The Nokia 9000 Communicator: a new business toy.
Courtesy of Nokia
A long-time innovator of telecommunication products, Nokia has squashed telecom networks that require some form of keypad for input and a display for output into a hand-held unit that fits into a jacket pocket.
At first glance, the Nokia 9000 Communicator just looks like a regular cellular phone. In some ways that's true, as the product is a full-featured GSM and PCN phone with the same data functionality as the Nokia 2110 digital cellular phones.
But dealers familiar with the phone insisted that in this case, looks are deceiving. Opened like any electronic organizer, the world lies literally at a businessperson's fingertips - wherever that person may be. Dealers gave a sample of what they said can be done: catch up on e-mail correspondence, send an urgent fax, surf the Internet's world wide web, or access the company's Intranet from anywhere within the user's calling or roaming area.
The Nokia 9000 Communicator has a user-friendly interface. And since one user interface serves all the applications, dealers said it's not necessary to remember a truckload of cryptic function key sequences.
The 9000 Communicator also has organizer-like applications like an address book, calendar, note-editor, "to do" list, calculator and clock.
All these applications work together, which means the user can perform most tasks regularly done at the office. As examples, dealers said a user can: access the address book from various applications and dial directly from them; receive a note silently during a meeting; write a note and send it by fax; receive a fax and call to discuss it while reading it on the display; receive an e-mail message and forward it to a telefax.
The Nokia 9000 Communicator is designed to last for a typical workday. It provides up to 180 minutes of talk/fax/data time, or 35 hours of standby. If the phone is switched off, it doesn't need recharging for a week. Data is safe and will not be lost even if the battery runs down completely, dealers said.
Where to find it
The phone's current availability in Slovakia is marginal at best. However, representatives at the mobile phone provider Globtel said they have taken orders for delivery "sometime in October." The firm's competitor, Eurotel, said they plan to include the Nokia 9000 Communicator in their product lineup "by the end of this year."
Dealers, however, do not see a great demand for this product at present, pointing out the device's high pricetag of between 30-40,000 Sk. However, as with all technology - "when it becomes affordable, it becomes visible," said one vendor at the mobile phones sales outlet Abax s.r.o.
9. Oct 1997 at 0:00 | Peter Floyd