Jolla's first Sailfish phone goes on sale tonight

Jolla's first Sailfish phone goes on sale tonight

Summary: With Nokia's devices business soon to be a Microsoft business, Finland's most well-known smartphone maker Jolla will begin selling its first smartphones later on today, with a little help from Finnish mobile operator DNA.

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TOPICS: Android, Mobility, Nokia, EU
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  • Rain, hail or shine, the launch will proceed this evening

    Finnish startup Jolla will deliver its first Sailfish OS devices at 7pm today at a launch event in Finland's capital Helsinki.

    As Jolla announced earlier this month, Finnish mobile operator DNA is offering a batch of 450 Jolla phones for one evening at a pop-up store in central Helsinki to customers that have pre-ordered the device.

    For the past two years, Jolla has been working towards the launch of its Linux-based Sailfish OS, which it hopes OEMs will license, and which will feature on its own 'Other Half' smartphone.

    The device was made available for purchase at €399 (£337) through a pre-order campaign that Jolla launched in May and which was booked in July.

    Image: courtesy of @kimsaukkonen 

     

  • DNA's pop-up

    DNA's signature bright pink will dominate at tonight's launch. 

    The Finnish mobile operator, which has 2.4 million customers, was an early supporter of Jolla and announced in June it would stock the company's first device.

    Image: Jolla

Topics: Android, Mobility, Nokia, EU

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  • last time I check MS did not buy whole Nokia?

    Last time I check MS did not buy whole Nokia? 33 000 are moving over Microsoft and 54 000 stay over at Nokia.
    Though you are right about Microsoft buying Nokia's mobile business. Nokia is left with the largest part of the company that is NSN, alongside with HERE, Nokia Research=Advanced Technologies and the investment arm, Nokia Growth Partners.
    pdexter11
    • Unfortunately

      that's not the part of the company that anyone has ever heard of.
      timspublic1@...
      • hmmm

        Yes well ignorance of facts and laws is
        a wonder foundation for an opinion.
        - I would stay away from courts if I was you...
        whatsa2
  • Please keep us updated on this ...

    It will be interesting to see if these handsets are compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile GSM (I am guessing they are GSM or LTE ?). If they can get the basic apps covered quickly and the browser is excellent, then the phone may be of interest to techies looking for something that isn't mainstream.
    jkohut
  • hmm

    My z10 was chuckling at this. Nonetheless I'd like to try on someday. I love gesture based os's.
    Georgefly97