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Benefon Unveils Mobile Explorer-Based Phone

Finnish smart phone vendor Benefon this week unveiled its Benefon Q smart phone, the first device based on Microsoft's Mobile Explorer platform.

The phone incorporates a microbrowser that supports both Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and HTML content; most smart phones support only WAP. It has a built-in e-mail client that supports standard e-mail protocols. In addition, the company claims the 89-gram device is one of the smallest GSM phones ever made.

The phone was introduced at the GSM World Congress in Cannes, France. In its announcement, the company strongly supported the new Microsoft smart phone platform.

"Benefon shares Microsoft's vision of the mobile Internet, based on industry standards like HTML and WAP," said Jorma U. Nieminen, president of Benefon.

The company says it is targeting the phone at what it calls "contemporary nomads" and will be available this summer. The company gave no pricing information.