FINNISH PHONE MAKER and Microsoft's sudden best friend forever in mobile phones for a mere billion dollars, Nokia recently announced its N9 smartphone that will run the Meego operating system, but we have doubts about the company releasing it in the UK.
It's been just over a week since Nokia announced its latest smartphone and there are now doubts about whether it will release the phone here in the UK. We've discovered on the N9 product page that the UK doesn't feature in Nokia's list of countries to check for availability.
Nokia's communications manager, Mark Hindle told The INQUIRER, "The N9 will begin shipping in 2011. We will share more information about the specific markets and the pricing closer to product availability."
Nokia's European web site lists countries that are distinctly non-European such as New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia.
Furthermore there is a distinct omission of major countries other than the UK, including Italy, France, Germany and Spain.
It was only day after Nokia announced its N9 smartphone when we saw a 'leak' of the first Nokia handset with Windows Phone 7 (WP7) on it by none other than Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO. It looks remarkably like the N9 phone but is codenamed the 'Sea Ray', er, 'See Ray', or maybe 'C-Ray'.
Of course it was unlikely that Nokia would confirm these possibilities but it seems that its N9 might bypass the UK in favour of the first Nokia WP7 handsets. We quite liked the look of the Nokia N9 running Meego here at The INQUIRER, so we hope that the UK won't get left out. µ