After having blazed a trail with their originally Communicator almost ten years ago, Nokia have worked for the last year to develop and have now releases a new compact, lighter version called the 9500.
Working closely with IBM to target it at corporate users, they feel it will be particular useful to sales and support staff. This is being perceived as Nokia determination to be a big player in this market which Microsoft is applying a lot of attention to, as are Symbians co-developer Psion. Andy Brown, analyst at research group IDC says “The world’s number one in e-business services hooks up with the number one in mobile devices. This tells me Nokia is serious about developing products for enterprises, which I wasn’t sure about before.”
Thought to retail for around 800 euros (£538, US$1,000), it now support WiFi as well as cellular communications.