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E-mail gets top billing in new Nokia phones

Three models due next year are designed to work with BlackBerry Connect and other mobile mail systems. Photos: Nokia's E series phones

Mobile phone giant Nokia said Wednesday it is launching three new mobile devices for business users, to hit the shelves in the first quarter of next year.

The company said the E60, E61 and E70 are designed to work with mobile e-mail systems like Research In Motion's BlackBerry Connect as well as Nokia's own Business Center, which it launched last month to make e-mail available on a wider range of phones.

They would also support mobile e-mail from Visto Mobile, Seven and Good Technology.

The new devices include a range of GSM frequencies and 3G capability as well as WLAN and Bluetooth short-range radio technologies, Nokia said.

The E60 would allow conference calls as well as Internet Protocol-based telephone applications, with a color screen for handling e-mail and calendar functions.

The E61 has a full keyboard and can send and receive e-mails while the user is making a phone call.

The E70 has a messaging keyboard, with a color screen for viewing e-mails as well as spreadsheets and presentations.

Nokia did not give prices for the new models.