The Nokia 9500 Communicator, was the successor to the Nokia 9210 Communicator
which had been announced in November 2000. It was the fourth iteration of the Nokia Communicator family and 10 mm shorter and 22 grams lighter than the 9210. At launch it cost approximately €800.
Although some people assume the Nokia 9300
came between the Nokia 9210 Communicator and the 9500 Communicator, it was never given the “’Communicator’ designation and launched after the 9500.
The Nokia 9500 Communicator is also notable for being the first Nokia product to support Wi-Fi. The company had been nervous about integrating Wi-Fi into earlier products as its main customers, the network operators, saw Wi-Fi as a threat and were opposed to it being supported in mobile phones.
The device used the Symbian 7.0 operating system and Nokia’s Series 80 user interface to powering the 640 x 200 pixel 65k colour display inside the device. The external phone used Nokia’s Series 40 user interface. It also had an in-built VGA camera.
Like its predecessors, the 9500 Communicator offered access to e-mail, document, spreadsheet and presentation creation (compatible with Microsoft Office), personal information management, Internet browsing and a wide range of enterprise applications.
The device was positioned as an “enterprise-class” product and was launched by the Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions team led by Mary McDowell
which had recently been created. This team secured support from a wide range of enterprise-centric companies including Cap Gemini, Cisco, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Symantec and others.