Next gen Nokia brings MMS to Middle East

The 3510 is Nokia’s most anticipated mobile for the mass market yet, complete with GPRS, polyphonic (MIDI) sounds and Multimedia Messaging Services.

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  June 23, 2002

The promise of Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS) in the Middle East has inched closer to reality with the launch of the Nokia 3510. Shipping with MMS capability, it is widely tipped to drive value added services like screen savers and polyphonic ring tones.

Described by Nokia as the company’s “most highly equipped mass-market mobile phone”, the 3510 offers fast internet access using WAP over GPRS. There are also many options for personal customisation, as Nokia has posted a wealth of new content.

MIDI sounds and traditional ring tones, for example, can be downloaded as personal ring tones and SMS alert tones. New accessory covers even flash to the rhythm of your ring… and glow in the dark.

The 3510 begins life with 15 preloaded MIDI ring tones and 4 MIDI alert tones, but additional polyphonic ring tones can be downloaded from Club Nokia or received over MMS.

“The Middle East consumer is becoming increasingly demanding on the technology and applications supported by their mobile phone,” said Eddie Maalouf, marketing manager, Nokia Middle East. “GPRS and high quality audio are just two of the technologies which are becoming regarded as standard requirements in the choice of a mobile phone.”

“With the inclusion of MMS,” he added, “we are cementing our leadership and moving the industry’s quality benchmark to an ever higher level.”

Gamers can enjoy a total of five games on the 3510: Kart Racing, Dance 2 Music, Space Impact II, Bumper and Link5. Additional gaming perks include ‘Xpress-on’ covers with a 4-way scroll key for improved ergonomics. “For example,” says Nokia, “you can steer and shoot simultaneously while playing Space Impact II.”

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