Sony Ericsson unveils the T61d - first Sony Ericsson phone for TDMA markets

June 17, 2002

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications today announced the T61d, the first Sony Ericsson branded mobile phone for TDMA systems. The T61d allows consumers to stay organized and keep connected while also offering personalization options.

“The Sony Ericsson T61d is designed for those who expect their mobile phones to keep up with their busy schedules,” said Bo Larsson, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Sony Ericsson, North America. “The T61d is perfect for the on-the-go person who needs to stay organized and connected, but also requires a phone that has a bit of personality for customization to express their own tastes.”

With five-way joystick navigation and a large display, the T61d reinforces Sony Ericsson’s commitment to creating products that are extremely easy to operate and fun to use. The phone doubles as a personal organizer, allowing users to store up to 500 contacts with multiple numbers per name. In addition, users may set reminders, save appointments, use the phone as an alarm and save dates with the calendar and To Do list. PC synchronization capability enables user-friendly transfer of calendar and contact data between the PC and the T61d. The T61d provides users the opportunity to make voice-activated calls with its Magic Word feature and supports two-way text messaging and mobile chat.

For users who like to personalize their phones, the T61d shows off its individuality in a variety of ways. Available in Apollo Grey, the T61d also offers interchangeable faceplates in red, blue, orange and green. Downloadable ring tones can be used for caller identification purposes and graphics can be used as wallpaper. A variety of other customization and entertainment options are provided including various embedded games.

The T61d is the first Sony Ericsson TDMA phone to meet FCC and operator requirements for integrated compatibility with TTY, a special device that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired to communicate by typing messages back and forth to one another. In addition, the T61d supports a wide variety of accessories, including SmartBack accessories, which fully integrate into the back of the phone, giving users such benefits as a retractable portable hands-free or built-in FM radio.

The T61d has up to 3.75 hours of talk time and up to 225 hours of standby time. The phone is expected to be available in Q3 2002.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. Established in 2001 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation, the joint venture continues to build on the success of its two innovative parent companies. Sony Ericsson creates value for its operator customers by bringing new ways of using multimedia communications while mobile. The company’s management is based in London, and has 4,000 employees across the globe working on research, development, design, sales, marketing, distribution and support.