Nokia has added Wi-Fi 802.11g support to its 9300 smart phone.
The new device will ship as the 9300i. Like its predecessor, it’s a tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS handset with support for EDGE data-transfer acceleration technology. It also sports the 9300’s 640 x 200, 65,536-colour display, and incorporates 80MB of RAM, expandable to 2GB using the MMC slot. It runs Nokia’s Series 80 UI on top of Symbian 7.0S.
The 9300i has Bluetooth on board, along with infra-red and USB. There’s a built-in speakerphone capable of connecting up to five parties simultaneously.
Now that every phone comes with a camera, what else is there to add to a phone that already sports a USB, infrared, and triband connections, as well as a MMC slot? Well WiFi, of course. We’ll have to wait to see the details to see what the WiFi actually adds. Surfing the net on a teeny screen- probably. Making an internet phone call wirelessly- I doubt it. I can picture the web page of hacks already to enable such money saving functionality. WiFi is the wave of the future for telephony, but it will take a while for the greedy telecoms to get on board.
From Popular Technology.
See the original press release here.