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AT&T offers phone with e-mail, IM

AT&T Wireless launches Nokia's latest phone for customers who want e-mail, IM and digital images when they're on the move.

AT&T Wireless and Nokia on Monday launched a new cell phone that lets people send e-mail, instant messages and digital images over their handsets.

The Nokia 6800 phone operates on General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) networks for high-speed data connectivity and delivers e-mail via POP3 and IMAP4 servers, the company said. By using a connector, digital images can be sent to a PC or other multimedia messaging-enabled mobile device.

The carrier said the phone will come preconfigured with an e-mail application for AT&T subscribers and will let them download new applications over the wireless network.

"This combination reduces the need for people to carry multiple devices or seek out wired access points in order to get the information they need when they're out of the office," Jake Sagehorn, director of Nokia mobile phones business applications unit, said in a statement.

U.S. wireless firms have had problems convincing America's cell phone owners to upgrade to more expensive handsets that are compatible with new services such as photo mail, downloadable games and better-quality ring tones. Last week, Sprint PCS and Samsung announced a new gadget that lets people convert their phones into wireless game consoles.

The Nokia phone will be available from AT&T Wireless for $150.