Nokia is trying to keep up the momentum for its music content as the handset maker introduced three phones today and said that Australia will join the U.K. and Singapore this month in offering the "Comes With Music" subscription service. The music phones include: the high-end 5730, aimed at social-network users; the mid-range 5330, with touch keys to provide faster access to music; and the basic 5030, Nokia's first handset equipped with an FM radio antenna.
Nokia has introduced three new models, including the follow-up to its highly successful 6300 model -- the mid-range 6700 Classic -- which the cell phone maker expects to be among its top-selling handsets this year when it goes on sale in the second quarter. Nokia also is offering the 6303 and 2700 as less expensive alternatives to the 6700.
Cincinnati Bell this week launches CB Home Run, what it says is the first U.S. commercial offering of unlicensed mobile access. Consumers will be able to use a Nokia 6086 handset to connect via cellular networks, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Cincinnati Bell operates more than 300 Wi-Fi hot spots.
Even though the company's stock has seen a decline in recent years, analysts are positive about the future of Sprint Nextel, pointing out that the carrier's customers have greater usage of high-margin data services. The company will soon experience a $10 billion savings as it finishes back-office systems integration after its 2005 merger.
YouTube this weekend launched m.youtube.com, a mobile Web portal for cell phone users on any carrier. The portal currently contains a limited portion of regular YouTube content. Verizon Wireless previously had an exclusive deal to stream YouTube videos.