Nokia expands Nseries lineup.

November 2nd, 2005

Nokia Nseries
Nokia announced three new phones in its Nseries line of phones. All three are 3G phones with video calling, 2 MP or better camera, newly-renamed S60 3rd Edition operating system that includes new full-web browser and a variety of connectivity and multimedia features.

Nokia N92
TV phone with integrated DVB-H and a 2.8 inch twisting QVGA screen supporting 16 million colors. Phone supports recording of live TV up to 30 minutes and a 30-second instant replay. N92 provides a wide range of connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, infrared, and Bluetooth as well as USB 2.0 (Mass Storage Class), which allows users to connect the Nokia N92 directly to a compatible PC for quick and convenient file transfers or downloads.

Nokia N80
Slider phone with WCDMA 1900/2100 and quad-band GSM with EDGE. Also sports UPnP, a 3-megapixel main camera, hi-res display (352 x 416 pixels), WLAN, and miniSD slot.

Nokia N71
Compact clamshell phone with hi-res QVGA display (320 x 240 pixels), XpressMusic music player, and miniSD card slot.

RIM announces EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8700c based on Intel CPU exclusively on Cingular.

November 1st, 2005

BlackBerry 8700c

Research In Motion today announced its first BlackBerry device that runs on Intel XScale processor. BlackBerry 8700c will be available initially exclusively on Cingular Wireless network starting on November 21st. The device is the first BlackBerry with quad-band GSM and EDGE class 10 Internet access and color QVGA screen.

Price is said to be $299 with a two year service agreement.

Nokia unveils three fashion phones.

October 19th, 2005

Nokia L'Amour CollectionNokia today announced three new trend-inspired phones in what it called the “L’Amour Collection”. Three new handsets are a followup to the original 72xx fashion line and sport an updated look and technology. All three models are GSM 900/1800/1900 and are due to be released in the beginning of 2006.

Nokia 7360
A slim candybar style phone with VGA camera, FM radio, Push To Talk and a new voice-activated interface.

Nokia 7370
Nokia’s first swivel design that features etched designs on the faceplate. Features a QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera with video capture and video ringtones, Bluetooth, FM radio and stereo speakers with 3D sound effects.

Nokia 7380
This followup to 7280’s unique design features a keyless dial, 2-megapixel camera with 4x zoom and an MP3 player.

Cingular to introduce Sony-Ericsson Z520a soon.

October 18th, 2005

Word on the street is that Cingular will release Z520a in a few weeks to replace the now-aging Z500. The new model is smaller and lighter and adds Bluetooth support. Even more importantly the phone is now quad-band GSM.

Freedom Wireless’ pre-paid wireless patent upheld.

October 18th, 2005

A federal court upheld previous patent decision and ordered Boston Communications Group (BCGI) and Cingular Wireless to stop selling prepaid wireless services based on Freedom Wireless’ patented systems. The ruling allows BCGI and Cingular to service current customers for 90 days while paying Freedom Wireless 2.5cents/minute royalty. BCGI CEO issued a statement assuring that his company will continue the appeals process. It appears that only Cingular TDMA pre-paid service is affected – and as Cingular has been hard at work transitioning to GSM this decision will probably only accelerate that process.