The release marks a first, tentative step by the giant handset maker in the third-generation (3G) handset market, which has already seen handsets launched byand U.S.-based Motorola.
The road to 3G has been marked by--and remains rocky. European mobile operators said Thursday that 3G phones were still unreliable, expensive and bulky, and that services for consumers were too limited.
Nokia said its 6650 model will first be shipped to Japan's J-Phone, a unit of Vodafone, and to Mobilkom Austria this month. The company previously said shipments of the phone would begin by the end of the month.