- enabling swift transfer between mobile devices in a vehicle
Dusseldorf, Germany - Bluetooth SIM Access Profile support will be a standard feature in Nokia smartphones based on the S60 3rd Edition software. These devices include multiple state-of-the-art models, such as the current Nokia Eseries product range, Nokia N71, N80, N91 and N92 as well as the Nokia 3250. The car phone solutions supporting Bluetooth SIM Access Profile include the Nokia 616 high-end hands free solution, and the Mobile Telephone Preparation PREMIUM, which comes as an option with the new Volkswagen Passat.
"Today, mobile communication in the car is easy and convenient* thanks to Bluetooth wireless technology, which is a significant component of automotive solutions. Bluetooth SIM Access Profile support in Nokia mobile devices based on the S60 3rd Edition sets new standards for user comfort. Additionally, this is an important step in offering automotive communication solutions based on open standards", says Marcus Stahl, General Manager, Nokia Automotive.
Note to editors
Bluetooth is a manufacturer-independent standard for the wireless connection of electronic devices over short distances. Bluetooth enhances the comfort of automotive communications by enabling wireless connections between a mobile phone and other devices in the vehicle. Bluetooth functionality depends on which Bluetooth profiles the devices support: The Bluetooth Handsfree Profile enables only handsfree communication through a wireless connection between mobile phone and car phone. The Bluetooth SIM Access Profile now offers the additional possibility of using certain car phones, such as the Nokia 616 Car Kit or the Mobile Telephone Preparation PREMIUM that comes as option in the new Volkswagen Passat, to access the contact and ID data stored on the SIM card of the user's mobile phone. In the mobile phone, the mobile communication is de-activated, meaning the GSM functionality of a mobile phone is in a quasi off mode: the mobile phone merely "lends" the car phone the information stored on its SIM card. This means that the user no longer needs a second SIM card (Twin Card) for the car phone, the same SIM card will be charged for phone calls, no matter which device was used for making the call, while in addition benefiting from better reception and audio quality thanks to the car phone's permanently installed external antenna.
* Many jurisdictions have laws regarding the use of a phone in a vehicle environment. Obey all local laws. Always keep your hands free to operate the vehicle whilst driving. Your first consideration while driving should be road safety.
The S60 platform, built on Symbian OS, is the leading smartphone software in the world and it is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phone manufacturers in the market. The flexibility of the S60 platform allows for various hardware designs and software configurations. This is demonstrated through the multitude of S60 devices already available on the market. Through its award-winning user interface, extensive support for new mobile services and the innovation potential for partner solutions, the S60 provides an open and scalable business opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party developers.