Monday, February 13, 2006

Nokia unveils three new mobile phones reports from 3GSM that Nokia launched three new phone models and it hopes will "sell "tens of millions" of its new slim 6131 camera phone."

Gartner analyst Ben Wood said, "They have torn up the design they had and come out with what the market and consumers are looking for. This phone will hit the sweetspot of the European market."

According to the article, Nokia will "sell about 80 million handsets with music players this year, up from around 40 million in 2005, and more than 150 million models with a built-in FM radio."

eQ Bank analyst Jari Honko said, "The amount of different phone models has increased and I believe with Oli-Pekka Kallasvuo taking the lead, it will increase further."

The clamshell shaped 6131 will retail for around 275 euros ($326.9). Nokia also "unveiled the 6136 model, with a camera and technology allowing it to connect to wireless network hotspots," and will also retail for about 275 euros.

Opstock analyst Hannu Rauhala said, "I'm very happy about the UMA phone. I believe it's in the operators' interest. For instance in the United States, indoor coverage is very bad so it's much easier for domestic carriers to build this kind of coverage."

Nokia also launched a basic model, the 6070, which would have a retail price of about 135 euros. The three handsets will start shipping in the second quarter of the year.