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Nokia and Siemens to Merge Their Networks

June 19, 2006 11:43 AM | Nokia | Siemens |

Nokia and Siemens have agreed to combine the bulk of their telecom networks businesses to create one of the biggest players in the industry, sending shares in both firms higher. Analysts put a value of 20-25 billion euros (13.7-17.1 billion pounds) on the new business, whose Finnish and German parents will exchange no money to do the deal. Around one in five mobile phone calls is already made via a Siemens or Nokia network.

The units in the 50-50 venture, "Nokia Siemens Networks", had sales of 15.8 billion euros last year, which would make it the second-biggest mobile equipment player and third in fixed infrastructure, the companies said on Monday.



 

BenQ-Siemens Announces the M81

June 15, 2006 9:57 AM | BenQ | Siemens |

BenQ-Siemens announced a new addition to the Siemens M-series phones famous for their enhanced shock, dust and splash protection - the new device would be called Benq-Siemens M81. Equipped with scratch resistant 262K TFT display and 1.3 megapixel camera with a LED flash, the phone is a representative of the middle class devices but is targeted at the young people.

The display has a rather inadequate resolution of 132x176 pixels which is far less than the standard QVGA resolution of 240x320 pixels. A good thing is that the LED flash serves the double purpose of a flashlight which should help you find your way around in the middle of the night. An appealing feature for the active youngsters is the microSD card slot which is there to provide plenty of memory space for the integrated music player. The phone is even equipped with stereo headset.

As regards connectivity the phone supports tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 and EDGE along with an advanced version of Bluetooth supporting the A2DP profile which practically means that it supports a stereo Bluetooth headset.


 

BenQ-Siemens EF91, S81, EF51

March 9, 2006 7:33 PM | BenQ | Siemens |

Today in Barcelona BenQ-Siemens presented three new models of their mobile phone portfolio. The EF51 flip-down music phone, the EF91 3G clamshell and the S81 3G bar phone.

The EF51 music phone is 89 x 49 x 18 mm big, weighs 95 g and has flip-down design. The music playback control keys are on the flip. It runs with a Renesas SH-Mobile J2SL processor and has 64 MB SDRAM memory. It also has 20 MB for storage and a miniSD slot. The display of the phone is a 1.6" LCD with 262K colors and 128 x 128 pixels resolution. The device also has 1.3 megapixel camera and FM radio tuner. EF51 supports Bluetooth and USB. The BenQ-Siemens EF51 will be available in Q2 2006 in white and black color variants. Prices will be determined locally.