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3GSM Nokia president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo opened this year's 3GSM conference in Barcelona with a number of consumer announcements, including the prediction that four billion mobile phones would be sold in 2010, a billion more than current sales figures.

Converged devices will also outstrip the shrinking market for PDAs, which dropped to 5.5 million last year, compared to 80 million converged devices.

He said mobile internet access and entertainment was changing business models to the extent that it was almost a new industry.

Moving onto product announcements, Kallasvuo said this was the year mobile TV would reach the mainstream, and said the Nokia N77 was the device to do it.

He said DVB-H chips would fall to €7 making devices more affordable and more widespread - he predicted 20 million such devices in use by 2009. The N77 will be launched in the second quarter of 2007. It offers five hours of viewing time via a 2.4 inch screen. A dedicated key gives access to DVB-H channels. It runs on the S60 operating system and will have an unsubsidised cost of €370

Video content will be accessed through the Nokia Video portal. Nokia has done a deal with YouTube to make its content available through the portal.

As Nokia unveiled the N6110 navigator we were told navigation, maps and GPS are poised to become mainstream features of phones.

The N6110 uses both GPS and assisted GPS and will ship in the second quarter of 2007. It will retail for €450 without network subsidy and will include a local map pre-installed on the memory card.

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