Nokia ships 3G phone to Asia, Europe

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Business travelers looking for high-speed connectivity will appreciate a new broadband cell phone that Nokia Corp. has begun shipping to European and Asian operators and retailers.

Nokia is delivering its dual-mode 3G (third generation) 6650 phone, which operates on both GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) networks, to Japan's J-Phone Co. Ltd. and to Mobilkom Austria AG & Co. KG, the Espoo, Finland, mobile phone manufacturer said Friday in a statement.

During the second half of this year Nokia plans to ship the 6650 phone to other mobile operators in Asia and Europe, as they go live with 3G mobile broadband services, according to Nokia spokesman Damian Stathonikos.

Over the next six months, the company expects about 20 operators worldwide to introduce WCDMA either as their main radio technology or as an enhancement to their existing GSM networks, Nokia said.

The phone will sell for under

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