Nokia releases E90 Wi-Fi mobile communicator; Wi-Fi mobile convergence grows

Nokia announced yesterday the release of the much-awaited E90 communicator, together with the E65 and an updated E61i, at 3GSM in Barcelona. These E Series Wi-Fi mobile devices work on GSM and 3G network frequencies and support 3G WCDMA and WLAN. In addition, the E90 Communicator is now High Speed Download Packet Access (HSDPA) and GPS enabled.
Nokia announced yesterday the release of the much-awaited E90 communicator (photo below), together with the E65 and an updated E61i, at 3GSM in Barcelona. These E Series Wi-Fi mobile devices work on GSM and 3G network frequencies and support 3G WCDMA and WLAN. In addition, the E90 Communicator is now High Speed Download Packet Access (HSDPA) and GPS enabled.

I recently wrote articles about the Nokia N80i and the N800, which are Wi-Fi enabled. We will see more devices like these from other manufacturers.

Indeed, the convergence of GSM mobile telephony and VoIP is gaining momentum (see Vnunet article) with ABI Research predicting that in 2011, more than 325 million converged Wi-Fi/cellular phones and 15 million single-mode Wi-Fi phones will be shipped.

It will be interesting to see how many people use the Wi-Fi functionality of these phones versus the slow, expensive GPRS and HSDPA services provided by the operators. In Europe, mobile operators don’t lock down or cripple the phones, unlike in the US. In fact a lot of Europeans were surprised to see Apple announced an exclusive partnership with Cingular, a US operator, for the iPhone. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I don’t think Apple can compete in the European market against Nokia unless it sells the iPhone unlocked.

Comments

  1. wi fi is soo important
    one of the keypoint that i would demand on a phone like this