At the annual Nokia Mobile Internet Conference in Nice, France, and "Destination Nokia 100% Pure Mobility" event held in Brisbane, Australia, Nokia introduced the car kit Nokia610. Shipping of the Nokia 610 car kit phone is scheduled to begin in Europe, Africa and selected Asia Pacific markets in the first quarter of 2004.
The Nokia 610 is the first Nokia car kit phone to offer a new technology called Bluetooth SIM Access Profile (SAP). With the Bluetooth SAP profile, the car kit phone is able to access the SIM card in the user's compatible mobile phone and automatically log into the GSM network. As soon as the user exits the car or presses a specific key on the mobile phone, the Nokia 610 car kit phone switches off and automatically re-logs the mobile phone into the network.
Employing a different operating concept, users can access up to 500 phonebook entries with up to five numbers per contact, which can easily be downloaded to the Nokia 610 car kit phone via Bluetooth technology. Voice recognition enables voice dialling of up to twelve numbers, and three voice commands for menu functions.
If the car is used by two different users, the Nokia 610 car kit phone enables each of them to save and access his/her own phonebook entries, including voice tags and commands, and personal settings. Using the Navi wheel and four function keys, the Nokia 610 car kit phone's entire range of functions can be accessed conveniently. On the separate display, which can be flexibly positioned on the dashboard, text can be read at a glance. Incoming messages can be answered especially quickly with the Nokia 610 car kit phone. With just one touch of a button the user can call the sender back or send a reply in the form of a predefined short message.
The car kit works on GSM 900/1800 and includes an external GSM antenna connection.