Nokia, the world’s leading mobile handset maker, expects mobile phones with built-in cameras to be extremely popular over the next few years. It believes the advent of high-speed 2.5G and 3G technologies, and particularly the use of multimedia messaging (MMS), will drive uptake.
MMS builds on the hugely popular SMS system, allowing mobile users to send image files and music files alongside their text messages. Datamonitor estimates that SMS revenues for 2001 were over $13 billion, highlighting the new technology’s potential for mobile companies.
Nokia will launch its first MMS phone in Q2 this year. Its 7650 model will have a color screen and a camera, to compete with Ericsson’s camera-free color T68 device. According to Nokia’s head of mobile phones, Matti Alahuhta, I and my colleagues at Nokia have not been so excited about a new technology since the transition from analog to digital.
The comments come ahead of Nokia’s 2001 results, which will be released on Thursday.