Nokia plans US launch of Edge phone

Nokia will deliver of its first smart phone in the US in the second quarter of this year.

Nokia will deliver of its first smart phone in the US in the second quarter of this year.

Nokia's 6620 is the company's first smart phone engineered to run on high-speed Edge (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) networks in the US, said company spokesman Damian Stathonikos.

Edge networks, which are designed to transmit data at rates of up to 384Kbps, are sprouting up across the US to serve customers demanding faster e-mail and web surfing services.

Nokia's tri-band smart phone runs on 850,1900 and 1800MHz networks, which also exist in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The phone is priced at $400 without the discounts generally provided by mobile operators.

The 6620 features the Series 60 user-interface platform, based on the OS developed by Symbian. The Series 60 platform supports a range of business and productivity tools, including mobile e-mail and wireless synchronisation of PDA data. It comes with a fully integrated web browser and a wide selection of third-party applications.

The Nokia smart phone will also offer users an integrated camera and a 65,000 TFT screen, as well as a RealOne mobile player from RealNetworks and MMS capability.

The handset follows two other Edge-capable phones from Nokia, the 6200 and 6220, which are already available in the US.

In Europe, Nokia started rolling out its 6600 smart phone, which is similar to the 6620 but is designed for 900, 1800 and 900MHz networks and equipped with different features.

Nokia is one of several companies, including Psion, Siemens and Sony Ericsson, which own Symbian.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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