Nokia stuffs phones with features

The Finnish company announces new mobile phones, including one with a camera, Internet browsing, infrared connectivity and an FM radio.

Nokia announced on Friday new mobile phones, including one with a camera, Internet browsing, infrared connectivity and an FM radio.

The Nokia 6225, a new CDMA (code division multiple access) handset, weighs about 3.5 ounces and features a built-in camera, a color screen, Global Positioning System (GPS) support for carriers that implement E911 systems, infrared connectivity and an FM radio. It supports Internet browsing for customers whose carriers use CDMA2000 1X technology.

The Finnish company also announced the Nokia 6560, a TDMA (time division multiple access) handset with color display and dual-band functionality that supports the Advanced Mobile Phone System, the original analog mobile phone specification. The phone weighs 3.1 ounces. It has a color display and infrared connectivity.

Separately, the company said it will soon launch a tri-band phone for use in GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks that have 3G (third-generation) technologies. The phone also has a camera, a color screen and a Multimedia Message Service (MMS) function, as well as a new feature that lets consumers design their own cut-out phone covers.

Sales packages will include three cut-out covers with matching wallpapers and ring tones, as well as 10 blank covers that are perforated to fit the phone's keypad. Users can browse for designs online or create their own on their computers, and then make printouts using their own printer. They can also paint, paste, sketch or color their designs on the blank cut-out covers to create customized covers. Precut post cards and cutters will be available for users to punch out customized front and back covers.

Nokia said all the three new handsets are expected to be available in the last quarter of 2003. Prices were not announced.

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