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Telenor launches UMTS network offering Nokia 6630 smartphone
Posted: 01-Dec-2004 [Source: Telenor]

[Norway's Telenor launches its new UMTS mobile network for commercial use and has selected the Nokia 6630 smartphone for its 3G WCDMA product portfolio. T]

Fornebu -- On Wednesday Telenor opened its new UMTS mobile network for commercial use. The network offers very high data transmission speeds, and Telenor Mobil's customers will have access to third generation mobile services such as video calls and Mobile TV. At the time of launch, the network covers 70 cities and densely populated areas in Norway.

UMTS stands for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System. The new technology will give customers of Telenor Mobil even better access to the new mobile services commonly known under the heading 3G services. This involves opportunities for transmissions of live images, and faster Internet connection speeds than what customers have been accustomed to from existing mobile systems. At the time of launch, Telenor's UMTS network covers more than two million people in 70 cities and densely populated areas. By March 2005, 132 cities and densely populated areas will be covered, and all areas with more than 200 people will have full coverage by 2007. During an introductory phase, Telenor Mobil customers will be able to make video calls free of charge. During the campaign period, customers in the consumer market will not be charged more than NOK 5 per day for Mobile TV and other Internet access (packet switched). Facts about 3G services: To enjoy access to the new 3G services, customers will need EDGE or UMTS handsets, and users must be within an area that has 3G coverage. Mobile phones that support Telenor's 3G services will be easy to identify in sales outlets, and customers should have few problems finding the right models. Regular phone calls will be charged as today, depending on subscription plan. From next year, regular consumer prices will be NOK 20 per downloaded MB, with a maximum limit of NOK 30 per day. Video calls will be charged NOK 2.24 (Post-paid) and NOK 3.74 (Prepaid) per minute, in addition to a NOK 0.99 start up fee. Regular business prices will be NOK 10 per MB for the first 50 MB per month, and NOK 8 per MB exceeding 50 MB. A full price list will be made available on our web site.

The Nokia 6630 smartphone will be available through Telenor retailer chains in Norway. Based on Symbian OS, the Nokia 6630 phone is a tri-band handset designed to work on 3G (WCDMA), EDGE and 2G (GSM 900/1800/1900) networks around the world. Weighing 127 grams and measuring 110 x 60 x 21 mm, it is currently the lightest globally available megapixel dual-mode phone for GSM and WCDMA networks.

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