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Nokia 6282

 Nokia 6282 Available now
2nd December 2005
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The Nokia 6282 is an unusual beast - but on the surface, it looks pretty normal - it's a 3G slider with a large 320x240 pixel display, expandable memory and a 1 megapixel digital camera. At its heart though, the 6282 is very different from most other 3G phones as it's one of the first handsets to be made for the UMTS 1900 networks being created in the US and Canada.

This version of UMTS is unusual because most of the world uses UMTS operating at 2100 MHz which is a dedicated frequency range for this type of communication, however in the US and Canada there is no dedicated frequency and UMTS has to share the same frequency range as GSM, in the 1900 MHz range. You don't have to be an expert to realise that trying to operate both 2G (GSM) and 3G (UMTS) in the same frequency range might be. In the US, the main 3G rival to UMTS is the CDMA2000 standard which does not have the same radio frequency issues.

Because the UMTS 1900 networks in North America as still very new, and currently there's a lack of UMTS 1900 handsets available, notably there is the Motorola A845 and the upcoming Nokia N80 will also support the 1900 MHz band.

 Nokia 6282 back Back to the 6282 though - this is clearly a phone very closely related to the 3G Nokia 6280. There's a 2.2" display with 240x320 pixel resolution, multimedia player, miniSD memory card expansion and a FM radio. Unlike the 6280, the 6282 only has a 1 megapixel digital camera (the 6280's is 2 megapixel) and it doesn't have video calling capabilities. In addition to UMTS 1900, the 6282 supports GSM 850/1800/1900 and presumably GPRS, but Nokia make no mention of EDGE support. Unlike the similar Nokia N80 (also to be released in the US) this isn't a Series 60 smartphone, instead it runs the less capable Series 40 operating system, but that should still be good enough for most people. The N80 also supports UMTS 2100, EDGE and quad-band GSM so it's considerably more capable than the 6282 even it looks similar at first glance.

It seems odd that the 6282 has a lower specification than the 6280, but perhaps this is just a question of market positioning and cost. Although the price of the 6282 hasn't yet been confirmed, based on the price of the 6280 we would think that this handset would be about $500 before subsidy and taxes (compared to over $600 for the N80). The handset will be available sometime in 2006.

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Nokia 6282 Provisional Specifications




UMTS 1900 + GSM 850/1800/1900




240x320 pixels, 252k colours


1.0 megapixels


Large slider
100x46x21mm / 115 grams approx




Not known





Battery life:

2-5 hours talk / 10 days standby (estimated)


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