The first commercial mobile phone with internet capabilities – web browsing and email – was Nokia’s first “Communicator”, the 9000. Communicators were laptop-style phones that opened up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard and large display. The first generation of Communicators were the forerunners of the modern smartphone. It was was released in 1996 and ran the GEOS 3.0 operating system. The 9000 also had fax. Remember fax?
The first mobile phone with internet capabilities: Nokia 9000
Future editions of the Communicator range of phones later ran EPOC OS and then Symbian OS. The 9000 was followed by the 9110/9110i, 9210/9210i, 9500, 9300/9300i, E90, and E7. The Nokia Communicator series were the T-Rex of their day, alpha devices that were ahead of others in most ways. You should find this post, Photo: The First & Last Communicators: Nokia 9000 and E7, of interest too.