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August 25, 2006

T-Mobile Picks Nokia Phone for Launch

By Glenn Fleishman

6136 Main-1More rumors, this time that the Nokia 6136 UMA phone will be the second offered model in September: T-Mobile’s launch, perhaps on Sept. 12, of a converged cell/Wi-Fi calling service using UMA (unlicensed mobile access) picks up the latest detail, this time on handsets. Engadget Mobile reports that Nokia’s 6136, a stripped-down phone with basic capabilities, will be offered alongside a Samsung T709 at launch.

T-Mobile has no 3G offering, but the largest footprint of Wi-Fi hotspots in their native network. They also have no U.S. landline or wire partner. Thus, UMA plans in which Wi-Fi at home and at hotspots are charged at an enormously lower rate—perhaps even with unlimited Wi-Fi minutes—has to be appealing as a competitive feature.

Posted by Glennf at August 25, 2006 11:24 AM

Categories: Devices, Service Launches, UMA

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T-Mobile are most certainly going to launch with a UMA based WiFi / GSM SmartPhone, but T-COM, Deutsche Telekom's fixed line oerations division is going to luanch with SIP based dual WiFi / GSM SmartPhones.

Backing both horses is the right way forward for a major player with feet in both camps, as SIP can offer users VOIP roaming and Content downloads at very low cost.

Most fixed line operators are now expected to follow T-Com's example and a battle royal is about to begin for the Mobile customer.

Posted by: Larry Lambton at August 28, 2006 8:02 AM

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