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Nokia, RIM Make Their Moves

New phones point to a battle for the lucrative business crowd.

Nokia (NOK) - Get Nokia Oyj Sponsored ADR Report and Research In Motion (RIMM) are trying to lure lucrative business customers with hot new phones.

Making a big plunge into email, Nokia on Monday introduced its E90 Communicator -- a revamped version of its old 9500, a fold-open, full-keyboard model. The new phone has both Nokia's Intellisync email application and a BlackBerry program for business users of either stripe.

Nokia also loaded the phone with two cameras, one for video conferencing and a 3.2 megapixel shooter on the back for standard intelligence-gathering shots. The phone packs a bigger battery and a wide screen, making for a substantial handheld device. The E90 is 5 inches long and about three-quarters of an inch thick.

The E90's price is equally hefty, running more than $1,000 before subsidies -- about as much as a full-featured laptop. The phone is expected to be available globally this summer.

Mobile email specialist Research In Motion, meanwhile, has introduced another sleek model to follow its popular Pearl. The 8800 is less than a half-inch thick and features a full QWERTY keyboard, answering critics who found the Pearl's keypad too small. (Please see a

related story on the RIM device.)

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The 8800 features the much-loved BlackBerry email service, of course, along with a global positioning system and a microSD memory card -- but no camera. RIM says the 8800 will be available from


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next week, at $300.

Nokia shares were down 4 cents to $21.70, and RIM was down 28 cents to $133.93 in late morning trading Monday.

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New phones from RIM (top) and Nokia