Cingular Now Widely Offering Nokia 9300 Communicator

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A major U.S. cellular provider is finally going to offer one of Nokia’s cellular-wireless handhelds to the general public.

The Nokia 9300 Communicator debuted from this carrier several months ago months ago, but until now it has only been available through Cingular’s business channels.

It costs $300 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

The BlackBerry Connection

The 9300 will use the BlackBerry Connect service for synchronizing email and other information.

Nokia 9300 CommunicatorCingular will be the first U.S. carrier to launch the popular BlackBerry wireless services on a third-party handset.

Customers can choose from either a $45 a month unlimited data plan or a 4 Mb data plan that will cost $35 when they also choose a qualifying voice plan.

Corporate customers have the option of getting the BlackBerry Enterprise Server for a complete enterprise messaging solution.

An Overview of the 9300 Communicator

On the outside, the 9300 looks like a mobile phone, with a numberpad and a small screen for phone-related information. When opened, the device reveals a full keyboard and a 640-by-200-pixel, color display.

It runs Symbian OS 7.0 with Nokia’s Series 80 providing the user interface.

Series 80 does not support the use of touchscreens, so the 9300 has a D-pad and on-screen cursor.

This handheld is 5.2 inches wide, 2.0 inches tall, and 0.83 inches thick (132 mm by 51 mm by 21 mm). It weighs 5.9 ounces (167 g).

Wireless Capabilities

This is a GSM/GPRS/EDGE device, and it has Bluetooth 1.2 short-range wireless networking.

Nokia 9300 CommunicatorIts web browser support HTML 4.01 and xHTML. Its email client supports IMAP4, POP3, SMTP, SyncML, and — as mentioned earlier — BlackBerry Connect. Of course, it can handle attachments.

Business and Personal Applications

The 9300 Communicator has 80 MB of free user memory, plus a hot-swappable MMC card slot. This gives it plenty of space to hold emails, documents, presentations, text and multimedia messages, ring tones, data files, calendar notes, and to-do lists.

It includes applications supporting Microsoft Office-compatible documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, plus it has a PDF viewer.

Its PIM applications can be synchronized with Nokia’s PC Suite software.

This device isn’t just about business. It comes with a music player with MP3, MPEG4 (AAC), Real Audio, and midi support. A video player supports RealVideo, MPEG4, and H.263.

To make transferring files between the PC and the handheld faster, the 9300 uses USB 2.0.

Additional information on this device is available in Brighthand’s review of this handheld.

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