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      03.01.2003 03:49
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      The Nokia 8850 is Nokia?s EGSM model that works on Europe?s 900/1800mhz system. The 8850 is an almost identical phone to the widly popular 8890 sold here in the US on Cingular?s GSM system. As Cingular and AT&T move into the EGSM/GPRS system, I believe the 8850 will quickly be adopted here in the States. The 8850 has actually been a ?staple? phone in Europe for quite some time but I have been able to use both this and the 9290 here in the US while I am testing a soon to be released GSM/GPRS system. From checking, the 8850 should be available as a step-down offering to the 8890, specifically sold at GSM carriers who use SIM enabled service. Size and Ergonomics Normally I have not been much of a fan of how the Nokia phones feel when talking on them. My main phone for use is the Motorola V60 and I have become spoiled to its size and shape. I was surprised however, to find the 8850 felt almost comfortable to talk on for long periods of time. At about four inches by two inches by one half inch, and 3 ounces, the 8850 is actually a quite small and light phone. The face on the 8850 actually slides down instead of ?flipping? open or having the keys exposed as with many other cell phones available. One feature that I am quite impressed with in terms of the sliding face is how it integrates with the ?keypad lock? feature. The keypad lock feature protects any mis-dials from happening due to keys actually being hit. When one slides the face down the keypad lock is automatically turned off. When the face is slid back up you can lock the keypad with the top keys. Even with the face slid closed, you can still use voice activated dialing to make calls on the phone. As with most Nokia phones, I do not like the size and shape of the buttons. The alpha-numeric buttons on this phone have a distinctive long, narrow shape that, while it looks interesting, forces one to be more careful that they do not dial to quickly and ?fat finger? the numbers. T
      he one positive concept on the buttons of this phone is that they are raised out further than most other phones I have tried. This is somewhat helpful when you need to dial the phone with out actually looking at the keypad. Function and Features The main part about this phone that I am disappointed in is the life of the battery. On an average I only got about 48 hours standby time and 3 hours of talk time. When comparing these numbers to the average low-cost phone one can buy, the phone almost seems obsolete in its battery performance. To put this in comparison, the Motorola v60 that I use most is still averaging almost twice that standby time and the same talk time, even though the phone has over ten thousand minutes on it. In this day and age, safety is of major importance in using a cell phone. The 8850 helps make cell phone use safer, not only by allowing the use of a hands-free microphone, but also with a functional voice activated dialing feature. The voice activated dialing allows the user to assign a ?voice command? to your first eight speed dial numbers stored and dial just by saying the assigned command. I attempted to use the voice tags on the 8890 and had nothing but problems. The 8850, however, seems to have some improvements that made the mic much better at picking up my voice command. The phone book will hold up to 500 names (250 in actual memory and 250 on the SIM card.) While having a large phone book is helpful in keeping numbers you normally cannot remember, I generally like the phone book feature as a way of quickly dialing a number. In an average Motorola phone all one needs to do is hit RCL and the location to pull up a number or hold down the associated number for a couple of seconds. On the Nokia however, the process involves hitting the select key, then pressing the left select key for search, then hitting the scroll key as many times a necessary to find the person you are looking for. One can also use the
      search key by hitting the first few letters of the entry?s name, however, using the alpha numeric select to create letters is quite time consuming. I would not suggest expecting the phone book of the 8850 to be any sort of time saver for anyone unless they store more numbers than they can remember or keep written on a card in their wallet. It is actually faster to pull a card out of my wallet, find the number, and manually dial it, than it is to find an individual in the phone book on the 8850. In addition to the aforementioned features, the Nokia 8850 also has a calendar, calculator, alarm clock, and business card feature. Most of these features I did not use too often, but like many of the other features, the time and complexity it takes to access and utilize these features completely defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. The 8850 also has Nokia?s typical games including the ever popular Snake. Service and Quality The Nokia 8850 is made to work on the 900/1800 MHz GSM network. While this network is quite extensive in Europe, it is only now becoming even competitive in the US. AT&T and Cingular both have been replacing their outdated TDMA networks to a new GSM network. If, however, you are only using your phone in the US, I would suggest trying out any GSM service carefully before buying it. Check for the CDMA network carrier in your area, and compare their service to the GSM carrier. The CDMA build-out is much greater and for the most part, will offer a larger and more seamless coverage. In some cities, however, the CDMA networks are quite overloaded and the GSM service may provide a better quality of coverage. Overall If you find yourself in a situation where you will have to travel a lot to Europe, or you are in a city where the GSM wireless service is the best available, the 8850 may be a viable option. The biggest advantages to the 8850 are the improved voice activated dialing and sliding keypad cov
      er. The biggest disadvantages are the limited GSM service in the US, the battery life, and the ergonomics of the buttons. If you need a GSM phone, I would actually suggest looking into the Nokia 8890 if you like the style. If you want to purchase a GSM phone with similar features but at a lower price I would suggest the Nokia 3390 or Motorola T193. I still feel, however, that in terms of quality, the best GSM phone available in the US right now is the Motorola V60g. You still will not go wrong with the 8850, however, I feel that you really compare this phone with the aforementioned phones before making your final decision.

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        02.01.2002 03:26
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        I had been waiting for this time of year to come around for some time now as this is the time where people sell there un wanted gifts. I have been on the look out for a new phone for some time now and up until recently only considered buying brand new. While mooching around the auctions and in the mobile phone section I found a Nokia 8850 for £177.00 boxed without a sim card and able to use the pay as you go network. On the value for money side of things I don’t believe that the Nokia 8850 is worth the £177.00 or not even the £250 odd retail price. You pay the extra hundred, as the style is top notch and up to very modern standards. Personally I think the Nokia 8210 is a better buy but to own one of these is much more than an advantage over the Nokia 8210 and it was only £77 more so I thought what the hec and splashed out all my precious money. I do not regret buying the phone for such a price as it’s a cracking little phone and in my opinion and my opinion only it’s worth the money if you want 100% style. The 8850 are a very stylish handset due to its size and matt aluminium front. When buying I was wary of the flipper as it looked delicate but after handling the phone it seemed strong enough to cope with the general wear and tear which it WILL occur. Handsets dimension: 100x44x17mm. I was expecting quality and I got quality but for a high price. I believe that Nokia are the best at producing the best mobile phones so I thought that spending the money was not a silly as I first thought! Nokia phones can be bought second hand in as new condition from as little as £15-20! Reliability…. As Nokia's are so good at producing mobile phones I am pretty much certain that the Nokia 8850 is going to be %100 trouble free in the time of me owning the phone. I have had many different models of Nokia handsets and am impressed with the reliability of every single one of them. So
        what is good about the 8850 function wise? The Nokia 8850 has the most up to date of features including · Vibrate alert · Voice dialling · Picture messages · 5 available composed or downloaded ringing tones · Dual band · 5 line display for text messages and graphics Games. The Nokia 8850 has not got the most latest of Nokia games but it is made for business use where I expect mobile phone games are rarely used. The games are Snake Rotation Memory and Logic. All about the battery. The 8850 is powered buy a lithium battery which helps keep the weight to a minimum to maximise the look and feel. The phones standby time is claimed to last from 2-3hours and talktime of 50-150 hrs. Predictive text. As you probably guess the 8850 is SMS compatible. To make sending text messages as hassle free Nokia have come up with a ‘predictive text feature’, which helps speed up text messages and proves to be a great feature once learned which might take some time. Ease of use. The Nokia 8850 is easy to use but not quite as simple as the Nokia 5110/402/5146/3210/3310/3330 which all use the ‘navi button’ feature. The instruction manual is clear and understandable but to those who have previously used Nokia’s it should not need to be used. Little buttons not for big fingers! As stated in many other opinions on both the 8850 and he 8210 the buttons are very small and not made for big fingers. I have average fingers and once used to the buttons find them easy to press, as they are light buttons. Reception Quality and Call Quality. Reception quality is not quite as good as the Nokia 3310/3330 but the reception quality of the 3310/3330 is hard to beat but still is bad seeing as the 8850 is over double the retail price. Call quality may not be as good but picking up a signal is much easier in the mos
        t difficult of areas. Infra Red The Nokia 8850 has Infra Red which means that you can download information from the phone directly onto the laptop. With infra Red you can even has 2 player Snake! Clock, Calendar and calculator. Well these are all pretty self-explanatory but the clock can be set 24hr or 12hr and the alarm clock will sound when the phone is on or off! Ringing tones and picture icons. As well as having 35 standard ringing tones you can also compose/download 5 of your own to add the personal touches to your handset. You also can have a screen saver, which will appear when your phone is left idling. You have a range of screen savers to choose from or you can have none at all. For a little extra information the person that invented the Nokia 8850 is named Frank Nuovo. (Chief designer) who has very good taste! Thanks for reading and feedback is appreciated as normal! Sam. :0)

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          31.12.2001 17:35
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          Nokia 8850 is a very elegant phone with brilliant looks and lighting. It has a very user friendly software like most of the Nokia’s. Its lithium-ion battery lasts for 3 days and can be charged anytime. Its titanium cover is very trendy and light. Its active-cover is very functional and its blue bright lighting is superb and its most distinctive speciality. It can store 250 phone numbers, 10 text messages and 10 picture messages in its memory. It has a useful calendar tool and 4 entertaining games. (Snake, Memory, Logic and Rotation) It also has built in infrared kit, allowing data transfer with other infrared equipment such as printers computers and other mobile phones. The keys are very small, but very comfortable to use with their good placement. It can store 9 different sound tags. It also has vibration function and it varies with the melody. It is not all good though. The phone is very fragile. The titanium coating fades out or scratches very easily. As a Nokia sickness the view disappears. (My 5110, 6110, 8110 and 8850 all had the same problem) But it can be repaired for free. The active cover can get loose with time. That is an awful thing. The cover opens up and closes down in an instant and rejects the incoming calls when you touch the cover. And a final thing, it is very expensive (£200). It is a very nice looking, handy phone if you can look after it.

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            01.11.2001 04:05
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            After 2yrs (as a veteran Nokia phone owner) of owning the Nokia 8850 - I am still yet to find a more desirable phone! The phone overall is very impressive - providing a very good array of services. The look of the phone is certainly very very impressive - sleek + subtle - brushed metal finish! The new look phones blue backlight is a great improvement on the standard green backlight. It works very well in both dim and poor lighting! On using the phone I noticed that it maintained the easy to use Nokia menu system with the profile system! In my opinion I am still yet to use a better menu system - straightforward access to messaging, settings and most importantly accessing phone numbers! The phone has an impressive memory capacity - up to 250 names and numbers on the phone itself. I have used the phone heavily for the last two years. The phone battery power is quite good considering the size of the phone - lasting about two days (on average) with medium phone use! I found the call quality overall to be of a high standard - holding on to majority of the calls. This especially impressed me as the phone has no ariel that was a concern of mine initially. At the time of launch the phone was offering great extras (which have now become standard on most high-end Nokia phones): built in modem, infra-red, vibrate alert, 30 ring tones, basic voice dialling & PC Sync software (syncing calendar, phone book of the phone). I have found all of these extras to be extremely useful - especially the vibrate alert - allowing calls to be received discretely! Overall - the phone looks great and works very well considering the size of the phone. Nokia has done a great job on this phone making it look great and work amazingly well by keeping it simple. Giving direct access to the main functions i.e. making calls, sending and receiving all types of messages! With a few added bonuses (built in modem) in a small package! I just wish
            this phone was a global phone i.e. tri-band phone - that would make it a truly AMAZING phone! I look forward to seeing the next generation in this 88XX series!

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              27.10.2001 01:33
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              ....Could this just be Dooyoo trying to sweat talk it's members in to accepting the new changes when they arrive? Only time will tell. Now the review Well the Nokia 8850 is the small, yet daddy, of the Nokia range. For top money, you get a top phone. With a small flip on the front, and cool titanium finish, it is easy to see why it’s better than the Nokia 8210. Using the same template as most Nokia phone, this take it a little further, tidying up the edges, polishing off an already tried and tested system. Built in Infrared modem Want to connect to the laptop, you can. Fast access via a seemingly wireless interface. A must for serious business users In-built calendaring functions You own personal daily planner built in to your phone. Chuck out that bulky filo-fax and have this little beauty storing your daily reports Vibrating alert Great for those business meeting, and simply reply to it using a SMS message. 100% discrete. Great features The battery lasts for about 150 hours that is good for business trips where you must pack very little, i.e. No charger. The software can be connected to most windows OS, but is designed for 2000. The best Nokia phone around, supreme portability, and generally the phone for any business user who doesn’t want a brick. PAY AS YOU GO – NOT AVAIVLBE CONTRACT - £300 Expensive but worth it. Please note that Nokia are bringing out a new model in the winter, this will be better than this one, and has advantages and disadvantages. 1. You will be able to get the 8850 cheaper, due to been end of line 2. The new phone will be better and the PX value of the 8850 will go down Its up to you, but unless you are desperate for an upgrade, I would sit tight for a while.

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                06.09.2001 08:28
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                Well what can I say about this gorgeous little phone, that does everything a normal little phone does and more!! If ya ask nicely it might even make ya breakfast..... After owning an 8210 I didn’t think I could get much better as far as features were concerned but this little un has proved me wrong, Inside that sleek sliver body is hidden some handy little numbers such as Predictive Text and 10 different Picture messages, between the outbox and inbox it can hold 20 messages which is the most I have seen on a Nokia phone. The phone also has a Vibrating alert, infrared modem, voice activated dialling and up to 40 different ring tones including 5 spaces for receiving ring tonnes. The phone has the capability for caller groups which allow you to give friends and family different tonnes etc. The phone has the capability to run with your computer allowing you to access the calendar and other useful parts of the phone the modem is also good for running the internet through a palmtop and some laptops with infrared connections, as well wizard stuff like that the phone makes for a good alarm clock for us who have a little trouble waking of a morning and also has a useful calendar to keep those all important dates stored. As far as the battery is concerned I see it as another superb feature as it can last up to 150 hours and can be charged up at anytime your chose not just when the phone is running on empty! As well as all these the phone has the usual’s that you would expect from a Nokia phone such as the games, we can’t do with a game of Snake can we!!! So there you are all in all a little beauty with brains to match...

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                  23.04.2001 05:41
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                  I have owned this phone for a year now and it has been super. It has never failed me and always impresses people even now with its clean beautiful design. The display is exceptionally clear - a lot better then its sister the 8210, and the menu is ever so easy to use. The predictive text input for SMS is a wonderful idea, and make sending text messages less of a chore. I use this phone all the time for work and it really is super - I would throughly recommend it to anyone. J

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                    07.04.2001 22:10

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                    This phone, like its stablemate the 8210, is prone to failure of the LCD screen, after which point it becomes completely unusable. Nokia know about this problem, but don't publicise it. I am very irritated that I have had to go through the hassle of having my phone out of action for a couple of weeks while I send it off for repair. BLACK MARK, Nokia - I'm giving you a Thumbs Down for this. If you know about this problem, why did you ship the phone ? And why does it take so long to get it fixed ? Every phone shop knows about this problem, and my friends with 8210's have had the same problem - poor show, Nokia.

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                    09.03.2001 15:48

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                    My first mobile phone was a nokia 101 which was a complete housebrick compared to this my current model. But even back then Nokia had liad the foundations for a superb range of phones that were extremely easy and intuitive to use and provided loads of useful features that you wanted and were able to use. This model is superb. Light - weighs so little that I hardly know I have got it on me. Long battery life, I ony have to remember to charge this once every few days and even then it has rarely dropped below half charge. Loads of memory for numbers, and loads of features like games, predictive text input - which for those of you who have not used this before it makes text messaging lightning fast. It has a big clear display that can also send picture messages. The built in infra red is very useful, for sending and printing numbers. But the best reason to buy this phone is the look of it. This phone just looks so great. The build quality is second to none and the whole phone is really well built. The only 2 snags are the cost and the fact that you have to use a mobile phone company to get connected! They are all guily of such terrible examples obad service that they should all be shot - but that is another story.

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                    04.01.2001 21:16
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                    Now this simply has to be the best phone in the world. Nothing can compare with nokia’s masterpiece, which is the 8850. there is no doubt in my mind that I would die to get this phone (a figure of speech to all those who aren’t in the know) the screen is perhaps the most beautiful part of it all; that blue tint looks phat!! Now onto the serious stuff…. It has an infrared modem, quite a few personalisable ringtones, caller group logos, vibrating alert, the famous nokia games and a lot more. The only thing that I could complain about is the small keys but why should I complain when the phone is so small anyway? Nokia are definitely the world leaders in phone manufacture….

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                    07.12.2000 05:07
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                    the 8850 is no doubt one of the nicest looking phones arong at the moment it has practically everything within it. some real cool things are that it vibrates(always a good one), it has this infra red thing which allows you to either play snake with some one else with the same phone(mmm thats likely, loads of people haveit dont they) and you can also print peoples phone numbers off using a printer. the printer must have a infrared thingy else you could be trying for a long time. a really good thing about it is its case is made out of metal 1. it adds to the quality to the phone 2. it gives it a little more protection just incase you bump(hope not for your sake). the battery is small and lasts for ages, it fits neatly into the back of the phone, camoflaged by the cover(nice one nokia). it has the normal games that all the nokia phones have, i find that the small keys actually help when playing snake(wow). a few downers though are that its so advanced that it becomes quite useless e.g. the infra red thing to print stuff and to play against other people, not many printers have an infra red receiver which is bad, and because of the price of the phone not many people will be able to afford the phone. also the flip down thing has to be manually pulled out which is a bit scary because your hoping not to break it, your brain is constantly thinking must keep in amaculate condition its to expensive to touch. aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!.

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                      04.12.2000 03:05
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                      Incredible, this phone is absolutely brilliant; tiny, robust not to mention sexy but then if you're paying out about £300 then you expect something special. This phone is absolutely brilliant; it has vibration alert, infrared, voice dialling as well as all the usual features that Nokia phones offer. It is sleek and slim line, weighs next to nothing and yet still has all these great functions. I haven't got the phone but god am I jealous of my friend who has. The only slight problem with the phone is that the active flip has to be manually pulled down, there is no button that releases it so it feels like your going to break it at first. The blue lighting on the screen and keypad really show the phones class, it looks and functions superbly, if you've got the money, get one. Here are all its stats: Weight: 91 g (Lithium Battery) Dimensions: 100 x 44x17mm, 70 cc Talktime / standby time: 2 h - 3 h 20 min / 50 - 150 h Key features: slim & light, voice dialling, picture messaging , smart messaging, predictive text input, matte aluminium covers Display: illuminated high-contrast, full graphics display, 5 lines for text and graphics Data capability: built-in infrared link and modem; supports data transmission 9.6 kpbs Dual-band GSM 900 / GSM 1800, supports Extended GSM 900 band (ESGM)

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                      I have just got my new 8850 having had a 9110 for the last year, which I though was great and a 6110 the year before which I also loved. This little one just looks so cute that if I were a great big bloke of a phone I would find this baby too tempting and marry her instantly. I am going to get a Palm Pilot soon so that I don't lose the functionality of my 9110. I haven't figured out all the ins and outs, but reading other reviews here it seems to have about everything you'd expect. I just love the size and looks, and in true Nokia style, it is easy to use and has a good battery life. Maybe wait till the new year for prices to drop, as the Crimbo rush will keep prices inflated for the next 2 months or so. After that, shop around and get one. I think you'll like it!

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                      11.11.2000 16:59
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                      The Nokia 8850 is a great little phone. It is within a few millimetres of the 8210 yet it is twice the price. The main difference between the two phones is that the 8850 comes standard in chrome, and the 8210 covers can be changed to suit your mood. However, the 8210 is almost impossible to switch off in the dark, because of the small oddly shaped on/off button on the top of the phone, whereas the 8850 is much easier to switch on or off, as the button is much more accessible. Although saying this, the 8850 is a great phone (if you have an extra £200 spare to buy it instead of the 8210). It has all of the great Nokia features, and you also have the assurance of the make NOKIA. It is a super stylish phone and is definitely a great buy for anyone.

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                        28.10.2000 19:14
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                        If you want the latest phone on the market, or you are just a poser with cash, this phone is for you. However, there are quite a few things to consider before purchasing. Okay, the phone is quite small, looks pretty good and the blue lights are cool, but I think Nokia have cut some serious corners on this phone. 1. Tacky, tacky plastic. For £280 (contract) or whatever it is worth, you would expect some quality manufacture, not the cheap tacky plastic especially on the flip down part of the phone. 2. Poor practicality. How the hell are you meant to play 2 player snake via the infra-red transmitter, when the sensor is at the bottom of the phone where your hands are? 3. WAP. For all that cash, you would expect internet access and WAP technology. Yes it is small, but that's no excuse. So for all of you thinking of getting this phone, first review the manufacture and practicality, before parting with your cash.

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                        Just looking at Nokia 8850 you know instinctively that there is some very sophisticated technology inside. And you're right. But though there are a lot of new features in Nokia 8850, Nokia never develops new technology for its own sake, but in order to make it easier for you to communicate. Just call out a name, and Nokia 8850 places the call for you. You can save 8 names in Nokia 8850 to be activated for voice dialing. Once the name and number are saved, you activate voice dialing with a long press on the "names" key. Say a name and Nokia 8850 starts dialing, confirming your choice by repeating it and showing the name and number on the display.

                        With Nokia 8850 you can include pictures in your short messages. There are several default designs already installed in Nokia 8850, all of which are replaceable. Predictive text input makes it fast and easy to write messages on the keypad of Nokia 8850. The phone contains a built-in dictionary, with support for over ten major European languages. Each time you press a key Nokia 8850 compares the word you have written so far with the words in the database and selects the most likely word. So you can write by pressing one key per letter, instead of two or three as with an ordinary keypad. If there are several possible words, you choose a new one by pressing the star key. You can input new words and names into the database. Nokia 8850 has an infrared link for wireless communication with a compatible Nokia phone or a compatible PC or printer. And Nokia 8850 supports standard communications protocols. You can transfer, e.g. phone numbers with the infrared link between compatible phones. You can download new phone numbers and ringing tones over the air. And Nokia 8850 has a TTML browser, so you can receive new menu items to your phone making it easy to access services from the operator.