Nokia Introduces Enterprise-class Mobile Communicator

2/24/2004 - Nokia renewed its commitment to enterprise mobility with the introduction of the first in a series of new enterprise-grade mobile devices designed for corporate customers. The new Nokia 9500 Communicator is one of the first cellular devices on the market designed to meet the demands of corporate IT departments for customization, manageability and security. The tri-band device supporting E-GPRS (EDGE) and Wi-Fi 802.11b is expected to be available in volume during the fourth quarter of 2004. The price (unsubsidized) of the Nokia 9500 Communicator is expected to be around €800 in Europe.

With the announcement of the new enterprise-class communicator series, Nokia's recently formed Enterprise Solutions business group evolves the company's portfolio of business-optimised devices to include a full range of differentiated devices.

"Nokia understands mobility better than anyone," said Mary McDowell, Nokia Enterprise Solutions' newly appointed senior vice president and general manager. "The Nokia 9500 Communicator combines our knowledge of enterprise customer needs and critical usability issues with our expertise in mobile connectivity and security, resulting in the first mobile device that enables fast and universal access to corporate services, and is backed by proven application and software support from leading IT vendors."

Key Functions and Features
Like its predecessors from the first Communicator family, the Nokia 9500 Communicator takes the most popular office solutions mobile by bringing e-mail, personal information management, with PC synchronization, browsing, vertical enterprise applications and even document, spreadsheet and presentation creation into the pockets of mobile professionals, allowing them to effectively utilize their time while on the road. Other features of the sleek 222-gram (7.83 oz.) device include:

Also unveiled were the Connectivity desk stand for convenient charging and synchronization with a compatible PC, the Mobile Holder, which firmly holds the Nokia 9500 communicator in place in the car, and the Antenna Coupler, which provides a connection to an external antenna. For personalization, optional color covers are expected to be available.

Interoperability and Compatibility
Compatible and interoperable with existing IT infrastructures, the Nokia 9500 Communicator supports remote management using over-the-air provisioning, PC tools for device management, and customization capabilities. It also provides IT managers with a cost effective, easy-to-maintain and frequently updated device base, easing maintenance and deployment. Based on the Symbian operating system 7.0, JavaTM Personal Profile and MIDP2.0, the Nokia 9500 Communicator series offers developers a well-known and respected foundation upon which to build innovative solutions, facilitating forward compatibility with future members of the new enterprise Communicator family.

Secure Mobile Connectivity
The Nokia 9500 Communicator supports a broad range of standards-based security solutions. Data traffic can be effectively secured by a variety of standard Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions. For example, the Nokia Mobile (VPN) solution - consisting of the Nokia Security Service Manager and the Nokia Mobile VPN Client - integrates with existing corporate infrastructure and extends the use of IPSec VPN to mobile devices. Additionally, Symantec plans to provide unique firewall and antivirus protection with advanced over-the-air update features. The Nokia 9500 Communicator also supports other key security features such as device lock and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption for web-based applications.

Broad IT Industry Endorsement
Leading corporate information and communications technology vendors are already endorsing and/or supporting the new Communicator series with applications and software built especially for the new platform. Nokia's close collaboration with these vendors will provide corporate customers with best-in-class solutions that enable them to mobilize business processes, and make effective and secure remote connections to their existing IT infrastructures.

Companies that have already committed their support for the Nokia 9500 Communicator series include:

Global Developer Support
Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer program, offers multiple resources to support developers in building enterprise applications for the new Nokia 9500 Communicator. SDKs available at launch include Nokia Communicator SDK 1.0 Beta for Symbian OS 7.0s, Nokia Communicator MIDP SDK 1.0 Beta for Symbian OS 7.0s, and Personal Profile Plug-in 1.0 Beta for Nokia Communicator SDK. Developers also can access more than 20 relevant white papers and documents covering topics such as migrating both existing Nokia 9200 Communicator applications as well as existing Series 90 applications to the Nokia 9500 Communicator and guidelines for enterprise development. For more information and downloads of these resources visit

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.

About Symbian
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 and A925 for 3, Sendo X, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F900i, F2102V and F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 Smartphones, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7700, 7650, 6600, 6620, 3650/3600, 3660/3620 and N-Gage. Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the US, Europe and Asia.

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