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Sony Ericsson unveils its first commercial 3G phone

The wait is over

Adding to the flow of product announcements at the
3GSM World Congress trade show and conference in Cannes, France is the launch of a new mobile broadband phone and PC card by mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson unveiled its first 3G (third-generation) mobile broadband handset today; the clamshell dual-mode Z1010, which can be used for video calls and video streaming applications on 3G and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) networks, the company said in a statement.

The handset, the first in a line of 3G phones targeting the consumer market, features two cameras, placed below the main display, one dedicated to video calls. It also has two displays, with the main one offering over 65,000 colours, according to the statement.

The phone provides a 384Kbps (bit per second) downlink and a variety of messaging services such as SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) and video MMS. It uses Sony's Memory Stick Duo technology, which makes it easier to transfer images, video clips and music files to and from the phone, the company said.

After completing interoperability testing for the Z1010 handset during the second quarter, Sony Ericsson said it plans to have the product available for operators launching commercial 3G service in the second half of 2003. The London-based manufacturer has been shipping test phones since the middle of 2002.


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