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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Delay Till 2009, Benefits Apple's iPhone and Google's Android

So, for some reason, the Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic won't be available in UK until next year although it will be on sale in seven other countries before Christmas in a bid by Nokia to focus on emerging markets (ed: does that mean that they are capacity-constrained?)

It is unlikely that the 5800 Xpressmusic on sale in those countries will be bundled with the "Comes with Music" package. Nokia's first touchscreen smartphone will feature a 3.2 megapixel camera phone as well as 8GB of flash memory (including a bundled 8GB sd card).

Not having a flagship phone to counter the iPhone and Google's Android in the build-up to Christmas could be seen as a serious setback for Nokia especially as the last months of the year normally see the biggest sales.

Reuters is saying that the Finnish manufacturer is blaming network operators for extra customisations they're asking.

The Register (opens in new tab) has another theory as to why network operators like T-Mobile or Vodafone might not be keen on stocking the Tube - operators don't want a music service (or indeed any services like Ovi) that competes with their own offerings.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.