Did Finland not get the memo that there is a worldwide economic slowdown? That’s the question this week, as Finnish-based Nokia has announced the release of three new handsets, including the Nokia 6700 classic, the Nokia 6303 classic and the Nokia 2700 classic. These three devices are attempts to build on the “classic” Nokia premium handsets with quality materials and easy to use functionality.
The 6700 is actually the latest update of the popular 6300, which was one of the top selling phones from Nokia in 2006. “The Nokia 6700 moves that bar even higher with a beautiful, slim design and perfectly balanced practicality,” said Soren Petersen, Senior Vice President, Nokia. “Our new arrival shares the same ‘DNA’ as its predecessor and we believe that it will be one of our best selling devices in 2009.”
The 6700, which will be available in Europe for 235 Euros, features include:
- 5 megapixel camera
- GPS navigation with Nokia Maps
- High-speed data access
The Nokia 6303, which will also be available in Europe for 135 Euros, offers:
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- 2.2 inch screen
- 3.5mm audio jack to take advantage of the handset as a fully-fledged mobile music player
The Nokia 2700, available in Europe for 65 Euros, includes:
- 2GB of storage via the memory card slot
- Integrated music player
- 2.0 megapixel camera
All three devices are expected to ship in the second quarter of 2009, and if past trends are repeated, these handsets could make their way to North America by this summer.
The Shadow Knows T-Mobile
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows…” OK, that has pretty much nothing to do with T-Mobile’s new announcement, but it was worth mentioning and no doubt some owners of the new handset will make a similar corny joke.
This week T-Mobile announced that the T-Mobile Shadow has arrived – and in advance of Groundhog Day too. This new handset features support for T-Mobile unlimited HotSpot calling, runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and features a 20-key QWERTY keypad and plenty of other bells and whistles that would make a comic book super hero envious.
“The T-Mobile Shadow provides customers with a variety of ways to easily stay connected, whether it’s calling their loved ones with one of T-Mobile’s unlimited calling services, e-mailing friends or sharing family photos,” said Travis Warren, director of device marketing, T-Mobile USA. “We’re excited to bring a new, very attractive and stylish design and two new colors to the T-Mobile Shadow lineup.”
The phone, which was designed by HTC (which is also overseeing the manufacturing), is just the latest handset to arrive from the Taiwanese maker for T-Mobile.
Key features include:
- Powered Windows Mobile 6.1
- Slide-out 20-key QWERTY keypad
- Unlimited HotSpot Calling
- 2.0 Megapixel camera
- QVGA display
- Wi-Fi Web browser
The T-Mobile Shadow is now available in white mint and black burgundy and is available at select T-Mobile retail stores, and online, for $349.99 with $150 instant discount and $50 mail-in rebate.
The phone could be quite popular too, as T-Mobile is also reporting that the carrier ended 2008 with 32.8 million customers. In the fourth quarter of 2008, T-Mobile USA added 621,000 net new customers compared to 670,000 in the third quarter of 2008 and 951,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007.