Ericsson enters the realm of James Bond with secure phone that does everything

This autumn, Ericsson will release a Symbian-based mobile phone that incorporates a digital camera, a pen-based user interface,...

This autumn, Ericsson will release a Symbian-based mobile phone that incorporates a digital camera, a pen-based user interface, Bluetooth support and the new Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) technology, writes Antony Adshead.

The Tri-Band Ericsson P800 will use version 7.0 of the Symbian operating system, which includes support for IP version 6; Mobile Information Device Profile (MidP) for Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME); IPSec security technology; and SyncML, an open industry standard that allows remote wireless synchronisation of data.

IPv6 is the latest iteration of the IP version 4 Web addressing protocol. It increases the length of the device address from 32 to 128 bits and is backward compatible with version 4.

IPSec is a security technology that defines authentication and encryption at the device level - layer 3 - allowing the phone to be used for secure peer-to-peer connections. IPv6 in combination with IPSec should make the device as secure as any PC on a fixed network.

J2ME is a version of Java 2 for devices such as PDAs and mobile phones. It uses K Virtual Machine, which is optimised for small devices. MidP provides support for a graphical interface, networking and storage.

MMS, which is expected to take off over the coming year, promises the ability to send graphics, video clips and sound files between mobile devices. However, not all observers are convinced that this new technology is sufficiently appealing to set the world alight.

Graham Fisher, an analyst at Bloor Research, said, "SMS was a winner because it was such a simple, effective technology. Why does anyone need to be able to send video clips to a phone?"

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