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Nokia To Partner With Orange on Tube Smartphone, Releases Online Emulator

Orange UK has apparently managed to get in bed (sort of) with Nokia; the info slipped pastGuardian's Richard Wray (opens in new tab)who said that "Both the G1 and the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - which by the way will be sold in the UK by Orange - have made use of tactile feedback."

It could just be a "slip of the keyboard" or, like BBC's Robert Peston, Wray could be someone with very good connections in the industry. No news as to whether Orange managed to strike a worldwide agreement over the Tube.

Orange and Nokia hadalreadyforge an international partnership on content back in May and the France-Telecom owned company might has impressed Nokia since then.

The Finnish company did say at that time that "the collaboration could probably extend beyond their initial focus on music, games, maps and advertising to include other aspects in the future."

All the other major mobile networks already have their "own" mobile smartphones - O2 has the iPhone 3G, Vodafone has Blackberry, T-Mobile has HTC's G1 Android phone which left Orange without any flagship touchscreen smartphone.

Désiré Athow

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 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.