Nokia teams cellphone with Win95

Nokia is taking the integration of computer and cellular technologies a stage further with its new high-end phone, the 6110, aimed at the mass market. The 6110 supports full data connectivity, including sending and receiving faxes, email and files from a PC via the Nokia Data Suite version 1.2. The suite, available in English and Chinese, integrates the cellphone with Windows 95. And it even has three built-in games.

Nokia is taking the integration of computer and cellular technologies a stage further with its new high-end phone, the 6110, aimed at the mass market.

The 6110 supports full data connectivity, including sending and receiving faxes, email and files from a PC via the Nokia Data Suite version 1.2.

The suite, available in English and Chinese, integrates the cellphone with Windows 95.

The phone comes with an infrared connector, allowing phone-to-phone transfer of names, phone numbers and messages, as well as printing of phone book entries.

Features include an alarm clock, a calendar to remind users of calls they need to make, dates, birthdays and meetings.

It also has three games. Nokia’s Philippines general manager, John Ogier, says there is a significant market for people who want a phone they can use during nine to five but have fun with after hours.

Marketing director Phil Mulholland says prices for the new phones — which use EFR (enhanced full rate) voice processing technology developed in conjunction with the University of Sherbrooke in Canada — won’t be announced until they actually hit the market.

Implementation of EFR, said to offer superior voice and audio quality, will depend on individual operator decisions, but Nokia Asia-Pacific product marketing director Nigel Rundstrom says he believes the industry will ensure networks can support the technology by the end of 1997.

The new phone has three-volt technology, which gives 60 to 270 hours of standby time on a slim lithium-ion battery. With the extended battery users can get standby time of up to 450 hours, the company says.

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