Nokia introduces three new Wap models to meet rising demand

Nokia launched three new Wap mobile phones at CeBIT in an attempt to alleviate the pressure created by users demanding the scarce...

Nokia launched three new Wap mobile phones at CeBIT in an attempt to alleviate the pressure created by users demanding the scarce 7110 phone, writes Antony Savvas.

The 7110 was launched last year in a blaze of publicity over its ability to access sections of the Internet while on the move. But there have been continuing problems with availability across Europe, including the farcical situation last year when Orange launched a Wap service for its subscribers, only to find it couldn't get its hands on any 7110s to sell.

Nokia has upgraded the 6210, which can now use Wap. There is a new ruggedised 6250 model designed for people working in blue collar jobs, and also users who want a tough phone while involved in outdoor pursuits.

Nokia has also introduced an upgrade for the 9110 Communicator,which becomes the 9110i following its entry to the Wap fold.

Nokia says existing 9110 users can upgrade to Wap by inserting a memory card.

Nokia spokesman Matti Alahuta says he expects shipments for Wap phones to exceed those for new laptop PCs this year, as users increasingly demanded Internet access through smaller devices.

Last year 29 million laptops were sold worldwide, and Alahuta expects Wap phones to make up about 10% to 15% of the mobile phone market this year (275 million mobiles were sold last year, and this is expected to increase sharply again).

Nokia also launched its first worldwide model - the 8890 - which can be used in 120 countries using two different frequency bands.

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