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Nokia 8890 World Phone introduced
Posted: 23-Feb-2000 [Source: Nokia press release]

[Nokia introduced its first "World Phone" today. The Nokia 8890 operates on the American, European, and Asian GSM networks.]

Hanover, Germany -- Nokia today unveiled its first world phone for the frequent traveler, the Nokia 8890. Operational where network service is available on five continents and over 120 countries, the dual band GSM900/GSM1900 phone offers exceptional performance without compromising design. The Nokia 8890 was launched today at CeBIT 2000 in Hanover, Germany, and at a launch event held in New York. The Nokia 8890 is expected to be available around the world in the second quarter of 2000.

According to Nokia research, more than 40 million people travel between the Americas, Europe and/or Asia every year. More than 30% of these frequent fliers are business travelers that need to be in contact with their office or family in great number of destinations. The Nokia 8890 phone simplifies international travel, offering automatic network selection and a real-time clock, which can automatically (network dependent) set the correct local time.

With a blue-tinted illuminated display and only 3.2 ounces (91 grams), the Nokia 8890 phone is one of the smallest phones ever made by Nokia. It combines new features such as voice dialing, predictive text input and picture messaging with design resembling that of the Nokia 8850 (dual band GSM 900/1800). The matte aluminum magnesium cover of the Nokia 8890 makes a pleasing contrast with the chrome details of the keys and the frame around the display and reflects the next design trend - subtle colors and clean lines combined with timeless simplicity.

"The Nokia 8890 phone is unlike any other world phone on the market, it is premium in every detail. Although fashion influences our work, we at Nokia do not follow trends. Being at forefront of design means that you really have to be in tune with what's happening in fashion, architecture and other areas, " said Soren Jenry Petersen, Vice President, Cellular Mobile Telephones, Nokia Mobile Phones. "The Nokia 8890 is reflective of this and our ability to build technologically advanced products with sophisticated features."

The innovative features of the Nokia 8890 phone include voice dialing, allows the user to store up to 8 voice tags in the phone memory. Once the voice tag is recorded, a phone call can be made simply by activating the feature with a single keystroke, or the button on the headset, and saying the prerecorded name to the phone.

The Nokia 8890 has an infrared link for wireless communication with a compatible Nokia phone or a compatible PC or printer. And the Nokia 8890 phone supports standard communications protocols. You can transfer, for example, phone numbers with the infrared link between compatible phones or you can download new phone numbers and ringing tones over the air. The infrared port of the Nokia 8890 phone enables the transfer of phonebook entries and messages between compatible phones and for data transfer using the phone's built-in modem. Another new feature is the real-time clock, which can automatically receive the correct local time from the network where service is available. The Nokia 8890 has a built-in vibrating alert, and it supports all three wireless voice codecs, HR, FR, and EFR, as well as the extended GSM 900 bandwidth, the EGSM band. The standby time of the Nokia 8890 phone up to six days and talk time is from 2 to 3 hours and 20 minutes, depending on network conditions.

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