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Issue #2003 - 25 (September 2003)
(Updated Sept. 12, 2003)


Device News This Week

1. Asian Handset Vendors Could Dominate Over Nokia in 3G 
While Nokia remains the world's largest handset maker with a market share of almost 35 percent, many insiders now predict that the company could lose out to rival Asian vendors in the race for 3G phone sales. Vodafone is believed to be in talks with Asian manufacturers Sanyo and Samsung to supply handsets for its 3G launch next year. Meanwhile Hutchison, which offers Europe's only commercially available 3G service, is rumored to have delayed the sale of Nokia 3G phones until next year, due largely to the lack of video messaging on Nokia's devices. Carriers like Vodafone want to diversify their product lines and do want to be as dependent on Nokia. Other carriers claim that Nokia is not as flexible in terms of product design as its more nimble Asian competitors, like Samsung, which are willing to better customize phones to meet their demands.

2. Motorola May Launch Smartphone based on Microsoft Platform
Motorola and Microsoft manufacturers announced an alliance this week under which Microsoft software will power a series of new Motorola smart phones and wireless devices.

The products, starting with the Motorola MPx200 phone that is to make its American debut in the fourth quarter and be carried by AT&T Wireless Services Inc., will be the newest entries in a category being eyed by several big software and phone makers.

3. RIM Reports Upbeat Second Quarter Results
See news item in this newsflash.

4. Motorola, 3 UK Launch New 3G Handset
Motorola teamed with 3 UK to launch a new 3G handset. The Motorola A920 features a full color wide screen display with person-to-person video calling capabilities. The A920 is more than a cell phone, the device also acts as a video and still camera, PDA, MP3 player and is quipped with gaming capabilities. The A920 will be available sometime this month from selected retailers. (Source: 3G Newsroom)

5. Nokia Introduces 6650 Phone
Nokia today announced the Nokia 6560 phone, the world's smallest and lightest TDMA handset with color display and dual band functionality. Weighing only 3.1 ounces, the Nokia 6560 phone is a small and sleek mobile phone optimized for balancing work and family life. It has a large high quality color display and enlarged keypad optimized for messaging. The advanced feature set of the Nokia 6560 further include Java(TM) technology, XHTML browser and data connectivity via infrared, continuing a tradition of Nokia leadership in the TDMA market. Shipments of the Nokia 6560 TDMA 800/1900 MHz / AMPS handset are expected to begin during the 4th quarter of 2003. 

Source: CTIA, FierceWireless and Others

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Device proliferation in the handset arena continues unabated. Potential dominance of Asian manufacturers is quite likely as China and India increase their subscriber base further - China already boasts of being number one in that category. Motorola-Microsoft partnership is important too - further confirmation is available since the original rumours.

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