Day: June 14, 2004

  • Nokia Press Conference Notes

    I’m up for the Nokia press conference.  Yes, it’s 9am in Helsinki, but it’s 2am in DC.  I already know what they’re going to talk about, but I want to hear what they have to say and see the phones.

    With some URL hacking, we have found some pics before the press conference started.  The press conferences has just started and we’re reviewing the entire presentation.

    And some more from thenewsmarket (I’m still waiting to view the full-size videos):

  • The Second Coming of Nokia

    Last week Reuters ran a story about there being “no buzz” about the announcement of a few new phones from some company from Finland that nobody cares about anymore.  I’ve seen the lineup, and I think that there’s going to be a ton of buzz.  Nokia has pushed the rez on their Series 60 phones, embraced WCDMA, VPNs, Push-to-Talk, embraced the flip phone and low-end market, and they plan to have all of this on the streets by Q3 and Q4 2004.

    That’s not to say all is well and good in the Nokia camp.  A lot of analysts have all but given up on the company, citing a slide in market share while the “other guys” pick up the slack.  If Nokia can ship enough units quickly, get the pricing on the 2600/2650 right, stay agile, focused and balanced, we could be looking at the Nokia Renaissance unfolding before our very eyes.

    Oh yeah.  Russ and I broke the story tonight a few minutes before Reuters and others.  The clock on my server is a few minutes fast, but my story was online a few minutes before Russ’ which we clocked at 7:53:45PDT.  Take that!

  • New Nokia Phones Announced!

    On a whim, I thought I’d take a look at the Nokia press site to see if there would be a webcast for the new phones.  Lo and behold there is already information up about them:

    • Nokia 6630: Tiny 3G
      • Series 60
      • WCDMA, EDGE, or old-skool
      • About 500 Euros (no contract) in Q4 2004
      • 74 megs of memory
      • 1.23 megapixel camera
      • 1.27 grams, 110x60x20.6mm 
      • Could this be Charlie?  Yep.
    • Nokia 6260: Series 60 Flippy
      • VPN
      • Push-to-Talk
      • Supports the new Nokia Wireless (Bluetooth) Keyboard
      • About 400 Euros (no contract) in Q3 2004
    • Nokia 6170: Flippy Series 40 
      • EDGE
      • XHTML, MMS, 65k colors
      • About 250 Euros (no contract) in Q4 2004
    • Nokia Wireless Keyboard
      • Bluetooth
      • Only works on newer phones (7610, 6630, 6260)
    • Nokia 2650: Cheap flippy that looks really good 
      • MMS, Java, XHTML browser
      • 97 grams
      • Q3 2004 for 120 Euros (no contract)
    • Nokia 2600: Cheap but classic
      • Polyphonic ringtones
      • Spreadsheet
      • 94.5 grams
      • 100 Euros (no contract)

    Also of note: