Original press release Ericsson introduces S 868 dual band mobile phone 16.09.1998
Ericsson introduces the S 868, a new mobile phone offering advanced dual band capabilities. Working on both GSM 900 and GSM 1800 networks, the S 868 improves international roaming and reduces the occurrence of dropped calls. With GSM subscription continuing to expand globally, Ericsson's S 868 dual band phone is designed to prevent network overload on GSM 900 and GSM 1800 networks. The phone allows for seamless handover between the networks and offers heavy users better roaming and call efficiency. The S 868 is a GSM Phase 2 phone and has advanced features such as Enhanced Full Rate (EFR) speech coding, which provides the user with speech and reception quality comparable to that of fixed line phones. "The demand for dual band mobile phones will be very strong by the turn of the millennium. GSM network operators are already feeling the heat of overloaded networks and they're looking for solutions. Ericsson's S 868 provides operators with the ability to solve capacity problems," said Jan Ahrenbring, Vice President Marketing and Communications, Ericsson Mobile Communications. "For mobile phone users, the dual band capabilities and EFR voice technology are a potent combination that makes the Ericsson S 868 a top-of-the-line mobile telephony product." Mobile phone users today are becoming more demanding and require better service from operators and phone manufacturers. One of the last things they want to experience are problems with an overloaded network. The S 868, using both GSM 900 and GSM 1800 frequencies, allows network operators to increase capacity in densely populated urban areas and improve coverage. The switching of the two systems is done automatically so that the mobile phone user won't notice it. The S 868 is equipped with many of the same features and software as the SH 888, Ericsson's flagship dual band phone, with the difference being that the SH 888 also utilizes infrared technology and an in-built PC card. With a sturdy magnesium frame and a stylish gray color, the S 868 offers up to 6 hours and 40 minutes of talk time or 120 hours of standby. The S 868 supports a wide range of GSM services such as Conference Call, Alternate Line Service, Advice of Charge/Charging and Fixed Dialing Numbers. A full range of matching accessories with a 1-year world-wide warranty are also available.
I have owned two of these phones and there appears to be to different models. One has an aerial 35mm long and the other has an aerial about half that length. Also there was a difference in the way the root menu was laid out.