Nokia 6301 offers UMA

Nokia's newest handset operates on GSM and Wi-Fi networks.

Nokia 6301
Nokia 6301 Nokia

In an ideal world, every cell phone would be able to switch seamlessly from cellular to Wi-Fi networks. Unfortunately, that world is a long ways off, but Nokia is trying to get us partway there. Today the company unveiled its new 6301 handset, which is compatible with Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology. UMA allows users to make calls on a normal GSM network and then switch to Wi-Fi for voice and/or data. As Nokia said, it brings both the benefits of a cellular and a landline handset.

Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, voice dialing and commands, a music player, and an FM radio. All of those goodies are packed in a thin (0.51 inch) candy bar design with a stainless steel body. The only catch is that the tri-band (GSM 900/1800/1900) handset isn't meant for North America just yet. But if you live across the pond, you can get it in the fourth quarter of this year for 230 euros (about $323).

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