White Plans, N.Y. — Nokia has begun offering a W-CDMA version of its high-end N95 quadband GSM/EDGE phone, which becomes the company’s first phone with U.S.-band HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) technology.
The $699 phone is available unlocked and includes 5-megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss lens, GPS and media player. It also downloads U.S. maps over the air from Nokia’s site to deliver free turn-by-turn driving instructions without voice prompts. For $139 per year, or with the purchase of a day pass or week pass, it delivers driving instructions by voice.
It operates in GSM/EDGE mode in the 800, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz bands and in W-CDMA HSDPA mode in the 800 and 1900MHz bands.