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Cincinnati Bell is First U.S. Carrier to Launch Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Smartphone

05/04/09
Cutting-Edge Multimedia Experience with Full Nationwide Coverage on Best Wireless Network in Cincinnati and Dayton

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 4, 2009-- Cincinnati Bell Wireless, a division of Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB) today became the first U.S.-based carrier to launch the internationally acclaimed Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone in the United States. The debut of Nokia’s first mass market touch screen smartphone on a U.S. operator has been heavily anticipated by consumers seeking the enhanced functionality of a touch screen handset at an attractive price point.

“The touch screen Nokia 5800 XpressMusic adds a new dimension to Cincinnati Bell’s growing smartphone line up,” said Tim Bracken, director of consumer wireless for Cincinnati Bell. “It truly is a modern entertainment device with advanced Web browsing, built-in GPS, picture messaging, and music capabilities that surpass expectations for a fresh everyday smartphone. Also, the Nokia 5800 is WiFi-enabled, which means customers can achieve some of the fastest data speeds available today.”

Highly regarded for the music and audio playback features, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic comes with an 8GB microSD memory card and a one touch ‘Media Bar.’ The Media Bar enables one-touch access to a user’s music collection, image and video gallery, web browser and other multimedia functions. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera enhanced with a Carl Zeiss lens. Images and video are displayed on the vibrant high-resolution 3.2-inch screen in nHD.

“The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has sold over three million units globally since it came to market in October of 2008 through our various partnerships including a wide range of operators,” says Ian Laing, Vice President of Sales, Nokia North America. “With the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Cincinnati Bell Wireless customers will receive a spectacular music experience along with the quality expected from a Nokia device.”

Along with the Media Bar, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also comes with a unique Contacts Bar, allowing consumers to easily keep in touch with their favorite contacts. The Contacts Bar allows for access to a visual history of incoming, outgoing and missed calls, text and multimedia messages and their most recent blog posts.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic makes an ideal gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or graduations. Measuring 4.27 x 2.04 x 0.61 inches and weighing just 3.8 ounces, this handset is sharp, slim and loaded with features including:

  • Brilliant 3.2-inch display featuring a true widescreen format
  • WiFi and Bluetooth® v. 2.0 enabled*
  • Quad-band GSM allows for international roaming
  • Several e-mail options including Mail for Exchange and built-in support for popular consumer e-mail services using the IMAP, POP3, and SMTP protocols
  • Full HTML web browser with Adobe Flash
  • A 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Optics and video recording capabilities
  • Nokia digital music player supporting .mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA file formats
  • 3.5 mm A/V connector
  • Integrated stereo speakers with surround sound

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is available from Cincinnati Bell Wireless for $149 with a new activation and mail-in rebate. In addition to full nationwide coverage, Cincinnati Bell customers use the best wireless network with the fewest dropped calls in Cincinnati and Dayton.** Rate plans ideal for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic include the Cincinnati Bell Smart Phone Family Plan as well as individual plans that start at $49 per month and include unlimited text, picture messaging, and Internet. For full handset details and rate plans, visit any Cincinnati Bell retail store, call 1-800-500-1229, or go to www.cincinnatibell.com/touch.

About Nokia

Nokia is the world's number one manufacturer of mobile devices by market share and a leader in the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a wide range of devices for all major consumer segments and offer Internet services that enable people to experience music, maps, media, messaging and games. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.

About Cincinnati Bell Inc.

With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell provides integrated communications solutions—including local, long distance, data, Internet, and wireless services—that help keep residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected with each other and with the world. In addition, businesses ranging in size from start-up companies to large enterprises turn to Cincinnati Bell for efficient, scalable office communications systems as well as complex information technology solutions including data center and managed services. Cincinnati Bell conducts its operations through three business segments: Wireline, Wireless, and Technology Solutions. For more information, visit www.cincinnatibell.com

*Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

**Best network/fewest dropped call claim based on an independent study conducted in Feb/March 2009.

Source: Cincinnati Bell Inc.

For Cincinnati Bell
Lisa McLaughlin, 513-368-1860
lisa.mclaughlin@gyrohsr.com
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Nokia
Nokia Communications, 972-894-4573
communication.corp@nokia.com