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Nokia in CeBit phone frenzy

CeBit: not 3G but nearly, Nokia's new GPRS mobiles

Nokia has announced three new mobiles, two of which boast third-generation wireless technology.

All three phones unveiled at the CeBit IT show in Germany build on their predecessors' features.

The 3330 (pictured top) bundles a WAP 1.1 browser and promises improved support for games downloaded to the phone. The 3330 also gains voice-dialling capabilities, previously reserved for Nokia’s high-end handsets.

For the connected business user, the 6310 (middle) combines GPRS and Bluetooth with high-speed wireless data transfer technologies. GPRS provides an ‘always on’ internet connection for mobile devices.

In theory GPRS users will be billed by amount of data sent and received, rather than time spent online. Foreseeing possible difficulties with fluctuating GPRS bandwidth, Nokia has included the older circuit-switched HSCSD technology so the 6310 can support videoconferencing. The 6310's lithium-polymer battery provides up to 20 days standby time between charges.

Fashionistas are well catered for by the 8310 (bottom) which has a striking white backlight. Combining GPRS and WAP 1.2.1, the 8310 also has an integrated FM radio operated via a hands-free kit.

Voice support for the 8310 has been extended to cover user profile selection (such as Silent or Outdoors) and voice-memo capabilities as well as voice dialling.

The 3330 should be in shops by the summer, followed by the 8310 in the third quarter and the 6310 in the fourth.

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