Nokia boosts downloads with low-cost 3G phone
Nokia looks set to bring high-speed downloading to the masses with a low-cost phone equipped with the latest 3G High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology. It can pull down songs and videos at up to 3.6Mbps.
The 86g Nokia 6120 runs the Finnish phone giant's S60 user interface on a 2in, 240 x 320, 16m-colour display. There's a two megapixel main camera with a flash an 4x digital zoom, and a front-facing 0.3 megapixel cam for video calls.
The handset's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device, so it can connect to networks globally when it's out of range of a 3G link. It has Bluetooth on board too, along with an FM radio and up to 35MB of memory for the owner's stuff - more if you plug in a Micro SD card.
Nokia claimed the 6120's battery has juice for 2.4 hours' 3G usage, 3.1 hours' GSM talk time and up to 230 hours' stand-by operation.
The 6120 will go on sale later this quarter for around €260 ($354/£177) unsubsidised.
"But data access is still way too over priced for the people this phone is targetting"
Definitely, but the situation is far better than it was just a few years ago.
I'd compare it to calls, they used to cost a ridiculous amount but nowadays they're much more reasonable in every country.
The thing slowing this down is a lack of competition, caused by phone locking and 2 year contracts. People can't easily switch carriers the way they can switch ISPs, so the prices stay high.
Still over priced price plans
Cheap handsets are fine.
But data access is still way too over priced for the people this phone is targetting! Carriers are shotting themselfs in the foot by being to greedy, would not more reasonable prices bring in a more realistic customer base?