Nokia made the first big announcement of this year’s 3GSM exhibition in Cannes, France when it unveiled a new version of its Communicator handset. The 9500, the first fruits of its collaboration with IBM, is smaller and lighter than its predecessors (which were nicknamed the brick), yet boasts integrated Wi-Fi. This could be a first for a mobile phone, unless Motorola which is also working on a Wi-Fi mobile debuts its handsets before the 9500 launches in the Autumn.
Aimed at corporates the 9500 features integrated IBM software, including its Notes e-mail package, uses the Symbian operating system and features the Nokia Series 80 software platform. In spite of the IBM deal it is however also compatible with microsoft applications likeOutlook.