It also helps raise the profile of Finland's Nokia in a region where it trails Motorola Inc. , the No. 2 maker of mobile handsets worldwide, but the leading U.S. supplier.
Nokia's 9300 phone, which was introduced earlier this year and is part of a line that has long been available in Europe, is sleeker and more compact than a bulky predecessor nicknamed "the brick."
The device will include Research In Motion's popular Blackberry e-mail software in a bid to compete against an upcoming Treo phone that will run Microsoft Corp. software. It also will compete against "Q," an ultra-slim device due from Motorola that also uses Microsoft software.
Nokia's 9300 is based on software from Symbian, a European-centered consortium that is controlled by Nokia.