Nokia 6610i

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Cell phone manufacturer Nokia has numerous models on the market that comply with GSM technology, and one very affordable one is the Nokia 6610i. As the initial press release described it, the Nokia 6610i "bridges professional and private usage in a new way." It's a great little phone with features that are fast becoming the standard--certainly a far cry from the two by eight by 11 inch bag phone I used just eight years ago.

With a stereo FM radio, a built-in CIF camera, 3.5 hours talk time and up to 18 days standby, and unlocked GSM capability, it's a phone worth looking at. The real selling point is the tri-band GSM technology that the Nokia 6610i update offers. Europe developed digital technology well in advance of the United States, in large part because it did not have a similar comprehensive landline network. It therefore developed, in 1985, a single wireless technology standard that the United States is only now struggling to meet and match.

When wireless providers in the United States began the shift from analog to digital technology in mobile communications, they were left with their choice of technologies. At the same time that Europe was moving from a fragmented system to an integrated one, America did the reverse. Where wireless technology elsewhere uses radio frequencies at 900 MHz and 1800 MHz, the United States--as well as a few South American countries--uses 1900 MHz.

Bridging Oceans with the Nokia 6610i GSM

The result is a cell phone that works here but nowhere else. This update to the 6610 has gone international in integrating all three frequencies--900, 1800, and 1900 MHz. The phone itself is therefore capable of working on any network supporting the GSM technology. Fortunately, this is the direction wireless communications in this country are moving. You certainly don't want to fall behind.


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