Nokia N9 not sailing to America or UK

Nokia N9 not sailing to America or UK

Summary: Nokia won't be bringing its popular N9 MeeGo smartphone stateside after all, perhaps to avoid confusing consumers with the upcoming WP7-running 'Sea Ray'?

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Despite all the excitement the Nokia N9 has generated on this side of the pond, Nokia is not bringing its MeeGo smartphone to America. Engadget caught wind of this surprising move by the Finnish company when it tried to confirm an U.S. ship date for the N9 but received the following statement instead:

At this time we will not be making it available in the US. Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout, and each country makes its own decisions about which products to introduce from those available. Decisions are based on an assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia's extensive product portfolio and the best way in which to address local market opportunities."

Reading between the lines, it seems the N9 could be excluded from Nokia's American lineup because the Nokia 'Sea Ray' running Windows Phone 7 Mango is set to launch some time this fall. Leaked photos and videos of 'Sea Ray' already demonstrate the physical similarities between the two Nokia devices, so Nokia may be keeping the N9 from these shores in fear of cannibalizing sales and confusing consumers.

But it's not just Americans who won't be able to pickup a N9 from a local carrier retail store. According to The Inquirer, the U.K. also isn't getting the N9, which begs the question: just which country will Nokia be selling the MeeGo phone?

[Source: Engadget and The Inquirer via BoingBoing]

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Topics: Operating Systems, Nokia, Software, Windows

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  • Exactly Gloria. Which Country? I want one.

    nt
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate!
    • RE: Nokia N9 not sailing to America or UK

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate! Of course you do. Is anyone else "surprised" by this?
      Bates_
      • RE: Nokia N9 not sailing to America or UK

        @Bates_ If meego is anything like maemo, then I think it is an entirely sensible thing to say he wants a N9. So the Linux Advocate likes linux stuff. I guess you'd want to criticize the apple advocate for liking apple stuff? Not exactly trying to surprise anyone.

        Haters gotta hate
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    • RE: Nokia N9 not sailing to America or UK

      I bet the N9 won't be cheap though!
      awkward hug
    • RE: Nokia N9 not sailing to America or UK

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate! I'm hoping Amazon comes through with an unlocked version of the N9. That's how I got my N900 stateside...
      Gloria Sin
  • RE: Nokia N9 not sailing to America or UK

    No new Symbian mobiles, no N9, No surprise.

    This will make the charge of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" look like a good strategy.

    The strategy seems to be that Nokia fans will buy WP7 if stuck inside a Nokia box and have no other choice. This isn't the PC market there is a lot of strong competition. I am betting that the Apple eco-system will pick-up those ex-Nokia customers better than Microsoft eco-system.

    It shows a great lack of confidence in the WP7 products.

    Isn't Chris Weber (President of Nokia Inc) an ex-Microsoft man?

    I think it will all be over by Christmas for Elop and his ex-Microsoft buddies at Nokia.
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