Released by Ericsson Mobile Communications in 2001, the Ericsson T39 was the the follow up to the T28 and T29.
The prototype (T36), which was unveiled in 2000, was the first phone with built-in Bluetooth™.
The T39 was the last phone from Ericsson with active flip and external antenna.
The T39 has that distinctive Ericsson design with clean lines, the signature flip and the antenna. It’s available in three stunning colours: Classic blue, Icecap blue and Rose white. The design and style of this phone is so classy, all other phone models pale in comparison.
The Physical Attributes
At 96mm x 50mm x 18 mm and weighing only 86g, it’s compact and light and belies the amount of technology packed into the phone. Only one other phone, the Sendo D800 is as light as the T39.
The T39 is one of the few triple band phones in the market that supports 900, 1800 and 1900 GSM frequencies used in over 120 countries. You can use your T39 almost anywhere in the world. With the built-in scanning feature, it will connect you to the nearest available network seamlessly without interrupting your calls.
The Speed Factor
The first GPRS phone in Ericsson’s mobile lineup, it promises data connection speed of up to 115kbps with its built-in modem. With GPRS, your network follows you wherever you go with an “always-on” presence. The best part is that you only get charged for the data you actually send and receive and not for the time spent connected.
The GPRS technology compliments the built-in WAP 1.2.1. browser, email client and infrared port for connection to your internet direct from your T39 or through your PDA.
For those not on GPRS, the T39 also supports High Speed Circuit Switch Data (HSCSD) on GSM which means that even with a normal GSM connection you can get up to 28.8 kbps transfer rate.
In line with Ericsson’s heavy involvement in promoting Bluetooth as a standard for different devices to communicate, the T39 has Bluetooth connectivity. It can be used together with the Ericsson Bluetooth Headset and any other Bluetooth device such as the Palm m500 series.
Coupled with the SyncML feature, you can wirelessly synch your personal address book with your PC’s or PDA’s contact list. So far, this is the most painless and impressive way of synchronising data.
The Fun Factor
Ericsson is finally getting into the foam party and having some fun. The T39 boasts Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS) so SMS messages can be sent with pictures and sounds.
Though not a big pull factor, Ericsson has a completely new 5-line greyscale screen for the T39. The cool green backlight and the very intuitive graphical menu makes the T39 a delight for the eyes in every way.
The T39 comes with all the industry-standard features such as T9 predictive text input and background pictures or screensavers.
The Battery Life
For the road warrior, the T39 is a gift from the heavens. It has 11 hours of talktime and 300 hours standby time. With a high capacity battery, you can easily double that.
Ericsson Press Releases
Ericsson introduces the T39, a GPRS phone with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
Today, Ericsson presented the T39, a small and attractive triple band mobile phone. It has GPRS for fast data transfer, Bluetoothtm wireless technology and advanced Personal Information Management (PIM) applications with calendar, contacts, tasks and a host of other innovative features.
The Ericsson T39 will be available on all GSM-markets in second quarter The T39 can be used on GSM 900/1800/1900 networks in Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Americas – everywhere in the world where GSM frequency is prevalent.
The T39 supports General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) and is one of the first mobile phones to offer the fastest available mobile Internet connection. Using the T39 built-in modem, users can enjoy ‘always on’ connectivity to the Mobile Internet, with instantaneous delivery of e-mail, high-speed Internet access and efficient mobile connections to corporate LANs.
Ericsson is answering a growing market demand for mobile phones that support GPRS. To date, Ericsson has more commercial agreements (65) and more subscribers in GPRS customers’ networks (154 million) than any other supplier. Ericsson plans to have GPRS in all its mobile phones by 2002.
With built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, the T39 communicates with a Bluetooth Headset, laptop, PDA or other device via a radio link instead of a cable. It is the future standard for wireless connectivity between devices and has been adopted by all the major computer and telecommunications companies. The breakthrough technology of the T39 gives it very strong performance with regards to stand-by and talk-times. The T39 has a standby time of up to 300 hours (12 days) and a talk time of up to 11 hours.
The T39 supports High Speed Data (HSCSD) a technology designed to bring the Internet to your T39 several times faster than a standard GSM connection. Its emergence along with GPRS means that mobile Internet behavior and usage patterns will change as large-file transfer become possible with a mobile phone.
PIM applications are exciting features built into the T39. They enable you to organize your contacts, calendar and tasks in a systematic way similar to that commonly used in computers. The advanced T39 calendar lets you store detailed information about appointments, attendees and tasks. The PIM applications can be effectively synchronized with a computer, laptop or PDA using the multi-connectivity options of T39.
The T39 has a WAP 1.2.1 browser giving you fast and secure access to thousands of informative and interactive Internet-based services. As well as using it to surf the growing number of WAP sites, you can also use it as a high-speed modem to connect your laptop or PDA to the web. When you need to send an e-mail, surf the web or access the company intranet to retrieve important files, just connect the T39 to your laptop or PDA using Bluetooth wireless technology, infrared or a cable and you have on-the-spot data transfer as fast as any commercially available modem. The list of what can be done with the T39 is growing every day as more WAP applications are developed and new Bluetooth products arrive on the market.