Monday, February 23, 2004 - Nokia Takes Leap Into Wi-Fi Arena With New Phone - Nokia Takes Leap Into Wi-Fi Arena With New Phone: "Nokia Corp., in a move that could loosen mobile-phone operators' grip on the wireless market, plans to unveil Monday its first handset capable of surfing the Internet using short-range wireless technology known as Wi-Fi.
Nokia's Communicator 9500 will be able to bypass conventional mobile-phone networks, but still access the Web and even make phone calls using a Wi-Fi network. Key to its operation are 'hot spots' springing up in offices, homes, coffee shops, hotels and other areas within 300 feet of a Wi-Fi base station connected to the Internet via a fixed line. Consumers now need a specially equipped laptop or personal organizer to use these hot spots."

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