Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
According to The Register, Nokia is planning to sell a GSM 1900/800 version of it’s color-Java-bat-phone, the 9210, in North America:
North Americans will, after all, be able to use the world’s most coveted phone. Later today we gather, Nokia President Pekka Ala-Pietil? will announce that the 9210 communicator will be tailored for the US market in his keynote at JavaOne in San Francisco.
The 9210 was “launched” as long ago as last November in Prague, and so has been a long time coming. Its predecessors became cult favourites with BOFHs, largely because they came with built-in Telnet clients, which allowed sysadmins to dial into their Cisco routers without leaving the pub. The revamped model doesn’t actually have built-in Telnet, it’s very much geared around communications software, and glitzy multimedia, but as it’s the first phone that lets you download Symbian software, plenty of off-the-shelf options are available.