Today at Cannes Nokia announced the long awaited Communicator successor Nokia 9500. The tri-band device supporting I-GPRS (EDGE) and Wi-Fi 802.11b is expected to be available in volume during the fourth quarter of 2004. The device is running Series 80 on the inside and Series 40 on the outside.
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Nokia launches new enterprise-class Communicator
February 23, 2004
The Nokia 9500 Communicator extends business mobility as leading IT vendors offer new solutions and support
Cannes, February 23, 2004--Nokia today renewed its commitment to enterprise mobility with the introduction of the first in a series of new enterprise-grade mobile devices designed for corporate customers. The new Nokia 9500 Communicator is one of the first cellular devices on the market designed to meet the demands of corporate IT departments for customization, manageability and security. The tri-band device supporting E-GPRS (EDGE) and Wi-Fi 802.11b is expected to be available in volume during the fourth quarter of 2004. The price (unsubsidized) of the Nokia 9500 Communicator is expected to be around ˆ800 in Europe.
With the announcement of the new enterprise-class communicator series, Nokia's recently formed Enterprise Solutions business group evolves the company's portfolio of business-optimised devices to include a full range of differentiated devices.
"Nokia understands mobility better than anyone," said Mary McDowell, Nokia Enterprise Solutions' newly appointed senior vice president and general manager. "The Nokia 9500 Communicator combines our knowledge of enterprise customer needs and critical usability issues with our expertise in mobile connectivity and security, resulting in the first mobile device that enables fast and universal access to corporate services, and is backed by proven application and software support from leading IT vendors."
Key Functions and Features
Like its predecessors from the first Communicator family, the Nokia 9500 Communicator takes the most popular office solutions mobile by bringing e-mail, personal information management, with PC synchronization, browsing, vertical enterprise applications and even document, spreadsheet and presentation creation into the pockets of mobile professionals, allowing them to effectively utilize their time while on the road. Other features of the sleek 222-gram (7.83 oz.) device include:
Tri-band GSM capability (two variants: 900/1800/1900 MHz and 850/1800/1900 MHz)
Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b
Symbian Operating System 7.0S Platform with J2ME Personal Profile environment
In-built VGA camera & Multimedia messaging
Bluetooth audio and data support
USB connectivity (Nokia Connectivity Cable DKU-2)
80 MB of free user memory
Two color (up to 65k colors) displays with
640x200 pixels, Series 80 User Interface
128x128 pixels, Series 40 User Interface
E-mail support: POP3, IMAP,
Email: IMAP4, POP3, SMTP, SyncML
Security: SSL/TLS, Ipsec VPN
Office tool support: documents, spreadsheet, presentations
Also unveiled were the Connectivity desk stand for convenient charging and synchronization with a compatible PC, the Mobile Holder, which firmly holds the Nokia 9500 communicator in place in the car, and the Antenna Coupler, which provides a connection to an external antenna. For personalization, optional color covers are expected to be available.
Interoperability and Compatibility
Compatible and interoperable with existing IT infrastructures, the Nokia 9500 Communicator supports remote management using over-the-air provisioning, PC tools for device management, and customization capabilities. It also provides IT managers with a cost effective, easy-to-maintain and frequently updated device base, easing maintenance and deployment. Based on the Symbian operating system 7.0, JavaTM Personal Profile and MIDP2.0, the Nokia 9500 Communicator series offers developers a well-known and respected foundation upon which to build innovative solutions, facilitating forward compatibility with future members of the new enterprise Communicator family.
Secure Mobile Connectivity
The Nokia 9500 Communicator supports a broad range of standards-based security solutions. Data traffic can be effectively secured by a variety of standard Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions. For example, the Nokia Mobile (VPN) solution - consisting of the Nokia Security Service Manager and the Nokia Mobile VPN Client - integrates with existing corporate infrastructure and extends the use of IPSec VPN to mobile devices. Additionally, Symantec plans to provide unique firewall and antivirus protection with advanced over-the-air update features. The Nokia 9500 Communicator also supports other key security features such as device lock and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption for web-based applications.
Broad IT Industry Endorsement
Leading corporate information and communications technology vendors are already endorsing and/or supporting the new Communicator series with applications and software built especially for the new platform. Nokia's close collaboration with these vendors will provide corporate customers with best-in-class solutions that enable them to mobilize business processes, and make effective and secure remote connections to their existing IT infrastructures.
Companies that have already committed their support for the Nokia 9500 Communicator series include:
Cap Gemini Ernst &Young -@Anyplace Mobility Offerings
Cisco Systems, Inc. -Wireless LAN infrastructure interoperability
Computer Associates -streamlined management of mobile devices
Fujitsu -IT services and solutions provider
HP - mobile printing solutions
IBM - IBM's WebSphere Everyplace software offerings optimized for the Nokia Communicator
Oracle -Access to Oracle Collaboration Suite - email, files, calendar, web conferencing, faxes etc.
SAP AG -intends to investigate opportunities for SAP® solutions for mobile business arising from Nokia's Communicator platform
Symantec -mobile device Internet security solutions, including firewall and antivirus
Global Developer Support
Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer program, offers multiple resources to support developers in building enterprise applications for the new Nokia 9500 Communicator. SDKs available at launch include Nokia Communicator SDK 1.0 Beta for Symbian OS 7.0s, Nokia Communicator MIDP SDK 1.0 Beta for Symbian OS 7.0s, and Personal Profile Plug-in 1.0 Beta for Nokia Communicator SDK. Developers also can access more than 20 relevant white papers and documents covering topics such as migrating both existing Nokia 9200 Communicator applications as well as existing Series 90 applications to the Nokia 9500 Communicator and guidelines for enterprise development. For more information and downloads of these resources visit www.forum.nokia.com/9500.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.
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