Jolla smartphone: First carrier takes the plunge

Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has locked in its first carrier, Finland's DNA

Finland's third largest mobile carrier DNA has confirmed it will be the first and so far the only in the world to sell Jolla's Sailfish OS smartphone when it arrives.

DNA was an early supporter of the Finnish startup's work on remnants of Nokia's abandoned MeeGo phones and will now also help Jolla sell its successor.

DNA has 2.4 million mobile subscriptions and is in the process of rolling out its 4G network. The company has launched a site for potential buyers in Finland to register their interest.  

Jolla launched a pre-order campaign for the phone in May and expects to begin manufacturing this month with plans to deliver orders by the end of the year, however no firm date has been set. The phone will have a dual-core processor with 16GB of onboard storage and an extra SD card slot, with an 8 megapixel camera and 4.5-inch Estrade display.

Jolla has said the mobile is 4G compatible, but that will depend on carrier support.

The pre-order device is only available to European buyers (priced at €399/£337), but Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki told ZDNet yesterday that it had received orders from 118 countries. He did not reveal sales numbers.

The startup also expects to close another round of funding in the coming weeks, according to Pienimäki.

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