Readers know I love to use my Nokia E61 device as my daily smartphone and I am very pleased with it. I bought it on ebay from an importer for about US$375, which is much cheaper than I have paid before for my high end smartphone devices. The keyboard has a couple of funky characters on it, but it really doesn't affect my usage of the device. All About Symbian put together a summary article on the Nokia E62 which appears to be the U.S. version of the device coming to Cingular in September. The Nokia E62 will be a bit different though since it appears that no 3G radio or integrated WiFi will be included. This would have been a great device for Cingular to use to help launch its HSDPA/UMTS network, but it looks like GPRS/EDGE will only be supported. Cingular usually takes out the WiFi radio so that is no surprise. Rumors state the device may cost as low at US$100 with new contracts and carrier subsidies, which makes sense seeing that you can pick up a more powerful unlocked E61 for just about US$300 now. It also appears that Nokia may have improved some of the keyboard shortcuts for Cingular, which I would love to see and have on my E61. I am hoping that T-Mobile will also pick up this device since they would most likely leave in the WiFi radio to market the device with their US$30 WiFi/EDGE unlimited data plan.
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