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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Nokia launches four handsets for N.America

The world's largest handset maker Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research) unveiled four new phones aimed at the North American market on Wednesday, including three new CDMA models and a slim GSM/EDGE phone with a camera and music player.

The Finnish company, which sells one in three of all mobile phones around the world, has been trying to boost sales in the region, where it lags behind rival Motorola (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and the U.S.-based firm's iconic ultra-thin RAZR phone.

Nokia announced a slim, folding GSM/EDGE handset, the 6126, with a 1.3 megapixel camera and a digital music player. It can hold up to 1,000 songs on a memory card, the company said in a statement.

The phone will start shipping in the North American market in the second quarter.

It also announced three phones using CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), the second most common mobile technology behind GSM, and which is popular in North America and parts of Asia.

The phones include the 2365i folding handset, to be priced at the lower end of the market, the 2865i monoblock phone with an FM radio, and the 6175i, a mid-price folding phone with a 1.3 megapixel camera and GPS receiver.

It said each of the new handsets includes Bluetooth short- range wireless technology, and they will start shipping during the second half of the year.

It did not give detailed pricing information.

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