Nokia's new mobile phone that lets users browse the Web and send and receive email will make its UK debut at the Edinburgh Festival this month.
Visitors will be able to access the festival Web site for details of performance dates and times, ticket prices, venue and ticket reservations via the new Nokia 7110e mobile handset.
But visitors won't be able to play with the new gadget until its official launch later this year. It is due to be launched in the UK this autumn and expected to sell at under £200.
Instead, 20 'assistants' equipped with the phone will stand at various locations around Edinburgh and do the button pressing.
Orange, the network operator behind the demonstration, said that next year's festival visitors will be able to book tickets and accommodation using their own Nokia 7110e handsets.
The Nokia 7110e is the first Nokia phone to use the wireless application protocol (WAP), the widely supported wireless data specification.
Orange plans to be the first mobile network in the UK to offer services using WAP. Travel information, news and sport are among the information services planned.
Orange is also planning to launch a wireless ISP this autumn. (see Newswire 1 July 1999)
Bob Fuller, chief operating officer of Orange, said: "Our activity at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe alongside our intention to become the first 'wirefree' ISP in the autumn, demonstrates Orange's determination to be the first UK operator to bring true mobility to the Internet and a whole new world of multimedia services."
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