Nokia unveils new media phones for mobile internet access
(September 22, 1999) First WAP 1.1 compliant phones for Americas market
Nokia today unveiled the Nokia 7100 Series, its new line of media phones designed to enable easy access to Internet content. The new Nokia 7100 Series phones are based on Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) which enables secure access, and instant interaction with Internet/intranet information and other advanced telephony services. The Nokia 7100 Series product line in the Americas will include the Nokia 7190 (GSM 1900), available during the first half of 2000, and the Nokia 7160 (tri-mode AMPS/ TDMA 800/TDMA 1900), available during the first half of 2000.
With a Nokia developed WAP 1.1. compliant microbrowser, the Nokia 7100 Series media phones can access personalized information services via the Internet (WAP 1.1 supports images). These services can include news, weather reports, stock prices, e-mail, and flight schedules or wireless banking and electronic commerce. Many of these services are already offered by many of the leading wireless operators, and the Nokia 7100 Series media phones will greatly enhance the use of them. In order to demonstrate some of the real benefits of the Value Added Services, Nokia and CNN have today announced extension of CNN Mobile; a wireless news service that can be conveniently accessed with the Nokia 7100 Series phones, to the Americas.
The Nokia 7100 Series phones have Infrared (IrDA) for wireless communication between phone and PC or printers. Phone-to-phone infra red transfer of names, phone numbers and calendar entries also enables quick synchronization between the Nokia 7100 Series phones and PC-based contact information, calendar and to do lists. The Nokia 7100 Series also supports digital data at 9.6 kbps (TDMA) and 14.4 kbps (GSM 1900) with an integrated modem.
With a large graphics display and a number of new and innovative features for ease of operation and text input, the Nokia 7100 Series media phones, with embedded predictive text software gives you the functionality of a full keyboard using only nine buttons. The Nokia 7100 Series phones also have a built-in dictionary, which assists in quickly choosing the right word for a short message (SMS). The predictive text input method is considerably faster than the ordinary way of entering text.
"The emphasis in today's personal communications is shifting from listening to viewing, and hence the demand for services other than voice is growing rapidly," said Rich Geruson, Senior Vice President, USA Sales & Marketing at Nokia Mobile Phones. "Handsets must meet the growing requirements in terms of easy viewing of information, easy text input, and fast and smart access to information without sacrificing weight, size and performance. The Nokia 7100 Series media phones deliver on the concept of Internet in your pocket. "
Ease of operation is enhanced with the new Nokia NaviRoller, another new innovation for quick access to all functions of the phone. The user can scroll the menus and the phonebook functions, and make a selection by clicking the Nokia NaviRoller. The roller can also be used for text input.
Features of the Nokia 7100 Series media phones include:
- Nokia Naviroller key for faster scrolling and easy selection
- Predictive text input for fast and easy way to write e.g. Short Messages
- Voice dialing with up to 10 voice tags
- Large dynamic memory, up to 1000 alphanumeric phonebook memory locations With multiple numbers
- Calendar with details and various view options and stores up to 500 entries
- To-do list, up to 100 entries.
- Profile settings allows adjustment of phone to your environment and lifestyle
- Calling group icons for different calling groups and personal ringing tones
- 40 distinctive ringing tones, 5 are user changeable
- Games: Opposite, Snake, Racket & Rotation
- Call log for 10 dialed/received/missed calls
The 4.9 ounce Nokia 7100 Series media phones are compatible with a wide range of Nokia Original Accessories already available for the Nokia 5100 and 6100 Series phones, including batteries, chargers and Complete Car Kits.
To enhance the compatibility of WAP based products and services, Nokia is currently undertaking interoperability testing for WAP 1.1 compatible products and services with several manufacturers. Hence, a number of leading mobile operators have been piloting new WAP-based value added services, such as Internet and intranet access for GSM mobile phones, using complete Nokia solutions. In co-operation with Nokia and its operator customers, several application developers have created attractive and useful WAP-enabled services and applications for the trials.
About WAP Version 1.1
The WAP Version 1.1 specifications, announced by the WAP Forum on June 30th, 1999, is a newly enhanced version of the mobile Internet standard that will enable rapid commercial deployment of WAP-ready products and services worldwide. Using WAP 1.1, users of digital mobile phones and other wireless devices will be able to securely access and instantly interact with Internet/intranet information and advanced telephony services.
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open global standard for total mobile solutions, including communication between a mobile handset and the Internet or other computer application. WAP-based technology enables the design of advanced, interactive and real-time mobile services, such as mobile banking or Internet-based news services, which can be used in digital mobile phones or other mobile devices. The WAP specification enables solutions from various suppliers to work consistently for end-users on the digital networks. Nokia is a founding member of the WAP Forum, which standardizes intelligent messaging for creating Internet services and applications for digital mobile phones and wireless terminals. For more information about WAP, see www.wapforum.com.
Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks including related services. It also supplies multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 51 000 people.