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Nokia Adds Wi-Fi To Smartphone

Posted by inet - 2005-11-30

Nokia said Tuesday that it will release a version of its model 9300 smartphone that includes Wi-Fi support.

The company started shipping the 9300 in the U.S. last fall. The clamshell device is notable for its larger screen and keyboard compared to many other smartphones. However, the initial release did not include support for wireless LAN connections.

Aimed at the enterprise, the updated device, dubbed the 9300i, comes with built-in support for mobile e-mail via BlackBerry Connect and Nokia's Business Center as well as mobile e-mail delivered using technology from Seven and Visto.

The phone supports EDGE networks such as those offered in the U.S. by T-Mobile and Cingular. However, Cingular has started the process of upgrading to next-generation cellular data systems, specifically UMTS and the follow-on technology, HSDPA.

Nokia said in its statement that the Wi-Fi enabled version of the 9300, called the 9300i, will start shipping in the first quarter of 2006. Pricing details were not released.

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