Word on the
Net is that Nokia has corrected the problem that some of the 5800 XpressMusic smartphones were experiencing with 3G networks. Supposedly it was a configuration change that was at fault. The company says that the 5800s will be back in flagship stores soon. If you have any problems you can still call them at 1-888-665-4228 Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST or contact them at customer care.
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ABI Research surveyed 235 smartphone users in the U.S. who installed applications in 2008. Their result was that 16.5% spent between $100.00 and $499.00. That’s a lot of apps considering that many of them are free or less than $25.00. Analyst Jeff Orr sees this as the reason, “Apple is seen by some as hurting the market with its iPhone App Store. It drives the price of content down to $1-2, using a model similar to its successful iTunes music store. If you exclude Apple from the mix, applications for other platforms cost about $7-25 each.”
He went on to say that Apple’s marketing did a lot to get others to work on their own. Look for application storefronts from Nokia, Palm, RIM and Samsung to come this year.
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Nokia takes on Apple with their new N97 handset with a Symbian S60 OS, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, GPS, HSDPA, FM transmitter and tuner and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. In addition, it also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi and Bluetooth capability, 32GB memory and a microSD slot that can manage up to 16GB. Look for the N97 early next year with an approximate price of €550 ($695.00.)
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Think you can design a cool set of headphones? Nokia is sponsoring the Music Almighty Contest. Download a “Style Palette” or “Freestyle” template and come up with your creation. You can alter the color, add graphics, and drag and drop components. Five winners get to go to the UK to see their designs become realities. The deadline is Dec. 31. If you want to see some of your competition, head over to their gallery.
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Nokia has decided to launch its “Comes with Music” package in the UK first after making a deal with Carphone Warehouse. The arrangement allows users to permanently keep the music they have downloaded during the year on their 5310 XpressMusic Phone which will be offered in 8 Special Editions. Warner Music Group, Universal, and Sony BMG have all agreed to participate in the program that should begin next month. Contact Carphone if you live across the pond and would like to pre-register.
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Nokia has a new high end cell phone constructed of carbon fiber, titanium, polished glass, and stainless steel with an anti-fingerprint coating. The 8800 Carbon Arte features a tap-for-time button below the display for an insta-clock. It has turn-to-mute capability by turning the phone screen side down and changing background images. Also included is a 3G memory, a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus cam, high quality audio, and an OLED display. Look for the Arte in the 3rd quarter of this year for €1,100 ($1,620.).
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Nokia is hip to all the Batman freaks and has come up with a Dark Knight Edition 6205 for those that can’t wait until the film comes out on July 18. The cellie features a 1.3 megapixel cam, a voice recognition speakerphone, a music player, Bluetooth capability, and their new Calendar Preview for schedule management. Try a two year contract at Verizon and an online discount and the batphone can be yours for $69.99. Think how jealous the other batfans will be when you flash it at the premiere.
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Nokia must be pleased that Sony BMG has teamed up with the Universal Music Group to allow their subscribers to have access to their music catalog. They join companies such as A&M, Geffen Records, Decca, and Motown Records. The company’s “Comes With Music” program, which started up last December, allows some users, depending on the model of phone, to download any of their songs on their cell phones or computers. Those phones should become available in the 3rd Quarter of this year at as yet undisclosed prices. The UMG subscription service will allow downloaders to own the tunes after a year.
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Nokia has finally decided its mobile gaming service N-Gage is ready to meet the world. The website, unveiled this week, has the necessary software for you to download to connect with your cell phone. The company is planning to have about 30 games available by midyear with another 30 by the end of 2008. They also are offering free trials. Companies such as EA, Gameloft, and Glu Mobile will be designing games for them. Check with Nokia to see if you have the right model and if you must pay data charges to download the games.
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Nokia has brought out its N95 to help you find your way. With its 2.8-inch (240 x 320) QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors, it has 8GB of memory, A-GPS, and HSDPA connectivity. It features a 5 mp cam with Carl Zeiss optics, WiFi, music player and FM tuner, and supports Nokia Share online for a one-click upload of images or videos for Flickr or Vox. If you live in the U.S., you also get a bonus of voice guidance and direction in their Maps for 6 months as a freebie. Look for the N95 online and at retailers for $779.00.
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