Nokia Announces Collaboration With Third Party Companies in Connection With North American Launch of Nokia 9000i Communicator

Nokia working with third party software developers, hardware manufacturers and GSM 1900 network operators for value-added solutions

(September 10, 1997)

Coinciding with Nokia's announcement of the availability of the GSM 1900 version of the award-winning Nokia 9000i Communicator, Nokia announced that it is actively recruiting and collaborating with partners in North America, as well as in Europe and Asia, to provide wireless data solutions to customers. The establishment of the Partnership Program reinforces Nokia's commitment to grow the enhanced communicator and intelligent mobile phone market, as well as to provide new and innovative solutions to wireless customers.

In an effort to increase overall user friendliness of the Nokia 9000i Communicator, Nokia is working with companies like PUMA (desktop synchronization) and TeamWARE (Internet-based communication services) to provide connectivity and value-added solutions. In addition, Nokia is working with experts in vertical markets, such as Aurum Software (sales force automation), Scopus (customer care) and Data Critical Corp. (medical) to develop software applications or hardware compatibility for the Nokia 9000i Communicator in order to provide users with a customized business tool.

"Nokia and our partner companies share a common vision providing new and innovative solutions to our customers," said Kris Hoopes, Business Development Manager, Wireless Data, at Nokia Mobile Phones. "By forming long-term relationships with other companies who are experts in their fields, we are able to develop new vertical solutions for markets such as financial, insurance, real estate, consulting, banking and utilities. This provides a new customer base not only for Nokia, but for GSM network operators," said Hoopes.

Within the development environment, Nokia expects the Partnership Program to continue to grow as the Nokia 9000i Communicator offers a two development options for third party software developers. As the Nokia 9000i Communicator has a very and flexible operating system environment, companies can develop solutions using web-based applications using html 3.2, or utilize Geoworks' Nokia 9000i Communicator Software Development Kit (SDK) for add-on applications.

For more information on the Nokia Partnership Program and the Nokia 9000i Communicator development environment, go to our web site at If you are interested in joining, please contact Nokia directly via e-mail at

Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is a leader in digital technologies including mobile phones, cellular and fixed telecommunications networks, wireless data solutions and multimedia terminals. With sales in approximately 130 countries, net sales totaled $8.5 billion in 1996. Nokia employs more than 34,000 people in 45 countries. Nokia's shares are listed in Helsinki, New York, London, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Paris.