CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Mobile

Nokia's first 3G phone sets sail

The Finnish telecom equipment maker says it has begun shipping its first mobile phone that offers high-speed Internet to European and Asian retailers and operators.

Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia said Friday that it had begun shipping its first mobile phone that offers high-speed Internet to European and Asian retailers and operators.

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 by Japan's NEC and U.S.-based Motorola.

The road to 3G has been marked by delayed product launches and unstable technology--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.

Story Copyright  © 2003 Reuters Limited.  All rights reserved.