin Racer gives gamers a multiplayer racing community with an excellent supply of cool race tracks with its Web-based track editor.  Taking full advantage of the Nokia SNAP Mobile service’s connected offering, NitroSpin Racer drivers can post global rankings, shadow race their friends’ cars, send instant messages, and publish and download an superb selection of tracks to earn respect in the connected racing community.  Racers can go head to head in a closed circuit of friends, or rip it up against the world setting to compete for the global champion title.
 
"At Nokia SNAP Mobile, we believe that for a mobile game to be compelling, it must possess two gameplay tenets – connected and meaningful in five minutes or less," continues Waits.  "NitroSpin Racer delivers on both.  So much so, that on the days you’re playing NitroSpin Racer as you wait for whatever, you may just find yourself wishing your delay be a little bit longer."
 
"Nitrospin Racer is community gaming at its best!" said Anton Gauffin, CEO of Gamelion Inc. "Furious racing experience is the center of Nitrospin Racer but it is the community features such as rankings, instant messaging, and track editing capabilities that really make it stand out of the crowd. Furthermore, using Nokia SNAP Mobile service to make Nitrospin Racer cross-platform, we are able link two huge gaming communities: mobile gamers and casual web gamers."
 
NitroSpin Racer is expected to be available on Nokia and non-Nokia mobile phones early next year.  To download screen shots and game information, go to www.extranet.n-gage.com.  For more on Nokia SNAP Mobile service, please visit www.snapmobile.nokia.com.
 
About Gamelion
Gamelion is one of the fastest growing game companies in Europe. Gamelion has a successful track record of delivering the highest quality wireless games to leading publishers and players all over the world. The company has more than doubled its revenues every year since its inception.
 
About Nokia    
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.
 

Treo Smartphone running on Windows Mobile officially announced

Palm officially announced their latest Treo smartphone, operating on Windows Mobile OS. It will be a CDMA phone exclusively for Verizon Wireless.

Today, at a press conference in San Francisco, Palm, Microsoft and Verizon joined to announce their latest device – the new Treo smartphone, using the Microsoft Windows Mobile Operating System. This is the first device in the line of Windows Mobile powered Treos, and it will be available through Verizon Wireless, taking advantage of their high-speed EV-DO network. Palm Expect this Treo to be available to Verizon customers in early 2006. The Treo is a smartphone in bar form-factor, which features full QWERTY keyboard, but for first time operates on Windows Mobile OS. Later Treos, using Windows Mobile OS will be available later, but not before the half of 2006.

Earlier we informed you about the upcoming device from Treo, and showed you some pictures of it. The rumored model was called Treo 670. Still Palm hasn’t announced the official model of their Windows Mobile powered Treo …

Source: Palm
    

Nokia announces nokia 3250 music phone

The Nokia 3250, Nokia’s newest music phone, grabbed the spotlight of Nokia Trends, an electronic music festival that took place in Berlin, Germany this weekend. This unique design twists to transform a traditional phone keypad into dedicated music keys. The Nokia 3250 stores up to 1 Gigabyte (750 songs) of high quality music and offers 10 hours of music play. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the Nokia 3250’s two-megapixel camera and smartphone capabilities. The triband GSM 900/1800/1900 model is expected to start shipping in the first quarter 2006 with an estimated retail price of 350 EUR before subsidies or taxes.

Nokia 3250: A music phone with a twist.
September 26, 2005

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Music-driven mobile phone features dedicated music keys, storage for up to 750 songs
 
Berlin, Germany/Espoo, Finland – The Nokia 3250, Nokia’s newest music phone, grabbed the spotlight of Nokia Trends, an electronic music festival that took place in Berlin, Germany this weekend. This unique design twists to transform a traditional phone keypad into dedicated music keys. The Nokia 3250 stores up to 1 Gigabyte (750 songs) of high quality music and offers 10 hours of music play. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the Nokia 3250’s two-megapixel camera and smartphone capabilities. The triband GSM 900/1800/1900 model is expected to start shipping in the first quarter 2006 with an estimated retail price of 350 EUR before subsidies or taxes.
 
"Nokia connects people to their passions – music – and as the world’s largest manufacturer of digital music players, Nokia is leading the charge to make mobile music widely accessible. The XpressMusic feature brand, also introduced today, makes it easier for consumers to identify those Nokia devices which are specifically designed to listen to music," says Kai Öistämö, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "One of the first devices to feature the XpressMusic mark is the Nokia 3250, which is going to stop music fans in their (favourite) tracks. Its unique twist design makes it quick and easy to switch between the music keys, the regular keypad and the camera mode."
 
By twisting the Nokia 3250 keypad 180 degrees, consumers can toggle between the music controls and the traditional phone keypad. The music player of the Nokia 3250 supports a wide array of digital music formats such as MP3, WMA, M4A and AAC, making it easy to load and transfer music. Additionally, songs can be downloaded over-the-air while on the go and favourite songs can be set as ringtones. The Nokia 3250 supports microSD memory cards of up to 1 Gigabyte with storage capacity for up to 750 songs. An FM radio with Visual Radio client complements the Nokia 3250’s complete music package.
 
Drag and drop to manage your music
 
Using the Nokia Audio Manager software, users can convert their favourite CDs into digital music files, and "drag and drop" their personal music collections and favorite playlists directly from their computer. Headphones can be connected to the Nokia 3250 via the 3.5mm connector of the Nokia Stereo Headset-HS-20, making the list of available enhancements even longer. For the best audio experience, Nokia is working to ensure that the Nokia 3250 is compatible with a number of accessories from industry leading brands such as Bose®, Harman Kardon®, JBL® and Sennheiser Electronic.

The Nokia 3250 comes with a two-megapixel camera, which is activated in the landscape mode by twisting the Nokia 3250’s phone’s keypad 90 degrees. With a few simple strokes, images can be instantly shared with others via MMS, or printed on a compatible printer via Bluetooth wireless technology.
 
The Nokia 3250 is based on the Series 60 platform and Symbian OS, offering a broad set of features and messaging functionalities and enabling third-party application developers to create their own music applications. Those applications can be downloaded and installed on the Nokia 3250. Bridging smartphone capabilities with music on the go, the Nokia 3250 has a talktime of up to 3 hours.
 
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com