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Nokia 6340 TDMA&GSM

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by Guest, Jan 8, 2002.

  1. Guest

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    I have heard reports that Nokia will be producing a handset with the title 6340. This phone will be BOTH TDMA & GSM capable. Is there any other input on this news?? Will this be with AT&T Wirless or Cingular Wireless?? When will it be available??

    link: http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1004-200-8364810.html
     
  2. Kenny

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    Here's more info on that new Nokia phone. Yes that phone is targeted for Cingular and AT&T as they both currently have a mix of TDMA and GSM on their networks.

    By Dan McDonough, Jr.
    Wireless NewsFactor
    January 7, 2002

    One of the first carriers to jump on the Nokia 6340 handset likely will be Cingular Wireless, which has been deploying GSM systems over its existing TDMA and analog networks.

    Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has unveiled a new handset packed with the latest wireless technology -- including a wallet feature that allows users to conduct transactions using their mobile phone. But the phone's most significant feature has nothing to do with applications. It has to do with compatibility.

    The new Nokia 6340 can roam between TDMA (time division multiple access) networks and GSM (global system for mobile communications) networks. The GAIT (GSM ANSI interoperability team)-compliant handset is like a phone that speaks two languages, and it is the first of its kind, according to Nokia.

    Using this new breed of handset, wireless operators will find it easier to migrate from older-generation networks to the latest technology.

    "As TDMA carriers prepare for the future by building and integrating GSM technology into their systems, the Nokia 6340 wireless phone will give operators the flexibility to allow for roaming between their current and future networks," Nokia senior vice president of sales Pekka Vartiainen said.

    Carriers Are Waiting
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    One of the first carriers poised to jump on the Nokia 6340 handset likely will be Cingular Wireless, the second largest wireless operator in the United States. For months, the company has been deploying GSM systems over its existing TDMA and analog networks. The Nokia 6340 can operate on all three of the technologies used in the Cingular nationwide network.

    "Since roaming is seamless and automatic, consumers will have the ability to use all of their digital services in both TDMA and GSM service areas without having to worry about what kind of technology is being used in a particular area," Vartiainen said.

    Although TDMA is the basis of Cingular's main digital network, GSM seems to be the natural way for the carrier to migrate because it offers more sophisticated ways to grow into next-generation technologies -- and it is immensely popular worldwide.

    GSM has about 500 million users worldwide and is employed in more than 70 percent of the world's digital wireless market. That is why Cingular already has rolled out the technology in California, Washington, Nevada, South Carolina, North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and coastal Georgia.

    Other Perks Exist
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    Carriers like Cingular will be able to get their hands on the new GAIT-compliant handset during the first half of this year, according to Nokia. And the roaming capabilities will not be the only perks of the 6340.

    Nokia said its new handset's "wallet" feature allows users to store credit card and debit card information in the phone using ECML (electronic commerce markup language) format. The handset also can store shipping addresses and personal notes, all of which can be accessed and securely transferred to m-commerce sites.

    The device also doubles as a wireless modem when connected to a PC via either infrared or a cable, and it includes an audio equalizer that can fine-tune the sound of the phone, according to Nokia.

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    Additional features of the Nokia 6340 phone include:
    · Predictive text input for fast and easy mobile messaging
    · Included Extended 1000mAh Li-Ion battery provides:
    - Up to 5 hours GSM talk time and up to 4 hours TDMA talk time
    - Up to 16 days GSM and TDMA standby time
    · Phone book with up to 500 contact capacity with up to 5 numbers and
    3 text entries per contact
    · Organizer includes calendar with up to 500 entries, daily/weekly
    view and to-do list with 30 tasks
    · Capacity for up to 10 downloadable ring tones and up to 5 picture
    messages
    · Nokia PC Suite (free download) for data synchronization and backup,
    custom ring tone and picture message design
    · 4 games, including 'Pass 'n Rush'
     

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