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Nokia answers convergence call with Nokia 6301 UMA phone

September 20, 2007

Espoo, Finland - With a sleek stainless steel
design, the Nokia 6301 phone launched today is not only stylish, but
offers consumers seamless voice and data mobility across GSM cellular
and WLAN networks via Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology. The
Nokia 6301 phone uses UMA technology to integrate the benefits of
landline and a mobile phone, including seamless indoor coverage, sound
quality and affordability.
 
"The
convergence of mobile and fixed/land-line technologies means consumers
are looking for products that can help make their lives easier," said
Peter Ropke, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "With the
Nokia 6301 utilizing UMA technology, worldwide triband GSM coverage is
combined with superior indoor WLAN coverage to create a device that
people can use in virtually any situation.
 
With
UMA technology, the consumer can use the GSM network or a broadband
Internet-connected WLAN network for mobile services. This can ensure
excellent indoor coverage both at office and home. The consumer can
have one multi-mode handset that works everywhere with enhanced and
easy-to-use voice services. And, WLAN/UMA provides excellent coverage
and sound quality, even in areas where mobile phone reception has
previously been poor.  
 
With
UMA technology, the Nokia 6301 benefits operators as well, allowing
them to deliver voice and data services to subscribers over WLAN,
substantially increasing mobile service availability while decreasing
the costs related to network deployment.
 
Orange will be one of the first operators to offer the Nokia 6301, as part of its Unik/Unique portfolio.
 
Yves
Maitre, Senior Vice President, Devices, Orange said "The Nokia 6301 is
a stylish new addition to our Unik range of converged fixed and mobile
phones. Orange's Unik offer brings together the convenience of a single
phone and tariff at home and on the move and the widest range of UMA
handsets. The Nokia 6301, with its sleek candy bar design and
attractive stainless steel exterior adds to the appeal of Unik for
Orange customers."
 
The
Nokia 6301 is an evolution of the modern monoblock design. Weighing a
mere 93 grams and measuring less than 13.1mm thin, the Nokia 6301 is
constructed of quality materials. To accompany the UMA technology, the
Nokia 6301 also offers consumers a modern suite of features, including
a 2 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom and full screen viewfinder.
Ideal for home and office, the Nokia 6301 comes with an attractive desk
stand, the Nokia Desk Stand DT-23, to hold the phone and keep its
battery charged while connected to WLAN.
 
The
clean lines and recessed buttons of the Nokia 6301 are highlighted by a
stainless steel frame with hand-hugging curves. In addition, the Nokia
6301 includes:
- 2-inch QVGA screen
- USB/PC Synchronization
- Internal user memory of 30MB and 128MB in-box microSD card, with support for up to 4GB microSD cards
- Voice dialing, voice commands and voice recording
- MP3 player, FM radio
- Integrated hands-free speaker
 
The
Nokia 6301 has a talk-time of up to 3.5 hours and a standby time of up
to 14 days. The Nokia 6301 is expected to begin shipping to select
markets in Europe during the fourth quarter of 2007 with an estimated
retail price of 230 euros before subsidies or taxes.