The Nokia 9000 Communicator

The Nokia 9000 Communicator was the first product in Nokia’s Communicator series, announced at CeBIT 1996 and introduced into the market on 15 August 1996.

It was highly advanced, featuring sending and receiving e-mail and fax via its 9.6 kbit/s GSM modem, and it also had a web browser and business programs. The Communicator is formed of a clamshell design that opens up to reveal a monochrome LCD display with a (640 X 200) resolution and a full QWERTY keyboard similar to a Psion PDA. It was priced £1,000 in the UK upon launch. Then-CEO of Nokia, Jorma Ollila, said in 2012 regarding the device: “We were five years ahead.”

It made an remarkable impression at that time.

Nokia 9000 Communicator: Description

Manufacturer :  Nokia
Display :  Grayscale LCD (640 X 200)
CPU :  Intel 24 MHz i386
Operating System :  PEN/GEOS 3.0
Memory :  8 MB total (“4 MB Operating System and applications”, “2 MB program execution”, “2 MB user data storage”)
Battery :  Removable Li-Ion battery (35 hr – stand by, 3 hr – talk time)
Dimensions :  (173 X 64 X 38) mm
Weight :  397 gms (14.0 oz)

Nokia 9000 Communicator: Mobile build up

Inside of Nokia 9000 

The phone was large and heavy 397 grams (14.0 oz) but powerful at the time. It was powered by an Intel 24 MHz i386 CPU and has 8 MB of memory, which is divided between applications (4 MB), program memory (2 MB) and user data (2 MB). The operating system is PEN/GEOS 3.0. The Communicator is considered to be the second smartphone on the market, following the HP OmniGo 700LX, a DOS-based palmtop PC with integrated cradle for the Nokia 2110 cellular phone announced in late 1995 and shipping in March 1996.

Nokia 9000 Communicator: Features

  • Messaging: SMS, Email, Fax
  • Browser: HTML
  • Clock
  • Alarm

Nokia 9000 Communicator: Awards

Opened Clamshell of Nokia 9000 Communicator

The Nokia 9000 Communicator received several awards including:

  • GSM World Award (for innovation) at GSM World Conference 1997
  • Best Technological Advance by Mobile News UK
  • Best New Product 1997 by Business Week magazine

Nokia 9000 Communicator: History

The Nokia 9000 is used by Val Kilmer when he played Simon Templar in the 1997 remake of The Saint, and by Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock in the action comedy Bad Company.

The phone is also mentioned in Bret Easton Ellis’ book Glamorama.



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