Cingular and Nokia Set the Pace for Wireless Data in Indy
The New EDGE-enabled Nokia 6200 Handset Revs Up the Data Rate for Wireless Internet Access via Phone or Laptop
INDIANAPOLIS, June 30, 2003- Cingular Wireless and Nokia today announced the immediate availability of the Nokia 6200 tri-band (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1800/1900 MHz) phone in Cingular's Indianapolis market. The new device is Cingular's first handset enabled with Enhanced Datarate for Global Evolution (EDGE) technology, and its availability coincides with Cingular's first commercial deployment of EDGE enhanced wireless services. The Nokia 6200 offers users robust mobile data services via high speed Internet connectivity.
With the Nokia 6200 EDGE handset, users in Cingular's Indianapolis market can download content, applications and browse the Internet using Cingular's Wireless Internet Express at data rates approximately two times that of conventional dial up. Users can also access corporate data using Cingular's DataConnect kit, which includes a Nokia data cable and software. Personal calendar, address book and to-do lists can be remotely synchronized over the air with a network server from a PC to keep vital information up to date.
"Indianapolis is famous for speed records, so it's fitting that it is the first market in the country to have our EDGE-enabled data products and services," said Bob Puglielli, Indianapolis Vice President and General Manager, Cingular Wireless. "Indianapolis customers can now enjoy both the best wireless experience and the fastest data speeds on Cingular's network."
The Nokia 6200 supports Java(TM) * technology that enables users to download personalized content and applications of their choice, such as stock tracking programs, city guides and management applications. The addition of an optional Nokia Camera Headset lets users capture and share images with a simple click and send, using Cingular's Photo Messaging Service.
In addition, the feature-rich Nokia 6200 phone boasts a large, high-resolution color display optimized for image display and XHTML browsing, and has an ergonomically designed keyboard with large buttons for fast and easy mobile messaging. Users can also enjoy a high-quality sound experience with polyphonic (MIDI) ring tones, and an integrated stereo FM radio.
A key benefit of the Nokia 6200 phone is that it is backwards compatible with GPRS and programmed to stay "on network." If a customer travels from a Cingular EDGE coverage area to a Cingular area that has GPRS, the device will fall back to Cingular's GPRS coverage, even while in a data session. Roaming fees are also the same for GPRS and EDGE.
Additional features of the Nokia 6200 phone include:
Four way scroll for faster navigation
Up to four hours talk time, 10 days standby time
SMS (short message service)/MMS (multimedia message service)
XHTML WAP browser
Voice memo, recording, dial commands and integrated speakerphone
The Nokia 6200 phone will be available through Cingular Wireless business sales executives, retail stores and authorized dealers for $199 with a two-year service agreement.
About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE - SBC) and BellSouth (NYSE - BLS), serves more than 22 million voice and data customers across the United States. A leader in mobile voice and data communications, Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover, the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Cingular provides cellular/PCS service in 43 of the top 50 markets nationwide, and provides corporate e-mail and other advanced data services through its EDGE, GPRS and Mobitex packet data networks. Details of the company are available at www.cingular.com.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.