Nokia trying to communicate better Set to release the 9310 Communicator today

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In late May, Nokia released the Communicator 9290 in the US with limited success. While the large clamshell design opened to reveal a very nice, wide color screen and large (by thumb-pad standards) QWERTY keyboard, it was hampered by GSM connectivity speeds. All that is about to change – today in fact, as the Nokia Communicator 9310 gets its wings.


There s no doubt that when the 9290 was launched in the US , there was a lot of excitement. Nokia played it cool though, releasing the device primarily on it s own Web site. The 9290 was hampered by two major issues. First, it was large. Second, the connectivity speeds were at GSM rates instead of GPRS.


There s no solving the size issue, at least this time around. The body will be virtually identical to the 9290. In fact, most of the specs will be the same, except issue number two.


The 9310 will boast a GPRS connection, which was perhaps the largest stumbling block for potential buyers of the 9290. What s the difference you ask? GSM connections rely on a process that only allows maximum speeds of 9,600bps. While this is fine for an average phone conversation, for data transfer, that s a major step backward. The Treo line was plagued by the same issue, until Handspring released the GPRS version that could communicate at a theoretical 57,600bps. With server-side acceleration software, these connection speeds can actually be doubled, virtually, enabling a quite peppy connection to the internet.


This change bodes well for Nokia who has had much international support for this product line. Anyone who considered the 9290 the first time around should take a serious look at this new effort.


No pricing had been announced, but look for it to fall near $599 when it is released at some point today. We ll have more as soon as it s official.





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